Brexit has contributed to an environment of increased racial discrimination and intolerance, the UN special rapporteur on racism has said, as she identified a range of institutional prejudices that plague the lives of ethnic minorities in Britain. Speaking at the end of her mission to the UK, Prof Tendayi Achiume pointed to a Brexit-related growth in “explicit racial, ethnic and religious intolerance”, including extreme views that have gained ground in mainstream political parties of the left and the right. “The environment leading up to the referendum, the environment during the referendum, and the environment after the referendum has made racial and ethnic minorities more vulnerable to racial discrimination and intolerance,” she said. Achiume, from Zambia, was appointed the UN’s special rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in September 2017. A professor of law at University of California, … [Read more...] about UK has seen ‘Brexit-related’ growth in racism, says UN representative
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Nigel Farage has been interviewed at least six times by a far-right, antisemitic American pastor who recently used his evangelical web radio show to claim that Donald Trump’s impeachment was a “Jew coup” against the president, it has emerged. The Brexit party leader gave a series of long interviews between 2011 and 2016 to Rick Wiles, who has long used his TruNews broadcasting network to spread conspiracy theories, including the idea that Barack Obama is a Muslim plotting against the US. In the interviews, unearthed by the anti-racist group Hope Not Hate, Farage repeatedly discussed a supposed plot by bankers and “globalists” to impose a world government, a conspiracy theory strongly linked to antisemitism. Farage has previously been condemned by leading Jewish groups in the UK for using such tropes in other interviews. The Brexit party has described criticisms as attempts to smear Farage. The discovery of the appearances on TruNews are likely to increase … [Read more...] about Farage appeared with antisemitic pastor on US web radio show
A top Tory has resigned from the Cabinet over claims he lied about his knowledge of a former aide accused of collapsing a rape trial. Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns quit hours after a leaked e-mail claimed he was informed of a row involving Ross England in August 2018 - despite saying he didn't know until last week. Mr England was slammed by a judge, who accused him of "deliberately" collapsing a trial by making claims about the victim's sexual history when he gave evidence. But he was later selected as a Tory candidate for the Welsh Assembly. In a letter to Boris Johnson today, Mr Cairns said he had quit in "light of continued speculation" about the "very sensitive matter". He revealed there will be an investigation into whether he breached the Ministerial Code but insisted: "I am confident I will be cleared of any breach or wrong doing." But Jeremy Corbyn lashed out after Mr Cairns indicated he'd remain a candidate for the marginal Vale of Glamorgan seat. Labour's leader said: … [Read more...] about Alun Cairns resigns as Welsh Secretary over claims he lied about former aide
No one in Oli Khan’s family had ever lived in Scotland, or anywhere near it. But when, aged 23, Khan first set eyes on Linlithgow, a modest West Lothian town near Falkirk, he saw a prize greater than home. He saw opportunity. This chilly Scottish town – whose name means “lake in the damp hollow” – was the perfect place, Khan decided, to set up a curry house: it had a decent sized population, around 9,000 people, but no Indian restaurant. With help from his brother-in-law, who was in the restaurant trade in Birmingham, he opened his curry house in 1995 and named it Kismet – destiny. Khan’s father, who arrived in Britain from Bangladesh as a waiter in 1962, had taught him that there was good money to be made in selling curry to the British, if you could adapt it to their taste for predictable sauces on a sliding scale of heat (mild korma, medium Madras, fiery vindaloo). For thousands of Bangladeshi immigrants in the 60s and 70s, working in … [Read more...] about Who killed the great British curry house?
As the general election campaign enters its final few days, the parties are ramping up their canvassing for every last vote. Boris Johnson is set to target Labour heartlands to appeal to Leave voters, while Labour will again hope to drive home their messages on the NHS and the economy. The PM is due to make campaign visits to the east of England, the North East and South West while in Scotland, Tory leader Jackson Carlaw will launch an ad van in Newton Mearns. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will also be campaigning in the South West, while shadow chancellor John McDonnell will give a speech on the economy in London. According to a polling expert, Tories are on course for a majority, but the last three days of the campaign will still be crucial. Professor Sir John Curtice, speaking on BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour , told Carolyn Quinn: “We are looking at a 10-point Conservative lead over the Labour Party, 43 to 33, Liberal Democrats now down to 12, the Brexit Party down to 3 and … [Read more...] about Tories on course for majority but Labour set to launch final election push