uk

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.

7/7

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.

View original post

Far-right thugs caught on camera doing disturbing ‘Nazi salutes’ in front of Cenotaph war memorial — Quiz Category

Waving Union Jack flags, occasionally wearing face masks, almost always sipping beer and flashing Nazi salutes, an angry far-right mob made its way through London, England, as police officers, vastly outnumbered, appeared too paralysed to intervene. The blob was a melting pot of, according to journalists on the ground, various right-wing groups and non-affiliates and…

Far-right thugs caught on camera doing disturbing ‘Nazi salutes’ in front of Cenotaph war memorial — Quiz Category

(yet another) shameful day in Britain.

These people came out to “protest the removal of statues” and made Nazi salutes in the street. One of them pissed on a policeman’s memorial. These people stand for nothing, nothing, NOTHING except white supremacy.

To the humans of Bristol, from the fish

Attn: humans.

We’re not sure where you’ve been the past few months but it looks like you’re back. Thanks for this statue! We don’t know what’s going on up there but we’ve learned over the years that statues being thrown in the water usually means big changes ahead.

We’ve been around in just this one harbour even for a long, long while. We’ve seen whole empires rise and fall from here. Trust us, we know.

The new fish inside the eggs we’re laying in that statue right this very moment will be seeing you in a pretty short amount of time. Good luck for then!

By the way, if you have any more statues please send them down.

Love, the fish

A photo Dominic Cummings should have seen

That’s the funeral of Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, one of the youngest people in the UK to die of coronavirus. Honest to god that photo is horrifying. It’s like something out of an apocalypse movie. None of the boy’s family could attend his funeral because they all had covid-19 symptoms as well. They couldn’t be with him when he died, even. He was buried by men in hazmat suits.

Meanwhile, Dominic Cummings can go on a road trip, with symptoms, with his child in the car. He can visit castles! He can drive 30 miles to ‘test his eyesight’ (?!?) And he can completely get away with it. He’s a good father, his cronies say, who ‘acted on instinct.’ As if there aren’t millions of other parents, including the Abdulwahabs, who had to do things which went against their every instinct but they did anyway, in the hope no-one else would die a preventable death.

Fuck this government.

British Conservative Dominic Cummings COVID-19 scandal — Dear Kitty. Some blog

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today: Protests outside home of Johnson‘s aide Dominic Cummings following allegations he broke lockdown rules Campaign group Led by Donkeys demands to know why the PM‘s man is above the law CAMPAIGNERS protested outside Dominic Cummings’s north London home today following allegations that the senior government aide broke […]

British Conservative Dominic Cummings COVID-19 scandal — Dear Kitty. Some blog

Someone at the UK civil office went rogue and tweeted this today, and I don’t blame them in the least.