UK Home Secretary Priti Patel and Prime Minister Boris Johnson


On Tuesday, UK courts and the European Court of Human Rights prevented the Johnson Government from deporting a first group of 37 asylum seekers to Rwanda.

Legal action in the UK reduced the number to seven, then a decision by the ECHR — minutes before the Boeing 767, at a cost of £500,000 ($603,000) was to take off — blocked the flight.

I spoke with Turkey’s ANews on Wednesday about the situation and the illegal deportation.

ORIGINAL ENTRY, JUNE 14: Defying international law, the UK Government is hoping to deport a first group of seven asylum seekers to Rwanda on Tuesday.

Why? I joined India’s WION News on Monday to analyze how the Government — in serious trouble over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s breaking of Coronavirus regulations, the shock of Brexit, and further economic problems — is looking for a “dog whistle” headline playing on and playing up anti-immigrant sentiment.

And then there are the political ambitions of Home Secretary Priti Patel….

This is crude power politics, using the bodies of migrants and refugees.

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