British Conservatives ally with Spanish Franco fascists


This 30 May 2019 video says about itself:

Inside Spain’s far-right battleground: ‘When Franco was alive, it was safer

Vox became the first far-right party to win more than a single seat in Spain’s parliament since the Franco era when it won 24 in the general election. Last week, it fought its first mayoral campaign in El Ejido, a town in Andalucía with a population of 90,000 people, 30% of whom are migrants. Many of them work in the 150 square miles of greenhouses that surround the town. We follow the campaign and talk to Spaniards and migrants.

The recent European elections were a disaster for the British Conservative party of, basically already ex-, Prime Minister Theresa May. They have only four members of the European parliament (MEPs) left. Still, these MPs are members of the international European Conservatives and Reformists caucus in the parliament.

From the euobserver site, 19 June 2019:

Spain’s far-right Vox joins ECR group

The three MEPs elected on the list of Spanish far-right party Vox joined the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), the … group announced on Wednesday. It said ECR now consisted of 62 MEPs from 15 EU countries, down from 70 in the previous five-year parliamentary period. The ECR, previously the third-largest group, looks set to be the sixth-largest group, falling behind [the Christian democrats, the social democrats,] the liberals, greens, and the … ID group.

The ID group is the caucus of French neo-fascist leader Marine Le Pen.

Apparently, the British Conservatives are happy to be in the same caucus as the admirers of Spanish dictator Franco of Vox. That is not totally surprising. As the British Tories used to be in a caucus with the Latvian Waffen SS of Adolf Hitler.

Not all European right-wingers are happy with the Vox neo-fascists. The Belgian Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (N-VA; right-wingers, but not as far-right as that other party in Flanders, Vlaams Belang), according to Belgian daily De Standaard today, did not want Vox to join the European Conservatives and Reformists caucus. The feelings of dislike are very mutual. ‘We would love N-VA not to be there’, a Vox spokesman said.

This is because Vox wants violent repression of the Catalan people, like happened in the ‘good old days’ of Franco. While the N-VA favours Catalan independence.

Vox are not the only extreme rightists now becoming the political friends of the British Conservatives. Also in the ECR are now three MEPs of the Dutch FvD party. FvD leader Thierry Baudet is inspired by French anti-Semite and ex-MEP Jean-Marie Le Pen, and by United States racist Jared Taylor. The Dutch Christian Union did not want to be in the same caucus as the FvD. The Christian Union is one of the four parties in the Dutch right-wing coalition government. Though right-wing (anti-abortion, anti-equal marriage for LGBTQ people), Thierry Baudet’s blatant xenophobia goes too far for them. So, they left the ECR caucus.

Theresa May awards knighthood to racist bureaucrat


Rally in Brixton, London, England  in support of the Windrush Generation

From daily News Line in Britain:

‘INSULTING KICK IN THE TEETH FOR WINDRUSH GENERATION!’ –David Lammy MP condemns knighthood to ‘architect of Windrush policy’

13th June 2019

AS A PARTING shot and final ‘kick in the teeth’ to the Windrush Generation, Theresa May has awarded a knighthood to the Home Office official who was the architect of her ‘Hostile Environment’ policy against workers who emigrated to Britain from Commonwealth countries.

It was May who, as Home Secretary in 2012, declared that her aim was to ‘create, here in Britain, a really hostile environment for illegal immigrants’.

May’s department then sent out vans with messages telling ‘undocumented migrants’ to ‘go home’ emblazoned across them.

It was then under her premiership that the Windrush scandal subsequently erupted, when it finally came out that thousands of Commonwealth citizens had been targeted for deportation, with Home Office hit squads rounding them up, locking them up, deporting them, or leaving seriously ill people too afraid to access proper healthcare in case it led to their removal from the UK.

The health service was also recruited to implement May’s ‘hostile environment’, with seriously ill cancer and other patients denied NHS care unless they could prove they were ‘entitled’ to it.

Glyn Williams, the Home Office’s Head of Migration Policy between 2010 and 2013, and the current Director General for Border, Immigration and Citizenship, has been appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath for ‘public service’, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list under May’s recommendation.

He had the key position in the Home Office when the hostile environment policy was developed and designed to make staying in the UK as difficult as possible for people without ‘leave to remain’.

It emerged last year that many people have been wrongly detained, denied legal rights and threatened with deportation.

At least 83 were wrongly deported, with many being born British subjects who had arrived before 1973 from Caribbean countries.

Last year, Williams sat alongside May’s successor as Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, while she was grilled by the Commons home affairs select committee over removal targets.

Rudd subsequently resigned after ‘inadvertently’ misleading MPs.

Responding to the news on Twitter, David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, wrote: ‘No words. Shameless. Insulting kick in the teeth for the Windrush generation. The government hasn’t even confirmed how many British citizens were deported, imprisoned and denied their rights. Where are the knighthoods for the Windrush citizens abused by hostile environment?’

Other Twitter users were even more graphic.

‘Well that’s just a way to punch non EEA citizens who migrated or want to migrate legally with their families and loved ones right in the face. Horrifying to see this man being honoured. The reason why my husband’s mother cannot stay with us.’ – Uzma (@uzziwozzi)

‘Action should have consequences but it seems that for those in politics whose actions destroy lives the opposite is true’….#Windrush – Minnie rolfe (@Minnierolfe1)

‘You can colour me disgusted … but totally and utterly, unsurprised.’ – Duncan Watkinson – ??- ?? (@dunkinzo)

‘This is a disgrace. He’s getting rewarded for racist policies that have ruined people’s lives. This is so messed up.’ https://t.co/l44KmiAskN — UK Uncut (@UKuncut)

‘In UK racism reaps it own rewards. Chief architect of the #Tory “hostile environment” policy, racially targeting black people for illegal deportation, is given a Queens Award for ethnic cleansing services to the nation. Sickening.’ https://t.co/ti9Opt11Em — Mr Lee Jasper (@LeeJasper)

Williams was one of a number of May’s allies to be listed – which drew calls of hypocrisy after she previously slammed David Cameron for filling his list with cronies.

Nine other Home Office staff members have been awarded honours this year.

Current Home Secretary Sajid Javid admitted last November that ‘at least’ 11 people who had been wrongly deported had died since returning to the Caribbean.

Javid said officials had also been unable to contact many thought to have been caught up in the scandal, suggesting the toll could be higher.

He said there were 83 cases in which it had been confirmed people were wrongfully removed from the country and officials fear there may be a further 81.

The shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, called the revelations a ‘complete disgrace’.

Meanwhile, on Monday it was revealed that only 13 Windrush victims have been granted emergency support by the government so far.

Tory leadership contender and Home Secretary Javid trumpeted on Monday that he has apologised to another 49 victims of the scandal.

A total of 67 people have now received personal apology letters from Javid.

He said the experiences of some of the Windrush generation had been ‘completely unacceptable’ and he was ‘committed to right the wrongs of successive governments’.

An estimated 500,000 people now living in the UK have been called the Windrush generation, in reference to the name of a ship which brought workers to the UK from Caribbean countries in 1948.

A review by a Home Office taskforce of 11,800 Caribbean cases in 2018 identified 164 who were deported or detained who might have been resident in the UK before 1973.

The Commonwealth Citizen Taskforce, which is open to all nationalities, was established by the Home Office last year to ‘right the wrongs experienced by the Windrush generation’.

A compensation scheme for those affected opened in April and the government said there was ‘no cap’ on the amount victims could receive.

However, only 13 of the 91 victims who have applied under the scheme have been granted emergency support so far.

Ahead of the first official Windrush Day celebrations, two community organisations, BTWSC/African Histories Revisited and BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress, will mark Anti-University Now 2019, British Black Music Month 2019, Spirit Of AJY1987-88 and Windrush Day, by delivering two Windrush-themed presentations as part of this year’s Anti-University Now alternative and radical education festival.

On June 17, music industry and history consultant Kwaku will deliver ‘Windrush, Migration & Reggae’, an interactive presentation which posits that the reggae genre or the global phenomenon that reggae has become, and which was recently accorded a place on UNESCO’s cultural heritage list, may well not have happened had it not been for migration.

Firstly, that involved forced migration of Africans to the Caribbean, followed by voluntary migration within the Caribbean, and from the Caribbean to Britain.

The event at Conway Hall in Holborn, central London, will close with a formal acceptance on behalf of the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) by BCA chair Dawn Hill of an International Reggae Day award to the Windrush Generation, for their contributions to Britain’s cultural landscape.

On June 19, Kwaku will present ‘The Windrush Papers’.

This presentation puts Empire Windrush and the early Windrush Generation history into context by referencing circa 1945-1950 contemporaneous history, which contradicts some of the revisionist history currently presented as Windrush facts!

The aim of the event, which takes place at London Action Resource Centre in Whitechapel, east London, is both to celebrate the Windrush history whilst also pointing out historical inaccuracies within the received wisdom of the Windrush narrative.

Both events are free, and family-friendly. For more details or to book: www.BBM.eventbrite.com, www.AfricanHistoryPlus.eventbrite.com, and www.programme.antiuniversity.org.

British Conservative politicians on drugs


This 8 June 2019 musical parody video from Britain says about itself:

Gove on Coke (to the tune of “Girls on Film“)

Michael Gove on cocaine.

British teachers march against Gove when he was Education Minister

From daily News Line in Britain:

GOVE ADMITS DRUG LAW-BREAKING! – as do six Tory leadership contenders

10th June 2019

TORY leadership candidate Michael Gove admitted on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show yesterday that he had acted illegally in relation to using cocaine.

The former Justice Secretary said that he was ‘fortunate’ that he hadn’t been imprisoned, but still boasted that he is the best candidate for the post of unelected prime minister.

He said: ‘Of course, the decisions we made in the past we should be held accountable for. But for this election, what we are reflecting on is who has the ideas, the vision, the experience in office, to be able to lead in the future, and I’m ready to lead on day one.’

Marr said: ‘You’ve talked about your use of cocaine, do you accept that it was a crime?’

Gove said: ‘Yes, it was a crime.’

‘Should you have gone to prison?’ asked Marr.

Gove said: ‘I was fortunate in that I didn’t.’

‘How many times did you take cocaine?’

He replied: ‘I took it on several occasions, on social occasions more than 20 years ago when I was working as a journalist.’

‘Was it a habit?’

‘No, I don’t believe it was.’

Marr continued: ‘Looking at the dates, you were about 30 at the time, you weren’t a young man, you weren’t a teenager. Did you have any sense then of the damage that this was doing to other kids on the streets of London, many of whom could be in prison right now?’

He replied: ‘I do have a profound sense of regret about it all and I am very, very aware of the damage that drugs do.’

Marr said: ‘The crime that you committed, the maximum sentence for it is seven years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. And again, right now there are people who did what you did who are in prison and there are lots of kids, basically, who supplied cocaine to people like yourself, who have either been stabbed or are dead.’

Marr asked Gove if he has blood on his hands.

He replied: ‘It is a mistake which I profoundly regret, absolutely … Look I’m very conscious of the fact that I was fortunate.’

Marr said: ‘When you became a minister did you tell the government that you had taken Class A drugs?’

Gove replied: ‘No-one asked. I don’t think the question was ever raised.’

‘Not on the vetting form?’

‘I don’t ever remember being asked in any way about it.

‘Including on the ESTA form for travel to the United States? They do ask that question, “have you used Class A drugs?”’

Gove replied: ‘I don’t believe that I’ve on any occasion failed to tell the truth about this when asked directly.’

‘But it would be on the form and you would have to say yes or no and if you’d said yes you could have been banned for life from entering the United States,’ said Marr.

Gove responded: ‘I think it is the case that if I were elected Prime Minister of this country then of course it would be the case that I could go to the United States and I think it’s foolish to suggest otherwise.’

‘Let’s look at another job that you did, as Education Secretary. On your watch, as I understand it, any teacher caught with Class A drugs could be suspended as teacher for life. Is that true?’

Gove replied: ‘We would be talking here about people who were using it in the course of their professional life.’

Referring to a newspaper article that Gove wrote at the time of his admitted use of cocaine 20 years ago, in which he condemned the use of Class A drugs, Marr said: ‘You have been accused on the front pages of the newspapers today of hypocrisy about this and when one reads the article that you wrote at the time, that’s a fair charge is it not?’

Gove replied: ‘No. I think anyone can read the article and make their own minds up.’

Six out of the 11 candidates for the Tory leadership have admitted to the illegal use of drugs.

British Conservative May’s hypocrisy on Grenfell disaster


London, England young people at a Grenfell memorial. The FBU has condemned PM May for her legacy speech hailing the Grenfell whitewash inquiry

From daily News Line in Britain:

MAY’S GRENFELL CLAIM ‘DISGRACEFUL’ says FBU

25th May 2019

FOLLOWING Theresa May’s resignation speech, in which the Prime Minister spoke of her response to the Grenfell Tower Fire, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) issued the following statement.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: ‘Many of the underlying issues at Grenfell were due to unsafe conditions that had been allowed to fester under Tory governments and a council for which Theresa May bears ultimate responsibility.

The inquiry she launched has kicked scrutiny of corporate and government interests into the long-grass, denying families and survivors justice, while allowing business as usual to continue for the wealthy. For the outgoing Prime Minister to suggest that her awful response to Grenfell is a proud part of her legacy is, frankly, disgraceful.’

The ‘shambolic’ Conservative party is incapable of governing and a general election is the ‘only honourable’ way forward the leader of the Unite union said yesterday after May announced that she is standing down as prime minister.

‘This farce has to end. The challenges before our country are too great and the need to restore fairness to our society too urgent, they are ill-served by this pantomime. A general election now is the only honourable and sensible way forward.’