Posts Tagged ‘hate crimes’

fake news kills community cohesion

March 20, 2017

Fake News Kills Community Cohesion.
(Speech in contribution to the Mayor’s Debate on Community Cohesion. Haringey Council: 20 march 2017.

,what role does fake truth play in destroying community cohesion? Lies and myths slither out from the dark places, From the hating hearts, here, in europe and across the world.

Lies pour from the lips of British politicians during the referendum campaign. communities divide, and the hate crimes rise.
Lies oooze from across the Channel, and communities divide, and the hate crimes rise. lies burst from across the pond. communities divide, and the hate crimes rise.

The so called leader of the free world is whipping up frenzy and hatred, and communities divide and divide, and the hate crimes rise again and again, and again.

Division is sewn by Off the cuff remarks, ill-informed opinions, even foolish tweets. These become policy planks.
Accusations are normalised and promoted as truth. Lies divide. They become fake news, and soon it is poisonous truth.

But it seems dispensing with truth telling, deliberately misleading or spreading downright lies, is now the name of the game. important decisions about our lives are taken in the light of such lies. it’s apparently acceptable to assert racist, mthsogenous, homophobic and ablist views, as though they were perfect truth, rather than the haenus views of people with hate in their hearts.

As public servants in public life we undertake to uphold Noalan principles. This includes the principle of honesty. Building cohesion must be founded on truth, an honest exchange of opinions, listening to differences, and working out what unites us, not what divides us.

As politicians, we must strive to be scrupulously truthful in all our work: to show by example, open-hearted honesty, to sew harmoney, no matter how hard it is sometimes for us to speak the truth.


Questions to London Labour Mayoral Candidates from Disability Labour

August 8, 2015

Questions to London Labour Mayoral Candidates

1. Why should disabled people vote for a London Labour Mayor and Labour Assembly in 2016?
2. Economic development: As London’s Mayor what measures will you apply to remove the barriers which stop disabled Londoners getting and keeping jobs.
3. Health:
3.1. As London’s Mayor what will you put in place in a London Health plan, to promote the independence, dignity, choices and rights of disabled people?
3.2. What does a 21st century vision for a London mental health care system look like?
4. Crime, Policing and Justice:
4.1. As Mayor of London what will you do to ensure disabled people get equal access to justice?
4.2. As London Mayor and Chair of MOPAC what will you do to address the policing of Disability harassment, discrimination and disability hate crimes and domestic violence?
5. Housing:
5.1. What will you do as Labour’s Mayor for London to solve the London housing crisis facing families which include disabled or older people? 5.2. What will you do as Mayor for London to make sure that Lifetime homes standards are implemented throughout all types of housing in London? 6. Transport:
6.1. What will you do as Mayor for London to promote the “Right to Ride” across all modes and in all parts of London for disabled people? 6.2. As Mayor for London will you work to extend the freedom pass to national rail services which run throughout the whole of the Greater London and in particular where there are no tube or over ground services such as in parts of South London?
6.3. A quarter of London’s tube stations are step free from street to train, what is your plan for extending this to the rest of the underground system?