And then there is Iran. Britain - along with its European allies - is scrambling to keep the Iran nuclear deal on life support. They believe that even in its much weakened state the agreement is worth protecting: United Nations inspectors can still see what nuclear capabilities Iran has; the deal still provides a forum for much-needed dialogue with Iran. The Americans reckon the deal simply gives Iran the economic freedom to project terror across the Middle East. They failed to inform the UK about their assassination of the Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani. … [Read more...] about US-UK relations: Is London toughening its stance with Washington?
Asylum seekers policy uk
In 2016, a disturbing analysis revealed that the Daily Express had carried 179 front pages in five years devoted to anti-migrant stories, while the Daily Mail had published 122. Through repetition, disinformation, misinformation – warnings of “hordes” to come from various war-torn or impoverished countries – and the omission of any positive material, papers incited fears of immigrants. Migrants, readers were told, were being treated to more homes, more jobs and more generous benefits than the indigenous population. … [Read more...] about Migrants are off the agenda for the UK press, but the damage is done
“The government is working with industry to develop new roadside breath tests, meaning drink-drivers do not have the chance to sober up before being tested, while the Think! Mates Matter campaign had the biggest impact on young drivers’ attitudes to drink-driving in a decade. … [Read more...] about UK drink-drive deaths at highest level since 2009
Assange has been in the embassy in Knightsbridge since mid-June, and, despite Quito's offer, cannot leave for the airport as Britain is refusing to give him safe passage. The interview with Correa opened with a brief report from inside the embassy, showing the 41-year-old Assange embracing his lawyer Baltasar Garzón, minutes before he addressed supporters from the balcony outside on Sunday. … [Read more...] about Ecuador president warns UK not to enter embassy to seize Julian Assange
"I think it's quite good not to sweep it under the carpet," he said. According to Bond there's no duty for writers to explore difficult subjects, but authors should be "aware of them, and aware that life isn't easy for someone who's left their country and can't go back". … [Read more...] about Paddington Bear faces questions on asylum status