Two months since @SajidJavid took charge, but this report shows the Home Office still has no answers on Windrush. How many people have been made homeless and jobless? Why still no hardship fund for those left bankrupt? Why still no right of appeal?
We need to dismantle the hostile environment, to stop the criminalisation of innocent people. We need to bin bogus migration targets. And we need an independent review of Home Office practices. @sajidjavid needs to admit it has failed.
.@sajidjavid’s response to @yvettecooper again fails to recognise the urgency of #Windrush. How does helping people in financial ruin ‘undermine a compensation process?’ Why is the HO shifting responsibility to 3rd sector charities? Victims need compensation now, not next year
The NHS was created 70 years ago. My aunt & uncle were born a few years later but like so many immigrants, dedicated their lives to the National Health Service. It is exactly 10 years since they died. This is a thread about immigrants and the NHS. Are they overloading it? #NHS70
I did something very unusual recently - I enjoyed a copy of the Daily Mail. Well, 1 page entitled 'NHS heroes'. This is my uncle in 2000. Have you ever read a better description of how valued a traditional family doctor is?
He & his wife (my maternal aunt) were GPs from India.
Their story is not exceptional. They arrived in the 80s as junior doctors and worked in under-served & deprived areas. Thousands of doctors from India & Pakistan started arriving in the 60s, at the request of - surprisingly - Enoch Powell (then Health minister)
*unless you're: 1) A #Grenfell survivor 2) Homeless 3) From the #Windrush generation 4) An EU citizen living in the UK 5) A UK citizen living in the EU 6) An Airbus worker 7) On a zero hours contract 8) Young 9) Disabled 10) A refugee
Have I left anyone out? #PMQs
lots more good suggestions coming in: 11) Teachers 12) Users of Sure Start centres 13) Not a homeowner 14) A rail commuter 15) Receiving Universal Credit 16) Hit by the bedroom tax 17) Relying on a food bank
Keep them coming in; unfortunately this could go on for a while.
even more of your examples: 18) A WASPI woman 19) A public sector worker 20) A student 👩🎓 👨🎓 21) A carer 22) A fire fighter 🔥 23) Living near the Northern Ireland border 24) In need of legal aid 25) A badger
I’m sure there must be more...
In his keynote speech #Confed18 Simon Stevens reflects on the history of the NHS, how it is a high quality service & how he is heartened by the prime ministers committment to a long term funding plan #NHS70
Simon spoke about the health of children & young people saying there were two epidemics we face: obesity & mental health #nhsconfed#Confed18#NHS70
Simon: We are using the 70th anniversary to recognise the contribution the Windrush generation has made to the NHS #Windrush#Confed18#NHS70
I was denied service at 2 diff. Chinese restaurants in LDN. EP1, my cousin asks the lady why she was asking us 2 leave and “this is not a fast food restaurant” she answers. He calmly tells her that she cant do that. I told my cousin 2 let it go & we walked out #rascismisalive
EP2 My @malaikaaminata friend & I walk in2 another Chinese restaurant. We sit at an empty table. A lady comes over asking us 2 move upstairs. Prepared by my previous incident I say no right away. She starts shouting at us 2 move bcos the table is for 4. #rasicismisalive@kuvie_
2 avoid an incident, I look right over at the next table & notice 2 ladies sitting at another table for 4. I ask them if it’s ok for us to share the table. They agree and make room for us. We sit down and this is what ensues @wanlov@panjianoff@niikotei@tafari#rasicismisalive
Bon. En ce moment, c'est le gros, GROS bordel au Royaume-Uni. Et non, ce n'est ni à cause de Meghan Markle, ni à cause du Royal Baby. C'est à cause du scandale #Windrush. Que je vous explique.
Après la Seconde Guerre mondiale, le Royaume-Uni est exsangue. Il a remporté la guerre, mais le pays est complètement détruit. Il faut tout reconstruire. Comme la France, il fait donc appel à ses forces vives : celles qui vivent dans les colonies.
Pour la France, beaucoup de travailleurs immigrés viennent du Maghreb. Chez nos voisins de la perfide Albion, ils viennent surtout des Antilles et des Caraïbes : la Jamaïque, les Bahamas, la Barbade, les Îles Vierges, Grenade, Saint-Christophe-et-Niévès, Trinité-et-Tobago, etc.
Short Thread about the @AmberRuddHR memo. #Windrush
This is a quote from the memo, "This will move us along the path towards the 10% increased performance on enforced returns, which we promised the home secretary earlier this year."
So regardless of whether she... 1/x
...actually read the memo, she was aware the Immigration Enforcement Agency was attempting to increase enforced returns by 10%. How did she think that was going to happen? Put in some policies & hope for the best? Anyone who has worked in any sort of modern large... 2/x
...organisation would know that that would be broken down into regional targets, team targets, all the way down to individual officials' KPIs, which was, of course, the evidence given to the Select Committee this week.
So, giving #AmberRudd the benefit of the doubt... 3/x
Rudd linked the treatment of #windrush to the culture of the Home Office – failing to look at people. (That’s the reason why she is now the victim of leaks – not right but not surprising).
So the question is why do officials do that. One reason is that they feel pressure to meet targets for performance Ministers have set. And as Diane Abbott said it matters what the target is. (lots of work on how targets drive behaviour..)
Gove says no one has responded with more grace and commitment (or something like that) to #windrush than Amber - but that is not true. Less than a fortnight ago she had done nothing at all (at least publicly) to show this was an issue she was worried about
A fortnight ago the guardian had already published many detailed accounts of people made homeless, sent to detention centres, sacked from jobs, unable to visit dying parents, refused benefits, asked to pay for NHS treatment - I think around 10 already printed
I’m sure Rudd must have been very busy think about Brexit - and that’s part of the problem. She may not have been reading the Guardian that regularly. But what about her staff? Couldn’t they have flagged it as important?
I had one of those really depressing conversations with Labour supporters yesterday that confirmed my worst suspicions. The question was why Labour can’t be more positive towards freedom of movement.
The answer was, it seems, that the Northern ‘leave’ constituencies wouldn’t accept it. The unspoken question was *why* the Northern ‘leave’ constituencies couldn’t accept it. What makes freedom of movement so evil?
There’s only one real answer: they think immigration is bad for them. They believe that foreigners ‘coming over here’ take their jobs, lower their wages, increase crime etc etc.
In 2011 I was serving as British High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago. I was incredibly excited to have a son born in Trinidad (mostly because my wife preferred to be around her family as she gave birth but also to show our confidence in the local medical services).
We duly applied for his passport. Contrary to what you might expect a British High Commissioner cannot issue a passport. I sent off the forms and waited...
After a few weeks I received notification that he had been refused. You cannot be more British than the British High Commissioner but he wasn’t British enough.
1/ The Withdrawal Agreement & implementation in UK law. The risks of the UK approach to EU citizens rights. This is an important thread, please read and bear with us.
2/ The UK Government has informed the3million that they intend to use secondary legislation to implement large parts of Settled Status. But what does that actually mean and why should EU citizens be worried?
3/ there are two forms of legislation in the UK, primary & secondary. Primary legislation is what people talk about mainly. Acts & bills that get passed by Parliament after debate, which is called parliamentary scrutiny. It's checked & majority of Parliament agrees. And then...
The Tory's control more than half of councils, nearly double Labour. Losing control of even half of them is unrealistic, and even if it happened under fixed term government I can all but guarantee it won't result in a General Election.
A Prime Minister calls a GE under two circumstances: 1) They are miles ahead in the polls and think they can increase their majority (as in 2017) 2) They have suffered a humiliating defeat or scandal.
Recently, there have been opportunistic interventions promoting anti-Romanian feelings, in the form of "Romanian [negative attribute] vs. [positive attribute] Commonwealth"
Please do contact me if you see anti-Romanian comments.
I will write to my MP @DanielZeichner and speak to Romanian institutions in the UK. @PaulBrummell may also be interested to look at this? @The3Million collected some of those anti-Romanian media interventions here: