“When I saw my British passport, it was like Willy Wonka’s golden ticket. It was amazing, a very special privilege to be a citizen of this country. Many people use citizenship as an international travel document, but to me it was much more than that. I think of this country with affection, feeling, loyalty. Its values make it special.”
On 16 July 2020, the Conservative government announced that Maggie had been appointed as one of the Commissioners of the Commission on Race and Ethnic disparities.
“We no longer see a Britain where the system is deliberately rigged against ethnic minorities.” While the “impediments and disparities do exist”, they were “varied and ironically very few of them are directly to do with racism”.
“For some groups historic experience of racism still haunts the present and there was a reluctance to acknowledge that the UK had become open and fairer.” – Tony Sewell
he morning after that historic meeting between Bob Marley and the Mighty Sparrow, Pascall, still on a high, bounded into the office. “Where’s the tape recording of last night?” he asked. No one knew. Pascall searched the office and eventually found it. It had been put in the bin.
Sewell would not be seen as objective and, therefore, unable to effectively lead a commission focusing on racial and ethnic inequalities.