Journalist (ex-BBC, RFI, TV5), writer (first book on Massive Attack and Bristol), I also work on film projects. Born in Paris, I have been based in Prague, Miami, London, Nairobi (covering Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia), and Bristol, UK. I travelled from Italy to Haiti, via Tunisia, Liberia, South Africa, India, Mexico, Niger, Turkey, Iraq... My passions: Africa, Europe, literature, music, arts. This blog is to share my work and cultural discoveries from around the world.
The truth behind the Windrush scandal
Thanks to David Lammy for his powerful words.
Windrush Generation: The scandal that shook Britain explained and debated
The Windrush generation, campaigners and politicians discuss the scandal in a Channel 4 News special just yards from the Home Office. Watch it all live here.
The Home Secretary has said all victims who are fighting to be British will get citizenship and compensation. Will our audience, many of whose lives have been ruined by the crisis, believe her?
Joining our live debate will be Labour MP David Lammy, who described the Windrush controversy as a "day of national shame", and leading Conservative Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg.
You might think the government's spectacular U-turn on the Windrush generation has solved the problem. They will now be able to get British passports free. It should never have happened, said the Home Secretary, as she finally promised to fix it. But why did she suddenly change her mind after months and years of ignoring the outrage?
And is Windrush a unique mistake - caused by officials? Or was it the policy? The political atmosphere - a toxic, racist undercurrent driven by public alarm about immigration? And has the government actually solved the problem? Or are there many scandals unfixed?
Tonight we have gathered those directly affected, whose lives have been ruined, together with leading politicians, campaigners and thinkers, And we'll be live in Jamaica. What does it say about us? This Britain?