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The Sun: News or Dangerous Media Fear-mongering?

In All, Elections, Immigration by Adam

I don’t read The Sun. Besides the crass treatment of all news, language level of the average 8 year old, and a target readership of the ignorant and ill-informed, I just don’t wish to endorse the narratives they stir. At UK Immigration Solicitors we are politically neutral since it is only immigration law that we focus on. Therefore, regardless of which party is in power, our solicitors will position themselves at the front of current immigration law. However, we have to remain aware of the climate around us and how that might affect the way the Home Office might change its approach to the law. That’s why it doesn’t help anyone when newspapers like The Sun print front pages like this: It has been very clear for some time now that the media have been set against Jeremy Corbyn. First, they called …

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Labour’s Manifesto for the Many

In All, Brexit, Elections by Adam

As an organisation, UK Immigration Solicitors has no political bias, but what we do have is a clear awareness about how the political landscape affects people who require immigration support. As such, we take great interest in how the general election — just like Brexit — will affect our clients, and how the Labour Manifesto could play a major part in this. Labour’s manifesto has shown a very interesting narrative being drawn out by the Labour party. They clearly make one statement with regards to Brexit and immigration: “A Labour government will immediately guarantee existing rights for all EU nationals living in Britain and secure reciprocal rights for UK citizens who have chosen to make their lives in EU countries. EU nationals do not just contribute to our society: they are part of our society. And they should not be used as bargaining chips. …

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The President Macron win could mean a Harder Brexit for May

In All, Brexit, Elections, Immigration by Adam

Finally, we see an election won by a clear majority that spells out a stronger mandate for the elected president. At 65/35 is is much easier for Macron  to phrase his win as a success for the French people. Macron also sees it as a success for Europe, and that is why it could have a major effect on Brexit. The President of France is a title and position that was always likely to play a significant role in Brexit negotiations. Part of that is down to their role in the EU. A bigger part of it comes down to their relationship with the UK, politically and physically. Although not strictly a “land border” with the UK, France is the only country with a land connection. The Macron Immigration View Macron had a clear view on immigration, favouring the integration of …

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General Election Immigration Promises are Easily Made

In All, Brexit, Elections by Adam

The problem with making promises in elections and manifestos is that they have to be kept. The next problem is that so rarely are kept. The next problem is that there is no real recourse for politicians in a General Election for when they don’t keep the promises. By the time anyone gets to find out that the promise won’t be kept it is too late and we’re stuck with it for five years. This snap general election has moved the goalposts, throwing us into another very quick process with little time to make big decisions. Many have accused the Tories of being somewhat cynical in their presumption that the “cat is in the bag” given their lead in the polls. But you shouldn’t put cats in bags. It’s cruel. Especially not when there is a chance the bag might …

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Elections: Whose Voice is Really Heard?

In All, Elections by Adam

It’s fair to say that these past two years have been busy on the elections front. It started with the General Election 2015, in which we were promised a referendum as if it was something we all wanted. Then in June 2016 we held the EU referendum after months of divisive and somewhat factually questionable campaigning. These two elections put the UK into a very precarious political position, especially when it came to using the word “win” or “mandate.” The Tories had got into power by a slither of a majority, and with just 25% of the electorate voting for them. Yet, due to our First Past the Post voting system, that was enough to hand power to the Tories. But it’s hardly a mandate for saying that the party truly represents the public. The same then happened with Brexit. As a …