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Waiting for the Bulgarians

  • April 07, 2013
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Oh dear.   For months the tabloid press has been working itself and the British public into a frenzy of horror at the prospect of an invasion of Bulgarian and Romanian immigrant, and what a shameful spectacle it has been.

Never mind the xenophobic and racist depictions of both countries as sinkholes of poverty and degradation,...

London Metropolitan: a cowardly government plays to the gallery

  • September 01, 2012
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Even by the Coalition government’s standards, the decision by the UK Border Agency to permanently revoke London Metropolitan University’s license to teach and recruit non-EU students is a stunningly crass and shameful piece of anti-immigrant rabble-rousing that represents a public image disaster for the UK.

In economic terms it is a spectacular own goal, not only...

Welcome to the UK

  • April 30, 2012
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‘Anything scares me, anything scares anyone but really after all nothing is really so very frightening when everything is so very dangerous,’ wrote Gertrude Stein in 1937.

This isn’t a philosophy that is likely to get much purchase in the fearful, security-obsessed and risk-averse society that the United Kingdom has become in the last decade.

The UK...

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