Struggling Hovis is to get £200 million of investment under a deal that will hand a major slice of the operation to an American firm.
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Monday 12 April 2010
A fear creeps up on me. I hear my late mother's exhortative voice, her frequent warnings: "Don't show your anger to them. They will take away your passport. Then where will you go?" They are those faceless men and women with the power to decide who may enter this country, who has citizenship, who can be incarcerated, handcuffed and thrown back to their sad badlands. The millions of migrants in this country have ingested the message. We are here on sufferance and must never forget that. Capricious new regulations could whip away our hard-earned rights at any time. As the uber-patriot Norman Tebbit once told me on the Today programme, we may have British passports but can never really belong. Last year at Heathrow airport, for reasons that remain unexplained, I was escorted away for a long interview with two non-uniformed men whose tone and manner left me feeling so afraid and helpless I wet myself. All my brio dissolved into piddle. Not funny.
Friday 26 March 2010
Friday 19 March 2010
British Indians have a conservative culture, with a small "c", which means they are sceptical of change, resourceful and austere – perfect for dealing with a recession. While the regular sight of an Indian housewife parking a large new Mercedes saloon outside one of Ealing Road's modest vegetarian restaurants probably looks ostentatious to indigenous Brits, shrewd Desis will have the nagging feeling that her husband could probably have afforded a bigger one if he wanted.
Monday 01 March 2010
A man is due to appear at the Old Bailey today charged with killing his estranged wife who was found with injuries including a severed hand.
Friday 11 December 2009
The estranged husband of murdered mother-of-two Geeta Aulakh was re-arrested by detectives today.
Sunday 22 November 2009
A teenager was today charged with the murder of a mother-of-two who was left dying and mutilated in the street, police said.
Sunday 22 November 2009
When demonstrators gathered in London yesterday to protest against sharia, the Archbishop of Canterbury was otherwise engaged with the Pope. It's almost two years since Rowan Williams caused an outcry when he suggested that recognising aspects of sharia would help social cohesion, and, every day, evidence accumulates to show how wrong he was. Women, girls and young men desperately need protection from religious laws and the patriarchal attitudes associated with them, as two ghastly events demonstrated last week.
Wednesday 18 November 2009
The estranged husband of a woman who was left dying in the street with one of her hands cut off has been arrested. Geeta Aulakh, 28, was found in Greenford, north-west London.
Friday 13 November 2009
We live in a fast-changing world – and government must change to meet the new challenges. Our immigration system is a very clear example.
Tuesday 06 October 2009
Police today appealed for information about a 10-year-old Indian girl who was brought to the UK by her aunt against her parents' wishes and has since disappeared.
Tuesday 06 October 2009
Two rappers were convicted today of trying to scare off witnesses to a murder in a song placed on the internet.
Dylan Jones: If you want your new kitchen to look like a corner shop in an Ealing comedy, Bailey's is the place for you
Saturday 03 October 2009
Friday 02 October 2009
A Roman Catholic priest referred to as the "devil in a dog collar" was jailed for eight years today over a string of sex attacks on young boys.
Thursday 27 August 2009
They dominated the British music industry for half a decade, but how did EMI Records get there? And what factors contributed to their extraordinary decline?
Friday 14 August 2009
Aidan Southall helped invent urban anthropology, was a pioneer in the study of African cities and became a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain – because of a banana boat.
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track
- 1 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 2 Tower Bridge glass walkway 'smashed' by night-time visitor dropping bottle of beer
- 3 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'