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    It’s not enough Mr Brown

    by Sunny on 8th October, 2007 at 5:55 pm    

    Those of us pushing the ‘give-Iraqi-employees-of-British-armed-forces-aslyum-in-Britain’ campaign were thrown a few crumbs by Gordon Brown today:

    Mr Speaker, I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the work of our civilian and locally employed staff in Iraq, many of whom have worked in extremely difficult circumstances exposing themselves and their families to danger. And I am pleased therefore to announce today a new policy which more fully recognises the contribution made by our local Iraqi staff who work for our armed forces and civilian missions in uniquely difficult circumstances.

    Existing staff who have been employed by us for more than twelve months and have completed their work will be able to apply for a package of financial payments to aid resettlement in Iraq or elsewhere in the region, or - in agreed circumstances - for admission to the UK. And professional staff — including interpreters and translators — with a similar length of service who have left our employ since the beginning of 2005 will also be able to apply for assistance. We will make a further written statement on the detail of this scheme this week.

    This is a poor sop because of the ‘twelve months’ qualifier. It is unlikely most employees would be given contracts for anything approaching 12 months and this attempt by Brown to give the impression he cares is very poor. We are not impressed.

    The event tomorrow is therefore still going ahead, albeit now at Portcullis House. I’ll be there saying hello to attendees so do drop in to show your support if you can.

    Update: The US government made the same decision recently after a media campaign. via Bloggerheads.

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    1. Don — on 8th October, 2007 at 7:02 pm  

      With Brown on the back foot this is surely a good time to apply pressure so that the promised details are a damn sight more comprehensive than the current outline.

    2. Sunny — on 8th October, 2007 at 10:19 pm  

      Don, agreed. And that’s our plan. Did you catch Channel 4 news tonight? They covered this and the main interviewee, Mark Brockoway, said the same.

    3. ChrisC — on 9th October, 2007 at 9:23 am  

      Sounded like weasel words yesterday.
      Keep up the pressure.

    4. sonia — on 9th October, 2007 at 1:18 pm  

      Well of course it’s not enough. It’s never going to be enough and that[’s why Mr. Brown is only throwing a few crumbs. He knows full well that if he was going to go far enough, he’d have to allow/offer every person whose life was risked by the so-called liberal interventions - an alternative life here. that would only be fair.

      and that =clearly= would be the end of liberal interventions.

      mind you, its a very good point. next time we hear about any plans for an intervention, let’s see if they incorporate this aspect into it - what happens when the place is so mucked up, no one wants to live there anymore, are we happy to have them all over here? and if not, then maybe we shouldn’t go and muck it up. ( that would at least force the Intervenors to make sure they have a plan)

    5. sonia — on 9th October, 2007 at 1:21 pm  

      After all, if you invade your neighbours house to allegedly put it to rights, and you said “of course ill put it to rights. that’s why im invading” ( not to rape his wife of course and steal his money :-)) but if you knew you had to bring up his kids in your own house if you didn’t leave his house in an at least inhabitable condition, well then you might be a bit careful about how you proceed mightn’t you?

    6. Robert Sharp — on 11th October, 2007 at 11:46 am  

      The Numbers Game…

      The “twelve month” criteria for Iraqis is wrong. Asylum is not like a knighthood or a gold watch, to be presented as some kind of long-service award.


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