For PMQs

At PMQs today:

"Those people, in my view, should be deported irrespective of any claim that they have that the country to which they are going back may not be safe.

Er, no. No, not at all.

Firstly, I don't see why someone being foreign changes things. Why should foreign criminals be treated differently to domestic criminals?

Secondly, are we seriously saying that we're going to deport people back to, say, North Korea? How about Saudi Arabia? Uzbekistan?

Thirdly, let's take a particular case. Women forced into prostitution - sexual slavery - in the UK. They have all committed what is now the gravest of offences - they are illegal immigrants. Are we going to turn around and just send them home?

I don't know who to blame more; Dave Cameron for going off on this one, Tony Blair for giving in, the media for hyping this out of all proportion, or the lot of them for not actually sensibly debating the issue.



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