Now the Tory government is twice damned over the deaths of 31 refugees while they were trying to cross the Channel to the UK.
It seems one of the people in the boat that sank was an Afghan soldier who had worked with Armed Forces from the UK.
It has been revealed that UK authorities left behind a wealth of information, including the identities of Afghan nationals who worked with them, when they scuttled off like rabbits for the planes out of that country.
Afterwards, it seems, no help has been provided to those people, despite the evidence that their lives are in danger as a result of UK government bungling.
So it’s no wonder if one family had tried to make their own way out to seek asylum – rightly, of course – in the country they had helped:
Among the migrants was an Afghan soldier who had worked with British forces. His family had decided to risk their lives to cross the channel after they “waited so long for help” from Britain
— The Times (@thetimes) November 24, 2021
Sadly, that family ran into the wall of exclusion that has been put up by the same Tory government that had endangered them. Court action has been launched against the Tories over that policy, but too late for these people:
“Channel Rescue, an organisation founded last year to ensure the safety of migrants, said it had brought the pre-trial action against the home secretary in the belief that the poilcy is “life-threatening, inhumane and unlawful”https://t.co/Q91SPdaC4i
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) November 25, 2021
Priti Patel, the Home Secretary whose policy is the basis for the court action, has dutifully expressed her sorrow at the loss of lives, and done… nothing else. This casts doubt upon her sincerity:
I absolutely refuse to accept that any politican cares about the safety of people crossing the channel, unless they take the obvious next step of saying they should be able to use the ferry. Anything else is xenophobia and borders dressed up as humanitarian concern
— Jon Stone (@joncstone) November 25, 2021
And she’s not the only one:
They’re alright, Jack. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/2VimwViRg5
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) November 25, 2021
(Labour’s Keir Starmer attacked the Tories, only last week, for failing to block all refugees from getting onto UK shores.)
Of course the Tories and their client journalists are closing ranks. The cover story is that refugees are not safe because they are resorting to people traffickers to smuggle them into the UK, and these criminals are putting them on craft that are deathtraps:
Natalie Elphicke(Tory MP) – "This is about criminal activity…. & people who do come into the country unlawfully should be returned…" pic.twitter.com/BvkhNBQkwK
— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK) November 25, 2021
Fine words from Natalie Elphicke, who herself was caught trying to pervert the course of justice by influencing legal proceedings against her husband Charlie. Her punishment was one day’s suspension from Parliament, which is an odd penalty for a criminal offence.
Ms Elphicke was also found to be one of the MPs who have a second job – at the height of the corruption scandal over these forms of employment – and to be a hypocrite who said Marcus Rashford should concentrate on his day job (football) rather than campaign for school children to have decent meals during the Covid pandemic.
In her comments she also ignored the fact that all the legal routes into the UK have been closed by her colleague in the Home Office. And there’s also this:
It is NEVER unlawful for someone to enter a country by any means whatsoever in order to claim asylum/refuge
The mainstream media should stop saying it is
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) November 25, 2021
So the Tory government had closed legal routes into the UK, but if someone manages to get here by other means and then claim asylum, that claim is legal.
Enter Tory journalist Quentin Letts to trot out the lie that these people come to the UK with “expectations” that they can get benefits here, that they can get a job here, and that the UK is “a soft touch”. When he appeared on Good Morning Britain with that nonsense he got short shrift:
Quentin Letts: "[Refugees] are coming with 'just expectation', they're coming here thinking 'I can get a job, I can get benefits"
Sonia Sodha: "You made that claim about benefits, actually you get more money in France as an asylum seeker than you do in the UK"#GMB #r4today pic.twitter.com/qhxrYxh0OF
— Incorrigible FCA (@ImIncorrigible) November 25, 2021
Government 'asylum support' is £39.63 a week. Those are the benefits Quentin Letts thinks people are drowning in the Channel for.
— David__Osland (@David__Osland) November 25, 2021
Something tells me that the last thing on this mother’s mind is stealing a British job or claiming £75 a week in means tested universal credit. pic.twitter.com/r9unyYAUx5
— Ragged Trousered Philanderer (@RaggedTP) November 24, 2021
Bringing this back to the Afghan soldier who was said to be in the boat: if the claim is true, he wasn’t coming because he thought the UK was “a soft touch”; he was coming because he had been endangered by the UK government – the Tories who are now so desperately trying to justify themselves with lies about criminals and benefits.
Lies told by killers – whether overt or inadvertent. The refugees and asylum-seekers are the innocent and blameless.
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