If the story being reported in the Observer and the BBC is true, about Home Office plans to break up the families of asylum seekers whose claims are rejected by the authorities but who do not jump on the first available flight home by forcing their children into care homes, my contempt for Government ministers will soar to Olympian altitudes.

It just seems unspeakably stupid and offensive.

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And for VS readers in the Oxford area, don’t forget that 29 November is the 10 Years Too Long demonstration outside Campsfield House, with Bill Morris, Evan Harris MP and others speaking, with music from the Oxford Sol Samba Band supported by Rhythms of Resistance. Full details from the Campaign to Close Campsfield webpage.

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