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More Tory racism: Priti Patel wanted to deport girl so she could be subjected to genital mutilation

Irony: the posters behind Priti Patel in this image extol the virtues of ‘UK aid’ – but her idea of helping foreigners is sending them away to suffer genital torture.

Dept of calling-a-spade-a-shovelling-instrument: this decision shows that Priti Patel wanted to send a girl away to have her genitals cut – because her victim is of Sudanese origin.

Ms Patel refused to grant asylum to the girl – aged just 11 – in the knowledge that she would be returned to an area of Sudan where the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) is 97.7 per cent.

The mother’s claim for asylum was rejected after Home Office officials deemed she lacked credibility. But it later transpired through family court proceedings she was a reliable – albeit highly traumatised – witness.

The girl, who is thriving at school and only speaks English, was brought to the UK in 2012 by her mother, herself a victim of what is known as type 3 FGM whose two sisters died after being cut in their native Sudan.

The single mother, who brought her daughter to Britain to protect her from FGM, exhausted her appeal rights in 2018 and was given notice of the family’s removal to Bahrain where they lived before coming to the UK.

The day before she was due to board a plane, Suffolk county council obtained an FGM protection order, preventing the girl’s departure.

Court documents explain the family were likely to be directed from Bahrain, where their citizenship has expired, back to Sudan. They are from North Kordofan state where the prevalence of FGM is 97.7%. Three of the girl’s cousins are known to have been cut.

After a series of hearings, the Family Court ruled that the girl and her mother should be allowed to remain in the UK.

But Patel launched an appeal claiming that the immigration court’s risk assessment of overseas FGM – “that there was no substantial grounds for believing there was a real risk” – should have been the starting point in the family court.

A Court of Appeal judge found the home secretary “misses the point” because assessing risk is different in the family court where the child’s welfare is central to inquiries – rather than simply being the dependent of an adult making a claim.

The Home Secretary’s – costly – legal challenge was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on June 15.

Charlotte Proudman, a barrister on the mother’s legal team, has accused the Home Office of hypocrisy in digging its heels in over the case and says its unwillingness to protect the girl makes a mockery of FGM protection orders, designed to stop those at risk being taken abroad.

Proudman, who specialises in cases of gender-based violence, said: “It is appalling and shameful the home secretary is wasting taxpayers’ money to score points around policy yet amid the political jostling is prepared to risk the effective torture of this girl.

“With one hand the department is pursuing FGM prosecutions in Britain. With the other it is sending girls abroad to get cut, simply because they are not British.”

“It is sending girls abroad to get cut, simply because they are not British.”

That’s racism. That’s Priti Patel. That’s the Conservative government. And it’s also the British way – which is why the Black Lives Matter movement is so important.

Source: Priti Patel accused of ‘shameful’ bid to deport girl at risk of FGM | Global development | The Guardian

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Universal Credit: Who do you believe – Theresa May and Esther McVey, or a nine-year-old girl?

Innocent: A nine-year-old girl (not the one in the picture) contacted a charity and begged for work to alleviate the destitution inflicted on her family by the Tories’ Universal Credit policy.

Let’s answer the question in the headline straight away: We believe the girl, obviously. Mrs May and Ms McVey are both habitual liars.

Once again Humanity Torbay is in the news, exposing the Conservative government’s fake “benefit” – Universal Credit – for the charade it really is.

Last time, the charity’s boss, Ellie Waugh, spoke out against the gagging order imposed by Theresa May and her cronies on organisations like hers, threatening to de-fund them if they criticised the imposition of Universal Credit.

This time Ms Waugh highlighted the harm being done to families across the country – by raising the case of a nine-year-old girl who begged to be allowed into employment after her mother died and her father, on Universal Credit, was unable to find work himself.

The Daily Mirror had the story:

“A girl of nine begged for work to feed her family after ­Universal Credit left her jobless dad skint.

“In a heartbreaking phone call, she told how her mum had died and there was barely any food at home.

“She said: “I’ll do anything. I don’t mind cleaning floors, making beds.”

“The desperate nine-year-old girl revealed her mum had died, her dad lost his job and they were going hungry as delays in his Universal Credit had plunged them into poverty.

“The phone call exposed the harsh reality of life on the hated Universal Credit, which the stubborn Tories refuse to axe despite the obvious ­hardship it is causing.

“Five weeks ago, the girl’s HGV driver dad was made redundant but is still waiting for his first benefit payment to clear.

“He was raising the three children alone in the Torbay area of Devon after his wife died four years ago. The girl contacted Humanity Torbay, which provides food banks and support for the vulnerable.

“CEO Ellie reassured the brave child she would not have to work. She called her dad, who wants to remain nameless, and promised food and support.”

The Department for Work and Pensions responded with the usual flannel, this time about the extra money promised for UC in the Budget – cash that will do nothing to alleviate the suffering that is built into the way the harsh policy works.

My fear is that some will have heard the story and started salivating at the thought of reimposing child labour. They’ll see it as a cheap alternative – and Tories see no profit in educating the poor.

Condemnation has been widespread:

And the Universal Credit horror stories are starting to come into the light thick and fast now:

A Norfolk woman is on a week-long hunger strike in protest against Universal Credit and the deaths of the homeless.

Universal Credit is being blamed for the huge increase in food bank use in Birmingham – and elsewhere across the UK.

There will be more stories today, tomorrow, and in the future as long as this atrocity of a policy is in force.

Ms Waugh has asked Theresa May and Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey to visit Humanity Torbay and see the human cost for themselves.

They haven’t agreed to attend yet – and what good will come of it if they do?

Ms McVey lied bare-faced to Parliament on Monday and Mrs May has ordered others to lie, to save herself and her government from embarrassment and criticism.

But something has to be done and if these people fear being shamed by the facts, then let’s provide as many as we can.

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History repeats itself: ANOTHER Cameron advisor arrested over child sex

Cameron advisor: Doug Richard (right) [Image: Daily Mirror].

Cameron advisor: Doug Richard (right) [Image: Daily Mirror].

Remember Patrick Rock, the aide of David Cameron who was arrested early last year over possession of pornographic images of children? He’s currently on bail until February 27, having denied making an indecent image of a child and possessing a further 56 such images.

Well, it seems lightning can strike the same place twice (if only metaphorical lightning), as another Cameron aide has now been charged with indecency in relation to the under-aged.

His name is Doug Richard, and he has been arrested on suspicion of raping a girl aged 13. He is currently on bail, after being questioned by police.

The married 56-year-old, who was born in America, has strenuously denied the charges. He has been a policy advisor to George Osborne and David Cameron and has travelled with the prime minister on an official government trip to Africa.

Further details are available on the Daily Mirror website.

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Cameron in Afghanistan was no Lawrence of Arabia

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How does one mark the passing of Peter O’Toole, if not by watching Lawrence of Arabia? It was his first film role and, some say, his greatest.

I’m sure I cannot be the only one to have drawn comparisons between T.E. Lawrence, as played by the great O’Toole on the silver screen, and David Cameron – who behaved like a tool when he said of British forces in Afghanistan, “Misson accomplished”.

In the film, Lawrence is shunned by his colleagues in the British military because of his unconventional ways, but accepted by the Arabs – firstly because he is able to quote the Koran to them, secondly because he goes out of his way to accomplish feats that seem impossible (like rescuing one of his Arab friends from The Sun’s Anvil) in order to give them hope of military success, and thirdly because he achieves these things for their good, not his own.

David Cameron is a different matter. Unlike Lawrence, he is not an original thinker – or indeed any other kind of leader. He is a follower. British military policy in Afghanistan was not his policy, and he made no effort to take control of it. He has made no effort to understand the admittedly-complicated history and culture of a country that has rightly been described as “troubled”, although few people bother to remember that much of that trouble has been caused by invaders including the British. And if he has gone out of his way, it was to avoid actions of distinction. But he’s happy to take the credit for everything that has been done.

This is why, when Cameron said the mission in Afghanistan will have been accomplished by the time the last British troops leave in 2014, so many commentators jeered.

Cameron is currently saying that the mission was to build up security in Afghanistan, to ensure it cannot become a haven for terrorists again, after our forces leave. This might seem reasonable if it were not merely the latest in a long list of mission statements provided for Afghanistan over the incredible 12 years since we arrived there in 2001.

Others, according to The Guardian, include “removing Al Qaida’s bases, eradicating poppy cultivation, educating girls and helping forge a form of democracy”. While we cannot comment on the first of these, the others either failed abjectly or have become the subjects of fierce controversy. The government of Hamid Karzai has long been criticised as corrupt.

Cameron’s choice of words also creates an unhealthy comparison with Iraq, which fell into chaos for a considerable period after then-US President George W Bush declared “mission accomplished” there.

Even the comedy Prime Minister’s attempt to put the soundbite across to the media seemed hesitant. “The purpose of our mission was always to build an Afghanistan and Afghan security forces that were capable of maintaining a basic level of security so this country never again became a haven for terrorist training camps,” he said.

“That has been the most important part of the mission… The absolute driving part of the mission is the basic level of security so that it doesn’t become a haven for terror. That is the mission, that was the mission and I think we will have accomplished that mission,” he added, unravelling completely by the end. He mentioned security three times, “haven for terror” twice, and the mission no less than six times!

And the experts disagreed. The British ambassador to Kabul from 2010-12, William Paytey, said: “Afghanistan has got a long way to go and it could be many decades before we see real peace there.”

So Cameron cuts a poor figure in comparison with Lawrence – and even, returning to our starting point, in comparison with Peter O’Toole. In his hellraising days, Cameron and his Bullingdon friends used to smash up restaurants; Peter O’Toole and his buddies would have tried to buy them.

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