Many years ago, when I worked as a TEFL teacher, we used visual images to teach nationalities to beginner students. These
Matt Carr is a writer, journalist, author, and campaigner. His six published books, include The Infernal Machine, Blood and Faith: the Purging of Muslim Spain and the novel The Devils of Cardona. His next book The Savage Frontier: The Pyrenees in History and the Imagination, is due to be published next year.
We want to reclaim the word migrant as a badge of pride rather than an insult or an object of shame
04/01/2018 16:02 GMT
If you no longer believe that truth has a role to play in democratic politics, then you run the very real risk of transforming political life into the playground of bullies
29/12/2017 15:41 GMT
We want to restore the courage, heroism and dignity, the adventure and discovery that is part of the experience of migration. As migrants and non-migrants, we want to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions that migrants have made to our country in the past and continue to make today.
04/09/2017 17:27 BST
No one familiar with Arron Banks's organisation will be remotely surprised by this. For those who still want to prevent this country from sliding into the same swamp, we need a different response. Last month Miller asked 'the decent people of Britain to come together in opposition to the hatred poisoning our country'.
11/08/2017 14:13 BST
What a difference seven weeks can make. When Theresa May broke her own pledge not to call an election I thought that yet another political calamity was about to unfold. The justification for the election was that parliament was 'blocking Brexit' and that a new mandate was necessary to allow May to negotiate Britain's exit from the UK more effectively.
08/06/2017 13:47 BST
And as bad as things look right now, we should believe that we can get through. And we should never allow ourselves to descend into the sewer that those who carried out last night's attacks would like us to sink into.
05/06/2017 12:47 BST
28/12/2016 10:18 GMT
We know that some opinions will never be changed, but we also know that there are millions of people who are shocked and disturbed by the divisive and dangerous politics, and we urge them to join us on February 20 and make One Day Without Us a day to remember.
18/10/2016 12:48 BST
11/12/2015 12:30 GMT
Today, faced with gloomy possibilities in Iraq that include the imminent disintegration of the Iraqi state... the Obama administration is once again considering air strikes as a policy option. And as Iraqi cities once again loom in the Imperium's bomb-sights, it's instructive to cast our eyes back on this less-than-glorious relationship between the United States, bombs and Iraq.
20/06/2014 09:40 BST
So far no one seems to know exactly who installed these spikes, but whoever it was ought to be congratulated on artistic grounds, if nothing else. Because what they have done, however inadvertently, is produce a haunting symbol of the institutionalised amorality and social cruelty that defines our era.
10/06/2014 17:18 BST
It is now clear that the freakish peroxide conman Jimmy Savile was one of the nastiest and most vicious paedophiles in British history. At present, according to new research commissioned from the NSPCC by BBC Panorama, there are more than 500 reports of abuse against him, and that figure is almost certainly an understatement, given the almost complete freedom that Savile enjoyed to do whatever he liked to whomever he liked.
05/06/2014 12:57 BST
Today Nigel Farage's 'people's army' will set off down to the polling stations today to keep its appointment with destiny. This is one appointment that destiny would really be well-advised not to get out of bed for, because we have seen a great deal of Ukip these last few weeks, and it hasn't been a pretty sight.
22/05/2014 13:10 BST
Is Nigeria intending to negotiate the release of the 276 kidnapped schoolgirls or it preparing to attack Boko Haram? The answer to this question does not seem clear, even to the Nigerian government itself. Throughout much of the crisis the administration of president Goodluck Jonathan has dropped fat hints that it is engaging or attempting to engage in some kind of behind-the-scenes dialogue with the kidnappers.
15/05/2014 19:57 BST
A party that is rotten and phoney to its very core, that is perpetrating an astonishingly brazen con-trick on the nation's embittered and credulous voters, and which attracts racists, bigots and xenophobes not in spite of its policies but because of them.
28/04/2014 18:21 BST
Religion tends to remain in the background of British politics, and until recently David Cameron was no exception. There was a time, back in 2008, when Cameron compared his religious faith to 'the reception for Magic FM in the Chilterns: it sort of comes and goes.'
21/04/2014 14:22 BST
Attempts by democratic governments to ban books rarely work out well. If the book is banned on grounds of public morality (<em>Lady Chatterley's Lover, Tropic of Cancer</em>), then the writer nearly always wins in the end and the government that tried to suppress their work is likely to end up looking puritanical, cloven-footed and often pig-ignorant.
15/04/2014 11:48 BST
Imagine readers, that you are Richard Littlejohn, star columnist of the <em>Daily Mail</em>. One day you are lolling around your Florida mansion, wondering what you put in your weekly column when you get a phone call or an email from your editor Paul Dacre. Perhaps it goes something like this:..
13/03/2014 11:01 GMT
Most members of the public are concerned about something. Maybe it's the environment, income inequality, the cost of childcare, creeping privatization of the NHS, unemployment, poverty, the punitive treatment of disability claimants, foodbanks, or the seemingly endless appetite of the British ruling elite for foreign military adventures.
07/03/2014 15:56 GMT