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tv   The Big Picture Britains True Colours  Al Jazeera  February 5, 2023 1:30am-2:01am AST

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basically, one of the coldest fronts of air to come in to the northeast here in decades . and in one point mount washington in new hampshire. that was unbelievably cold. it got down to negative $78.00 degrees celsius. it was the coldest recorded temperature anywhere in the united states ever. and one of the wells oldest public events says kicked off in italy, vanished carnival lay takes place on the city, squares and waterways for the next 17 days finishing on shrove tuesday. but the spectacular display of mosques event dates back almost a 1000 years, according to some historians, but was outlawed in 1797. it got going again in 1979 with around 3000000 visitors attending every year. ah.
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just a quick look at the main stories you've been following before we leave you and u. s. military is down to a chinese balloon of the south carolina coast, which it says was a surveillance croft, president joe biden authorized a fighter aircraft to take down the balloon as soon as possible. as long as it was without any risk to civilians. dependence as the balloon was being used to surveil strategic sites across the u. s. it was shot down off the coast shortly after the government ordered a hold to all flights in the area. mm. weren't very well. i was grouped on the balloon or the brethren, the shooter, down on one z as soon as possible. i decided without doing damage, then we're on the ground. decided that the best time to do that was out of a water off. so we did our wouldn't throw bottom of it, a successor took a dow and i want a complement already did it. and want more report on the so i move later back
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because like what they say by the way, i don't lose a my recommendation from you. it was fun and that's why this whole revenues down on wednesday, i was like the recommended a shared with me like way to the surgery place to do it. po francis has been meeting people affected by the conflict and south sudan. that of the roman catholic church was joined by the heads of the church of england and the church of scotland on this trip. they called for an end to the decade long civil war of its displaced 4000000 people. and at least $22.00 people have now died and dozens of wildfires that are sweeping through central chile fi fi to say there are now more than $250.00 different active fires covering almost $500.00 square kilometers. government is extended an emergency order to cover 3 regions in chile, the files have been sparked by an unusually hot summer heat wave, a protest to taking place against israel's far right government for a 5th successive saturday. large crowds gathered in tel aviv and west jerusalem has
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been widespread anger against the government's proposals to weaken the powers of the supreme court. while those the headlines have been one use few later on from doha, but now the big picture person's true colors stance. now the american people have spoken, but what exactly did they say is the world looking for a whole new border with america in it? is the woke agenda on the decline in america. how much the social media companies go about you have, how easy is it to manipulate the quizzical look us politics the bottom by mm mm. i think i had the tipping point when we had the 1st deaf current of ours in this country or mm. and then from that it went
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to stay under 500 and it just kept going as a doctor on the front line, i'm telling you we do not have enough. phoebe, we will be using mosques. mm. ethnic minority groups were disproportionately affected. why? and pregnant doctors and health co workers, why would they be protected with need to make sure that people know what's really happening. mm. we need to ask the why. mm. mm mm ah, we have a new name. corona vonner actually, well,
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phone conversation is officially quoted how big like jean, in the spring of 2020 health workers in britain were dying from a fall spreading new virus. reports of widespread p. p shortage is a stirring fit with growing numbers of doctors, nurses infected and even dying. doctors and nurses were working in hospitals without enough of the protective equipment. they needed to do that job safely. one of the latest or any interestof victims of the pump that make was a pregnant nurse booking. absolutely. i'm comfortable university hospital, mary azure paul, a 28 year old nurse expecting her 2nd child was one of those health workers who lost her life to cove. it 19 mary edge of home died and hospital just moments off to giving birth to a baby daughter. but the sex of a black health wilka went beyond the tragedy of a family or a community. it exposed something crucial to understanding today's brit how it's
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shaped and governed by 2 defining forces, racism and their liberalism. what happens in marietta was a symptom of of diploma lakes. and it compelled, one doctor to stand out for health was 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 was outside number 10 in april. it was exactly one week after nurse mary had passed away. i was there alone. it was a one woman protest. and it was strange because i was stood outside
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a beautiful building outside parliament and westminster. you would have never thought that we were in a pandemic. and our leaders were walking down the same roads every day. i was walking into amy every day and that was a difference. he think that's why there was such 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? we talk about quality all the time is championed by a politicians as champion by our leaders. so why are we just going to sit in silence and watch this innocent nurse passed away and just leave a family behind. okay
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so it says here that mary edge upon grew up in ghana with her mom and she came to live with her dad here in luton when she was a teenager. my dad that she born in newton from 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 clothing just 10 days before her and she died in the hospital where she worked. yeah. she got. it seems like a lot of the people who died very early stages at the pandemic were from ethnic minority. yeah. yeah. you, whenever you turn the tv on the machine reports of the test or from coven exact it was the health work, as the talk to the nurse is in the room, black and brown, the rule from minority communities and but not just health workers, right?
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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 jobs. like like mary's dad because it says here that he had been 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 were coming from from the developing world to the wow. 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 what he, linda say in english when he came here was any joke,
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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 own here i am from that the story, britain, a store of immigration. i need to support. and even when my parents, they came in the ninety's, there 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 you dad came here, what did he do here? this is a 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 there's 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. how do you, when you look at some of the policies, particularly since the advent neoliberalism?
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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, you know, chasing that back to empire. that moment is clear, right? that moment when you go from empire 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 1952 by the early to mid 19 fifties because of the demands on the economy from recovering after the war, they were emerging labor shortages. and so the government starts to invite people from the british commonwealth to immigrate to the u. k. to fill in labor shortages in factories in transport and sour, thus direct advertising happening in the caribbean on some parts of asia to say,
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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 the and it is literally is the most colonial institute we have like, literally would be impossible and to have staffed it without and nurses and doctors from overseas that there's over 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 security ins. hierarchy of when the way the wise firms he works is why the talk is black at the bottom in his iraq, in between. and that's kind of how capitalism works. that affects your job is to be a cleaner. your job is to be a driver. your job is to be
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a banker and it's color coded racial prejudice and racial hostility, but commonplace been non white immigrants in britain from governing the work they did to attack them where they lived. black and brown communities did, however, fight back standing up against violence on the streets as well as for better protections. more rights and greater equality would in the 19th sixty's force, new government legislation, banning overt discrimination. the 1st race relations act was bought into law in 1965, making it illegal to discriminate against any one 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,
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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, immigrant labor service, britons booming postwar economy that sol rising wages as well as increased provision in 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. how a cut and refuse left and collected on the streets, all to symbolic of a nation in decay. fall right groups like the national front blamed immigrants,
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old and new for the countries plight and pushed for wholesale repack. creation of all non white people including all those born in the u. k. there in 1978 a year before a general election. 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 company's political part is button terms to the hostage. the workers are warned against the graeme cyber takeover, led by the 1st woman tore leader margaret thatcher in an election that would decide the fate of britain. margaret, sacha leader of the opposition. conservative party looks to claim the advantage by claiming the ground occupied by the fall, right?
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people are really rather afraid of this country, might be rosa swamped by people with a different culture. and you know, this as any fear, as it might be formed, people are going to react to give all the hostile to those coming. in fact 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 start to rise of industries o'clock thing 1st off a strikes that's raging inflation, less loss of economic growth. she says, you know, that why you feel horrible. maybe it's because of its the swamping of us 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
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form a new administration. and i have accepted margaret snatches election victory in 1979, prove the value of playing politics with race now supported by 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 the sup to write it. near liberals were in advice, small minority. they started to fall most a national level sink 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,
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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, 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 thought 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
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flourish and prosper, which people are going to get richer and which ones poorer. britton's in the cities had long been poor and home to the majority of black and brown communities. brexton was a predominantly black caribbean area of south london. blighted by joblessness and chronic under investment in 1981 crime was rising. young black men tal, gets the police harass ah, suspected of criminal activity regardless of priest blacks in brexton claim, they are singled out by police on the streets subjected to body searches and often
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accused of having stolen anything valuable in their possession lamp is embracing any one they dislike to swamp the area with police. they stop and search hundreds of people over to him. it is dick. everybody's gazed up. there's some really rotten police dumb fucks that just i just saw you up and bring you down to the station and back you up for laughing and comedians had enough. i just said, no, we're not, we're not going to take this anymore. mm hm. the local people say it was the inevitable explosion of speed by a community which feels the police have been picking all the recently spoke of 3 days over billions, where people just wanted to take back the streets, could keep the police ah
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and it spread across the whole country this was the liverpool suburb of talks. does things start happening elsewhere happening? birmingham happening left poll i'm. this is the full social media pizza, just watching the mainstream tele 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 reza. ah, my children's i guy did you like cuz it was a, it was an explosion. lots of engine them building. okay. ah, that's a scary moment for the bush racial consciousness. and sadly, it gets used to feed into the shred. thank by look who tortured with people at
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camels. i had not. i'm open to being civilized. they will never be british. the coast, look, i bring this violence with them, but how it gets narrated, 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 a mat culture becomes about family and this is the new right and it is proofing. thanks. there is in all the writing press basically pushed the ideology of keeper in white. make you sound post racial sound like it's not about race, it's just about family values. it's just about good economic sense. but really it is that politics of racial resentment, just given b p r that is all architecture how you get to know liberalism, which really is based on his fear of the underclass, which is this deeply rated idea about cultural racism of
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a public community. he was clicked in this so called returned 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 democratic and participated. we start to see the creation of independent regulators, quasi autonomous, non governmental organizations, quangos and various public, private hybrid bodies to which authority decision making, regulatory power is shifted. in the postwar iraq, the commander control state. those outright nationalization the fairies 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. the stereotyping set of britain's must be some
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industrial dispute so we can talk about the, the mines strike and the defeat of various trade unions. 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 are 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,
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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 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 wolves, 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,
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near liberal reality. and at the same time, beleaguered local authorities and multi racial cities were trying to counter the harsh reality of racism by supporting their constituents with whatever funds they had available for margaret thatcher and 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 racing with the problem that that was keeping back for white people. not because of that is economic policies, not because of austerity. and the liberalism law is because one did too many immigrants and to have given them too much stuff were given and took too much of a head start. and so now your, your falling behind if you think about what it does, you know, embracing britishness,
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wrapping herself in the flag. this is the early expression of the culture was so what happens and what happened with touch? 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, right? some ethnic minorities way will to live the near liberal jury. you always get when
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isn't loses in any system like this. there were, you know, south asian communities in people who made money very many ways. the exceptions to the rule, there are exceptions to the audiology, the but there was a fragment single communities as well, right? as his, 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 dedicating some funds towards multicultural policies towards on to racism or whatnot. which the you wrote to folks in. but then when you've got fragments and good south asian communities in to, you know, face groups of c, muslim him, do, you've got the african caribbean community? no different african communities and carrying commuters everyone's jostling for the same same family just 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 for everyone who was not why fall under this. so yeah. but that then gets broken open.
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some people say it's a good thing because there's no one racism. there are 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 campaign in 1097. and the slogan was, things can only get better. i guess the question is which kind of route he took and what the things really did get better for people in this country. ah. and every year in china, an estimated $80000.00 children are abducted by one of their parents. 101 east
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