Jamaica deportation: will the Tories go ahead after appeal court decision?

The Court of Appeal has advised the Tory government not to deport 50 people to Jamaica until it has confirmed they have all had access to advice from lawyers. But will Boris Johnson and his bandits accept that advice? Consider the way Priti Patel swanned out of the Commons chamber, while David Lammy was asking her an urgent question on the subject. "The Windrush generation came to this country after the Second World War and gave so much but took so little." Cries of "shame" ring around the House of Commons…

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Johnson insists on deportation of Caribbean nationals despite claims they’re NOT ‘serious criminals’

Exactly why is the Tory government insisting on deporting people of Caribbean origin who have been UK residents for many years? He says they’re “serious criminals”. But are they? Let’s remember, the Tories have been wrong about their deportations before, but still insisted on causing misery to thousands of innocent people. (And the UK electorate then insisted on returning them to office. I suppose it’s true that some people only care when they’re the ones being persecuted.) All 50 of those being deported are said to be convicted criminals, but…

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NHS privatisation: paying profiteers means there’s no money for healthcare and patients are harmed

This is what happens when you waste money that should be spent on healthcare, paying profit into private company bank accounts. The cost of hiring private ambulances is draining funds that could be used elsewhere, while private firms are cutting corners and failing to provide the care that patients need, according to the Unison representative quoted in the report (below). While ambulance trusts said they were struggling to recruit staff because each person has to have three years’ training, the Care Quality Commission found private ambulance services were employing staff…

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Rudd runs away as reporters ask what she’ll cut to fund her ‘Serious Violence Strategy’

Home Secretary Amber Rudd remains in a political quagmire of her own making after Jeremy Corbyn savaged her for failing to read her own government department’s report on the link between police cuts and the rise in violent crime. Worse still, she has announced £40 million of funds for a new strategy to counter serious violent crime – but ran away when asked what else she would cut in order to come up with the cash. According to The Guardian: Jeremy Corbyn has said Amber Rudd has been “completely undermined” by…

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Michael Howard: Former Tory leader faces questions by serious fraud office

It seems some of our favourite former Conservative leaders’ chickens are coming home to roost. What have they been saying about Mr Heath lately? The former leader of the Conservative Party, Lord Howard of Lympne, is to be questioned by the Serious Fraud Office over the coming days in relation to a criminal investigation into an oil explorer where he is chairman. Last week the SFO searched the offices of Soma Oil & Gas after a whistleblower made allegations about the London-based company, believed to relate to the manner in…

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Now the SNP is even lying to itself

This is a real press release from the Scottish National Party: “The SNP has today challenged Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy on whether he agrees with Labour Lord Lewis Moonie, who has said that he would prefer a coalition with the Tories to a deal with the SNP. “Baron Moonie, a Labour MP between 1987 and 2005, and a former Defence Minister, tweeted that a coalition with the Tories ‘would be better than one with the SNP’. “This follows Robert James McNeill, who at the time of posting was a member of…

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Information Commissioner rules on the cover-up of DWP-related deaths

Long-term readers will know that the author of this blog has spent the last few months trying to get officials at the Department for Work and Pensions to release mortality statistics for people undergoing the assessment procedure for Employment and Support Allowance. It is in the public interest for the nation to know how many seriously ill or disabled people are dying while they wait to undergo the controversial Atos-run medical assessment, while they await the result, and while they appeal against a result that puts them in the wrong…

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By their own standards, Coalition ministers should be in prison

Everyone should agree that the Tory fuss over former Co-op Bank chief Paul Flowers is an attempt to distract us all from a more serious transgression that they themselves have committed. Flowers, who is also a former Labour councillor, was arrested last week after being filmed allegedly handing over money to pay for cocaine. The Conservatives have spent the last few days working very hard to establish a link, in the public consciousness, between the criminal allegations against Flowers, the Co-op Bank’s current financial embarrassment – believed to have been…

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