Unfiltered Video and Podcast: Windrush at 70 — What Does It Mean to Be British?

Revellers at the Notting Hill Carnival (Piero Cruciatti/Alamy)

The University of Birmingham’s second Unfiltered video, and first Unfiltered podcast, is set in the context of the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush Generation from the West Indies.

April-Louise Pennant and Nando Sigona talk about their first impressions of “being British”, the positive of immigration, the negative of the recent scandal over threatened deportations of some of the Windrush Generation, and the need for more perspectives and cultural inputs in the UK.

I just think that “Britishness” should be inclusive, bearing in mind all the different people, the different histories, the different cultures which make it into what it is….

We should open up space. Windrush gives us the opportunity.

See also Windrush at 70: How the UK Largely Ignores Black History
Unfiltered Video: Is The World Such a Bad Place?

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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