liv: cast iron sign showing etiolated couple drinking tea together (argument)
[personal profile] liv
I sent the following email to Jeremy Corbyn, asking him to give his MPs a free vote on Article 50. I used email rather than a written letter because Corbyn's office make it clear that they do not accept letters (or phonecalls) from people who are not part of Corbyn's constituency.

Staffordshire, 30.1.17

Dear Mr Corbyn,

I am writing to urge you to allow your MPs a free vote on the expected Bill which will trigger Article 50.

I understand that you personally are not passionate about the European Union, and that you believe the referendum result to give a clear indication of the democratic will of the British people on the question of our membership. However, I am extremely concerned that Mrs May's Conservative government are using the referendum and the Brexit process as an excuse for a major power grab, and I feel that the Labour party should not lend support to this.

Mrs May has explicitly declared that she will cut wages in the UK in order to secure international trade deals, and it seems very likely that she aims to undermine workers' rights and sell the assets of the NHS for the same end. If this is allowed to continue unopposed, 2020 will be too late to restore workers' rights, human rights and the welfare state.

Even if I am wrong in that prediction, it is hard to see why anyone would choose to vote Labour in the next General Election, if Labour spend the intervening years supporting the Conservatives in enacting all their damaging policies completely unopposed. You will be aware how the electorate turned against the Liberal Democrats for supporting unpopular Conservative legislation, and the Liberal Democrats were in coalition so had a compelling reason to vote with the government.

As Leader of the Opposition, please permit your party's MPs to vote down Conservative initiatives that they believe to be misguided and against the interests of the British public. I am writing to you although not a constituent because I believe the upcoming vote on Article 50 is a matter of major national importance.

Thank you very much for all you do to protect the citizens of this country in a hostile political environment.

Yours Sincerely,
Dr [wallet name]
[work contact details]
Meanwhile my Dad is doing a really sterling letter-writing campaign about the horror show that is the Home Office mining NHS patient records in order to identify people they want to deport. (Never illegals, no human being is illegal.)

My gratitude goes out to everybody who's doing any kind of activism against all the scary political trends going on right now. I'm not contributing much myself, cos I'm mostly vacillating between terror and fatalistic despair. I'm hoping that getting started on doing something, however nominal, will help me to break out of that.

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Date: 2017-01-30 09:47 pm (UTC)
angelofthenorth: Sooffocles with me in background (Default)
From: [personal profile] angelofthenorth
Have you seen the Irish response to Trump? It was commented in a Guardian article, and basically echoed May's. Australia is saying stuff like 'USA is finally catching up with us' and ...

I try not to despair but this is making me shiver.

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Date: 2017-01-31 03:44 pm (UTC)
angelofthenorth: Sooffocles with me in background (Default)
From: [personal profile] angelofthenorth
The shiver is due to the way governments seem not to be listening to their better selves and instead are reinforcing the bad decisions of other governments. It elbows out the little people.

As I said on my post, we need people in tory constituencies to sign the petitions, and campaign, more than anyone, because that's the only people that May et al will listen to. They know who the usual suspects are, and they know we can assemble a crowd at 24h notice.

I don't know what to do any more. I feel vulnerable because of the latency in decision making with ESA/HB and the fact that we have to appeal re: HB because of some rotten family and Council decisions. We've not been sanctioned yet we're still highly dependent on M for money because Gov have left us hanging out to dry.

The running down of the civil service is a major concern - they're killing off Llanelli Benefits Centre, which means that in an area of high unemployment the situation is just going to get worse.

It feels like we're heading for war, and Trump, May and Turnbull will be leading the forces of evil...

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Date: 2017-01-30 10:02 pm (UTC)
davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
From: [personal profile] davidgillon
Good letter, I should do something similar.

I hadn't heard about the Home Office data-mining the NHS for immigration status, though I knew they, DWP and HMRC all want access for various reasons (DWP even made a bid for access to GP's records, not just hospital admissions data). And of course if one can do it, then it becomes much easier to share their results with the others. I'll have to try and bring myself back up to speed to see what's going on.

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Date: 2017-01-31 12:24 am (UTC)
davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
From: [personal profile] davidgillon
Thanks for the link. I missed most of last week's news thanks to the cold from hell (which I finally seem to have shaken).

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Date: 2017-01-30 10:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hollymath
The NHS is a newer front in the ongoing attempts to make everyone border guards: employers, landlords, schools...

[personal profile] liv, I'm so glad your dad is writing those letters. Thus is such an important thing.

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Date: 2017-01-31 09:56 am (UTC)
rmc28: Rachel smiling against background of trees, with newly-cut short hair (Default)
From: [personal profile] rmc28
My kids' school asked me in the last *month* to provide my children's nationality. (I told them no, and they were fine with that. In an ideal world I'd have organised a parents campaign against it ... well, no, in an ideal world I wouldn't have to. But in a world where I had more energy, yes.)

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Date: 2017-01-31 10:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hollymath
No one can do all the campaigning. Bit there are other people on this one already; do you know about Schools ABC?

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Date: 2017-01-31 10:14 am (UTC)
rmc28: Rachel smiling against background of trees, with newly-cut short hair (Default)
From: [personal profile] rmc28
I didn't, but thank you.

I think it must be people involved with that who made tweets which I saw in October? Anyway, I had seen something about schools and nationality information on twitter, but not followed it up, just taken note that I shouldn't provide it.

(and I meant really a parents-at-the-school campaign; we have a lot of children of academics, many of them from overseas)

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Date: 2017-01-31 10:33 am (UTC)
hollymath: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hollymath
Oh yes, a parents-at-the-school campaign would be great. But even if you just know this is something you can point people at, it reduces the energy required in reinventing the wheel.

You might have seen tweets from them; I know I was RTing them and a few parents I know found that helpful.

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Date: 2017-01-31 11:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aldabra
I'm about to have to fill in that form with change of address details. I'm going to say "Citizen of the World". (But I chickened out of doing that on our new work takeover management HR form 8-( )

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Date: 2017-01-31 03:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] siderea
the Home Office mining NHS patient records in order to identify people they want to deport

Jesus fucking christ.

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Date: 2017-01-31 09:28 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ewt
I didn't know about the NHS records thing, and neither did a bunch of people in my end of the Twittersphere, so thanks for that.

I am struggling to do more than signal-boosting at the moment.

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Date: 2017-01-31 10:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sfred
Thank you to you and your Dad.

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Date: 2017-02-05 10:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hairyears
I had hoped that the NHS would resist that, but I've heard no mention of it if they did.

Successive Home Secretaries - not all of them Conservative - have put pressure on the Police to record the immigration status of everyone they interview. The Chief Constables had, until two years ago, refused to co-operate with that: their view had been that anyone can approach the Police and report a crime, without fear that they'll be asked a question that might lead to deportation.

Now potential witnesses no longer fear that an encounter with the police and the courts might lead to deportation: they know it will.

I do not doubt that we will now see adults and children left unregistered with a GP, and kept from hospital until their condition is perceived as even more dangerous than detention and deportation.

This will play out very badly indeed when multiple-resistant tuberculosis - or XDR-tuberculosis - comes visiting from the Indian subcontinent or Eastern European countries with unwelcome guests from Russia.

I fear that the authors of this policy look forward to the political gains that can be made, inflaming xenophobia with alarmist propaganda about foreigners in festering slums eagerly infecting our loved ones with deadly diseases.

I may, of course, be unduly cynical - frankly, uncharitable - in ascribing such a motive. But the best interpretation is that Mrs May, and who are collaborating in this, are worse than *very* stupid.

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Date: 2017-02-08 11:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hairyears

They're just not resisting as "The NHS"

That's reassuring, and more or less what I'd expect.

It does surprise me that senior managers didn't take a stand, though: deterrents to seeking medical advice increase the load on hospitals.


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