The Curmudgeon


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Yes, But Have They Passed The Britishness Test?

A Bolivian asylum seeker has been granted the hallowed but now largely unfashionable status of refugee, and the Ministry of Dawn Raids and Deportations has agreed to confer upon her the privilege of British citizenship and pay a hundred thousand pounds in compensation for falsely imprisoning her and her four children. Her initial claim for asylum and subsequent appeal were refused, although she was not told about the refusal of the appeal since she was, at the time, still only an asylum seeker. Police and security guards duly turned up to force the family from their beds, and they were placed in Oakington disposal centre where they spent six weeks being variously abused, threatened and denied, and where on one occasion a private security guard hit the mother in front of her children. The research and policy manager at Bail for Immigration Detainees, a charity for helping political correctness go mad, contrived to miss the point spectacularly when she said that imprisoning children causes them harm and has not been shown to help immigration control. Locking up units in prisons run by leading security solutions providers is not intended to benefit children or help immigration control. It is intended to benefit the shareholders in the leading security solutions providers, and to help ensure that the politicians who steer the contracts their way need not look forward to an under-funded retirement.


  • At 12:27 am , Blogger phil said...

    "Removal centre"

    You couldn't make it up, could you? Orwell would be spinning, etc etc etc, not least from loss of moral rights over the IP associated with creative euphemisms in literature.

    WV="unthre": Whatever you thought it was, it isn't.

  • At 10:55 am , Blogger Philip said...

    I particularly like what's happened to the word solutions recently. It has been allowed to immigrate into all sorts of peculiar contexts, including the supermarket ("vegetarian solutions", which sounds like soluble Quorn but apparently isn't), the health bureaucracy ("flexible holistic recovery solutions") and now, evidently, the hired-thug business. Apparently everything's a problem these days.


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