I WONDER which “Christian values” Cllr Mike Harris will “stand up for”in regards to the fact that hundreds of failed asylum seekers are living in the UK on less than the UN’s global poverty target of 77 pence per day?
Pregnant women, children and people with disabilities are among those who have been left destitute on the streets. Does Cllr Mike Harris’ morality allow him to ‘turn the other cheek’ to asylum seekers who have been tortured, raped,injured or indeed persecuted for being homosexual? Has Cllr Mike Harris heard of the parable of the Good Samaritan? As an ex-serviceman, does he approve of the Home Office’s decision to reject Mohammed Rafi Hottak’s claim for asylum? (It seems working for the UK’s armed forces and being blown up by the Taliban was not enough proof!) Does Cllr Mike Harris’ Christian beliefs reject the European Convention of Human Rights regarding a person’s rights to humanitarian protection? If he wants to deport everyone in the UK that has not got a UK passport then this is actually what he believes! This shows a frightening and callous lack of compassion and empathy towards those fleeing oppressive regimes (created more often than not by the UK’s foreign policies eg war in Iraq, Afghanistan etc).
Terry Banfield, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran