Tim Blair


New Criterion



Thursday, January 16, 2003

The Australian Education Union (AEU) has voted unanimously to appeal for Federal Government support to let detainee children into public schools.

Unless, of course, they mean that the parents should be let loose too. Like those lovely chaps seeking asylum in Manchester.

Home Secretary David Blunkett said the man, who is thought to be Algerian, had been in the country "on and off for about four years".

Mr Blunkett said he "wasn't let go, wasn't forgotten about, was tracked by the security services to the point where we were about to arrest and deal with him".

But shadow home secretary Oliver Letwin said the incident proved Britain was struggling to cope with the terrorist threat.