The Pirate Schools: Game Over

In May,this column reported on the British Government’s new immigration regulations – the Points-Based System (PSB) – due to be implemented at the latest by 2009. It’s now clear that the Home Office is already taking action against the remaining ‘visa factories’ in the UK. Such places have been around for over 30 years,particularly from […]

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The Next British Prime Minister: Is This Democracy?

On May 6th 2007,France chose its new President. 85% of the electorate voted:  53% for the conservative candidate,Nicholas Sarkozy and just under 46% for his socialist opponent,Segolene Royal. The ‘anti-fascist’ protests which followed in many French cities couldn’t conceal the fact that this was a democratic result. The winner had a clear majority. The next […]

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Premiership Football: Limitless Cash Flow

I have a confession to make: I’m a Chelsea  Football Club supporter.This is probably not something I should admit in public – though in mitigation it dates back to my schooldays,many years before the arrival of Roman Abramovich (the Russian owner) & Jose Mourinho (the flamboyant Portuguese manager who recently left ‘by mutual agreement’) In […]

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The British Media: Testing The Limits

A new series of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ has just started on Channel 4.  For 14 weeks,3 to 5 million viewers will follow the occupants of ‘The House’ squabbling & sparring with each other. Channel 4 will be hoping something dramatic occurs as that will generate publicity and boost its ‘ratings’. That’s what happened last time. […]

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