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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 the weekend, so forgive these somewhat belated reflections on the results.

What strikes me at first is the discrepancy between what was expected to take place and what actually happened.         What little I was able to...

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 ...

Britain’s Migrant Revolt: ‘ We want our freedom’

  • May 12, 2014
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For the last week, largely unnoticed in the mainstream British media, migrants in Britain’s ‘immigration removal centres’ have been engaged in one of the largest and most significant protests in many years against the dire conditions in the Britain’s ‘detention estate.’   The rebellion began on Friday May 2, when 150 detainees at Harmondsworth Removal...

Littlejohn Goes to Legoland

  • March 12, 2014
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Imagine readers, that you are Richard Littlejohn, star columnist of the Daily Mail.   One day you are lolling around your Florida mansion, when   you get a phone call or an email from your editor Paul Dacre.   Perhaps it goes something like this:

‘ Richard, You remember that hate preacher we talked about last...

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