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‘ 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 more than half the centre, as the detainees presented the authorities with an 8-point list of issues which they wanted resolved.   These included an end to the “Fast Track” asylum processing system which keeps migrants in detention while...

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...

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...

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...

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