Lessons from Scotland: Offer People a Vision

Interview with Sofi Taylor by Kiri Kankhwende “Whether we agreed with the SNP or not, what they gave us was something beyond five years, they gave us a vision that Scotland could be like Sweden: good education, healthcare, socialist policies.” Depending on which poll you prefer, and every poll had a different result, the Scottish… Read More

Brave Words from a Bully Pulpit

by Kiri Kankhwende With current transitional controls imposed on Bulgarians and Romanians moving to Britain due to be lifted in January, anti-EU, and in particular, anti-Roma rhetoric is ramping up. In an interview with his local BBC news station on 12 November, Former Home Secretary David Blunkett said: We have got to change the behaviour… Read More

Good Immigrant/Bad Immigrant – Paul Collier’s ‘Exodus’

by Kiri Kankhwende In Exodus: Immigration and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century, Paul Collier aims to chart a nuanced course between what he identifies as two extreme views of immigration: “popular hostility” to migrants, tinged by xenophobia and racism; and the view of business and liberal elites that ‘open doors’ are both economically and ethically… Read More

Language Matters: Doubling Down on Anti-immigrant Rhetoric

by Kiri Kankhwende The government’s contentious “Go Home” van is off the streets for now, but Immigration Minister Mark Harper still saw fit to double down on his support for the initiative in a parliamentary debate on Wednesday after Pete Wishart SNP asked him to guarantee that “he will not bring these xenophobic “go home”… Read More