🗞️The Home Office was left holding the Bibby – the barge was their third choice | Nicola David
While the government was negotiating its first barge for asylum seekers, it dithered and faffed for so long that two other barges slipped through its fingers
Quasi-detention conditions on the Bibby Stockholm
Cabins on board the Bibby Stockholm, designed for single occupancy, now have bunk beds, and people must share with strangers. Each person’s living space is smaller than the average car park bay.
#AsylumSeekers #BibbyStockholm #Portland #Solidarity
This plan of Cruella’s to reduce the £8m a day cost of putting up asylum seekers in hotels is going so well, isn’t it?
Of course, if the government got off its arse and processed their claims, they could be freed into the community, get jobs and houses, pay taxes, and all that hotel detention, sorry, ‘accommodation’ wouldn’t be needed…
Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle has described the Bibby Stockholm accommodation barge as a “recipe for disaster” after talking to some of the asylum seekers living on board.
He said he was concerned after hearing that the occupants of the barge were being kept in “prison-like” conditions with several of the promised facilities being stripped out or not being provided.
#BibbyStockholm #AsylumSeekers #UKPolitics
Asylum seeker hangs himself rather than move to the Bibby Stockholm
An air ambulance later transported him to Colchester Hospital, where he remains on life support.
#AsylumSeekers #BibbyStockholm #HomeOffice #Repression
But this is what the British Government wants them to do of course 😞
‘This is a prison’: men tell of distressing conditions on Bibby Stockholm | Dorset | The Guardian
#AsylumSeekers share fears about Dorset barge getting even more crowded, saying they already ‘despair and wish for death'
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/oct/29/this-is-a-prison-men-tell-of-distressing-conditions-on-bibby-stockholm #ToryPoliciesInAction #Refugees #TheCrueltyIsThePoint #NastyParty #Asylum #HomeOffice
#BBCNews - UK migrant hotel will start closing in the coming days, says minister Robert Jenrick
He also said a push to increase room-sharing in hotels and accommodating asylum seekers in disused military sites had freed up space.
#migration #AsylumSeekers #BibbyStockholm #refugees
Just Stop Oil protesters block coach carrying men to Bibby Stockholm barge – video https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2023/oct/19/just-stop-oil-protesters-block-coach-carrying-men-to-bibby-stockholm-barge-video?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #JustStopOil #BibbyStockholm #Immigrationandasylum #HomeOffice
Allegedly, the vessel is part of the government's policy to reduce the costs of placing migrants in hotels
Last I heard this had cost £300,000 to hire and had housed 36 men for 5 days - I make that £1,666 per person per night (and that is just the barge, not the cost of labour in managing it...)
The #toriesOut can organise a piss-up in an office during lockdown - but very little else it seems.....
“A letter, seen by the BBC, has been sent to asylum seekers confirming their re-embarkation in the coming days. It reiterated that all asylum accommodation continued to be offered on a ‘no-choice basis’.”
That’s Braverman for you.
And wow, banging 39 men up in a barge must be making a really big dent in that £8m per day cost of hotels…
First asylum seekers return to Bibby Stockholm barge https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/oct/19/first-asylum-seekers-return-to-bibby-stockholm-barge?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #BibbyStockholm #Immigrationandasylum #Dorset #UKnews
A good week to bury bad news for Britain's asylum seekers?
Suella Braverman's Home Office is taking advantage of the current situation in the Middle East to move back 39 asylum seekers onto the Bibby Stockholm today. They were moved off after legionella was discovered. Braverman plans to move further asylum seekers onto this effective prison ship tomorrow.
Protests planned as asylum-seekers return to ‘death trap’ Bibby Stockholm barge | Morning Star
‘The Home Office has issued fresh guidance called Failure to travel to the Bibby Stockholm vessel, saying that support will be terminated for those who “fail to take up the offer of accommodation on the vessel”.’
That is not an offer; it is an instruction backed by a threat.
Urgent hearing comes days before #HomeOffice is due to return #asylum seekers to barge in Portland
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/oct/13/dorset-mayor-in-fresh-legal-challenge-over-bibby-stockholm #ToryPoliciesInAction #refugees #ToryInhumanity
The Guardian view on Bibby Stockholm: behold, the great floating fiasco | Editorial https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/oct/12/the-guardian-view-on-bibby-stockholm-behold-the-great-floating-fiasco?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #BibbyStockholm #Immigrationandasylum #Conservatives #Politics
Britain will have it's concentration camps, the State wants it so it will happen.
Most British people will be fine with it, I've lived here all my life among these people and know they are weak, cowardly and bigoted.
We'll watch billions starve, drown and burn from our two centuries of petrochemical industry and then pat ourselves on the back for not letting them in, even though it's our fault really.
Vanessa Redgrave gives £4,000 to Bibby Stockholm legal fight
What a relief. 😬🙄🤨🤬
decembr14 - ‘In these most recent results, all the water samples tested for legionella were deemed “satisfactory”, although some of the bacteria were identified in two of the samples.’
“Satisfactory”. Oh, well that’s all right, then…
‘In these most recent results, all the water samples tested for legionella were deemed “satisfactory”, although some of the bacteria were identified in two of the samples.’
“Satisfactory”. Oh, well that’s all right, then…
'Living in that barge is a death': Migrant who was on Bibby Stockholm barge begs not to be returned
Bibby Stockholm: Migrants 'allowed to drink water after legionella discovery' | ITV News
“It’s like being bait in a trap. We feel as if we are being hunted by the Home Office, when all we want now is a system that treats us fairly, a swift interview, a stable future and a voice. Please be our voice.”
#AbolishTheHomeOffice #SackSuella #AsylumSeekersWelcome #BibbyStockholm
We were held on Suella Braverman’s Bibby Stockholm barge – and we’re terrified of going back there
“New testing of water samples on the Bibby Stockholm has confirmed the presence of a potentially deadly strain of legionella onboard, the Guardian has learned.”
Deadliest legionella strain found onboard Bibby Stockholm
#BibbyStockholm: Freedom of information data from Dorset council shared with @guardian has confirmed that the most deadly strain – Legionella pneumophila Serogroup 1 – was found in a galley pot-wash hose outlet in tests conducted at 3.28pm on 15 August.'
Legionella found onboard the Bibby Stockholm is most deadly strain | Bibby Stockholm | The Guardian
Braverman’s plan to house UK asylum seekers on ‘deathtrap’ barge faces legal hurdle
Exclusive: Fire Brigades Union outlines ‘serious fire and safety concerns’ over Bibby Stockholm
Suella Braverman’s stalled plan to house asylum seekers on a giant barge is facing a major legal hurdle after firefighters launched a judicial review claiming the vessel is a “potential deathtrap”.
This is horrific, but remember, it's a feature, not a bug.
On #LeeAnderson, deputy chair of the @conservatives, reported as saying, “if #asylum seekers including Afghans & citizens of other war-torn countries object to being housed on the #BibbyStockholm they should fuck off back to France”. Shame on him. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/aug/14/the-guardian-view-on-lives-lost-in-the-channel-tragedies-continue-to-the-accompaniment-of-tory-insults
🚨**Government officials planning for migrant crisis to last for ‘years’!**🚨
Plans have been drawn up to tackle the Asylum crisis for at least another FIVE YEARS, with RAF bases & a prison set to house migrants in the UK.
Ministers said they had planning permission for the Bexhill, Wethersfield & Scapmton sites & aimed to reduce the £6m a day cost of housing 51k migrants in nearly 400 hotels.
Bibby Stockholm evacuation shows 'startling incompetence'"
Just think of the good David Davis could do if he were not a Tory, and was not a Brexiteer. Such wasted talent. Tragic, it is.
#BibbyStockholm evacuation shows 'startling incompetence'
Allegedly, part of govt plan to deter Channel crossings by migrants, & a cheaper alternative to hotels for asylum seekers awaiting the outcome of their claims
I doubt it is ANY cheaper than the sort of hotels migrants are put up in, nor put off migrants prepared to put up with danger & privation en route to the UK
“It later emerged that people spent four days on board the barge after the bacteria was discovered and before they were removed by the Home Office as a "precautionary measure" - prompting a blame game about what the government knew and when.”
Nye was right: Conservatives really are lower than vermin.
Shout it out loud, lovers: Tories are scum!
One of my relatives died after contracting Legionnaires disease, so the fact that people were exposed in this way is no joke. If it turns out that the Home Office knew in advance or were negligent in any way then the repercussions should be severe. #BibbyStockholm https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-66485051
Good morning. It's 9AM, Saturday, 12th August. The headlines: A special counsel is set to investigate Hunter Biden. In other news, concerns rise over football gambling. Ukraine's President Zelensky dismisses military officials, while climbers refute claims of ignoring a dying guide. Tragic wildfires claim 67 lives in #Hawaii and migrants are evacuated from Bibby Stockholm. Lastly, the Lionesses hold World Cup hopes. #HunterBiden #BibbyStockholm #BBC #News
But oh, it gets worse, as #Refugee charity, #Care4Calais is now reporting the government did NOT inform #Refugees about the presence of #Legionnaire's disease on the #BibbyStockholm prison barge, or immediately move them off once they knew it was there.
Worse, there is the possibility they were still moving refugees onto the barge even once the problem was known.
Every day, Britain slips closer to the dystopian end-times world from Children of Men…
(seriously, what kind of psychopath thought up the idea of putting them on a barge?)
Humans are not supposed to live like this.
We are neither commodities nor packages.
I truly hate the bastards that do this.
They marched them on.... and then they marched them off.
beset by legal issues, nevertheless the #HomeOffice managed to get 39 #migrants onto the #BibbyStockholm ... only to find legionella bacteria on the water system, leading to an immediate evacuation of the barge.
In some ways this is a metaphor for so much #Tory policy; what looked like an easy fix has proved, on contact with reality, to not be so....
...And it ends with this total kicker.
"Oxford-based GP Dr Dominik Metz said that he was concerned about risks to #AsylumSeekers, after one of his patients who was being treated for latent #Tuberculosis was told he was being moved to the barge."
The slowest of slowclaps now ensues. Also, note the use of 'migrants'.
"But test results showing traces of the bacteria came back only after migrants had moved to the barge..."
People / migrants / refugees being moved off barge over #Legionella bacteria fears
Why not put asylum seekers up at the Savoy and buy them dinner at Langan’s? It’d be cheaper than the Bibby Stockholm | Nicola David
John Bibby's first ship, The Eagle, back in 1806, was used to transport siaves from Cameroon to America.
If the #Tories have their way we'll all be housed in #BibbyStockholm's around the country. Our houses rented out to foreign millionaires (left empty because it's Money Laundering)
Concentrated and controlled, only allowed off to work in some sweatshop or in the fields.
#Labour saying "it's tough but good for the economy, grow up complainers!"
In case you were under any illusions that the #BibbyStockholm #ConcentrationCamp is just a far right Tory thing, here's alleged left-wing commentator #NickCohen calling for the same thing, and on the same grounds, over 22 years ago.
(Yes, the same boozed-up sex pest narcissist who thought the Iraq War was a great idea. And yes, he uses a racist slur. Did I mention he just LURVES #KeirStarmer too?)
Bibby Stockholm is a disaster waiting to happen - overcrowding, limited escape options, basic health and safety concerns, poor access for emergency vehicles - it's time to put an end to large-scale containment | Nicola David