Britain’s shame: The Deportation of the Windrush Generation

I’ve been following and sharing this scandal since it first appeared in the Guardian in November 2017. This is the article that started it all.
‘I can’t eat or sleep’: the woman threatened with deportation after 50 years in Britain

It may have started earlier than that as I remember a 2016 Guardian article about not so secret deportation flights to Jamaica and other countries. I really hope none of the Windrush Generation ended up on those flights.

How can 50 people be snatched from their families and deported to Jamaica?

Who are the Windrush Generation? They are people from Caribbean countries that were part of the British Empire who were invited over in the 50s and 60s to increase the UK’s workforce which was rather depleted after WW2. They were considered British. This automatic Right To Remain ended in 1973. Some who came over naturalised as British
especially if they wanted or needed to leave the country and needed a passport. Other couldn’t afford to so didn’t. They were still here legally.

In 2014 the UK removed legal protection for Windrush immigrants and with other changes to employment and proof of nationality this started to create chaos. Many children were brought over on parents’ or siblings’ passports because of how passports worked in those countries at that time. Back then there was no need to have at least one but preferably four pieces of information for every year they remained in the UK and as a result they struggle to provide these resulting in this. The children of Windrush: ‘I’m here legally, but they’re asking me to prove I’m British’. Many have lost documents during the many moves their families had to make when they were children. And with GP surgery and school closures and destruction of records over a certain age it can be impossible to fulfil these new requirements.

This first hit the mainstream media in November 2017 but it has taken until mid April 2018 for the UK government to respond in any meaningful way despite Caribbean diplomats asking the UK for more compassion for its citizens back in February.

Theresa May’s office initially refused to meet with Caribbean diplomats but after all the media this weekend there has been a U-turn.

However the Home Office still has no idea how many people might have been illegally deported.

Now Amber Rudd is all apologetic but it’s too little too late. People have lost their jobs, their homes, their health and are being denied essential medical treatment.

And while our government claims this leaflet telling British residents deported to Jamaica to ‘put on accent’ isn’t aimed at them, it’s hard to work out who it is aimed at. Who but the legal Windrush Generation would have been here long enough to pick up a British accent?

Our current leadership is cold and cruel and they really need to do better. Following the law would be a good start. At least it’s starting to attract celebrity attention.

But despite all the promises they’re not safe yet. Someone from the Windrush Generation is due to be deported tomorrow.

Today Jamaica’s PM has urged a ‘speedy resolution’ but who know how long that will take. And it’s possibly too late for anyone who has already been illegally deported. I really hope they can return and that anyone affected by this travesty is compensated.

Why do I care so much? Because I’m a human being. This doesn’t affect me or anyone I know but it could have. My grandparents brought my mother to the UK from the Caribbean in the early 60s when she was 10. Had she not naturalised in the 70s she might be in this situation too. I couldn’t bear to lose my mother to this bureaucratic nonsense.

This needs to stop now.

Update 1: Whistleblowers contradict No 10 over destroyed Windrush landing cards

Theresa May is the architect of the Windrush scandal.

Oh fuck, it’s getting worse.

Government in chaos over Windrush after double setback for May.

Windrush-era citizens row: timeline of key events

All the Guardian articles on Commonwealth Immigration

 

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Girl Guides: How to radicalise hate against trans children in 10 easy steps

I fucking hate transphobic arsewipes. Trans people are not a threat.

Why so bigoted?

Growing Up Transgender

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Tomorrow, following a short but successful propaganda campaign, a UK Newspaper will publish an open letter asking Girl Guiding UK to suspend their policy of inclusion for All Girls, including those who are transgender.  Guides has always, quietly, been inclusive of trans children. While there was a small amount of sensationalist and transphobic media reporting in 2015 when the current policy was formally adopted, until six weeks ago, there has been no organised attack on the organisation which my daughter is a part of. Why now? What has changed to make Girl Guides, Brownies and Rainbows a target of action from transphobic groups? This is not a random act, but follows concerted attempts by trans exclusionary groups to influence thinking within the UK Labour party on whether trans women should be included on All Women Shortlists.

It is part of the wider context of a small but vocal and increasingly organised…

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I Watched All 629 Episodes of The Simpsons in a Month. Here’s What I Learned.

This explains everything I feel about The Simpsons. I can stomach watching two or episodes a week. Any more than that and I start to experience the urge to murder Homer or smash the TV.

Lisa has always been the only Simpsons character I’ve ever identified with. I sometimes want to slap Marge for allowing Homer and Bart to treat both her and Lisa so badly. I always end up feeling so sorry for Lisa.

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The show hates Lisa.

Before I explain what I mean, let’s back up for a second.

Among fans, there exists a kind of Standard Narrative about The Simpsons, which goes like this: the show was at its best for roughly a decade, between Season 3 and Season 13 (let’s call this the Golden Age). Since then – from Season 14 to Season 29 – The Simpsons has been largely awful (let’s call this the post-Golden Age period). In fact it’s widely held that during this latter period, The Simpsons hasn’t just sucked: it’s been essentially a completely different show, which many former fans find deeply unfunny and are happy to pretend doesn’t exist. For a long time, I was one of these fans. Occasionally I’d catch a new episode, and it would make me feel uneasy, for reasons that I didn’t fully understand. In these episodes, The Simpsons looked…

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EXCLUSIVE #Disability Discrimination means Son is removed from Home?

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The following true tale is the introduction into what will be a series of posts regarding a seeming miscarriage of justice and potential disability discrimination; names have been changed to protect the identities of these involved. The purpose of this post is to help the family concerned achieve real justice; please share as widely as possible.

Alison is a single parent of14 year old Adam, both live with various diagnosed and pending diagnosis health disorders including Fibromyalgia and Elhers Danos; Alison is also Autistic and symptoms suggest Adam is as well.

Due to Adams health, he found it difficult to cope with school from the beginning and despite special educational needs intervention, including one to one lessons he struggled experiencing bullying which resulted in him developing depression. These experiences became worse during Adams transition from junior to senior school, so much so that in 2015, Alison began to home educate…

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On Fearless Girl, women & public art; or, no, seriously, the guy does not have a point. 

Caroline Criado-Perez

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You have probably seen this blog on Fearless Girl vs Charging Bull which has been floating around social media the past couple of days. Yesterday I had a minor tweet rant in response, and apparently I am not done. So here is a blog of My Thoughts™ on the matter.

First, the fact that Greg Fallis’s blog lays out extra context, for example the SHE inscription, is good (notwithstanding his grating Reasonable Objective Man explaining to you silly people who don’t like history tone). Context and facts are always to be welcomed.

That aside, his take is garbage. Here’s why.

I spent a weekend last year counting all the statues in the UK’s Public Monuments and Statue’s database (ikr). I wrote about it in full here, but here’s a brief summary:

  • Out of 925 statues, only 158 were of women standing alone (the figure for men was 508). If you count group shots, the number of female…

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To Kezia Dugdale

Thank you for the begging letter asking me to sign a “togetherstronger” pledge or something.

Thank you but no. Again, no. I already told you in my last email that I was pro-IndyRef2 and pro-independence. Were you even listening? I guess not but that seems to be par for the course with Labour these days and that makes me sad.

I already told you I support IndyRef 2 when I asked you to support it. Were you even listening? I guess not. But then why would you listen to disabled person of colour who was a victim of a post-Brexit hate crime and just wants to escape from Westminster rule as they don’t seem to care about me and my European friends. Who uses human beings as bargaining chips? Terrorists and Westminster politicians. And these are the people who I feel you are backing when you say IndyRef 2 shouldn’t happen. I know where you stand now. You won’t read this but that’s ok. I’m used to being ignored. Westminster have made it very clear that disabled people and people of colour mean nothing to them and Labour’s actions have left me believing you think the same way too. I miss the old Labour party. I really do. I don’t recognise you any more.

My response to Kezia Dugdale . . .

. . . who sent me an email saying why she thinks Scotland should stay in an abusive relationship.

To whoever reads email replies to Kezia’s “Better Together” email,

Everything changed when we were told we were being dragging out of the EU because of England and Wales. I’m a person of colour. I was assaulted three days after the EU referendum thanks to the result. It made all the racist scum think that 52% of the population agreed with them so they started attacking people like me. The attack has left me traumatised and completely terrified of this Brexit process and my attacker is still out there. It’s only going to get worse with the Tories completely in charge and the opposition so ineffectual. I’m so scared and the only people who actually seem to care are the SNP. My SNP MP has bent over backwards to help me which is more than Labour have ever done. I welcome an independent Scotland and the chance of staying in or rejoining the EU. I feel safer with SNP and EU rhetoric than with Westminster.

Yours terrifiedly,

Me