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Jan 16
TIL Franz Kafka spent 14 years employed in the Austrian Workmen’s Accident Insurance Institute in Prague; a pioneering official using state powers to protect & compensate injured workers. thenation.com/article/archiv… this has brought me closer to Franz
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Jan 12
Djokovic’s case *should* provoke outrage: people can be imprisoned indefinitely, denied moving around *on a whim* & have no real remedy?

But we debate how this normality should be applied to a special person.

What abt everyone else? Especially ppl from non-white-coded states. This was not the exercise of a pandemic-prevention power of isolation. It was border control. The silence on such extreme executive power over the bodies of humans is troubling.

But not surprising. Australian Govs of all parties have used it.
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Jan 12
the problem isn’t Boris. It’s how hundreds of politicians, civil servants, police officers, the media, who claim to uphold the law and the truth watched *in silence* while hundreds of them broke the law

That system is just as open to abuse by Gove or Patel. + Johnson has shown us that UK’s political system could not (so far) keep its standards and constrain a shameless liar willing to push colleagues into complicity.

How would it cope with a *competent* sociopathic autocrat PM? +
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Dec 29, 2021
normally welcome recourse to courts by ppl saying vaccine passports illegal - cos shows commitment to democratic institutions.

But International Criminal Court such an absurd choice - compared to European Court of Human Rights - that this looks pure stuntery. + + anyone can write to the ICC prosecutor. It’s not a formal legal process. Which is generally good, but here signifies that it’s being chosen to avoid the scrutiny a case would get in British or European courts +
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Dec 23, 2021
Electronic tagging in UK for asylum-seekers?

Home Office Anon tells Sun its the cheap, easy answer to stop Channel crossings.

Tl;dr that claim is bogus - but lays the ground for massive extension of the surveillance state.

THREAD 1/ 125,000 asylum-seekers in UK. Application numbers historically low, but pending claims high because Home Office officials refuse to decide cases, procrastinating for years instead of issuing permits to refugees & others they can’t remove. commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-brief… 2/
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Dec 22, 2021
Edgy comedians like Bernard Manning had completely lost the crowd 20+ years ago Shot, chaser.
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Dec 22, 2021
I first met Laura when she came up to me at court and said “I’m going to be your pupil” (barrister). And I said “but we haven’t decided who your supervisor will b…” and she was like “ok, but it’s going to be you”. And it was…+ + showing that same vision & tenacity… (she had been a trades union organiser of garment workers in USA) Laura was a superbly intelligent and hardworking pupil, so much so that +
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Dec 20, 2021
Lesson for tweeters from important judgment in Riley v Murray: don’t share your damaging take on a tweet without including a screen shot. My THREAD on the judgment 1/ I am not a libel lawyer. This thread is not legal advice. I am just someone who says really critical things and does not like to be sued for libel. (And hasn’t been.) 2/
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Dec 16, 2021
British court uses British Human Rights Act to interpret British Nationality Act to allow British Home Sec to grant British citizenship to Windrush victims.

Opposed by Home Sec - who didn’t even want the *power* to make them citizens.+ Home Office illegally refused them re-entry to UK, because they had been legally resident here so long Home Office didn’t realise they were legally resident. +
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Dec 11, 2021
did national media publish this sort of legal falseness before Brexit? We can discuss what s.73 *means* but you only have to read it to see it does not “state”this.

Or is it just a feature of the Spectator becoming a blog? I say “falseness” deliberately. It’s fine for lawyers to argue that provisions don’t mean what they say, or mean more than they say. But that isn’t the claim here. And the piece is by a lawyer, about the law. It’s not a passing comment.
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Dec 4, 2021
Some of you are reading Adam’s thread as if he’s said stripping citizenship is good, or should (politically / morally) be allowed. His thread doesn’t say that. Its a thread about what *law* says and (surprise!) law (made by states) isn’t that great. Disclosure: me and Adam are in the same chambers.

But I haven’t discussed this with him, or read everything he’s written. So I don’t know if I agree with him. But what he says *in this thread* *abt human rights law* is correct.

And IMHO it’s useful for people to have that info
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Dec 4, 2021
I want to learn from activists in Hungary, Italy, Greece, Poland what comes next from UK Govt as they scrabble for more distraction from corruption, and step up punishment of the powerless and their allies. And how we can get resist. + Even when populist corruption doesn’t consciously model itself on another country’s, its *nature* makes it follow similar paths. And we can borrow ideas (even if we can’t borrow situations ht @billybragg ) +
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Nov 29, 2021
Goebels-level lying here by @pritipatel thesun.co.uk/news/16871662/… It was *Patel* who single-handedly legitimised idea of unused quick solutions sitting on the shelf. 2/
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Nov 25, 2021
“Migration Watch” the immigration don’t-think tank lying about immigration law again. + Lie 1: Immigration Act 1971 makes it “illegal to come to the UK without permission”

Straight up lie. There’s nothing in that Act which says that. Migration Watch don’t even point to a section that does. +
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Nov 13, 2021
trollegislating lawmaking as a similacrum, a superficial appearance of what a lawmaker does, while the operative force is not the law’s words but the political menace for which the words are a vehicle.
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Nov 4, 2021
NGOs, law firms, chambers - *protect* your caseworkers, lawyers & volunteers from feeling pressure of unmet need. It’s essential! 1/10
THREAD Good-hearted people want to help. They’ll provide their best help if they *don’t* have to worry about the people they aren’t helping.

Sadness & regret about those they can’t help is *demotivating* and *demoralising* 2/
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Oct 31, 2021
trick or treat now in full swing. They’re queuing up. doorbells broken again so I keep opening door just before they ring. It terrifies them
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Oct 23, 2021
Good intro to Stenner’s work on authoritarian personality (33% of people). Useful to understand Twitter discussions + + people on here overwhelmed / threatened by complexity, in discussions about covid, gender, Brexit. (Not just one *side* on any of these either.). +
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Sep 22, 2021
I'll be live tweeting this for those who can't join, speaking now @JC_Hathaway , the dean of international refugee law. Tune in though, he's fascinating! Nothing in the Refugee Convention says refugees have to claim asylum in the first country they reach. States can chose how they respect the Convention - refugees can choose their country of asylum - JCH
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Aug 27, 2021
Thread by @setoacnna 👇 explaining important U.K. judgement, which rejected long-standing “gender critical” legal arguments as hopeless.

Adding a few comments of mine 1/ ‘Legal feminist’ a group / website led by the junior barrister who represented the unsuccessful claimant hopes there’ll be much more litigation by anti-trans people and trans victims of discrimination 2/
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Aug 20, 2021
Now ‘LGBA’ attack NGOs working for LGBTQI+ asylum-seekers, based on claim that someone can’t find published info about persecution in an *unidentified* country.

Most likely explanation: there *isn’t* reliable info to publish about persecution there. ImageImage LGBA hasn’t identified the country or missing reliable material or asked NGOs to publish it.

They haven’t done any work. Instead they are trying to undermining credibility of orgs who do. Orgs whose credibility matters for asylum-seekers they claim to care about.
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