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Patel’s Orwellian newspeak only highlights the Immigration Bill’s Tory racism

Smug: Priti Patel’s parents arrived in the UK when the country had a working immigration policy; under her new Bill, they would never have got in – because they’re foreign, don’t y’know?

“We’re ending free movement to open Britain up to the world”?

What utter, dribbling, gibbering stupidity!

Priti Patel means: “We’re closing the UK to anybody who isn’t rich.”

Skills don’t come into it.

That’s what the minimum income demand means.

An individual’s value to society won’t matter.

Just ask BAME workers at the NHS.

And it’s bare-faced hypocrisy from Patel, a daughter of immigrants:

https://twitter.com/ToryFibs/status/1262459642514456578

Of course the Tories are already victimising migrant workers in the UK – they charge such workers £624 to use the NHS, even if they work for the NHS! Seriously!

 

Perhaps an effective way to present the message would be to show how Ms Patel’s message would come across if it was transferred to one of her other responsibilities:

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Tories create sweatshop Britain with zero-hours increase and immigration cut

Sports Direct was roundly criticised for its use of zero-hours contracts. Employers often plead poverty but aren’t these chains big enough to provide proper jobs?

It seems the Tories have succeeded in their long-term plan to ensure that working people are forever living in fear, by making their employment so insecure, and the benefit system so draconian, that they must take any work they are offered, no matter how low-paid.

This seems to be the fact at the heart of this week’s revelations that, although employment figures remain high, the number of people on zero-hours contracts – and therefore unsure that they will be needed for work, let alone paid, is at an all-time high.

It seems 970,000 people are now on zero-hour contracts – that’s an increase of 74,000 in just three months.

They don’t get sick pay or holiday pay.

They can never be sure they will be able to feed their children or pay the bills.

And they can’t just sign onto benefits in between bouts of work because there’s a five-week wait for Universal Credit and any work done may disqualify them.

Peter Stefanovic lays it all out here:

And now we learn that “low-skilled” (by which I think she means “low-paid”) immigrants will be banned from entering the UK by Home Secretary Priti Patel.

This means working people already resident in the UK will be expected to take up the slack, taking part in seasonal work like picking fruit and vegetables and being cast aside after that work is done.

Ms Patel reckons the UK’s eigh million “economically inactive” people can be pressganged into doing this work.

Both statistics quoted by Donwyn here are more or less correct.

But “economically inactive” doesn’t mean “unemployed and seeking work“, and that’s an important difference.

These are people who don’t need to work – so why should they lift a finger to fill gaps in the employment market now?

Of course, employers may find that there simply aren’t enough “low-skilled” workers to go around, on the low pay that they offer.

The excuse for low pay has always been that it was all the employers could afford.

If they start going out of business, I suppose we’ll know the truth of it.

Personally, I think working people will be expected to take on two or three jobs at a time in order to make ends meet.

It’s the ‘sweatshop Britain’ that Margaret Thatcher always wanted.

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Oh, Colin! Losing freedom of movement through EU airports is EXACTLY the Brexit you voted for!

Poor Colin Browning! He clearly seems to have voted for Brexit without having the faintest idea how it would work.

For example: leaving the EU means UK citizens no longer have the right to freedom of movement between EU countries and their own.

Officials had warned before Brexit happened that this could lead to long queues in airports like Schiphol, near Amsterdam.

But that seemed to have passed over Colin’s head as he tweeted the following, without a sign of irony:

You can see for yourself the number of replies he has received.

But you really need to read a few. You can find them by searching the Twitter hashtag #OhColin.

There are a lot along these lines:

How about this? See:

Trouble is (for Colin), this is the Brexit reality:

This has been confirmed by Schiphol’s official Twitter feed:

But there are some there, it seems, who still can’t avoid joining in:

But there is a downside and here it comes:

and

https://twitter.com/pgchipperfield/status/1228391387932090369

Fortunately that’s not true.

But there are millions of them out there.

And they’re all in line to have surprises as nasty as that experienced by Colin.

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Is there a horrifying link between planned pension cut and immigration ban?

Priti Patel: Her plan to end freedom of movement into the UK for EU citizens means a huge cut in tax income. Is this why the Tories are planning to shrink state spending by restricting pensions even further?

I know it seems a strange thought, but Priti Patel’s plan to end freedom of movement, cutting the flow of EU citizens into the UK despite the obvious economic benefit they provide, could have a more sinister knock-on effect.

You see, migrants from the EU contribute £2,300 more to the exchequer each year in net terms than the average adult, the analysis for the government has found.

And, over their lifetimes, they pay in £78,000 more than they take out in public services and benefits – while the average UK citizen’s net lifetime contribution is zero.

In the numbers that Ms Patel is planning to ban, that represents a huge cut to the Treasury’s income every year – combined with the cut to the economy caused by the fact that nobody in the UK would be able to take on the work that these people do – they don’t have the expertise.

And the super-rich won’t subsidise the difference because they have been enjoying tax cuts.

Is this the real reason Iain Duncan Smith wants to raise the age at which people qualify for the state pension, beyond many people’s life expectancy – to ensure that they don’t get money the government will no longer have?

Free movement for EU citizens will end on day one of a no-deal Brexit, under new Home Office plans – despite warnings of chaos and of people trapped in legal limbo.

Priti Patel, the new hardline home secretary, is pressing for border restrictions to be imposed immediately on 31 October, even though no replacement system is ready.

Previously, ministers had intended to delay scrapping free movement until new rules are in place, with a bill stuck in the Commons and fierce rows over what those rules should be.

Source: UK to end freedom of movement for EU citizens on day one of Brexit, under new government plan | The Independent

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Immigration and drug addiction caused huge rise in homelessness, according to Tory minister’s LIES

Is James Brokenshire an imbecile, or does he think we are?

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government said the increase in homelessness since the Conservatives slithered into office in 2010 is not the result of government policy but is being driven by factors including the spread of psychoactive drugs such as spice, growth in non-UK nationals on the streets and family breakdown.

Oh, really?

Personally, I would have said it was due to income changes that made it impossible for renters to pay their landlords or for homeowners to keep up with their mortgage repayments and I would have said this was the result of policies including, but not limited to:

The Tory Bedroom Tax.

The Tory Universal Credit.

The Tory freeze (late a one per cent limit) on annual public sector pay increases.

The Tory squeeze on wages that forced them to plummet during the first half of the current decade.

Tory support for landlords that means they can force people to pay huge rents for accommodation that is unfit for human habitation.

And the electorate knows this.

Look at the responses to his claim:

Oh, and the Tory plan to eliminate homelessness by 2027? It requires the death of anybody who is homeless.

Labour’s John Healey puts the real reasons for the rise in homelessness in a nutshell in the following clip:

And Labour has a plan to help victims of Tory policies who end up sleeping rough:

“Oh, but we can’t support that, can we? It comes from that Jeremy Corbyn person and he’s a horrible Communist! All the newspapers and TV channels say it so it must be true, right?”

There’s a simple answer to the kind of person who says that – or anything similar to it.

Just point out that many of the people who are now sleeping rough were also persuaded to vote Conservative, in order to avoid the Labour policies that would have helped them avoid their current predicament.

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Javid is preparing to bring his plan to FAKE post-Brexit immigration figures to Parliament

Busted: Sajid Javid wants you to think he can cut immigration from the EU with the stroke of a pen; in fact he’ll just be hiding the number of EU citizens coming into the UK.

It seems Home Secretary Sajid Javid is about to go through with a plan to fake immigration statistics, as highlighted on This Site last month.

The Times has enthusiastically reported that “immigration from the European Union will be slashed by up to 80% under plans to seize control of Britain’s borders that will be outlined by Sajid Javid.” In fact, it seems he is only planning to seize control over the way immigration figures are recorded.

The paper states that Mr Javid’s plans are in the government’s immigration white paper and will see net migration from Europe “slashed by up to 80 per cent” “to as little as 10,000 a year”.

But I’ve already reported that the immigration white paper’s measures won’t change the actual number of people arriving in the UK – it will simply change whether they can be described as immigrants under the current legal definition.

I wrote on November 26: “It’s a simple premise, too – change 12-month visas for low-skilled foreign workers to 11-month visas. People on 12-month visas are included in immigration statistics; those on 11-month visas aren’t.”

The intention of this simple lie is to boost support among Eurosceptic MPs in the run-up to the “meaningful vote” on Brexit in Parliament – as explained in this Telegraph article.

Of course, the proof of the claim will be in the white paper – and it seems clear that the best way to find the facts will be to read it, and not to read The Times.

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Now it’s all clear – Theresa May’s Brexit deal is about persecuting more foreigners

Here’s a nasty aspect to Theresa May’s Brexit we haven’t fully explored – she’s using it to have another stab at Johnny – and Jane – Foreigner.

Remember – this is the woman who set up the “hostile environment” policy that led to the Windrush scandal.

This is the woman who sent advertising vans around London calling for illegal immigrants to “go home” – and set off a string of false accusations against British citizens who just happened to “look foreign” – whatever that means.

This the woman whose successors at the Home Office appear to have deliberately ignored – for four months – pleas to help seven asylum-seeking mothers who had been left to survive in a rodent-infested house, despite having been given all the information needed.

And in her letter to the nation, Mrs May made her intentions for the future perfectly clear:

Yes indeed – look at her attitude to Asia Bibi – a Christian mother seeking asylum after fleeing lynch mobs in Pakistan: She vetoed the asylum application.

Her claim was that it would upset British Muslims but consider her record. It seems far more likely that she just wants to cause as much trouble as possible for the foreign woman.

And now we have learned that Mrs May is planning to deceive us all by faking statistics so immigration appears to fall after Brexit.

It’s a simple premise, too – change 12-month visas for low-skilled foreign workers to 11-month visas. People on 12-month visas are included in immigration statistics; those on 11-month visas aren’t.

So Mrs May would make it seem that the number of low-skilled migrant workers has fallen after the UK leaves the European Union, when in fact it has not.

Where she wrote, “We will take back control of our borders, by putting an end to the free movement of people once and for all,” she meant that she would make sure those who need the UK’s help don’t get it.

And where she wrote, “Instead of an immigration system based on where a person comes from, we will build one based on the skills and talents a person has to offer,” well, that was just a lie, it seems. She’ll flood the country with low-skilled foreigners and lie about it to the nation.

This is what you get when you analyse Theresa May’s Brexit:

Cruelty and lies.

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Immigration minister humiliated over information sharing blunder

Caroline Nokes: It seems she prefers horses to human beings.

Caroline Nokes – what a piece of work.

She tried to bluff Home Affairs Select Committee chair Yvette Cooper that she didn’t have the relevant information to deal with a case in which serious defects had been discovered in accommodation for seven asylum-seeking mothers with young children. The house was infested with vermin.

Here’s how the conversation unfolded:

“You didn’t need telepathy; all you needed was a telephone.” I’m no fan of Ms Cooper, but she was absolutely right there.

Ms Nokes’s response – that she “would be very pleased” to receive the information – was belied by her icy expression and body language.

And when Ms Cooper asked, “Might you not have wanted to make that call yourself rather than leaving it for us to do in this public way?” it was telling that Ms Nokes paused for a long time before adding: “I think that is a conversation I need to have with my officials.”

I think we can all tell what that conversation was going to be.

It wasn’t going to be about them failing to get the information she needed to help asylum-seeking mothers.

It was going to be about the fact that Ms Nokes had been made to look a fool in public.

She doesn’t care about those mothers, their children, or the rodent-infested house to which they have been banished.

She didn’t show the slightest interest in their plight, or in helping them out of it.

If she had been interested in such matters, then the problem would have been solved months ago (a damning report had been issued in July).

Remember: This is the Tory minister who defended a policy to accelerate the deportation of hunger-striking women at Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre.

This is the attitude typical of Conservative ministers in Theresa May’s government.

Their concern is for their own advancement – not for the provision of a service to the public.

They take after their leader in that respect.

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Are these far-right, racist booklets influencing Conservative MPs?

Booklets like this far-right screed have been handed out at the Conservative conference, it seems.

Propaganda booklets promoting fascist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic ideas have been distributed at the Conservative Party Conference, according to a Vice report.

It comes after reports revealed the party’s failure to deal with Islamophobia in its ranks, and support for far-right organisations in Europe like Viktor Orban’s government in Hungary.

Now, it seems, Conservative MPs may be influenced by the fascist, racist philosophy promoted by this material.

Moralitis, A Cultural Virus, available at a meeting of the Thatcherite anti-EU think-tank the Bruges Group on Monday, stated: “The body politic has become infected. Like the growth of bacteria in a petri dish, the subversive tenets of cultural Marxism have spread as a pinking of the public discourse.”

You may be wondering where this “cultural Marxism” may be found in Neoliberal, free-market Britain. Apparently it refers to a far-right conspiracy theory with its origins in anti-Semitic beliefs that Jews – as a culture – want to undermine traditional Western values.

And we’ve all been told it’s the Labour Party that’s full of anti-Semites!

The booklet goes on to suggest this “cultural Marxism” is”an epidemic disease so powerful that it has a cytopathic effect on society, changing the cognition and behaviour of its hosts. While older people have developed resistance, younger people are more susceptible to the virus due to their lack of immunity. Their idealism arises from a lack of ‘real world’ experience.”

What a relief that there were hardly any young people at the Conservative Conference, then.

The Vice article states: “The booklet blames immigration for “relentless population growth” and suggests that the growth of Britain’s Muslim population was “a deliberate policy to replace one set of voters with another”. It also notes that it is absurd for progressives to favour immigration, “considering the very conservative cultures that they bring” – for instance, “the growth of fundamentalist Islam”.” It goes on to suggest that such “progressives” are like turkeys voting for Christmas.

This refers to a far-right conspiracy theory called “The Great Replacement”, that believes Western culture is being systematically “replaced” by the culture of immigrants from third-world continents who are allegedly “pawns for the revolutionary zeal of cultural Marxism”.

The meeting of the Bruges Group was said to be well attended this year, with a cabinet whip keeping watch over hard-Brexiteer MPs – that’s right, Conservative members of Parliament have been swallowing this tripe.

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The Home Office’s secret process to solve immigration cases that create bad publicity

Amber Rudd: She set up this system – it’s another reason she had to go.

It’s all about image with the Conservative Party.

They don’t care about the double-standard they have created in the immigration system; all they care about is maintaining the pretence that they run a respectable service.

In reality, we see a system that is ignorant – and still racist.

The Home Office created a rapid response strategy to solve cases that were generating bad publicity for the department amid mounting criticism of its hostile environment approach, BuzzFeed News can reveal.

Established by then home secretary Amber Rudd in 2017 — before the Windrush scandal broke — senior immigration staff are given the freedom to make decisions outside of the rules and quickly grant visas and citizenship to individuals whose cases are reported in the press.

Cases solved just days or weeks after receiving media attention include several uncovered by BuzzFeed News, such as that of Cynsha Best, who was suddenly informed she wasn’t British after being born in the UK, and Valentina Hynes, told to leave her British husband and toddler son behind. Notably fast U-turns were also made in the cases of Brian White, a student with a place at Oxford University whose citizenship had been refused, and Shane Ridge, a joiner born in the UK wrongly told he couldn’t stay in Britain.

While the ability to solve some cases quickly is welcomed by lawyers, they also feel it introduces a double standard for immigration cases. The tiny minority lucky enough to receive media attention get a bespoke service while the vast majority have no means of contacting the Home Office for a proper conversation about poor decisions, let alone reversing them.

Source: The Home Office Has Created A Secret Process To Solve Immigration Cases That Generate Negative Headlines

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