Leaving disabled asylum seekers to rot in an old care home is not an aberration – it is the system working exactly as intended
A few moments before I took this picture, I could only see the ocean and Duart Castle. Then suddenly the big hills of Mull came out of the mist, and I felt like I was inside of a time machine, bringing me several hundred years back into the past #cycling #Scotland #ferry #Mull #DuartCastle #biketour #britain #BikeTooter
*Letters from an American*
#USPolitics #Politics #GovernmentShutdown #ShutdownAverted #ContinuingResolution #McCarthy #MAGA #HouseFreedomCaucus #Ukraine
#NaziGermany #AdolfHitler #Britain #NevilleChamberlain #Appeasement #Trump #TrumpInc #TrumpIndicted #History #Histodons
Autumn is coming.
And with not much time before the rain fells, we got up early for a nice 10km hike around ancient Grassington, with its falls, and woodlands.
A crackin' day of timeless scenery. More photos from this day are waiting for you here -> https://www.iancylkowski.com/blog/2023/10/1/grassington-yorkshire-dales-autumn 👍
🇷🇺 🤡 Former Russian president Medvedev on Sunday suggested that #British soldiers training #Ukrainian troops in Ukraine would be legitimate targets for #Russian forces, as would #German factories producing Taurus missiles should they supply Kyiv 🇺🇦
“It’s important that we don’t allow a situation to establish by default that somehow international #shipping isn’t allowed in that water. So I think there’s a lot of places where #Britain can help advise. [I] did discuss it with president Zelenskiy and many others this week.”
While Johnson is the main villain, an immoral charlatan driven purely by self-interest, David Cameron hardly fares better: an empty suit with no career experience outside politics, who prizes loyalty and PR over material achievements. Liz Truss’s disastrous 49-day premiership is foreshadowed by her inane instructions to Stewart when she was his departmental boss. #BookReview #UKpoli #Conservatives #Britain #politicians #incompetence #memoirs https://www.washingtonpost.com/books/2023/09/22/rory-stewart-politician-book/
Ongar railway station, the furthest Underground station from central #London, closed OTD in 1994 https://cromwell-intl.com/travel/uk/london-underground/?s=mb #travel #Britain #history
Aldwych tube station (originally Strand Station) of the #London Underground closed OTD in 1994 after eighty-eight years in service https://cromwell-intl.com/travel/uk/london-underground/?s=mb #travel #Britain #history
《"The headquarters will be in #Britain, but for the sake of balance, someone from #Japan could head it," said one of the sources...》#GCAP
🔸Horse trading or just sharing the (expensive) jelly beans?🤔
The wonderful view that takes in the site of the Trimontium Roman Fort complex, named after the three Eildon Hills. It was occupied from c.79- 184CE. The Roman Road that became Dere Street passes alongside the fort. #RomanSiteSaturday Trimontium is the site of one of the largest caches of #Roman military objects in #Britain, found in 117 pits. More photos from our member #Antonine on our page: https://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=59082
'The cultural roots of #fascism swirled around #Britain at the turn of the 20th century, as medieval nostalgia, an obsession with hygiene, anti-semitism, and concern for the environment grew in the wake of modern development.'
#TheRestIsHistory 372. The Birth of British Fascism
The cost of a full English breakfast has risen to the highest level on record even as broader measures of inflation ease, in a sign of just how hard it is for British consumers to shake off rising food prices. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/business/2023/09/21/economy/cost-english-breakfast-food-inflation/?utm_content=bufferc73de&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=bffmstdn #business #economy #economicindicators #food #britain #england #uk
Britain’s Grave Historical Responsibility for the Palestine Tragedy, Arnold J. Toynbee (June 1, 1968)
"To my mind, the most damaging point in the charge-sheet against my country is that #Britain was in control of Palestine for thirty years – 1918-1948 – and that during those fateful three decades she never made up her mind, or at any rate never declared, what her policy about the future of Palestine was. All through those thirty years, Britain lived from hand to mouth, admitting into #Palestine, year by year, a quota of Jewish immigrants that varied according to the strength of the respective pressures of the Arabs and Jews at the time. Those immigrants could not have come in if they had not been shielded by a British chevaux-de-frise. If Palestine had remained under Ottoman Turkish rule, or if it had become an independent Arab state in 1918, Jewish immigrants would never have been admitted into Palestine in large enough numbers to enable them to overwhelm the Palestinian Arabs in this Arab people’s own country. The reason why the state of Israel exists today and why today  1,500,000 Palestinian Arabs are refugees is that, for thirty years, Jewish immigration was imposed on the Palestinian Arabs by British military power until the immigrants were sufficiently numerous and sufficiently well-armed to be able to fend for themselves with tanks and planes of their own. The tragedy in Palestine is not just a local one; it is a tragedy for the World, because it is an injustice that is a menace to the World’s peace. Britain’s guilt is not diminished by the humiliating fact that she is now impotent to redress the wrong that she has done."
Petition to: William, Prince of Wales. Bring back Britain's rainforests in your newly inherited estate! #Britain #nature #environment #rainforests https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/prince-william-bring-back-britain-s-rainforests-in-your-newly-inherited-estate
On & on & on. The constant lying.
Tories: first tell the lie, then later quietly say "I misspoke" or, as in this case, have the paper that published your views apologise!
It might seem a bit odd, but I’m genuinely mortified to hear about this.
I’m sure to many it’s probably going to be remembered as ‘that tree from Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves’. But it was more than that.
A landmark. An icon. A photo op. It’s on postcards and souvenirs.
It’s been there for hundreds of years. Now felled on purpose for some hitherto unknown reason. Gutted.
"The case - filed in September 2020 against the 27 #EU member states as well as #Britain, #Switzerland, #Norway, #Russia and #Turkey - is the largest #ClimateCase ever to be heard by the European Court of Human Rights (#ECHR) in Strasbourg.
Backed by the British-based Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), the Portuguese applicants, aged between 11 and 24, want a legally-binding decision that would force states to act."
Here we go again, Tories favouring the rich and doing nothing for those that are struggling. This time they want to get rid of the Inheritance Tax.
Despite the fact 96% of families will never pay it, and it brings in £7 billion a year for public services. 'Forecasts estimate this will rise to £15 billion in ten years.'
When will the Tories stop being so craven to their wealthy paymasters?
The reader is plunged into the national #miners’ strike and the collapse of #Cornish #tin mining, the impact of #Thatcherism and ‘#Reaganomics’, and the experience of touring #Germany on the brink of reunification, alongside the influence on #A39 of writers #BertoltBrecht, #JohnMcGrath and #KeithJohnstone.
Read and download for free and/or purchase in paperback and hardback editions at https://doi.org/10.11647/OBP.0329
🇬🇧 🇺🇦 #British defence minister Grant Shapps discussed how to bolster Ukraine's air defences during talks in Kyiv with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the president's office said on Thursday.
"The #Labour party had said it would ban any new oil & gas extraction in the #NorthSea. However, it says it would not revoke any North Sea oil & gas licences granted by this government"
They will fail us!
The rise of the same-sex parent family and elective single mothers
Wind and solar can provide significantly more energy than the highest energy demand forecasts for 2050 and nearly ten times current #ElectricityDemand."
Wind and solar complement each other through the year, with solar output high in summer and wind output high in winter.
Asking the Impossible: UK Government Wants to “Safely” Break Facebook Encryption
After passing the Online Safety bill, the UK government is pressing Facebook to "safely" break its encryption.
Last week, we reported on the disastrous passage of the Online Safety bill in the UK. The bill is pr
🇬🇧 🇷🇺 The Everton Football Club owner, Farhad Moshiri, received more than £400m from Alisher Usmanov companies in the run-up to the #Russian billionaire being placed under #sanctions, documents suggest, raising fresh questions about the financial ties between the two men.
#SouthKorean President Yoon Suk-yeol will pay a state visit to #Britain in November, commemorating 140 years of bilateral relations. This will be the first state visit since King Charles III's coronation.
I live near Manchester, I periodically need to be in London. It's 200 miles / 330km away.
To take the train: £192 (220 EUR) + 3 hours each way.
Bus/Coach: £24 + 5h out, 7h back.
Fly: £127+ 3h each way.
Drive: £40 in petrol + 4h each way.
In France, to go from Paris to La Rochelle (300 miles) would take *3 hours* and cost *£90 / 100 EUR return* by train.
There's literally NO GOOD OPTION.
In comparison w/the #UnitedStates, a relatively small proportion of #police officers in #Britain carry #firearms. They require a special license to do so & are deployed only in limited situations. “Where firearms support is needed, it is carried out by specially #trained & #accredited firearms officers known as authorised firearms officers,” the guidance on the Metropolitan Police’s website states.
Signal CEO Reaffirms Exit of UK if Ordered to Break Encryption Via Online Safety Bill
The CEO of encrypted chat service, Signal, has reaffirmed that they will leave the UK if they are asked to break their encryption.
Fallout from the UKs disastrous passage
Joey Grostern, Sam Bright in DeSmog
"#DeSmog has previously revealed that the Conservative Party received £3.5 million in donations from fossil fuel interests and climate science deniers in 2022, while two-thirds of the directors in charge of the party’s multi-million-pound endowment fund have a financial interest in oil, gas, and highly polluting industries."
Challenged to take a stand,
"#Labour said it would work with industry to meet the 2030 target, arguing that families would ultimately be better off because #ElectricVehicles had much cheaper lifetime costs."
By Yasmeen Serhan/London
December 16, 2022
"As the #ClimateCrisis worsens, and as the international efforts to mitigate its effects continue to fall short, activists like #CameronFord have become more daring. Over the past year and a half, the 32-year-old British carpenter has blocked highways by gluing himself to roads and chained himself to an oil tanker.
"Like most #environmental campaigners, Ford never wanted to do anything that could land him in jail. 'I was hoping to emigrate to Canada one day,' he says from his home in Cambridge. But Ford changed his mind about the need for bolder activism after attending a talk hosted by the climate group #InsulateBritain last summer. 'It made sense to make that stand earlier, whilst there was still a chance that we could actually mitigate the worst of it, rather than once it’s too late,' he says.
"Ford is hardly alone in that view. Other British protesters like him have gone so far as to tunnel under major infrastructure projects, throw soup at famous works of art, and scale a 190-food bridge—all in a desperate bid to draw the public’s attention to the looming climate catastrophe.
"But their democratic right to protest is now at risk as the British government declares war on tactics that it regards as disruptive and, ideally, illegal. Draft legislation that the House of Commons approved in October  would pose unprecedented restrictions on the right to #protest in #England and #Wales.
"'When [#ClimateCollapse] is what we face, I believe the only thing that would curtail us is the death penalty,' says Ford, 'because the alternative to us not standing up is death.'"
🔹 the degradation of environment (global warming and various types of pollution) and
🔹 the threats to liberal democracy (inequality and rising authoritarianism)
Time for some history and English cultural heritage.
Every September volunteers for Heritage Open Days organise events and open up usually private buildings to celebrate the culture and heritage of England. We ventured to the historic Appleby-in-Westmorland to check out some of the ancient buildings.
It was fascinating!
Loads more photos, plus some history, available for you right here -> https://www.iancylkowski.com/blog/2023/9/18/appleby-in-westmorland-cumbria-autumn 👍
> The world mostly ignored the anniversary of #QueenElizabeth’s passing, a reminder of how little the royal family means.
🇬🇧 #Britain on Friday officially proscribed the #Russian mercenary #Wagner Group as a #terrorist organisation, after announcing the move last week, which will make it illegal to be a member or to support it.
Todays postal arrival, bought with some birthday money: Literary Hauntings, A Gazetter of Literary Ghost Stories from Britain and Ireland. From #TartarusPress. #Books #GhostStories #Gazetteer #Literature #Fiction #Geography #Psychogeography #Bookstodon #Reading #ShortStories #Ghosts #Hauntings #Britain #BritishFiction #Ireland #IrishFiction #Horror #BritishBooks #IrishBooks
Once dusk has given way to true darkness, the majestic #TheKelpies dominate the Scottish sky.
You can find the previous shot in this series here: https://mastodonapp.uk/@stuherbert/111025428356873963
Facial recognition could transform policing in same way as DNA, says Met chief
Britain’s most senior police officer has predicted that facial recognition technology will transform criminal investigations as much as DNA testing has done, a prospect described as dystopian by human rights campaigners...
#UK #Britain #facialrecognition #protest #chillingeffect #CCTV #privacy
@davidnjoku I do not know much about life of black persons in the contemporary United Kingdom, but please read the real story of Abram P. Gannibal, man born in Africa and lived his life successfully in Russia in the 18th century.
The greatest of the Russian poets, Alexander Pushkin was his great-grandson. Also, many British aristocrats descend from him.
Nothing quite sums up 13 years of #Tory misrule than this:
"...In 2014, an air traffic control training centre by #Bournemouth airport was bought to house another free school, #Parkfield, after a four-page vendor’s report. #Asbestos and #Bats were later found on the site and unexploded bombs have yet to be ruled out..."
It will take the UK a very long time to extricate itself from the wreckage of 14 years of Tory misrule - & I have * zero* confidence that a @UKLabour government under ‘Sir’ Keir (#KidStarver) #Starmer is up to the job of ‘building back better’!
To the contrary, I fear they will just manage our decline slightly more effectively but just as corruptly!
I think Tax Justice UK are right when they say as part of addressing chronic Government underfunding we need:
'[N]ew wealth taxes levied on the super rich (those with net assets over £10m) – & existing taxes like Capital Gains updated so the super rich pay the same tax rate as working people.'
It's the end of the summer holidays.
Just as a heatwave arrives!
So we got up nice and early to hike to Colwith Force, snapping some gorgeous woodland and waterfall scenery. Added extra, swirling mist and fog burning away from the mountain tops.
Plenty more photos from this day are waiting for you right here -> https://www.iancylkowski.com/blog/2023/9/6/colwith-force-lake-district-autumn 👍
🇺🇲 🇬🇧 #Russia warned Tuesday it will treat any US move to station #nuclear weapons in the UK for the first time in 15 years as an “escalation” after media reports indicated plans to deploy the bombs on #British soil.
In our continuing series of "how post-#brexit #Britain descends into a banana republic (possibly soon without bananas)", on today's episode we take a look at the state of the prison conditions in this third world country:
A change of plans meant rediscovering the incredible Kingsdale.
Arguably one of the "crowning" (sorry) features of Kingsdale is a pair of giant boulders teetering near the valley's western edge. They are known as the Cheese Press Stones.
Loads more photos from this hike are waiting for you, right here https://www.iancylkowski.com/blog/2023/9/4/kingsdale-yorkshire-dales-autumn 👍
Politicians’ promises to rid #Britain of ‘#DirtyMoney’ in the aftermath of #Russia’s invasion of #Ukraine haven’t come to fruition
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2023/sep/04/five-ways-kleptocrats-can-keep-hold-of-their-uk-assets #ToryPoliciesInAction #MineyBeforePeople #DirtyParty #LoopholesForDonors?
"Imperial Federation - Map of the world showing the extent of the British Empire in 1886. Statistical information furnished by Captain J.C.R. Colomb, M.P. formerly R.M.A. Mclure & Co. Queen Victoria Street, London. British territories coloured in red. (Published as) Supplement to ''The Graphic'', July 24th, 1886. (Inset) Map of the world showing the extent of British territories in 1786." https://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/s/bz3c3b #Map #Maps #Cartography #History #Histodon #Histodons #British #Britain #Empire @histodon @histodons
Of course the British royal family has history in forgiving and protecting sex offenders, all the while attempting to rewrite history in the process. Lord Mountbatten for example (Charlie boys favourite uncle). Bare in mind the British royal family are also the head of the church of England. #princeandrew #britain #royalfamily https://normalislandnews.substack.com/p/king-charles-orders-family-to-forget
It would appear that “former Tory MP Antoinette Sandbach has threatened the University of Cambridge with legal action after a historian named her as a descendant of merchants who enslaved his ancestors.”
Oh, my… It would be a damn shame if more people knew of this so please do not boost this post.
At #BiPrideUK23 on Saturday in #London there will be a chance to pick up the #book Purple Prose: #Bisexuality in #Britain Edited by Kate Harrad (2016). I'm one of the chapter curators. https://biprideuk.org (event is also #Online #Hybrid) http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/Purple_Prose:_Bisexuality_in_Britain_by_Kate_Harrad
#UKBiBook #UK #Bisexual #Community
Caught up on the whole #LucyLetby thing and the thought that keeps coming into my head is how eerily normal she looks in her photos 😐😵
A question to #Britain history fans: my father is writing an article and he stumbled on a reference about “royal stables near London” where some MoD armoured division was stationed, likely until 1970’s. I tried to find it but none of the obvious locations (Royal Mews etc) rings the bell. Any ideas? 🤔
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?)
Oh, word? Is that why most people filing for bankruptcy due to medical bills are college educated homeowners in middle class professions and why more than 10% of adults at or above 400% of the poverty line owe medical debt? Unless you're redefining "those at the bottom" to mean "bottom 90% of the population," which lol lmao.
Anyway, nice try, but tell your co-workers at Kaiser Permanente to come up with better talking points.
A land of concentration camps, e coli infested rivers and where the government is so keen to pretend away a pandemic that they'll deny the public up to date vaccines for #COVID this winter because that would be admitting it hasn't 'gone away'
And nobody in #Westminster wants to fix any of it, we just aren't worth the effort it seems.
Absolutely outstanding article from Frances Ryan. What a sad state of affairs... 😔
British people, I cannot explain adequately what absolute hell the American healthcare system is. You know how people say: "at least in the US, you can get fast treatment. At least in the US, you can choose your doctor. At least in the US, you can get the most innovative treatment"?
Lies. All of it.
The US healthcare system excels at one thing only, and that's bankrupting people.
Seton-Karr, W. S. (1893). The Marquess Cornwallis. United Kingdom: Clarendon Press. https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/_/rO21AAAAIAAJ #History #Histodon #Histodons #UK #UnitedKingdom #GreatBritain #Britain #British #India #Book #Books #Bookstodon #Ebook #Ebooks @bookstodon @histodon @histodons (19)
"#Britain on Monday committed to granting hundreds of licences for #NorthSea #oil and #gas extraction.
Britain has a target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, but Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said even by this date the country is expected to get more than a quarter of its energy from oil and gas."
Heyooo this is my #intro post pls boost
i'm a multiply #disabled #Autistic white #trans #lesbian living in the so-called uk (specifically on the island of #Britain), I'm Bargee, I live nomadically on a #narrowboat which I mostly successfully maintain myself. Interested in #RightToRepair and #repair more generally. A factor of the way autism manifests for me is hyperlexia (verbose speech, obsessive about choosing the exact right word, obsessed with learning new words and ways of speaking), this means my writing comes out really formal; read it as a class thing if you want but I'm working class, no now or future inherited wealth, no access to managerial or corporate power, lived paycheck to paycheck my whole adult life.
Politically speaking i'm into #greenanarchy, I love the #iww, i'm here for #familyAbolition and #policeabolition, #transformativejustice and #prisonabolition. I want an end to all colonial rule, capital, states, nations, borders and capital. In terms of the island I am on I am here for the end to the English occupation of the six northern counties in Ireland, the end of English rule/occupation/power in Scotland and Wales, and the end to all English overseas domination in all forms perpetrated under the flag of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. I'm pessimistic about technology and I think it and legislation can't solve social problems.
I'm a linux user, obviously, and a #foss advocate.
I'll make a separate pinned post with a cw for sexy. Flirts welcome if you're a dyke, don't think covid is over and still mask up (or disability precludes you masking), and if you're like, older than mid twenties (i'm in my thirties). CIS AND TRANS MEN NO FLIRTING, THIS IS IN CAPS BECAUSE YOUR PEOPLE SEEM INCAPABLE OF READING COMPREHENSION.
To People of Colour: I collect my cousins, particularly white trans/disabled girls and autistics. If someone is doing a racism from an instance mine is federated with and you want collection please let me know. If I see this myself I do my best to not need asking. Being gracious and grateful when receiving criticism and asks for accountability or change in my behaviour is important to me and I do not expect your tone to be a certain way for me to hear it, and I am grateful for any time you take a chance on me and do me the generosity of feedback. I understand that feedback does not have to be complete and that a gift of feedback does not obligate the giver to provide further explanation/education/contact. I understand what diunital thinking is and do my best to employ it. I can usually keep my temper and own feelings in check when collecting and recuse myself when they get in the way of constructive action. I have no qualms with conflict, upsetting people and being "mean" where necessary, however. This paragraph is here for your informed consent and does not obligate you to like or trust me or interact with me.
A note on language: I use nondisabled, disablis(t/m) to honour the disability activists I have known and organised with in Britain, over the more common americanisms abled, ablis(t/m) but I don't care what anyone else uses. I use C(oercively)AFAB and CAMAB over AFAB/AMAB and if you're TME I think you should do the same. I don't really mind what language other trans women and TMA people use but I would encourage you to look into the terf historical useage of FAB (female at birth) and the transmasc transmisogynist useage of AFABulous, as well as to think about how CAMAB both decenters our ASAB and centers the violent upholding of cisgenderism, and think about whether this might be a useful lingustic distinction for you. But I'm not the boss of you, do what feels important/right to you.
I'm angry that after 10 years of rising up the ranks in my career and growing my wage I'm still struggling to pay bills as though my wage has over doubled from 10 years ago the mismanagement of the economy keeps moving the bar of comfortable just ahead of me.
In this context I must say that though I regard the overall record of the 1997-2010 #labour government as mixed at best an achievement that has stood the test of time was the creation of the #ons - Office for National Statistics - with far greater independence than its predecessors. #ons can fairly be regarded as a world leading institution - one of very few #britain has to its name - arguably #nice - the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence - is another.
Bloody refugees... I mean asylum seekers.. coming here expecting to have a legitimate way of entering the country to make their request to not be tortured or otherwise threatened with death. ...THE CHEEK!
#Britain wasn't built on fairness, social justice, equality or opportunity!!
It was build on being born to the right family.
Born in a warzone.? tough! Try harder in your next life!
#Tory party policy
Time for somewhere a little different.
We enjoyed a long weekend break in and around Marsden, nestled in the South Pennines of West Yorkshire.
Although conditions were less than favourable, I still walked away with some reasonable photos.
There's plenty more for your viewing pleasure here https://www.iancylkowski.com/blog/2023/7/3/marsden-west-yorkshire-summer 👍