Articles tagged with: London Letter
It’s all the rage in Europe at the moment, and it bites. As I’m sure you’ve been reading, Greece is in pieces. Spain is slowly unravelling, and Portugal is not far behind. Germany, France – everyone has their economic woes. This then, will be the summer of discontent in Europe.
Election-time is not the time to have a debate on immigration – and yet, it’s been pretty high up among the major talking points here. Politicians are falling over themselves to tell the electorate exactly how tight they’re going to shut the gates on Britain to keep the foreigners out. Immigration’s a real political point-scorer.
My father in law, Francis, is a dyed-in-the-wool supporter of the Labour party. Rather, the Labour party before the Big Drift. Now, all he can do is complain, broken-heartedly, about the party, the country, the Prime Minister, and the Drift. And as Britain heads towards a general election later this year, Francis is wringing his hands. Because the alternative is for him, something very hard to swallow indeed: the British Conservative party.
The leader of the right-wing British National Party, Nick Griffin, appeared on the BBC’s Question Time program in October, an event which has produced reams of media coverage. Here’s a selection of what Britain’s commentators had to say:
An engrossing portrait of an arranged marriage, The Immigrant by Manju Kapur has been released by Faber & Faber. The story is set in Halifax where the author lived from 1969-72 as a student of Dal. Touch BASE Associate Editor Golda Arthur interviews the author on the issues that trouble the immigrant as they struggle to make life work in another country.
A refreshing story caught my eye lately. And trust the tabloid News of The World to come up with the best headline for it: Sri Lankan Brit shows true Grit.