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Ukip Flying Saucers Invade Earth

  • March 21, 2014
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I’ve just been watching   the ‘science fiction video’ produced by Ukip in Bradford.   Written and ‘directed’ by Ukip Bradford and District chairman Jason Smith, it’s a chilling and bleak testament to the intellectual and moral vacuum that his party would like to drag the country into – and also to the fantasy vision of British society that is so essential to its politics.

Sinister and ominous music accompanies a  succession of Independence Day imagery of giant space ships bearing the EU logo hovering over Bradford, hoovering up taxpayers’ money through cracks in...

Immigration: Your Concerns are Our Concerns

  • March 07, 2014
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What are you concerned about readers?   Is it the environment, income inequality, the cost of childcare, creeping privatization of the NHS, unemployment, poverty, the punitive treatment of disability claimants, foodbanks, or the seemingly endless appetite of the British ruling elite for foreign military adventures?

None of these issues is likely to produce the kind of...

Migrants and the New ‘Wandering Poor’: Back to the Future

  • February 25, 2014
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We’ve known for some time that the UK government wants to attract only the ‘brightest and the best’ immigrants to Britain, and that special forms of largesse are extended to rich migrants in order to attract them to our shores.     If you are married to a British citizen but earn less than ...

Mark Harper Falls on His Plastic Sword

  • February 11, 2014
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Politicians on all sides have been falling over themselves to praise former Immigration Minister Mark Harper for his ‘honourable’ decision to resign, following the discovery that his cleaner was an ‘illegal immigrant.’   Harper’s colleagues, all of them honourable men and women themselves, have been been at pains to point out how correct and even...

The UK and Syrian Refugees: from political pawns to political tokenism

  • January 29, 2014
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After weeks of vacillation, the UK government has finally agreed to resettle 500 of the ‘most vulnerable’ Syrian refugees.   Lord Snooty appears to have overruled Theresa May, who was reluctant to enter an ‘open-ended commitment’ to UNHCR’s call for European governments to resettle 30,000 refugees that might have undermined the Coalition’s ‘tens of thousands’...

The Unkindness of Strangers

  • January 18, 2014
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It seems to me that true religion begins with the law about protecting the alien and the stranger,‘ wrote the late Auschwitz survivor and interfaith dialogue campaigner Rabbi Hugo Gryn (1930-1996),   ‘ It is there in every religious tradition and it there that men and women discover the idea of humanity.   Voltaire...

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