The Incoherence of Immigration Policy

‘We have become illiberal and lowered quotas at a time when we have an acute shortage of labour.’ So observed the cabinet minister Richard Crossman in his diaries in 1966, after the Labour government, fearful of public hostility, slashed Commonwealth immigration into Britain.

The conflict between those who see immigration as an economic necessity and those who fear its political consequences has long shaped immigration debate. One consequence has been incoherent policy. That’s as true of the home secretary Sajid Javid’s White Paper on immigration published last week as it was in Crossman’s day.

Source: THE INCOHERENCE OF IMMIGRATION POLICY, Kenan Malik

The Story of Dyngo, a War Dog Brought Home From Combat

I brought a seasoned veteran of the conflict in Afghanistan into my home—and then things got wild

Read on www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/story-dyngo-war-dog-home-combat-180971003/

Lovely story.

Week in Review: All May’s faults come home to roost

It is quite wrong to feel pity for her. Firstly, her current misery is of her own making. The deal is terrible because her red lines made any other outcome impossible. That is her responsibility. Secondly, she is still now lying with almost every word she utters. Her entire defence of the deal rests on the most grotesquely misleading characterisations of its contents and implications. Her every answer to any question is deliberately and instinctively evasive. She is a deception machine, a next-generation political mechanism which simply cannot be straight with people, whether it’s negotiators in Brussels, MPs in parliament, or the public on the doorstep. The fact she is so unconvincing when lying does not remove the moral responsibility for having done so in the first place.

Source: Week in Review: All May’s faults come home to roost

The Enormous Life of Anthony Bourdain, According to Those Who Knew Him Best

Chefs, artists, and loved ones pay tribute to the late culinary icon.

Source: The Enormous Life of Anthony Bourdain, According to Those Who Knew Him Best

Tory Brexiteers will never be forgiven for making Britain poorer and weaker, warns former PM Major in scathing attack

“I have no constituency vote clouding my view of Brexit. I have no ambition driving my support for it. I have no party whips demanding loyalty before conscience.”…

“I have made no false promises about Brexit that I must pretend can still be honoured, even though – in my heart – I know they cannot. I am free to say absolutely and precisely what I believe about Brexit. And it is this:

“I understand the motives of those who voted to leave the European Union: it can – as I well know – be very frustrating. Nonetheless, after weighing its frustrations and opportunities, there is no doubt in my own mind that our decision is a colossal misjudgment that will diminish both the UK and the EU

Source: Tory Brexiteers will never be forgiven for making Britain poorer and weaker, warns former PM Major in scathing attack