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Briton of the Year

  • December 30, 2014
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I generally try to disengage from the news from Christmas Eve onwards, and even when I don’t succeed festivities and family obligations tend to reduce the amount of time I have to write or even think about it.     One thing I don’t like to think about at all is Ukip.   Nevertheless Farage...

Jimmy Mubenga: A Shameful Verdict

  • December 17, 2014
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Yesterday a jury delivered one of the most astounding verdicts that the British justice system has produced in many years, when it found three former G4S guards not guilty of the manslaughter by gross negligence of   Jimmy Mubenga, the Angolan deportee who was asphyxiated while being forcibly held down in his seat during a...

Black Friday Blues

  • November 29, 2014
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It’s safe to say that the last week of November hasn’t really shown Britain at its best.   On the contrary, an almost daily barrage of bad news suggests a society that is gradually   coming apart at the seams.     Last Sunday it was reported that A & E wards across...

Europe’s New ‘Walls’: from the Berlin Wall to Lampedusa

  • November 12, 2014
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Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, wrote the poet Robert Frost, and few walls have been more unloved historically than the Berlin Wall.     The 25th anniversary of its fall on Sunday provided an opportunity for nostalgic reflection on a defining moment in European and world history.   Old ghosts and tropes...

Immigration: Labour Wades into the Gutter

  • October 13, 2014
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Within two days of the toxic Ukip eruptions in Manchester and Clacton, Ed Miliband has penned a piece in the Observer on how Labour will attempt to stop them spreading.     Miliband’s op ed was probably written before the election results, since it recycles older policies, ideas and narratives which Labour has already put...

The Prime Minister of Deportations

  • July 31, 2014
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Proving once again his commitment to defending the nation’s borders from the benefit-seeking migrant hordes,  David Cameron has posed for photographs at a Slough house from which four Albanians suspected of illegal immigration had just been arrested by Britain’s intrepid immigration police.   Lord Snooty was accompanied by Home Secretary Theresa May, who...

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