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Without migrants, we wouldn't have the NHS

Jon Danzig |

Our NHS would collapse without migrants. Almost 20% of the staff in NHS England are from overseas. Out of 1.5 million NHS staff in England, around 265,000 reported a non-British nationality as of June 2023. That’s 45,000 more than the previous year. What’s more, since Brexit, data indicates that the proportion of EU citizens working […]

UK -v- EU democracy

Jon Danzig |

Brexiters claim that the EU is run by unelected bureaucrats. It’s a laughable claim because it’s untrue. The EU is a democracy, run by elected politicians. By comparison, the UK seems more like a quasi-democracy, with unelected decision-makers and undemocratic practises that would be considered despotic compared to EU standards. Take our Parliament. It consists […]

My real-life adventures

Jon Danzig |

The word Brexit was invented in 2012. It’s when I started to campaign against it, seriously concerned that it could really happen. But what did I do before that? For those who are interested to know, BBC Three Counties Radio broadcast an extended interview with me about my career as a photojournalist just before anyone […]

The infamous five Prime Ministers

Jon Danzig |

The five Conservative Prime Ministers of this millennium have cumulatively inflicted such deeply ingrained damage to our country that it may take generations to repair what they have done. Of the five, four strongly supported EU membership before the referendum. They knew in their hearts and heads that Brexit would be ruinous for Britain, but […]

Summary: EU Governance of Forced Migration – Impacts on Health (and) Equity

EUhealthgov |

On 30 November, EUHealthGov held an In Conversation event on (forced) migration and health. We were delighted to welcome Dr Tamara Tubakovic (LSE), Dr Apostolos Veizis (INTERSOS) and Dr Mechthild Roos (University of Augsburg). The speakers explored how the governance of forced migration affects the health of people on the move, and the role of […]

Boris Johnson: Sorry is too easy

Jon Danzig |

No matter what he does wrong – and there’s a thick catalogue of wrongs – Boris Johnson thinks he can just say “sorry” and everything will be fine. But everything isn’t fine and sorry won’t do. Today at the Covid public inquiry, Boris Johnson said he was “deeply sorry” for the victims of Covid and […]

Racism and right-wing extremism

Jon Danzig |

It was on 1 December 1955 that a black woman in Montgomery, Alabama was arrested after refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white person. Rosa Parks had broken racist, segregation laws in her state which stipulated that black Americans must vacate their seats if there were white passengers left standing. […]

How freaky hair ‘won’ in the Netherlands and Britain

Jon Danzig |

An editorial in The Guardian asked a key question following the shock ‘win’ this month of a far-right politician in the Netherlands, Geert Wilders, and his anti-immigrant ‘Party for Freedom’. ‘How did the Netherlands reach the point at which a former political pariah finds himself on the threshold of formal power?’ Their answer: ‘Mainstream parties […]

Refugees. Is it them versus us?

Jon Danzig |

Our poor and disadvantaged and those struggling to make ends meet – many in Britain think they should be helped rather than refugees. Refugees fleeing terror, war, and torture? We’re full. People here need looking after first. Charity begins at home. We don’t want them. We can’t afford them. Those are typical comments by some […]

When the science was silenced

Jon Danzig |

The country’s top scientific advisers during the Covid pandemic are now free to tell the truth which the former Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, wanted to silence. Giving evidence to the Covid public inquiry are Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s former Chief Scientific Adviser, followed by Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England and […]

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