UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has become one of the country’s most high profile figures to contract the coronavirus. Johnson confirmed the news in a tweet, saying he had developed mild symptoms, including a temperature and a persistent cough, and on the advice of the country’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty had been tested. As…
Many things have changed since then. Now people need the services that can only be provided when the whole world works together. Tonight a special event of sorts was organised: everyone stands outside (far away from others) and applauds the NHS for their hard, life-risking work.
It was a nice idea. In some places they set off fireworks, again.
But here, in this little village, where most of the population are older and vulnerable? No-one seemed to think it was worth lighting fireworks anymore.
Last month Boris and the Tories “updated” the British immigration system. Among the people they labelled “low skilled” were carers.
Carers! The same people who are saving lives now. I was a carer. My family are carers. (Also, on one side, the descendants of Russian Jewish refugees aka immigrants.) Right now carers are still working. They will be coughed on and spat at and they will have to handle the sort of bodily fluids no-one wants to go near even when there ISN’T a pandemic. Due to the nature of disability and dementia some of them will be hit, kicked, choked, it’s painful, I can tell you. I used to work in a care home as well. How many politicians have done this?
Lots of people on here know me and my family personally. When the pandemic is over please, please remember what Boris Johnson and the Tories think of us, of all carers. And please remember the people, many of them “immigrants!” “foreigners!” the targets of hate in the Daily Mail and its kin, who are quite literally risking their lives right now for little pay and no recognition.
Low-skilled. Low-skilled to put yourself in the firing line for the sake of other people. I will never forget that, and honestly, I will never forgive.
And I honestly don’t know. My mum’s side of the family came over from Russia during one of the pogroms, fleeing antisemitism. But I don’t know which of these new criteria they would have filled, whether they could speak English or had a “skill” so I didn’t RT.
But these “skills” the British government is talking about…
Carers are considered “low-skilled” workers, no visas for them. And that makes me so angry, right down to my core, in a way I can barely even articulate. I was a carer. Sometimes I still am a carer, sometimes. It’s the hardest job most people will ever have to do. In a lot of cases you have to be a nurse and a friend and a sort-of-parent all in one go. You have to give medication, and if you get it wrong the patient might die, and you have to give people baths and take them to the toilet, you have to know their routines and in some cases the routines of other service users who might associate with them – it’s so hard – in some cases you might be hit, kicked, choked, the lot… LOW-SKILLED! Low-skilled to stop a kitchen knife going into you, them or someone else! Low-skilled to stop someone from dying! Low skilled.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, a cabinet minister and close ally of Boris Johnson, has expressed his support for hate preacher Franklin Graham, who has claimed homosexuals “take other people’s children”. The leader of the House of Commons criticised venues that have declined to host Graham for a planned tour of the UK during Pride Month. Jacob Rees-Mogg…
(uh the broken roof is just ride theming I think, not a result of the storm)
I went here last year and it RAINED and RAINED and RAINED and RAINED. Then I thought fuck it and went on the water ride (the lighthouse thing you can see in these pictures) because I wasn’t gonna get any wetter and it STOPPED raining when I was in the queue but THEN I was deposited at high speed into a freezing lake and afterwards had to PAY ABOUT FIVE POUNDS to go into one of those awful unhygienic drying machines after which IT STARTED RAINING AGAIN, FUCK EVERYTHING.
Britain is not really built for theme parks or indeed leisure facilities in general.
There are many things wrong with the recent mass-deportation to Jamaica.
Recently ex-Chancellor Sajid Javid said: ‘We will always do what we can to protect the public. These are all foreign national offenders – they have all received custodial sentences of 12 months or more. They are responsible for crimes like manslaughter, rape, dealing in class A drugs.’
In a previous deportation to Jamaica last year, he’d also claimed that all deportees were convicted of ‘very serious crimes… like rape and murder, firearms offences and drug-trafficking.’ The article continues: ‘But the Home Office said on Wednesday that of the 29 people deported, just one had been found guilty of murder, while 14 had been convicted [f]or drug offences and one was jailed for dangerous driving.’
Similar patterns with the recent case, as the Morning Starreported leading up to the flight: