BBC presenter Clive Myrie reveals he was ‘ashamed’ of Britain after watching his family become victims to Windrush scandal when they faced being deported
- The journalist’s brothers faced deportation despite living in Britain for decades
- In his new memoir Everything is Everything, Myrie says he was ‘ashamed’ of UK
BBC newsreader Clive Myrie has said he was ‘ashamed’ of Britain after watching members of his family become victims of the Windrush scandal.
The journalist, 59, has revealed that his two half-brothers, six to seven years his senior, faced deportation despite having lived in Britain for decades – and despite their parents arriving from Jamaica as British citizens, like all those from the Windrush generation.
Myrie’s brother Lionel is still waiting for a British passport and compensation while his brother Peter died of prostate cancer before getting either.
In his new memoir, Everything Is Everything, the Mastermind host says the incident made him ‘angry and also ashamed of my own country’.
On the Government’s delays in paying compensation, he told The Times: ‘We’re all agreed that what has happened is a complete and utter disgrace – the question is, what do you do about it?
BBC newsreader Clive Myrie (pictured in 2020) has said he was ‘ashamed’ of Britain after watching members of his family become victims of the Windrush scandal
Myrie in the press room after presenting the award for Quiz Show at the National Television Awards 2021 at the O2 arena
‘I’m still hoping society understands what happened and tries to rectify it.’
He said people may be shocked to hear of his Windrush connection, ‘because people think they know me.
‘But it could have happened to anyone with relations who came here under the Nationality Act.’
In his memoir, he tells of how, aged four, he was completely mute at school and so shy that he threw up out of fear on his first day.
And he says he imagined his future as a newsreader while on his paper round as a teenager, speaking aloud the front-page stories as he cycled.
The book also touches on how he used to be troubled by the racial hatred and death threats he has faced throughout his career, but now says he pities the abusers, saying: ‘It’s just pathetic, really.’