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As the Home Office ships more people into concentration camp, join the fight to close Napier Barracks for good

Napier barracks: a journalist was arrested for taking photographs of a protest against conditions in the camp in January – not for taking part, but for embarrassing the Tory government that forces people to live in such inhumane, unhygienic conditions.

It’s scandalous – isn’t it? – that after being forced to empty the notorious Napier Barracks concentration camp for refugees, the Tory government is planning to fill it up again.

The camp, which housed around 400 people in homicidally cramped conditions (during the Covid-19 lockdowns, remember) in which 28 people were forced to share dormitories, was cleared after half its residents contracted the virus.

As an observer, This Writer can only conclude that this was the intention. Why else would Priti Patel put asylum-seekers in such unsuitable accommodation? Remember: other possibilities were available but ignored.

Independent inspectors have reported that the former barracks in Kent is unfit to house anybody at all, pronouncing it “filty” and “impoverished”.

According to The Guardian, the Home Office has absolutely no problem with inflicting more suffering on anybody unfortunate enough to be sent to the Napier site:

“We secured permission to use Napier barracks for 12 months and while pressure on the asylum system remains will continue to make use of the site.”

Take particular notice of the wording: “While pressure on the asylum system remains [we] will continue to make use of the site.”

It indicates that SNP MP Stuart McDonald was right when he said:

“That choice is a political one.

“The whole Home Office machine is hell-bent on ensuring life for people seeking refuge is as miserable as possible in the hope it will put off others from applying for refugee status.”

It has been said before but it is well worth reminding everyone that Home Secretary Priti Patel’s parents fled persecution by Idi Amin in Uganda to settle in the UK – and, to the best of our knowledge, they didn’t have to live in a dehumanising concentration camp.

Now she is very deliberately doing her very best to prevent anybody in a similar position today from doing the same.

In so doing, she sets herself up as a prime example of the selfishness and inhumanity of the current Conservative government – which is fascist in all but name.

Campaigning site 38 Degrees has launched a petition calling on the government to remember its humanity, if not its sanity, close the camp and find humane accommodation for the people being sent there. Already it has accumulated more than 77,000 signatures.

Yours will help change Patel’s mind. Please sign by visiting the petition page here.

Source: Home Office to send more asylum seekers to ‘unsuitable’ Napier barracks | Home Office | The Guardian

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Brazil variant search shows the Tory government is STILL bungling the pandemic

Have you noticed how this story has gone quiet?

The last we heard was that the search for the Brazil variant ‘patient zero’ who has been wandering around infecting people with a particularly nasty version of Covid-19 first discovered in Manaus, Brazil, had been narrowed down to 379 households.

Then, not a word since March 2.

Do you think they’ve checked all those households and realised that whoever the super-spreader is, they aren’t there?

That would be a public relations disaster for Boris Johnson and his Tories, so of course they would want their client media – the TV and radio channels and the mainstream newspapers – to keep quiet about it.

But what’s happening about this new virus variant in the meantime?

Information from Manaus suggests it is more contagious and evades any immunity provided by previous Covid infection, meaning the vaccines we have may not work on it. Funny how we’ve got no test results on that yet…

It makes a mockery of all the PR work the Johnson government has been doing. After all the flak they took and the £22 billion they wasted giving ‘test and trace’ to their chum Dido Harding (who knew nothing about it either then or now), they still can’t track down people who have been found to have the virus after testing for it.

Source: Brazil variant: Search for mystery case narrows to 379 households – BBC News

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Hancock admits he got his vaccine strategy from a Hollywood movie

Contagion: Matt Hancock (in his own mind), yesterday.

Tory ‘Death Secretary’ Matt Hancock has admitted he decided to order 100 million doses of anti-Covid-19 vaccine  – not on the basis of expert advice but after watching the Hollywood blockbuster Contagion.

I know.

You feel safer just knowing that he’s in charge of this, don’t you?

No?

Join the club, then.

And this comment could explain everything about the way the UK is currently being run:

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Journalist exposed to ‘torrent of abuse’ – claim – after MP put email exchange on Twitter

Kemi Badenoch: retaliatory harm.

Is it just a coincidence that this happened a week after a High Court judge decided that ‘blue tick’ Twitter users should not be considered responsible for the behaviour of their followers?

Clearly the ruling by Mrs Justice Collins Rice, in Rachel Riley’s case against me, is factually wrong. The experience of Huffington Post reporter Nadine White simply underlines the fact.

Ms White had emailed Tory equalities minister (surely a contradiction in terms?) Kemi Badenoch to inquire why she had not supported a pro-vaccine video by participating in it.

Badenoch had responded by putting the emails on Twitter alongside a comment that they were “creepy and bizarre” and the HuffPost was “looking to sow distrust”.

Labour has demanded an investigation into whether this breached the ministerial code.

In a letter to civil service head Simon Case, the party said Ms White had been exposed to “a torrent of abuse online” – a dogpile.

Riley’s case against This Writer also concerns questions about whether the TV parlour game-player deliberately intended to expose a teenage girl with mental health issues to a torrent of abuse also.

The world “torrent” has been applicable to Twitter dogpiles since the case of Jack Monroe and Katie Hopkins, in which the word was used to describe the number of messages Ms Monroe received after Hopkins tweeted a false claim about her.

It was also disputed. But Mr Justice Warby stated that “‘Torrent’ is a noun, used metaphorically here. It may be colourful, and may tend to overstate what happened. But it is not an invention and nor is it in my judgment a serious distortion.”

This means even if the size of the dogpile against Ms White was not very large, the description may still be applied justifiably.

Labour’s involvement is hypocritical though. It comes from a political party whose members (including MPs) have also triggered dogpiles – for example against This Writer after The Sunday Times falsely accused me of holocaust denial (on the basis of false information leaked by – guess who? – a Labour Party officer).

I am appealing against the judgment that suggests ‘blue tick’ Twitter users can publish anything they like about other people without having regard for the possible consequences to those people.

If I win – and evidence including the Warby judgment suggests that I may – then this could have severe consequences for a minister who tried to discredit a journalist who seems merely to have been doing her job.

I am crowdfunding for the means to win my case, which is proving extremely costly because of the behaviour of Riley’s legal team. Information about that is available here (a search for “libel Mike Sivier” should reveal the necessary links).

Anyone interested in helping is urged to do one or more of the following:

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via the CrowdJustice page.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

Justice isn’t for everybody – not in Tory Britain. It’s too expensive for most of us.

That doesn’t mean we should let a government minister – who should know better – inflict retaliatory harm against somebody who was only doing her job.

Source: Labour call for investigation into Kemi Badenoch’s tweets about a journalist – BBC News

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Tories announce plans to protect statues of racists – because that’s where their sympathies lie?

Over it goes: the toppling of the Colston statue, back in June 2020.

It seems the Conservative government has a new enemy to put alongside Priti Patel’s “activist lawyers” – but the theme of racism is the same.

Patel attacked “activist lawyers” who stopped her from deporting people as part of the “hostile environment” policy.

Robert Jenrick – the Tories’ bent housing and communities minister – has set his sights on anti-racism protesters, whom he described as “woke worthies”.

He was referring to people who tore down statues of racists and slave traders during the Black Lives Matter protests last summer.

But the plans he announced did not target people who vandalise public monuments – they are already covered by the criminal damage laws.

No – he wants to stop

 left wing Labour councils and mayors from tearing down statues, and changing controversial street names.

He reckons such behaviour is an attempt to erase parts of the nation’s history – but this is clearly hogwash. It is an attempt to change the way our national history is perceived, by de-glorifying people who never deserved any recognition in the first place.

By launching this attack, Jenrick is announcing to the world that the Conservative Party supports racism; that the Tories condone slavery.

And he may have a surprise, if his legislation gets through Parliament.

Under his plan, neighbourhoods will have to be consulted on plans to remove statues of racists and slavers.

But campaigners in Bristol

pointed out they had tried for years without success to get Bristol authorities to launch an official process to debate Colston’s influence in the city.

So in fact, it seems he’ll be handing anti-racism activists exactly the tools they need to get rid of these stains on our streets.

I would suggest that we don’t tell him, but…

He’s a Tory. There’s no reasoning with them and they’ll never accept they’re making a blunder.

Source: Tories attack ‘baying mobs’ who topple statues of racists and vow to stop them – Mirror Online

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Lords inflict two defeats on government over ‘spy cops’ bill – but Keir Starmer could have made it three

Keir Starmer: he thinks the government and its agents should be above the law.

The Tories bid to allow spies working for government agencies like the Financial Conduct Authority to commit crimes like murder and rape without fear of prosecution has been foiled by the Lords.

Peers supported amendments to the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill as follows:

Peers inflicted two significant defeats on the government on Wednesday evening over a bill to regulate the use of undercover informants, passing amendments to stop them participating in murder and rape, and to curtail the use of children as informants.

The government was also defeated by 299 to 284 on an amendment from the peer Doreen Massey, which proposed explicitly banning those acting undercover from being allowed to participate in a list of serious crimes, including murder, torture, rape or other sexual offences as they gained information.

Ministers had ruled out introducing such a list previously, arguing that creating a list of forbidden offences could give terrorists and serious criminals ways to unmask infiltrators by asking them to engage in such banned activities.

Campaign groups welcomed the result, arguing that it would put the UK on a par with similar western countries in setting clear limits.

Sadly, this result is notable for another reason – Labour leader Keir Starmer’s unacceptable support for the Bill with all immunities against criminal prosecution intact.

If he had whipped Labour to oppose it in the Commons, it would never have got as far as the Lords. But he didn’t.

Worse still, after former shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti put forward an amendment to remove immunity from prosecution for crimes from government agents who commit them, saying there would otherwise be a “grave risk” of human rights abuses by undercover agents, Starmer whipped Labour peers to abstain and it failed:

Peers were debating the bill at the second day of its report stage. On Monday, an amendment from Shami Chakrabarti seeking to strike out immunity for undercover agents acting within authorised guidelines was defeated by 309 to 153, after the Labour leadership chose to abstain.

It seems clear that this former Director of Public Prosecutions thinks the government and its agents should be above the law.

It is an unacceptable attitude for any potential national leader to have.

Source: Lords inflict two defeats on government over ‘spy cops’ bill | House of Lords | The Guardian

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‘Out of touch’ Tory minister describes £170 Champagne as ‘alternative vaccine’ (Vox Political Scrapbook)

A Conservative minister has been branded “out of touch” after suggesting people … drown the sorrows of 2020 with a £170 bottle of champagne.

Amidst an economic recession and global pandemic, minister for housing Christopher Pincher … described Krug Grand Cru Cuvée as an “alternative vaccine” against the “memory of last year”.

In an article for conservative culture magazine The Critic, the minister wrote that a bottle of the wine was “ideal for lifting the spirit and lighting up a darkening winter afternoon,” noting its flavours of “tart satsuma” and “light, tight, nutty effervescence”.

Labour’s Mike Amesbury, shadow minister for housing, described Mr Pincher as “truly out of touch and breathtakingly arrogant.”

Source: ‘Truly out of touch’: Tory minister suggests drowning coronavirus sorrows with £170 Champagne

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Looking after their chums: Jacob Rees-Mogg’s business partner gets senior trade role

Rees-Mogg: one of his business chums just landed a job in the government, for no very good reason.

Isn’t it strange how Tories say they hate socialism – but practise it all the time, albeit limited to just themselves and their chums.

We’ve got seriously straitened times coming, and the Tory response has been to hand billions of pounds, that was intended to cope with Coronavirus, to their friends under false pretences.

And those chums to whom they couldn’t hand over massive gobbets of public cash got public jobs instead – like this one:

Abusiness partner of Jacob Rees-Mogg, who is also a former vice-chair of the Conservative Party, has been appointed to a senior role at the Department for International Trade.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss announced that Dominic Johnson, CEO of Somerset Capital Management, will be joining the DIT non-executive board, and will chair the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

It seems this Johnson’s qualification for the job is knowing Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Can you imagine the fuss they would make if anybody else adopted these corrupt practices?

Source: Chumocracy: Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Business Partner Appointed to Senior Trade Role – Byline Times

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The Expenses of the 300+ MPs Who Voted Against Free School Meals for Children – Dorset Eye

This Is How Much They Have Claimed in Expenses in the Last Year

322 MPs have recently voted against free meals for children in dire circumstances.

These MPs have believe that poor children are not entitled to free meals, whilst simultaneously claiming tens of thousands in expenses each year.

See the list here: The Expenses of the 300+ MPs Who Voted Against Free School Meals for Children – Dorset Eye

Former Tory Councillor jailed for 14 years after putting metal shards in baby food in sickening million-pound scam | Evolve Politics

Aformer Tory Councillor has been sentenced to 14 years in jail after being found guilty of putting metal shards in baby food and attempting to blackmail a leading supermarket chain in a horrific million-pound scam.

Nigel Wright, a sheep farmer from Market Rasden and former North East Lincolnshire Councillor, spent almost two years hiding jars of baby food laced with metal shards on the shelves of various Tesco stores throughout the north of the country between May 2018 and February 2020.

Read the rest here: Former Tory Councillor jailed for 14 years after putting metal shards in baby food in sickening million-pound scam | Evolve Politics