What the ed­i­to­ri­als said

The Week Middle East - - News -

At the London Olympics four years ago, Bri­tain “proudly pro­jected the im­age of an open, tol­er­ant, con­fi­dent na­tion”, said The Ob­server. But how mean-spir­ited we have made our­selves look to­day. MPs call­ing for asy­lum seek­ers to be sub­jected to den­tal checks? Tabloids us­ing an in­ac­cu­rate “fun app” to an­a­lyse pho­tos of ar­riv­ing child refugees in or­der to “prove” that they are adults and there­fore don’t de­serve our help? “What has hap­pened to us?” The lib­eral “pos­tur­ing” over the ques­tion­ing of mi­grants’ ages has been ridicu­lous, said the Daily Mail. Gary Lineker con­demned crit­ics’ con­cerns as “hideously racist”; shadow home sec­re­tary Diane Ab­bott said it made her “ashamed to be Bri­tish”. Never mind that “ev­ery other coun­try in the EU, bar three, uses den­tal and carpal X-rays to as­cer­tain mi­grants’ ages”, or the fact that Bri­tain has given more aid than any other EU na­tion to help Syr­ian refugees in camps in the Mid­dle East. The con­cern over mi­grants’ ages is le­git­i­mate, agreed The Daily Tele­graph. “The Bri­tish peo­ple want to see chil­dren who need asy­lum helped to set­tle in the UK.” But they also want the asy­lum sys­tem to have in­tegrity.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.