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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 Centre went on hunger strike.

Since then the protest has spread to Colnbrook, Brook House and Campsfield, where 50 people went on hunger strike last Tuesday.   At Harmondsworth the detainees presented the authorities with an 8-point list of...

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...

The World According to UKIP

  • January 14, 2014
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The European parliamentary elections are not far away, and the United Kingdom Independence Party   is looking to make big gains and continue to exert its increasingly malevolent influence over British politics.

On its website, UKIP describes itself as a ‘patriotic party putting Britain first’ standing up against the ‘political class’   as ‘ violent crime...

Immigration: British Politicians and the Race for the Bottom

  • December 18, 2013
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As British politicians vie with each other to compete for the xenophobe vote, the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols has become one of the few establishment figures to criticize the UK’s cruel and inhuman immigration policies.     The Archbishop’s main criticisms were aimed at the government’s family reunion policies, which prevent British citizens from...

Nelson Mandela’s A list Send-Off: History Ends as Kitsch

  • December 11, 2013
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Call me a cynic, but I can’t help feeling that there was a great deal to be cynical about at the Nelson Mandela memorial yesterday, at least as far as the elite gathering of ‘global leaders’ and ‘ eminent persons’ was concerned.     For sheer crassness, the ‘selfie’ taken by Cameron, Obama and the...

Nelson Mandela’s Phony Fanclub

  • December 06, 2013
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The death of Nelson Mandela is an event to be mourned, but his magnificent life is also something to be celebrated, for his exemplary moral courage and for the heroic struggle against one of the most oppressive and vile political systems ever created which   he symbolized, and helped bring to a triumphant conclusion after...

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