June 2008

Gaza truce is a sham, say analysts

Chris GelkenIt has been a long time coming, especially for the one and a half million Palestinians of the Gaza Strip. It is also providing a welcome period of calm for the residents of the small southern Israeli towns of Siderot and Ashkelon. But after ...

The-Latest forces sacking of Mayor's 'race gaffe' aide

Marc Wadsworth - The-Latest - EXCLUSIVEIt was my genuine concern that new Mayor of London Boris Johnson might allow his closest policy-makers to quietly dump the race equality agenda that prompted me to find out for myself.I was put in touch with "his ...

Blacks should 'go back home if they don't like Mayor'

Marc WadsworthJames McGrath  — he pronounces the surname "McGraa"  — describes himself as an  "Aussie plant" at new Conservative Mayor of London Boris Johnson's City Hall. His comments about Black people are robust and as distant from being ...

'I'm an immigrant too' - Mayor's aide hits back

Dear Editor,I have just seen your website published today following our meeting back in May. I wish to clarify one point - as an immigrant myself I would wish to assure you that I would not want anyone to feel because of their background that they felt th ...

A dictatorship's delights

When I get lost on the internet I read all manner of beautiful things. Through the magic of this frequent occurrence for me, I learned a little more about everybody's favourite crazy dictatorship the other day.The country is a place that's stuck i ...

What's your name again?

Dwayne Johnson is dropping the name "The Rock" in an attempt to morph from his mega wrestling fame. But Johnson, who next stars opposite Steve Carell in the comedy Get Smart, isn't alone in creating a new stage name. Rap star and entrepreneur ...

End imprisonment of the mentally ill says WI

Women's Institute members have voted overwhelmingly to back a resolution calling for an end to the incarceration of the mentally ill in UK jails. The move is inspired by the experience of a member whose schizophrenic son killed himself in prison. Deleg ...

How offensive is the word 'pikey'?

Tom GeogheganFormula One commentator Martin Brundle is being investigated by media watchdog Ofcom after using the term "pikeys" in a television broadcast. But where does the word come from and how offensive is it?It's a word rarely heard on t ...

Adverts: the good, the bad and the downright lazy

Matt Gardner - Online ColumnistI love watching adverts now - it's the best showcase of television. Why? Because the fickle nature of the human being is perfectly reflected in their ever changing ways. They mirror the products consumers wish they had un ...

Politician who is not 'martyr for freedom'

Phil Simms Former leading British Conservative MP David Davis has been at the centre of a media frenzy following his resignation over the issue of the government's controversial 42-day detention without charge policy. The ex-shadow home secretary has t ...

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