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You know what makes me incensed with rage? When innocent people are being held in indefinite detention here in the UK. Committed no crime, their only crime is coming to the UK as a child, like the woman in this picture.
Came to the UK when she was just 13... 1/
From Botswana with her mother, obtaining good A-levels, but instead of being able to go on and study at uni, thrown in indefinite detention in Yarlswood Centre. Now thank goodness she is freed and back in Stoke-on-Trent. 2/
And she is just one of many people. Windrush is the tip of the iceberg. Innocent people are thrown into cells, without a timeline. Now the hostile environment is "paused" but not axed. And Tommy Robinson, on the other hand, has been freed.
bbc.com/news/uk-englan… 3/
How is it fair that someone filming and discussing a criminal trial (an offence) can go free, whereas innocent people will be detained indefinitely, who have committed no crime. #racism. /ends

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Sep 21, 2018
Damn right @BritishInEurope - It's just not right to put the lives of 5+ million people on the negotiation table, to be haggled over like chattel, together with aviation, borders and trade. We, @The3Million too, deserve respect. 1/
They should've done this from the beginning, ringfenced our rights from the beginning. Just take people off the negotiating table from the start.
Negotiating over people's lives is something you do in wartime, not in a peacetime (albeit tricky) negotiation. 2/
I for one don't believe in the warm words of the UK.
See things like this: independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-n…
Note Windrush generation people are BRITISH citizens who are now being refused the passports that by rights are theirs.
We the 3 million aren't even British citizens. 3/
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Sep 21, 2018
Thread on the backstop and why it may be more feasible than thought before.
With Chequers dead, it's clear now UK must choose between
-No deal (economic suicide)
-Remain in EU (tories would sooner drop dead)
-Backstop (special arrangement for N Ireland)
-Stay in SM/CU 1/
I'd love to have Remain or Stay in SM and CU. But let's look a bit more closely at the backstop option. A timely reminder that the Cabinet has AGREED to the backstop. It is necessary for the Good Friday Agreement 2/
The backstop is not, as the DUP wants us to believe, a first step towards Northern Irish unification. Rather it's a N Ireland specific solution to keep N Ireland in SM and CU until a better solution is found. See here for explainer video: 3/
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Sep 18, 2018
You know what is so very depressing about the MAC report about immigration and its impact? The wide disparity between their recommendations and the evidence they find about freedom of movement. It's pure ideology. 1/
Read here for the report gov.uk/government/pub…
And see here an illuminating thread by @The3Million that summarizes some main points. 2/
Just some highlights:
*over their lifetime EU citizens contribute £78,000 more than they receive benefits and cost in the provision of public services
*by contrast non-EU workers contribute £28,000
*EU citizens don't weigh on the NHS, schools, housing and don't depress wages 3/
Read 24 tweets
Sep 17, 2018
Little reflective thread. My friend @HaseltonMarlies has been making these poignant, bleak photos of everyday scenes in the UK before it leaves the EU in her #LastMonthsBeforeBrexit series. I've been thinking of where we are now... 1/
I was devastated on 24 June 2016, although I worried Leave might win. In the course of the day I wrote "the UK voted to wreck itself economically to get rid of foreigners". Goodness did I get a lot of grief about that. Lots of people unfriended me, and I unfriended lots others 2/
Including that well-educated (Oxford educated!) white British guy who was joking about that he and others should organize a "leaver's party". Slowly, my anger towards Brexiters has decreased in the a bit over 2 years that followed. However, my anger towards the UK has not. 3/
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Sep 17, 2018
Katie Hopkins filing for insolvency after being sued for libel. If the whole case demonstrates one thing, it's that the bar for a "journalist" to be noteworthy is stunningly low if you write offensive, politically incorrect things. 1/
Let's review the glaring lack of originality in her tweets.
Ginger babies are like babies, but "that much harder to love".
Telling fat people how to dress: "skinny jeans are only for skinny people" it got 780 likes, but just sounds like that bitchy girl in high school 2/
I mean, for real? I'm reminded of a scene in that Steve Martin movie Roxanne, where the big nosed protagonist invites a heckler to come up with more creative ways to insult him 3/
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Sep 16, 2018
Some quick thoughts on why @UKLabour should support a people's vote. This article is not a big headline but still pretty significant as it gives insight into how Brexiters are thinking. No matter what deal is struck, they can always unpick after 1/

So let's recap:
* A deal that is as good as EU membership does not exist. It isn't there. It isn't happening. The government's own projections indicate that even full EEA membership will come with substantial loss of GDP. 2/
* A deal significantly worse than EU membership *might* be in the cards. Now perhaps Labour wants to go through with that because any person likely to defect to UKIP is apparently much more valuable to keep than a disappointed Remain voter. 3/
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