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Lord Green of Migration Watch

  • October 22, 2014
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Yesterday’s announcement of a peerage for Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch.UK is another testament to the antiquated patronage system through which the British political class rewards those who have been useful to it, but the fact that Green has been chosen for this particular honour is in its way as much a barometer of our political present as Mike Read’s Ukip Calypso.

Green’s appointment was justified by the government as a reward for his public service as a diplomat, and also because he has ‘made a contribution by the work he has done on...

Offshore asylum screening centres: towards a cordon sanitaire

  • June 05, 2014
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Europe’s annual migrant ‘boat season’ is getting underway, and already the numbers of migrants crossing the Mediterranean are already showing a dramatic increase on previous years.     According to the European Border Agency Frontex, 42,000 people have tried to reach Italy this year,   compared with UNHCR figures of 3, 362 arrivals by the...

Europe’s Ghosts

  • June 02, 2014
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I’ve been walking in the mountains of Andalucia for the last week, and staying in a hotel with really poor Internet reception.     As a result I wasn’t able to blog, and was barely able even to grasp what had taken place in the European elections until I got back to the UK over...

In the Country of the Blind

  • May 23, 2014
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It’s early days yet, but the first signs this morning are that Ukip has made predictably big gains in local council elections.     This does not yet constitute the ‘political earthquake’ that Farage and his cohorts have predicted.   So far Ukip has not gained control of any councils, it has failed to make...

Anyone but Ukip

  • May 22, 2014
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Today Nigel Farage’s ‘people’s army’ will set off down to the polling stations today to keep its appointment with destiny.     This is one appointment that destiny would really be well-advised not to get out of bed for, because we have seen a great deal of Ukip these last few weeks, and it hasn’t...

‘ No one is listening to us’: Britain’s Migrant Rebellion

  • May 20, 2014
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On Friday May 2, 150 detainees at Harmondsworth Removal Centre went on hunger strike. The GEO private security firm that runs Harmondsworth quickly responded with repression, breaking up meetings and placing ringleaders in solitary confinement, in an attempt to snuff them out quickly.

By the following week the strike had spread to four wings ...

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