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15:05 | 23rd November 2017

News: UK

Fri 16 Jul, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


The government should resist this stupidity in the name of whatever integrity our asylum system may still have. Our immigration system is already the laughing stock of the world

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The Express Newspaper is under fire after Anne Widdecombe's views within the national paper where she attacked the immigration system and focused on situation with gay refugees.

Following last weeks Supreme Court ruling which stated that LGBT asylum seekers would not be forced home, if the feared prosecution due to their sexuality.

Widdecombe branded the decision made by Supreme Court Judge, Lord Rodgers, as “barmy”, after he stated that being persecuted for homosexuality, was a good enough reason to seek asylum and went on to say “When did his Lordship last read the Convention which dictates our obligations?”

The paper faced much scrutiny after publishing her comments, but Widdecombe has dismissed the outcry and has reinforced her views: “The asylum system is the most abused gateway to life in the West and in particular to Britain, Other countries, bound by the same Convention, take a more summary approach to anything except the serious refugee.

"The judge has now opened up yet another raft of abuse as people arrive claiming to be homosexual.

Perhaps Lord Rodgers will set out the criteria for proving such claims? Attendance at a Kylie concert? Talking loudly about boys? For sheer silliness this judge takes a lot of beating.

"The government should resist this stupidity in the name of whatever integrity our asylum system may still have. Our immigration system is already the laughing stock of the world.

The judge has just given it another set of comic lines but if we do not get a grip soon the result will not be remotely funny. The line between public frustration and civil unrest is sometimes thinner than a civilised society likes to imagine."

 

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