Whichever way it goes, I will be challenging myself to remain steady in an idea of global Britishness. I won't be accepting the Scottish nationalists' invitation to think of myself as reduced and obliged to come to terms with my Englishness, but will be working to enhance strong, ongoing narratives about a Britain that embraces and integrates.
Businesses can inspire and inform the future workforce, as well as increase the scope of their ambitions and create recruitment pathways that don't leave them stuck on the first rung. We know this won't be quick or easy. But as things stand, there is a lack of genuine equal opportunity for British BAME employees of the future. There is no point continuing to ignore what may seem to be an uncomfortable conversation around race. Let's all get over that and start talking. Business and government need to take note and act now.
This is the common story for many potential new entrants from disadvantaged backgrounds trying to get their first Runner position in TV. The most junior role in the production department often means doing errands, fetching coffees and lunches, and occasionally driving between studios and filming locations. Still, both work experience and a driving license are a prerequisite.
I have just left the Young Vic in London where the Act for Change project took place. It's started after actor Danny Lee Wynter watched a trailer from ITV for their impeding TV releases and saw all white characters and decided along with his partners, a group of actors of all colours genders and ages, that enough is enough and something had to be done.
Statistics from the US tell us that more than half of women in STEM leave around the 10/15 year mark. Specifically within the tech industry 40% drop out within 10 years of graduation. The problem is mirrored here and is problematic on a number of counts, especially as both the US and the UK face shortages of technical people.
It will not be a surprise to hear that the construction industry has some of the lowest numbers of women workers in any sector of the economy. With around 11% of the workforce, and as little as 1% of the manual trades, there is little concern in the industry and only modest attempts to change it. Do the low numbers of female workers in construction matter?
According a YouGov poll published for the first time since the start of the financial crisis, the economy no longer tops the list of issues the British public is most concerned about: immigration is now on a par with the economy, with 52% or respondents saying it's the main issue facing the UK today.