Immigration policy tearing families apart, report shows

Immigration policy tearing families apart, report shows Cross-party group calls for urgent review of rules, which have left thousands unable to live with spouses or partners in Britain.
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British pop bubble bursts – but Robbie Williams still flies the flag

The world isn’t listening to as much UK music as it did, recent research has found, as new technology allows global audiences to listen to more homegrown artistsWhen John Lennon declared that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, his boast did not seem far-fetched. It was 1966: rock’n’roll was the new religion, and it […]
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After Woolwich, don’t ban hate speech, counter it. Hate it, too | Timothy Garton Ash

Facing Islamist violence, the British home secretary, like her counterparts in Europe, wrongly reaches for censorshipIn response to the vile murder of a British soldier by two Islamist extremists armed with meat cleavers, the home secretary, Theresa May, has suggested a broadcasting ban on people who hold “disgusting views” and the pre-censorship of online hate […]
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Britain may begin handover of Afghan prisoners at Camp Bastion to Kabul

Defence secretary Philip Hammond says safe route for accessing Afghan judicial system has now been securedBritish forces in Afghanistan may begin handing over prisoners to the Afghan judicial system in the coming weeks, the defence minister has announced.Philip Hammond said that around 90 prisoners had been held at Camp Bastion for up to a year […]
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Britain’s wars fuel terror. Denying it only feeds Islamophobia | Seumas Milne

Those who send British troops to shed blood in the Muslim world must share the blame for atrocities like WoolwichEight years on, nothing has been learned. In the week since a British soldier was horrifically stabbed to death by London jihadists on the streets of Woolwich, it’s July 2005 all over again. David Cameron immediately […]
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Google’s Eric Schmidt: change British law and we’d pay more tax

Executive chairman defends company’s ‘fiduciary responsibility’ in face of criticism and says ‘what we are doing is legal’Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, has continued to defend the company’s tax affairs, insisting it would comply with British law if it was changed and claiming to be perplexed by the debate.In a phrase less snappy than the […]
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Afghan interpreters may move to the UK – security forces have no safe haven | Jon Boone

Afghanistan’s security forces are more vulnerable to the Taliban than translators based in Kabul, but they will carry on regardlessWhen I met Rahmatullah two years ago he was laid up in bed in Kabul’s towering national military hospital. Gruesome rods protruded from the smashed leg of the 21-year-old soldier who had been serving in Helmand […]
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Migrant jobs squeeze alarms UK fruit farmers

Kent apple farmers say loss of seasonal eastern European pickers will raise prices and bring industry to its kneesThe rise of Ukip is having unexpected consequences for Britain’s countryside. Farmers fear that the political upstart’s success has the government running scared on immigration, with the result that foreign workers could soon be absent from Britain’s […]
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Gold price collapse hits pawnbroker profits

Shares in largest British high street gold buyer H&T slide as it warns that every 10% fall in the price of gold would wipe about £2m off its profitsBritain’s biggest pawnbroker on Friday warned the collapse in the gold price will knock its profits.H&T, the largest British high street gold buyer, warned that every 10% […]
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