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Jamaica deportation: 25 saved from flight – but 17 are aboard, despite court ruling

Boris Johnson: He’s a foreign-born UK resident who plotted a crime in the UK – why hasn’t he been deported?

This is a win – if only a partial one.

A ruling by the Court of Appeal that people who have not had access to legal advice should not be on the Home Office’s deportation plane to Jamaica has led to a reprieve for 25 of them.

But they do not know what the Conservatives will do to them next, and 17 people were forced to take the plane.

Campaigners have said that the decision to deport people who have been in the UK since they were as young as two years old, meaning they are being removed from their families and the country they consider their home, is racist.

The Tories are saying that it is right to deport people who were born in foreign countries and committed crimes in the UK.

So far they have refused to address the fault in their argument – that their own prime minister, Boris Johnson, plotted an assault and battery offence against a UK journalist.

Why is he not on a plane to the United States, which is where he was born, with no hope of return?

Source: Jamaica deportation: Home Office flight leaves UK despite court ruling – BBC News

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Jamaica deportation: will the Tories go ahead after appeal court decision?

Doing a runner: Priti Patel leaving the Commons to avoid a question about the Windrush-style deportation of people to Jamaica (not really, but she did run like a coward when David Lammy asked her about it).

The Court of Appeal has advised the Tory government not to deport 50 people to Jamaica until it has confirmed they have all had access to advice from lawyers.

But will Boris Johnson and his bandits accept that advice?

Consider the way Priti Patel swanned out of the Commons chamber, while David Lammy was asking her an urgent question on the subject.

Former Labour leadership candidate Clive Lewis also demanded that the flight should be stopped.

It is racism, if their convictions are suspect and they haven’t had access to a lawyer. And if the Home Secretary can’t answer a simple question about it.

But as I write this, it seems unlikely the Tories will stop the flight. They think they can do whatever they like, to anyone they feel like. Are they right?

Source: Jamaica deportation: Appeal court issues order over phone access – BBC News

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Johnson insists on deportation of Caribbean nationals despite claims they’re NOT ‘serious criminals’

Nazi overtones: Hitler deported Jews from Germany, before deciding to murder them instead; now it seems Boris Johnson is picking on people of Caribbean descent. What next?

Exactly why is the Tory government insisting on deporting people of Caribbean origin who have been UK residents for many years?

He says they’re “serious criminals”. But are they? Let’s remember, the Tories have been wrong about their deportations before, but still insisted on causing misery to thousands of innocent people.

(And the UK electorate then insisted on returning them to office. I suppose it’s true that some people only care when they’re the ones being persecuted.)

All 50 of those being deported are said to be convicted criminals, but here’s the catch: they have all served UK prison terms for those crimes.

They have already paid the required price for their crimes and it would be perverse to punish them again. Isn’t this simply more Tory racism?

The Home Office says the flight is “specifically for removing foreign criminals” and includes “people convicted of manslaughter, rape, violent crime and dealing Class A drugs”. Number 10 has said all the people on the flight have sentences of 12 months or more.

But a law firm representing some of the people on the flight has put forward a different view – that they are “potential victims of trafficking, groomed as children by drugs gangs running county lines networks and later pursued in the criminal justice system as serious offenders”.

And why is this flight scheduled to happen before the ‘Lessons Learned’ review of the Windrush Scandal is published? That event showed that the Tories had wrongly detained and deported thousands of people, forcing then-prime minister Theresa May to apologise for the suffering she had caused as the Home Secretary who approved it.

But at least one person on tomorrow’s (February 11) flight has been found to have been convicted falsely under an unlawful interpretation of the ‘joint enterprise’ rule. He served only two months in prison and has a heart condition which means he may not survive the stress that Mr Johnson is forcing him to undergo.

This would tally with the legal challenge against the deportations.

More than 170 MPs have signed a letter organised by Labour MP Nadia Whittome, demanding that the flight be cancelled, or at least delayed until after publication of the ‘Lessons Learned’ report:

A draft of the report in June 2019 said: “Government should review its policy and approach to FNOs [foreign national offenders], if necessary through primary legislation. It should consider ending all deportation of FNOs where they arrived in the UK as children (say, before age of 13).

“Alternatively, deportation should only be considered in the most severe cases.”

Source: Boris Johnson insists first deportation of Caribbean nationals since Windrush scandal must go ahead | The Independent

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Two years on, why is the Windrush scandal still claiming victims?

Paul Nichols: His records were destroyed when the racist Tory government was trying to deport members of the so-called Windrush generation.

Didn’t Sajid Javid promise to “do right by the Windrush generation”, on his first day as Home Secretary? (Yes, he did.) What happened?

Yet now we see 75 Paul Nichols, who served in the British Army for nine years but has been denied a student loan at the end of 2017 – because the government has no record of him.

Why not? Because it was ditched with those of all the other Windrush people?

He can’t even get legal support with a claim for compensation because the Tories have not put enough state money into its scheme, it seems.

Campaigners say this means some people have submitted low-quality claims that may be rejected even though they are eligible, and others are not applying because the process is too complex to do without legal support.

An immigration lawyer quoted in the source article (see below) has said there is a huge difference between the resources put into the scheme to provide settled status for EU citizens and those put into helping victims of the Windrush scandal.

She said it amounted to racism by the Conservative government.

But that’s okay – right?

Because, thanks to the Tories’ relentless promotion of division between sections of our society, since they first came back into office in 2010, we’re all racists now.

Source: Windrush man who served in British army for nine years told there is no record of him | The Independent

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This election, for all those who no longer have the chance to vote, please make yours count

Those are strong words from the Wear Red – Stand Up and Be Counted Facebook page (above).

For those who can’t read image files, it says:

“Up to 130,000 people have died because of austerity who aren’t able to vote on December 12.

“Hundreds of homeless people have died on the streets who aren’t able to vote either.

“Those from the Windrush generation who were unjustly deported aren’t able to vote.

“The sick people who died in hospital corridors waiting for medical treatment aren’t able to vote.

“The victims of unsolved knife crime because of 20,000 less police aren’t able to vote.

“The families burned to death in Grenfell Towers aren’t able to vote.

“They don’t have a voice any more, so on December 12, use your voice to speak for them and vote the Tories out.”

The text accompanying the image states [boldings mine]:

“This post is in memory of all those who can no longer vote because in some way their lives were irrevocably changed or lost forever because of how the Conservative government has treated them.

Remember them, because they could just as easily be you or someone that you love.

“We all fall on hard times at one point or another.

“That’s the whole point of society, is that we help each other in times of need, we do it without asking for anything in return because we actually care about each other.

“We don’t seek to sub-contract that care out to the lowest bidder and watch them make profit from your hardship.

“The Tories are ruining our society, they are selling it off in chunks to super rich private entities and leasing it back to you at twice the cost.

The by-product of this austerity is not only massive transfer of wealth into the hands of the few, but also thousands of people dying prematurely or being deported from their homes, widespread misery and stress for all low earners, sick, vulnerable and severely disabled people.

“We cannot emphasise enough how much good you will be doing by voting Labour in this election.

“Whether you care a little or a lot for politics, this election is a turning point for all of us.

“Protect your NHS, keep Trump’s hands off our health care, and most of all speak up for the countless victims of this warped ideology that would knowingly persecute sick people right up until the point where they died while being desperately in need of help.

“To think of this happening to one person is heartbreaking, but to 130,000 it’s almost unimaginable.

“Get out there on Dec 12, imbued with the spirit of these fallen souls, and send a clear message to Westminster that you’re not putting up with this way of doing things for one day longer.”

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Hubert Howard has died – and he won’t be the last victim of the Tory Windrush scandal

The Empire Windrush brought many people to the UK to help rebuild the country after World War II. If it was still in service, the Tories would be trying to use it to deport them all again.

If you’re wondering who Hubert Howard is – that is precisely the point.

He wasn’t famous.

He was just an ordinary person – like you or me.

And the Conservatives, in government, treated him abominably.

Another victim of the long-running Windrush scandal, he died on Tuesday – just three weeks after being granted UK citizenship, 59 years after he arrived in the UK, aged three.

Here‘s The Guardian:

“Howard spent much of the last two months of his life still fighting for British citizenship from his intensive-care bed in hospital. He was granted it at the end of October when his lawyer informed the Home Office that he was critically ill, and highlighted the urgency of his case.

“Howard had not left the country since he arrived here legally in 1960. He first realised he had problems with his documents in 2005 when his employers, the Peabody housing association, asked him to show that he was in the UK legally. He tried to get a passport the following year so he could visit his sick mother in Jamaica, but the Home Office said it had no record of him and warned him that if he left the UK he might not be allowed back into the country. His mother died before he was able to see her again.

“He tried on numerous occasions to apply for a passport. In 2012 he was dismissed by Peabody because he was still not able to prove he was in the UK legally. He died in debt as a result of losing his job.”

Note that he continued to be treated with contempt by the Conservative government, even after the Windrush scandal became headline news in 2018.

This is just one example of the contempt in which the Conservatives hold ordinary people who deserve respect.

If they get the chance, they will go out of their way to harm you.

Think about that when you’re voting on December 12.

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Remember the Libor scandal? It seems Boris Johnson is connected to it

Boris Johnson: The more we find out about his corrupt friends, the less suitable he seems as prime minister.

Here’s an interesting snippet from Private Eye, highlighted by Beastrabban:

Private Eye in their edition for 12th-25th July 2019 carried an article revealing that two of BoJob’s donors were also responsible for Libor fiddling. The article, ‘Dough Nuts’ on page 5 ran

The latest register of MPs’ interests reveals Boris Johnson’s earnings from speaking engagements in the past six months alone came to £356,267.36. It also identifies the moneybags sponsoring his leadership bid.

One such is Alex Wilmot-Sitwell, who was co-chief executive of UBS’s investment banking division during the era of the Libor scandal. Here is what Andrew Tyrie MP, chairman of the parliamentary commission on banking standards, said in January 2013 of Wilmot-Sitwell and three of his UBS colleagues: “Since they’ve just acknowledged in front of us that they were ignorant and grossly incompetent… it strikes one they shouldn’t be on an approved persons list.” A month later, the bank was fined £940m by US and UK regulators for Libor rigging. 

Another of the new donors to the Johnson cause is IPGL Ltd, which gave £20,000 on 28 May. The majority shareholder in IPGL is former Tory party treasurer Michael Spencer, whose firm Icap (run by Spencer and owned by IPGL) was also fined for its role in Libor-rigging. Three years later, the Cabinet Office’s head of ethics blocked David Cameron’s recommendation that Spencer receive a peerage.

Johnson isn’t the only leadership candidate to benefit from Spencer’s largesse. In April he offered a member of staff at a cost of £28,980 to work for Dominic Raab. On 28 May he handed £20,000 to Michael Gove. A week later Jeremy Hunt got the same amount. One thing’s for sure: Spencer has backed the winner.

Which is just another little piece of information showing how corrupt BoJob’s business connections and sponsors are.

The scandal over LIBOR (the London InterBank Offered Rate of interest, calculated through submissions of rates by major banks across the world) broke out when it was discovered in 2012 that banks had been falsely inflating or deflating their interest rates to profit from trades, or to give the impression that they were more creditworthy than they were.

The Beastrabban piece links also to a Zelo Street article connecting Jennifer Arcuri – to whom Mr Johnson is alleged to have shown inappropriate favouritism during his time as London Mayor – with convicted LIBOR fiddler Tom Hayes.

So it seems people with connections to the LIBOR scandal added their support to Mr Johnson’s Tory leadership campaign – and we’re hearing that people who supported him are trying to rig Brexit in order to make billions of pounds from the damage “no deal” would cause (plummeting pound, skyrocketing inflation).

It seems Mr Johnson’s connection with all these alleged fiddlers is so strong that, when he retires from politics, he should probably join them in a string ensemble.

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Long Brexit delay means May could turn to those ‘burning injustices’ – but will she? NO!

NOT YOU: This image was created for International Women’s Day, to show how little we all think of Theresa May.

Let’s not be daft.

Theresa May could soon be offered the “flextension” (if you like that sort of word) that European Council president Donald Tusk has been suggesting – of up to a year before the UK has to leave the EU, unless a deal can be arranged earlier.

It certainly seems possible that she will have until the end of 2019, at the very least.

Will she use the reprieve to address the “burning injustices” she has ignored so fastidiously since the day she first mentioned them on the steps of 10 Downing Street, back in 2016? Of course not!

She’ll be too busy trying to stop her party from self-destructing further than it has already; if there’s no Brexit until the end of the year, it means her own party will have an opportunity to oust her with a vote of “no confidence”, and then it might splinter as backbench MPs scurry to get behind one (or more) of the front-runners – and pray that they’ve chosen the right one.

Among those candidates will be Boris Johnson – despite the fact that he’s a grade-A, first class arsehead with no more regard for the rule of law than for an insect.

Only two days ago, at the time of writing, I was reporting his latest breach of House of Commons rules, which came after serial racism and sexism.

Now he has been revealed as one of 170 MPs who have bought homes using taxpayers’ money – claiming that they are second homes which they require to carry out their duties – only to enjoy a huge boost to their personal wealth because the buildings’ value has skyrocketed.

It seems 160 MPs have made £42 million profit by selling on their taxpayer-funded homes, including another possible Tory leadership candidate, Michael Gove.

Neither are suitable to lead a political party, let alone a nation. It is clear that they have regard only for themselves and are happy to elevate themselves by exploiting the people they are meant to serve.

Their popularity among the Conservatives is ample demonstration of that party’s unsuitability for government office.

But they are in office and we are where we are – in the middle of the enormous mess that they created.

Mrs May will have her hands full finding a solution to Brexit that the various factions in Parliament can support (or a majority of them, at least); and finding a successor to herself who will not drag the UK further into disaster (but will pretend that she was a better leader than she turned out to be).

She won’t do anything about the fact that, by the admission of her own Department for Work and Pensions, the number of disabled people in absolute poverty rose by 200,000 in a single year.

Nor will she do anything about the fact that Universal Credit has increased homelessness in two-thirds of local authority areas, according to homelessness charity CRISIS.

She is sure to be positively rejoicing in the fact that more and more families are being pulled into poverty by the ongoing benefits freeze:

Labour’s former shadow work and pensions secretary, Debbie Abrahams, demanded an end to the benefits freeze yesterday – and got a weak answer from the tepid Liz Truss, yet again using the pathetic lie that work is the best way out of poverty (it isn’t – having wealthy Tory relatives is). She for yourself if you have the stomach for it:

And she won’t address the catastrophic funding gap facing our schools:

The above isn’t even an exhaustive list of Mrs May’s failures – I haven’t even mentioned her utter inadequacy on knife crime or the Windrush racism scandal. They are merely the most recent stories I found on Twitter.

Mrs May wants us to think of her as a good prime minister. But she’ll be remembered as good for nothing.


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Data protection breach as government reveals it doesn’t know how to send an email

Caroline Nokes: It seems the horse is more intelligent.

Caroline Nokes – what a waste of a ministerial salary.

Not only has she been responsible for promoting a woefully pathetic compensation scheme for victims of the Windrush racism scandal – but she also had to admit that the email she sent to everyone who had expressed an interest, promoting the scheme, included the email addresses of everybody else who had expressed such an interest.

That’s a data protection breach of the most basic kind.

It seems nobody at the Home Office told her how to use the ‘bcc’ button on an email program.

Apparently Ms Nokes has said she is “firmly committed to doing right by the Windrush generation”.

This is not an auspicious start!


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Javid offers contemptible pittance as compensation to victims of the Windrush scandal

The Empire Windrush brought many people to the UK to help rebuild the country after World War II. If it was still in service, the Tories would be trying to use it to deport EU citizens.

Victims of the Conservative government’s racism may receive as little as £200 in compensation under a pathetic scheme put forward by Home Secretary Sajid Javid. It is too little, too late.

Under the terms of the scheme, it seems victims will receive a fixed tariff of £500 if they were blocked from attending university, £500 if they were denied NHS healthcare and just £200 if they were unable to access banking services as a result of the scandal.

Apparently it won’t compensate people who were refused re-entry to the UK after having left – even if only to go on holiday.

Mr Javid said there was “no cap” on the scheme, but failed to add that the loss categories are defined in such a strict way, and the requirements regarding evidence necessary to prove entitlement to compensation are so onerous, that it would be extremely difficult for some people to make claims – especially as the Home Secretary made no reference to Legal Aid.

In all, while he said there was no cap on the amount available to claimants, he estimated the cost would be around £200 million.

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