"A previous suggestion that the judge ruled in favour of Trenton Oldfield due to racism in Australia may have been misleading. We are happy to clarify that the judge cited Mr Oldfield's value to UK society in making his decision, as stated in this piece” Independent
By the afternoon on Monday 9th
December news agencies across the globe had come up with some rather dramatic headlines to explain the judge’s comments. For example the Evening Standard; “Trenton Oldfield wins appeal to stay in UK - after claiming Australia is racist” or this one from Business Standard online “Landmark British racist ruling allows Oz protestor to stay” This comment piece
was written for Murdoch’s Australian Saturday papers by someone who “peripherally knew” Trenton.
Very happy to have provoked yet another(!) much needed debate in ‘Australia’ about it’s everyday and constitutional racism
(how anyone could attempt to argue a European settlement on indigenous land isn’t racist is beyond us) though it was very peculiar to see 3 lines from over 2 hours of questioning that had nothing to do with the judge’s decision get used and abused by media agencies – out of agenda or pure laziness; churnalism. As Nick Davies said to us is “…horribly familiar - a 'good story' will flow through the veins of the news system without ever stopping to have its truth checked.” Churalists/churnalism
as defined by Nick Davies in Flat Earth News (p.59): “Journalists who are no longer gathering news but are reduced instead to passive processors of whatever material comes their way, churning out stories, whether real event or PR artifice, important or trivial, true or false”
. Watch Nick Davies rail against churnalism here
Unfortunately this misinformation has provided the ‘cultural space’ for people like Michael Ellis MP to ask a Home Office committee to consider appealing against the decision. So unfortunately we remain without any certainty. We should know by the end of December.
BTW this is an interesting article on passive aggressive 'water cooler racism'
in Australia – interviews Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane
BACK TO WORK!
Today we get back to work editing Critical Cities Volume 4! This time next week we will start re-planning the 5th
(and final?) edition of the This Is Not A Gateway Festival.
We will also be adding a new chapter to 'The Queen vs. Trenton Oldfield: A Prison Diary' –
so now is a good time to get a signed copy of the first edition!
In the New Year we will be looking at ways for Myrdle Court Press to run more books off the presses and ‘go global’.
If you would like to assist with any of these endeavours we are open to developing partnerships; critical, with patience and integrity, please do get in touch/reach out.
!!! THANK YOU !!!
It is difficult to explain our gratitude for your support and solidarity; material and emotional over these months!! After the tribunal verdict we expressed a sense of relief – its fair to say we also felt a sense of ire at Teresa May for taking so much of your time and resources too! Thank you for being there.
As we said to the media outside the tribunal we need to ‘delete’ the idea of deportation/removal – and hope we can work on this together! There are so very many cases that need our urgent attention. In the next few days for example Isa Muazu (hunger striker on his death bed) is expected to once again be deported again - call for action!
As Nadine El-Enany argues in this Guardian article - hopefully this defeat of Teresa May was a 'win' for all of us! SOLIDARITY / LOTS OF LOVED, T and S
PS: SOCIAL MEDIA