Having the Tories in charge is bad for the health of your country 😞
'UNICEF league table on changes in child poverty over 7+ years up to 2021: UK in the bottom spot'
New immigration rules threaten UK's STEM workforce
Higher minimum salary threshold is 'huge own goal'
In #PMQs 2023-11-29 the Speaker said "Order! I think he has got the question."
after Tulip Siddiq (Hampstead and Kilburn) (Lab) said "I ask the Prime Minister today how it is that people who were closest to this issue, whom he worked with day in, day out at the top of Government, got the impression that the Prime Minister was okay with people in our country dying—"
In #PMQs 2023-11-29 the Speaker said "Order! Can I just say to the shadow Foreign Secretary—[Interruption.] Order! Just a little bit quieter, please. I want to hear."
after The Prime Minister said "And this week, we secured £30 billion of new investment for this country. So he can keep trying to talk—"
In #PMQs 2023-11-29 the Speaker said "Order!"
after Hon. Members said "More!"
As you probably know, there's no end of obsessive genocide denying posters (or bots) here.
They target repeatedly any posters who support Palestinian rights.
Their aim is to spread the big lies on which fascism depends.
For what it's worth, I report them.
You can’t handle the truth, Johnson will tell the Covid inquiry: a bit rich from a man who can’t recognise it | Marina Hyde https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/dec/05/boris-johnson-covid-inquiry-prime-minister #COVID19 #ukpol
This is wonderful! Two sides of the Tory party, each 100-strong, in open warfare with each other over diametrically opposite positions.
I don't want to get too, you know, hopeful — but there's a nonzero chance here of this bringing this wretched government down.
How apt that such a Christmas miracle might occur over such a cruel, uncharitable, and unchristian policy too.
this legislation and the justification behind it is simply embarrassing
Old friend of mine has a personal link to this story, his dad died in the early 90s because of this scandal.
He was a child when this happened, now an adult in his 30s and only finally getting compensation over it.
Needless to say, he is very anti-Establishment, now I know why.
Sunak was going to screw the victims over again until a backbench revolt forced him to do the decent thing. He's history come next year, and he knows it.
Well this isn't concerning at all.
“a previously unreported document reveals that 2.3-2.5 cubic metres of radioactive “liquor” has been leaking from the facility every day. This liquid is a soup of radioactive magnesium alloy filings dissolved into water, from waste cladding that encased spent Magnox nuclear fuel.”
British Politics is literally phoning it in because representing constituents isn't a real job like fellating donors is.
BREAKING: UK Government is being sued over its refusal to stop selling weapons to Israel despite evidence of civilian killings
Here's how the Rwanda Plan will go next year;
Once the Tories are out, Starmer The Tory will come in, still pledge to ship human beings off to Rwanda but claim to be doing it humanely. People will be outraged, some Labour people may resign but the Labour Party doesn't want that sort now so this will be considered "clearing the fleas"
Thought leaders will call Labour's policy 'Xenophobic', the Labour Front bench will defend the policy and the Xenophobes it's thought to appeal to.
I saw 'The Old Oak' by Ken Loach over the weekend. It's being billed as his final film. It is wonderful, but take some tissues. Critics misread the ending as misplaced wish fulfillment but it is integral to the film's message. He still has hope for the working class, community and humanity. #FilmMastodon #Tories #UKPol
I am an #immigrant. I have been in the UK for 12 years on a range of different visas. Despite what gets reported it is extremely expensive to get a UK visa. a 🧵
The new immigration rules today are horrifying in every way.
They're literally going to pull families apart for the sake of checking numerical boxes. The stress and dislocation involved in people trying to keep their families together and avoid being turfed out of their jobs and homes will end up killing people.
I am deeply angry and upset and ashamed that I don't have better ways to help those people - including several I'm close to.
The British created the conflict in 1917
"The framing of the conflict as just between Israel & the Palestinians is basically false
"Of course, there is a national conflict there & that's central to it.
"But without the support that Zionism received from the British, none of what we have seen in the past century & more would have happened as it did".
The intent has always been "to force an indigenous people from their land".
"Fuck what the Red Wall thinks, ....unless it's bigotry"
Starmer's attitude towards the North.
Not a serious country.
Rather than deal with a serious problem we would rather give it a stupid nickname then hide it, thinking of our careers while doing so.
Boris Johnson allegedly asked security services for a plan to raid a factory in #Leiden for corona vaccines in 2021. Diplomats told him it would be a bad idea.
“That ex-Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a rich imagination, isn’t news. But considering "military options" to seize corona vaccines from a Dutch factory, is a stretch even for him.”
That thing about Western (Anglo) Democracy where you can't actually criticise any moderate politician for fear of "letting the bad guys in", no matter what they do or say.
Are we all children or something? Are their positions that tenuous that a single toot saying "I don't agree with this policy" will bring them down?
If so, then they've already lost, haven't they?
Excellent article about UK immigration of skilled workers! https://migrationobservatory.ox.ac.uk/resources/reports/which-parts-of-the-uk-are-attracting-the-most-skilled-workers-from-overseas/
(relevant info to contextualize the salary requirement for skilled worker visa)
I heard an hilarious skit on the radio the other day where despite the NHS collapsing round our ears, they were joking that the government want to limit the number of skilled workers who can come into the country to - wait for it - *work for the NHS!* 🤣🤣🤣
Oh. It seems that this is actually a policy. The joke's on us.
The British created the conflict in 1917
"The framing of the conflict as just betw Israel & the Palestinians is basically false
"Of course, there is a national conflict there & that's central to it
"But without the support that Zionism received from the British, none of what we have seen in the past century & more would have happened as it did"
The intent has always been "to force an indigenous people from their land"
#DeGrowth has potential to save individuals money
But to stimulate a nation's economy takes investment! #EndingStagnation #UKpol #UKpolitics
Keir Starmer's betrayal of poor people
and his praise of Maggie Thatcher
would make me reach for a bucket not a ballot box 🤮 🗳️
Noticed the drama & pearl clutching but hadn't read the story. Clearly many others hadn't either. Jesus you made Phil drop the f bomb for the very first time in the years of doing his politics channel.
Maybe don't believe any old shite you read in The Torygraph is the takeaway here.
These are the people who were saying "let them die" during the Pandemic, they feel entitled to Public Money to heat their second homes. We should be eating them
Is he actively trying to lose the next election?
Maybe he loves the sense of danger that a thin margin brings, the adrenaline rush of having to work hard!
"52-year-old British documents reveal 'Israel's secret plan' to deport Palestinians to Sinai"
At the start of Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip, 200,000 refugees displaced from other areas in Palestine lived alongside 150,000 Palestinian original residents.
Now, of more than 2m living there, ~70% are refugees.
Gaza's "overcrowded refugee camps developed strong resistance groups that fight back" against the decades-long occupation.
Britain's Boer-War concentration camps, its Christian Zionism & Israel's wars on Gaza
When Britain couldn't beat Boer-War guerrilla tactics, Kitchener launched a scorched-earth policy; "sporting shoots" (success was "bags" of killed & captured Boers); & forcibly removed civilians into concentration camps, where tens of thousands died from malnutrition & disease, especially children.
"Israel Reopens the Gaza Slaughterhouse"
"Phase One of Israel’s genocidal campaign on Gaza has ended. Phase Two has begun. It will result in even higher levels of death and destruction"
"It plans to finish the job... to render Gaza uninhabitable, to see its 2.3 million people driven out in a massive campaign of ethnic cleansing via starvation, terror, slaughter & infectious diseases"
Animals other than humans oust their bully leaders.
Humans vote for theirs.
Leader animals come in two categories. The bullies are the minority & they usually don't last very long before they are ousted, killed or kicked out of the group. The others have true leadership capacities: they break up fights, keep the peace & defend the underdog.
You'll notice that like with the public support for being cruel to refugees, handing back the Marbles and for action on Climate Change, it doesn't matter what the majority think, Westminster will just 'dismiss' that in the arrogant, anti-democratic way they do and then expect that to be the end of the matter.
Does that sound like a Democracy to you? Doesn't to me. 😔
Britain is not a serious country, don't ever listen to us.
"COP28: inside the United Arab Emirates, the Oil Giant hosting 2023 Climate Change Summit"
Documents show "the UAE hosts planned to advise a Colombian minister that Adnoc “stands ready” to help the country develop its oil & gas reserves.
Echoes of when the UK expanded "its North Sea oil fields less than two years after urging the world to raise its climate ambitions as summit host"
Do oligarchs & their puppet govts care? Pfft, no!
A Corrupted COP
"New revelations show just how bad the oil countries really are"
COP28 host nation, UAE, "used its official position to leverage new oil & gas deals around the world... a timely reminder that there are entire nations that essentially operate as oil companies, with precisely the same attention to morality as Exxon or Shell."
The UK is backing down from its climate ambitions at COP28.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak does not share his predecessor Boris Johnson's concern for the environment and has announced a number of retreats on key measures to achieve carbon neutrality.
From Peter Geoghegan:
'The more I think about it, the more I think this is a complete scandal.
Donors can now give £11,200 to British political parties anonymously, while parties can spend more than ever.
Welcome to the dark money election - brought to you by the Tory government'
Why do only pensioners get the winter fuel allowance? Do the disabled or those with children who cannot work not seem vulnerable enough to need heating? #UKPol
Do all politicians now read the same book about running the country or something?
Do they not get taught that state spending on infrastructure is a net benefit to the economy? If we don't invest in ourselves, why should others?
All they seem to do is treat the country like it has a credit card rather than a sovereign currency.
Labour unlikely to meet its £28bn green pledge at all - BBC News
With a shorter summer, how would schools get the large building maintenance projects done that currently happen during summer? Or major IT refresh work?
If we lose that time, it means we then need to plan for out of hours work during term-time, splitting projects up, or bringing in temporary provision, all which cost significantly more.
I’m a teacher, and even I think we should cut the long school summer holidays | School holidays | The Guardian
“The current Labour Right is so constitutionally incapable of winning a political argument, so inflexible in its phobic attitude to the Left, so wounded in its entitlement to rule, and so traumatised by the brief loss of power to Corbynism, that it can't even affect magnanimity in victory.
An excerpt from (@leninology) Richard Seymour’s: https://mastodon.world/@leninology/110854888760806546
The west's climate-catastrophe plan:
* Silence & gaol dissenters;
* Impoverish & brainwash the rest;
* Impose forever wars & prison-camp epidemics to kill as many as possible (eg, Gaza).
Welcome to 21stC global fascism.
Psychopaths care for nought - even their own children - except power
Most are old men; they'll die in relative luxury.
"Even if billions perish in the coming climate catastrophe... we shouldn’t be too concerned"*
Russia didn't just invade #Ukraine they invaded the UK & US as well. The difference is. The Ukrainians bravely defend their country with their lives, while the UK & US facilitated, supported & rolled over. Here in the UK the government made an oligarch a Lord (for life). They launder their money, ignore assassinations on UK soil, let them interfere with our elections & of course #Brexit Putin's master plan of hobbling us.
Watch: Israeli children sing, “We will annihilate everyone” in Gaza
"Israel’s national broadcaster Kan uploaded this song to X (formerly Twitter) in which Israeli children sing in celebration and support for the Israeli army’s mass extermination campaign of Palestinians in Gaza.
"The sweet faces of children make an incongruous accompaniment to the genocidal lyrics of the so-called Friendship Song 2023"
“Dark money” has surged into UK anti-abortion groups in recent years, aiding controversial activism and raising questions about overseas political influence inside the country.
According to data shared with Euronews by the Good Law Project, "shadowy" funds - where the source is obscured and not fully disclosed - nearly doubled for the UK branch of the "hate group" Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) from 2020 to 2022.
I have anecdotal evidence that Farage is a massive turn off for viewers. Who the hell wants to see 'Mr Brexit' use his privilege and elite connections to avoid all the trials and get special treatment?
He is everything that is wrong with Britain today, he is not 'entertainment'
Stop forcing these people on us, we don't like them.
Friday: Sarwar meets Husam Zomlot, Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, calls for a ceasefire.
Sunday: he's been spoken to and wants to water it down.
"Scottish Labour are understood to be seeking to amend the motion, and policy notes seen by The Scotsman suggest the party is likely to water down the demand for an immediate ceasefire."
The settler colonial governments of America, Canada, Australia, et al. are owned by fascist oligarchs such as Murdoch & Koch.
No matter which side of their duopolies is in government, it's their fascism that trickles down.
And fascism is flooding, now, beyond black & brown & other marginalised communities to the pale faced.
With the climate catastrophe upon us, it was only a matter of time.
I now work in a university setting and the students who are coming through now have never lived with S28, never mind gone to school under S28, or been fully aware of themselves and S28.
We now live in a world with streaming and where we - and our kids - can catch and spread joy about shows and films like "Heartstopper", "Our Flag Means Death" and "Red, White and Royal Blue" - we can see ourselves - as we may hope we could have been, as they are
And that. Is. Glorious.
this whole "pretended family relationship" bit of S28 was a huge part of why I was so angry at Labour for only introducing Civil Partnerships - watching MP after MP saying not to worry - that CPs weren't real marriages.
It's why I was so angry at Stonewall for so long for blocking any chance of moving forward of Equal Marriage (which I still don't quite think we have).
I was out to only a small handful of my friends at this point, but damn I was sooo tempted to speak up at these two, clueless, individuals arguing over my rights - my ability to see myself in the everyday.
You want to know what radicalised me?
When I see Don't Say Gay laws...
When I see anti-trans bullshit mirroring word-for-word, play-for-play the same crap that gave us this disgusting piece of legislation...
When I see "family" as a political unit...
Beautiful Thing (1994 for the film) was the age's Heartstopper (by way of Ken Loach), but this was in the days of linear television, or knowing enough and being open enough to get a video or lucky enough to see a stage production.
In sixth form, we had a PSE session where you could chose either driving instruction (bleh) or a "Section 28 debate". a debate between a "friend" (in favour of S28) and a bully (against S28)
I say it "kinda" forbade schools - it both didn't quite do and did, unofficially, a whole lot more.
It wasn't until Queer as Folk in 1999 that my subconscious was able to hand over the "your gay" file to my conscious mind and say "deal with it!"... that's because gay people were either -
* "safe", obvious (highly camp), single, caricatures, or
* dying of AIDS
We were not living happy relationships...