“As more people now prefer the word refugees to the word ‘migrants,’ the discourse completely changes. The word ‘refugees’ becomes the new master signifier, which makes the discourse on immigration meaningful in new ways. The master signifier “has the role of making discourse meaningful” & readable” – ANDRE VANTINO citing BEN RAMM http://ift.tt/1Kj3yEf

“I play to people’s fantasies. ..I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration – and a very effective form of promotion.” – DONALD TRUMP trying to make demagogy legit http://ift.tt/1VKnBkh

“If you feel more emotion looking at a picture of queuing lorries than a picture of desperate humans living in a lay-by, you need to check your bedtime routine” – If we can look at another human being and categorise them as “illegal”, or that chilling American word “alien”, then what has become of our own humanity? To support policies that dehumanise others is to dehumanise yourself. I think most people resist that, but are pressed towards it by an increasingly sadistic elite. If you’re worried about threats to your way of life, look to the people who are selling your public services out from under you.


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“Roland is being taken to Ghana tonight, leaving behind his daughter and sick partner after spending eight months in immigration detention. He says: “I can’t live without my daughter, she’s my everything, she’s my world. I’ve lived here all my life. I don’t know anyone back home.”” – The flights continued for a decade before independent inspectors were allowed on board, in 2011. The first reports from HM Inspectorate of Prisons were not reassuring. On a deportation to Nigeria, a flight plan which the Home Office curiously code-names ‘Operation Majestic’

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“the men ..expressed “terror and desperation at the prospect of being separated”. ..Anthony* has a wife and two-year-old child who both have the right to remain in the UK. “We lost a baby in 2008, we visit the burial site regularly. They are trying to take me away from this”