We need a pragmatic approach as well as a long term one

This very important question by Henry Smith on Tuesday during the Windrush debate needed a answer that would have given the Chagossian’s some sense that they would be helped today or at least this Summer. It is very disturbing that Priti Patel seems to expect people such as the Chagossians, along with many other people from other locations to wait until the Government has explored every one of its failures (the failures of all Governments, not just the current Government) and come up with a way forward to cover ever single issue. Of course the need for the Government to look at all of its failures with people like those from Windrush and Chagos is crucial, but it needs to deal with the problems as they come across them (or are reminded about them) rather than waiting until some vague point in the future. It is certainly true that the Chagos issues did not arise until long after Windrush, however whereas the Windrush community came to Britain under their own choice, albeit because they were called by our Government to do so, that Chagossians came because we removed them from their island in order for us to create a military base. The first time that Chagos got mentioned in Parliament was 1965 and so although this was long after Windrush happened and was first mentioned in Parliament (1948) it is vital that we resolve both of these issues now while the “wider work” takes place.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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