01 February 2024, The Tablet

The Rwanda Bill and the politics of insanity


When the Conservative Party’s Rwanda scheme was first mooted, the common reaction was simply, “You must be joking!” In a moment when the then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson needed a distraction from his many woes, the fantastical idea of forcibly removing asylum seekers to a faraway country, without right of appeal, fitted the bill. To the eternal shame of the government, instead of quietly dropping the idea, it has been turned into draft legislation. It has cleared the House of Commons but is currently being mauled to death in the Lords.

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