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On Scotland and LGBT Ugandans

It’s been widely reported in the British and international press that the Scottish government is “offering asylum” to LGBT Ugandans, following a letter written by Scotland’s Minister of External Affairs, Humza Yousaf, in which he pledges to welcome “any Ugandan” … Continue reading

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Serco

Everyone should read this expose of Australian detention conditions by a former employee of Serco, the private company which runs Australia’s immigration detention facilities. The same dehumanising and brutal culture prevails in Britain, where Serco runs Yarl’s Wood, detaining hundreds … Continue reading

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Justice for immigrants: a reply to Kwasi Kwarteng

I made the mistake of opening the Evening Standard on the Tube and was confronted with this thoroughly disingenuous editorial from Conservative MP Kwasi Kwarteng. As an immigration lawyer and activist, I felt obliged to respond to several assertions which … Continue reading

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A brief thought on migration and the hierarchy of privilege

Britain’s immigration laws intentionally create a kind of hierarchy of privilege, based on the accident of birth: with British citizens at the top, then EU nationals and their dependants, then foreign nationals who are “non-visa nationals” (mostly from affluent developed … Continue reading

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White Cloth and Emeralds

The year was fading, the sunlight was weak, The woods in the winter were withered and bleak, And your songs were all darkened with pain; For you dwelt upon words that were twisted to hate, And our love was forsaken … Continue reading

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December

The dawn is cold and still and clear, The ground is crisp with morning frost; We wake, all torn by grief and fear And longing for the life we lost. Light candles in the window-pane, Adorn the trees with Christmas … Continue reading

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Angels

I wish you’d seen that bleak December dawn Beside the road from Harmondsworth to hell, And looked upon the bitter years to mourn, And heard the distant toll of Christmas bell. Where were the angels bent on hov’ring wing? No … Continue reading

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