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Council Houses

This would be funny if it wasn't so true Sad

This came from New Zealand The whole world must think we are daft.
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WIN A COUNCIL HOUSE
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pierre_pierre
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Thats Definitely Not PC, how dare we complain Cheesy Grin Cheesy
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I don't think the revolution is far away Cheesy
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Spot on - it would be funny if it wasn't so true. I remember the case in question, and I was both flabbergasted and angry.
I just cannot understand why other EU countries seem to be able to deal with these problems much more efficiently and effectively than we do. These folk should have been immediately returned to where they came from. We are a laughing stock and the tragedy is that we can't do a thing about it. Even raising and discussing the subject here is likely to cause outcries of 'racism' when in fact it has nothing to do with racism, only with dealing fairly with criminals.
Meanwhile, in the news today - more stowaways from Afghanistan who will likely never go home and will probably quickly receive every benefit going.
Meanwhile, our servicemen and women are coming home in body bags. You couldn't make it up!
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Yes, I remember it well.  The plane was landed at Stansted where negotiations took place with the hijackers.  The whole operation cost upwards of £1m mostly for police involvement and was paid for by Essex tax payers with little government help.   
pierre_pierre
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I just cannot understand why other EU countries seem to be able to deal with these problems much more efficiently and effectively than we do.

Do They?  I thought they just let them carry on to the border and let them try and get to Blighty.
pierre_pierre
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As I understand it todays lot were trying to go Shopping at Ikea full story 
Twelve suspected illegal immigrants have been arrested after being found in a furniture delivery lorry.
The men, from Afghanistan, were discovered on Friday at Lakeside shopping centre, near Thurrock, Essex.
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Do They?  I thought they just let them carry on to the border and let them try and get to Blighty.

They do.  Look at the farce in Sangette where they were housed in a camp close to the ferries with little if any controls to stop them climbing into lorries heading for the UK.
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I did some voluntary work with French speaking asylum seekers from the Congo a few years ago.  They were seeking asylum for variety of reasons but mainly because they were wrong tribe/religion or politics.  Some had witness horrific murders of part of their families. 
They had not wanted to be in England, they had set out for Belgium - but the EU had passed them to this country and sent them to live in derelict council flats in Salford.  The flats were in a dreadful state but gradually the council moved them into other council property which was slightly better.
Many of them, once residence was granted and benefits ended [which they do!] got very menial jobs rather than have to continue on benefits.  One man who had been a university lecturer in Congo got 3 cleaning jobs a day so as  to support his family. 
Not all asylum seekers get the best of treatment  that people seem to think they get so please remember this when you comment on the stories the Press seem to delight in telling!
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When doing night patrols around Terminal 4, it was a commonish occurance to come across one or two asylum seekers wandering around who were mostly lost. They were handed over to Immigration, who usually harrumphed and raised their eyebrows muttering something along the lines of; "what again" The asylum seekers of course had no (presumably forged) documents, having flushed them down the aircraft loo's on the flight, or simply tossed them in the nearest bin, few spoke any English. It was not unknown to encounter whole families. We were never told what happened next, but were sometimes required to "stand guard" until an Immigration officer could be found in the middle of the night.
I never heard of any reports that the only two words of English they knew was "social security" I suspect that's something of a myth.
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Quote from: poppy
Spot on - it would be funny if it wasn't so true.

It is annoying. 
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I just cannot understand why other EU countries seem to be able to deal with these problems much more efficiently and effectively than we do.

Good question.  Huh
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These folk should have been immediately returned to where they came from.

Yes they should have been returned to where they came from.
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We are a laughing stock and the tragedy is that we can't do a thing about it.

True.  Angry
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Even raising and discussing the subject here is likely to cause outcries of 'racism' when in fact it has nothing to do with racism, only with dealing fairly with criminals.

True.  Sad
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Meanwhile, in the news today - more stowaways from Afghanistan who will likely never go home and will probably quickly receive every benefit going.

True.  Angry
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Meanwhile, our servicemen and women are coming home in body bags. You couldn't make it up!

True.  Angry  Angry  Angry