Priti Patel’s Home Office speech – a do-gooder comments

Priti Patel gave a speech at the Conservative Party conference. Some of it wasn't true. She said:We believe everyone should play by the same rules, and those values underpin our approach when it comes to immigration. We made the British public a promise that this Conservative government would end free movement, and we will. It’s … Continue reading Priti Patel’s Home Office speech – a do-gooder comments

Safe and legal routes

My reply from MP Thérèse Coffey calling for safe and legal routes to the UK: "Thank you for contacting me about migrants crossing the English Channel. The Home Secretary has said that we must make this route unviable in order to secure a long-term solution to the issue. The National Crime Agency, Border Force and … Continue reading Safe and legal routes

Refugee news summary: Europe’s ‘shield’

Europe Greek-Turkish border European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen used  the language of the far-right earlier this month when she called the Greek border Europe's 'shield.' Josep Borrell, EU foreign policy chief, told asylum seekers and migrants not to come to the border. After Turkey 'opened the doors to Europe', Greece suspended new asylum … Continue reading Refugee news summary: Europe’s ‘shield’


  Something happened Today Which set the cat among the pigeons and fluttered the dovecote Stop! Listen! How on earth do we respond? Armageddon awaits, if we get this wrong! So Let us put a loony up against an expert Let them both be white and middle aged and male Let us draw swords and … Continue reading Today

Phyllis Pearsall – ‘Whose secretary are you?’

For getting around London in the days before pre-Sat Nav and Google Map - if  you can imagine such a quaint, techno-lite concept -  Phyllis Pearsall’s A-Z was indispensable. But most contemporary references to Phyllis are derogatory.  Take for example, the mentions she gets in the much-lauded London Review of Books. The tunnel-boring machine used … Continue reading Phyllis Pearsall – ‘Whose secretary are you?’

10,000 employed to keep ‘them’ out of Europe

Some significant news was released yesterday but it was no April Fool. The European Commission agreed to reinforce its Border and Coast Guard with an additional 10,000 border guards. You might think the move would be fuel for sceptical Leavers convinced that the EU project will suck up its members into a super state, despite … Continue reading 10,000 employed to keep ‘them’ out of Europe