Firstly, and most importantly… to those of you who wonder why I have such an active hatred for organisations like Racist UKIP, this is why. The Home Office is planning to deport a quadriplegic, partially-sighted five-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, heart problems and epilepsy to Algeria – where she will die – rather than letting her stay with the uncle and aunt who want to adopt her and who are the only family she’s ever known.
This is happening because organisations like Racist UKIP have so poisoned debate in this country that it’s become commonly accepted that we ‘need to get tough on immigration’ and ‘we have no control over our borders’. Well, congratulations. Because of you, a scared little girl is going to be bundled onto a plane on her own, and sent to live with strangers for a very short time before she dies. I hope you’re proud of yourselves, you unutterably evil cunts. Still, I suppose you don’t mind – she does have brown skin, after all.
(I don’t normally use language like that, but in this case it’s deserved and more so.)
There *is* a debate to be had on immigration, but it should start from the idea that people should be allowed free movement, and should be centred on helping immigrants integrate and helping communities cope with the changes that result, not on keeping people out of a country whose people aren’t even reproducing at replacement rate and which *needs* immigrants to avoid a total demographic collapse. We should be spending money on ESOL lessons and community-building projects, not on deporting five-year-olds.
If you’re as sickened by this as I am, please, please sign the petition. It’ll have very little effect, I’m sure, but there’s little else that can be done, and if nothing else it will show that you aren’t giving your consent for this kind of sickening behaviour.
Anyway, onto much less angering/upsetting topics:
I agree entirely with Jennie’s assessment of last night’s utter travesty of a ‘Doctor Who’ episode. I’ll try not to ‘spoil’ it, insofar as something so wretched *can* be ‘spoiled’, but the Doctor’s behaviour at the climax was utterly, abhorrently, *EVIL* and totally unjustifiable given the rest of the episode. I’ve said before that while Moffat is great at plot and OK at dialogue, his major failing as a writer is his utter amorality. This proved it (and it was a ‘story arc’ plot point, so Moffat rather than Graham is to blame).
Debi reviews an exhibition about the world’s largest dinosaurs. There’s also a guest post on this at SV-POW.
Measure of Doubt on Bayes’ theorem and ‘thinking in grayscale‘.
How to make money in microseconds
I knew going to work was bad for you…
Computer scientists build cellular automaton supercollider
Alex Wilcock on The Avengers – Game
The Aporetic on the alleged efficiencies of the private sector
And the Torygraph, of all papers, say Chris Huhne has achieved more in a year than most top politicians achieve in a lifetime.