Alban Pryce

Immigration: Dealing with the Race Card

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Both the main parties are feeding a new generation of racist myths over the issue of asylum.

In the run-up to both the 1997 and 2001 general elections, the Commission for Racial Equality called the leaders of the major parties together for a Queensberry rules type summit. These meetings culminated in the signing of a 'compact' committing the parties to a sensible and moderate debate about immigration and asylum. In truth the compact, though well intentioned, amounted to nothing as politicians scrambled for votes. As unofficial campaigning for this year's election starts in earnest, the best that can be said is that we are being spared the cynical pretence.

Sketches of Harlem

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Review of 'Romare Bearden Revealed' by the Branford Marsalis Quartet

A couple of years ago documentary film-maker Ken Burns made a widely acclaimed series entitled Jazz: A History of America's Music. It was part of a trilogy of subjects - the others being the Civil War and baseball - that examined the core elements that contributed to the development of US society. Jazz was chosen as the only authentic art form to originate in the US. However, the series was not without controversy.

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