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    The UK Visa Barrier

    John Waite’s latest report for Face the Facts addresses the conflict between the economic objective of growth and the UK’s visa policy. In August 2010 Prime Minister Cameron recognised that tourism is vital in helping get the UK’s finances in shape, saying it is “fundamental to the rebuilding and re-balancing of our economy”. He said the industry already contributed £115 bn to the British economy every year, and would provide “one of the best and fastest ways” of generating jobs and income. The ambition was to be in top five destinations, for 0.5% increase we would add £2.7bn and more than 50,000 jobs. Listen to the speech The process and…

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    The Olympics reveals our problems

    Tonight’s London Evening Standard is headlined Olympic Crisis – singular. Although it reports that with the Olympics two weeks away the “London Games are struck by double blow”. Problem 1: The M4 Motorway remains closed although it was expected to have re-opened. The man in charge of repairing it is reported to be saying that six mile stretch of it is unsafe. The M4 was to provide the Olympic route for officials, athletes and spectators arriving through Heathrow. It is not clear that the route will reopen. Read more Problem 2: G4S had a contract worth £284m to provide security for the Games. 3,500 troops are being deployed to fill…

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    Children to get more care against the "export trade"

    The UK’s Guardian reported on Tuesday that children in care are to get more protection against ‘export trade’. This is not a follow-up to the issue which is being raised in Cambodia and which was raised last year during WTMWRTD. This is a story about the UK. The Guardian reported that the UK government will announce measures shortly to end the “export trade” in vulnerable children around the English regions that has led to concentrations of care homes, some a short walk away from convicted sex offenders. In the UK private industry has set up clusters of care homes for vulnerable young people to save costs in cheaper areas –…

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