ANOTHER chaotic week at Westminster, but Conservative MPs haven’t yet found the collective conscience to do what most people think must be done and remove Boris Johnson from office.

That moment may still come next week. There must, surely, finally, be accountability for his rule-breaking and lies. 

But it’s also Conservative policies, like their Nationality and Borders Bill, currently being debated by the House of Lords, that should give rise to people’s anger.

This Bill seeks to divide communities and remove people of their rights. That’s why, this weekend and next, Southside campaigners are organising shows of unity and resistance against it.

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Clause 9 of the Bill would give the UK Home Secretary the power to remove citizenship from someone without even notifying them if the Government believes they are merely ‘linked’ to another country. 

This could apply to millions of people in England and Wales - as many as 2 in 5 people of colour - including people born here, as well as those who came here as children or adults.

Nor is this some idle threat. Powers to revoke citizenship have existed for some time but were scarcely used. However, since Priti Patel assumed office there have been around a hundred revocations each year.

The Bill also proposes creating a two-tier asylum system, where those thought to have arrived ‘illegally’ (e.g. by small boat crossings) could have that negatively impact the progress of their asylum applications. But with legal routes unattainable, the overwhelming majority have no choice but to seek unsafe routes. 

The charity Freedom From Torture has said that this legislation “represents the biggest legal assault on international refugee law ever seen in the UK.”

It’s fitting that Glasgow’s opposition to the Bill will centre on Kenmure Street in my Pollokshields ward, with a gathering at Maxwell Square Park today (Saturday 22 January) and a march from the Bowling Green community space one week later.

I hope that Glaswegians come together to oppose this needless and divisive law, and to show that all communities belong to Glasgow.

This matters regardless of who leads the Tory party. It is hard to see whoever eventually replaces Boris Johnson departing from the populist, English nationalist agenda that delivered them their current parliamentary majority.

Nor is it any relief that the Conservatives’ current crises have thrust the Labour party into a lead in the opinion polls, especially when they welcome ex-Tory MPs like Christian Wakefield, who is on record as saying that asylum seekers “have a shopping trolley as to what they want”.

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When Labour and Conservative are so indistinguishable that their MPs cross the floor and are welcomed with open arms, there is precious little choice or change for change. It was Labour governments under Tony Blair that first fed the racist popular press agenda on asylum, coining phrases like ‘bogus asylum seekers’ and ‘asylum cheats’. 

So while resisting Tory plans remains vital, ultimately the answer lies in removing Scotland from the broken Westminster system. We must have a chance to build a society based on fairness, dignity and respect. That’s a choice the people of Scotland must be given the chance to make, and soon.