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‘Let them go to Saudi … we are not a dumping ground’ – Kevin Carroll condemns decision to accept Syrian refugees


‘Let them go to Saudi … we are not a dumping ground’ – Kevin Carroll condemns decision to accept Syrian refugees

Grudgingly, belatedly and on the eve of a Commons debate over a Labour motion that would very likely have resulted in defeat had they opposed it, the Tory-led coalition government announced yesterday that Britain would temporarily resettle up to 500 refugees from Syria.

The government has still not signed up to the United Nations programme that has seen Germany take in 10,000 refugees, and the tiny number it has agreed to accept must be seen in the context of the millions who have fled the civil war in Syria. The select few who are to be admitted to the UK will be only “the most vulnerable”, namely children, the elderly, the disabled and victims of torture and sexual violence.

You might think that nobody with a shred of civilised feeling would object to giving refuge to these desperate people. And you’d be correct. Vocal opposition this token humanitarian gesture has mainly been restricted to the scum of the far right. Here, for example, we reproduce a series of tweets and retweets by former English Defence League co-leader Kevin Carroll angrily denouncing the government’s decision.

Nobody familiar with Carroll’s record will be surprised at this. Only the other day, he was tweeting his support for the genocidal campaign against the Rohingya community in Myanmar. But it’s worth reiterating that this is a man who a few months ago, along with his cousin Stephen Lennon, was presented to the public at a Quilliam press conference as a changed character who had broken (or was in the process of breaking) with extremism. Quilliam’s Maajid Nawaz went so far as to declare that Lennon and Carroll’s supposed renunciation of the EDL’s racism and xenophobia represented “a huge success for community relations in the United Kingdom”.

We’re still waiting for an admission from Nawaz and his colleagues that they got this badly wrong. Kevin Carroll Syrian refugees tweets Kevin Carroll Syrian refugees retweets


  1. It’s too cold & dreary in UK

  2. Maybe this guy is racist but still has some valid points. UK servicemen should have more rights in UK than foreign visitors. Just because I am Muslim, it doesn’t make me blind.

  3. Nice display of humanity there. *sarcasm*

  4. tell the UK to get thehell out of these countries then maybe you have so many refugees

  5. I hate how he said “dumping ground”. Syrians are humans, not garbage to be dumped. But he has a point, rich Muslim countries like Saudi and Kuwait should be taking in refugees, not Western ones where Syrians don’t know the language or customs.

  6. Let’s hope you are never in need of asylum .

  7. I see this, and it strikes me yet again, how spoiled we first-worlders are.

  8. Usually, the ones who demand everyone else accept multiculturalism and diversity are the ones who live in the whitest communities in the areea and are often the first to complain if a group of 20 “migrants” moves with five miles of them.

  9. What an a hole!

  10. Tell you what – instead how about the Wahabi/Al-Qaeda doomsday cult “warriors” leave Syria and go back to Saudi Arabia, or back to the filthy caves of Afghanistan or Pakistan, and then there wouldn’t be a problem in the first place and let the Syrians get their revolution without it being hijacked by unwanted trash of Al-Qaeda.

  11. go elsewhere – dear –

  12. what till this happens to someone he actually CARES about…

  13. Huh, I guess when I read Hebrews 13:2 “Forget not to show love to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares”, I must have missed the part that says “but those Arabs, send them to Saudi”

  14. reciprocity is a divine human quality. the UK got its staggering wealth from the countless generations-long exploitation of “third world” countries (howd they get to be “third world” again?)….its good karma to pay some of that back by embracing asylum seekers and refugees.

  15. NATO has been funding the war, so yep let the refugees flood Europe

  16. NATO and their stooges have been using Syria as a dumping ground for jihadis, so I have no sympathy for him

  17. a human being is a human being

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