19 February, 2003: Why dignify by complaint?

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This week's futile letter of protest:

Dear Mr. Blunkett,

I understand from your remarks on the radio this lunchtime that, if the courts allow, you intend to overturn today's ruling on the rights of asylum seekers to humane treatment.

I am at a loss to understand why Her Majesty's Government is so keen to have the six claimants in this case -- along with many others -- turned out onto the streets without food or shelter.

No doubt there is a good reason. I hope that you will be able to explain it to me.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Lightfoot.

But it's all futile. I'm not sure whether the government are actually racists in the way that their policies suggest, or whether they're just playing up to public opinion. I suppose that it doesn't matter. It makes me -- I don't know... probably that word that Jamie Zawinski is looking for: `halfway between baffled and angry'.

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