Liberty warned from the outset that the Government’s misguided ‘right to rent’ scheme would sow discrimination and division – and today a landmark report from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) reveals that’s exactly what it’s done.
For years, successive governments have been on a mission to make border guards of all of us.
They’ve roped in bank clerks, doctors, teachers, police and employers to check the immigration status of their customers, patients, school pupils, citizens and staff.
“Before that day, my children were just children. They trusted their teachers and friends – school was a safe place. Before that day, I was just another mum: chatting at the playground gates, reading with other children in school, helping out at the PTA, planning my dream life in a country village.
In July 2016, Brighton and Hove Council became the first local authority to our knowledge to use Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to ban Gypsies and Travellers stopping on the 12 traditional places they have used most in the city, and around it, for decades.
Today, our Prime Minister becomes the first world leader to meet President Donald Trump. Today is also Holocaust Memorial Day. It is a day to remember all those persecuted and murdered during the Holocaust and later genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Today the Supreme Court has ruled the Government cannot bypass Parliament as it kick-starts our departure from the European Union.
Instead, the law requires it must seek approval from MPs before triggering Article 50. The Court found that, as the rights of people in the UK will be affected, the Government cannot undertake Brexit – and alter these rights – without parliamentary authorisation.
The judgment makes clear that the Court takes no view on the merits or otherwise of Brexit – it simply states that Parliament must play a role in overseeing that process.
This week, in both Houses of Parliament, the Government will be taken to task on the most discredited and divisive element of its counter-terror strategy – Prevent.
In the Lords on Wednesday, Labour peer Alf Dubs will seek repeal of the Prevent duty in universities through an amendment to the Higher Education and Research Bill. He will be joined by prominent Green, Liberal Democrat and Conservative peers united in defence of free speech on campus.
January is a pretty dreary month. It’s dark, the weather is awful and everyone has given up everything fun. My ray of sunshine this week came when hundreds of people stepped up to support our court case against the Snoopers’ Charter. So far 1,538 people have donated an amazing £43,790.
In the last few weeks of 2016, three separate reports (here, here, and here) on the future of the UK after Brexit strongly recommended European Union nationals living here should retain their rights of residence.