Events to honor the people invited from the Caribbean to help rebuild postwar Britain were overshadowed by criticism of their treatment under a migration crackdown.
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“Sitting in Limbo,” a BBC drama, is inspired by one story from the “Windrush generation,” the...“Sitting in Limbo,” a BBC drama, is inspired by one story from the “Windrush generation,” the British residents of Caribbean heritage who were mistakenly identified as illegal immigrants.
Boris Johnson says we shouldn't edit our past. But Britain has been lying about it for decades | George Monbiot
If we really shouldn’t lie about our history, as the prime minister says, let’s finally open...If we really shouldn’t lie about our history, as the prime minister says, let’s finally open up about the atrocities of empire When Boris Johnson claimed last week that removing statues is “to lie about our history”, you could almost admire his brass neck. This is the man who was sacked from his first job, on the Times, for lying about our history. He fabricated a quote from his own godfather, the historian Colin Lucas, to create a sensational front-page fiction about Edward II’s Rose Palace. A further lie about history – his own history – had him sacked from another job, as shadow arts minister under the Conservative leader Michael Howard.But, Johnson tells us: “We cannot now try to edit or censor our past. We cannot pretend to have a different history”. Yet lies and erasures are crucial to the myths on which Britain’s official self-image is founded, and crucial to hiding the means by which those who still dominate us acquired their wealth and power. Continue reading...
A new BBC film, Sitting in Limbo, recounts the story of Anthony Bryan, who was sacked,...A new BBC film, Sitting in Limbo, recounts the story of Anthony Bryan, who was sacked, arrested, detained and threatened with deportation, before the government apologised. The reporter who broke the original story talks to his family and friends about the years of misery they enduredA fantasy preview screening of the BBC’s powerful new drama Sitting in Limbo would have a handful of home secretaries lined up in the front row: Theresa May, Amber Rudd, Sajid Javid and Priti Patel – with David Cameron invited to sit alongside them. Further back, there would be places for the civil servants who devised immigration policy over the past decade, senior immigration enforcement officers and the governors of Britain’s immigration detention centres.This memorable evening will, of course, never happen because of lockdown, and possibly also because this isn’t how the BBC organises its screenings. But I hope that these politicians and officials force themselves to watch the one-off drama at home when it airs in early June. They may find it uncomfortable viewing. Continue reading...