British Conservatives threaten Grenfell disaster survivors with eviction

This 19 June 2017 video from London, England says about itself:

Grenfell Tower inferno‘s neighbouring tower is BAD

This is a look at the tower next door to the Grenfell Tower called Whitstable Tower. It has only one firehose in the whole block which is locked, two gas pipes that run up alongside the only fire escape. This building has no cladding but is still a death trap …

The guys who showed me around were worried that if their faces were shown they could be evicted for whistle blowing.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Grenfell Tower survivors threatened with eviction

MAHAD Egal, Jamie Murray and their two young children, who survived the Grenfell Tower fire, like so many others have still not been permanently re-housed by the council, and not only have they spent the last two years in temporary accommodation they now face eviction!

Kensington and Chelsea Council claim that the temporary accommodation they are living in is ‘no longer suitable’ and have demanded that the family is moved – not into a permanent home but into yet more temporary accommodation. The couple had previously been offered a permanent home but it had aluminium casing round the windows.

Understandably Egal and Murray refused it, as it was Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding which was responsible for the rapid spread of the fire up the side of Grenfell Tower, a fire that claimed the lives of 72 men, women and children.

The council claim the aluminium material is not flammable, however, Murray insisted: ‘We were given similar reassurances when we lived in Grenfell Tower. The council are talking about physical safety, but you telling me that I am safe does not make me feel safe.’

She added that the stress of their present situation had caused her to experience vomit-inducing anxiety and made her flashbacks worse. In the last two weeks she says she has also suffered a miscarriage.

The family added that moving from one property to another with two children would be ‘stressful and unnecessary’ and Egal is reporting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

They said the next time they move, they want it to be their permanent ‘forever’ home. The couple say they are now effectively being evicted from their current temporary accommodation, and they fear going out in case they are not allowed back in. Egal said that ‘every day from now on is a potential eviction day’ and he fears the effect it will have on their children.

Local Labour MP Emma Dent Coad said the council sees some Grenfell survivors as ‘troublesome’ and wants to ‘clear the decks’ before the second anniversary of the tragedy on 14 June. She said there is ‘no culture change’ at the council, and she can see no justification ‘at all’ for wanting to move the family from their temporary accommodation.

General election in Britain? Will Labour win?

This 29 March 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Brexit: Will Tories Risk an Election Corbyn Might Win?

A third defeat for Theresa May’s Brexit plan sets up April 12 as the drop-dead date for an unlikely agreement in Parliament, a second referendum, a hard Brexit, or a general election where Jeremy Corbyn will present a progressive vision for Brexit and the future – Leo Panitch joins Paul Jay.

The prospect of leaving the European Union has provoked the deepest crisis of rule in the post-war history of British imperialism. But the great danger is that the working class is not only being prevented from intervening in its own interests, it is being divided against itself and politically subordinated to one or the other of two right-wing pro-capitalist factions. With Prime Minister Theresa May failing three times to secure agreement in parliament for the deal struck with the EU on post-Brexit trading relations, talk of a Conservative leadership contest is now overshadowed by speculation that there might be a second snap general election, following the one held in 2017. If a new election is called, the Tories are predicted to lose power to Labour, which has a five-point lead in the opinion polls and could form a minority government. Pro-Brexit and pro-Remain Tory MPs are united in opposing such a move, fearing that it will lead to unstoppable demands for an end to austerity by the working class … There are genuine and valid reasons why workers support Brexit that do not reflect the racism and nationalism whipped up by the Brexiteer faction of the bourgeoisie, including hostility to the EU’s imposition of austerity and hope that leaving the EU can bring an end to the social devastation wrought by successive Labour and Tory governments. The same holds true for many of those who support Remain, whose opposition to Brexit does not signal an uncritical endorsement of the EU, but rather fear of the economic impact of Brexit and repugnance toward the deliberate encouragement of nationalism and demands for an end to immigration and the free movement of labour, on which many young people depend.: here.

British Conservative party Islamophobia

This 21 September 2018 video by Owen Jones from Britain says about itself:

The Conservative party is racist

Conservative members of the European Parliament recently decided to give their backing to the far right Hungarian autocrat, Viktor Orbán. They were the only centre right party to back Orbán, who has been accused of both antisemitism and Islamophobia amongst other things.

But we shouldn’t be surprised. The Tories have a long history of racism in their ranks.

They’ve recently ignored [Conservative] Baroness Sayeeda Warsi’s calls to hold an inquiry into the rampant Islamophobia in their ranks, Zac Goldsmith’s campaign to become London mayor was dripping with Islamophobia, Boris Johnson‘s political and journalistic career has been characterised by racist bilge and that’s before we even get into the likes of Margaret Thatcher and Enoch Powell.

The Conservative party fans bigotry and divides communities in order to gain political power. It always has done and, I think, always will do.

By Margot Miller in Britain:

UK Conservatives’ rampant Islamophobia and racism covered up by party tops, downplayed by media

29 March 2019

Ever since Jeremy Corbyn was elected as Labour Party leader in 2015, a hysterical witch-hunt against him and the wider left has been led by the Blairites, the media and the ruling Conservative Party equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. …

These smears and lies, designed to rewrite political history to associate the left with anti-Semitism, have been conducted by newspapers all but blind to the naked Islamophobia and racism within the Conservative Party.

This month an anonymous Twitter account, @matesjacob, sent damning material to the Guardian which it was obliged to report. On March 5, the Guardian reported that 14 Conservative members had been suspended for allegedly making Islamophobic comments on social media that could have been easily unearthed by any major newspaper. In total, the party suspended more than 40 members over allegations of anti-Muslim behaviour.

On March 18, the BuzzFeed news site reported that another 25 self-proclaimed Tories had posted similar offensive material on Facebook. Buzzfeed noted that the Tories “refused to say how many of the 25 had been suspended.”

Within days, on March 24, the Guardian reported that 15 of the suspended Tory members, who served as elected councillors, had been quietly reinstated. The Guardian noted that its research “suggested that in the majority of cases where a councillor was reprimanded for retweeting or sharing offensive content, they were later readmitted to the party.”

Conservative councillor Martyn York, in Wellingborough, a moderator for the Facebook page “Boris Johnson: Supporters’ Group”, was recently suspended for Islamophobic comments, including some inciting violence, that were allowed on the site with 4,800 members.

Dorinda Bailey, a former Conservative council candidate and member of the group, replied to a user saying of mosques, “Bomb the f****** lot”: “I agree, but any chance you could edit your comment please. No swearing policy.”

Group members referred to Muslims as “ragheads” and described immigrants as “cockroaches”. One told a black soldier to “p*** off back to Africa” and for black former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya to be “put on a banana boat back home”.

Two Conservative councillors from East Staffordshire resigned following criticism for liking and sharing a post which showed the queen beheading London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

On the same day as it reported the reinstatement of the councillors, the Guardian published evidence of five more Islamophobic social media postings by Tory party members.

One said, “Muslims are cavemen” who should be “rounded up”, alongside offensive remarks about Muslim women on a Facebook page, the “Jacob Rees-Mogg Supporters Group.”

A filthy social media posting, uncovered by matesjacob, and written just days before the fascist gunman Brenton Tarrant murdered 50 people in a massacre at two mosques in New Zealand, declared, “I was going through a few magazines the other day down the local mosque. I was really enjoying myself. Then the rifle jammed.” The Guardian reported that the author of these lines “photographed himself with Boris Johnson in 2015.” Johnson is a leader of the Tory’s hard-Brexit wing, former foreign secretary and expected future leadership contender.

Other comments included, “turf all Muslims out of public office”. Another wanted to “get rid of all mosques” agreeing that “no Pakistani should become prime minister”. Another read, “A practicing Muslim should not be allowed to work in any of the emergency professions.” “No Muslim will get my vote”, read one post and another, “stand against the Islamification of our country.” A vote cast for [Conservative] Home Secretary Sajid Javid would be a vote for “Islam to lead this country”, wrote another.

Most sinister of all, one post in the group showed a map where all mosques are situated in the UK, eliciting several racist responses including, “[W]e’re just letting the takeover happen.”

Brenton’s Tarrant’s massacre in Christchurch was followed by a number of attacks on mosques in the UK. In 2017, the fascist Darren Osborne drove a van into Muslim worshippers outside London’s Finsbury Park Mosque that left one dead and 10 injured.

Racist views pervade the highest echelons of the party. Conservative MP for Harrow East, Bob Blackman, posted an article on Facebook last year with the inflammatory header “Muslim Somali sex gang say raping white British children ‘part of their culture.’” He invited Indian anti-Muslim Hindu politician Tapan Ghosh to Parliament last year. While in Britain, Ghosh met with Tommy Robinson, the far-right ex-leader of the English Defence League (EDL).

The leader of Swale Borough Council, Andrew Bowles, found himself suspended after sharing a post defending Robinson as a patriot. He was fully reinstated after just 13 days. Solihull Borough Councillor Jeff Potts was also readmitted after his suspension last September for tweeting that all Muslims should face deportation, otherwise they would “kill innocent people for generations to come.”

Another reinstated councillor is Mike Payne from Calderdale, who posted, “France slashed benefits to Muslim parasites”.

A Conservative candidate for Hounslow council, Peter Lamb, was forced to resign, though his initial suspension was lifted, after tweeting in 2015, “Islam is like alcoholism. The first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem.”

The Muslim Council of Britain has been calling since 2016 for the Conservatives to hold an inquiry into Islamophobia in the party, the scale of which they describe as “astonishing.” The Council told VICE that “racists clearly feel emboldened by Boris Johnson’s Islamophobic comments.”

Last Summer, Johnson was denounced for “dog-whistle” Islamophobia by Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a former Conservative chair and the UK’s first Muslim cabinet minister, after he compared Muslim women in burqas to “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”.

Warsi has accused her party of “institutional” anti-Muslim behaviour and “turning a blind eye” to prejudice. She has demanded an inquiry into Islamophobia in the party for three years.

While trying to downplay evidence of widespread racism within the party, ConservativeHome editor Paul Goodman was forced to acknowledge that it “has a Tommy Robinson tendency”. However, the site, owned by former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party Lord Ashcroft, is itself littered with Islamophobic comments.

The VICE website reported that one posting on the site likened the burqa to “SS uniforms” and raised the need “to eradicate the cancer of Islam” and “Middle Eastern cultures”. Another wrote, “People like the EDL want to protect English communities from the very apparent depredations of Muslim grooming gangs and other predatory behaviour.” Another asked, “Do we English wish to be integrated with the foreign populations colonising, displacing and replacing Us?”

The Conservative Party has a long history of whipping up racism in a divide-and-conquer strategy to legitimise its policies of austerity, militarism and war.

Since 2002, 63 people belonging to the “Windrush generation” of West Indian migrants residing legally in the UK have been snatched from their homes and deported illegally.

For a month in mid-2013, the Home Office sent vans into six London boroughs with high immigrant populations plastered with the slogans: “In the UK illegally? Go home or face arrest.” May launched this policy as home secretary in the Cameron-led Tory government.

In January 1978, Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher made the infamous statement that “people are really rather afraid that this country might be rather swamped by people with a different culture.” In 2014, then Conservative Defence Secretary Michael Fallon repeated Thatcher’s words, declaring that towns in Britain are being “swamped” by immigrants. They were “under siege [with] large numbers of migrant workers and people claiming benefits.”

The postings uncovered from only a small number of the many pro-Conservative social media pages must be taken together with the innumerable comments posted in pro-Tory newspapers as proof that Britain’s ruling party is a hotbed of fascist reaction. While fascism does not yet have a mass social base, a rabid, fascistic layer is being deliberately nurtured and encouraged by the Conservatives, as with other bourgeois parties internationally, as they move to more authoritarian forms of rule and make ready the forces who will be used to combat a resurgent movement of the working class.

British Conservatives help Saudi butchery of Yemen

Amnesty International protest outside Downing Street, London, England

By Mayer Wakefield in Britain:

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Yemen: four years of British-enabled tragedy

The lack of coverage in the mainstream media of a war in which Britain is so deeply involved is nothing less than disturbing, writes MAYER WAKEFIELD

The evidence of just how destructive the UK-backed Saudi war on Yemen has been continues to flood in. Last week, two separate reports outlined the scale of brutality unleashed on the Yemeni people.

A UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) report concluded that nearly 100 civilians were killed or injured in Yemen every week in 2018 while the preface of the Days of Judgement report from US-based University Network for Human Rights (UNHR) and Yemeni monitoring group Mwatana spells out just how dire the situation is: “In a country that was already among the poorest and most fragile in the region, 14 million people are now threatened by famine and even more depend on humanitarian assistance. While precise figures are lacking, an estimated 50,000 people have been killed as a direct effect of the war and 85,000 children may have died of hunger and preventable diseases.”

The report goes on to detail how UK weapons, almost £5 billion of which have been sold to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since the war began, are responsible for huge numbers of deaths.

In the 27 cases of unlawful air strikes they investigated it was found that 203 people had been killed, including over 120 children, and 750 had been injured. When you consider that the total number of KSA strikes on Yemen totals over 16,000 the scale of lives lost to UK-made weapons is simply unbearable.

Not so for the Tories whose unambiguous support for the war continues unabated following Jeremy Hunt’s “PR stunt” trip to Yemen which has done precisely nothing to bring peace to the country. Less than a month ago, Hunt took it upon himself to write to the German government to plead with them to end their suspension of arms sales to Saudi Arabia as he is “very concerned about the impact of the German government’s decision on the British and European defence industry and the consequences for Europe’s ability to fulfil its Nato commitments.” Our Foreign Secretary has now morphed into an arms dealer.

This war would be impossible without British support and this government is directly responsible for civilian casualties in Yemen.

Last week, Defence Minister Mark Lancaster revealed in a written reply to Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP that 282 MoD and civilian staff provide support to BAE Systems which is the largest profiteer from UK-Saudi arms sales.

This revelation leaves beyond doubt the facts that this war would be impossible without British support and that this government is directly responsible for civilian casualties in Yemen.

The lack of coverage in the mainstream media of a war in which Britain is so deeply involved is nothing less than disturbing. There was some coverage recently when the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced a new aid budget for Yemen. However, somewhat unsurprisingly many of the reports that covered it, along with Jeremy Hunt’s simultaneous trip, made little or no mention of arms sales.

Since the war began, the total of £887 million of aid which the UK has given to [the Saudi puppet government nin] Yemen is dwarfed by the corresponding amount of arms sales licensed to Saudi Arabia (not to mention the UAE and other Gulf partners) but barely a single media outlet in Britain bothered to do their maths.

Pathetically, only the Daily Mirror saw fit to report Mark Lancaster’s extraordinary disclosure. It seems the British mainstream media are only willing to cover this war when they are gifted a new Foreign Office press release — not so much journalism as regurgitation.

However, in a sign that the tables may be beginning to turn on the Saudi regime the US Senate voted last Wednesday to suspend US support for the war on Yemen. This may lead to an unprecedented clash with Donald Trump in which he could choose to use his presidential veto for the first time.

Bernie Sanders, one of the Bill’s sponsors, said it provided an “opportunity to take a major step forward in ending the horrific war in Yemen and alleviating that terrible, terrible suffering being experienced by the people in one of the poorest countries in the world.”

In response, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: “If you truly care about Yemeni lives, you’d support the Saudi-led effort to prevent Yemen from turning into a puppet state.”

Behind the unusually emotive rhetoric of Trump’s right-hand man is a twinge of anxiety paradoxically mixed with contempt for Yemeni lives. The Trump regime’s unwavering backing for Mohammad bin Salman and the slaughter he’s inflicted on Yemen may finally start to be proving problematic.

With this in mind, we must step up our efforts to end our government’s support for the bombardment of innocent people, starting with a protest next Tuesday to mark four years of the war. Join us to call for an end to Tory support for the war in Yemen.

The London Protest for Yemen takes place on Tuesday March 26, 5.30-7.30pm, outside 10 Downing Street, SW1A 2AA – nearest Tube stations Embankment and Westminster.

British government helps Saudi massacres of Yemenis

The body of a young girl in Yemen is lifted from the rubble of a building bombed by Saudi jets

From daily News Line in Britain:

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

UK servicing Saudi jets in Yemen – admits Tory MP

BRITAIN is providing ‘engineering support’ for UK-supplied aircraft operated by the Royal Saudi Air Force, responsible for killing innocent people in Yemen, a British government minister has revealed.

Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster was responding to a question in Parliament from Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle, on military personnel seconded to BAE Systems in Saudi Arabia, when he admitted that the RAF have provided engineering and ‘generic training’ to the Saudi Air Force involved in the bombing of Yemen.

RAF personnel on secondment to BAE Systems in Saudi Arabia have provided routine engineering support for UK-supplied aircraft operated by the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF), including aircraft engaged in military operations in Yemen.

Lancaster insisted UK personnel were not involved in the loading of weapons for operational sorties, in response to Russell-Moyle’s claim that the ‘British support keeps Saudi’s air war going.’

Andrew Smith of Campaign Against the Arms Trade has branded the revelation ‘shocking but not surprising’, arguing that UK military personnel ‘should not be servicing Saudi jets or supporting the Saudi armed forces.’

In December, the US Pentagon revealed that they were having to claw back $331 million of taxpayer-subsidised money gifted to Saudi Arabia and the UAE over a three-year period, when it ‘accidentally’ refuelled their aircraft for free during the war on Yemen.

In November, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry accused the UK government of having ‘blood on its hands’ after admitting that the RAF had trained over a hundred Saudi pilots in the past ten years. Coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have relentlessly bombed Yemen since 2015.

They have targeted hospitals and other civilian infrastructure, leading to a massive cholera outbreak, and upwards of 60,000 people are believed to have died in the conflict since 2016 – with a further 85,000 estimated dead from famine and malnutrition.

Half of Yemen’s population relies on food aid to survive, placing them in immediate danger of starving to death after coalition forces blockaded the vital port city of Hodeidah last year.

US Taxpayers On the Hook for Nearly $1 Billion in Saudi Arabia’s Recent Missile Defense Purchase: here.