Could the UKIP tail wag the government dog on immigration?

The United Kingdom Independence Party was thought of as primarily a single issue party - that issue being to come out of the European Union. However, it was always an anti-immigration party right from its inception. In the recent local authority elections in 2012 and the last ones in 2010 the immigration theme has become much more prominent heading up its demands in election material and featuring on its huge election hordings featuring an open door for migrants. They have a detailed anti-immigration programme (see end of this article)

Today the fascist parties, such as the BNP, are in disarray and have collapsed electorally (in this country). However, in their place cometh UKIP. Number one headline of their election campaign was to attack the 'open door' for migrants entering this country. They averaged about 12% were they stood. Despite their more respectable history compared to the BNP, who can trace their pedigree back to the British Union of Fascists, UKIP can show its ugly teeth. During the London Mayoral elections they burnt a picture of the Lib Dem Mayoral candidate, who is gay, in the middle of Soho.

Activists disrupt Barnardo's fundraiser at Royal Albert Hall

Barnardo's concertNo Borders activists took to the stage this evening at a prestigious fundraising concert organised by Barnardo’s in protest at the charity’s collaboration with the UK Border Agency in detaining children.

Barnardo's Young Supporters Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, where children from different schools take part in a mass choir, is a regular event to raise funds for Britain's biggest children's charity.

Death of 63 migrants in the Mediterranean: Complaint in France holds the French military to account


Joint press release from: International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Groupe d'information et de soutien des immigrés (GISTI) and Migreurop

Paris, 11 April 2012 – One year after events that led to the deaths of 63 migrants in a boat in the waters off the coast of Libya, 4 survivors, with the support of a coalition of NGOs, filed a complaint in France concerning the responsibility of the French military for failing to assist persons in danger.

Barnardo's campaign: Materials to download

Below is the text of a flyer which can be used to protest at Barnardo's shops, events etc. Please print and distribute!


Stop Barnardo's profiting from prisons!

Barnardo's says that it 'believes in children'. Yet it profits from imprisoning them!

Barnardo's runs "play facilities" at Cedars, a prison for migrant families near Gatwick airport managed by security thugs G4S.

Barnardo's claim that they are involved in the prison, which the UK Border Agency (UKBA) refers to as a "pre-departure accommodation centre", as they want to help those children who are most as risk. But if Barnardos were not involved the government may have to close it down. The government states publicly that it is their policy not to detain children.

Barnado's campaign: Further reading

Here is a selection of articles about Barnardo's involvement in child detention (most recent first):

Child detention goes on and on in the UK
Open Democracy, 25/11/11

Child detention: has the government broken its promise to end it?
The Guardian, 17/10/11

Demo in support of Ruhul Anam, 17th-18th May

Ruhul Anam has been in immigration detention for the last 4 years.

The Court of Appeal has already determined that the first 18 months of his detention was unlawful and Ruhul has won the right to argue that his entire detention has been unlawful in the High Court. This hearing will take place on 17th and 18th May and London NoBorders are calling for a demo in solidarity.

We will protest from 9am-11am outside the Royal Courts of Justice on the 17th and 18th May, on the corner of Aldwych/Fleet Sreet, WC2A 2LL. Please join us!