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Have you all read .@michaelgove's Ditchley Lecture?

"The Privilege of Public Service" runs to 139 paragraphs over 69 (double-spaced) pages.

The main topic is civil service *reform* —but it covers so much more & raises interesting QUESTIONS...

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MG quotes Antonio Gramsci,"The crisis consists precisely of the fact that the inherited is dying—and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear."

In our case the inherited was assassinated, the loss an uncompensated diminishment...

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Brexiters have put NOTHING forward to compensate for stripping 66m of us Brits of our #FreedomOfMovement — a FREEDOM millions in service industries rely on it to do our jobs. Without it, we're less competitive on our own Continent.

Govt isn't even being honest abt it...

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1. For #WindrushDay I'm going to share the story of Zaffar Mirza, a 56 year old Pakistani man who was lawfully living with his family in Edinburgh until one day he lost his passport and became a victim of the #HostileEnvironment, two years before the #Windrush scandal broke.
2. In 1967, aged 8, Mr Mirza moved from Pakistan to London with his family. He had a difficult youth, and spent some time in local authority care and juvenile detention before moving to Scotland aged 17. There, he met and married a British woman, Mrs Begum, one year later.
3. Together they raised a family. All of their children were British. He chose not to apply for British citizenship himself, always viewing his status in the UK as secure. After all, his Pakistani passport contained a 1970s stamp which clearly stated he had indefinite leave.
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A #thread of books exploring racism and race. It includes fiction, poetry, non-fiction because we need to hear many voices.

These are UK-centric because we are here trying to dismantle white supremacy in Britain.
#BlackLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatterUK
jhalakprize.com/the-prize
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Whilst we welcome news that the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) will be scrapped for NHS and social care workers - WE MUST GO FURTHER ⬇️⬇️ 1/
Since it’s introduction in 2015, we have called for an end to the IHS for ALL 2/
It acts as a form of double taxation on people who already pay to use the NHS through their taxes, penalising people simply because they weren’t born here 3/
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My article in @GreenWorld_UK on
BAME LIFE CHANCES, COVID INEQUALITY AND DEATH
Pls RT and share
greenworld.org.uk/article/bame-l…
@TheGreenParty @LonGreenParty @GreensofColour @thgreenparty
How is structural prejudice on racial grounds laid bare in our collective response to the Coronavirus pandemic? How can we use the galvanising force of a global crisis to properly tackle racial and social inequality?
A third of people in intensive care for Covid-19 are also from BAME backgrounds; greatly disproportionate to their population.

Who, if anyone, is to blame? Greens rightly continue to interrogate statements and assumptions made by the government.
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On the 12th March we outlined our position that the Immigration Health Surcharge should be scrapped, not increased - read our statement at: docsnotcops.co.uk/scrap-the-immi… (1/THREAD) #ScrapTheSurcharge #PatientsNotPassports
This was the day after @RishiSunak announced that the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) – paid at point of visa application/renewal would rise from £400/year to £624/year (disgustingly, as he announced Coronavirus measures)

2/Thread #ScrapTheSurcharge #PatientsNotPassports
On 12th March we said:
* #ScrapTheSurcharge in its entirety
* Charging for NHS access is about govt tearing up universal care, not raising money
* IHS is an additional tax on migrants
* The IHS is motivated by furthering xenophobic & racist narratives /3 #PatientsNotPassports the Immigration Health Surcharge should be scrapped in its entirety. Charging for NHS access isn’t about economics – it’s about the govt finding excuses to tear up the principle of universal health care. It’s about adding an additional tax on migrants – deterring people from moving to the UK or forcing people into undocumented status/out of the country when they cannot afford visa renewal.
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Those you are paying tribute to @MattHancock?
If from the EU, this Govt is forcing them to apply to stay.
If from elsewhere, this Govt is charging them an NHS surcharge.
They live in the #HostileEnvironment, future immigration rules designed to stop people like them from coming.
With many classed as low-skilled (a nonsense category anyway, but esp so when defined in salary terms), Tories have spent years implying immigrants have a negative impact on the NHS and don't contribute. Remember this, for example?
I am glad that you now seem to recognize the importance of immigrants - and how they do all they can to literally keep the UK alive. But the problem is that tributes are entirely hollow when the policy context *remains* the above. This needs to change. For everyone.
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THREAD. A week ago I wrote this on the contribution that #migrants and #refugees make to the response to #coronavirus. Since then I have been collecting information on HOW this happens in different countries to learn for the future.
#migration #COVID19
medium.com/@marta.foresti…
At @ODIdev we will be tracking and analysing these actions/innovations, for now here is an overview

First up the #USA where #NY state takes action allowing qualified graduates of foreign medical schools to contribute to the #Covid_19 emergency response
governor.ny.gov/news/no-20210-…
Still in the #USA, the State Department is on the lookout for medical professionals abroad willing to work in the #US. As long as they have a valid visa....mhh.....🙄

#COVID19 #migration #keyworkers #coronavirus

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Frightening front page: we've gone swiftly from "take it on the chin, no cruises" to "death industry overwhelmed", lack of "body storage", powers for police + immigration officials to detain people who *might* be infected, yet testing remains slow + patchy
#Covid19 /1
Powers for *police + immigration officials* to detain people suspected of having the virus yet we aren't investing in a proper testing regime. Risks of reinforcing bigotry and inciting further racist violence, while scientists tell us we need the data to inform responses /2
Relationships between how our government, media, and our own employers treat expertise are worth examining closely in the #Covid19 media context...
Which science? Which data? Which analysis?
How long and for whom do they wait before ceasing attempts to "agile" game a pandemic /3
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🧵#ucustrikes why this week we need to go out harder & stronger than ever. This is also a plea for those who have not yet joined *and can* to please do so.

Tbh my main motivation is not pensions, due to #HostileEnvironment not sure I'll be in this country to collect it. (1)
I've got too many friends who have told me they are leaving academia. They are talented, caring & inspirational. I cry bcs I know of the lost this would mean to students & their fields. But they have been pushed out by precarity, toxic workloads & bullying. (2)
I've received messages of Non EU students/staff who've left, are leaving or thinking of leaving UK. They've found little to no solidarity from colleagues & their institutions. Whether it is bcs of #migrantpaygap surveillance, mental & physical breakdowns, precarity, racism (3)
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How come there are suddenly 'vulnerable' EU citizens?

Weren't @the3million supposed to be automatically granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK?

Asking for a friend.

Actually, asking for 3 million friends and their partners and families.

#inLimbo
EU citizens update.

Was.
"Your rights will not change. We want you to stay."

Then.
"If you want you can stay but don't treat this country as your home."

Now.
"Psst, remember our Go Home vans? Ever heard of Windrush?"

#HostileEnvironment #inLimbo #VulnerableEUcitizens
@nharris59 Here's a little reminder of what happens with people the Home Office considers 'vulnerable'.

#HostileEnvironment #inLimbo

Thread.
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Exactly 1 year ago today I was broken in to a million pieces
The man who has been by my side for10 years as my best friend and husband was cruelty bullied blackmailed and threatened so badly by the @ukhomeoffice he had no choice but leave behind all hes known for half his life.
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My husband is the kindest most pure hearted person I have ever met. The Home office had him terrifed he would be arrested. It made him feel the same fear as when he was locked in a flat threatened by a man that kept him as a slave withholding his passport causing his visa issue 2
My husband had done nothing wrong he was the victim of crime unscrupulous solicitors who took thousands from us and the criminal actions of the home office. They didn't care he was the victim of slavery or that he cared for my elderly sick parents for them its one less migrant. 3
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1/ WARNING: POSSIBLE TRIGGER LANGUAGE, EVENTS or SITUATIONS
Read sad story last night about Dr. Bucci, 50 year old Phychology & Brain Sciences Dept. Chairman, at Dartmouth that committed #Suicide 11 months after a lawsuit was filed by graduate #students in his department. He
2/ was NOT accused of sexual misconduct, but named in the suit for knowing about the professors’ inappropriate behavior as the Chair.I share many of the same feelings he expressed to friends and colleagues in his emails before he took his own life like: the case was deeply
3/ personal; reputation had been damaged; physical health diminished; false portrayal of his actions; being blamed unfairly; allegations & process “unfair”; how can they ever undo what they did to me & #wronglyaccused. Similarly, how I had reported the #disability
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@Bebe111 @derekjames150 a) if we stop paying £7.9bn/yr (official figure) to EU dues, we also lose the £80bn/yr in benefits it yields. What's the plan to compensate our economy for that?

b) the UK govt divied up the quotas & OUR fishermen sold them. Those contracts will still apply post-#Brexit.

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@Bebe111 @derekjames150 cont...

Why will those contracts still apply? The #RuleOfLaw is a cornerstone of our constitution. Contract law is local, UK law. Without it nobody who trades or transacts business of any kind could have confidence in engaging in any form of commerce in the UK.

/cont.
@Bebe111 @derekjames150 cont...

Furthermore UK will still have to operate fishing quotas to protect the sea from overfishing and the fish from extinction - something our govt has kept v. QUIET about!

/cont.
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Many of us have known this for a while now but it's quickly becoming apparent that, especially after the recent #GeneralElectionResults2019, #Racism in the UK is, not only going to increase, but become even more brutal, widespread & acceptable, as #racists become emboldened by /1
the fact that the Gov itself & those right in the heart of it, not only don't *effectively* condemn #racism but are, in fact, guilty of it *themselves*.

Get ready to see A LOT more (and a lot WORSE) than the examples below, in the future (near & otherwise) against *every /2
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NEW: "I nearly died but was still presented with a £93,000 bill for my treatment" - Simba Mujakachi writes in @MetroUK on how the #HostileEnvironment has affected him - and many others metro.co.uk/2019/12/09/i-n… (thread) #JusticeForSimba #PatientsNotPassports
@MetroUK 2/
Simba had a stroke
His family were told he only had a 30% chance of survival
Simba survived the operation, which involved removing a piece of his skull, but was left paralysed on his left side

In the stroke rehabilitation unit, Simba was presented with a bill for £93,000
@MetroUK 3/
As part of the ‘#HostileEnvironment’, the Conservative govt changed the law in 2017 so that ‘ineligible migrants’ have to pay up-front for ‘non-urgent’ care.

Yet even though Simba's operation was needed to save his life, he has to pay for it.

Free at the point of need?
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I'm glad that so many are outraged by Gove's comments about freedom of movement. We need to keep fighting this #hostileenvironment! One thing you can do to help now is support this appeal to bring down the immigration exemption in the Data Protection Act. crowdjustice.com/case/immigrati…
The exemption poses a major threat to EU citizens and immigrants from other countries, and the Government has used the GDPR opt-out in response to 60% of its immigration-related data requests since the beginning of 2019. We have to put an end to this treatment of millions as
second-class citizens with limited rights. This is so important too because all of this is only the beginning. Supporting the appeal, therefore, is not just about protecting the rights of EU citizens or immigrants from other countries. It is about protecting all of our rights.
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Today, in an article in The Times, @michaelgove argues that maintaining freedom of movement would be 'extreme, dangerous and out of touch with the British people'; he also writes that it would mean 'Britons are less safe'. This is the worst dog-whistling we have seen in 3+ years.
Every single point made in the short extract I shared is a lie:
🛑FoM is *not* 'unlimited and uncontrolled immigration'
🛑keeping it is not 'out of touch with the British people', as polls show
🛑and every 'negative' consequence listed is *not* the result of FoM, but Tory cuts.
The Government's MAC report proves that without question. But @michaelgove still doesn't like experts, it seems ... now including the ones tasked by the Government to provide expertise. gov.uk/government/pub…
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Academic goes abroad to *do her work*. For a *UK* university. Last week the Home Office told her she spent too much time abroad, so doesn’t qualify for indefinite leave to remain. She is now required to leave the UK ... effectively for *doing her work*.
theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/n…
The #hostileenvironment is destroying people’s lives, there can be no doubt. But it is also destroying the UK’s reputation. Attracting the brightest and best? Not like this. Couple it with Brexit and it may well prove fatal.
And as an aside: if I was from another country this would be me. Going by these rules, I previously spent to much time abroad for work for a UK university too ... work that was also funded by a UK funding council. So I too would have been told to leave the UK.
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Pleased to meet a delegation from @FESonline in London last night to talk about the rights and future of @the3million at home in the UK. People were shocked to hear about the problems with settled status and the recent revelations about the possible deportation of EU citizens.
One main question was why the UK Govt chose an application system instead of a simple registration. I explained that this is clearly a result of the #HostileEnvironment and that settled status is sucking EU citizens into the hostile environment.
Delegates found it incomprehensible that the UK would choose to close itself off in this way, and treat people already at home here with such contempt. They expressed solidarity with EU citizens at home in the UK and recognised, and were impressed with, the work of @the3million.
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Well.
Just a little summary of the past two years.
"My mental health has deteriorated. There have been days when I’ve woken at 5am, my heart racing, and thought: What should I do? Are they going to deport me? Am I going to be detained?"

#hostileEnvironment #inLimbo
theguardian.com/healthcare-net…
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THREAD: The Naga Munchetty affair has prompted debate over how the BBC applies its balance and impartiality guidelines when it comes to matters of race.

This reminds me of a show the BBC commissioned earlier this year entitled "Who Should Get to Stay in the UK?" (yes, really)
In this clip, Dillian, an asylum seeker has a conversation with an anonymous man on the street who explains that "we have let in too many who are committing terrorist acts."
Not only does the BBC platform this racist view, they also fail to challenge it, simply asking Dillian, "It must be different from home?"
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THREAD: Top 5 negative comments I get when speaking or writing about EU migrant rights. (+ my reaction)
5. 'Why should you have more rights than my non-EU friends?'

I am also outraged about the #hostileenvironment affecting non-EU friends. But the solution to making policy fairer for non-EU migrants is not to reduce the rights of EU migrants, but to improve everyone's rights.
4. 'You're scaremongering, they just have to complete a bloody form!'

I am glad to hear if the EU migrants you know had an easy time to apply for settled status. However, we need to recognise not everyone has the same experience and no application system reached 100% of people.
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Settled Status - we EU citizens must get physical documents.

The Home Office is saying online is simpler, online is the future.

Compare and contrast the process employers will have to go through to check status of EU citizens.

Make up your own mind.

#GettingPhysical

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With the new online only immigration status the Home Office are forcing employers to go through a 10-step process (which includes googleing Govt website, no kidding) to check right to work of their future EU citizen workers.

#GettingPhysical

2/
With a physical document for EU citizens to prove their right to work it would be a simple 1-step process for employers.

#GettingPhysical

3/
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