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These gaffes expose British politics’ real issue with race | Gary Younge | Opinion | The Guardian
Racism is not about politeness – it’s about power.

Words have meaning. Politicians have responsibilities. Racism is real. But because the media rarely call to talk about racial disparities in school exclusions, sentencing or poverty. Racism is a system of oppression rooted in history, politics, economics and culture. Our understanding of it should not be reduced to a litany of gaffes and flubs any more than it can be relegated to people shouting epithets and wielding baseball bats. These are the most glaring and dramatic manifestations of a broader, deeper problem – they should not be mistaken for the problem itself. Moreover, people have to the right to misspeak, be corrected, offer a proper apology and move on.

But over the past few weeks, the relentless parade of remarks, ranging from gauche to grotesque, suggests more than simply individual, off-the-cuff indiscretions. There is only so long one can keep talking about an isolated series of events before one must concede there may be a pattern. This return to the language of the 1970s, in which black people are “coloured” and Islamophobia is a matter for the Foreign Office, is moving in lockstep with the racial politics of the 1970s, with citizens being deported and non-white people considered foreign.
UK  Racism  BAME  discrimination  class  Xenophobia  Brexit  CON-servative  Conservative  Party  nasty  prejudice  Islamophobia  post-racial  history  Hostile  Environment  HomeOffice  Theresa  May  far-right  right-wing  Rechtsruck  Rechtsextremismus 
5 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Former watchdog chief labels disabled benefits process a 'hostile environment' | Society | The Guardian
“My personal interactions with the [PIP] process were perfectly pleasant; but the system as a whole does create the impression of it being a hostile environment and one where two of the foes are complexity and the sense that it is not a level playing field [for claimants]”. // So when a high-profile civil servant is disabled, the press finds its sympathy -
[...] PIP is intended to help with the additional costs of living with disability, estimated at £570 a month. It is not means tested or related to employment status and is typically used to meet special transport needs or health-related heating or food bills.
UK  Austerity  DWP  hostile  environment  ESA  PIP  nasty  party  Conservative  Tories 
october 2018 by asterisk2a
Yorkshire council leaders threaten to pull out of asylum seeker housing scheme | UK news | The Guardian
Responsibility for housing people seeking asylum in the UK was taken away from local authorities in 2012 and given to Serco, G4S and Clearsprings under contracts with the Home Office. The Refugee Council criticised the system in October for “routinely dumping” traumatised people into “squalid, unsafe, slum housing conditions”.
UK  Privatisation  Theresa  May  Tories  Conservative  Party  asylum  Home  Office  Windrush  deportation  targets  Hostile  Environment  Austerity  profit  maximisation  Council  segregation  nasty  Capitalism 
august 2018 by asterisk2a

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