Tribute to Tessa

by Amit Roy FORMER MINISTER’S LEGACY GIVES HOPE TO OTHERS WITH CANCER POLITICIANS have paid tribute to Dame Tes­sa Jowell, their friend and colleague who died last Saturday (12) aged 70, but I happen to know through personal sources that she was a genuinely nice person. We are often critical of aspects of life in this […]

Putting history in today’s time frame

by Amit Roy IF YOU are comfortably seated, here is your starter question for 10: what row unites Oxford and Aligarh Mus­lim universities? The answer is, of course, a con­troversy over removing portraits. Since 1938, the Aligarh Muslim University, a respected educational establishment in India founded in 1875, has had a portrait of Muham­mad Ali […]

Learning election lessons

by Amit Roy RELIEF FOR THE TORIES BUT LABOUR ‘SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER’ IT GOES almost without saying that it is risky to extrapolate the results of a general election from local ones, whether that is in India or in the UK. Nevertheless, the assembly elections in In­dia’s south Indian state of Karnataka, set for […]

Getting to grips with the killing fields of London

by Amit Roy IT SEEMS like the British government has no op­tion but to try to prevent president Emmanuel Macron of France from becoming US president Donald Trump’s new best friend. It has been announced that Trump will come to Britain on a “working visit” on Friday, July 13 – one assumes he is not […]

The Voyages of discovery

by Amit Roy EXHIBITION ABOUT JAMES COOK EXPLORES HIS LEGACY WORD associations being what they are, when any­one mentions the surname “Cook” to me, I automati­cally think of former Eng­land cricket captain Alastair Cook, who has given India so much grief over the years. But last week because of a new exhibition, The Voy­ages (until August […]

Bid to foster friendship on pointe

by Amit Roy THERE is an unusual photography exhibition, United in Love, at the Alon Zakaim Fine Art Gallery in Dover Street, Mayfair. It is certainly worth popping into if you have been lucky enough to get a lunch booking either at Rohit Khattar’s recently opened Indian Accent or Karam Sethi’s Gymkhana. Photographer Natalie Goldstein […]

Amit Roy: Boris calls the kettle ‘monstrous’ after familiar Corbyn terrorism speech

By Amit Roy Jeremy Corbyn last week made a speech linking British foreign policy to home-grown terrorism of the kind perpetrated by Salman Abedi, the 22-year-old suicide bomber who was of Libyan heritage but born and brought up in Manchester. Boris Johnson, now foreign secretary, condemned the speech as “monstrous” while others accused Corbyn of being “the terrorist’s friend”. But Corbyn, who is […]

Amit Roy: May evokes Thatcher for ‘home snatcher’ mantle

By Amit Roy If there is one thing that Asians pride themselves on, it is owning their own homes. Now Theresa May appears to have halved the Tory lead over Labour at a stroke by promising social care policies that may have the effect of robbing ordinary voters of their homes. The Tory lead of nine per cent should still give Mrs May […]

Amit Roy: Send criminals back to their ‘motherland’

By Amit Roy What should be done with a young Asian man who defrauds pensioners by pretending to be a police officer? Scotland Yard has issued a photograph of the man who is 5ft 8in tall and in his 20s. The chances are that he was born in Britain of immigrant parents. When caught, the courts should make an example of the fraudster by […]

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