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“Much of the glue that held British society together since WW2 has been deliberately removed & replaced with a harsh & uncaring ethos.A booming economy,high employment & a budget surplus have not reversed austerity,a policy pursued more as an ideological than an economic agenda.”
The UN Special Rapporteur @Alston_UNSR adds: “If Brexit proceeds, it is likely to have a major adverse impact on the most vulnerable.”

So 2 devastating ideological agendas pursued by the Conservative govt at huge cost to British society & our most vulnerable.

Yet they continue.
This report should make extremely discomfiting reading for govt. Their response to date has been to attack the Rapporteurs criticising their policies.

Jeremy Hunt has appointed a “human rights ambassador” this week. Important for govt to remember human rights matter at home too.
The breathtaking, barefaced utter dishonesty of govt, using taxpayers’ money to spin their Universal Credit policy today across @MetroUK, on the day @Alston_UNSR publishes his hugely critical report.

How do @AmberRuddHR @DWP get away with this?

Here’s a reminder about how @DWP planned to sell the unsellable on #universalcredit- thanks to @chakrabortty. Today, when you pick up Metro, you see that plan paid for by us, about a policy sharply criticised today by the UN. A deceit out of control.

So, a day after the Foreign Secretary appoints a new “human rights ambassador”, Britain will complain to the UN that it doesn’t like the human rights report on it. I can think of a few other countries who will follow suit. Why not engage instead? theguardian.com/politics/2019/…
Here’s @commentator01 with more background on this “formal complaint” to the UN business. It’s a tricky start for the UK’s new “human rights ambassador” with the UK govt already reacting churlishly to complaints.
And here’s the UN Special Rapporteur himself commenting on the British reaction.
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