Here’s the news today. MPs voted against protecting the NHS from foreign interests. It seems to have happened very quietly. It didn’t even make the BBC website. (Still hasn’t in fact.)

Oh but the clapping! They all did a lot of clapping.

Right now, living in Britain with medically vulnerable family it feels like a big dark cloud is constantly over your head. It’s unfair and it’s fucked up and I can’t even imagine what it’s like for people who don’t have any sort of safety net.

Shamima Begum

Shamima Begum is being allowed back into the UK to plead her case. Certain parts of the media are delighted that they get to froth at the mouth about it.

See, here’s the thing, I don’t like Shamima Begum. She sounds like a horrible person. But even if you think someone is shitty their human rights still apply, you know? You don’t take away their right to a fair trial.

You also don’t make them stateless. That may have indirectly led to the death of her baby and that’s what gets me most of all. People are saying “serves her right” and “those are the consequences of her actions” as if her child was only an extension of its mother and nothing else. The death couldn’t possibly serve a baby right because a newborn baby has done nothing wrong. A baby has done no actions for there to be consequences of. It really gets to me.

Perhaps the people saying that have flawless family trees, and are otherwise accepting of the idea that a child deserves to suffer for the crimes of its parents. But I imagine most of them would be horrified if you suggested that to them, and never once make the connection.

News from Leicester

Leicester factory put lives at risk during lockdown, claims garment worker

Anil had also been reluctant to speak, saying he feared for his family’s safety. But he agreed because he was so angered by the treatment of workers. While his wife looks after their two children, he has been working about 40 hours a week for £200, about £5 an hour.

There was no canteen, and rats and mice were visible on the factory floor, Anil claimed. There was no hand sanitiser until last week, and the single men’s toilet had no soap. “They have put us in danger,” he said. “If I feel sick, I make my family sick. I put them in danger too.”

Since the second lockdown began, though, the pattern in Leicester has shifted. If the North Evington area where many of the city’s factories are based was previously beset with risky working practices and almost no scrutiny, this week an abundance of attention has come just as many workshops went dark.


Today marks the 15th anniversary of the 7/7 attack on London which claimed a lot of lives. I remember bits and pieces of that day but nothing really concrete. (I probably wrote about it on this blog, back when it was on Livejournal, fifteen years ago.)

I want to mark the occasion somehow but I don’t really know how and I’m wary of reposting tributes I found since you never know who’s appropriated the deaths for their own gains. So I’ll just post this, from Mayor Khan’s twitter account.

Bigoted historian David Starkey dropped by publisher and stands to lose coveted Cambridge title after ‘indefensible’ racist rant — Quiz Category

David Starkey, who has faced mass criticism over his comments that “slavery was not genocide, otherwise there wouldn’t be so many damn Blacks”, may be stripped of his honorary Cambridge fellowship. On June 30, the historian, 75, discussed with gay right-wing pundit Darren Grimes on his YouTube channel Reasoned, whether the Black Lives Matter movement…

Bigoted historian David Starkey dropped by publisher and stands to lose coveted Cambridge title after ‘indefensible’ racist rant — Quiz Category

I can’t believe it’s taken this long for David Starkey to face consequences for his actions. He’s always been a horrible, horrible person.

I’m relieved it’s finally happening.

It shouldn’t have taken a footballer to show the serious food poverty in this country

Today in the UK.

Govt Newspeak:

Bravo Marcus Rashford. But it shouldn’t have taken a footballer to show the serious food poverty in this country. The Conservative Party sometimes likes to deny that poverty exists. And how many Tory MPs have ever come close to encountering it? 

UK Govt changes policy after Marcus Rashford's call for free school meals for the poorest children

He’s a 22-year-old footballer. He shouldn’t be the one having to do this.” This was the opinion of Gary Lineker on the subject of Marcus Rashford’s successful campaign to extend school meal vouchers through the summer holidays. And he’s right. It shouldn’t have required the Manchester United and England striker to make the point. But it was necessary.

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