"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Tuesday 28 May 2013

Today's links

https://twitter.com/FascismWatchUK tweets :
Why should British citizens put up with being told who, in effect, they can or cannot marry?


Cumbrian family continues fights for dad to live in UK.


A heartbroken family have said a tearful goodbye for a second time as they continue their fight to overturn a decision to ban a father from Britain.

Plans to force millions of private landlords to vouch safe for the immigration status of their tenants are to be watered down, with the new rules only applying to certain problem areas in the country.


This was and is, of course, a really bad idea :

Festival of Dangerous Ideas session: 'From now until 2015 - Winning the debate on immigration'.


Afghan interpreter deal will fail to protect enough, says David Davis.


In a letter published in today’s Times newspaper (paywall link), former foreign minister and shadow home secretary David Davis, major general Timothy Cross and the head of the refugee charity Refugee Action are among those to warn that the government’s recent decision to offer a settlement package to some Afghan interpreters risks excluding many of those who served British troops in Afghanistan. The letter comes from a group containing parliamentary, military and campaigning voices, who welcome the government’s commitment to offer asylum to some of the interpreters, but are concerned that the terms will arbitrarily deny protection to many who need it.

The Times news report notes that several of the translators who have been prominent in public campaigns on this issue would be excluded by the narrow terms of the deal. Afghan interpreter Rafi Hottak said he would be among those excluded by the proposed terms. Hottak did have his own asylum claim accepted, after its initial refusal, once the case came to public attention. Another interpreter, 27-year-old Abdul, who began an online petition with the campaign group Avaaz which has generated over 80,o00 signatures, would also fall outside the mooted terms.


We’re good thanks, England tells EDL.


The ancient nation is embarrassed that other countries think it needs the help of some scrawny, misspelled tattoo carriers who reek of chip fat.

England said: “Having mosques built on you actually feels quite nice – when they all kneel to pray it’s like having a back massage.

“And at my age you’re glad of the company, so immigration doesn’t bother me. The more the merrier as long as they’re not French.”


Woolwich backlash: Ten attacks on mosques since murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.


https://twitter.com/MigrantVoiceUK tweets :

Migrant hero. Good. Strange took media so long to note hero's heritage not so long to ascribe others..

Transpondia has a great section for (specifically non-visa) visitors to the UK :

The piece on 'bounces' is especially illuminating.

Short of skilled hands, Germany looks south.


https://twitter.com/gabiquevedo78 tweets :
29 May, 5pm Launch SOAS Justice4Cleaners Film,Campaign Updates,music&more! pic.twitter.com/9URf4UJCvQ

'Sweden, like the rest of Europe, was never an exception to anything'.

On the Husby riots.


British visas 'should be easier' for Chinese tourists.


MRN's weekly migration update.


Link-rich post on African coins found in Australia :

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