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tv   The Big Picture Britains True Colours  Al Jazeera  January 31, 2022 1:30am-2:01am AST

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it for bringing back a hand abreast of penis ahead or an air in to day. the sultan language exists on paper, but no one speaks it. while lydia's mother is recording the phonetic sound of the young man language, both indigenous nations are pushing for chillies, new constitution to recognize, support, and promote their linguistic and cultural heritage. a keep or from us, we are all important and deserve recognition. no matter how small our numbers, because i insist ridden, choose to be so few. they're determined, she says, to stop justifying their existence and start working towards reviving their newly lost heritage. to see a newman al jazeera, the other fellow chile. ah . and now the top stories on al jazeera exit polls of portugal suggests the central left socialists have come out on top in the countries snap
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election. the party appears to avenge the head of the social democrats, but the result could still be close. it's feared the pole which was triggered by a budget dispute last month, may still not the liver, a stable government. there were concerns that turn out would be low, with many people isolating with the corona virus. infected people were allowed to leave home in the final hour to cast their ballot. adam rainy is in lisbon. what we've been hearing from voters is that people kind of split on these 2 leading parties of the socialists on the left and the social democrats on the right polling in recent days. so that the social democrats are perhaps catching up to the socialists who had a slight edge over them. but it's really going to go down to the wire. it's not clear who's going to be able to form a government. will it be? this left his party that's been in power for 6 years under the helm of prime minister antonio closer or will it be the center, right? so, so, democrats, both of them have a challenge though, because to form a government, they'll have to reach out to their flanks to get people further on the left. if
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it's the socialist and further on the right, if it's the social democrats, hundreds of people have gathered in northern ireland to mike 50 years since bloody sunday. 14 civil rights protest to his were killed by british soldiers in the city of barrie in 1972. because for justice remain with none of those held responsible, convicted, and then impossible trials set to be halted. canada, as the fence minister is in here for talks, this tensions grow over a possible russian invasion of ukraine. russia as about a 100000 troops near the border along with tanks, artillery and missiles. those are the top stories. remember, you can get the latest on everything that we've been covering on the website. there it is. al jazeera dot com will stay with us coming up next the, it's the big picture. and after that, my colleagues window how we'll have more news for you. thanks for watching news
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. ah ah ah. when we had finished in this country. mm. it went to a $1500.00 and it just kept going. ah, doctor, on the front line, i'm telling you, we do not have an a p p. we will be using mosque,
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i think minority groups with proportionally affected why and pregnant doctors and health care workers, why would they be protected? we need to make sure that people knew what happening. i need to ask why? i me i we have a new name, the corona, asian as efficiently called it, conveyed 19, in the spring of 2020 health workers in britain were dying from a false spreading new virus. reports of widespread p. p shortages, a stirring fears with growing numbers of doctors, nurses,
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infected and even dying. doctors and nurses were working in hospitals without enough at the protective equipment. they needed to do that job safely. one of the latest or any trashed off victims of the punk i make was a pregnant nurse booking. i believe. dunstable university hospital, mary at japan, a 28 year old nurse expecting her 2nd child was one of those health workers who lost her life to cove it 19 mary i. japan died and hospital just moments after giving birth to a baby daughter. but this death of a black health walker went beyond the tragedy of a family or a community. it exposed something crucial to understanding today's brit how it's shaped and governed by to defining forces, racism and their liberalism. what happened to marriage at home was a symptom. mother deeper malaise and compelled one doctor to stand up for health
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workers on the front line of an unprecedented public health emergency bringing mary's death to the doorstep of the british prime minister. mm hm. where is everyone? i am i was outside number 10 in april. it was exactly one week off nurse mary had passed away. i was ella, it was a one woman protest. and it was strange because i was stood outside a beautiful building outside parliament and westminster. you would have never thought that we were in a pandemic. and our leaders walking down the same roads every day. i was walking into amy every day and that was a difference. she think that's why there was such
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a disconnect between what you were experience on the front line and the policies that were being made. absolutely. our ministers had no idea what was happening on the shop floor, but i could see the body bags. what was it about the death of nurse mary that resonated with you so clearly, i think when i heard the story, the 1st thing that went through my mind was that what if this was my mother? what if this was my father who took my quality all the time? is championed by a politicians is championed by our leaders. so why are we just going to sit in silence and watch this innocent nurse pass away and just leave a family behind me . okay, so it says here, but mary edge upon grew up in ghana with her mom and she came to live with her dad
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here in luton when she was a teenager. my dad was actually born in newton. it's one of those places that was really transformed by the immigration story in the u. k. she then studied nothing at luton university and she became a nurse at the hospital the at the hospital where she died. oh wow. her dad died of coven, just 10 days before her. and she died in the hospital where she worked. yeah. she was god, it seems like a lot of the people who died very early stages of the pandemic were from ethnic minority. yeah. yeah. you, whenever you turn the tv on the machine reports of the test or from co exhaust, it was the health work as the doctors and nurses in the rural, black and brown, the rule from minority communities and but not just health workers. right? so many key workers like public transport workers, people who works in shops, delivery drivers. it's like this, this disproportionate reliance on certain groups to do certain jo, like like mary's dad because it says here that he had been
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a teacher in ghana. but then he took a manual work when he came, when he came to europe. and i guess that's true for so many people who are coming from, from the developing. well to the way. yeah. it's, it's the story of how the west was made. if you don't have the, you know, the world that we have now without immigration, in particular in britain, you know, there is no modern britain without immigration, without those people came from the commonwealth from south asia, from the caribbean, who did all the work to help rebuild britain, you know it's, it's the story. my family. my grandfather came here from india in the 1950s to work in the factories and foundries to rebuild britain as a 2nd reward. right. and or what he learned to say in english when he came here was any job, any shift. and off the back of that, my parents came here in the early sixties and again worked in factories and foundries and it, oh here i am from that the storybook in historic immigration. i need to come home. and even when my parents, they came in the ninety's,
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they were refugees from somalia. so it was a bit different. no economic migrant. they burst i did back home, but when they came in i was same kind of jobs that were forwarded to them. so your dad came here and what did he do here? this is the delivery driver here. back came in studies and he was teaching. and then the war kicked off and wrote heavier stuff. similar to, to mary's dad story. mary's dad's story, similar to you know, what mary grew up with. it's why me now various found herself protesting. right. and it's like the government policies in this country are set up or not set out to help minority group you. when you look at some of the policies, particularly since the advent neoliberalism, you know, from the late seventy's through the eighty's, you can see the kind of political and economic shifts that have led to the kind of state that we're in. no b, you can't get away from, from the re story of the immigration story, particularly tyson, that back to empire. that moment is kind of i that moment when you go from empire
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to post imperial states. and it's like, the inequality is embedded at that very moment when people from the commonwealth come to britain in 1958 by the early to mid 19 fifties because of the demands on the economy from recovering after the war. there were emerging labor shortages. and so the government starts to involve people from the british commonwealth to immigrate to the u. k. to fill in labor shortages in factories in transport sower, those direct advertising happening in the caribbean and some parts of asia to say, well, we need people to come and drive the buses to drive the trains on to work in the underground to work and the health service, oh clean it is literally is the most colonial. is it usually we have
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a gig literally would be impossible to staffed it without a nurses and doctors from overseas that there's overt and hit him discrimination in the labor market, which means some kind of work. some people can do, and some people come out. the only way that that can be done is to have this belief in racial superiority ins, hierarchy of whiteness. the way the white firms works is why the talk is black at the bottom in this iraq, in between. and that's kind of how capitalism works. it says, your job is to be a cleaner, your job has to be a driver. your job is to be a bunker and it's color coded racial prejudice and racial hostility, but commonplace been non white immigrants in britain from governor the work they did to attack on why they lived black and brown
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communities did, however, fight back standing up against violence on the streets as well as put better protections, more rights and greater equality would in the 1960 s force, new government legislation, banning overt discrimination. the 1st race relations act was brought into law in 1965, making it illegal to discriminate against anyone based on their race or color. 3 years later, however, the u. k. parliament passed the commonwealth immigrants act, shutting britain. his door was to people from no white nations of the former empire, but people from new zealand, australia, and canada, countries with majority, white population, was still allowed in. britain's immigration policy was itself coded by color.
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immigrant labor serviced britain's booming postwar economy. that soil rising wages as well as increased provision and welfare housing and education. but the boom wasn't to last by the late 19 seventy's. the global economy was in crisis. in britain, state mismanagement and crippling trade disputes brought production and growth to a halt. power cuts and refuse left and collected on the streets old to symbolic of a nation in decay. ah, fall right groups like the national front blamed immigrants, old and new for the country's plight i and pushed for wholesale repatriation of all non white people including all those born in the u. k . ah. in 1970. 8. a year before a general election,
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britain was a fractured and fractious place, uncertain and up for grabs. ah, the official residential, the prime minister of great, but number 10, downing street, the glittering prize for the leaders of the countries political parties of britain thomas to the hosting the workers are warned against the conservative takeover. led by the 1st woman jory leader, margaret thatcher. in an election that would decide the fate of britain, margaret thatcher, leader of the opposition conservative party looks to claim the advantage by claiming the ground occupied by the fall. right. people are really rather afraid that this country might be raleigh swamped by people with a different culture. and you know, this has any fear as it might be spawn, people going to react to go all the hostile to those coming. in fact,
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speaks to that sense of being under attack on very cleverly. she says, all of these feelings of insecurity and experiences of dispossession because britain in the seventy's is not a lovely place to live unemployed, to starting to rise. an interest rates o'clock thing 1st off a strikes that's raging inflation, there's lots of economic growth. she says, you know about why you feel horrible. maybe it's the cause of these forms paying others without quite explicitly saying it. she makes the whole sense of economic crisis seem what come racial crisis. the majesty queen has asked me to form a new administration and i have accepted margaret nachos election victory in 1979, prove the value. thank politics with right now supported by
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a band of ideologues called the new right. she would lay out a radical new vision for britain based on a revived ideology called neo liberalism. that was the heart of this the saturate project near liberals were in. if i small minority they started to for most a national level, think tanks like in the u. k, the center for policy studies, the adam smith institute, but they were regarded as totally fringe and they were not re listened to a toll until you get a political entrepreneur like margaret thatcher. who is interested in decisively resolving the crisis of the seventy's. and these ideas, a sort of sitting around and they provide policy templates that she then implements sy, much of opportunity and enterprise, less tax, less regulation, more flexibility,
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it more freedom. those will be our guidelines. she says you have to dial down political institutions. you have to roll back democratic accountability, you have to open the market to the least idea of market forces, which means that you, cattail social forces and a big part that is absolutely discredit taking the idea of the welfare state that she was willing to go whole hog and tear up the post war consensus. basically been defeating the trade unions, which she regarded as the enemy with it. and then restoring the conditions for businesses to make profit. so it is left to the market to decide which areas will flourish and prosper, which people are going to get richer and which ones poorer britons in the cities had long been po and home to the majority of black and brown
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communities. brick stone was a predominantly black caribbean area of south london, lighted by joblessness and chronic under investment. in 1981 crime was rising, young black men targets the police harassment suspected of criminal activity. regardless of proof with blacks and bricks didn't claim they are singled out by police on the streets subjected to body searches and often accused of having stolen anything valuable in their possession. mm. blackman's increase in a one, they decided to swap the area with the lease. they stopped and search hundreds of people over to him. it is dick. everybody's gazed up. there's some really rotten
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police done for him. the guy just, i just saw you up and bring it on to station and back you up for laughing. and comedians had enough. i just said no, not, we're not going to take this anymore. mm hm. the local people say it was the inevitable explosion of steam by a community which feels the police have been picking on the recently spoke of 3 days over billions, with people just wanted to take back the streets, could keep the police ah, and it spread across the whole country this was the liverpool suburb of talks. does things start happening elsewhere happening? birmingham happening and this is the full social meetings piece,
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such as watching the mainstream. that isn't telling them the community point of view. but i understand something historic has happened through another city birth. this was bristol, and again the trouble started in a poor urban quarter with a large number of black residues caught his eye glass if you like, because it was a, it was an explosion. lots of tension than building up. ah, that's a scary moment for the british racial consciousness. and sadly it gets used to feed into the shred this on the site. look, we're torture because people accountable. i had not. i'm open to being civilized. they will never be british the coast. look, i bring this violence with them. and that's how it gets narrated.
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you have what we call new racism, where there is a very interesting shift from kind of the older forms of you can just be open erases where it becomes of that culture becomes about family and this is the new right and it is proofing. thanks. there is in, on the writing press basically push the ideology of keeper in way to make you sound host racial sound like it's not a bad race. it's just about family values. it's just a bad good economic sense. but really it is that politics of racial resentment, just given birth, ppo that is whole architecture how you get to know liberalism, which really is based on his fear of the, on the glass, which is this deeply racist idea about cultural racism of a public community. he was collecting this so called return to kind of victorian era social values, tradition nationalism flag waving, uneven, imperialistic rhetoric. and then the state itself was reconfigured to make it less
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democratic and participated. we start to see the creation of independent regulators, caulsey autonomous, non governmental organizations, quangos and various public, private, hybrid bodies to which authority decision making regulatory power. it is shifted in the postwar iraq, the command control state, those outright nationalization the various sectors which were then privatized, which is to reduce or remove democratic control and oversight. because then it just becomes about private decision making and private profit. you also try to weaken the role of organized labor day shipping set of britain's must be so industrial dispute. so we can talk about the, the minus strike and the defeat of various trade unions. ah,
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there's also the regulation, which means the removal of barriers to business doing what it wants. so you shift manufacturing away from britain where they're relatively high wages and welfare provision to low wage economies. and alongside that, you've got the massive deregulation of financial markets domestically and internationally. so obviously big business benefits because they all the ones best poised to exploit new market opportunities. and then because of the, the growth in the services sector of the economy, you get the emergent civic, a kind of a birching new middle class who make often very large sums of money under the new market conditions. they may be keeping one eye on the latest prices, but the cities dealers don't seem to be holding back on their favorite drink this christmas. and then there were some people who systematically lose out that lose
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that jobs lose the stability of rising welfare of public housing and so on. and become a kind of permanent underclass. because it was a deliberate decision made to basically throw these people to the wolf's a tax on public service as an industry war away at britain, struggling communities, jobs were lost, state support cut a diagnosis of why unemployment has trouble since 1980 is not hard to find idle machines on the shop floor, speak for themselves. the government was facing growing anger from a white working class left exposed to a new harsh, near liberal reality. and at the same time, beleaguered local authorities and multi racial cities were trying to counter the harsh reality of race as them by supporting their constituents with whatever funds
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they had available for margaret thatcher in the new right. local government support for anti racism was at once by the problem and a solution. this is the key thing to say look, and he writes into the problem that that was keeping back for white people. not because of that is economic policies law because of austerity in the liberalism law is because wanted to many immigrants into we've given them too much stuff we've given them took too much of a stock. and so now your, your falling behind if you think about what she does, you know, embracing britishness, wrapping herself in the flag. this is the early expression of the culture was
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see what happens and what happened with touch again. well, sacha has a long run of it. she has 11 years, and throughout that time she is constantly building on these near liberal ideals and your major comes in as her successor. but here's a break from what's happening here. so actually what you get is more privatization, you get more quangos that replace a lot of government agencies. and this continues for his whole 7 years. and as you're having this big near liberal overhaul, what you get is this increasing disparity between rich and poor. lots of people start to get left behind, but there were some groups that prospered re, some ethnic minorities way will to live the near liberal jury. you always get winners and losers in any system like this. there were no st. south asian communities and people who made money very many ways, the exceptions to the rule. there are exceptions to the audiology, the but there was a fragment, english communities as well, right?
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as this, like it breaks everybody up, everybody's kind of fighting for the same resources. and at that point, because multiculturalism is an absolute fact of life, the local authorities are dedicated some funds towards multicultural policies towards an to racism or whatnot. which the new writer fighting. but then when you've got a fragmented gov, south asian communities into, you know, face groups of c muslim, hindu, you've got the african caribbean community. know different african communities and caribbean community. everyone's jostling for the same same family, jostling for the same pot of money. and they're all competing against each other just to try and not even get a hit just to try and get even there. whereas before it was like the cider of political blackness, right? there was this idea of political blackness in the sixties and seventies. so everyone who was not, why fell under this umbrella, but that then gets broken up and some people say it's a good thing because there's no one racism or a different racism against different groups. and at the same moment you have somebody like tony blair coming in and you had this like big election in,
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in 1997. and the slocum was things can only get better. i guess the question is which kind of routes he took and where the things were he did get better for people in this country? americans are increasingly saying authoritarianism might not be so bad. there were several steps along the way where the chain of command, it seemed like tried to cover what's your take on why they've gotten this so wrong . that to me is political mouth, the bottom line on us politics and policies and the impact on the world on al jazeera. that was a time when the octagon got rid of floods were enough to sustain life in the northern calorie desert. and will you around what. 2 us changing, we funded 3 men in different paths and go down as if he's drowned wild animals and man may threat that constant flight for survival risk and what's going on?
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i'll just ah ah, how to go? socialists celebrates as exit. polls predict the posse is own cause for not the term in office. ah, hello, i'm money inside. this is out there a long from doha also coming up. members of the west african block eco asked talk with mckinney, fox says new military burners days after suspending it from the group.


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