Philippe Legrain describes John ReidÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s plans for the Bulgars shortly to be flooding our shores, doing our jobs, claiming our dole, taking our women and reducing the value of our properties thusly: Read More
Bored of politics?
Have some soothing pictures of distilleries, then
In the tradition of the New Shorter Sharpener – snappy posts for a busy world – here is everything I want to say about the issue of labour mobility from Bulgaria and Romania in one equation.
Illiberal Home Secretary Pandering to Rabid Anti-Immigration Tabloid Gallery and Demonstrating Penchant to create New Criminal Offences + Romanian and Bulgarian Citizens who will be EU Citizens with formal right of entry and residence to the UK as of 1 January 2007 = Massive Increase in Black Economy + More People Sleeping Rough + Reduction in the Tax Take from Migrant Workforce for UK Treasury + Lots of People Thinking That It Is All The Fault of the Romanians and Bulgarians after all.
It wasn’t just the Bush team that made mistakes, of course. Didn’t we all underestimate the challenge?
Well, no. “We all” did not. Some of us saw precisely the size of the challenge. Some of us had no confidence in the motives, the leadership, or the ability of President Bush to meet that challenge. We foresaw a mess, and put our hands up and asked whether it was all such a good idea. To us, it seemed obvious. But we were called “appeasers” for our troubles.
Pasta and populism
Talking Czech and Slovak elections
One minister who understands the problem
Ruth Kelly and the MCB
How To Protest
Stopping the War with Hungarian tanks
Laundry list – How to give a popular president an approval rating in the low 30s, in five easy years.
Talking to Iran
What’s left in the way of Iraq options?