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.