July 6, 2011 in Gus in the Media, Print
When Benet Hytner QC was doused with a jug of water by a member of public, he might have known the course of the Moss Side riots inquiry would not run smooth.
Mr Hytner, as he chaired the open hearing, was drenched by a man left disgruntled by a previous high court case in which they were both involved.
The water-throwing intruder was wrestled to the ground by ex-Manchester City player Roy Clarke.
The former Blues winger was manager of the Manchester City FC Social Club, where the inquiry was being held.
Mr Hytner’s soaking was a trivial aside that somehow served as a symbol of an inquiry beset by problems. Read the rest of this entry →
July 4, 2011 in Gus talks, Open letters
The following letter was sent to Rt Hon Theresa May MP (by then, Home Secretary in David Cameron’s Cabinet), on July 4th, 2011.
Dear Home Secretary,
Call for a People’s Inquiry into Gun and Knife Killings in the African Community
I write in relation to the recent upsurge of gun- and knife-enabled killings involving young people of African descent both as victims and perpetrators.
I am aware that this is a matter of huge concern to you and your Cabinet colleagues and I very much hope that you will give urgent attention to my proposal that there should be a “People’s Inquiry” to focus African communities up and down the land on the issues this relentless and senseless waste of young lives raises. As I am sure you would agree, these are issues for the society as a whole, including for African families themselves, for the socialisation and preparation of our young people for life in civil society and for their participation in the economy, for community safety, for community cohesion and for law and order. Read the rest of this entry →