One of the perils of being a mum is that when my kids get ill, I invariably follow. This week started with my entire family, one after another, coming down with a nasty bug. True to form, by the end of the week I had it too. The result was that I was confined to bed over the weekend.
I am a bad patient at the best of times but this enforced rest was especially frustratingly as I had to cancel four speaking engagements over the weekend; the launches, in East London and Birmingham, of the European Muslim Research Centre report into 'Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hate Crime'; and the conferences of the NUS Black Students Campaign and the Coalition of Resistance.
To the organisers of these events, and to anyone who attended expecting to hear me speak, please accept my sincere apologies. I am starting to feel better and hope to be back in action later this week.