Dumping people 4,000 miles away is ‘immoral’ (Church of England bishops), ‘appalling’ (Prince Charles) and ‘ugly’ (Conservative MP and former minister Jesse Norman) while the legal avenues for refugees are largely closed
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Hundreds of people risking their lives to cross the English Channel on the same day a handful of migrants were stopped from being airlifted to Rwanda shows that controversial deportations are not the answer.
Few would dispute that trafficking gangs must be stopped and that Britain has the right to police its borders. But what have we become?
Throwing people 4,000 miles away is ‘immoral’ (Church of England bishops), ‘appalling’ (Prince Charles) and ‘ugly’ (Conservative MP and former minister Jesse Norman) while the legal avenues for refugees are largely closed.
Of those who reach our shores, seven out of 10 have legitimate claims to stay.
The flight from Boscombe Down airbase in Wiltshire was an expensive political gesture.
Boris Johnson and Priti Patel were even forced to issue a rare ministerial instruction after mandarins warned there was no evidence to justify the expenses, including a £120million down payment to Rwanda.
There is no easy answer, but what the government is doing, inciting hatred, is clearly wrong.
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listen to them
Grenfell Inferno survivors, loved ones of the dead and the west London community will collectively decide on a memorial for the 72 people who lost their lives five years ago.
But what New York did after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the toppled Twin Towers is a potential source of inspiration.
As the ongoing public inquiry reveals a culture of indifference, disregard, cost-cutting and security breaches that has proven fatal for the tenants of the high-rise building, Kensington and Chelsea Council , led by the Conservatives, and the British government must listen to the people.
But if the residents had been listened to years ago, this memorial would not have been necessary.
He will bottle
Boris Johnson will no doubt resist being grilled by national treasure Lorraine Kelly.
The cowardly Prime Minister knows that Lorraine always hits the powerful, not the powerless like he does.