MONEY TRANSFERS MAKE THE WORLD GO ROUND

A hobby horse of mine in international development matters has been the lack of focus on or coverage of remittance flows to the developing world – that is, the money…

Driver ID also needed to stop illegal touting

Murad Qureshi AM has praised the work of the Metropolitan Police and the Public Carriage Office in cracking down on illegal taxis in London. Speaking after he went out with…

Green lessons from Beijing

Murad Qureshi AM has congratulated Beijing for the positive feedback given by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for meeting if not exceeding many of its environment pledges for the…

WILDERS AND PHELPS – KEEP OUT THE PREACHERS OF HATE

It is rare that l find myself in agreement with my fellow London Assembly Member, Brian Coleman. However, on the general approach to hate preachers from abroad peddling their vile…

FROM LONDINIUM TO REYKJAVIK-ON-THAMES

London in recent times has been given various names by admirers and critics. Both the New York Times and the Economist have recently referred to London as Reykjavik-on-Thames, since like…

Boris island won’t get off the ground

Labour’s environmental spokesman on the London Assembly will tomorrow dismiss Boris Johnson’s proposal to build an airport in the Thames Estuary as a fantasy that will struggle to get off…

Boris’s bad news for Londoners’ health buried under foot of snow

Murad Qureshi, Labour’s environmental spokesman on the London Assembly, has criticised Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend phase three of London’s Low Emissions Zone as "fatally bad news" for public health….

RESIGNATION FROM BBC APPEALS ADVISORY COMMITTEE OVER GAZA APPEAL

Last night I received news of a friend’s resignation from the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee after he had seen the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Gaza crisis appeal, which was rejected by…

CHA WALLA HERO IN UK FILM HIT (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE)

After hearing so much about the film from friends, l decided to go and see Slumdog Millionaire. And boy was it a treat, fully living up to its word-of-mouth reputation….

HEATHROW – DECISION TIME

In the run-up to the GLA elections last year the London Assembly and its members across all the political parties adopted a resolution against the further expansion of Heathrow –…