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Home Office deletes “fascist Dad’s Army” ‘migrants’ clip released after it was forced to abandon deportation flight

It seems there was more to the Home Office’s video clip about “activist lawyers” than met the eye – and that was already pretty bad.

Apparently the government had been forced to abandon a deportation flight to Spain after last-minute legal challenges meant all 23 passengers had to be allowed off the plane.

It seems that HO had tried to rush through the deportations fast, in order to deny these asylum-seekers the right to appeal; that would be breaking the law. All the lawyers did was insist that these people be allowed their legal rights.

In response, the government department released the tweet attacking “activist lawyers” who “delay and disrupt returns”.

So it seems the line saying, “Soon we will no longer be bound by EU laws and can negotiate our own return arrangements,” was an attempt to taunt those lawyers.

That was a mistake. It provoked complaints – some of them from the lawyers who carry out these actions.

So now the tweet has come down and HO permanent secretary Matthew Rycroft has issued instructions that the term “activist lawyers” should not be used again.

The most effective complaint seems to have come from the economist Jonathan Portes. This Site has huge respect for this gentleman, going back to discussions of the UK economy here many years ago.

He posted a thread showing part of the response he received:

Later, he added this:

By this time, some of the lawyers concerned had already taken to Twitter to put their side of the story across – and it makes interesting reading:

It’s another own-goal for Boris Johnson’s Tory government – and the Home Office that Johnson insists must be run by Priti Patel.

Source: Home Office wrong to refer to ‘activist lawyers’, top official admits | Home Office | The Guardian

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You can believe the Jamaica deportations are questionable after this Home Office boob

Computer says no: the Home Offices systems can’t be trusted – but the Tories happily uses them to deport people.

How can we accept the justice in Home Office deportation decision when civil servants asked a 101-year-old man to get his parents to confirm his identity?

People like Boris Johnson claim the information used by the Home Office to deport 17 people to Jamaica was accurate, but consider this:

Giovanni Palmieri is 101 years old, and Italian. He has lived in the UK since 1966 and applied for settled status in advance of the UK’s departure from the European Union.

But in a classic Little Britain-esque ‘Computer says no’ moment, the Home Office app into which he scanned his passport in order to send his biometric data to the Home Office misunderstood his date of birth.

It interpreted it as being 2019, rather than 1919 – and demanded that his parents must confirm his identity. That would have been a bit tricky!

The Home Office has claimed that other people aged over 100 have successfully used the app – but doesn’t that indicate that other Home Office decisions are also ripe to be queried?

This brings us back to the Jamaica deportation.

How can we be sure of the Home Office’s justification for the removal of those individuals, if its systems cannot even tell that a man is 101, not one?

I am reminded of a time a few years ago when people going through checks on their suitability to work with children, or in security, or other restricted-eligibility jobs were refused because the government’s system showed them as guilty of crimes.

This came as a jarring shock to them – as far as they knew, their records were spotless.

Of course it was another glitch in the system.

But Tories like Boris Johnson are happy to quote such information in order to support the removal of foreign-born people from the UK.

What does it prove? That these individuals had committed crimes? Or that the Tories are racists?

Source: Home Office asks 101-year-old Italian man to get his parents to confirm his identity – Mirror Online

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He’s been Home Secretary less than a day and already Sajid Javid is messing it up

According to Larry the Cat’s Twitter account, “The cabinet stand like this because a body language expert thought it would be a laugh to see if they would.” And on his first day as Home Secretary, Sajid Javid was stupid enough to do it.

Result:

The Tory Powerstance Workout Video – Featuring Sajid Javid [Image: The Agitator].

And:

“Ladies and gentlemen,” wrote Gary Barker, “I give you your new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid and your surviving (just) Prime Minister Theresa May.”

Worse than that, he used his first appearance in the Commons, in his new role, to promise to “do right by the Windrush Generation” – and then lied to everyone.

Responding to a question from Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, on whether he would restore the protections that were taken from the Windrush migrants in the 2014 Immigration Act, he said: “No such protections have been removed. People who arrived pre-1973 – they have the absolute right to be here and that has not changed.”

Ms Abbott begs to differ. Refused the opportunity to respond in the House, she took to Twitter with this:

The Guardian report shows that a clause giving longstanding Commonwealth residents protection from enforced removal was taken off the statute book by the 2014 Act. The Home Office claims it was redundant – but who’d believe it?

Mr Javid also said that he disliked the term “hostile environment” as a description of Home Office policy relating to immigrants and would not be using the term – which shouldn’t be too hard, as the Home Office ditched it a while ago.

Instead, he said he preferred to talk about having a “compliant environment”.

Interesting word choice.

“Compliant” means “disposed to agree with others or obey rules, especially to an excessive degree; acquiescent; meeting or in accordance with rules or standards” [Boldings mine].

So Mr Javid wants to create an environment in which everybody slavishly obeys the rules he makes up – no matter what they may be.

Vile.

And what of the rules that are already in place – the really ugly, racist rules that mean thousands of people, including British citizens who have been unjustly accused of being illegal immigrants?

They remain in place. After a crippling scandal for the Tories, more innocents are being deported this week.

So the “hostile environment” is still in place, no matter what Mr Javid says.

That’s a series of lies racked up in his first Commons appearance.

Home Office employees are probably saying to each other: “Meet the new boss… Same as the old boss.”

Maybe, but as the title of the old Who song, from which that lyric is taken, states:

We won’t get fooled again.


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Rudd has gone; time to concentrate on Theresa May again

Amber Rudd may have resigned but Theresa May needs to go as well – she knew her Home Secretary was lying every step of the way through the Windrush deportation scandal.

The now-former Home Secretary quit after it became clear that she had written to prime minister Theresa May in January 2017, promising to increase enforced removals by more than 10 per cent over the next few years.

This means that, when Ms Rudd lied to us all that there were no removal targets, Theresa May knew she was lying.

When Ms Rudd lied to us all that she had not been aware there were removal targets, Theresa May knew she was lying.

When both Ms Rudd and Mrs May said they were ending the forced deportation of the so-called Windrush Generation of immigrants from the Commonwealth who came to the UK and became citizens of this country from 1948 onwards, Theresa May knew they were lying.

The next plane of deportees – including at least one member of the Windrush Generation – leaves for Jamaica soon (at the time of writing).

Oh, and remember that Theresa May devised the racist policy that allows these deportations to take place.

Theresa May pushed it through Parliament.

Theresa May set the original deportation targets.

Theresa May allowed the policy to continue, despite hearing advice that it would harm UK citizens.

And Theresa May signed off the destruction of the Windrush landing papers that made it impossible for the Windrush Generation immigrants to prove they had a right to live in the UK.

So Owen Jones was absolutely right when he tweeted:

Don’t assume that, just because Ms Rudd has gone, Mrs May will tumble like the next domino in the line. Frankie Boyle had it right (be warned: this clip contains harsh language).

If anything is going to dislodge Theresa May’s vicelike grip on power, it’s the Windrush scandal. The Conservatives want you to think Amber Rudd’s departure should be the end of the matter, but you should not. Forgive the overused analogy, but Amber Rudd was just the monkey in this scenario.

Theresa May was the organ grinder.

Ian Dunt is absolutely correct.

And Tom Pride makes an excellent point here:

Theresa May is responsible for Windrush. She is allowing the policy to continue, despite having promised it would end. She allowed Amber Rudd to lie to us all, and she has lied herself – repeatedly.

So don’t let her off the hook.

It’s time she resigned as well.


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She’s gone! Amber Rudd has resigned as Home Secretary

Bye bye: Amber Rudd has quit. Now we can focus on the real architect of the Conservative Party’s racist immigration policy – Theresa May.

Fantastic. Just as I was writing the following article, the BBC announced that Amber Rudd has resigned as Home Secretary.

The report states:

“Home Secretary Amber Rudd has resigned, Downing Street has said.

“Ms Rudd, who was due to make a statement in Parliament on Monday, was under growing pressure to quit over the Windrush scandal.

“She has faced criticism over the existence of Home Office removals targets and her knowledge of them.”

That’s everything the BBC – and therefore the Conservatives – had to say at the time of writing.

But I think I can add a little illumination, via the article on which I was working when the announcement came through.

Here’s what I would have said:

If Amber Rudd didn’t know about Home Office deportation targets, why did she send Theresa May a letter promising to increase “enforced removals by more than 10% over the next few years” – back in January 2017?

Come to that, if she didn’t know about the targets that she increased in January last year, why does Conservative chairman Brandon Lewis recall not only knowing about them but also discussing them with Ms Rudd while a minister in her department, between June 11, 2017 and January 8 this year?

And, if she didn’t know about the targets that she increased in January last year and discussed with Brandon Lewis between last June and January, why do Home Office sources say they have been regularly discussed at the highest levels, implying that Ms Rudd was included in those discussions?

I think she did know about the targets she increased in January last year, discussed with Brandon Lewis between June and January this year, and regularly discussed with Home Office officials at the highest levels. Call it intuition.

The worst part of it is that, after the Windrush Generation scandal, “Home Office sources have told The Guardian that Immigration Enforcement has been working all year to reach the target of 12,800 enforced returns in 2017-18.

“They have been bracing themselves to acknowledge to ministers that the agency has failed to do so. To meet the goal, it needed to deport 250 people a week, but it has only been able to remove about 225 a week.

“’At the Home Office we work in a target culture,’ said a source. ‘The civil service is completely target based. That’s all we do. It is shame-faced nonsense for Amber Rudd to say otherwise.’”

So Ms Rudd – and Mrs May, no doubt – are still deporting people in order to meet the racist removal target they mutually decided 15 months ago.

The next charter flight is PVT070 to Jamaica:

Amber Rudd has nowhere left to go.

She said there were no deportation targets. If she wrote to Theresa May about increasing them in January 2017 (and she definitely did – it’s her signature on the letter), that was a lie.

Then she said she did not know there were deportation targets. If she wrote to Theresa May about increasing them in January 2017 (and she definitely did – it’s her signature on the letter), that was a lie.

These cannot be interpreted as mistakes. Amber Rudd deliberately misled Parliament – and the nation.

It is a clear breach of s.1.3.c of the Ministerial Code with no ambiguity.

So Amber Rudd has no choice but to offer her resignation to Theresa May at her earliest opportunity.

And I was right, wasn’t I? She did.

But take a look at what I wrote.

The racism continues.

The deportations are progressing without pause.

The laws which support them have not been changed.

And Theresa May is still prime minister.

It is time to turn our attention to her.


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Amber Rudd has directly lied to Parliament and the country. The only statement left to her is her resignation

Keep walking, Amber Rudd: Has she even bothered to read the files she’s carrying in this image?

First she said there were no deportation targets, in the wake of the Windrush scandal.

Then she said there were targets after all – she just didn’t know about them.

Now we see that Amber Rudd did know there were targets – she just lied to us all that she didn’t.

(Or she was so derelict in her duty that she signed off on the Home Office report mentioned below without reading it – an unforgivable sin for a secretary of state in the UK government.)

Read:

“Amber Rudd’s insistence that she knew nothing of Home Office targets for immigration removals risks unravelling following the leak of a secret internal document prepared for her and other senior ministers.

“The six-page memo, passed to the Guardian, says the department has set “a target of achieving 12,800 enforced returns in 2017-18” and boasts that “we have exceeded our target of assisted returns”.

“It adds that progress has been made on a “path towards the 10% increased performance on enforced returns, which we promised the home secretary earlier this year”.

“The document was prepared by Hugh Ind, the director general of the Home Office’s Immigration Enforcement agency, in June last year and copied to Rudd and Brandon Lewis, the then immigration minister, as well as several senior civil servants and special advisers.”

It took Ms Rudd more than eight hours to respond to the leak. She did so with a series of late-night tweets that suggest she is determined to keep going, despite having broken the Ministerial Code in such a serious way that she should have resigned already.

Here they are, together with a few comments on them by notable figures:

Jonathan Ashworth: “Hopeless. For goodness sake just resign.”

David Lammy: “Was it in your ministerial Red Box? Did you sign it off without reading it? If not does your office sign off documents regarding deportation without you reading them? Is deportation insufficiently important? What other documents does your office sign off without you reading them?”

Peter Stefanovic: “If a Labour Home Secretary had failed to read an internal Home Office report linking a rise in violent crime to a fall in police numbers, failed to spot systemic issues in Windrush scandal & was not aware of specific removals targets you would call on them to resign. TIME TO GO!”

Ms Rudd has her supporters. They are the usual suspects:

Here’s an interesting point, though – if Ms Rudd resigns, or is removed by her prime minister, she’ll have a chance to supplant Theresa May:

Interesting thought – and one to which we may return on Monday, or shortly thereafter, depending on what Ms Rudd says in her statement… if she lasts that long.

The Labour Party appears to be split (as usual) on the subject. Diane Abbott – the Shadow Home Secretary – tweeted: “1.3.c of the Ministerial code: “Ministers who knowingly mislead Parliament will be expected to offer their resignation to the Prime Minister.””

Sadly another branch of the Parliamentary Labour Party – the part that, I don’t know, joins a lying fellow member to form what is essentially a lynch mob for a fellow party member who has done nothing wrong but happens to be a member of an ethnic minority – had something else to say.

Miserable. Labour – the Labour that represents the interests of the whole of the UK rather than its members’ selfishness – has no common ground with anybody in the Conservative government. Not a single one of them. And those of us who know that had some hard words for Mr Woodcock and his ilk:

Fortunately Mr Woodcock belongs to an incresingly sidelined and irrelevant gang.

And Ms Rudd’s day is over. Whether she realises that today, tomorrow, on Monday or any time after that, won’t make muuch of a difference.

Another Tory liar exposed as it is revealed that Theresa May wanted her ‘go home’ vans to be HARSHER

Theresa May: This should be her police ‘mug’ shot.

It is the end of the week in which the Windrush Generation scandal was exposed – and our racist prime minister still hasn’t resigned. Why the delay?

Perhaps Theresa May has been waiting for her complicit Tory press to publish information that lets her off the hook for her many racist policies, including the racist ‘go home’ vans, the racist decision to destroy the landing documents of the people who arrived here from Commonwealth countries after 1948 and the racist decision to persecute them to deportation or death for being unable to produce these same papers in evidence to support their right to live here.

That information was published yesterday (April 19), by Mrs May’s former joint chief of staff Nick Timothy – and was proved to be a lie only hours later.

Mr Timothy, who is apparently now a columnist for the Telegraph, tweeted a link to his latest effort that – it seems – he has now deleted:

https://twitter.com/NickJTimothy/status/986872938283618305

It quoted part of his column that stated: “Theresa May was criticised for the notorious “go home or face arrest” vans that were deployed in 2013. In fact, she blocked the proposal, but it was revived and approved in a communications plan while she was on holiday. She killed off the scheme later that year, but by then the damage had been done.”

Sadly for Mr Timothy, damage was about to be done to his own reputation. Firstly, nobody believed his claim:

Then evidence emerged, showing that we were right to doubt him. Read:

“Home Office emails from 2013 seen by Bloomberg show that on March 4 that year, four months before the vans were sent out, both May’s office and her special advisers, who at the time included Timothy, were sent plans for Operation Vaken, including images for the publicity.

“Far from objecting to the plan, May’s only objection at that point was that it might look too soft on illegal immigrants.”

This report suggests that Mrs May even demanded that the wording be “toughened up”:

“Emails at the time suggest May had actually discussed the vans with her advisers while away.

“And not only did she approve the proposals, May also requested that the language of the slogans was “toughened up” before the vans were rolled out.”

So now we know that, not only did Theresa May lie to Parliament and the country by saying the decision to destroy the Windrush Generation landing documents was made by the Labour government in 2009, but Mr Timothy lied about her decision to send racist vans around London that led to false complaints that UK citizens were illegal immigrants.

The racist prime minister is desperate to avoid the blame for this scandal that she planned and executed – and this is very odd, considering her own previously-broadcast opinions about ministerial responsibility:

Let’s have that again, in visible form:

Mrs May had been demanding the resignation of a Labour minister at the time (2004).

Why is she not showing the strength of her convictions by following her own advice?

We know the reason, of course – she is a hypocrite as well as a liar.

Further information is coming to light now, that shows her attitude to the so-called ‘Windrush children’ was even worse than our worst expectations:

“In a House of Commons debate, Mrs May said: “we will extend the number of non-suspensive appeals so that, where there is no risk of serious and irreversible harm, we can deport first and hear appeals later.”

Is that because the landing cards had been destroyed? Gary Barker, below, wants to know:

https://twitter.com/Barkercartoons/status/987272373031325696

More damning was the revelation that thousands of people with every right to live in the UK may have been shipped out to Commonwealth countries – on secret flights:

“More than 7,600 people have been returned to countries including Pakistan, Nigeria, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Jamaica on charter flights escorted by security officials since 2010.

“The flights are controversial because little is known about their operation and passengers can be handcuffed or fitted with leg and waist restraints.

“Campaigners fear the flights could involve Commonwealth citizens being unjustly deported.

“The figures were released as the Government faces mounting pressure over the Windrush crisis. It has taken the Home Office 16 months to respond after i requested the figures in 2016.”

Michael Rosen has an important point to make:

Worse may follow. I have just received a request for me to ask how many people have been deported from our prisons, for lack of paperwork supporting their citizenship.

And yet Theresa May still clings to power.

She has done much worse than lie to Parliament.

In fact, her resignation should be just the first step in an investigation into the full extent of her cruel, immoral and possibly homicidal activities.


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Farage and Fawkes pick a fight they can’t win

'Just More Fun': It seems unlikely that Myleene was forced to leave the UK for Ibiza, where she was snapped frolicking on a boat inscribed with the legend 'Just More Fun' [Image: Daily Mirror.]

‘Just More Fun’: It seems unlikely that Myleene was forced to leave the UK for Ibiza, where she was snapped frolicking on a boat inscribed with the legend ‘Just More Fun’ [Image: Daily Mirror.]

It seems some bloggers – and indeed, the leader of a minor political party – don’t know there is a huge difference between emigration and deportation.

Not to worry – Vox Political is happy to spell it out for people like Nigel Farage and the author of Guido Fawkes’ blog: Emigration is when you leave a country of your own accord. Deportation is when you are thrown out, against your will.

So when Labour candidate Paula Sheriff tweeted: “If multi millionaire Myleene Klass doesn’t like mansion tax perhaps she should emigrate with Sol Campbell and Griff Rhys Jones! Toodle pip!” she was clearly suggesting that Myleene may choose to do so, if she so desires [all boldings mine].

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Nigel Farage’s response – “Labour candidate wants woman born to immigrants deported for disagreeing with her policy. Will the media cover this?” – therefore completely misrepresents what Ms Sheriff said.

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And Guido’s comment under the headline Labour candidate wants to deport Myleene Klass – “Talking of ‘the language of repatriation’ that Labour are up in arms over this morning, it’s not just a UKIP candidate who is in hot water over their comments about sending people packing. Meet Paula Sherriff, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the very winnable seat of Dewsbury and Mirfield… Freedom campaigner Myleene was born to an Austrian father and a Filipino mother, while Sol Campbell’s parents are Jamaican. Classy” – is similarly misleading, if not downright ignorant.

Bonfire night was two weeks ago, Guido – it’s a little late to be stacking up fuel and setting a fire under yourself, isn’t it?

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