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Thou Shalt Not Tweet ill of Ukip

  • May 13, 2014
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Anyone who has written criticism of Ukip will be familiar with the bug-eyed tweets and comments posted by its rank-and-file supporters that inevitably follow.   In the Internet Ukip often behaves like an angry mob, pouring forth a constant stream of bitter and often openly racist bile.       But is Britain’s ‘anti-establishment’ defender of the voiceless underdog now attempting to use the law to shut down criticism of its policies?

Two disturbing events in the last week suggest that this is indeed the case. First, there was the case of Cambridgeshire...

Britain’s Migrant Revolt: ‘ We want our freedom’

  • May 12, 2014
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For the last week, largely unnoticed in the mainstream British media, migrants in Britain’s ‘immigration removal centres’ have been engaged in one of the largest and most significant protests in many years against the dire conditions in the Britain’s ‘detention estate.’   The rebellion began on Friday May 2, when 150 detainees at Harmondsworth Removal...

Ukip: Bringing Lies and Racism to Your Town

  • April 28, 2014
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On the face of it, the last two weeks haven’t been the greatest advertisement for the Ukip anti-European/anti-political establishment ‘insurgency’.     First the ‘British builder’ in a Ukip party political broadcast candidate turned out to be a white Zimbabwean – sorry ‘Rhodesian’ – immigrant named Andre Lampitt.   In the broadcast builder Lampitt...

Who Are We? We’re Christians!

  • April 22, 2014
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Given the shallowness and political opportunism of David Cameron’s manufactured conversion, his suggestion that Britons should ‘ be more confident about our status as a Christian country’ has provoked a surprisingly vigorous debate, with critics and defenders rising up to pronounce upon Lord Snooty’s assertions.

The ‘against’ group includes Alastair Campbell, the Rationalist Association, the National...

Jesus on the Mainline

  • April 19, 2014
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Easter is a time for special reflection in the Christian faith, a time not just for hot cross buns and chocolate eggs, but an occasion to ponder the meaning of Christ’s sacrifice and its relevance to one’s own life.     David Cameron is no exception.

There was a time, back in 2008, when   Lord...

Does Work Make You Free?

  • April 16, 2014
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Work is good for you.     We know this because our politicians never cease to remind us of the fact.   Whether singing the virtues of ‘hard-working families’, or introducing punitive benefits caps and sanctions in an attempt to ‘get people back to work’ or ‘make work pay’, they constantly present work not simply...

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