Anna deserves right to stay
WHY, in the name of humanity, did our government try to send Anna Pareshi and her baby daughter Nicole to Albania?I cannot for the life of me understand why it is acceptable or desirable to deport them.
WHY, in the name of humanity, did our government try to send Anna Pareshi and her baby daughter Nicole to Albania?
I cannot for the life of me understand why it is acceptable or desirable to deport them. Anna came to Ipswich two years ago when she was pregnant by a British citizen.
She came from her native country to make a new life with her unborn baby's father.
According to the home office she entered the country illegally - but wasn't her reaction completely natural, trying to be with her partner for the birth of their child?
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Sadly the relationship did not last, but Nicole was born in this country. She is a British citizen. You would have thought that entitled her to the protection of the state.
But oh no! The government in its infinite wisdom wants to send her to Albania with her mother.
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Anna is concerned that in Albania they will be at risk from the people-smuggling gangs that she had to use to get to Britain in the first place.
Of course, the government has said she could leave Nicole behind to go into care - but that goes against every instinct of a loving mother.
Would it be so terrible to let them stay in Ipswich where they have a wide network of friends Anna has built up through the church where she worships?
There's no reason why they should be a burden on anyone - Anna has nursing, catering and manicurist qualifications so she should be able to find a job without too many problems.
We constantly hear there are difficulties in recruitment in these sectors.
The government feels it cannot consider whether Anna has skills that would be useful in this country because she entered Britain illegally.
The only thing it can consider is whether she is actually going to be in danger if she returns to Albania. It can't consider the welfare of her child - a British citizen - or whether she feels she would be in danger.
In this case the law is an ass. What harm would it do if she was allowed to stay in this country, complete her training and become a nurse in the NHS?
And if someone says there is a flood of young Albanian women pregnant by British citizens rushing to come over here, then they really should seek treatment for paranoia!
She has, at the last minute, won the right to a judicial review. If she loses then it's shameful. A caring government? Don't make me laugh!
I'VE been a great supporter of the county council's move to Endeavour House but it would be wrong to pretend there weren't teething troubles and no little confusion.
Martin Chiverton sparked a debate when he criticised some aspects of the new building - but full marks to him for the confidence to go on the record and not shelter in the cloak of anonymity.
But what concerns me more for the council tax payers is the confusion that seems to exist about who is and is not working in Endeavour House - and which old council buildings are still in use.
There seem to be pockets of people all over the town and none of the old buildings have yet been completely emptied.
It's early days, of course, and we must allow officials a few weeks to sort things out.
But if we don't soon start seeing the benefits of having a single headquarters building, council taxpayers' patience might start to wear thin.