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Museveni in Neasden

Twenty-five years after their arrival, the Ugandan Asians have become Britain's most successful minority. Now Uganda wants them back. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown remains wary

It made you laugh. More often, though, it made you weep; farce, fact and fantasy fused to create a stinging vapour. They had to pass round bin liners so that people could throw in their sodden tissues. The tears came out of a sense of triumph as much as relief. Twenty-five years ago, we, the Ugandan Asians, were humiliatingly thrown out of that country by Idi Amin, only to face more hatred and degradation in Britain. Today we were revelling in the fact that we are now the most successful immigrant group in Britain. (As Mr Patel said: “We can…

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