Anti-apartheid hero Archbishop Desmond Tutu hero Archbishop Desmond Tutu dies aged 90 | Desmond Tutu | The Guardian


The Nobel laureate, often described as South Africa’s moral conscience, died on Boxing Day in Cape Town

 

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Another guardian of Freedom as now gone, but he will be remembered in our memories, for Desmond Tutu will be forever in our thoughts and never forgotten.

 

Source: Anti-apartheid hero Archbishop Desmond Tutu dies aged 90 | Desmond Tutu | The Guardian

UK police chiefs consider public admission of institutional racism | Police | The Guardian


Unfortunately, Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, does not think and that is the problem for while she is Metropolitain Police Commissioner, I can’t see any progress being made on institutional racism within the met force.

Her continued refusal to accept there is any racism means , the problem is not being recognised within the force leadership and therefore no improvements will be made.

She needs to go without delay.

Source: UK police chiefs consider public admission of institutional racism | Police | The Guardian

Is The UK’s Travel Red List Really A ‘Black List’? | HuffPost UK Life


African countries face restrictions following the Omicron outbreak. Young British people are questioning what’s really going on.

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This is a point well made, but many will say, it is just making ‘waves’ when there are no waves to make, but everything mentioned is fact.

South Africa wasn’t the first country to have Omicron, The Netherlands were, but South Africa was the first country to report it, so why as The Netherlands not been put on the ‘Red List’ who is going to provide the answer, for if no answer is not forthcoming then, I feel this adds weight to the ‘African’ discrimination. and being a ‘Black’ List.

Source: Is The UK’s Travel Red List Really A ‘Black List’? | HuffPost UK Life

Here’s the irony of racial progress in Britain – it’s now harder to call out racism | Nesrine Malik | The Guardian


Complacency means scandals involving Yorkshire cricket, the Home Office, and the police are dismissed as anomalies, says Guardian columnist Nesrine Malik

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Unfortunately Racism will always be with us to one degree or another no matter what is being done. However, that is no excuse to do nothing for there needs to be a ‘Zero’ tolerance in regards to racism. The degrees of racism could well be improving, but even one act of racism is one too many, for it is an act of abuse and no forms of abuse should be tolerated no matter where it occurs and by whom.

A response by some who are commenting on racism is for them to say they have not seen any, but what do they mean, surely not that if they have not seen or heard it then no racism has occurred.

Again, unfortunately there are some people who, no matter how blatant the racism is will not recognise it, for they may not realise what is and what isn’t racism or they may not care, but racism is there whether not seen or heard and it is very upsetting and demeaning for those who it has been cast against.

Some will say it is banter, but who agrees with this for it is not banter if it is not what the person to whom it is subjected to objects to it, so to be sure do not take part in banter. Also no one should be forced to accept banter and some will not show they object for fear of even being subjected to more banter or worse.

Legal actions need to be taken to any degrees of racism whether intended or not.

 

Source: Here’s the irony of racial progress in Britain – it’s now harder to call out racism | Nesrine Malik | The Guardian

EU will not survive if Poland wins rule-of-law battle with Brussels, European leaders warn


Ursula von der Leyen accused Poland of ‘calling into question the foundations of the European Union’ for challenging the primacy of EU law

 

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Would that be really bad, for should not countries look after themselves and not be dictated to by other countries and organisations for all Empires come to an end. For the EU is another empire in a different guise.

 

Source: EU will not survive if Poland wins rule-of-law battle with Brussels, European leaders warn

White doctors in London are six times more likely to be offered jobs than black doctors | The BMJ


White doctors applying for medical posts in London are six times more likely to be offered a job than black applicants, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show.The new data also show that white doctors are four times more likely to be successful than Asian candidates or candidates from a mixed ethnic background.The figures were uncovered by Sheila Cunliffe, a senior human resources professional who works in workforce transformation across the NHS and the wider public sector. Cunliffe sent freedom of information requests to all 18 NHS acute trusts in London asking for a breakdown by ethnicity for 2020-21 of the numbers of applicants for medical jobs, shortlisted candidates, …


When deeming the suitability of job applications for short listing, ethnicity and age should not be factors, so this information should be withheld in the short listing process. This would go some way to ensure interviews were, at least granted on ability, and it is a sad reflection on how short listing can be viewed.

However, discrimination would still be a factor at interview, so is it time to record interviews both audibly and visibly, so that there is more evidence than just a scoring sheet when the possibility of racial factors re non selection are raised.

This would go some way to minimise discrimination, but, unfortunately discrimination will never be fully done away with, unless the human factor is not present.

Also, the prospects of promotions and the methods of how it is done need to be more transparent.

This is a very sad reflection of the times, which after  many years racism is still regarded as being present. While I hope it is becoming less, this could be down to racists being more adept at covering their racist attitudes. Close monitoring of all aspects of employment need to be more present in all areas, especially employment and racism  be a criminal act with a very severe sentence.

 

 

Source: White doctors in London are six times more likely to be offered jobs than black doctors | The BMJ

Scotland Yard urge women to ‘wave down a bus’ if they are concerned about being approached by a lone male officer


The Metropolitan Police guidance was branded ‘laughable’ and ‘derisory’

 

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Does Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave live and work in the real world, who in their right mind would challenge a lone  assumed Police officer, let alone a lone woman. It is not lone woman who needs to challenge, but fellow Police officers who should not blindly support their own colleagues for if something does not feel or sound right, then it is more than likely not to be right. For with their Police training they should be possible to spot a wrong , but has said they are more concerned at supporting colleagues rather than weeding out persons who should not be in the Police force.

A full investigation needs to be conducted to every force starting with the Met, so that bad officers can be found and dismissed before even more crimes are committed under the terms of the Law.

This needs to be done starting both at the top and the bottom. With recruiting becoming even more stringent.

It is also evident that sexual is not the only area, but as much so racism, gender, culture and many other aspects and not forgetting ‘Secret Society’ involvement.

 

 

Source: Scotland Yard urge women to ‘wave down a bus’ if they are concerned about being approached by a lone male officer

Police boss sparks fury for saying Sarah Everard should ‘never have submitted’ to arrest by Wayne Couzens


Nicola Sturgeon and campaigners have condemned the remarks as ‘appalling’ and ‘horrifically offensive’

 

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The Police do have a lot to learn, but they are not alone, for it appears so do Police and Crime commissioners, that is if they are like the one for North Yorkshire, one Philip Allott, the Conservative police and crime commissioner for North Yorkshire. As he blamed Sarah Everard, for putting herself in the position from which she was brutally murdered, for you should really trust the police and not fear and distrust them.

But, in this day and age trusting the police is not there, for they are racial profiling Black youths, creating even more distrust and anger in the ‘Black community’.

Really, can one refuse to be arrested, especially where the officer has other motives. For is not resisting arrest an  offence itself.

What Police officer is going to wait while you check them out and calling for help, who is going to help a person who appears to be being arrested, for they too could also be arrested.

Philip Allott is far from ‘fit for purpose, and should resign immediately.

The police are there for our own safety, well they should be, but in this day and urge, how can we all be sure?

True, the focus over the last few years has been mainly on the Met, but there have been others especially in South Yorkshire with the policing of Hillsborough in 1989 and also the Miners strike in 1972.

But there have been many incidents in many other forces.

Gone, many years ago has the public conception that you can trust the police. Many occupations have there ‘bad apples’ but it is how you deal with them, if you even do deal with them. The Policy is a community and there is a very strong element of sticking together and supporting each other, but when this leads to bad areas of policing the sticking together has to be stopped. Some police officers have tried to speak out and have suffered for doing so, as it should have been them who were supported, instead of those to whom the complaints or concerns were being made about.

Safeguarding in some respects has been lost in some Police forces and it desperately needs to return, otherwise respect for the policy will never return and them you have the situation in America where trust in the police is not there in many communities, just deep fear and mistrust, which is borne out in the actions of virtually all American Police officers, where some are acting as criminals instead of applying Law and Order and safeguarding the public, for there it appears they have a policy of shoot and ask questions later and in many instances the questions are not asked, do we really wish to follow an American example.

 

Source: Police boss sparks fury for saying Sarah Everard should ‘never have submitted’ to arrest by Wayne Couzens

Sarah Everard: Women Police Officers Are ‘Vilified’ For Reporting Misconduct Of Male Colleagues, Ex-Senior Cop Says | HuffPost UK


Former Met chief superintendent condemns “sexist” service that sees men “close ranks” and potentially abandon women while on duty.

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Yes, the Met commissioner Cressida Dick should go and should have gone long ago for there have been many incidents occurring under her tenure one being, Jean  Charles De Menezes, https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/feb/10/cressida-dick-de-menezes-shooting-met-police-desert-island-discs-radio-4, they say ‘lessons will be learnt’ but are they ever. In many instances the answer is no as for lessons to be learnt there as to be a concerted effort and in the Met is that concerted effort there, I fear not under Cressida Dick.

She is always too quick to come to the defense of the Met, as many in the Met are also. But it is not just Cressida who needs to go for many in the Met need to go also for the supporting officers under Cressida have not been supporting in good quality policing, only in supporting fellow officers, of which they were excellent.

But Police need to be there firstly for the public and if they are not should they be there.

It is not just how women are thought of both in and outwith the Police forces, but there are also serious concerns regarding Racism, membership of secret Societies and many more.

But is it just the Met, I fear not and this is an opportunity to have an in-depth investigation of not just the Met but every police force, but who would do it for are we trusting that the police can really police themselves. It needs to be done by a cross section of the public and also in the open.

There was a time when virtually everyone respected the Police, but now and for many years that is not so for that respect as changed to fear and mistrust.

Source: Sarah Everard: Women Police Officers Are ‘Vilified’ For Reporting Misconduct Of Male Colleagues, Ex-Senior Cop Says | HuffPost UK

U.S. tech companies disappointed with DACA ruling, urge Congress to act | Reuters


Some U.S. tech companies expressed disappointment with a ruling by a federal judge that blocked new applications to a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the United States as children from deportation.

Source: U.S. tech companies disappointed with DACA ruling, urge Congress to act | Reuters