How a commemorative Gandhi coin utterly overshadowed our fight for British ethnic minority representation
Imagine the scenes.
Three years ago, you start a campaign to make Noor Inayat Khan, a British spy in the Second World War, the first ever ethnic minority face on British legal tender. You then join forces with Patrick Vernon (whose individual campaign was for Mary Seacole), but the campaign cannot convince the Bank of England to put an ethnic minority face on the new £50 note. Undeterred, you launch We Too Built Britain to campaign for legal tender in terms of coins, as well as representation on statues and civic symbols.
On 1 August, you are told that not only does Rishi Sunak, the current chancellor, support the We Too Built Britain campaign, but he has written to the Royal Mint to ask them