(My) human rights in Britain

The British (as a nation) tend to see themselves as the human rights champions of the world, and “foreign fucktards” as those who violate human rights.

That’s otherization, explains Kathleen Taylor in her book “Cruelty”. If only “foreign fucktards” commit human rights violation, it follows that you, therefore, don’t.

That it is okay to violate the human rights of “fucktards” (foreign or otherwise) is the other aspect of otherization. Think of the fact that any foreigner can be arrested and detained indefinitely in places like Yarl’s Wood, for example, or the British government deliberately pushing poor people and poor disabled and chronically ill people into even deeper poverty, even causing their deaths.

I took a look at my own human rights situation in Britain. (Okay, make that “Portsmouth” as I did have quite a few more human rights in daily practice when I was still living in Southampton.) This is what my life has more or less looked like for the past ten years.


Article 1: Not upheld.

Article 2: Not upheld.

Article 3: Not upheld.

Article 4: Partly upheld.

Article 5: Not upheld.

Article 6: Upheld, but in the courts only.

Article 7: Not upheld.

Article 8: Not sure whether that is upheld.

Article 9: Not upheld.

Article 10: Not sure whether that is upheld.

Article 11: Not upheld unless I enforce it myself.

Article 12: Not upheld.

Article 13: Not sure whether that is upheld.

Article 14: Does not apply to my situation.

Article 15: Does not apply to my situation.

Article 16: Upheld but to my detriment as I am not married.

Article 17: Not upheld unless I enforce it myself.

Article 18: Not upheld.

Article 19: Not upheld.

Article 20: Not sure whether that is upheld.

Article 21: Does not appear to apply to my situation.

Article 22: Not upheld.

Article 23: Not upheld.

Article 24: Does not apply to my situation.

Article 25: Paragraph 1 is only partly upheld and Paragraph 2 does not apply.

Article 26: Does not apply to my situation.

Article 27: Not upheld.

Article 28: Does not appear to be upheld (I am not clear on its meaning; would need to look into this).

Article 29: May only partly apply to my situation (I am not clear on its meaning; would need to look into this).

Article 30: Does not appear to be upheld (I am not clear on its meaning; would need to look into this).

So why am I gasping for air so often?

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