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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 reaching the mosque by a police cordon.

Mill Road has always been an ethnically and racially diverse area, with a high population of students and young people.  Keynote speaker MEP Richard Howitt told the Cambridge News how ‘As we all walked along...

The News of the World: RIP

  • July 08, 2011
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Having once spent many weekends outside Fortress Wapping in the 1980s, I will make no attempt to disguise the fact that it was  a hugely enjoyable experience to observe the dark heart of   the Murdoch empire  laid bare yesterday – and the disappearance of one its sleaziest and most amoral  publications.

Nor do the NOTW’s...

Now is the Summer of our Discontent

  • June 27, 2011
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It’s only three days before Thursday’s mass strike action, and anyone looking at the British media would be forgiven for believing that the world was about to end,or that the armies of the undead were about to lay waste to the nation’s cities.   What we actually contemplating is the prospect of public sector trade...

Striking is good for you

  • June 26, 2011
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I’ve never been particularly impressed by Ed Miliband, and the only satisfaction I took from his election as Labour leader was seeing his appallingly arrogant brother deprived of what he clearly regarded as a fait accompli.   But Miliband versus Miliband did not suggest the widest range of democratic choices, and Ed’s  ongoing...

Stop Rania Deportation!

  • June 10, 2011
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As Britain Sees a Needy Child
By Matt Carr


Rania Abdechakour

Credit:Bolton News Picture Agency

BOLTON, Jun 10, 2011 (IPS) – The British Home Office has ruled that a severely disabled five-year-old girl should be returned to Algeria. The ruling demonstrates just how tough some European governments are getting on immigration…

My piece for IPS News...

The Gilded Age

  • May 19, 2011
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Corruption is a phenomenon that the British often prefer to associate with less civilised countries and Latin American ‘banana republics’ rather than the cradle of parliamentary democracy.

We prefer to use more polite and genteel terms such as ‘potential conflict of interest ‘ and ‘revolving doors’ to describe the incestuous relationship between politicians and the private...

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