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What’s eating Eastleigh?

  • March 02, 2013
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Sometimes you have to feel sorry for the Tories (ok maybe not too much).   First, they put up a rabidly rightwing candidate in the Eastleigh byelection who opposes the EU, abortion and gay marriage and says things like ‘ I don’t care about refugees.’     Then Lord Snooty goes down to Eastleigh himself to talk about tackling benefit scroungers and the migrant workers who take advantage of Britain’s ‘soft touch.’

As if that wasn’t enough, the Tory newspapers attempt to involve Nick Clegg in a sex scandal cover up in the hope of...

Britain’s Invisible People

  • February 21, 2013
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Today I went up to Leeds with my daughter.   While we were there we visited the Thursday morning drop-in for destitute asylum seekers run by the charity Positive Action for Refugees (PAFRAS).     Though PAFRAS isn’t a religious organization, its activities are supported by the church, and it holds these weekly sessions in...

Immigrants Ate My Kittens

  • February 17, 2013
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Lord Snooty was on the campaign trail last week, looking to rouse the voters of Eastleigh by reminding them of   the immigrants and foreigners who are bringing the country to its knees.

On Wednesday, at Prime Minister’s Questions, His Lordship announced his intention to ‘reform’ the system allowing immigrants access to housing, the health service,...

North Africa: Europe’s Migrant Trap

  • February 13, 2013
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Europe’s military adventures in Libya in Mali have often been marked by a glaring contradiction; on the one hand European governments have presented these interventions as a generous and altruistic attempt to ‘save lives’ or rescue people from oppression and tyranny.

At the same time European governments and the institutional machinery of the EU have been...

Beyond the Border

  • January 03, 2013
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In the early 21st century it is possible to detect a contradictory dynamic in global politics. On the one hand we inhabit an increasingly integrated and “borderless” world in which national barriers against the movement of commodities and capital have been progressively dismantled. On the other hand governments across the world have gone to extraordinary...

Fortress Europe: Dispatches from a Gated Continent

  • September 19, 2012
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It’s nearly three years since the idea was first conceived and the proposal accepted.     It’s taken dozens of journeys and interviews, various rewrites, revisions, corrections.   It’s been raked over innumerable times, first by me, then by the editor, the copy-editor, and the proof-reader.

But this month the American version of my book Fortress...

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