The government’s propaganda race report cites academics that had nothing to do with it

The government’s widely criticised report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities fell into more disrepute today. A number of academics are on the list of “Stakeholders” even though some have had no contact with the commission. The report says: The Commission heard evidence from many during the course of its work. It would like to thank the following for their participation The problem However, writer S.I. Martin, whose name is on this list at the end of the report, told The Canary that he only discovered his name was included in the report this morning: I’ve had no contact whatsoever with the commission, nor would I. Anyone who…

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Johnson aide quits as ministers face backlash over race disparities report

Boris Johnson’s most senior Black adviser has resigned. It comes after the government faced backlash over a review which claimed Britain is no longer a country where the “system is deliberately rigged against ethnic minorities”. Fallout Downing Street said Samuel Kasumu will remain in post until May and he had planned his departure for several months. His exit is allegedly not linked to the landmark report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (Cred), which faced heavy criticism over its findings, although the timing is proving uncomfortable for the government either way. A No 10 spokesperson said Kasumu has played an “incredibly valuable role” during his time…

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Everyone saying ‘Kill the Bill’ needs to know what’s in this new policing report

Earlier in March, a report on policing protests was published by HM Inspectorate of Police and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS). It comes at a time when the controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is passing through parliament. The report’s recommendations provide an insight into likely not-so-distant future policing. And it doesn’t bode well. Banning protests/demonstrations The HMICFRS report – titled Getting the balance right? An inspection of how effectively the police deal with protests – makes a number of recommendations. One such recommendation concerns the banning of public assemblies (e.g. protests/demonstrations): By 30 June 2021, the Home Office should consider laying before Parliament draft legislation (similar…

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Report shows army and MI5 colluded with loyalist terror gang in killings

Evidence has emerged that suggests the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), one of the three loyalist paramilitary organisations that have withdrawn from the Good Friday Agreement (GFA), colluded with the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) and MI5 in killings. “Professionally carried out” The evidence relates to the murder of three IRA volunteers as well as a civilian. The IRA volunteers were John Quinn, Malcolm Nugent and Dwayne O’Donnell, and the civilian was Thomas Armstrong. UVF reportedly took responsibility for the killings, which took place at Boyle’s Bar in Cappagh in March 1991. In December of that year, three part-time members of the UDR were arrested on suspicion of involvement in…

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MPs say ‘no clear evidence’ Test and Trace scheme works in critical report

A cross-party group of MPs has said there’s “no clear evidence” the £22bn Test and Trace scheme contributed to lower coronavirus (Covid-19) infection levels. “Staggering” Meg Hillier, chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) behind a critical report, urged the government to justify the “staggering investment of taxpayers’ money”. The MPs said ministers had justified the vast expenditure on preventing a second national lockdown. But they they questioned the programme’s effectiveness noting that England is currently living under its third lockdown. They also urged the scheme, led by Tory peer Dido Harding, to “wean itself off” reliance on thousands of “expensive” consultants and temporary staff. Some of…

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A report just slammed the Universal Credit £20 uplift as ‘inadequate’

The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Universal Credit is under the microscope again. This time, a survey of claimants found the benefit left them in chaos. It called the £20 uplift “inadequate”. But the problem is that this isn’t exactly news to the countless people who’ve been struggling on it for years. The DWP: here we go again The Canary has been covering Universal Credit during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. A lot of debate has been about the £20 a week uplift. In April 2020, the DWP increased the rate of Universal Credit by this amount. But ever since, uncertainty has existed over what will happen this April.…

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Lancet Report: 40% of U.S. COVID Deaths Were Preventable. The Country Needs Universal Healthcare Now

As the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 approaches half a million, a new report says nearly 40% of the deaths were avoidable. By comparing the pandemic in the U.S. to other high-income nations, the medical journal The Lancet found significant gaps in former President Donald Trump’s “inept and insufficient” response to COVID-19, as well as decades of destructive public policy decisions. One of the report’s recommendations is reforming the system to a single-payer model like Medicare for All, which President Joe Biden has so far rejected in favor of bolstering the Affordable Care Act. “The Affordable Care Act still left millions of people — 29 million people —…

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Damning UN report urges the UK to unfreeze Venezuelan gold

Alena Douhan is the United Nations’ special rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights. Douhan visited Venezuela on 1 February “to assess the impact of unilateral sanctions on the enjoyment of human rights by people living in Venezuela and any other affected people”. On 12 February, Douhan published her preliminary findings based on “extensive consultations with a wide range of interlocutors”. The UN independent expert recognised the negative impact of coercive sanctions on human rights and urged European banks to “unfreeze assets of the Venezuela Central Bank”. She also noted how the push for regime change “violates the principle of…

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Report shows many people are still unable to access financial support to self-isolate

Four in 10 people who needed financial support to self-isolate at the end of 2020 said they had not been able to access it, research suggests. Support lacking Issues included schemes or funding not always being available locally, eligibility criteria being too strict, a lack of awareness about discretionary support, and stigma associated with accessing help, the Red Cross said. Low earners told to self-isolate by test and trace services across the UK are able to apply for a grant to support them while they stay at home. However, the Red Cross said there are growing concerns about inconsistencies across the schemes, which offer different levels of access…

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A report just exposed how establishment media pushed Tory 2019 election lies

A campaign group has released a report. It details the extent of the Conservative Party’s use of “disinformation” during the 2019 general election campaign. The detail is staggering. But so far, the report has barely made a ripple in the media; probably because the establishment press is implicated in it. Defending the truth Truth Defence describes itself as: a collective of activists, lawyers, creatives, journalists, academics and citizens concerned about the spread of misinformation online, in traditional media, and in political advertising and campaigning. Its founders are Dr Justin Schlosberg, a senior lecturer in journalism and media at Birkbeck, University of London, and former ANC MP and campaigner…

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