Blogs by Don Flynn
Last month the readers' editor of the Guardian Chris Elliot published a response in which he conceded many of the points made in the complaint sent by a number of groups, but suggested that alternatives to the term would possibly be perceived as being clumsy and inelegant. He invited readers to assist with their suggestions on the best form of language.
Artwork: Faviana Rodriguez
The looming by-election at Clacton-on-Sea is likely to prove memorable for a number of reasons. The first is that it is overwhelmingly likely to provide us with the first UKIP candidate elected as a Member of Parliament.
Here is a dilemma well worth pondering on: we live in societies which have been evolving in directions which are more global in terms of the economic and political principles which animate them, and yet our mental frameworks for understanding our identities and the conditions of our lives seem to be reverting to stridently nationalistic modes of thinking.
A week scarcely goes by nowadays without more news about the government’s determination to crack down on the rights which migrants have managed to accrue over the years through the operation of international conventions and EU law and agitation by civil society groups for their better treatment.
We are used to thinking of migrants as people who have made the calculated decision that their lives would be better off if they lived somewhere else. As such it can only be the behaviour of fully developed adults exercising mature judgement based on an appraisal of facts to establish that place A will support a higher standard of life than place B.