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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...

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...

The UK and Syrian Refugees: from political pawns to political tokenism

  • January 29, 2014
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After weeks of vacillation, the UK government has finally agreed to resettle 500 of the ‘most vulnerable’ Syrian refugees.   Lord Snooty appears to have overruled Theresa May, who was reluctant to enter an ‘open-ended commitment’ to UNHCR’s call for European governments to resettle 30,000 refugees that might have undermined the Coalition’s ‘tens of thousands’...

The Unkindness of Strangers

  • January 18, 2014
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It seems to me that true religion begins with the law about protecting the alien and the stranger,‘ wrote the late Auschwitz survivor and interfaith dialogue campaigner Rabbi Hugo Gryn (1930-1996),   ‘ It is there in every religious tradition and it there that men and women discover the idea of humanity.   Voltaire...

The World According to UKIP

  • January 14, 2014
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The European parliamentary elections are not far away, and the United Kingdom Independence Party   is looking to make big gains and continue to exert its increasingly malevolent influence over British politics.

On its website, UKIP describes itself as a ‘patriotic party putting Britain first’ standing up against the ‘political class’   as ‘ violent crime...

British Racism: Out of the Mouths of Babes

  • January 08, 2014
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You need a lot of patience to be an ambassador from an Eastern European country to Britain these days – the kind of patience a police negotiator might need to talk down a drunken husband holed up with a shotgun or perhaps a potential suicide about to jump off a balcony.

Every other day, it seems,...

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