“It’s just a bloody war!”

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Well, it looks like Tony Blair and Jack Straw are proceeding with their xenophobic plan to purge the U.K. of immigrants in general and foreign asylum seekers in particular. Over at Lenin’s Tomb we hear that her majesty’s government is preparing to deport refugees…to a war zone.

Despite refugee groups and the UNHCR warning that the volatile situation in Iraq means that no-one should be forced home, the Home Office are insisting that some parts of Iraq are not as affected by insurgent action and are therefore safer. This goes against Foreign Office advice which has discouraged non- essential travel to Iraq for Britons and warns of an expected increase in attacks by insurgents.

So if your country is at war, don’t think of trying to seek asylum in the U.K., they will just send you right back. This goes hand in hand with Blair’s new agenda to roll back human rights legislation so that they can also deport people to countries that torture its citizens.

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