Glasgow – the friendly city?
November 16, 2010 by localnews
Robert Burns, our National Poet in Scotland, said it more than 250 years ago: ‘Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn.’
Today in Glasgow the same could be said. The UK Borders Agency (UKBA) is prepared to uproot more than 1300 families at short notice because the housing contract with Glasgow City Council for asylum seekers could not be satisfactorily re-negotiated.
While no one is saying why this happened, the pointers are that it was a matter of money. If UKBA can find this accommodation cheaper elsewhere it can be argued in today’s treacherous economic climate that they have a duty to the tax payer to do that.
But at what cost in human terms?
Would it not be better for the UK Government to allow those who arrive on these shore in search of sanctuary to WORK? Earn their own living. Do what they are trained to do. Use their knowledge, experience, professional skills?
That might avoid horrendous situations like this one arising. The Local News Glasgow will endeavour to continue to ask Glasgow City Council, the UKBA and other agencies the questions they sometimes seem unable or unwilling to answer.
We will, of course, speak directly to the people affected by this distressing situation and keep our loyal readers in touch with events.