A 56-year-old Indian man is facing the death penalty in Abu Dhabi for a crime he says he did not commit. Abandoned by his Embassy and former colleagues, Ezhur Gangadharan is in a desperate place. On 11 November he will appeal his conviction and his only hope is that support from the international community will pressure authorities into reviewing his case.
It is baffling how immigration has changed the game in British politics these days. There are more fundamentally important issues facing British society, most notably a stalled economy that has the country on the edge of a triple-dip recession. Yet, the immigration threat, and the supposed ills it has unleashed on Britain, has gripped the public imagination.
As the opening ceremony approaches, a steady drip of 'sweatshop' and 'forced labour' allegations over poor conditions for workers manufacturing official Olympics merchandise have emerged.
I visited my family in Wisbech at the weekend - the very same town which "the Baltic Mafia is terrorising" - according to a sensational report in Saturday's Daily Mail. Driving through the town, I passed a coach with a Lithuanian number plate parked outside a factory. A new influx of migrant workers? Or potential drug dealers, as the Mail would have us believe.