The bleeding heart reporter met a family of Syrian refugees about to be expatriated to Glasgow. Razzall told us, between sighs that were as sorrowful as they were heartfelt, of a never-ending catalogue of injustices and problems faced by Syrians uppermost of which is the high cost of rents in Lebanon. Shocking.
And to add insult to injury the family in question have been ‘interrogated’ on at least two – yes TWO occasions – in order for them to be cleared as safe to enter the UK. It was all too much for Razzall. The sorrow and pity in her voice was something to behold.
Choking back the tears I tried to watch the ‘harrowing’ images of the family drinking tea in a perfectly pleasant flat – but one, lest we forget, that is costing the family an arm and a leg in rent. It really was too much for Razzall. The sighs came thick and fast. Agonised was the voice, every muscled strained in sympathy.
She smiled benevolently at the children: “What do you think England will be like?” she asked one of them. “Cold” said one child. It was enough to make your heart melt. The only thing missing were violins.
The family had been deemed to be ‘vulnerable’ thus guaranteeing a free ticket to the UK where, Razzall will be relieved to know, they won’t have to bother with such irksome things as high rents and the cost of living.
Nor will they have to pay pesky medical bills – a very convenient fact given that the head of the family has a heart condition. Never fear the NHS is here – and so too is housing benefit and not forgetting social security and all those other goodies that will be provided free of charge.
Razzall however still looked pitifully into the camera - She couldn’t quite believe the inhumanity of it all – subjected first to ‘interrogation’, then forced to take a free flight, forced to live in a free house and forced to accept free healthcare and education and the full bounty of the welfare state.
Eventually we were then taken into an office where we would witness the ‘interrogations’ first hand. It was a truly harrowing scene. Where are Amnesty International when you need them?
A would-be-migrant described how he had been tortured. Scribbling a few notes, the official sat at his desk and looked horrified. And that was all there was to it! I kid you not. Next! Those of us waiting for an interrogation were left disappointed. The migrant describing his brutal treatment was not even asked to show his scars! And to think they had to describe their ‘experiences’ not just once, but TWICE…
With such stringent security measures in place the residents of Glasgow and beyond will surely sleep that much more safely in their beds this evening.
We next caught up with a Razzall as she waited at Glasgow airport lamenting that she had been unable to offer a ‘friendly’ face to the family now they had landed on British soil. Is there no end to this woman’s compassion?
The authorities had decided to sneak the migrants in through the back door. Can’t for the life of me think why, can you Katie?
But all is not lost. Razzall and Newsnight have promised to keep tabs on the family thus enabling them to dispel any ‘orrible anti-Islamic thoughts we may be harbouring. Bless.
Expect therefore in the coming months for your Islamophobia to be fully expunged by Saint Razzall. There'll be plenty more where this came from, of that we can be sure.