Here’s today’s top news in a nutshell:
The Tories and the right-wing press are trying to whip up hysteria about people crossing the channel in small boats – a small problem compared to the damage inflicted on the country by Tory lies, corruption, incompetence and Brexit.
— Nick Reeves #StandWithUkraine #FBPE #PATH (@nickreeves9876) March 6, 2023
The UK’s Tory government is intensifying its war on innocent refugees with legislation that means anyone arriving here in a small boat will be removed from the UK, banned from future re-entry and unable to apply for British citizenship.
The new law would circumvent refugees’ rights to protection under the UN’s Refugee Convention and the European Convention on Human Rights, by applying a “rights brake” – basically, ignoring those internationally-recognised rights.
So the new legislation will turn the UK into a rogue state that denies international law. Here’s a level head to explain it to you:
Rishi Sunak’s latest asylum ban is immoral, inhumane and in breach of international law.
We don’t need to see his Whatsapps to know why he is escalating his war on refugees: to stoke division, hatred & fear.
Seeking asylum is a human right — we must fight back to protect it.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) March 5, 2023
Leading on from this, there are practical implications:
Sunak wants to make it illegal for those arriving in the UK by what he deems an illegal route to stay in the UK. He forgets, firstly, that the law on this issue is international and not domestic and so, secondly, he will have nowhere to send people to. His law will fail.
— Richard Murphy (@RichardJMurphy) March 5, 2023
Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who will introduce the new laws, told the Sun on Sunday “the only route to the UK will be a safe and legal route”.
BBC Breakfast’s Sally Nugent tested that by asking Science, Innovation and Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan what legal routes were available – and the answer was revealing:
Sally Nugent – What is the legal route, if you're Iranian, & want to come to the UK?
Michelle Donelan – I'm not going to get into the specifics… there are safe routes..
— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK) March 6, 2023
So there are no safe routes into the UK for refugees. The claim that they exist is a big lie – otherwise Tory bigwigs like Donelan would be able to reel them off. If they appear on the morning media round, having information like that is their job.
And does anybody believe they are going to open up safe routes?
And of course they won’t admit that – as Nick Reeves tweeted at the top of this article – the primary cause of the skyrocketing small boat crossings is Boris Johnson’s Brexit:
Why is @BBC so reluctant to mention the new Durham University report finding Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal is the primary factor behind the skyrocketing number of small boat crossings? https://t.co/mMM5DmRPeg
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) March 6, 2023
As Peter Stefanovic highlights, the Tories’ failure to address the issue before Brexit is compounded by their reluctance to correct it, fearing it will make them look daft. But all they’re doing is making themselves look dafter – and vindictive with it.
And there are far more pressing concerns that the Tories are ignoring to concentrate on this. Mr Stefanovic mentioned the cost of living crisis, but how about a few others?
Of course, wealthy tax cheats have powerful friends in newspapers. Some of them are powerful friends in newspapers. So it's a bit politically awkward. Refugees have no-one.
— Jo Maugham (@JolyonMaugham) March 6, 2023
Oh, that’s right. Tax cheats have powerful friends in the media – and are some of them media magnates themselves? So attacking them might have the consequence of bad publicity. Refugees are much easier to attack because they don’t have that kind of whack.
Here’s another – Partygate. Oh, but Tories don’t like that because it attacks their once-golden boy Boris Johnson, doesn’t it?
Consider the way former 10 Downing Street speechwriter Clare Foges tries to brush it under the carpet:
'Former columnist for The Times and chief speechwriter at No 10' and Daily Mail columnist – of course she does
— Des Ecksmakina 🇫🇷 🇮🇪 🇪🇺 (@Broken_Politiks) March 6, 2023
So Tories raving it up together after banning the rest of us from being with our loved ones when they were dying with Covid-19 is not a big deal any more because the one responsible isn’t in that job any more?
It’s arrogant nonsense to expect anybody to believe that. If the Partygate inquiry finds against him, Johnson should be handed proper punishment and it should be harsh.
Refugees who are crossing the Channel to escape persecution certainly don’t deserve punishment for it – but they are exactly the kind of people the Tories like to hurt.
The reason should be clear: Tories are cowards. They only attack people who don’t have the ability to hurt them back.
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