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Research shows ethnic minorities more likely to die of the coronavirus in the UK

It should come as no surprise that in a country riven with class division in which ethnic minorities are often among the worst-off…

In a country where the government has been caught pursuing racist policies time and again…

People from ethnic minority groups are more likely to die during the coronavirus pandemic.

Simply put: The system is rigged to ensure it.

The government has been urged to recognise that race and racial inequalities are a risk factor for Covid-19 after Guardian research which has revealed that ethnic minorities in England are dying in disproportionately high numbers compared with white people.

The revelation that people from minority groups appear to be over-represented among the coronavirus deaths, by as much as 27%, “confirmed the worst fears” of campaigners who said there was now no question of an excessive toll.

The Guardian analysis found that of 12,593 patients who died in hospital up to 19 April, 19% were Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) even though these groups make up only 15% of the general population in England.

And the analysis revealed that three London boroughs with high BAME populations – Harrow, Brent and Barnet – were also among the five local authorities with the highest death rates in hospitals and the community.

The findings confirm suspicions raised by local reports, hospitalisation rates and evidence from other countries, that minority groups face the greatest risk.

Source: Ethnic minorities dying of Covid-19 at higher rate, analysis shows | World news | The Guardian

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Boris’s violent Britain: homeless man has coffee thrown on him WHILE BEING INTERVIEWED

John: his handwritten sign says he doesn’t abuse drugs or alcohol, but it seems most people don’t read it and simply lump him in with the ‘junkies’.

This is what happens when we elect a Tory government that likes to create false divisions between us.

A homeless man named John was in the middle of an interview with a reporter from the Liverpool Echo when a passerby casually threw coffee over him, drenching his belongings and the place where he was sitting.

It is symptomatic of the state of the UK today – a condition that the Conservatives have been trying to create since 2010.

So they have set the able-bodied against the disabled, the employed against the jobless – and the homeless, sparked Islamophobia and xenophobia (hatred of foreigners).

It is possible they even caused the rift between certain gullible Jews and the Labour Party.

John, 40, had done nothing wrong; he is a trained plasterer with 25 years’ experience. He became unable to work after losing part of a finger in an accident.

The loss of income gave his landlord an opportunity to evict him and his partner and he has spent the last seven months sleeping in a tent on the streets.

He told the reporter the incident was one of many he had experienced since he became homeless.

After the interview, the Echo understands a policeman arrived and moved John on. Yet more attention from the man who threw the coffee?

Thankfully, there is still a little good in this country:

John said a kind Scouser bought him a mobile phone over Christmas, which he uses to keep contact with his 10-year-old son.

A security guard at River Island, on Church Street, charges the phone for him and makes sure he has a cup of coffee to drink in the morning.

And there is advice about how to help people sleeping rough in the source article – see below.

But that doesn’t change the fact that the Tories have normalised unpleasantness and division. They have made it seem acceptable to assault other human beings on the street – for example by throwing coffee over them.

The perpetrators know that if they get a reaction, it is the homeless guy who’ll take the blame. They think they have a licence to abuse these people.

And so does every single person who votes ‘Conservative’.

Source: Homeless man who has cup of coffee thrown over him pleads ‘I just want off the streets’ – Liverpool Echo

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POLLS: Are Labour rebels right to divide their party by demanding it support Remaining in the EU?

Consider this, from The Guardian:

Jeremy Corbyn was struggling to contain an open revolt by some of his most senior shadow ministers, MPs and party activists last night as anger over his refusal to back a policy of remaining in the EU threatened to wreck the Labour conference.

Emily Thornberry, Keir Starmer and Clive Lewis, the shadow foreign secretary, Brexit secretary and Treasury minister, publicly [defied] Corbyn by backing Remain.

Corbyn had tabled a statement to the NEC saying that, while the party backed a referendum and would offer the options of a credible Brexit deal or Remain to voters, a decision on how it would campaign in a second public vote would be left until after a general election.

Pro-Remain activists and senior party figures who have campaigned for months to shift policy were outraged. They saw the move as an attempt to kill off debate and block a conference vote on their own pro-Remain motion.

Assuming that the Guardian article is accurate, then the new confusion over Brexit created by Ms Thornberry, Mr Lewis and Sir Keir Starmer has plunged Labour further behind the Conservatives in the polls.

So I have two questions for you:

Source: Brexit divisions threaten to plunge Labour party conference into chaos | Politics | The Guardian

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After move to abolish his job is ditched, Watson shows us just why he must go

Blabbermouth: Tom Watson’s job has been saved by Jeremy Corbyn but he is behaving like an ungrateful child.

Tom Watson had to go and ruin it for himself, didn’t he? Is it because he didn’t want to have to be grateful to Jeremy Corbyn?

Labour’s leader has just halted a plan to remove Mr Watson from his position as the party’s too-rebellious deputy leader by abolishing the post – and rather than make an appropriate response, Mr Watson has acted like a spoilt child.

The move to relieve him of his responsibilities had been prompted by four years of backstabbing from Mr Watson, culminating in his absence from any NEC meetings since March (as I understand it), or at shadow cabinet meetings either.

Rather than acknowledge this and promise to do better, Mr Watson spewed a lot of bile at the BBC. And, being the Conservative Party’s propaganda machine, the BBC lapped it up:

Mr Watson called the move to oust him a “sectarian attack” on a “broad church”.

Speaking ahead of the party conference in Brighton, he told the BBC he found out late on Friday in a text message that a motion had been tabled by Jon Lansman, founder of Labour grassroots group Momentum.

He said he felt Mr Lansman “and his faction” were so angry about his position on Brexit they would “rather abolish me than have a debate about it”.

This is disingenuous; his opinions on Brexit are only a small part of the reason for opposition to Mr Watson.

BBC columnist Susana Mendonca said it was “the latest instalment in the saga that is Labour’s fractious relationship with itself”, in an attempt to pervert public perception of the conference.

The BBC is trying to say – with Mr Watson’s help – that Labour is a party that is too bitterly divided to hold the reins of power.

This is a lie. Labour – as a whole – is united behind Mr Corbyn. Only a tiny, and diminishing – but vocal, gang of right-wing troublemakers like Mr Watson remain to create a false impression that the BBC can use.

So he has done his worst and it is for us to see the results of this attempted sabotage.

Will coverage of the conference focus on the transformative plan for the United Kingdom under a future Labour government – or will we just get more pro-Tory propaganda about party division?

Source: Labour conference: Move to abolish deputy post ditched – BBC News

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Brexit and the economy are inseparable and MPs are right to refuse ‘no deal’ while the cabinet splits

Imagine this container ship almost empty.
That would be what happens if Mrs May’s government remains divided over Brexit – with a knock-on, disastrous effect on the economy [Image: Reuters].

Cast your eyes over the following Twitter thread by Paul Mason:

With the above in mind, the following makes sense:

A powerful cross-party group of MPs is drawing up plans that would make it impossible for Theresa May to allow Britain to crash out of the EU without a deal in 2019. The move comes amid new warnings that a “cliff-edge” Brexit would be catastrophic for the economy.

One critical aim of the group – which includes the former Tory chancellor Kenneth Clarke and several Conservative ex-ministers, together with prominent Labour, SNP, Liberal Democrat and Green MPs – is to give parliament the ability to veto, or prevent by other legal means, a “bad deal” or “no deal” outcome.

Concern over Brexit policy reached new heights this weekend after the prime minister told the House of Commons that her government was spending £250m on preparations for a possible “no deal” result because negotiations with Brussels had stalled.

(Source: MPs move to block Theresa May from signing ‘no deal’ Brexit)

The issue is that Theresa May’s cabinet has split and there is no clarity on the way forward. This leaves the UK looking weak to foreign leaders – and a bad investment to foreign businesses. They won’t want to locate here and they certainly won’t want to spend their money on our goods. And home-grown companies – with the wherewithal to do so – will leave

That would be disastrous for the UK’s economy – the money would simply dry up.

So MPs who have more than their own interests, or even those of the Conservative Party, at heart have drawn up amendments to the current EU Withdrawal Bill, in a bid to force a united position on weakling prime minister Theresa May’s cabinet of chaos.

The immediate result is that committee stage discussion of the Bill will be held back while representatives of each party try to work out a compromise version of it that a majority can support.

This may not be possible.

If not, then the minority Conservative government is facing a serious – if not fatal – crisis.

Brexit is the issue Theresa May demanded a mandate to handle, and she didn’t get it.

With Parliament deadlocked, it is looking increasingly likely that she will be unable to deliver any agreement.

In such a situation, it is not beyond possibility that we will find ourselves facing another election.

And all the while, the clock is ticking down to the deadline for our departure from the EU. These are dangerous times – and our future is in the hands of fools.


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‘First Dates’ encounter between Brexiteer and Remainer exposes deep divisions remaining in UK

Lettie, the Tory Brexiteer [Image: Channel 4/First Dates].

The United Kingdom remains a nation divided in all but name, thanks to the idiotic decision by Tory David Cameron to hold a referendum on our membership of the European Union to maintain unity in his own Parliamentary party.

His gambit didn’t work, by the way.

The cracks are even showing on reality TV, as this article in The Lad Bible demonstrates:

It’s divided a nation for over a year, so you can imagine it also split opinion on a first date also.

Twenty-three-year-old Lettie, a political activist, was set up on a date with Cambridge graduate Fred, 26, on Channel 4’s First Dates.

It was an obvious question for two educated, politically-minded individuals. And with one opting for leave, with the other remain, you can imagine that settled well.

Fred… asked: “When you came in here, were you hoping for someone of the same political bent?”

Lettie answered no, but then Brexit arrived. She herself a leaver, soon discovered that she was sat face-to-face with a remainer.

“Let’s struggle gamely on, as Boris Johnson would say,” joked Fred. It left a nice awkward silence between the pair.

It was not to be. Just like Britain and the EU, it appears the second date did not end well. In the closing sequences to First Dates, we are told the pair ‘struggled to maintain a united front’ and that ‘both plan to stay in the single market for now’.

Source: Awkward. Brexiteer Dates A Remainer On ‘First Dates’ – LADbible


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Here’s why all the Brexit focus is on Labour: the Tories are fighting a silent civil war

Theresa May at Policy Exchange, wondering which policies she can exchange for peace within her own political party.

This Site has mentioned the Tory problem with Brexit before, I think – but let’s make it clear: Any announcement Theresa Maybe makes will trigger division among her own party.

Conservative backbenchers were at each other’s throats over the EU before the referendum and they will be again. So will Mrs May’s cabinet, as it contains both Remainers and Quitters.

The longer she delays any policy announcements, the more she manufactures vacuous soundbites like “Brexit means Brexit”, or “Red, white and blue Brexit”, the worse it is likely to be for her and her party in the end.

The Conservative Party is, in fact, far more divided over Brexit than Labour ever could be; divisions or contradictions in Labour have to be manufactured by right-wing journalists, as we have seen today (January 10).

Perhaps those journalists would be better-employed demanding no more delay from Mrs May. Let the Tory blood-letting commence.

The reason why Theresa May is so silent on her Brexit plans is because, as soon as she comes off the fence, the Tory party civil war on Europe will flare up again in public.

The divisions between those who consider it vital that Britain continues to participate in the single market and those who are determined to wrench Britain away from any connection to Europe run deep.

On the one hand, people like Michael Gove say:

We don’t want or need to be in the single market (…) We don’t want to be bound by being members of the customs union. Outside we can negotiate new trade deals with emerging economies. Inside we’re trapped.

On the other hand Tory grandee and former chancellor Ken Clarke argues that “you cannot leave a market of 500 million people without making yourself poorer than you otherwise would be” and Anna Soubry, former business minister, has called on her leader to “show she’s prepared to stand up to the hardline, fall-off-a-cliff Brexiteers and say, ‘no, we’re not going to do it your way’”.

Within the Tory party, anyone who calls for a more specific definition than ‘Brexit means Brexit’ is dubbed one of the ‘new bastards.’

Source: The Tory civil war will re-ignite – Richard Corbett

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Theresa May HAS provoked anti-immigrant hatred. Why are we letting her do it?

Jeremy Corbyn criticises 'fake anti-elitism' of Trump and Farage, at Labour's National Policy Forum.

Jeremy Corbyn criticises ‘fake anti-elitism’ of Trump and Farage, at Labour’s National Policy Forum.

Once again, Jeremy Corbyn is talking sense. So of course, The Guardian has relegated this story to a supporting position on its ‘politics’ web page.

Everything Mr Corbyn says about the Tories (in the excerpt I have quoted), is accurate, and This Blog has reported increasing levels of hate crime – throughout society, not just aimed at immigrants and migrant workers, since it began, nearly five years ago.

And the fact is, immigration is not the cause of any of the UK’s problems.

Tories are the cause of the UK’s problems.

Immigrants didn’t introduce privatisation into the English NHS and then cut services in order to pay dividends to company shareholders. Tories did.

Immigrants didn’t restrict the number of new houses being built, making it harder for everyone – including immigrants – to get a home. Tories did.

Immigrants didn’t mess around with the education system, bringing schools under private ownership and introducing new criteria for awarding places in them. Tories did.

Immigrants did not make it possible for companies to undercut workers’ wages and conditions, fending off protests from weakened trade unions. Tories did.

And immigrants didn’t introduce rationing of public services across the board and call it “austerity”. Tories did.

Theresa May’s Conservatives are at the vanguard of the wave of right-wing hatred rising across the world.

The hate started here.

So let’s show the rest of the world how to put an end to it.

Let’s be world leaders at being better than that.

Jeremy Corbyn has insisted Labour will not make “false promises” on reducing immigration as he accused Theresa May of complicity in whipping up hatred against migrants.

The Labour leader warned against sowing division by pandering to anti-migrant sentiment, saying it had already had consequences with hate crime rising in Britain and the US following the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election as president.

Both the leave campaign and Trump made cutting immigration central in their pitch to voters and were criticised for what many saw as alarmist rhetoric.

“We will not make false promises on immigration targets as the Tories have done or sow divisions, but we will take decisive action to end the undercutting of workers’ pay and conditions, reinstate the migrant impact fund to support public services and back fair rules on migration,” he said.

“This is a government led by Theresa May who, as home secretary, authorised taxpayer-funded vans to tour the streets emblazoned with ‘go home’; who, as home secretary, made up stories about being unable to deport foreign criminals because they had a pet cat; who, was part of a government that called disabled people on benefits scroungers, shirkers, and skivers.

“We will never use that language,” he said.

“It is this culture in which rising levels of hate crime have occurred. Far-right views are now being presented as part of the mainstream, egged on by sections of the media that publish the most hateful and dishonest bile on a routine basis.”

In a direct pitch to Brexit supporters fed up with the status quo, Corbyn echoed the leave campaign’s slogan, saying only Labour could “take back real control”.

Source: Corbyn accuses Theresa May of whipping up hatred against migrants | UK news | The Guardian

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Damning #Brexit memo is a wake-up call for us all – including its authors

Theresa May delivers her Mansion House speech, but nobody's listening: Brexit has already made her the laughing stock of the world.

Theresa May delivers her Mansion House speech, but nobody’s listening: Brexit has already made her the laughing stock of the world.

Members of ‘Big Four’ accountancy firm Deloittes may be waking up to an uncomfortable truth about their friends in the Conservative Government today (November 15) – that a Tory will turn on anyone.

The firm has spent six years helping the Conservatives push their punitive agenda of cuts and privatisation but – after a memo on ‘Brexit’ was leaked to the press – suddenly the Tories don’t recognise Deloittes’ work.

This is despite the apparent fact that the consultant from the firm who wrote the report (titled ‘Brexit update’) was working for the Cabinet Office, according to The Times.

The memo said Whitehall departments were working on more than 500 projects related to leaving the EU and may need to hire an extra 30,000 civil servants to deal with the additional work. That would undo much of the Tories’ work in shrinking the civil service, of course.

It identified a tendency by Theresa May to “draw in decisions and settle matters herself” as a strategy that could not be sustained, and highlighted a split between the three Brexit ministers – Liam Fox, Boris Johnson and David Davis – and the chancellor, Philip Hammond, and his ally Greg Clark, the business secretary as “divisions within the cabinet”. So the Conservative Party is divided again – and we know that divided parties don’t win.

It said major industry players were expected to “point a gun to the government’s head” to get what they wanted after Nissan was given assurances that it would not lose out from investing in Britain after Brexit. We all knew this already.

Perhaps most damningly, it stated that “no common strategy has emerged” on Brexit, despite extended debate among the permanent secretaries who head Whitehall departments.

This is not what the Conservatives want the public to hear, so of course they have disowned the memo, claiming it was “unsolicited”, was not a government memo and the government rejected its contents. They would, wouldn’t they?

The government also tried to smear the memo’s authors by claiming it was a pitch for business – but then, government departments habitually ask firms to submit such work, so this is not proof that the memo was not requested by ministers.

The fact that it fell to Chris ‘Failing’ Grayling – the Transport Secretary – to pass these comments lends them no authenticity whatsoever.

David Davis is the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union – what does he have to say about it? Nothing.

Grayling said he had no idea where the report came from and denied that it had been commissioned by ministers. But then, what would he know about it? He’s the Transport Secretary.

His comments – like “I have a team of people in my department who are working with David Davis on issues like aviation, but I do not see the scale of the challenge that is in today’s newspaper” – are those of a man who is only seeing part of the project, rather than the whole.

Meanwhile, in her Mansion House speech, prime minister Theresa May told an audience of dozing businesspeople that Brexit was an opportunity for the UK to “step up” to a new “global role”.

As what? The world’s clown?

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Shadow cabinet resignations over Syria? More like media smoke-and-mirrors

Safe: Nobody criticising Jeremy Corbyn is willing to put their name to their words, apart from one backbencher. He’s looking pretty safe.

The BBC seems a little confused about Jeremy Corbyn and the vote over air-strikes in Syria.

Under a headline threatening shadow cabinet resignations, the Corporation’s story then presented absolutely no shadow cabinet members who threatened to resign. Not one!

In fact the first MP quoted in the story said he would not resign, and the story follows up with further expressions of support for Corbyn’s view:

Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn, who backs air strikes, has said he will not resign over the issue. He said Labour MPs might “end up” being given a free vote to avoid further rows.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell tweeted: “On Syria, can everyone calm down. We’re all simply working through the issues and coming to final decision. Don’t mistake democracy for division.”

Shadow justice secretary Lord Falconer said he had “got no problem” with Mr Corbyn’s letter and there was no question of resignations.

Nobody in the shadow cabinet appeared willing to go on the record with their criticisms. Does this indicate cowardice on their part?

Instead we get:

Mr Corbyn’s decision to send a message to Labour MPs before they had reached agreement on a common position angered some senior shadow cabinet members. One told BBC News: “There will be resignations among senior members of the shadow cabinet over this.”

Others, who did not wish to be named, have warned that Mr Corbyn could face frontbench walk-outs if he opts to whip any vote on air strikes, rather than allowing MPs to vote with their conscience.

What hogwash. If they weren’t prepared to put their names behind these comments, the BBC should not have quoted them. Do they even exist or were the comments made up?

The only person who appeared willing to put his name to an adverse comment was John Spellar, a member of the defence select committee. If you’re anything like This Writer, you’re probably asking yourself, “Who’s he?”

From his comment, he’s a person in the wrong political party. Was he parachuted into a safe seat by the Blairites? Take a look at what he had to say:

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “How does Jeremy Corbyn and his small group of tiny Trots in the bunker think they’ve got the unique view on it all?

It’s the sort of comment that should inspire The Sun to headline it, “Phew, what a loony!”

Except, the editor of The Sun probably agrees with Mr Spellar.

Phew. What a loony.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn faces threat of shadow cabinet resignations – BBC News

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