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‘Let them go to Saudi … we are not a dumping ground’ – Kevin Carroll condemns decision to accept Syrian refugees

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This is the extent of the humanity of Kevin Carroll, the former EDL thug who Maajid Nawaz and Quilliam tried to convince us was no longer an extremist.

‘Let them go to Saudi … we are not a dumping ground’ – Kevin Carroll condemns decision to accept Syrian refugees

Grudgingly, belatedly and on the eve of a Commons debate over a Labour motion that would very likely have resulted in defeat had they opposed it, the Tory-led coalition government announced yesterday that Britain would temporarily resettle up to 500 refugees from Syria.

The government has still not signed up to the United Nations programme that has seen Germany take in 10,000 refugees, and the tiny number it has agreed to accept must be seen in the context of the millions who have fled the civil war in Syria. The select few who are to be admitted to the UK will be only “the most vulnerable”, namely children, the elderly, the disabled and victims of torture and sexual violence.

You might think that nobody with a shred of civilised feeling would object to giving refuge to these desperate people. And you’d be correct. Vocal opposition this token humanitarian gesture has mainly been restricted to the scum of the far right. Here, for example, we reproduce a series of tweets and retweets by former English Defence League co-leader Kevin Carroll angrily denouncing the government’s decision.

Nobody familiar with Carroll’s record will be surprised at this. Only the other day, he was tweeting his support for the genocidal campaign against the Rohingya community in Myanmar. But it’s worth reiterating that this is a man who a few months ago, along with his cousin Stephen Lennon, was presented to the public at a Quilliam press conference as a changed character who had broken (or was in the process of breaking) with extremism. Quilliam’s Maajid Nawaz went so far as to declare that Lennon and Carroll’s supposed renunciation of the EDL’s racism and xenophobia represented “a huge success for community relations in the United Kingdom”.

We’re still waiting for an admission from Nawaz and his colleagues that they got this badly wrong. Kevin Carroll Syrian refugees tweets Kevin Carroll Syrian refugees retweets

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  • Christian-Friend

    They’re seeking asylum ANYWHERE that are willing to take them.

  • The eight whose rights are being withheld denies me that priviledge, if Allah blesses me it is out of his forgiveness.

  • Lynchpin

    It reminds me of a game I used to have in my younger days which started out around the year 1066, involving the groups occupying Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. There were many factions to choose from, two of which included the Almohads who occupied southern Spain (Granada and Córdoba) all the way through Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya (given as ‘Cyrenacia’), and the Spanish who occupied much of what is present day Spain except Granada, Córdoba (Almohads), Valencia (led by El Cid), Aragon and Navarre (led by local kingdoms). Portugal started independent. Even though the game’s producers undoubtedly simplified the situation, the politics and resulting warfare was fairly chaotic. Goodness knows what it must have been like in real life during those hundreds of years.

  • Lynchpin

    I’d agree with you, albeit for slightly different reasons. As I mentioned above, the 4 biggest donators proportional to their income do not have a history of meddling – they appear to be donating because they believe it to be the right thing to do.

    I’d agree with you in that in the vast majority of cases it’s better not to donate. I believe this for a few reasons, some of which include enabling corruption to fluorish and causing the beneficiary to become reliant, and hence detrimental to the country’s long-term prospects. http://www.cato.org/publications/economic-development-bulletin/african-perspectives-aid-foreign-assistance-will-not-pull-africa-out-poverty is a brief article around it.
    It’s just a shame that, by not donating, we’d rule out the success stories such as Rwanda.

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