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R.I.P: Basil D’Oliveira 1931-2011

  • November 20, 2011
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As a young adolescent recently returned from the Caribbean in the late sixties, the case of Basil D’Oliveira was my first introduction to the racism of the English cricket establishment – and the vicious insanity of the apartheid system.     Born in South Africa in 1931, D’Oliveira was  a gifted all-rounder of mixed race, who left his native land because of the apartheid rules that prevented a ‘coloured’ cricketer from playing for the national team.

D’Oliveira had already followed Learie Constantine’s footsteps and played for some years in the Lancashire League. ...

Europe’s ‘multicultural problem’

  • July 21, 2011
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Multiculturalism is a concept that is often criticized – and rarely defined – by both mainstream conservatives and the extreme right.    But definitions are  usually less important than the visceral condemnations of a corrupting liberal ‘ideology’ that is supposedly paving the way for the downfall of ‘our’ national and cultural identity...

Samosas, drinks and the EDL

  • July 12, 2011
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There was a bad result for the English Defence League (EDL) in my hometown of Cambridge on Saturday.   Some 200 EDL members attempted to march down Mill Road to protest outside the Abu Bakr Jamia Mosque in Mawson Road.    They were met by a counter-demonstration of 2,000 people, and prevented from...

An Antidote to Bigotry

  • May 29, 2011
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Question: What do these photographs have in common?

 

Answer:   All of them are pictures of Muslims, and they can be found on the wonderful website Pictures of Muslims Wearing Things – a brilliantly imaginative antidote to the obsession with Muslim dress codes that has become a staple of contemporary Islamophobia.  It was...

Multiculturalism is bad for you

  • April 22, 2011
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Superb article by  Liz Fekete at the Institute of Race Relations on the European-wide convergence between mainstream conservatives and the extreme-right in their attacks on multiculturalism.   Her central thesis is that, at a time of economic crisis

In singling out multiculturalism as a threat to national identity, the leaders of Europe’s centre-right parties...

Cameron lets the dogs out

  • April 15, 2011
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Put yourself in David Cameron’s position.   May council elections are just around the corner and your Coalition government is taking a relentless political kicking.   Your cuts agenda is not only looking cruel but also incompetent, and now even the Royal College of Nursing has taken the unprecedented step of a no...

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