Rwanda

Why won’t Rishi honour our £1,000 bet?

1 June 2024 9:00 am

When I interviewed Rishi Sunak in February, I told him I thought his Rwanda plan for ‘stopping the boats’ was…

An exquisitely funny sitcom that should be on the BBC

4 May 2024 9:00 am

Agathe by Angela J. Davis follows the early phases of the Rwanda genocide 30 years ago. The subject, Agathe Uwilingiyimana,…

Why the Supreme Court demolished the Rwanda scheme

15 November 2023 11:41 pm

In its simple and comprehensible judgment, the Supreme Court has dealt a crushing blow to the Home Office’s Rwanda policy this…

Gripping tale of Ireland’s most polite bank robber: I’m Not Here To Hurt You reviewed

19 August 2023 9:00 am

There should really be a special word for it: that vicarious fragility you feel when hearing of a minor decision…

Is Sunak heading for a showdown over Rwanda?

27 May 2023 9:00 am

When the Prime Minister first assembled his cabinet, the most controversial appointment was Suella Braverman as Home Secretary. She had…

The European court has seriously overstepped over Rwanda

16 June 2022 1:10 am

Last night’s abrupt order from the European Court of Human Rights to ground the first Rwanda deportation flight delighted progressives…

Progressives, don’t cheer Rwanda’s setbacks

15 June 2022 8:40 pm

The last-minute halting of the first flight to Rwanda is humiliating for Boris Johnson’s government. An urgent interim measure from…

Is Boris willing to make the Rwanda plan work?

15 June 2022 1:12 am

Priti Patel’s first go at deporting migrants to Rwanda is turning before our eyes into one of those answers from…

In defence of meddlesome priests

14 June 2022 11:55 pm

The British constitution is best understood as a dinner party. Imagine the key institutions of national life personified and sat…

Will the government stand up to mob rule?

12 June 2022 11:57 pm

A very big week is in store for the government’s strategy to tackle illegal immigration with all eyes on the…

Prince Charles is playing with fire

11 June 2022 10:55 pm

Charles is a prince on a perilous path. It’s a well-trodden one that is proving more problematic the closer he…

Hotel Rwanda: why does Kagame want to take in Britain’s asylum seekers?

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Why is Paul Kagame agreeing to accommodate Britain’s asylum seekers?

My phone call with God

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Got slightly wrecked over the bank holiday weekend and had hoped to kind of glide through the early part of…

What's wrong with the Rwanda plan?

15 April 2022 3:53 am

There are many unanswered questions about the government’s new policy of compelled expulsion to Rwanda of uninvited asylum claimants. Here…

The problem with Boris's Rwanda solution

15 April 2022 1:36 am

Is the Prime Minister’s plan to divert some asylum seekers to Rwanda racist? Is it inhumane? Is it a dead…

When it comes to Africa, the media look away

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Kenya Each time I sit in St Bride’s on Fleet Street during the memorial of another friend, I look around…

The dictator of the dorm: Our Lady of the Nile, by Scholastique Mukasonga, reviewed

10 April 2021 9:00 am

In the cloud-capped highlands of Rwanda, even the rain-makers sound like crashing snobs. When two teenage pupils from Our Lady…

English beef: the sinister side to France’s mistrust of Britain

27 February 2021 9:00 am

The sinister side to France’s mistrust of the ‘Anglo-Saxons’

A young Rwandan scholar left a profound impression on me

21 December 2019 9:00 am

In the Rwandan Genocide Memorial gift shop I bought a handy Kinyarwanda–Kiswahili–English phrase book. The tipping point in the decision…

When Brexiter meets Catalexiter

30 November 2019 9:00 am

After the hostel breakfast, I stood on the tropical grass lawn smoking the first fag of the day and mulled…

The lessons I learned cycling across Rwanda

23 November 2019 9:00 am

The backmarker of the peloton was Eric, a tall, stick-thin Rwandan. Under his cycling helmet he wore a baseball cap…

The joy of a Rwandan airport

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Our plane touched down in Rwanda at 7 p.m. Stepping outside on to the metal steps, I smelt that unmistakable…

How Rwanda became an oasis of liberal Islam

1 June 2019 9:00 am

 Kigali, Rwanda To most outsiders, Rwanda is still synonymous with genocide. Nearly a million killed in 100 days; almost three…

What Rwanda can teach us about gender equality

13 January 2018 9:00 am

What an incredible statement we heard on My Perfect Country. ‘I can walk into a boardroom and forget I am…