Originally posted in Camden New Journal
WE the undersigned from across Camden and north London note with concern a rise in racism in Britain and across Europe.
In contrast to those who seek to divide us through whipping up bigotry and hatred – whether that be scapegoating migrants, through attacking the Muslim community or any other form of racial hatred – we celebrate the multi-cultural, vibrant and diverse nature of London and the communities we live in. … Read the rest
Stupid. Incoherent. Short-sighted. Cack-handed. Intrusive. Counter-productive. One thesaurus is not enough to describe the folly of the British government’s policy towards foreign students. Working in a British university, I see its dire effects every day. Kafkaesque, intrusive bureaucracy. Everyone treated as a suspect. … Read the rest
After the disappointment of not seeing waves of Romanians arriving in the UK once restrictions were lifted, some tabloids have found a new eastern European bestseller: the abuse to the benefits system.
A particular case attracted my attention: the Daily Mail interviewed “Rudi”, described as “an ebullient 28 years old” who lives with his family on benefits, around Nottingham. … Read the rest