6 days ago, the Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party George McAleese resigned over allegations of a racist social media post, in which he was also sharing a picture of the late conservative MP, Enoch Powell (known for the controversial Rivers of Blood speech, which directed hate at ethnic minorities).
2 days ago on Diwali, Rishi Sunak took office and became the 5th Prime Minister of the UK in just 6 years. He is the first person of an ethnic minority to take this important seat and is of Indian origin. There is a certain irony that only 40 odd years back the late (conservative) PM Margaret Thatcher said Britain was being “swamped” by immigrants – many of these families now play a vital role in the politics of the nation.
To make sense of the current shifts in Britain, I had the opportunity to converse with my friend Vic Motune, News Editor of The Voice, to understand more about the complexities of identity in the UK and the role of politicians in re-shaping our understanding of national identity. We discuss the Sunak-effect and debate on whether the question of ancestry impacts our ideas of Britain. We also speak about the unsung heroes that have paved the way for dramatic change, including Lord Dolar Popat and our very own Ambassador Lord Rami Ranger.
About Vic Motune
Vic Motune is the News Editor of The Voice, who has also served as the newspaper’s Community News Editor.
In these roles, he has worked on a range of investigations and stories on issues such as efforts to tackle the trafficking of African children and inequalities in the mental health system to efforts to diversify British politics and the rise of black tech entrepreneurs.
A journalist whose experience includes print, radio, and television news, he has won two Race in the Media Awards for his work and a MIND award for his reporting on mental health. Before joining The Voice, he was a producer with BBC Radio 5 Live, creating and producing the weekly magazine show Word Up!
Vic has appeared as a regular newspaper reviewer for BBC News 24 and BBC London and has also written for publications such as the Daily Mirror, New Statesman, the Big Issue and Mental Health Practice. He sits on the board of the Society of Editors.
In this capacity, he recently helped develop the Society’s diversity, inclusion, and belonging hub which provides advice, case studies and resources on the issue of diversity and inclusion in the media.
He is the co-author of the book The Voice: 40 Years of Black British Lives.
About the Global Indian Series:
My name is Rajan Nazran Chief Explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO) and liberal minds, because let’s face it, we are everywhere!
For over 15 years I have travelled across the globe deep diving into 60+ countries whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.
Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for the ideas that re-shape a nation.
My purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, join in as we bring people and communities together.
Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together. Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.
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Presenter – Rajan Nazran
Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth
Guest: Vic Motune
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