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Refugee woman found dead by malnourished baby after UK asylum system left her to starve

 

Would people be so keen to cross the channel to the UK in dinghies if they knew the Tory government is likely to leave them to starve?

It seems our asylum system’s problems are twofold: getting into the UK is one part and the other is the way people are treated once they are here.

Mercy Baguma, originally from Uganda, was discovered by police in a Glasgow flat on August 22, after friends said she had not been seen since the previous Tuesday.

Her malnourished baby boy was found next to her. He was rushed to hospital for treatment and is now with his father.

Ms Baguma, aged in her 30s, had lost her job after her leave to remain expired, meaning she was no longer allowed to work.

She had contacted the charity Positive Action in Housing after making an application for aid to MigrantHelp.

Robina Qureshi, Director of Positive Action in Housing said she would have been a high priority for a crisis payment – had she lived:

“The fact is there is no safety net if you’re a refugee or migrant. You are left destitute and without resources. And you’re left silenced by far right rhetoric for being forced to ask for help.

“Would this mother be alive if she was not forced out of her job by this cruel system that stops you from working and paying your way because a piece of paper says your leave to remain has expired? I’m sure Mercy’s son will want to ask this and other questions once he is old enough.”

Clearly there is more to this story. We don’t know why the government decided Ms Baguma should not have leave to remain in the UK any more or what was being done about it.

But the evidence we have is clear: she died, and her son nearly starved to death too, because our Tory asylum system said they should.

Source: Mum found dead beside malnourished baby in Glasgow flat – Glasgow Live

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People are lining up to explain why they’re quitting Starmer’s excuse for a Labour Party

For the fewer: it seems Keir Starmer’s decision to abandon traditional Labour policies for the discredited “centre” (actually right-wing) ground has triggered an exodus that will leave him in charge of a hollowed-out husk. Politics is moving away.

The resignations are coming thick and fast now – and publicly, thanks to the social media.

Keir Starmer’s bid to fool Labour Party members into thinking that he was any kind of socialist has failed utterly and members who joined to support Jeremy Corbyn are fleeing as he imposes his undemocratic, red-Tory vision on the party they loved.

People who served faithfully as party officers are advocating a new kind of “extra-Parliamentary Left” to fill the political void that Starmer is creating – at least until he and his cronies leave the once-great political organisation they seem determine to hollow out and suck dry.

Terina Hine, formerly Cities of London and Westminster CLP Secretary, explained her reasons for quitting on Counterfire:

Sir Keir Starmer became leader of the party promising to strengthen party unity and to respect and retain popular policies developed over the last five years. It is now clear that these promises are not going to be kept.

Labour under Starmer’s leadership will move to the right brutally and rapidly.

Labour has indicated it intends to move away from its environmental commitments, away from its close association with trade unions and once again away from its roots.

[Starmer’s] comments on the BLM movement show, at best, an embarrassing lack of understanding of the issues of entrenched racism in our society.

The imposition from the NEC of new election rules without resort to Conference, and the changes in policy direction, not least the newly adopted position on Kashmir in direct opposition to the resolution passed at Conference 2019, display disdain for party democracy.

Added to the lack of action taken over the racist and sexist abuse highlighted in the leaked report, not to mention the lack of action over those who actively worked against a Labour election victory, a clear picture emerges of a leadership more concerned with attacking the left within the party and wooing so-called “liberal conservative” voters than opposing [the UK’s] extreme rightwing government.

It has failed to hold the government to account over the worst crisis in my lifetime and consistently appears to be putting the interest of business over those of the workers

The failure of Labour to call for the sacking of Dominic Cummings was a truly shameful abrogation of the job of the opposition, while the victories won on schools and on children’s meal vouchers were both the result of pressure emanating from outside of Westminster rather than inside.

There are major struggles coming: mass unemployment, a global economic crisis and increased international tensions. But I believe the Labour Party in its current form will continue to capitulate and lean right.

All socialists and those on the left should join a union, get involved in grassroots campaigns, such as Stop the War Coalition, the People’s Assembly Against Austerity and Keep our NHS Public.

Young people who have been cancelling their membership have been explaining their reasons on DazedDigital.com.

Here’s Leila, 22:

It doesn’t seem like Labour is interested in justice anymore. You can see that from Keir’s refusal to advocate for tenants, his support for the government on coronavirus, and through his lack of engagement with low-paid nurses and essential workers. It’s also obvious from Keir’s refusal to engage with the material demands of Black Lives Matter, and his playing to TERFs.

I left the party because of the Labour Leaks – I found the report extremely chilling, and the fact that the leadership has not launched an investigation into its findings is shameful. We live in a time of global revolution, and Labour has simply revealed itself to be on the side of the oppressor. It made me so angry when Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner took a knee in an empty conference room – who exactly are you taking a knee against? These are both people who wield a huge amount of power, and have the capacity to confront racism and anti-Blackness in their own party if they actually chose to. I’d rather redirect my funds to people who are actually working to address our society’s systemic oppressions.”

Here’s Patrick, 27:

Over the course of seven days, [Starmer] fired Rebecca Long-Bailey out of hand, challenged the prime minister to a press-ups challenge like a frat boy, and took the knee in solidarity with the knee, not the neck.

Keir also tried to reduce Black Lives Matter to a ‘moment’ and not a movement, which was at best incomprehensible ignorance, and at worst outright racism. His dismissal of the demands of BLM as ‘nonsense’ was insulting to the movement and the Black community, and all those who have pushed for structural reform to achieve equality. The idea that to win back the ‘traditional Labour heartlands’ you need to employ dogwhiste racism is a complete misreading of the situation, and entirely unacceptable.

Here’s Sinthia, 23:

My instincts to care about poor people, refugees, Black people, people of colour, and the LGBTQ+ community would not align with the values of a party which seeks to demonise them and use them as scapegoats, like the right wing does.

It’s so sad that the very real and valid battle with anti-semitism is being weaponised against people who speak up for Palestinian people.

Here’s Florence, 29:

The final straw for me was when Labour suggested that renters should be given a rent holiday rather than a rent suspension, which would mean they’d be racking up more debt to their landlords. I’m an active member of the London Renters Union, and since Labour made this statement, loads more people have reported that their landlords have suggested this when they’ve requested temporary rent reductions. So, Labour has helped enable this, which is going to cause even worse problems for renters further along the line.

Here’s Sophie, 22:

My distrust for the Labour Party began when the antisemitism report was leaked. As a Jewish person, I was completely shocked to find that certain party members purposely tried to make Labour lose the 2017 election, and purposely mishandled antisemitism claims in order to undermine Corbyn’s leadership. I was also disgusted at the racist treatment of Diane Abbott and other BAME MPs. Starmer enacted no action against the Labour officials named in the report.

The final straw came when Rebecca Long-Bailey was fired… The response was entirely disproportionate. Starmer’s response went against the IHRA definition of antisemitism, conflating zionism and antisemitism. This co-opting of antisemitism to justify ousting left wing members of parliament from the cabinet is disgraceful. The actions of Israel and the IDF are not to be conflated with the actions of Jewish people – this bastardisation of the label of antisemitism is actively harmful to Jews. I’ve experienced antisemitism first hand and I feel my experiences and being co-opted to silence critics of Israel.

And here’s Greg, 26:

I was pretty skeptical about the funding Starmer received from certain donors that were known to be supporters of Blairite politics and funders of anti-Corbyn groups, but this only came to light after the leadership election, which seemed like a tactic to avoid scrutiny.

Then the Labour leaks showed conversations between Labour members scheming against Corbyn in 2017, providing evidence that decisions were purposely made to fuel the antisemitism accusations and that money was funnelled to anti-Corbyn candidates within Labour. Starmer said an investigation will take place into this, but I still haven’t heard anything more.

Also, our government has handled the pandemic so catastrophically, yet Starmer hasn’t held them to account enough.

It has been suggested that 100,000 people joined Labour in the run-up to this year’s leadership election – specifically right-wingers (euphemistically calling themselves “centrists” intending to ensure that no left-wing candidate could succeed Jeremy Corbyn.

The got their wish. Perhaps Keir Starmer will be happy to lead his tepid, watered-down, racist new New Labour with the support of these.

But he’ll be leading a party that is forever in opposition. UK politics is moving elsewhere.

Source: Starmer is moving Labour to the right ‘brutally and rapidly’: a CLP secretary’s resignation statement – Counterfire

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Keir racism: Black Lives Matter isn’t a ‘moment’, mister


Keir Starmer just can’t help himself, can he?

Look at the arrogant racism in this statement:

He was telling us that, as far as he was concerned, Black Lives Matter was a photo opportunity and its time has now passed.

He doesn’t care about racism against black people or other ethnic minorities (and those of us wrapped up in Labour’s ongoing anti-semitism scandal should bear that in mind because it applies to Jews as much as anybody else).

He only cares about his approval ratings, and what will improve them in the “moment”.

But we’ve cottoned on to him:

Here’s a former Labour candidate in 2018’s local elections:

He’s not the only one to quit Labour either. Glance at the social media and you’ll see message after message from disillusioned members quitting the party – some of them after decades of support, sickened as Starmer turns it into a cesspit of right-wing factionalism and racism.

Perhaps this denouncement is the most damning:

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Was Johnson shamed into taking paternity leave ‘later in the year’?

He shouldn’t be taking any at all, of course.

As prime minister of the UK, Boris Johnson helped create the worst public health crisis in decades by failing to ensure that the UK was prepared for the coronavirus pandemic.

Indeed, he weakened the nation’s ability to handle it.

Yesterday (April 29), when he used the birth of his child as an excuse to avoid providing awkward answers in Prime Minister’s Questions, This Site (and no doubt many other people) questioned whether Johnson was going to use this as an excuse to take even more time off, during the emergency.

Today we find that he will indeed be taking time off – later in the year. Was he shamed into coming back?

But paternity leave – which can last up to two weeks, must end within eight weeks of a birth.

What are the chances that this hugely damaging crisis will be over by then?

Even if the current restrictions on movement are fully lifted (an unwise move that would invite a second spike in infections and deaths), a responsible leader would go without his holiday and serve the nation, helping get it back on its feet.

But of course, I forget: Boris Johnson isn’t a responsible person.

And he certainly is not a leader.

The good news is that his income for the two weeks’ leave will be a maximum of £302.40 – much less than his normal salary for the fortnight.

When he realises that, he’ll probably say he can manage without the break.

Source: Boris Johnson to take paternity leave ‘later in the year’ – ITV News

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After five years of hate, tributes for Jeremy Corbyn on his last day as Labour leader


For those of us who supported his leadership from the moment he declared his candidacy, the praise Jeremy Corbyn has received for his time as Labour Party leader is nothing more than he was due.

He took a floundering political party that had badly lost its way after being hijacked by right-wing neoliberals and steered it back to its socialist roots.

It was exactly the right thing to do, triggering a massive membership boost that made Corbyn’s Labour the largest political organisation in western Europe.

Sadly, elements on the right wing of the party did not accept Labour’s shift back to its roots, and did everything they could to undermine him.

They launched an attempt to unseat him with a no-confidence vote that only led to him consolidating his position as leader with a high majority than before.

They lied that he supported terrorists.

And they plagued him with unfounded claims that he was an anti-Semite and had made the party a safe haven for anti-Semites.

But it was Labour’s loss in the 2019 general election – caused by the party’s support for a vote-losing Brexit policy put forward by Keir Starmer – that led to Mr Corbyn’s resignation as leader.

Starmer went on to stand as a candidate to lead the party, and there are fears that – if he is successful – he’ll drag Labour back to the dark days of neoliberal ‘New Labour’.

One person who understands the hatred that Mr Corbyn had to endure is his wife, Laura Alvarez.

She told the Mirror: “Jeremy’s record in parliament, whether as a backbench MP or as the Leader of the Labour Party, is testament to his belief in a world where, social justice, human rights and peace are valued more greatly than money and greed. As an MP he has always sought to protect the most vulnerable.

“It has been incredibly hard for me to watch my husband vilified and to hear his words twisted by his political opponents and some in the media.

“It has been even harder to watch him be attacked by his own Party.

“The brutal irony is that if we had pulled together, we would have been ready to lead the country rather than suffer more austerity under the Tories.”

That’s true – to the shame of the right-wingers who are trying to pervert Labour once again.

Movie director Ken Loach – who has himself been falsely vilified as an anti-Semite after he declared his support for Mr Corbyn – told iNews: “In 2017, Corbyn and McDonnell came within a whisker of being in government. This would have meant cutting back the power of capital. Far from continued expansion and finding new ways of exploiting working people – public services and utilities, like health, energy, water and transport, would no longer be sources of profit for private companies. And that might be only the beginning. A Labour government could be the threat of a good example.

“Corporate power and its political allies, including the right-wing of the Labour Party, launched a campaign to destroy Jeremy Corbyn and the possibilities he represented. We could see the attacks coming but failed to deal with them.

“Corbyn, a man of peace, was branded a friend of terrorists, a life-long anti-racist he was called an antisemite. He was said to be either too weak or too controlling, too old, wanting a return to the seventies, or an unrealistic dreamer. His supporters were made out to be fanatics by the likes of the Daily Mail. The liberal press and the broadcasters joined in, from a respectful distance of course.

“Labour MPs were allowed to insult and humiliate Corbyn, when there should have been a clear call for open selection of candidates at every election. If the BBC wanted someone to attack Corbyn, no need to ask a Tory, get in a Labour backbencher instead.

“Throughout this, the mainly young supporters stayed loyal, and they saw that Corbyn represented the only viable future for them.

“We see now that the leadership should have been much tougher in dealing with those determined to destroy it. When the history is written, those who led the vilification of Corbyn will rightly be excoriated.”

Mr Corbyn’s senior policy advisor Andrew Fisher, writing in iNews, said the coronavirus is proving his boss’s policies right. He stated: “This crisis is proving policies are more important, and proving Corbyn to have been right on so many of the policies he chose to highlight in his leadership.

“First and foremost, it is clear that Corbyn was right when he said, from his 2015 leadership campaign onwards, “austerity is a political choice, not an economic necessity”. Even before the scale of the coronavirus outbreak had been accepted in 10 Downing Street, the spending taps had been turned on – with new Chancellor Rishi Sunak announcing bundles of cash that his own party had been denouncing when John McDonnell proposed them just three months earlier.

“The coronavirus outbreak has shown that when there is a crisis, money can be found – just as it was to bail out the banks in 2008/09. But the damage done by austerity is plain to see: our NHS went into this crisis after the longest funding squeeze in its history, with 100,000 staff vacancies and with 17,000 fewer beds than in 2010.

“The coronavirus crisis has also made clear that people need stronger rights at work. The loss of trade union representation across so many workplaces is one of the main reasons why so many workers need benefits just to makes ends meet or to pay the rent, while their bosses amass grotesque wealth.

“Many recently laid-off workers are also now confronting the shambles that is our benefits system… when, or rather if, people do get through to make a claim they will be shocked at the poverty rates at which our benefits are paid. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock candidly admitted he could not live on the £94 per week paid through statutory sick pay. Yet those who have lost their jobs will be receiving just £73 per week on Jobseeker’s Allowance. Labour had been campaigning scrap Universal Credit, raise benefit levels, end sanctions, and trial Universal Basic Income.”

Let’s finish with a few comments from people on Twitter:

Last word goes to Mr Corbyn himself:

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‘Jewish families will leave’ – this nonsense claim is the upshot of the Labour ‘anti-Semitism’ witch-hunt

James Cleverly: He was once described as “the Tories’ go-to eejit when they need someone to tweet absolute nonsense or defend the indefensible”.

What an absolute travesty.

I wonder how many people reading this can remember back in the 1987 general election, when reporters claimed rich people – including pop stars like Phil Collins – would leave the UK if Neil Kinnock became a Labour prime minister?

It was mentioned on a TV panel show of the time, and I recall Tony Slattery remarking, “What a rock-and-roller you are, Phil!”

Well, Labour didn’t win and Phil Collins didn’t leave.

The reality was that people like him were never really going to. We know that because they didn’t clear off when New Labour won in 1997.

Now the Torygraph – and the Jewish Chronicle, if my search engine is correct – is saying Jewish families will leave the UK in fear of what Jeremy Corbyn will do, should he win the key to Number 10. This is based, we can only conclude, on the claims of anti-Semitism against Mr Corbyn.

I don’t believe it.

Firstly, the information comes from James Cleverly, the man running the Conservative election campaign. He would say anything to gain an advantage and he is not known for accuracy or intelligence.

Secondly, it would imply a huge amount of gullibility on the party of members of the Jewish community, and I’m not buying that.

In my opinion, most Jews know that the claims against Mr Corbyn aren’t true, and have been devised to discredit a man who wants a peaceful solution to the Israel/Palestine question.

Anybody who did leave, I would suggest, would have a political reason for doing so.

I reckon the UK’s Jewish community is in more danger from such liars than anybody else. Don’t you agree?

Source: Jewish families will leave the UK if Jeremy Corbyn wins general election, Tory chair James Cleverly says 

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WATCH: Johnson confirms he’s ready to break the law to leave the EU without a deal

Boris Johnson: As Opposition MPs tore into his new attempt at a withdrawal agreement, he didn’t look happy.

Boris Johnson has told Parliament he is prepared to break the so-called Benn Act and commit to a “no deal” Brexit if MPs – and MEPs – reject his latest pretence at offering a withdrawal agreement to the European Union.

See for yourself:

This Site has already explained why stakeholders in this matter – in both the UK and the EU – believe Mr Johnson’s latest deal is a sham.

Now BoJob has confirmed what we all expected – that he will break the law to push ahead with the “no deal” Brexit has has wanted all along.

This will fuel speculation that he is in hock to high-powered financial speculators who backed his bid to become leader of the Conservative Party. Hopefully John McDonnell’s demand for an immediate independent inquiry will win more support as a result.

Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn and Ian Blackford have already confirmed that Labour and the SNP will not support the new attempt at a deal, and it seems unlikely to gain the votes it needs.

It seems the only immediate choice is a vote of “no confidence” in Mr Johnson’s government followed by a bid to form a temporary government led by Mr Corbyn. If this fails, then Speaker John Bercow may be prevailed upon to seek another delay of Brexit while a general election is held.

Perhaps Mr Johnson is hoping for that. It certainly seems the Liberal Democrats are supporting him in it, by refusing to back a Corbyn-led government.

Perhaps he thinks the Brexit-supporting public will put him back into Number 10 with a majority.

But after a series of failed attempts at Brexit, is anybody really stupid enough to think he has anything to offer us?

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Vox Political proved right about payments to the EU – £200m/week LESS than claimed

‘£350 million a week for the NHS’: it was a ‘Leave’ campaign lie, endorsed by Boris Johnson. In fact the UK has paid only £150m a week to the EU, on average. Is Mr Johnson using the rest to bribe us in the run-up to an expected general election?

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has confirmed that UK payments to the European Union averaged around £150 million per week between 2014 and 2018 – but this shouldn’t be news to you.

Vox Political said we were paying more or less that much in June 2016 – a little more than a week before the referendum was held.

How did I know? That’s easy. I knew because I did my own research rather than taking the word of the selfish right-wingers running the “Leave” campaign.

Before anyone writes in to point out that I said spending was £161 million a week and that’s not the same as £150 million a week, please bear in mind that I quoted that figure three years ago and our payments have fallen since then. The £150 million figure is an average over a period of years.

Britain’s contribution to the EU budget was £150m a week, significantly lower than the £350m cited by pro-Brexit campaigners in the 2016 referendum campaign, according to the Office of National Statistics.

Figures published yesterday showed that the UK’s net outgoings to Brussels were as low as £7.8bn a year on average over the past five years, once the rebate and other payments were taken into account.

Previous estimates by statisticians suggested the figure was closer to £9.8bn a year between 2014 and 2018.

Vote Leave, the official pro-Brexit campaign group, claimed the UK’s contribution to the EU was “around £20bn”. The group covered a bus with a slogan stating the country sends £350m a week to Brussels, and called for the money to go to the NHS instead.

The logical question, following on from this information, is: what has happened to the extra £200 million a year that we haven’t been paying in to the EU?

In fact, as I pointed out in my 2016 article, once you factor in the UK’s profit, in revenues raised from EU migrants, this country was in profit by £120 billion per week.

Admittedly, this was also in 2016 and the figure may have fallen drastically after the referendum result made these shores unfriendly to visitors from the EU27.

There’s still a huge amount of moolah missing, it seems to me.

Is this how Boris Johnson has managed to afford the huge funding commitments with which he is trying to bribe the people?

If so, someone should point out that he and previous prime ministers could have used that money at any time between 2016 and now, shoring up our health service against (for example) winter crises that have killed tens of thousands per year, or preventing the deaths of more than 100,000 people by boosting the benefits system.

It would be the depth of immorality to try to buy our votes in this way.

Would you be happy to support Boris Johnson, knowing his offers are backed by blood money?

Source: Britain paid just £150m a week to Europe – lower than the £350m cited by pro-Brexit campaigners in 2016 | inews

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Government advisors have had their leave cancelled – but is it really a hint at a snap election?

Why is The Guardian suggesting that a note cancelling all leave for government advisors until October 31 is a hint that Boris Johnson is preparing for a snap election after that date?

It suggests to This Writer that BoJob wants all the expertise he employs, available to him throughout the process leading up to Brexit – whether by a deal or “no deal”.

It is far more likely that a vote of “no confidence” will be triggered by opposition parties, leading to an election if they have a chance to avert “no deal” Brexit first – or at least that’s how it seems to me.

True, the Liberal Democrats are throwing the toys out of their pram at the thought of having to support a Jeremy Corbyn-led government – even for a short period – but voters may draw the obvious conclusion: That the Lib Dems will betray ‘remain’-supporting voters to keep Corbyn out.

Which would be more harmful for that party, with its tiny representation in Parliament, in the long run?

BoJob, it seems, wants all the advice he can get, in order to find a way past a “no confidence” vote and out of the European Union.

He doesn’t seem to have realised, yet, that if he even gets that far, his problems will only be beginning.

Boris Johnson’s chief of staff cancelled all leave for government advisers until 31 October in a missive on Thursday night, raising further speculation the government is planning for a forced snap election in the aftermath of the UK leaving the EU with no deal.

It remains unclear if anti-Brexit MPs in parliament would be able to swerve a general election, as senior Labour Iand Liberal Democrat figures clashed on Friday over their parties’ apparent willingness to place conditions on any unity government or coalition prepared to stop a no-deal Brexit.

Special advisers were emailed by Johnson’s senior adviser Edward Lister on Thursday night, saying there was “some confusion about taking holiday” and told none should be booked until 31 October, with compensation considered “on a case by case basis” for those who had already booked leave, though the email said advisors were free to spend their weekends “as you wish”.

Source: No 10 cancels staff leave, hinting at likelihood of snap election | Politics | The Guardian

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May bids farewell – can’t she just clear off?

Theresa May: Good riddance.

Don’t you hate all this false reverence toward someone who has been a complete failure.

Theresa May has wasted three years of our lives. Can’t she just go?

That’s really all I have to say about her. I don’t expect to have to write anything more about her and certainly won’t report on her farewell speech.

The best we can expect from that is that she manages to get through it without choking.

Theresa May has faced MPs’ questions for the final time before Boris Johnson becomes prime minister.

Later, she will deliver a farewell speech in Downing Street before Mr Johnson takes power.

Source: Boris Johnson: May bidding farewell before new PM takes office – BBC News

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