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Are Such Things Done On Albion's Shore? [Dec. 13th, 2009|01:03 pm]
Tony Grist
Security guards employed by Serco- the private firm which operates the detention centre at Yarl's Wood- have prevented an Anglican clergyman, dressed as Santa, from handing out presents to the children of asylum seekers.
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[User Picture]From: shullie
2009-12-13 01:10 pm (UTC)
this was brought up on the Moral Maze (BBC Radio 4) last night, regarding a discussion on what it the true meaning of Christmas in the somewhat secular society... though there were no Pagans there giving evidence, there were some interesting thoughts hared.. especially about the role of Christianity as revolution, and that Christmas should be seen as the fuse!
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[User Picture]From: shullie
2009-12-13 01:12 pm (UTC)
I will pass this on, if that's okay...xxx
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-12-13 02:43 pm (UTC)
Please do. The more people who know about it the better. :)
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2009-12-13 03:46 pm (UTC)
There is a video on the official St Nicolas web site.

http://www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?pageID=867

Honestly, what were these security guards thinking? :(
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-12-13 05:34 pm (UTC)
I don't particularly blame the guards. They were under orders and afraid of losing their jobs. I blame a government that not only locks up innocent kids but farms out the dirty work to a company that's prepared to do it for a profit.

Thanks for the link.

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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2009-12-13 09:17 pm (UTC)
Well, In my youth I worked for a few years in the Civil Service, the most hierarchical organisation you can imagine, and the correct procedure when faced with something you have no authority to deal with is to pass the buck up to your superior.

The guards should have realised that they were out of their depth and they should have called on their boss to come out and deal with the funny guys in the robes.

But I do agree with you that this sort of thing shouldn't be farmed out to companies trying to make a profit out of it.

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[User Picture]From: shullie
2009-12-13 06:33 pm (UTC)
though I am not a Christian, but not allowing those gift to be given, and indeed the imprisonment of children is utterly disgraceful.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-12-13 02:42 pm (UTC)
If you look at the heart of the Christmas myth there's something highly revolutionary going on. "I shall put down the mighty from their seats and exalt the humble and meek." Herod didn't kill all those babies on a whim....
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2009-12-13 01:45 pm (UTC)

:(

That is disgusting. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-12-13 02:43 pm (UTC)

Re: :(

Pass it on. :)
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[User Picture]From: silverhawkdruid
2009-12-13 04:52 pm (UTC)
Sickened by this. Sending the link and the video link to everyone I can.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-12-13 05:26 pm (UTC)
Excellent!
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2009-12-13 06:32 pm (UTC)
Well, that's appalling. :-p
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[User Picture]From: calizen
2009-12-13 06:54 pm (UTC)
Do you think with all the bad publicity, Yarl's Wood would reconsider?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-12-13 09:14 pm (UTC)
I think government might reconsider. There's an election looming. They don't want to look inhumane.
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[User Picture]From: calizen
2009-12-14 05:25 pm (UTC)
Good, go get 'em!
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-12-13 07:28 pm (UTC)
Yikes! What is going on in the world today? Children imprisoned? Denied Holiday gifts? God help us all!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-12-13 09:15 pm (UTC)
It's the logical outcome of a punitive approach to immigration.
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