About Face

About Facereflects the British government changeover to a Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition after 13 years of Labour party rule. This new government is marked by a substantial deficit and the introduction of "austerity" politics designed to tackle the British financial crisis. While the UK population remains diverse, the government seeks to reduce net immigration, which may affect foreign students, workers and even British competitiveness. I hope this blog will provide a small window onto the changing face of British politics, as well as the varied faces of the British population.

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United Kingdom
  • Henry Peck | June 27th, 2011
      James Read, Advocacy Coordinator for the London Detainee Support Group (recently renamed Detention Action) gives a spirited interview on detention and asylum in Britain today. He talks about the work of the group, the travails of asylum...
  • Henry Peck | May 23rd, 2011
    In this conversation with the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for the constituency of Eastbourne, Stephen Lloyd, we discuss immigration and labour issues, student visas and Home Office policy options. 
  • Henry Peck | May 3rd, 2011
    Royal wedding fever has turned to honeymoon speculation and, more importantly for Parliament and British politics, coalition debate. On Thursday (May 5th) the British public will go to the polls to vote in local elections as well as in a general...
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    Henry Peck | March 7th, 2011
    Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of immigration and austerity related activity rumbling on in Britain. Here are some snippets to get you up to speed. On deportation: the release of a training video used by the government-hired security...
  • Henry Peck | February 17th, 2011
     In this podcast I speak to Martin Ruhs, the Senior Labour Market Economist at Oxford University's Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and the Senior Researcher and Director of the Migration Observatory. Dr. Ruhs considers...
  • Henry Peck | February 8th, 2011
    This week has seen two particularly dramatic events in British politics. The English Defence League (EDL), a far-right group, staged the biggest demonstration in the group's 20-month history. Around 3,000 people gathered in Luton, where the...
  • Henry Peck | January 25th, 2011
    The direction of my research becomes increasingly focused on immigration. In this podcast about the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), I discuss the workings of the Tribunal and the realities facing appellants in court. The First-...
  • Henry Peck | January 20th, 2011
    I sat down with Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Lewes, Norman Baker, at one of his open surgeries in the constituency. We talked about the difficulty in assessing asylum cases because of nationhood questions, the issue of child detention...
  • Henry Peck | January 14th, 2011
    I've had a fascinating week in Britain's capital city. The immigration and austerity conversation is everywhere, and I have already talked to two members of parliament, civil servants and a political commentator. I spent a day at the immigration and...
  • Henry Peck | January 5th, 2011
    Yesterday the standard rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) in the UK rose to its highest rate since its introduction in 1973. George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced the increase from 17.5% to 20% last summer as a means to raise...