Trevor Phillips

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This column falls neatly between two important anniversaries, neither of which will have been celebrated by many Britons. The first, on June 22, Windrush Day, commemorates the arrival of 492 West Indians to the mother country in 1948. The other, which takes place on Thursday, will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of China’s all-powerful Communist Party. On present trends, we can look forward to celebrating the CCP’s 200th anniversary with parades in cities all over the world.

In 1948, people all over the world wanted to get to the West, which had everything going for it. The US and Britain in particular offered up a glamorous vision of freedom for young people, complete with flashy cars and silk stockings.…  Seguir leyendo »

The summer of 2020 is providing ample proof that whatever dissatisfactions we in the West have with our own governments, there are millions who would risk death to live under their aegis. It will no doubt be argued that Lebanon’s real problem is poverty fuelled by elite greed, and that the thousands of migrants who have risked the dangerous Channel crossing are fleeing wars we started.

But Lebanon was not poor 40 years ago, when its GDP per capita outpaced that of its neighbours by more than a half, yet it was equally marked by the corruption that has sparked protests in recent days.…  Seguir leyendo »