Sunday, 5 August 2018

How Vigilant We Are

The Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who killed 22 people at a concert in May 2017, had been rescued from Libya in 2014 by the Royal Navy. Why? 

Libya was in chaos because David Cameron had helped an Islamist rebellion there, one of the stupidest actions of any modern British politician. 

So with that in mind, shouldn’t the Government be a bit more careful about helping Islamist rebels in general, and about who else it welcomes into our borders? Apparently not.

Last week I noted plans to bring into this country members of the so-called White Helmets, a controversial, supposedly humanitarian organisation that has operated for years in areas of Syria controlled by militant Islamist jihadis.

Bizarrely, even after the Libyan disaster, Britain has been helping these jihadis too.

I still have no idea why these White Helmets need to come to Britain. Like you, I do not really know who they are.

On Monday I asked the Home Office how and where they will be vetted, where they will live, and who will support them. 

They replied three days later with meaningless flannel, about an eighth of an inch short of an actual insult.

When I chided the press officer involved, saying that the British Government really owed some respect to the concerns of British citizens about this sort of thing, and was behaving like a Soviet ministry in the 1980s, he laughed.

I would name him, because I think this behaviour demonstrates the astonishing arrogance of modern government, which long ago ceased to understand who pays its wages.

But I have been begged not to do so as it would be ‘unfair’. I don’t, as it happens, agree. 

But remember that laughter the next time you hear a Minister going on about how vigilant we are.

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