The head of Amnesty, Kate Allen, was busily talking the most terrible balls on the radio this morning. In an interview on the Today programme she reminded everyone of how bad the situation in Syria is and indulged in the usual Conservative-bashing by arguing that Britain wasn’t doing enough to alleviate the refugee situation. Despite spending more than almost any other country on regional solutions to the humanitarian catastrophe and a commitment to take in 20,000 refugees over 5 years, Ms Allen particularly lamented that we were ‘not joining with the rest of Europe.’
Seemingly unaware that most of the ‘refugees’ flooding into Europe are not Syrians and not refugees, she insisted that Britain should nevertheless bring in far more of them. When asked how many she thought we ought to bring in she said she was ‘reluctant to put a number on it.’ Of course she is. I am quite sure that Ms Allen has some figures in her head. The problem is that she knows that the public would balk at them, denounce her as a madwoman and cancel any remaining Amnesty subscriptions. So she keeps the actual numbers to herself. But we got an insight into the sort of numbers Ms Allen is thinking of for Britain when she said, ‘So far we’ve seen only Germany and one or two of the Scandinavian countries play their role.’
So ‘playing our role’ in Ms Allen’s mind clearly consists in copying the German and Swedish models. This would mean the UK taking in more than a million refugees this year only to discover after they are here that the majority ought not to be here because they are not Syrians and not refugees. In the meantime we would most likely also be able to see sexual violence against women and children escalate in our towns and cities, watch asylum centres burned to the ground by angry locals and observe an entire political class destroy the future of the country in their charge. No wonder Amnesty are keeping the details of this policy to themselves.