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Economy down, racism up.

With the UK economy facing it’s most difficult challenge in living memory, competition for jobs and other resources is rising rapidly. This competition is said to be the cause of a concerning increase in racist incidents in the Scottish Highlands.

The Northern Constabulary have seen a drastic increase in such incidents between 2005 to 2008, most occurring in Inverness. Groups targeted include English, Poles, Africans, Iraqis and Peruvians.

An online reporting mechanism is being developed by the local police in order to make it easier for victims to report racist crimes.

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‘I am a slave!’

‘I am a slave’ was the headline gracing the Manchester Evening News sports page on Friday 11th July 2008. The headline related to the ongoing saga of whether the Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo is to remain at the club or transfer to pastures new. Ronaldo was apparently agreeing with statements made by FIFA president Sepp Blatter who claimed ‘In football there’s too much modern slavery’.

Although such statements are often born out of frustration and ignorance, equating millonaire footballers with those that have suffered from, and those still bound by, slavery is disturbing.

Should those who make such statements be brought to task, or is it simply a case of political correctness gone mad?