Caribbean Politics is affiliated to the Political Studies Association
(PSA). This year we made the following nominations (with our reasons for
nominating them) to the annual PSA Awards.
The PSA Annual Awards is a national event that recognises the individuals
and organisations that shaped politics during the current year.
Congratulations to our nominees and we wish them further success.
*Chair, Caribbean Politics.*
*David Lammy MP - **Politician of the Year and/or **Parliamentarian of the
In the midst of a post-Brexit anti-immigration climate, David Lammy’s ‘When
you lie with dogs you catch flees’ speech ignited a national outrage which
resulted in the resignation of a Home Secretary who was widely thought to
be destined for PM; having already deputised for the PM. The speech also
brought doubt of the tenability of the PM’s own position.
Resulting concessions from the Prime Minister included Stephen Lawrence
Day, Windrush Day and the immigration reform and exceptions for Windrush
migrants. Lammy also led 140 MPs from six political parties urging the PM
to take immediate action to address the Windrush scandal. Lammy’s fury of
a speech was without any doubt the most effective and politically powerful
*Patrick Vernon OBE - **Campaign/Campaigner of the Year*
For his formidable commitment and ongoing leadership regarding the Windrush
scandal. Vernon is responsible for one of the fastest signed online
parliamentary petitions, which called for an amnesty for Windrush
generation minors. With many people claiming that they did not know what
they could do to help until they received a link to his petition, Vernon’s
link was formerly supported and circulated widely by journalists,
politicians across political parties, leaders across church denominations
and from the Jewish Council for Racial Equality to Mumsnet. His petition is
currently the UK’s 7th most signed parliamentary petition and received
signatures from every single one of the 650 UK parliamentary constituencies.
In 2010 Vernon was the first to call for the national celebration of
"Windrush Day" on 22 June, to recognise the Caribbean contribution to UK
society. On being made an OBE in 2012, in recognition of his work to
promote health equality, Vernon said: "I am dedicating this honour to my
parents who were part of the Windrush Generation’. The government ceded to
his Windrush Day idea this year and Vernon is still leading the campaign to
ensure that the Windrush generation are adequately compensated. It is fair
to say that Vernon’s work this year prevented a riot.
*Amelia Gentleman - **Journalist of the Year*
For her outstanding contribution to the best of journalism in highlighting
the national Windrush scandal that would otherwise have remained hidden.
An exemplary example of the dedicated and humbling role and power of an
ethically driven journalist. Her catalyst was an awesome one unleashing
shame, exposing deceit and revealing that British people still fiercely
treasured decency and fairness and that integrity remained at their core.
Gentlemen decided to use her evident talent to help others in need. The
lives and circumstances of many have improved due to her tenacity
commitment and resolve. There can simply be no one more worthy of this
award this year. https://www.theguardian.com/profile/ameliagentleman
*Lin-Manuel Miranda* - *Contribution to the Arts and Culture*
– Composer/Lyricist/Book Writers/Playright/Performer of ‘Hamilton the
Lin-Manuel Miranda has created one of the best ways to get people to enjoy,
understand and appreciate politics and political history. Hamilton the
Musical is about the political life of one the US Founding Fathers --
Alexander Hamilton, who was born and raised in the Caribbean. The play is
now studied in US school curriculums and the score has been performed to a
Presidential audience in the White House.
Hamilton immediately became an unprecedented sensation, with ticket prices
hitting $10,000 on the US secondary market following consistent sell-outs.
Literally millions of people have paid to see the performances which sells
out months in advance upon release in both the US and Britain.
The show earned the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the 2016 Grammy Award
for Best Musical Theatre Album, and was nominated for a record-setting 16
Tony Awards, of which it won 11, including Best Musical, Best Original
Score and Best Book. For his performance in the lead role of Alexander
Hamilton, Miranda was nominated for another Tony Award for Best Actor in a
Musical. The Grammy-winning cast album was the fifth biggest-selling record
in the US in 2016.
The Hamilton cast recording spent ten weeks at the top of Billboard's Top
Rap Albums chart in 2015, while The Hamilton Mixtape, an album of covers of
songs from the musical, developed by and featuring Miranda, reached number
one on the Billboard 200 upon release in December 2016.
Among his numerous accolades, Miranda has won a Pulitzer Prize, three Tony
Awards, three Grammys, an Emmy, two Olivier Awards, and has been nominated
for an Academy Award. In 2015, he was the recipient of a "Genius Grant"
from the MacArthur Fellows Program.
In 2016, Time magazine included Miranda in its annual Time 100 as one of
the "Most Influential People in the World". It was announced in June 2017
that Miranda would be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in
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