UK Politics


Doctor Dalrymple lets us have his thoughts on asylum-seekers in todays Times.

Contrary to much prejudice, they do not want to sponge off the state: most asylum-seekers seem to me avid for work. I have met many desperate for a job, although forbidden one by the state, and none who, once working, wish to give up. Their aim in life is self-improvement, not resignation to sloth in squalor.

My own dealings with recent immigrants to this country support his observation relating to their character.

I suspect a certain attitude to asylum-seekers (“they’ve come here to sponge” etc) is actually a form of transference.