Poor refugees unwelcome, rich Saudi princes welcome in Cameron’s Britain

This video from Australia says about itself:

G4S security guard – eyewitness to murder – speaks out

20 February 2015

Former G4S security guard, Steve Kilburn, speaking at the Perth action marking one year since the murder on Manus [island] of Iranian refugee Reza Barati.

Reza Barati was killed on 17 February 2014 and the action took place on 20 February 2015.

The action was organised by the Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN).

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Migrants not welcome here – unless they’re Saudi princes

Saturday 23rd January 2016

IS IT just me or, for a country allegedly guided in its actions by a much-professed Christian faith, have things got lost somewhat in translation?

Over the years most of the so-called tenets of Christian faith have fallen by the wayside or, in many cases, been forcibly ejected from the moving vehicle.

The 10 commandments which, on the face of it, were fairly categorical, have been ambiguously interpreted at best over the centuries to include all sorts of helpful get-out clauses which I am fairly sure were not on the original stone tablets.

Thou shalt not kill — unless we tell you to.

Thou shalt not steal — that’s our job.

Do unto others as you would have done unto you has become “screw the next guy before he screws you.”

And then of course, there’s love thy neighbour. Which seems to have been excised completely from Parliament’s copy of the good book.

This week the latest in a very long line of scandals engulfed private security firm G4S, which holds the asylum-seeker housing contract — and by extension it engulfed the government who handed them the lucrative gig in the first place.

Yes, it emerged that that they have deliberately painted the doors of homes designated for asylum-seekers in Middlesborough red, thus singling them out from those living next to them.

Blatantly identifying extremely vulnerable and traumatised people, many of whom were seeking to flee just such persecution, is merely a heil, goosestep and a jump from pinning yellow stars on their chests.

What’s next? The Walsall ghetto?

The revelation has understandably led to outrage and demands for a full inquiry into the matter.

Not that the Tories give a toss of course.

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire attempted to play it down by saying that he had spoken to the head of G4S, who “assured” him that neither it, nor its subcontractor Jomast, had such a policy.

Which is curious because, you see, local campaigners have been raising this issue for at least four years and alerted the Commons home affairs committee, the National Audit Office and a local MP to the matter.

One such campaigner told the BBC: “In September 2012 we asked G4S if they would do something about the red doors and they replied they had no intention of doing anything.”

One Tory MP suggested that he suspected “they just got a job lot of doors and paint and just didn’t think about it.”

If there is no such “policy” it’s one hell of a coincidence that, with very few exceptions, only the doors of asylum-seekers were daubed in this colour and have been continuously for four years!

One resident asylum-seeker painted his door white instead only for it to be immediately painted red again.

Or perhaps they were just trying to make people feel part of the community by painting the doors in the colours of the local football team…

Yeah, and maybe G4S are a bunch of racist scumbags gleefully making money hand-over-fist from the suffering and misery of others.

Still, at least they can always turn round and argue that they’re only following government policy which is explicitly designed to make life as difficult and hostile as possible for asylum-seekers and refugees.

This is a government that has openly said that it will do nothing to make life easier for destitute refugees in Calais and Le Havre, many of whom are on the verge of freezing and starving to death, as it “would only encourage others” to try to come to Europe.

You will no doubt recall that this was the same argument they sought to employ when they were criticised for letting thousands of men, women and children drown in the Mediterranean by cutting Britain’s co-operation with the EU force tasked with saving the lives of these desperate people.

In fact the government’s whole approach to the issues of immigration and asylum appear to have been lifted directly from the pages of one book — not the bible, but Mein Kampf.

The latest wheeze from HMG plc is the wealth test for those seeking entrance to Britain.

From April Home Secretary Theresa May announced this week non-EU migrants making less than £35,000 a year after five years’ residency would be deported.

Because obviously moral integrity and worthiness are measured solely by the weight of one’s wallet.

We like fine, upstanding, hard-working types — like Saudi princes and arms dealers.

About the only people I know earning more than £35,000 a year are politicians and bankers — and they’re the ones who plunged us into the current financial crisis in the first place.

They’ll be pulling people’s gold fillings out as they go through customs next. Or demanding they hand over their first-born child. That’s got a nice biblical feel to it.

29 thoughts on “Poor refugees unwelcome, rich Saudi princes welcome in Cameron’s Britain

  1. Monday 25th Januay 2016

    posted by Joana Ramiro in Britain

    Labour top team demands action for refugees while Cameron jets off on jollies

    LABOUR condemned callous Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday, slamming the top Tory for showing “a real lack of judgement and leadership during this refugee crisis.”

    Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham scolded the PM for jetting off on a European jolly while thousands suffered, as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged that Britain “reach out the hand of humanity to the victims of war and brutal repression.”

    Aid workers and campaigners said matters would only get worse if Britain did not take in more refugees.

    “David Cameron has been found guilty of a real lack of judgement and leadership during this refugee crisis,” Mr Burnham charged.

    “He has been pursuing his own individual demands on EU migration while the rest of Europe has been grappling with the biggest humanitarian crisis since the second world war.

    “He has left Britain looking blinkered and selfish.

    “Just miles from our own doorstep, there are hundreds of refugee children in makeshift French camps living alone in abhorrent conditions.

    “Britain can, and should, be doing more to give those kids a place of safety and I believe the vast majority of people here would support it.”

    He spoke after Mr Corbyn visited the camp of Grande Synthe near Dunkirk, where over 2,000 people live in conditions described as “far worse” than those in Calais, and called for an effort like that mounted to rescue Jewish children from the nazis.

    “We must reach out the hand of humanity to the victims of war and brutal repression,” the Labour leader said.

    “Along with other EU states, Britain needs to accept its share of refugees from the conflicts on Europe’s borders, including the horrific civil war in Syria.

    “We have to do more. As a matter of urgency, David Cameron should act to give refuge to unaccompanied refugee children now in Europe — as we did with Jewish Kindertransport children escaping from nazi tyranny in the 1930s.”

    Mr Burnham spoke out yesterday after 50 refugees living in the notorious Jungle refugee camp in Calais stowed away on a ferry in a bid to reach safety in Britain, but were caught — causing a several-hour delay to cross-Channel traffic.

    Road Haulage Association boss Richard Burnett demanded that French squaddies be deployed before a “UK-bound truck driver is killed.”

    He called for harsh measures to stop what he termed “migrant mayhem.”

    “This latest episode has made the headlines, but the many incidents of attacks and intimidation faced by our British drivers on a daily basis are going unreported as, depressingly, they are now being regarded as routine.

    “It is now time for the authorities to acknowledge and meet our demand for the French military to be deployed to secure the port and its approaches.”

    But campaigners warned that the military was not the solution to the “enormous amount of desperation” felt by refugees.

    “It is understandable that the current situation in Calais puts tremendous pressure on lorry and train drivers,” London2Calais aid worker Mona Dohle said.

    “But migrants shouldn’t be blamed for this crisis. They are forced to enter Britain illegally because there is no legal procedure for entering.

    “It takes an enormous amount of desperation in order to risk your life jumping on a train or lorry.

    “If lorry drivers have any complaints, they should raise them with the British government, not with refugees.

    “There is only one way to end this crisis, open the borders and allow safe passage.”



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