23 April 2015, The Tablet

Europe cannot shirk its duty

Leaders of the European Union, including the British Government, must bear direct responsibility for the appalling loss of life at sea in recent weeks, including almost 1,000 drowned last weekend, following their decision to withdraw a comprehensive air-sea rescue service in the Mediterranean that saved many lives last year. The service that replaced it, based on a poorly resourced Italian coast-guard patrol of territorial waters, has manifestly failed as both the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and his deputy, Nick Clegg, have admitted.  But it was always meant to, and that is where moral responsibility lies. The plain intention was to let some  boat people drown to discourage others from embarking on a similar journey. In language reminiscent of Nazi double-speak, the EU commis
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