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About John Grayson

John Grayson is an independent researcher and adult educator. He is an activist and campaigner with SYMAAG (South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group). He writes regularly for openDemocracy and for the Institute of Race Relations news service

Articles by John Grayson

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Mobilising Outrage: campaigning with asylum seekers against security industry giant, G4S

A Yorkshire campaign deploys rigorous research to expose and resist the astonishing corporate takeover of Britain’s 'asylum seeker markets'

Politicians reap what they sow - the contradictions of electoral racism

The UK's mainstream parties should be confronting, not courting, Far Right populism

Britain as a private security state: first they came for the asylum seeker ...

As an increasingly denigrated category of people who 'should not be here', asylum seekers are among the first to experience the privatisation of state security in the UK. They won't be the last. 

G4S turns a profit in “asylum markets”: who's speaking out and whose lips are sealed?

The world's biggest security company is about to be handed contracts to run asylum seeker housing throughout England's North East, Yorkshire and Humberside.

Asylum seeker housing managed by for-profit prison guards? Why not

The UK Border Agency invites the company that killed Jimmy Mubenga to manage housing for vulnerable asylum seekers

Polls, politicians and campaigners – how not to fight racism

The Populus Report, 'Fear and Hope', avoids the central role of politicians in creating a climate of ‘common sense racism’ within which the BNP and EDL have thrived, whilst appearing to endorse David Cameron’s recent ‘muscular liberal’ attack on multiculturalism.

Against ‘common sense’: election reflections from a campaigner on migration and asylum

A welcome electoral setback for the BNP may have been bought at the expense of their politics on immigration and asylum being adopted by the Conservative and Labour parties within a general “common sense” racist political culture
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