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Extremists – what us?

Wales Pupils at St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School in Flint receive a free bus pass if they live more than three miles from the school and are Catholic. However non-Catholics have to pay for the council-run bus, or for a more expensive pass on a school-run minibus. click here. UK A former MI5 officer is…

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Fly on the wall

What so discomfits Trevor Phillips about British Muslims? Now and again, the Anglo-Guyanese race relations pundit Trevor Phillips feels bound to make himself known. As astutely observed by an erstwhile buddy, Ziauddin Sardar, in The Times on 29 January My old friend and colleague Trevor Phillips seems to be a bit desperate for attention. Why…

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Terrorism Laws – crows come home to roost?

The misuse of Britain’s hastily conceived anti-terrorism/counter-terrorism laws and security regimes is now affecting society as a whole…  Owen Bowcott in the Guardian, 16th January 2016, ‘A key clause in the Terrorism Act 2000 is incompatible with the European convention on human rights, the master of the rolls, John Dyson, has said as part of…

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Censorship is OK for some!

So there are limits to freedom of expression after all! But not if it applies to Muslims. If Muslims protest, then it becomes a battle to preserve artistic freedoms and the rights of expression, regardless of the insult caused. However, censorship is widespread… Israel bans novel It is a literary love story between an Israeli…

Revolving Doors

There seems to be a seamless progression of public servants and politicians pursuing lucrative second careers…and vice versa. ‘Alistair Darling, the former Labour chancellor of Britain, has been appointed to the board of directors at Morgan Stanley. Darling will take up his role at the financial services firm in January… The news comes a day after it was…

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Dodgy Padres!

Wobbly church fathers, monks and rabbis! Trouble with the Franciscans Michael Day, writing in the Independent, notes how the Order has been ’embroiled in a scandal in which charitable proceeds were invested illegally in shell companies in Switzerland, Kenya, Eritrea and the Middle East, some of them linked to arms and drugs trafficking’. Apparently the…

WoT & the deeper malaise

John Newsinger in Monthly Review, ‘… One of the pretexts for invading Iraq had been Saddam Hussein’s supposed links with al-Qaeda. It was purportedly part of the War on Terror. This was pure fiction of course. The War on Terror was from the beginning nothing more than an ideological construct intended to provide popular justification for…

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Torture – a shared value?

                  Libya rendition update: ‘According to the documents discovered after the fall of Gaddafi, five men were subjected to control orders on the basis of intelligence assessments that are now alleged to have been based in part on information extracted during Libyan interrogation of the two opposition…

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Immigration – Britain cannot do without!

          Niki Chesworth in the Evening Standard, 24 November 2014: ‘…the London Ambulance Service (LAS) has been forced to look abroad to fill its vacancies as a result of the shortage of paramedics in the UK, hiring paramedics from Australia and New Zealand after a recruitment drive…However, nursing and midwifery has…

That Special Relationship

    What is the nature of the special relationship between Britain and the US? “Britain’s special relationship with the US is so special only one side knows it exists” – Helmut Schmidt October 2014 Michael Clarke of RUSI: …the British took responsibility for Helmand in 2006. It was a move dictated as much by…