David Edgar being the latest to voice his concerns).
I was asked about my personal journey into politics. I told my story about being subject to a racist incident in Birmingham city centre after 9/11 and its impact on me. Although I found it shocking to be spat on in broad daylight as I walked with my baby boy, it was not the action of a single racist that I found most disturbing. It was the lack of any reaction from all those who witnessed it. I stressed that we have choices. And those of us that live in the West have much more choices than most. We have freedom of speech, of assembly, and we are not so overtaken with just trying to stay alive that we can't exercise those choices.
I am a passionate believer in the power of human solidarity. But solidarity is not automatic and those that rule our world are skilled in dividing us. We have to consciously make solidarity more our cultural norm. And that entails leading by example. To emphasis the point, I quoted Malcolm X's line that if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
As ever when I speak to young people, I came away feeling optimistic about the future.