Can migrants be sent back to France by Priti Patel?

Can migrants arriving in the UK, or attempting to get here be sent back to France? Priti Patel the home secretary, who’s favourite nursery rhyme is ‘I’m a little despot, short and stout’ seems to think so. Does she honestly ever bang on about anything else? Well I’ve got some news for her, since incredibly, she doesn’t seem to know, or rather her own inbuilt dislike of people fleeing warzones or poverty appears to dominate her thinking.

Firstly, referring to these people who may be trying to get to the UK as all being ‘migrants’ is a media spin tactic and one Patel embraces, since it implies these people do not need to be here, they just want to come here, no doubt to ‘steal our jobs’, or other common refrains to that effect. I had no idea Brexit was a migrant! It is racist baiting rhetoric from racist right wing sources and that should be condemned by anyone with an ounce of sense.

The fact is these people may be coming here for a whole host of reasons, but put yourself in their shoes for one moment and imagine how desperate their plight may well be, if they’re prepared to try and cross the channel from France to try and find a better life for themselves, particularly if its families with young children. We’ve all seen the pictures of rescues at sea, we’ve all seen the horrific images of when these crossings go tragically wrong, so just think about that. A great many of these so-called migrants are in fact refugees and that’s a major, but often omitted difference.

Now sorting out refugees from migrants happens when these people arrive and seek asylum. Nobody can be turned away when they apply for asylum it is law that they have every right to remain here whilst their application is reviewed. Sadly under the Tory regime we are enduring, they’re not doing a great job of this. We are not supposed to send people back to unsafe destinations, yet it happens. For years, the Tories have been sending people back to Afghanistan under the pretext it was safe, when actually it was only under occupation by Western forces. How did that work out?

While the rest of the world takes tens of thousands of legitimate refugees from there now, we’re only taking 5,000 a year over the next 4-5 years. How I wonder will those in the years long queue to come here survive in the meantime? We said the same thing over Syria, Theresa May as Home Secretary pledged to take 20,000 Syrians over 5 years too. Target was missed and government attitudes have not changed, in fact they’ve only hardened further. Every legal means of coming here to seek asylum have been removed, so whilst the Tories can do nothing about international law regarding people seeking asylum once here, they’ll make it as difficult as possible to get here to start with. and so we come to that question of France.

Can we turn people around and send them back to France? The answer is no. I’ll repeat that again for the serially inept Tory MP Helen Whately who was doing the media rounds on this this morning, the answer is no. It is a violation of international maritime law – if you find someone in trouble, you have to rescue them. Can you order them to turn around? Not if it is unsafe to do so and when many of these people are arriving in small boats and dinghies, attempting to cross one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, it is beyond doubt that they are in danger and should be rescued. Our rescue services can only bring them here, the RNLI for example, so it is dependent upon who exactly rescues such people as to where they end up taken.

Now when it comes to Priti Patel, she’s got serious form for this. She’s already attacked the RNLI for daring to rescue people and has threatened them with legal action if they don’t stop rescuing people and bringing them back here. It is their remit, they will not leave people at sea to die no matter how much she might want that and fair play to them – her attack on them led to a massive upsurge in donations to the RNLI, which operates as a charity and I’m sure such donations were indeed very welcome.

Nonetheless, Patel as recently as July paid the French £55m to increase their border patrols to stop people leaving France and heading here. With the best will in the world however, we’re talking massive stretches of coastline on both sides and you simply won’t catch them all. Sure there’s a safety aspect to stopping them leaving, if they can be stopped for their own safety they should, but it is impossible to stop the most determined from trying again and some will inevitably make it. Of course if this country provided a legitimate means of coming here to seek asylum, they wouldn’t need to take such desperate measures, so perhaps think on that as you ponder the realisation Priti Patel would rather throw tens of millions of pounds at the French to stop tiny boats leaving France, typically at night, often overcrowded, rather than provide a safe route to asylum.

Of course the other concern is that if you want to return people to France, you kind of need France’s permission to do so. They’ve refused. They won’t enable Patel to violate maritime law or endanger lives, as our border force are instructed to actually turn boats around. Our government would face legal action if they did so, so much as once.

Priti Patel has a problem with migrants. It never ceases to amaze me that her own parents came here as refugees in the 70’s from Uganda, that she has such a hardline stance against anyone wishing to come here and seek asylum from another country. The fact is her desire to turn boats around would be illegal, France will never accept these people back anyway in order to safeguard their lives, something our government refuses to prioritise. The RNLI thankfully will and it remains to be seen if Patel follows through on threats to target them for doing so. Anyone once here can claim asylum, it is for them to make their case for that, with the odds stacked against them even if they’re fleeing a warzone, such is the state of that system under the Tories. Our government are spreading racist, divisive rhetoric and desperate people fleeing goodness knows what shouldn’t be scapegoated by despotic little madams like Patel, or anyone else.

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Starmer ‘paint a picture in primary colours’ relaunch. WTF?

Keir Starmer, Labours absolute shambles of a leader is – you’ve guessed it – relaunching himself again!

He’s gone from embracing Blair’s legacy to finally admitting those 10 pledges were a sham and now wants to paint a picture in primary colours – what the hell does that even mean?

Keir Starmer has announced a departure from his 10 pledges, a pledge lest we forget being a solemn promise, made to us, the Labour membership. This is hardly news to those of us who have been or still are members of the Labour Party. He departed from them on day one, its just taken him 18 months to admit he never really meant a word he said in order to become elected. His war on the left of his own party just confirming that. His promise to build on the success of Corbyn’s leadership translated as rip it all up and suspend him from the party for far longer than the rules allow and suspend any CLP’s that dare try show solidarity with him. Any semblance of socialism he appointed to his front bench was ousted on the flimsiest of terms as fast as he could manage and its been diktat ever since.

He’s lost support, lost volunteers, lost members and has now thrown out even more by proscribing various groups on the left of the party and as a result is no longer competitive in by elections, losing one after another, only hanging onto Batley & Spen as a result of emotional blackmail and a bit of luck in the Green Party stepping aside.

Pledge one was the easiest to keep as it was on economic justice. Lowest corporation tax level in Europe, a tax only on profits as this is, raising it should’ve been a no brainer. He said now is not the time to this at the same time he was campaigning to be Labour leader – he literally broke it before even getting elected!

Pledge 2 was social justice – well where’s the social justice in saying nurses deserve a 2.1% pay rise, after the Tories promised 1%. They needed 12%, they were owed 15%, the Tories went 3% and Starmer broke his pledge and faith with nurses needing a fair deal.

Climate justice was pledge 3, for heavens sake all he had to do was stick with Becky Long-Bailey’s excellent Green New Deal and Corbyn’s 2030 climate crisis target. Nope, ditched it within months of becoming leader, has offered a limp ambition since. Always ambitions and never actual policy announcements.

Promote peace and human rights was pledge 4, just look at his treatment of Labour Party members, his abuse of the Labour party rulebook, the payoffs to shush up legal cases we had, and you’ve got an authoritarian who has been far too profligate with Party cash. No wonder Labour is worried it can’t even cover payroll now, but besides internal abuses he’s been a serial abstainer on the issue of human rights and he’s a former human rights lawyer! From the overseas operations bill, to the spycops bill he whipped his MP’s to abstain and was going to on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill until Clapham Common happened, forcing him to grudgingly oppose. Pathetic.

Pledge 5, common ownership – he ripped that up when he rowed back on the prospect of nationalising BT saying Labour under him is pro-business. In other words, he’s a red Tory.

Defend migrants rights was pledge number 6. When we have a sociopathic migrant hater in Priti Patel, it should be easy to just oppose frankly anything that comes out of her mouth. Starmer has failed to ever do so, so hasn’t kept this pledge.

Pledge 7 was strengthen workers rights and trade unions – what a sick joke this one is. When Becky Long Bailey sided with the teaching unions over concerns regarding covid in schools, she got the sack, allegedly over calling actress Maxine Peake a diamond, but we all know the truth. Useless Kate Green replaced her and Starmer just went, schools must open no ifs, no buts, no equivocation. He backed Unite over Fire and Rehire on twitter, then panicked over it and deleted it and now he’s using fire and rehire tactics to sack 90 staff, whilst recruiting more on temporary part time contracts, causing the trade unions to consider industrial action against Starmer and Labour! He broke this in the most egregious possible way.

Pledge 8, radical devolution of power, wealth and opportunity, was torn up when he defended Boris Johnson’s trip to Scotland to promote the Union during the pandemic and has been utterly silent on Tory cronies ending up in the House of Lords – so much for equal opportunity, the gravy train rumbles on.

Pledge 9 was promotion of equality, but then he called Black Lives Matter a moment and has expelled members, most notable Jeremy Corbyn and most recently Ken Loach over factually questioning the prevalence of antisemitism or standing in solidarity with suspended members, plus he’s still burying the Forde Report, which, lest we forget is a report into internal racism in the party and BAME members in particular are furious this has still not been released.

And pledge number 10, to provide effective opposition to the Tories. I’ll never forget the people on Gogglebox saying ‘if him saying I agree with the Tories were a drinking game you’d be pissed!’

So lets bury this notion that he might scrap his 10 pledges, he’s already broken every single one, some several times over and they are no longer worth the paper they were printed on.

Now, on top of his agile ceremonies and multi-disciplinary collaboration in iteration, he’s talking about painting in primary colours. Why the hell does this brylcreemed advert for suited and booted nothingness insist on talking in such a meaningless fashion? His speech is now a direct reflection of his persona, it’s like he’s from an alien planet, there’s no sense in anything he says! Painting in primary colours, what are you three? Well you’ve torn up any semblance of socialism, so you won’t be using red, you stand for a metric ton of sod all, so Liberal yellow might suit, but with all your constant agreement with the government your tenure as leader is most definitely blue. Some might argue that mixing them makes green, but we’ve already exploded pledge number 3, so lets not go there.

The top priority is a Labour government he says, great, tell us something we don’t know, how are you going to achieve that when you lie, break your promises and have no policy? Are you going to announce some? No you’re apparently going to paint.

What is the one thing that connects Attlee, Wilson and Blair? They all had vision, had policies, they all increased Labour’s seat count, you missed Corbyn out in 2017 who did the same though, but that little nugget doesn’t suit you does it?

By officially announcing the 10 pledges might be on the way out, broken as they are anyway, merely confirms you lied to get elected. You lied to members who might have supported you and that makes you fundamentally untrustworthy. You’re dishonest Keir. You have no policies, still, to this day for anyone to base an opinion on your ability to lead, and the longer that goes on for, the worse people’s opinions of you are going to be. A recent YouGov poll of people’s attitudes towards you was excoriating. Of 12,000 respondents – huge by YouGov’s measure – 76% think you’re incompetent, 80% dislike you, 80% don’t believe you’ll ever be Prime Minister and as for people voting who they thought did a better job of leading the Party, you scored 35% compared to Jeremy Corbyn leading with 44%.

‘Win the Future’ is the new strapline you’re sticking to, how handy for a guy with no policies and no direction that the future isn’t written yet, but it won’t be primary colours with you still leading, you walking absence, it’ll be beige, beige, beige. The fact this abbreviates to WTF and what that usually stands for hilariously sums up how the majority of not just members but voters feel about you and what passes for your leadership, but how cringingly awful you are at promoting yourself or the party.

Nobody trusts you after you broke all your promises, nobody knows what you stand for when you relaunch yourself more often than you change your underwear and so I’m afraid I have to break it to you that you will never lead the country, you will never win, because unlike the Tories, we won’t support somebody with so little substance, nor back a liar. Next month at Labour Conference I really hope some home truths are going to hit you hard, you useless little man.

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British response to refugees is shameful.

The sight of people trying to flee Afghanistan as the Taliban moved in and took over was harrowing to see. People cramming onto aircraft if they were lucky enough to get on one, some so desperate that they were tying themselves to the wheels or clinging onto the sides, literally risking death to escape, only for death to claim them, yet our sorry excuse for a government? They all seem to be on holiday while it happens.

As with any war, innocent lives are not only lost but displaced as well. It happens every time and sadly all too often this side of the story isn’t spelt out, isn’t told, all too often our media play it down not wishing us to be informed as to what the human cost is. Death figures are harrowing of course, but they are numbers on a sheet, people displaced by war, driven from their lands, homes destroyed, jobs gone, nowhere to go and in need of help that doesn’t always come – well, these are real people, still there and the picture becomes far more complex.

For those countries that do put their hands up, that do acknowledge their role and that they need to play a part in helping the innocent caught up in atrocity deserve to be applauded for their efforts. Germany have said they’ll evacuate 10,000 Afghans, naming translators and human rights lawyers specifically – those who worked with the West for 2 decades and are at risk of execution if caught. Angela Merkel has also said that she’ll work with other European countries to facilitate more. Good luck with dealing with Emmanuel Macron of France on that, since he seems more interested in blocking flows of ‘migrants’ from Afghanistan – they aren’t migrants, they’re refugees, learn the difference –  and has vowed to develop an EU initiative to stop them. Pandering to the far right in his own country to try and save his own political hide at the expense of displaced victims of war. Centrism for you – people hanging off planes and falling to their deaths and he wants to put the boot in.

The US plan on taking 30,000, Canada 20,000, even Uganda has pledged to take 2,000, now there’s a country that knows something about citizens displaced by war.

But what of the UK, how many are we taking? Boris Johnson is on record as saying we must not turn our backs on Afghanistan, Boris Johnson has mumbled something about an Afghan refugee scheme this week, but would they really want to come here given our track record?

Since 2008, the UK have deported, under the guise of repatriation, 15,575 Afghans back to their home country on the basis that their country was safe. It’s another untold Windrush story. By 2015 an average of 100 Afghans a year were being sent back, including people who arrived here as children, have known nothing else. Their formative years were spent here, they studied here, passed qualifications here, were raised by foster families here, but the minute they hit 18, back they went. In fact an investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found Afghan children were more than twice as likely to be refused permanent asylum as children from anywhere else.

How many more days will it be before Johnson informs us how many refugees the UK is going to take? Why is it taking so long? Why also, is he not being put under any pressure by the opposition, where is Keir Starmer in all of this, how many refugees does Labour think we should take? Oh, he’s apparently going to wait until the government produce some numbers first. Pathetic, he’s going to Captain Hindsight this as well. Johnson will name a number and he’ll go that’s not enough and raise him what? 100? A thousand? and then Johnson will go slightly higher. This is what passes for leading the opposition these days, utterly useless. Canada has already received a planeload of refugees, whilst we can’t make our minds up how many we’ll take still!

It’s hardly surprising, Johnson was on holiday and the de facto deputy prime minister and Geography impresario, Dominic Raab, who also, without any trace of irony is the foreign secretary was also away! He was warned ahead of heading off to a beach in Cyprus, that things were escalating in Afghanistan and that he shouldn’t go. Naturally, being all about himself as Tories invariably are, he went anyway. He’s had to be dragged back, refusing to budge for several days and mumbled a mealy mouthed ‘nobody could see this coming’ when he got back! Literally the PM and Deputy PM were absent from duty, nobody holding the fort, because y’know, don’t these Taliban types realise the UK is on its hols! Nobody could see it coming? You were told before you left! Jeremy Corbyn warned Blair about this in 2001, but y’know, who listens to jam making vegetable botherers! Well he was right again!

He’s also mumbled about increasing aid to Afghanistan by 10%, but this is after the UK cut foreign aid there by 78% just last month! They knew the Taliban was advancing then and all the while aid and military were being pulled out. What bloody good is 10% after that you pathetic worm of a man and who will it be paid to now, the Taliban?

And of course wherever there’s talk of the UK taking people in from elsewhere you just know Home Secretary Priti Patel will have said something dreadful and that chronic woman has already squealed about migrants – again, they aren’t migrants! They haven’t made a choice to come here, they’ve literally nowhere to go, the very definition of a refugee – they’re seeking refuge for heavens sake! She wants to make sure we only take people of value apparently! Good job Ted Heath didn’t feel the same way when he opened the UK up to refugees fleeing Uganda, since that included Patel’s bloody parents! Uganda, the same country now taking 2,000 refugees, which is 2,000 more than we currently are!

Patel is more concerned about the message this will send to other refugees who might want to come here. She is inhumanly cruel and callous, it is just astonishing given her own personal family history that she thinks the way she does and worse, that she’s in a position of privilege such as she is as Home Secretary.

We owe the people of Afghanistan. We stoked dissent there during the Cold War, we trained many of the fighters who later became part of the Taliban back in the 80’s to fight the Soviets. That proxy war left a country torn apart by civil war which laid the foundations for the Taliban to take it over. Displaced Afghans came here as children only to be sent back the minute they turned 18 as the country was deemed safe, during the 20 years a Western supported government held up but in reality the entire thing was built on quicksand. Trillions of dollars wasted without giving any thought to the country being able to support itself and its gone to hell inside 10 days.
Our government, We in Great Britain, we owe the people of this country a lot. We’ve caused chaos over the last 40 years in Afghanistan as a nation, the least we can do now is take some of those who’s lives have been destroyed thanks once again in part to this country, offer them a new, permanent home somewhere safe to rebuild. We should all demand it, we as a country need to do our part.

UPDATE:

Its now emerged we’ll be taking 20,000 refugees, but over the course of 5 years! What the hell these people are meant to do while they wait I don’t know, but this is effectively washing our hands of the situation and should shame us all. Demand better.

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Afghanistan abandoned.

Once upon a time and by that I’m going back to the early 80’s, the West was actually funding various dissident groups in Afghanistan, the likes of Osama bin-Laden in fact, the so-called Afghan mujahideen, because they were at war with the Soviet Union and that suited us because Russia bad, America and its allies good. We armed these people, we trained these people and now, as always seems to be the case, we’re walking away from a mess of our own making.

Margaret Thatcher promised these people that the hearts of the West were with them when really these people were just a temporary convenience to the West. It was a proxy war to the ongoing Cold War and it resulted in as many as 2 million Afghans losing their lives and countless more displaced, becoming refugees. For 9 years it rumbled on, ending only when the Soviets decided to withdraw, unable to cope primarily with the difficult terrain more suited to Afghan guerrilla tactics, but left the country in such a state it collapsed into civil war amongst various factions of that same mujahideen, a mix of disparate warlords fighting over bits of the country until they themselves were driven out by the Taliban, hardline religious zealots who had emerged from Pakistan promising to drive out the factions, taking over roughly three quarters of Afghanistan by 1996 and holding it until 2001 when the West went to war there and drove them out.

Hang on a minute Damo you might be thinking, these warlords, the mujahadeen had been funded, armed and trained by the West and they’ve been driven out. How is the Taliban invading from Pakistan and taking over the West’s fault?

Well the Taliban are themselves a mess of the West’s making. They were founded in 1994, essentially a student movement in Pakistan, appalled at the lack of Islamic teachings in neighbouring Afghanistan after that country fell apart once the Soviets had withdrawn. They pledged to establish a purely Islamic state and as we saw subsequently, they installed a harsh regime with hardline Sharia Law at its centre. Crucially, a great many of these individuals also came from the very mujahadeen fighters, trained, armed and funded by the West to fight the Soviets years earlier, so it was a kind of mujahideen civil war in a sense.

I’ll go back to that point as well about the Taliban beginning as a student movement – the word Taliban literally means student – students need educational materials in order to learn and what they were being taught was being supplied by the US. Despite eventual revisions to texts, these Taliban students, but also students in war-torn Afghanistan received learning materials that would shape their thinking, images of soldiers, of war, of weaponry, of jihad, of violence combined with Islamic teachings and a hatred of foreigners. Kids were literally being taught to count by counting tanks or missiles in a book for goodness sake! The intent was to keep fresh in the minds of these students what the Soviets had done to them, a hatred of Communism – to foment a distrust and dislike of the Soviets, just as the West distrusted and detested the Soviets – all supplied covertly, so US hands weren’t dirtied by it, all Cold War propaganda effectively.

So we have armed, indoctrinated forces from two countries, taught to hate foreigners, primarily intended to be Russia, who went to war and the Taliban came out victorious. None of this would’ve been possible without western involvement. Let’s get that into context.

But then all this interference in other countries came and bit the West on the arse.

The Taliban were supported by the terrorists Al-Qaeda, formed by Osama bin-Laden after he ceased to be a useful, Western funded mujahadeen fighting the Soviets, yes they formed from that same funded, trained and armed proxy army too. He’d been involved in blowing up US embassies in Africa, which had put him on the most wanted list, but the events of 9/11 meant he was now too big a threat to the US to be left at large. Demands that the Taliban hand him over, hiding in a cave in Afghanistan as he was, were rebuffed, they didn’t bow to the demands of the hated foreigners, including the non-Russian variety, so the month after 9/11 the US invaded to remove the Taliban from power and they did so within months, though it’d take a decade of fighting them before they got bin-Laden. The Taliban, having come from Pakistan, simply returned there to regroup, started feeding back into Afghanistan to mount more offensives and it became a constant cat and mouse game. The problems with the landscape that the Soviets found fighting there in the 80’s proved to be a problem for Western forces right up to the here and now. Here we are some 20 years after that initial invasion and it is decided that we’re going to all pack up and go home without finishing what we started and what happens? The Taliban have taken city after city, are at this moment knocking on the door of the capital city Kabul and sweeping back into power. Civilians are being evacuated where possible or ordered to remain in place for their own safety, the US ambassador has been airlifted from the roof of the embassy and everything has gone to hell as the government the West installed and built up is trashed in a week! If I was an American taxpayer, I’d be pissed, $100bn US dollars spent on training the Afghan army and to what end? An embassy that cost $700m now just gifted to the Taliban. An absolute failure for any of the structures put in place to hold up. Still, the withdrawal is going on, troops are being deployed, but to continue with the withdrawal, not to defend people who have worked with us for 2 decades, nor it seems to help them flee as well! The country is going to fall once more to the Taliban because, what? We got bin-Laden and now we’re bored and want to go home? There are people out there who helped the West, served the West, translators and the like who are now being abandoned. These people have a price on their heads and the Taliban plan on separating them from their bodies. The despotic Priti Patel has decided we don’t want to take Afghan refugees in case it encourages others to flee here – just what part of taking responsibility for our nations actions doesn’t she get, or rather, her own maniacal hatred of bloody foreigners coming here means she simply doesn’t care. These people literally face execution at the hands of the Taliban, they’ve been warned in advance they face beheading for helping us and we’re just going to walk away again, leaving a mess behind, just as we always damn well do. Apparently Dominic Raab is the foreign secretary these days, who knew! We’ve heard very little from him, perhaps he’s still trying to find Afghanistan on a map! Has he found Dover yet?

After the Gulf War, we abandoned Palestinians and the Bedoon booted out of Kuwait, after Libya we left a country to fall apart to the point its now a place of slave markets and civil war, after the Iraq War we left a political vacuum filled by the rise of ISIS. Every time we go to war somewhere, we don’t see it through, we go out there under the auspices of achieving peace yet that is the one thing that never happens. Our Western leaders get what they want, then lose interest. They’ve become bored by Afghanistan, they never really won, but they started a fight they can’t be bothered to finish, instead allowing the oppressive Taliban, a monster of the West’s own making, to just take it all back again and the people out there are doomed to suffer as a result.

Some of the most sickening responses I’ve seen are the blatantly political attacks on Joe Biden for pulling troops out and whilst there’s certainly cause to be angry over this, the orange idiot before him wanted to pull out in May – there’s no political high ground for republicans or democrats here!

There’s none for us here in the UK either. Refugees need not apply, weasel soundbites from Boris Johnson about not wanting Afghanistan to become a breeding ground for terror as we wash our hands of the situation too. Jeremy Corbyn of course warned us against getting involved in Afghanistan to start with, but hey, it was never in Tony Blair’s playbook to not go running when George Bush clicked his chubby fingers and they made him a peace envoy to the middle east. How much more twisted can you get? Soldiers from any country who served must be looking at this, families of those who had died out there and they must surely be wondering, what was the point? What did we fight for? What did our loved ones die for if this is the end result?

So when would have been the right time to leave? We can’t stay forever after all? Is a perfectly reasonable response to all I’ve said so far. I’d suggest after 20 years, you’d think we’d have done enough so that Afghanistan could stand against the likes of the Taliban on its own, be secure in its own defence capability, have allies in the area to aid it, a strong economy to support it. A huge amount of time and money has been spent but what is there to show for it? Perhaps 20 years in a region so battle-scarred in recent history isn’t enough, but surely it is not unreasonable to suggest if you go to another country and you make war and cause disruption, you have a moral and ethical responsibility to stay until the situation is settled don’t you? Walking away just to let the Taliban take back over should be utterly unthinkable.

I could’ve gone further back in history if I’d wanted to, Western interference in the middle east has been a pisstake and a grand litany of failure, leaving only death and suffering behind for a great deal longer than I’ve covered here. This is another sad, sorry chapter in that history. Our governments should shame us and my heart goes out to the people of Afghanistan as events continue to unfold, abandoned, with a choice between Sharia Law, death or fleeing goodness knows where, while we just walk away.

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Support the RNLI, don’t allow Patel to criminalise them.

The RNLI. They keep us safe, from our day at the seaside, or out for a sail to being on scene at the worst of shipping disasters. Down here in the South West with our massive coastlines, they are an intrinsic part of our communities, they have earned our utmost respect, they should command everyone’s respect. These brave men and women who are prepared to risk their lives to save the lives of others unconditionally. They volunteer for this. The RNLI itself relies solely on charity in order to perform its duties. There is no government money for them, they perform essential duties that no UK government has ever seen fit to fund, so they rely on us, via donations, for their entire existence.

For them to come under assault, be it verbal or otherwise is disgusting, but it comes about as a result once more of our rabidly right wing media and the disgrace for a government we’re currently enduring.

You see, the RNLI won’t discriminate. If someone is in trouble in the water, they’ll rescue them. It’s what they do. They value the sanctity of life and are prepared to risk their own to uphold that and that includes migrants.

Yes migrants. Nigel Farage fodder and our twisted government in the form of Home Secretary Priti Patel saw fit to bring a Bill to parliament, the Nationality & Borders Bill, which, if passed, criminalises asylum seekers. Now the knuckle draggers with bacon complexions will be snorting with joy at such a move, the sort of people who have no idea what the RNLI do, yet see fit to tell them how to do their job. The abusive simpletons who will never appreciate the value of this service unless they one day find themselves in need of it. Farage himself has called the RNLI a ‘taxi service for illegal immigration’, so is it any wonder the racist dipshits of this country are turning on them?

See the thing is anyone coming across in a dinghy or worse and finding themselves in trouble, the RNLI will rescue them. I mean, wouldn’t you? A boat with people of all ages, young, old, in trouble, the people on it certain to drown if you don’t do something? Unless you’re utterly sociopathic you would do something. If this Bill passes, and it’s already passed second reading now, anyone, from the passing fisherman to the RNLI lifeboat crew potentially face years of imprisonment if they don’t stand by and let them drown. Imagine if this happened back during the Holocaust, to the Kindertransport? Instead of being regarded justifiably as a hero, Sir Nicholas Winton would’ve been arrested! People seeking asylum are often from war-torn, dangerous places. Why else would they risk their lives covering enormous distances and dangerous terrain to get here, if here is their choice?

Why can’t they enter legally? You might ask. Well there are no legal routes left. The government has closed them all. Besides, calling it illegal entry doesn’t make their asylum claim any different, because anyone can claim asylum here and their presence is perfectly legal until such time as a decision is made on their application. By removing legal routes, they have caused the endangerment of these desperate people. The RNLI are mitigating the worst outcomes of this mess of the governments own making! This Bill is just another racist piece of legislation from a government renowned for it. They’ve just handed France £54m for an extra 100 migrant police on their side to try and reduce the numbers of boats coming here. Bear that in mind when our 3% nurses pay rise will end up being paid for by cuts to health services elsewhere.

Once here, they can legally claim asylum, so our government response is ‘stop them making it’, even if that means they die. Meanwhile our at sea, self-funded rescue service get called everything under the sun for daring to do their job and refusing to let people die.

They tell us it’ll hit people traffickers, but it doesn’t. It weakens alternatives to the traffickers who will just find more dangerous ways of trying to get people here.

Attacking vulnerable people, preventing them seeking asylum here any way they can, even to the point they’re prepared to criminalise a rescue organisation they don’t even see fit to fund for all our benefit, that has to fund itself. We’re led by the very worst of us, but I challenge anyone to think they can keep on sailing past a boat load of people, leaving them to drown. You wouldn’t sleep at night.

Support the RNLI if you can, consider it a subscription to giving two fingers to this racist legislation & the government pushing for it and the gammons abusing the service, but genuinely, they cannot do what they do without it.

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Leadership. Role Models. Our politicians would do well to emulate these sportsmen, instead of encouraging abuse.

It has been a source of enormous national pride. The conduct of our England football team, 3rd youngest in the tournament, a long way to go in their careers they’ve been exemplary. They have shown themselves to be true role models and Gareth Southgate deserves every plaudit he is getting for the example he has set, the leadership he has shown and the hope he has brought to our national sport, taking us forward into the tournaments to come. Going out on penalties is so often the way for us, but what those young men faced afterwards is intolerable and that stems from an abject lack of leadership.

Three lads missed last night and sadly, the fact they’re all black has become the story of the next day thanks to the racism they’ve faced. The racial abuse these boys are having thrown at them should be a source of national shame and I’m sure it is to the majority of us, who I’ve no doubt will send best wishes to the whole team and offer solidarity to those on the receiving end of a torrent of abuse today.

The Football Association has ‘strongly condemned’ it. Well that’s all well and good, but what are you actually going to do about it? It’s the same message you’ve sent out for years, yet it still goes on. What will you do to stamp it out? Why, with all the technology involved these days, can individuals guilty of such stunts not be kept out? If the technology exists now to check if a goal is a goal, why can disruptive elements within crowds not be as well? Frankly anyone who has booed an opposing team’s national anthem or our own players for taking a knee should be banned because its just foul behaviour and tarnishes our reputation and undermines what taking a knee means, more equality, more diversity, a sign of solidarity and a condemnation of racism.

So much of the abuse is online however and its down to social media companies AGAIN to do more. When abuse is reported it has to be acted upon better than it is. I frequent Twitter a lot, when you put your head above the parapets, trolls will appear, often repeatedly. What’s the point of some of the report functions on there is though? Targeted harassment? Anyone tried that? Waste of time. I can only imagine how bad it must be for people, young men as Saka, Rashford and Sancho  who have much, much bigger platforms. Online abuse is not taken seriously and I can only surmise it is because it isn’t profitable to deal with. Not good enough, way past not good enough.

But to force these company’s hands, you have to have leadership to do so and quite frankly right now if only Gareth Southgate had time to run the country too eh?

It’s impossible not to start with the Prime Minster. Boris Johnson has of course condemned the abuse, he’s been squeezing as much political capital as he possibly can out of Euro 2020, somebody had pithily responded earlier in the week that the only lions they wanted to see on Johnson’s chest would be at Longleat safari park and at one point it did look like he’d emptied B & M of England bunting, but with all the PR in the world, nothing will detract from the fact that the very racism he now condemns, he has a long track record of dishing out himself. Piccaninnies with watermelon smiles, He said muslim women dressed in burqas look like bank robbers or letterboxes, writing books featuring racist slurs, has said black people have lower IQ’s, that Caribbean’s are multiplying like flies, has said gay marriage is akin to marrying a dog and gay men were ‘tank-top bum boys’, has joked about exterminating the ‘Scottish vermin’ and that Hadrian’s wall should be refortified to pen them in a ghetto on the other side, I’ve no doubt there are other instances, but its impossible to deny this country is led by a man with a litany of racist writing and commentary attributed to him as both a journalist and politician, not to mention the fact he told the British public it was OK to boo the England team for taking a knee just days ago! A pledge to investigate allegations of Islamophobia running rife through his party has never been enacted and the media have let it slide. Sadly Johnson isn’t even unique in his own party for this, with Theresa May, Priti Patel and others presiding over racist legislation right up to this day. ‘There is endemic racism in the Tory Party, it is in the system’ A quote from Andrew Lansley the former Tory health secretary on his own party.

In fact today already a Tory MP has been caught out on a Whatsapp group asking if it’d be OK now that Marcus Rashford had missed to tell him to stick to football and Darren Grimes the hard right pimple that even GB News didn’t want made the same sorry recommendation.

Thanks to Rashford, kids haven’t starved during school holidays whilst we’ve been locked down, the guy should definitely enter politics one day, because he gives a damn about other people and sadly Tories and their right wing sycophantic mouthpieces absolutely do not.

Rashford often gets referred to as the Leader of the Opposition and when Labour are little better, that’s not surprising. Aside from the antisemitism allegations that that same quiet media wouldn’t let up on until the day Corbyn went, they too are mired in Islamophobia under Keir Starmer, most recently in Batley & Spen where the 25% Muslim population were accused of deserting Labour on the basis they were antisemitic. Corbyn never denied the existence of racism in Labour, he was tackling it despite the constant media narrative to the contrary, but its so much more blatant now, emboldened as it is now. There’s also the small issue of the Forde Report which, for as long as you’re sat on it Keith, you cannot say you’re serious about tackling racism in your own party.

Despite the two-facedness on show here, there are genuinely people calling it out who always have, there are organisations rightly appalled at this that are demanding better. Can I make a suggestion? If you’re sick to death of this, join one of these organisations. Join Black Lives Matter, it isn’t just a moment Keith, join Stand up To Racism or The Muslim anti-racist collaborative, there are many more. Put pressure on our leaders to do something instead of just wheeling out some weasel words when its politically beneficial to them.

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The Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Bill has passed. The Bill hasn’t been Killed.

So the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill returned to parliament yesterday and as predicted, all the Tories fell into line to see it pass at third reading.

If you thought Boris Johnson and his gang value freedom after deciding to unlock the country regardless of rising cases of Covid, this bill should be telling you that his version of freedom involves you getting back to work and doing as you’re told. He’s free to control you – that’s what it amounts to.

This bill is an assault on all our freedoms, it’s an authoritarian crackdown on protest and being able to create a public nuisance by way of it. That is the point of protest, to cause a disruption, to draw attention to the fact we aren’t happy about something in a peaceful manner.

The right to protest is a basic human right, therefore to effectively legislate it away by saying any form of public nuisance is punishable by up to 10 years in prison is undemocratic and dictatorial.

You can go out into society, not wear your mask, spread Covid to the vulnerable and that’s OK, but topple a racist statue, or even just speak too loudly and you face years behind bars.

If you block a road, that will become an offence. If you use a loudspeaker, that will become an offence.

Seriously, that’s how fucked up this country became last night, as this is the instruction our leaders and our representatives handed down. Freedom to spread a virus, but none to complain about it.

The Tories argued few protests had conditions attached to them – police already have the right to impose restrictions on where a protest can take place, how many can attend and how long it can last for, but they have always had to justify doing so. The Police Crackdown Bill literally changes that to any officer can impose any restriction they deem fit – there’s no limit on what they could do. They could restrict a demonstration to just 5 minutes. They could demand you stand there in silence, there’s literally no limitation. Incredibly dangerous powers for anyone to have.

Think about it. I mentioned loudspeakers already, but literally any noise could be used as an excuse to impose a restriction, or if somebody complains, use it as grounds for arrest. If the protest is travelling, say from the BBC to Parliament Square, as one did recently. The Police could impose a restriction demanding the protest not move, effectively keeping the protestors away from the very people who’s attention they’d be trying to attract. Essentially Parliament Square could be ruled as somewhere protests are simply no longer allowed.

In fact, the police crackdown bill does just that. Along with Canon Row, Parliament Street and Derby Gate, it will be illegal to hold any form of protest there. If, as a for instance, you’re carrying a ‘Johnson out now’ placard nearby to Downing Street, that could be made grounds for instant arrest. The BBC, New Scotland Yard, literally anywhere could be outlawed as a venue for civilised dissent at the whim of the police beforehand or at any point during should they change their minds, or somebody complains about the public nuisance.

The police will even be able change the rules at a protest and arrest you even if you didn’t know about the change. That’ll be considered your fault. The sentence for straying from such a police imposed ruling? 3 to 11 months in jail. For causing a public nuisance? 10 years. There will be tougher sentences for organisers, for whom organising a protest will become all but impossible in practice.

We’ve seen Kill the Bill protests up and down the country. The Bill hasn’t been killed. With a Conservative government filled with sycophantic nodders who vote with the government on literally anything, never ever representing you, your area or your interests, bereft of minds of their own, this bloody bill is going to pass into law.

Where is the outcry in the media? Silent as a bloody lamb, but then this was buried to an extent underneath Johnson’s insane plan to just do away with the vast majority of Covid-19 restrictions, dominating the news headlines and they’ve snuck this out largely unreported as a result, though not completely.

How do you tell the government a bad law is a bad law? You protest. It is a basic human right to cause dissent to show displeasure to power, to tell them their voters are unhappy with what they are doing. It is my firm belief that this bill will not do what it is intended to do. People will not just stop speaking out because the government have attempted to outlaw it. What it will encourage is more scenes such as that we saw at the Sarah Everard vigil where police heavy-handedness became the story. The police will be set free to essentially do as they like and if they take a too heavy handed approach to these new powers, who in actual fact becomes the offender in the end?

The government may as well expect more protests because the more they try to tighten their grip, the more power will end up slipping from their fingers. It’s an unwise, dictatorial move from a government for whom there’s a lot more of us than them.

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