Blogs by Don Flynn
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.
The media critic Ben Bagdikian once complained that trying to be a first class reporter on the average American newspaper is like trying to play Bach’s ‘St Matthew’s Passion’ on a ukulele. He must have had in mind the conscientious hack who was attempting to do justice to the rich and varied story of migration when he came out with that line.
The report from our friends and colleagues at Migrant Voice about the representation of the viewpoint of migrants in the mainstream media makes shocking reading. We are supposed to be right in the middle of a ‘grown-up’ conversation about immigration and its impacts on life in Britain and yet in 77% of the coverage of this issue the people most directly involved in the business of migration do not even get a look in.
With these facts as a backdrop, the news that the initiative is being seized by a group of people from migrant communities with a project aimed at elbowing their way to a more prominent position in the public discussion is very welcome.
MRN is pleased to be involved in the national conference of Unite Against Fascism (UAF) – taking place at the central London headquarters of the Trades Union Congress on Saturday 14th June.
It ought to be no great surprise to find that one of the earliest responses to the apparent rise of Ukip as an electoral force during the past fortnight has been the ‘Get Tough’ mutterings from a small group of Labour MPs.
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