Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Grenfell comments show us what the Tories really think about people of colour

It’s our fervent wish that Rees mogg finds himself trapped in a burning building real soon, so we can see how clever he is. If it’s the house of commons, so much the better.  – Ed.

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Header image by Carcharoth

You could be forgiven for thinking that in this day and age, certain false narratives like the myth of meritocracy and racial superiority are a thing of the past. Not so, felt Jacob Rees-Mogg, who this week decided to test his usually teflon-tongue, speaking on Nick Ferrari’s radio show about the report on Grenfell Tower. When asked about the causes of the 72 reported casualties, attributed in part to race and class discrimination that meant their concerns about the cladding went unheard until they burned to their deaths, he chose to partially blame the victims themselves for not ignoring the fire brigades’ advice and fleeing the building.

He then compounded this narrative of how, and on whom, to apportion blame by asserting that, unlike the black and brown working class victims, “you and I” (the interviewer and himself) would have had the “common sense” to know better than to listen to the fire brigade. Despite the fact that any reasonable person might suspect the fire brigade are experts on fire safety, Jacob claims he would have exited and fled to safety. It is not immediately clear what distinction Jacob draws that holds himself and Nick on one side and the Grenfell inhabitants on another. But, Jacob and Nick are both white men, both Leave voters and both drive (and enjoy talking about) their expensive cars, a Jaguar for Mr Ferarri and at least one Bentley for Jacob. Or to put it simply, whilst the Grenfell victims were people of colour and poor, Jacob and Nick are both white and rich.

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You couldn’t make it up.

It would appear that that Evil Ollie Letwin the arrogant, two-faced, racist, old-etonian advocate of austerity, privatisation and robber-baron capitalism, has re-invented himself as the radical conscience of the tory party!

Liberals have short memories.

Red& Black Telly: RACISM AT GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY.

How Goldsmiths students took on campus racism and actually won

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By Micha Frazer-Carroll

Photography by Micha Frazer-Carroll

After 137 days in occupation, students of colour at Goldsmiths have won a long, gruelling fight against their university – marking what can only be described as a momentous achievement. The group’s demands, which the university has now agreed to meet, were extensive; including requesting that colonisers’ statues be taken down, scholarships should be reinstated for Palestinian students, the university should investigate the possibility of colonial reparations, launch an institution-wide plan to tackle racism at the university, introduce unconscious bias training for members of academic staff, issue an audit of the curricula, and ensure training and investment for culturally competent counselling services, to name a few.

Fiona, a second year anthropology and media student, had previously told me that as far as they were concerned, it was “all or nothing” – the students wouldn’t leave the university’s administrative centre until their demands were agreed to be met. Even though the university pursued legal action against the students, with a court hearing taking place in the week before the occupation ended, Goldsmiths’ Senior Management Team (SMT) did eventually sign a legally binding document to commit to their demands.

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Red and Black Telly: LAST WORDS ON THE ” ROYAL ” WEDDING.

Debunking ‘old Labour’

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