Alex Wheatle

Alex Wheatle is an awarding-winning novelist. His published works include Brixton Rock (1999), Island Songs (2005) and Brenton Brown (2011).

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Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in November 2013

I was ready to testify about the abuse I suffered as a child – but I can’t as long as Fiona Woolf chairs the inquiry

Witnesses are vulnerable, and they need to have complete faith in the system

Beautiful game: Pelé celebrates after Brazil won the 1970 World Cup final against Italy, 4-1, in Mexico City

How Brazil's world cup team helped me become a writer

The author Alex Wheatle can sympathise with protesters in Brazil. But as an abused and troubled boy in 1970, it was that country's World Cup team that made him dare to dream

We suffer so that Theresa May can try to claw back votes from Ukip

If anyone wondered on how the Coalition Government would respond to the surge of Ukip they need only observe the actions of Home Office officials at a number of London stations. Many witnesses have reported that only black or Asian people have been randomly stopped, humiliated and degraded in a search for illegal immigrants.

The Metropolitan Police has introduced a ‘satisfaction survey’ for those stopped and searched

Theresa May's Stop and Search for illegal immigrants is only a tactic to win votes

For black British citizens who were born and raised in this land, to be stopped indiscriminately when going about their daily business is the ultimate humiliation

Alex Wheatle: A hope I feel in spite of so many wrongs

The recent intolerance displayed by the public towards racial abuse is encouraging

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