‘Priti Patel’s Rwanda plan is cruel and doesn’t help desperate asylum seekers’ – Voice of the Mirror


Seeing babies rescued from the sea is something desperate. That’s why, when we talk about refugees, everyone involved needs to be treated with compassion. They are desperate and vulnerable

Home Secretary Priti Patel

Priti Patel’s latest plan for refugees has been described as unworkable, ill-thought-out and possibly illegal. But the Government is pressing ahead with it, and soon we could be sending refugees to Rwanda.

The scheme provoked an outcry as soon as it was revealed, attracting cross-party condemnation and the derision of experts.

Some would say that’s what it was there for – to distract from the PM’s current crisis with Partygate and the slump in the polls.

Others say it has been coming for months. Whatever. It’s a scheme that the more you examine it, the crueller and more harebrained it looks.

Two-thirds of the people who flee to our shores are escaping conflicts. Just look at the photos in today’s paper.

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We see a lot of pictures like this, and it’s easy to become cynical. But seeing babies rescued from the sea is something desperate. That’s why, when we talk about refugees, everyone involved needs to be treated with compassion.

They are desperate, vulnerable and at the limit of what they can take. Shipping people thousands of thousands is not what they need. They need care.

At the Rwandan end of the scheme, the misery continues. Incredibly, as we reveal today, the building our asylum seekers are to be housed in is home to dozens of war victims – and they’re being kicked out.

People scarred by genocide are being forced to leave to make way for refugees we are sending. These are people’s lives.

People who have been through the very worst trauma, who thought they had a home.

The truth is that in dusty rooms in Whitehall, they are nothing more than pieces on a chessboard. But this is no game. It’s time to think again and deal with the problem humanely.

Crack down on smuggling gangs, process applications faster, open more routes. Whatever you do, Home Secretary, before you start, try to find some compassion. Even a sliver would help.

perfect tribute

Compassion is in abundance in the story we bring you today about Pete Wallroth.

When his wife Mair died from cancer just 10 weeks after giving birth to their baby, he was devastated.

But his used his pain to set up a new charity and vowed to help others in the same situation. It means Mair’s legacy is not only in her beautiful kids de ella, but in the many more helped by Pete and the charity set up in her name de ella.

What better way to ensure her memory lives on, and what better tribute to a special woman.

hopping for joy

There’s a great deal of pressure to put something funny here… some kind of point to wish you a Happy Easter. But we won’t crack. It’s an egg cellent time of year anyway. I don’t need to be bunny.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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