Monday, February 20, 2006

"It remains our view that these individuals represent a real risk to the national security of this country and should continue to be detained"

Hazel Blears, 20th October 2005.

"It is regrettable that any families with children have to be detained at all but it is sadly the actions of the adults in the family that make this necessary." Hazel Blears, 13th August 2003

Ms Blears, as well as being Minister of State for Crime, Security and Communities, is the constituency MP of Olive Mukarugwiza, a Rwandan asylum seeker who, after living in the UK for three years, without warning found her home raided by police at 6am last Tuesday morning. She and her three children were packed off to Yarls Wood detention centre pending their deportation. On Friday they were bundled onto a plane in such a distraught state that the pilot refused to fly.

Harry's Place has evidently received the same emails from the campaign to get her a decent review as me. More here and here.

This particular case appears to have received precisely no newspaper coverage. A google search for Olive comes up with precisely nothing. I can neither confirm nor deny the truth of this one. Nonetheless, a mother and her three children - the eldest of which apparently has offers from three universities as she prepares for her A-levels - hardly sound like a threat to national security. But in Labour's brave new world, asylum seekers are merely statistics - and the more they can refuse and deport to placate the anti-immigration crowd, the better.

Edited: It would appear Olive's surname was spelled wrong in the email I originally received. Now corrected. Still practically no Google presence though.

6 Comments:

Blogger Justin said...

God knows one tries extremely hard not to believe these fuckers are actually evil. But this kind of petty, bureaucratic "efficiency" (ad nauseum) pretty much amounts to the same thing.

2/20/2006 04:02:00 pm  
Blogger BondBloke said...

At the risk of repeating myself this bunch of morally bankrupt lunatics(New Labour) don't give a shit about people at all; all they are worried about is their own selfish backsides!

COMPLETE ASSHOLES the lot of'em!

2/20/2006 04:21:00 pm  
Blogger Dave Heasman said...

This site is very difficult to read these days. The "praise for Europhobia" column overwrites the postings. At least it does for me.

2/20/2006 04:35:00 pm  
Anonymous Osama Saeed said...

There was a case in Glasgow recently where a Pakistani woman was shipped off after a dawn raid without her 16-year-old son. As far as I'm aware, there is still no news of Farhad Ahmad's whereabouts.

2/20/2006 05:28:00 pm  
Blogger Phil said...

"A google search for Olive comes up with precisely nothing."

Try "Olive Mukarugwiza". (Still no press, mind you.)

2/20/2006 05:58:00 pm  
Blogger Nosemonkey said...

Justin / Osama - not isolated, eh? Dawn raids, detention centres and disappearances? If it weren't for the fact that I know our government is lovely, I'd start to draw parallels to the regimes of certain dodgy mid-20th century regimes around about now...

Phil - alternate spellings, eh? Still not an awful lot out there, it must be said... Then again, that post was viewed by people from News International and the BBC this afternoon, so fingers crossed, eh?

Dave - what are you reading it in, and what screen resolution are you at? There are a few formatting problems in IE, and it's not much cop on 800x600, but other than those ongoing issues I haven't made any real template changes since the big redesign.

2/20/2006 06:46:00 pm  

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