I hate to say it, but this country is not comfortable with the idea of young, intelligent black people – especially men. They’re treated as the exception to the rule. It’s the same with chavs – I have plenty of white, working-class friends from east London who read Max Planck and Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein. But their story is never going to be told because they’re not supposed to be like that.
In a country where unemployment is 8.1 per cent - that’s 2.6 million out of work - and the central government has made massive spending cuts, including the closure of public libraries and swimming pools and cuts in services for the elderly and people with disabilities, it’s worth asking whether the £9.3bn ($14.4bn) of our money used to host London 2012 could have been better spent elsewhere.
questioning the long-term benefits of the London 2012 Olympic Games after the UK governments’ claims that the Olympics will be a boon for the economy.