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Home Office staff take government to court with concerns ‘culture of fear’ is illegal

Minister for inhumanity: Priti Patel’s “Hostile Environment” policies have involved Home Office staff in illegal activities in the past. Now she is being challenged in court to prove her plan to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda is not also against the law.

10 years after the launch of the ‘Hostile Environment’ policy, representatives of Home Office staff are challenging the government in court over things they are being asked to do.

The Public and Commercial Services Union and the Immigration Services Union are challenging Priti Patel’s policies to “pushback” small boats in the English Channel and to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda.

They have strong justification: the “pushback” policy is likely to break international law on asylum while the idea of deportations to Rwanda copies a previous policy by Israel – that didn’t work and was abandoned.

And the Conservative government has a record of “Hostile Environment” criminality.

We all know – don’t we? – about the Windrush Scandal that illegally targeted for deportation a generation of people who had the right to live in the UK but whose documentation had been destroyed.

The Home Office has also wrongly accused 34,000 international students of cheating in English language tests and failed to ensure that innocent people were not wrongly deported.

An Institute for Public Policy Research report in 2020 concluded the hostile environment policy had fostered racism, pushed people into destitution, wrongly targeted people who were living in the UK legally, and had “severely harmed the reputation of the Home Office”.

In the wake of the Windrush scandal the Home Office committed to introduce a total transformation of the department, including a review of the hostile environment policies – and failed to complete it.

So it should be no surprise that civil service representatives are trying to protect workers from having to take part in Priti Patel’s potential crimes.

One glance at comments on the “Hostile Environment” policy by Nazek Ramdan, the director of the charity Migrant Voice, should make the reason crystal clear:

“Perhaps no other policy in living memory has left such a malign mark, a stain like an oil slick. It is racist, xenophobic, immoral, illegal, unfair, punishing, divisive, mean-spirited, discriminatory and counterproductive.”

Source: Home Office staff worry they may be asked to act illegally in ‘culture of fear’

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Rwanda policy has made illegal migration problem WORSE

Priti Patel: she and her boss Boris Johnson are the only people who deserve to be carted off to live in an African dictatorship. They’re too stupid and pig-headed to be allowed to stay in the UK’s government.

Priti Patel’s plan to send people accused of being illegal migrants to Rwanda has not stopped boats crossing the channel but has sent some asylum-seekers into hiding – creating a cost, and time, burden for the authorities, while others have resorted to self-harm – creating work for the NHS.

Meanwhile, prime minister Boris Johnson has announced that the government is preparing to deport the first 50 migrants to Rwanda – and to spend who-knows-how-much-money defending the decision in the courts.

So, all things considered, these two idiot Tories have achieved nothing more than a waste of public money, and public organisations’ time.

What a pair of [insert expletive of your choice here].

Apparently, more than 7,000 people have crossed the channel in small boats in the first four months of the year – more than three times as many as last year and more than seven times as many as in 2020.

The latest available government figures show 792 migrants arrived in small boats in the week from 2 to 8 May.

The Tories are saying their deportation policy will take a considerable time to push through, as legal challenges will “take time”.

But Patel said she would not be deterred…

The government says the new scheme will be a major blow to people smugglers and will stop people dying on dangerous routes to the UK.

… certainly not by the facts, it seems.

Meanwhile, Johnson has been taking an opportunity to denigrate the lawyers who will stand up for the migrants’ rights.

In an interview with the Mail, he said:

“There’s going to be a lot of legal opposition from the types of firms that for a long time have been taking taxpayers’ money to mount these sort of cases, and to thwart the will of the people, the will of Parliament. We’re ready for that.

“We will dig in for the fight and we will make it work,” he added. “We’ve got a huge flowchart of things we have to do to deal with it, with the leftie lawyers.”

How strange. It isn’t the “leftie lawyers” who are wasting a fortune on a pointless policy of persecution.

It’s this profligate prime minister and his psychotic home secretary.

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Will #BorisJohnson face a #leadershipchallenge right after #PrimeMinistersQuestions?

Boris Johnson: his entire career could rest on his performance in Prime Minister’s Questions on January 19.

It seems rumours about a group of Tory MPs from the 2019 preparing to challenge Boris Johnson’s leadership are accurate.

In a previous article, I drew your attention to this:

Now the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg has got on the case, although it seems she’s treating it like a damage-limitation exercise on Johnson’s behalf.

According to Ms K,

there’s a notion that they will as, a group, submit their letters [of no confidence in Boris Johnson] to Sir Graham after Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday afternoon.

She reckons there are around 20 of these MPs, rather than a dozen, as previously suggested. If it’s true that 35 MPs have already submitted ‘no confidence’ letters to Graham Brady, chair of the backbench 1922 Committee, then he will have 55, which is one more than the threshold for a challenge to Johnson’s leadership.

Kuenssberg went on to say that a Johnson-loyalist Cabinet member has dismissed the “notion”, saying it is not a serious threat to the prime minister but a “pork pie plot”, playing on the fact that one of the 2019 group is Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland and Melton (home of the pork pie).

If her report of that intervention is accurate, then it can only make Johnson and his people look worse because, as Kuenssberg states,

colleagues say Ms Kearns has been unfairly targeted and that she’s not leading any rebellion.

Let’s hope other Conservative MPs are as disgusted by the behaviour of this Cabinet member as I am, and they add their support to the 2019 group and oust BoJob before he can do any more harm to the UK.

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No confidence: now 20+ letters against Johnson are said to have come in

Coward: Boris Johnson hid in a fridge once to evade difficult questions. Now he is resorting to flat-out lies.

The tide of scepticism in Boris Johnson’s ability to continue as prime minister continues to build – it is now believed that more than 20 letters of ‘no confidence’ have been received by the Tory backbench 1922 Committee chairperson.

But does it mean anything? Around 54 or 55 letters are needed to reach the threshold for a vote. Clare Hepworth, below, doesn’t think it will happen:

The markets are already spooked though – by Johnson’s policies and behaviour.

The FTSE is one of the worst-performing major stock markets in the world – if not the worst.

Tory MPs – many of whom are company shareholders on the side, and many of whom (as we’ve seen) have been funnelling public money into their own businesses by dodgy means – may consider Johnson’s removal to be necessary in order to give the markets the bounce they need.

Remember: Johnson is the prime minister who once, memorably, said: “F*** business!”

It wouldn’t surprise This Writer if his businesspeople MPs decided to f*** him over instead.

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Corbyn to begin legal action against his Labour Party suspension

At long last, Jeremy Corbyn is doing what he should have done in 2016 – taking his critics in the Labour Party to court.

He will apply for disclosure of documents held by Labour in a hearing on Monday afternoon (January 18).

This could lead to a legal challenge against his suspension from the Parliamentary Labour Party, ordered by Keir Starmer in November.

Mr Corbyn was suspended by officials in October for claiming that the scale of anti-semitism in the party was “dramatically overstated for political reasons.”

Despite an NEC panel’s decision to readmit him [and] the Equality & Human Rights Commission’s warning against political interference in such cases … Sir Keir removed the whip.

The announcement has provoked considerable discussion on the Vox Political Facebook page.

“He should have had Hodge in court over her slurs before she knew what had hit her,” said one commenter.

Another replied: “He was doing all he could to facilitate that “broad church” they constantly whined on about.

“However, I have no reason to see why he shouldn’t win the upcoming court case which I hope will achieve much in the middle to slightly longer term in our battle to reclaim the party for the socialists it was created for and not as a hiding place for desperate LibDems.”

Another commenter, discussing the launch of Ken Livingstone and Pam Bromley’s judicial review against the EHRC, added: “Things are going to go tits up for Starmer and Co, and it can’t come quick enough.”

Source: Corbyn to begin first steps in legal action against his suspension next week | Morning Star

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Video: Bursting the Brexit bubble

Clueless: Boris Johnson staged this ridiculous stunt to promote Brexit. Now he has it – and he doesn’t have the faintest idea what to do with it.

Brexit has happened.

But what is Boris Johnson going to do with it?

In this video article, This Writer argues that – at a low-point in the UK’s history – the prime minister simply doesn’t know:

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Corbyn calls in the lawyers – just as This Site asked him to

What a coincidence!

The day after This Writer called for Jeremy Corbyn to take court action to stop the current Labour leadership from playing fast-and-loose with party rules to persecute him – he did just that.

Jeremy Corbyn’s solicitors have written to Labour calling for his suspension as one of the party’s MPs to be lifted, the BBC has been told.

I can’t take credit for the move – this is a tiny website with a very small readership – around 16,000 a day on average – but I think it is worth recording my gratitude to everybody who did pass my message on to Mr Corbyn, just in case.

Keir Starmer has built up a reputation, in a very short time, for conceding court cases Labour’s legal advisers say the party should win. In this instance, the opposite should apply – so I fear he’ll decide to fight.

Possibly mitigating against this is the letter to the party’s acting general secretary, David Evans (his appointment has yet to be ratified by a Labour Party conference), demanding that the Parliamentary party whip be restored to Corbyn.

According to Skwawkbox, the letter

  • condemns the ‘double jeopardy’ and ‘deliberate political interference’ of withdrawing the whip from Corbyn after he was reinstated by an NEC panel
  • makes clear that the decision of the panel was based on independent legal advice and the recommendation of Labour’s disciplinary investigative unit
  • implies that their advice was that there were no valid grounds for Corbyn’s suspension
  • confirms that the whip had been restored to Corbyn on the lifting of his suspension, making an utter mockery of Starmer’s excuse that he was ‘not restoring’ the whip rather than withdrawing it
  • makes clear that the meddling in the disciplinary outcome is exactly that kind of ‘political interference’ the EHRC has ruled unlawful
  • accuses Starmer and other right-wing MPs of smearing the NEC panel members who acted in accordance with the party’s rules and the legal advice they gave
  • says that Starmer has put NEC members in a legal bind – and that as a highly-qualified barrister he has no excuse for his ‘unconscionable’ choice
  • demands that Evans rebuke Starmer for his political interference in party processes and undermining public confidence in Labour’s disciplinary process
  • ‘requires’ Evans to immediately ‘demand’ that Starmer upholds the NEC panel’s decision and restores the whip to Corbyn

So now Starmer is well and truly caught between a rock and a hard place.

I wonder what sanctions will be carried out by the NEC members who signed the letter, if they don’t get what they demanded?

Perhaps Starmer’s decision will be made easier by the continuing rebellion of party members across the country, who continue to ignore his diktats that they should not speak up on Corbyn’s behalf or campaign for him.

This Writer is delighted to see that Bristol South CLP (I’m from that part of Brizzle) has just voted to support Corbyn:

I understand Brent Central CLP has also passed a motion demanding the restoration of the Labour Parliamentary whip to Corbyn.

And it seems another CLP has passed a motion calling on the NEC to take all steps possible to remove David Evans from office.

November 19 has been a disastrous day for Keir Starmer and his cronies.

How much worse can it get before he bows to the inevitable?

Source: Jeremy Corbyn’s lawyers challenge Labour over MP suspension – BBC News

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Keir Starmer is mistaken – it isn’t Labour’s LEFT wing tying the party up pointlessly over Jeremy Corbyn

Clueless Keir: Starmer’s latest ultimatum to the majority of Labour Party members – calling for them to abandon demands for Jeremy Corbyn’s reinstatement – is pointless. The party’s own rule book upholds their demand and he should try reading it.

Right-wing Labour leader Keir Starmer demonstrated his own lack of judgement by suggesting that left-wingers in the party threatening legal action over Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension would tangle it up so badly that it would be unable to win an election.

And he made it worse by releasing his claim through the hard-right Daily Mail:

‘I don’t think anybody wants to see yet more legal cases. I want to see the Labour Party focused on campaigning to win elections,’ he said.

‘We have got a massive set of elections next May, we have got a general election in 2024. We absolutely have to be focused on that.

‘So I don’t want to see any Labour Party money or time tied up with yet more legal cases.’

The only possible answer to that is: then why did Starmer’s general secretary, David Evans, suspend Corbyn’s membership illegally?

As has been thoroughly explained by now, Corbyn was suspended for a response to the EHRC report, in which he agreed with the report’s very clear finding that the amount of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party had been exaggerated by those making complaints.

The report also upheld Corbyn’s right to make such a comment, even if it caused upset.

(And let us all remember that just because a statement upsets some people, that does not prevent it from being true.)

More rational minds than Starmer’s have pointed out the obvious hole in his argument:

Oh, and here’s one more pertinent point: the appointment of new general secretary David Evans has not taken place in accordance with party rules and he is therefore not properly authorised to suspend anybody’s membership at all:

It seems clear that Starmer should have read the Labour Rule Book before making wild claims about it.

Then again, it could be argued that he should have read the EHRC report before claiming that he would follow its recommendations – and then shredding them.

And as for not wanting to see any Labour time or money tied up in court cases, it may be a little early for This Writer to say too much, but… we’ll see about that.

Source: Keir Starmer warns Corbynistas not to ‘tie up’ Labour in legal battle over Jeremy Corbyn suspension | Daily Mail Online

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What a Carry On as Twitter challenge leads to more embarrassment for the Tories

Dream casting: a Carry On Film about the current government (Carry On Cocking Up?) would feature Charles Hawtrey (right) as Jacob Rees-Mogg and Hattie Jacques as Boris Johnson.

A humorous challenge on Twitter has led to embarrassment for the Johnson government as users lined up to mock ministers’ efforts to contain Covid-19, control migrants and continue with Brexit.

It was laid down as follows:

And then the fun began – often using titles reminiscent of the actual Carry On films:

Some entries just took potshots at the Tories, their cronies, and other politicians:

And, in fairness, some focused on our own behaviour in the face of the crises into which the Tories have pitched us:

Does anybody else suddenly want to watch a real Carry On film now? Those were simpler times – if only in terms of what passed as entertainment…

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Labour members: why revolt over Starmer’s ‘blind eye’ for refugee rights? Does he have a SEEING eye, in that case?

Still apt: Keir Starmer reckons he was named after original Labour leader Hardie – but can anyone doubt that his illustrious forerunner might have said these words, if confronted with evidence of Starmer’s abysmal performance? [I’m astonished to discover, after using the image on another article, that I need to clarify that he didn’t.]

Don’t get me wrong; it’s great that Labour Party members are challenging Keir Starmer over something.

And his failure to voice a coherent party policy on the people coming across the channel in dinghies – because they aren’t legally allowed to demand asylum in the UK without physically being here – is indeed shameful.

It seems the sticking-point for party members is that Starmer has criticised the government for incompetence in failing to carry out its own policy to deflect refugees away from the UK, because it is not Labour’s job to support the Tories in their cruelties.

And the protesters are right to point out that international law is clear: the migrants’ right to come to the UK for asylum is protected.

But there are so many other issues on which Starmer has disgraced himself – and brought Labour into disrepute.

Where is the party’s condemnation of Israeli’s bombing attack on Gaza, that has been ongoing for, I believe, 11 days by now?

Related to that, where is his apology to all the party members Labour has been persecuting with false allegations of anti-Semitism? This is linked to the party’s attitude to Israel because Labour under Starmer seems to think that opposition to that nation’s policies is the same as hatred of Jews – a clear fallacy.

Still on an ethnic theme, isn’t the Labour leader due a kicking over his frankly racist attitude to the Black Lives Matter campaign?

Or, going back to support for the Tories, why is he getting a free pass over his demand that schools must open again in September – in line with Boris Johnson’s own comments – when it is still not clear whether this is putting our children, and ourselves, in danger?

In fact it seems all-too-easy to challenge Keir Starmer over failings in his leadership.

Has he done anything that party members can wholeheartedly support?

Source: Channel crossings: Keir Starmer faces Labour revolt over stance on refugees | The Independent

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