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An Open Letter to Ken the magnificent

        Ken, one Cricklewood household salutes you, what you stand for, and your achievements for London. The clock on progressive politics in London has been turned back two decades.   Dear Ken For us, as for other Cricklewood households, you have never been some aloof figure living in the shires, but genuinely…

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Shaikh Al-Qaradawi – a drama with portents

Last November Prime Minister Gordon Brown declared in the Commons, “Mr Speaker, it is by seeking to build on shared interests and shared values that we will isolate extremists and foster understanding across faiths”. He also floated the idea of setting up in Britain an European Centre of Excellence for Islamic studies. Hollow laughs and…

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Martin Bright’s mythical dragons

It was not long ago that Martin Bright could be regarded as a journalist with a heart – sympathetic to those in distress and facing hardship. In April 2001, while an Observer reporter, he tried to show the link between negative media coverage and assaults on refugees and asylum seekers. A year later another article…

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Fancy that! Boris Johnson and beeswax

So after having failed to convince ex-PM John Major, the Tories now propose Boris Johnson (full name: Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson) as Ken Livingstone‘s challenger for the 2008 London Mayoral elections! A brilliant journalist he may be – as was Winston Churchill before entering politics – but Ken Livingstone has the track record of…

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Spotting Ken Livingstone on Anson Road

And on Friday morning I drive past Ken Livingstone….. Driving along Anson Road, Cricklewood, at around 9.15 am on Friday morning (24 February ) guess who I spot? Ken Livingstone with his toddler son out for a walk. Not that it is unusual to see Ken in Willesden Green, because that is where he lives…