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3 Jan 2017

Homeless in ‘Great’ Britain

  From my study I can see the common with its tall trees, sweeping seagulls and dog walkers. It  looks like a Christmas card, frosty, silvery and lovely. But, when you step out,  the cold cuts into the skin and eyes water. Yesterday a couple with a young child had an accident outside our house,…

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3 Jan 2017

Bloody Britishness

  This year Britishness reached its nadir. It turned angry, righteous, hateful, confrontational, inward looking and mean. Brexit was the result and still the rage goes on and on. Our nation’s identity has been and still can be, open and amiably self deprecating. Except for those times when attention seeking or jingoistic politicians jump up…

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3 Jan 2017

Children of the Jungle

  Thousands of unaccompanied children and young people will, by the end of this week, lose the perilous, bleak place they have sheltered in for many months, some, for years.  ‘The jungle’ in Calais is being demolished and inhabitants bussed out to various places in France. Natacha Bouchart, the mayor of Calais wants the world…

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3 Jan 2017

Whitewashed History

  This week, in an Uber taxi, going past four lovely Portland stone pillars near Hyde Park corner. These are Memorial Gates dedicated to the South Asian, African and Caribbean soldiers who fought in the two world wars. My driver is a young Sikh man. He’s wearing a poppy. As am I. I ask him…

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3 Jan 2017

Anti-Semitism in Britain

  I am a Muslim, so that makes me suspect. Also a leftie, so doubly suspect. Add to that the conclusive proof: I have often criticised Israeli policies in newspapers, on radio and TV. This is exactly what an Anti-Semite looks like in our times. The more you deny it, the more you ‘prove’ your…

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