UK Government continues Anti-Foreigner Onslaught

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Marine Le Pen MP. Photograph by The Government of the UK.

Britain’s very own Marine Le Pen, Amber Rudd MP (UK Home Secretary) this week announced plans which will force companies to disclose how many foreign employees they have. In a policy not dissimilar to Nazi Germany when symbols were put on Jewish owned businesses, UK companies will now face a similar system. While not using a logo and indeed (I hope) not deporting the foreign employees in question, companies will in effect be put into league tables with those deemed to be employing too many foreigners facing serious questions.

Given the BNP, Conservative and UKIP hate of Poles and other Eastern Europeans it is probably only a matter of time before additional data on the origins of those foreigners will start appearing. I guess though US nationals  will be exempt from such lists. Am I going to far? No, even LBC host John O’Brien noticed strong similarities between a passage in Hitler’s Mein Kampf and Amber Rudd’s racist tirade. Business leaders across the UK have also been quick to condemn this racial profiling of employees and France has even threatened to retaliate against Brits working there!

While this policy is clearly nowhere near as bad as anything which happened to Jews, homosexuals, undesirables and dissenters under the Nazi regime. It’s underlying philosophy is the same, i.g. to stigmatise certain groups and put the blame on them for the last 30 or years of social and economic failure in the UK.

The policy received much applause within the Conservative Party! Tells you all I need to know really.

Sources: FT.Com The Guardian The Telegraph The Canary

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Britain’s Biggest Brexit Failure: Liam Fox

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Liam Fox. Photo by Government of UK (Creative Commons/Wikipedia)

We waited, waited and waited and finally the man who described Britain’s bosses as “fat and lazy” (Liam Fox,  Secretary of State for International Trade) made his first major speech about the UK’s plans for Brexit. Yes, I voted remain and lost but I have accepted the outcome of the vote, that’s democracy for you and we need to make the best of it. I only wish that this opportunity (as it is being presented) was actually being handled with people who posses more than three brain cells – between all of them.

 

So we waited, and live from Manchester the speech we had all been waiting for came, went and disappeared into the great speech heaven in the sky. The speech was certainly long on detail about the benefits of free trade and went to great lengths to repeat again and again the benefits of free trade. I should say that any reader of The Economist, The Spectator or even The Daily Telegraph may already have understood this without need for such a tedious speech. As the speech progressed we were presented by some surprising moments including a section on the benefits of free trade. It is unfair to say that he talked only about the benefits of free trade for example he did talk about how Britain was once a great force for good in the world through colonisation (without saying it explicitly) and how free trade was a key part of this. Indeed I am sure we all celebrate the working conditions on the many tea and sugar plantations across the world and the compensation which was given to many leading Slave Trading Conservatives when their business practices were outlawed. Many of these Conservative families now sit in the House of Lords and have used their slave trading compensation to very effectively to build alternative business empires. Well done to them, it shows that Conservatives are not incapable of change.

Sadly though, beyond pitching a hard Brexit (which means the UK will operate under WTO trading rules) there was absolutely no detail. Ok that is not fair he did say the EU should give Britain full access to the single market and perhaps even a better deal than it has now. I am sure that is going to happen.

Even when given a chance to provide a concrete answer to a question about how the Government would help SME’s who may find it more difficult to get work permits for talented people from the EU post Brexit he did what most lying politicians do i.e. provided a non-answer to a question which wasn’t even asked.

I will give him some credit though, he is entirely right that the UK needs to export more but do keep in mind it is since the Conservatives came into power in the 1980s that the UK has had a near continual trade deficit. Indeed as he pointed out only 11% of UK companies export compared to 47% in Germany. However, it was his own party which created this mess and to this day continues to make it even worse. As Brexit becons, I am sure those in the North who voted to leave will be delighted to see the back of Nissan. Nissan, you are very welcome to relocate your plant to The Greater Region (Germany, Luxembourg, France and Belgium), we already have a thriving car parts manufacturing sector and a ready skills base as companies such as Ford, Opel and PSA are located not far away and of course not forgetting the many excellent German car manufacturers who are not located far away either. Just drop me a line and I will put you in touch with the relevant people 🙂

Frankly if Liam, Boris and Dave are the best we have to handle Brexit God help us. I’d rather have skiing legend Eddie the Eagle Edwards handling our negotiations. After all for many years Britain was content to be the happy go lucky loser at everything, as Mr Edwards skiing efforts during the Thatcherite miracle of the 80s reminds us – it’s not the winning but the taking part that matters. But sadly Brexit means we are no-longer even taking part.

 

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Britain set to End Human Rights Protection Laws

One of the main reasons for people in the UK voting to leave the EU (in addition to disliking foreigners) was the abolition of the European Human Rights legislation. Indeed as reported on The Canary the new Government has moved swiftly to get rid of these pesky EU laws which guarantee people a fair trial and prevent them from being tortured. Instead it will replace it with a selection of laws designed to get right  wing Neo-Nazi voters on side in time for the next election.

It will be interesting to see how one of the main Government Brexiters David Davis MP who has campaigned against leaving the European Human Rights Court jurisdiction in the past will now support this policy. Indeed he has resigned before over civil liberties issues.

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Don’t worry only 52% of Britain Supports Racists

While some Brexit supporters are probably not racist, who knows perhaps even the majority? It is clear that the UK is heading for a new period where racism is acceptable. The Huffington Post for example reports more than 300 hate crimes were recorded last week this compares to an average of 63 in England. This compares to a rise of ZERO percent in Scotland which voted to remain. Those of us who left the UK in recent years will be well aware that hate of foreigners was the underlying message of UKIP and increasingly members of the Tory and Labour parties. However, instead of trying to diffuse this situation PM in waiting Theresa May made it her job to send these advertising billboards round the UK:

(c) The Guardian. Tory Party anti-immigration advert.

As Britain heads towards the abyss it is worth noting I was wrong on the referendum, I predicted leave would win by 51% to 49% not the amount Leave actually got which was 52%.

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It feels like losing 27 friends

On Thursday Britain decided to say good bye to 27 friends and inside the UK it is clear the divisions remain. However, even if like me you find some of the reasons for Brexit wrong we must admit that the vast majority of people who vote Leave did so as that is what they believe in, as I have said elsewhere they are not racists. They are simply people looking for someone and something to blame. That said it does now mean that those of us who support remain should engage in activities which allow us hopefully in part to do so. The people on all sides in Scotland whether they are Labour, SNP, Libdem or Tory must realise that they are elected to represent the Scottish people. They should put Scotland first and look for what is in our best social and economic interests. Now is not the time for old factions e.g. Labour vs SNP etc.

My main worry now is that that problems arise with Northern Ireland and Scotland. Whatever happens I hope the UK does not fall into ultra nationalism, a fear which  I have held for sometime. Even if it does all split, please don’t let it end in violence (take note Northern Ireland!).

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