Only 14 per cent of police officers in the capital are from BAME (black and ethnic minority) communities, compared to 43 per cent of the London population.
Not to say that this is better or worse. But it’s certainly different from what it was.
Part of the political disconnect is that those doing national politics – and national media etc – think this reflects the nation, not London alone.
From 2011 Census, 14% BAME for England and Wales (less for UK as whole).
And rather lower for many other areas. Always been amused by the cast in Vera. Get quite a few you’d not think ethnically Geordie in there. Not as a plot point, just as a general member of the cast, with local accents ‘n’ all. You know, this is what modern GeordieLand looks like.
Not really. Take Hartlepool – in the region, think there’s an episode or two there. 92,000 people odd. 89,000 of whom are white. Maybe 600 in total British Indian/Pakistani. 200 more Bangladeshis, perhaps 200 total of all varieties of Black (ie, African and Caribbean). (From “2011 Census: Ethnic group, local authorities in England and Wales”).
No casting director in London’s going to believe that. No one in national media’s going to believe that. We should have no more than token BAME in Vera because that’s what the BAME presence is up there, token? Gerraway wi’ya.
And thus is built that gap. London’s very different from the rest of Britain. Might well be better – but it’s definitely different.