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Cruel Britannia: come on and feel the hate

  • March 30, 2013
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Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner, has accused Britain of ‘shameful rhetoric’ on immigration.   Muiznieks told the Guardian ‘The UK debate has taken a worrying turn as it depicts lower-skilled migrants as dangerous foreigners coming to steal jobs, lower salaries and spoil the health system. ‘

Muizniek was particularly concerned about the way that British politicians and the media have reacted to the prospect of immigration from Bulgaria and Romania, noting how

‘A stigma is put on Bulgarian and Romanian citizens just because of their origin. This is unacceptable because a...

Eddy Mair takes Boris Johnson to the cleaners

  • March 25, 2013
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Watching Eddy Mair’s brilliant unravelling of Boris Johnson is a hugely enjoyable experience, for those of us who believe that beneath his cheeky chappie veneer, lurks a hollow Tory flim flam man on the make.    In a few deft minutes of questioning, Mair delivered a series of killer blows to the tousled-haired...

Stop saying they’re ‘out of touch’

  • March 21, 2013
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In recent years the expression ‘out of touch’ has one of the more meaningless clichés of modern politics.   It’s generally used as an indictment of governments and powerful institutions,  as the following random headlines illustrate:

Rail fare rises show Government is out of touch, says Labour,  (Telegraph 2/1/13)

Welsh Government ‘out of touch’...

Tony Blair: when ignorance is bliss

  • March 12, 2013
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Every time I write about Tony Blair, I tell myself that it will be the last time.   But then I find myself coming back, time and again, like a dog to its vomit.     It isn’t because Blair is so interesting in himself.   On the contrary, the more he appears in the...

Tory Ghouls Shuffle into the Limelight

  • March 11, 2013
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‘False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine but leaving us when we cross into the shade,’ wrote the nineteenth century American author Christian Nevel Bovee.

With darkness falling on Cameron-land, and Nigel Farage grinning manically and looking more and more like the Joker about to take over...

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...

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