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23rd September 2010

The Roma deportation - evicting the homeless

The forcible eviction of Roma and their deportation to Romania and Bulgaria by France has quite rightly invited criticism from across Europe and also within President Sarkozy's own party. The French President is trying to portray the operation against the...

23rd September 2010

Whose welfare is it anyway?

The Bard of Avon in one of his famous lines says 'the quality of mercy blesseth him that gives and him that takes. Given the state of today's welfare expenditure by the State he may have corrected himself to caution that the quality of mercy (welfare meas...

23rd September 2010

Is the government missing out the wood for the trees?

The adage missing the woods for the trees describes a situation where the focus on the big picture is lost by one's short sighted preoccupation with relatively less important small details. The UK government's decision to sell national reserves, forest la...

23rd September 2010

The Burka controversy

UK's immigration Minister Damian Green has ruled out a ban on the burka in public places on the contention that it would be "rather un British" to do so. I would like to add here that Britain not banning the burka is a typical "more loyal than the king" B...

23rd September 2010

Tough decisions to overcome tough times

David Cameron's call for tough measures, austerity and slashed expenditure to overcome the enormous fiscal deficit comes as no surprise; a Prime Minister saddled with a 156 billion pound deficit could not have acted differently. While his speech placing t...

23rd September 2010

Are Britains laws letting it down badly?

Looking around what is happening in the country today the question that comes top most to the mind is Are UKs laws not effective enough? The saying The law is a donkey never seemed more true ever in the past than in todays bleak scenario. Just consider ho...

23rd September 2010

Is Britain moving to a phase of uncertainty?

While the question "who would be king?' may be top most on everybody's mind, a more sober observation would be "regardless of who would be the king, is the nation heading for some uncertain times?" The people's mandate as things stand seems to indicate a ...

23rd September 2010

A burning issue caused by burning?

If you were sceptical that the recently concluded high power climate talks at Copenhagen was a lot of hot air and nothing more, the bad news is you are dead right. Reports of one of the most large scale carbon and methane emissions in Nigeria's oil rich N...

23rd September 2010


Immigration has always been a sticky issue in British politics with an impact extending into its society and economy. I recall an immigrant from India remarking in lighter vein to my question on why most immigrants opt for the British shores "In the past ...

23rd September 2010

Is all this bullying stuff just a lot of bull...?

Recent accusations of bullying and uncivil behaviour on Prime Minister Gordon Brown has cast a long shadow on 10, Downing street, these accusations portray Mr Brown as a screaming, hostile and intimidating person who flings missiles, shoves people around ...

17th September 2010

A letter from America - To the Muslims of the World

Yesterday we elected an American of African origin, Barak Obama, as America’s next President to hold indisputably the world’s most powerful office. While we voted him in we knew his middle name, Hussain, and his Muslim roots on his father’s side. This i...

15th September 2010

India to Conduct Caste Census

After weeks of fierce political debate, India’s cabinet has officially approved the first caste-based census since 1931 which will likely lead to better implementation of affirmative action policies and will almost certainly define how politicians campaig...

09th September 2010

Openness and honesty in public sector recruitment

The coming months are likely to be difficult for public sector recruitment, particularly in the civil service. Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell has said that some of the toughest challenges brought about by the coalition government's austerity measu...

07th September 2010

Ain't No Sunshine (And Solar Power) When The Political Class Is Involved

Singer Bill Withers once sang: "Ain't no sunshine when she's gone." Great song and the inspiration, along with a recent Associated Press analysis, for this article, indicating that there is no sunshine and no solar power when the Federal governm...

06th September 2010

Sonia Gandhi : Record fourth term as Congress President will accelerate further pro-people policies

When Congress President Sonia Gandhi would get re-elected as party chief, it would be a record fourth term. The election process for the party’s top post was set in motion last week with the issue of notification and on Thursday, her nomination was filed....