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Deportation Crime: Trump’s Racism under Cover of Law

In All, Deportation by Adam

Donald Trump has made quite a show of his anti-immigration stance for quite some time, and it is not always easy to tell whether he is that bigoted or just trying to appeal to an ignorant mass. However, his latest executive action to identify and remove immigrants who have been convicted or just charged of a crime in a weekly list is a new level. Is he committing a’ deportation crime’ of his own, and dressing it as some kind of legal process? Trump is prejudiced. Or he pretends to be prejudiced – I’m not sure which is worse. To specifically target immigrants who have committed crimes, or have been accused, is one of the most ludicrous attempts to scapegoat crime onto the shoulders of immigrants. Moreover, it could even be stepping awfully close to finding an excuse to commit …

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Pulling the Brexit Trigger: Who Will Pay the Penalty?

In All, Article 50, Brexit, Brexit Plan by Adam

Brexit Trigger: taking the shot Imagine that pulling the Brexit Trigger was all just a huge game of football. Not just any game, though: the deciding game that could see the Away team relegated if they lose. The Away team arrive on their big blue bus, parking next to the Home team have bus, which has been painted with a slogan about winning by 350 goals on the side. It seems an outlandish claim, and nothing is given to show it is even possible: but still it glares at them. ‘Swarms’ of Away fans – who have a reputation for taking up much needed seats in the ground, eating all the food, and bringing violence and crime to the game – arrive at the ground peacefully, ready to get the game going. The Game begins. Twenty-two players run around a field, frantically kicking a …

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Why a Second Referendum Could Just Repeat the Same Mistake

In All, Brexit, EU Referendum, Poll by Adam

There were calls for a second Referendum since approximately…the 24th of June 2016. Most of those calls have no doubt come from those who felt bitter about the loss. However, there is a lot of intelligent and considered thought – which only ever seems to happen in hindsight – about the nature of the original referendum and the problems it showed. If we just had a second referendum we could end up repeating the same mistakes. I have discussed the problem of the way the referendum ran and ended before, especially since the knife-edge result was seen in the Scottish independence and the American presidential elections, too. The the problem lies with the way such a huge and complex decision of constitutional level was left to an “either/or” vote. It was like answering an essay question with a “yes” or a …

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A British Brexit Voice Not Heard

In All, Brexit, Free Movement by Adam

Something isn’t right when it takes a Belgian to call out for protection of British people louder and clearer than our own government. The EU referendum has resulted with a British Brexit from the EU, but Guy Verhofstadt has put his hand up and called for Brits in the EU to be protected. Verhofstadt has been clear on his opinion over the whole referendum, calling it a “disaster” and a “tragedy” – clearly something he feels very strongly about. In fact, he speaks with more blunt honesty than our own leaders who, as they slither around giving a straight answer or daring an opinion.  Usually they reserve the puerile personal attacks on each other for their parliamentary shouting matches. At the moment Theresa May is holding on tight to her insistence that Brits in the EU should be guaranteed their status before …

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Detention and Deportation: the Devil in Demand?

In All, Deportation by Adam

This morning my email inbox was bombarded by a range of news stories about deportation, detention and the Devil: the Home Office. From government “cover-up” attempts to unfair detention and deportations. It was as if the UK had descended into a new depth of justice depravity overnight. The narrative appeared clear: a woman was facing deportation and leaving her sick child behind, even though she had lived here for 25 years. Moreover, the government was hiding the news by talking about the Budget. It seemed that once again we were seeing a grave injustice being played out. I have recently written a blog questioning the lack of compassion being shown to another woman who faces deportation (Deportation of Compassion) despite having been in the UK for a similar amount of time. I was brought to task by a reader over …

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The Brexit Debate Claims a New Victim: Dark-Side-Democracy?

In All, Brexit by Adam

There’s something quite disconcerting about hearing that anyone involved in government is sacked merely for having an opinion that differs from the party line. The Brexit debate is currently dominated by the ping-pong between the Commons and the Lords over amendments that the Lords have requested. The Lords dealt their second blow to the Article 50 Bill yesterday. Lord Heseltine was leading a rebellion against the current proposals – as he is perfectly entitled to do in the Lords – only to receive a crushing blow in return. Theresa May sacked him. Apparently he was leading the rebellion of himself and 12 other Tory peers against the current state of Article 50 and the Brexit debate. Brexit Debate or Debacle? I have no intention of delving into the details of that debate itself here – we have many other posts …

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Free Movement is Getting Caught in the Net

In All, Brexit, Free Movement by Adam

Considering that net migration was one of the main concerns of the EU referendum, the news that peers have warned that free movement will not reduce immigration numbers must have come as a shock to many. After all, for those who hung on every promise of reduced immigration it might even seem like yet another broken promise. The NHS not getting the £350m per week; the fact that we had never given up sovereignty; news that leaving the EU could prove very expensive… all of these new revelations probably have some Brexit voters reeling, and some Remain voters pulling their hair out in frustration. That’s the problem with running a campaign on media hyperbole and fantastical reporting. Free Movement is going round in circles Surely, if we think logically about this, the EU was never going to give the UK …

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UK Permanent Residency: Poker-Faced Politics

In All, Brexit, EU Referendum, EU Workers, Permanent Residency by Adam

Theresa May has always played her cards close to her chest in her political career, and she has a reputation for standing by her decisions with steely determination. When it comes to the issue of UK Permanent Residency for EU migrants, however, there is growing opposition from cross-party politics that make this episode a bit more tricky. One of the unusual aspects of the EU referendum was how it became a cross-party issue, seeing MPs from all sides being free from the “whip” and able to take the side they preferred. Or rather take the side they genuinely understood represented their constituents’ opinion. The UK Permanent Residency Promise But far beyond the referendum, and even after MPs had crawled back to their own sides – some with tails between their political legs – we now see a different cross-party action …

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UK Immigration Law: Oh Lords!

In All, Brexit, Brexit Plan by Adam

Of the main reasons that a lot of people voted for Brexit, “taking back sovereignty” away from “un-elected officials” in the EU was a popular one. So one has to assume that those voters must be terribly confused by our own House of Lords – who are a full and complete part of our democracy – challenged our sovereign House of Commons over a matter of UK immigration law. What too many don’t know, but they really should… I am often left quite shocked at how little many of the general public understand about our political and legal structure. To be entirely honest, there is no excuse at all for anyone in their late twenties not to have a cursory knowledge given the fact they would have gone through the Citizenship learning introduced to the National Curriculum around 2000 for secondary …

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Bad Permanent Residency Refusals are Worse than just Bad PR

In All, Permanent Residency by Adam

Sometimes I really wonder if the Conservatives are on some kind of Public Relations self-destruct mission, hell-bent on ensuring that they never get elected again. With the number of Permanent Residency Refusals mixed in with the callous cutting of various welfare, care, public service and education budgets, surely no-one with any sense could vote for them. No-one with integrity: surely? Bruno Pollet and his family are a case in point. They are a family like so many in the UK: made up of a British Citizen, their EU national spouse, and a child or children – who by default have British Citizenship.  Bruno moved to the UK from France over twenty-five years ago and married Emma – a Scottish Brit – just six years ago. He’s a highly qualified professor of energy and environment in Ulster and a researcher for …