Via a refugee law e-mail list, I see that the Home Office has agreed to pay £150,000 to settle the claim of a family from the Democratic Republic of Congo who were taken into immigration detention in a dawn raid by large numbers of uniformed police. They had committed no offence, and no-one was being returned to the DRC due to the unstable political situation there, so detaining them was pointless. Their eight-year-old kid developed PTSD as a result of the raid, and their baby of one developed an adjustment disorder. I know people with PTSD from childhood trauma, and it's often still affecting them in serious, sometimes crippling ways 20, 30, 40 years later. £150,000 won't fix that. I'm glad they've got it, but what I really want is for the Labour Government to admit that its detention policy is cruel, wasteful and ineffective, and change it. Of course, one of the reasons they settle such claims is to avoid being ordered by a Court to do exactly that; and they don't want that because detention and dawn raids are part of a cynical strategy to deter people from exercising their legal right to seek asylum here. This was no accident. Please, I beg you, don't vote for this crowd at the next election, unless you want this kind of thing to keep happening. In which case, shouldn't you just vote BNP and be done with it?
This, believe it or not, is the toned-down version of this rant, because that's how angry this makes me.
- Current Mood: angry