- April 30, 2012
‘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.
- March 26, 2012
This Wednesday at 00.10 hours, a chartered deportation flight of refused Afghan asylum seekers is due to fly from London to Kabul, escorted by guards from the private security firm Reliance Secure Task Management, which took over responsibility for escorting such flights in May last year, following the death of the Angolan asylum seeker Jimmy...
- November 16, 2011
The plot thickens regarding the ‘Bordergate’ scandal. Yesterday the outgoing chief of the UK Border Agency Brodie Clark and UKBA’s new executive director Rob Whiteman gave what were essentially incompatible versions of the same events to parliament.
Clark denied suggestions that he was a ‘rogue officer’ and insisted that last summer’s relaxed border checks had...
- November 10, 2011
It’s always pleasant to see a reactionary government hanging by its own petard when it tries to play the immigration card, but the UK Border Agency ‘relaxed border controls’ pseudo-scandal encapsulates so much that is toxic about the British ‘debate’ on immigration that the frisson wears off quite quickly.
First we have a Coalition government which...