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Fernand Melgar’s fortress

  • June 23, 2013
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Last week I had the privilege of participating in a panel discussion in Nottingham to accompany Fernand Melgar’s film La Forteresse (2008), as part of an event put on by the New Art Exchange for Refugee Week.   Melgar’s film is a remarkable achievement, that has rarely, if ever been seen in the UK.

This a...

Cruel Britannia: come on and feel the hate

  • March 30, 2013
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Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner, has accused Britain of ‘shameful rhetoric’ on immigration.   Muiznieks told the Guardian ‘The UK debate has taken a worrying turn as it depicts lower-skilled migrants as dangerous foreigners coming to steal jobs, lower salaries and spoil the health system. ‘

Muizniek was particularly concerned about...

Did Jesus come from a ‘high-risk’ country?

  • March 24, 2013
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Well, knock me down with a feather.  For the first time in many years, a prominent establishment figure has spoken with humanity, honesty and common sense  about Britain’s poisonous and corrupt immigration ‘debate’.

Naturally, this contribution didn’t come from a politician, but from David Walker, the Anglican Bishop of Dudley, who has accused the three...

Let’s Talk about Immigration

  • March 06, 2013
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On the train coming back from London today, I had a great conversation with two retired Guyanese nurses, who were on their way to Chesterfield, where they had once done their training.

Both of them left Guyana many years ago, as so   many Guyanese did during the disastrous Burnham decades, so we had a lot...

What’s eating Eastleigh?

  • March 02, 2013
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Sometimes you have to feel sorry for the Tories (ok maybe not too much).   First, they put up a rabidly rightwing candidate in the Eastleigh byelection who opposes the EU, abortion and gay marriage and says things like ‘ I don’t care about refugees.’     Then Lord Snooty goes down to Eastleigh himself...

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...

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