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Prof Satvinder Juss highlights the concerns from the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and points to issues with similar asylum policies 👇
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Prof Satvinder Juss @juss_professor, responds to yesterday's #HighCourt #RwandaPlan judgment, highlighting issues with similar #asylumpolicies + asks whether the #UKGovt has sufficiently researched its policy, given #UN concerns. #rwandamigrationplan #asylumlitigation
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Experts from are sharing their thoughts on the #RwandaPlan judgement. Dr Nicola Palmer indicates that this is a 'watershed moment' ⬇️
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Dr Nicola Palmer @nicolapalmer83, reflects on the #RwandaPlan judgment in her new blog for the @OxfordLawFac. She argues that the #HighCourt has a narrow interpretation of its international legal obligations under the 1951 #RefugeeConvention. Read➡️: bit.ly/3FHW9Bx
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Is Britain still a Christian country? “No and yes. The more accurate thing to say is that Britain is a multifaith and multicultural society with a historical Christian infrastructure that is still clearly visible and influential.”
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"But this does not mean Britain has become predominantly secular or atheistic. A majority still believe in God or some higher power, and the Census shows continued growth in Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, and various forms of neo-paganism."
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"But in other ways Christianity’s influence is waning. It no longer dominates intellectual life, cosmology, ethics and values, local community, or rituals of life and death. Under 6% of the population go to church on an average Sunday."
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Does Christmas still hold its religious meaning in Britain? "Christmas shows that Christianity is still baked into British society. It shapes our calendar, festivals, ceremonies, institutions, language and the constitution. It is built into the landscape and street names."
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"While women account for 52% of Brazil’s population, 52.5% of the electorate and almost half of party membership (44.2%), they constitute just 15% of representatives at federal level. This places Brazil in 157th place out of 196 countries"
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But you can hardly shovel the roads by yourself. That’s something that only government can do. It needs resources to do it. In the meantime, while the roads are treacherous with snow & ice, the best thing to do is to stay off them, unless there is no alternative to driving.
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While the UK is a better place for less American-style liability lawsuits, we could usefully follow Americans in their willingness to pitch in & clear things up for themselves. For a host of reasons, people in Britain tend to expect their local council to clear snow for them.
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And with better forecasting from the @UKMetOffice, there is more time to prepare for winter weather disruption. Last week the Met Office provided some good warning of at least the potential for some disruptive snow a number of days in advance.
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Has anything improved? After 2+ years of Covid-disruption, there is now more support for working from home when it snows & the commute is difficult. This reduced pressure on the transport system makes it easier for anyone else who has no option but to travel to work.
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Efforts are made to grit roads & streets - but that costs money, & requires staff & equipment on call. Across England local governments are making difficult decisions about which essential services to cut. Gritting roads is no exception. ⤵️
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In LDN, there are institutional issues about which agency - Highways Agency, Transport for London or local authorities - is responsible for which bits of road. And after 10+ years of cuts to local government budgets, there isn’t resource to do more than they are currently doing.
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London is in a very different position to places like Stockholm or New York City (my home town) where snow is more common & local authorities invest in equipment & staffing overtime to deal with the extreme conditions.
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