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Daniel Trilling: The Refugee Underground, 1 December 2022

My Fourth Time, We Drowned: Seeking Refuge on the World’s Deadliest Migration Route 
by Sally Hayden.
Fourth Estate, 480 pp., £20, March 2022, 978 0 00 844557 7
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The Naked Don’t Fear the Water: A Journey through the Refugee Underground 
by Matthieu Aikins.
Fitzcarraldo, 360 pp., £12.99, February 2022, 978 1 913097 85 1
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... Kidane’s trial brought an opportunity to confront the reality of smuggling, few seemed to care. Sally Hayden, an Irish freelance journalist who reported on the trial, was shocked to discover that she and her Ethiopian translator were the only independent observers in the courtroom. ‘When two of the most significant smugglers in North Africa were ...

Second Last Leader

Ian Gilmour, 7 June 1984

Another Heart and Other Pulses: The Alternative to the Thatcher Society 
by Michael Foot.
Collins, 220 pp., £8.95, June 1984, 0 00 217256 9
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... he should have resigned just before the election was called and handed over to Denis Healey, as Mr Hayden had resigned in Australia and – with great benefit to the Australian Labour Party – made way for Mr Hawke. Despite Mr Foot’s standing in the polls and the clear implication that under his leadership Labour was doomed to heavy defeat, he ‘never ...

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