Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1008/27910

From The Socialist newspaper, 5 September 2018

Tory and Blairite racist policy is behind Windrush fatality

Unions must lead fight against racism

South London #BlackLivesMatter march going past London Bridge, 6.8.14, photo James Ivens

South London #BlackLivesMatter march going past London Bridge, 6.8.14, photo James Ivens   (Click to enlarge)

Hugo Pierre, Socialist Party black and Asian group

The inquest into the death of Dexter Bristol, a victim of the Windrush generation scandal, has revealed another sorry face of the 'hostile environment' that faces migrant workers.

Dexter died in March this year following a ten-month battle with the Home Office to prove he was not an 'illegal immigrant'.

His employer sacked him and the state refused him benefits, all because he didn't have a passport. He had lived in Britain for 50 years after coming here when he was eight.

The coroner refused to take into account medical evidence submitted by his family showing that the stress of the racist policies pursued by the Home Office contributed significantly to his death.

The hearing continued after the family walked out because of the coroner's actions, and reached a verdict of death by natural causes. This family is rightly angry after this further injustice.

There is no doubt that enormous stress is caused by the Home Office's treatment of the Windrush generation.

The meaningless apologies ministers have issued, including new home secretary Sajid Javid, have not stopped the government pushing racist policies.

The Tories' hypocrisy is incredible - attacking Jeremy Corbyn with false claims of antisemitism while presiding over real and fatal acts of racism.

And the "hostile environment" slogan came from the Blairites who are leading these attacks, and implemented similar racist policies when they were in government.

What is clear is neither the Tories nor Blairites can be trusted to act in defence of any workers or their families, in particular workers born outside Britain.

Trade union action exposed this scandal. Michael Braithwaite, a member of public service union Unison in Camden, north London, brought it to light in the first place. The fallout has already removed one home secretary.

The trade unions must now act to coordinate support for the Windrush generation and all migrant workers.

They must also lead campaigning to end the 'hostile environment', and oust the Tory government and Blairite saboteurs responsible for it, to fight for a government prepared to side with the working class.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 5 September 2018:


What we think

Unions must lead in fight to kick Tories out

Labour: Blairite wreckers must be given the boot

Theresa May's 'Chequers deal' mauled by Johnson and EU: fight for a socialist Brexit!


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Fight racism, fight capitalism!

Legal Costs Fund Appeal launched for former Derby TUSC election agent

Birmingham Socialist sales success

Obituary: Stan Herschel


Socialist Party news and analysis

Tory and Blairite racist policy is behind Windrush fatality

Self-harm soars among young: fight the mental health crisis

Them & Us

Capitalism in crisis: news in brief

What we heard


PCS union

PCS union: build the fight for a pay rise and against austerity - re-elect Chris Baugh

DWP: PCS union builds fightback on pay

PCS members in Land Registry demand 6% pay rise


International socialist news and analysis

Germany: violent attacks in Chemnitz - how can the far right be stopped?


Workplace news and analysis

Shop workers hungry for 10 an hour now and an end to zero-hour contracts

Guards continue fight against driver-only operation following Merseyrail victory

Higher education ballot: vote Yes and strike for pay and equality!

Housing workers walkout forces improved pay deal

Liebherr Sunderland strike continues


Opinion

A day in the life of a carer: "I am having trouble feeding my children on my wages"

The Socialist inbox

GDPR data laws: Punishing workers for human mistakes


 

Home   |   The Socialist 5 September 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Racism:

triangleA mass, trade union-led, socialist anti-racist campaign can defeat the far right

triangleStand up against abuse - justice not racism

trianglePittsburgh Synagogue shootings: Unite to fight anti-Semitism and far right

triangleGermany: Bavarian elections and huge anti-racist demonstration mark an historic weekend

triangleDemo against far-right DFLA

Windrush:

triangleJoin the fight for refugee rights

Blairite:

triangleCrowds turn out for Corbyn in Rugby

triangleWelsh Labour leadership election: 'Corbyn candidate' must pledge end to austerity

triangleMPs revel in 2m worth of free foreign trips

Tories:

triangleTories Out! General election Now!

triangleTories out now to save our NHS

Migrant workers:

triangleNSSN conference 2018: Mood for fighting action and coordination

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

15/11/18

Tories

Tories Out! General election Now!

14/11/18

Scotland

NHS Tayside facing massive job cuts

14/11/18

Racism

A mass, trade union-led, socialist anti-racist campaign can defeat the far right

14/11/18

NHS

Tories out now to save our NHS

14/11/18

Grenfell Tower

Grenfell - no more cover-ups!

14/11/18

Elderly

Major private care operator puts thousands of vulnerable people at risk

13/11/18

Socialism

Socialism 2018

7/11/18

Socialism

Tories out - we need socialism!

7/11/18

NHS

Care crisis cashing in

7/11/18

EDL

Stand up against abuse - justice not racism

7/11/18

University

University bankruptcy threat - kick the market out of education

7/11/18

Cuts

Labour councils should use 14bn reserves to fight all cuts

31/10/18

Housing

Homelessness, Universal Credit misery, high rents, cramped flats, isolated estates...end the housing crisis!

31/10/18

Climate change

60% of wildlife wiped out - urgent action needed to save planet

31/10/18

Bullying

Philip Green scandal - bring him down like BHS

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999