Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


British Embassy in NZ claims "doing better than Europe"

British Embassy in NZ claims "we're doing better than most European countries" on refugee crisis - while David Cameron admits extra-judicial drone killings in Syria; Wellington residents protest

8th September 2015: Wellington, New Zealand

Outraged British citizens and other supporters today gathered outside the British Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand to protest the UK response to the refugee crisis –on the same day that PM David Cameron admitted extra-judicial RAF killings in Syria. Protesters demanded an increase in the number of people to be accepted into the UK – including accepting those who have already reached Calais or Europe; and demanded that the UK government take responsibility for their share of the blame for causing the refugee crisis. When questioned about military intervention in Syria, the British Embassy spokesperson Pip Morgan falsely claimed that there had been none – despite David Cameron today taking responsibility for illegal airstrike assassinations which took place in Syria on the 21st August.

Pip Morgan of the British Embassy also refused to admit a British share in political responsibility for the displacement of millions of people across the Middle East and North Africa, claiming vaguely instead that it is a “humanitarian crisis”. Conversely, Peace Action Wellington state that the disaster is the "direct and inevitable consequence of the 2001 war in Afghanistan and the 2003 war in Iraq". UK representative Morgan also claimed that the UK is "doing better than most European countries” with new statements from David Cameron that he will accept 20,000 people over 5 years – a claim undermined by a comparison with Germany who are planning to accept between 800,000 and a million asylum seekers this year.

Lisa Claxton who attended the demonstration in Wellington today said “British citizens in the UK and around the world are feeling increasingly alienated and unrepresented by a government which is refusing to commit to a serious response to the refugee crisis and are now taking steps to destabilise Syria further by committing extra-judicial assassinations. The government ignored us when we told them not to attack Iraq and now they’re ignoring us again.”

The executions committed by the UK government in recent days have also been condemned by the likes of Amnesty International UK whose director Kate Allen stated today “It’s extremely alarming that the UK has apparently been conducting summary executions from the air. In following the United States down a lawless road of remote-controlled summary killings from the sky, the RAF has crossed a line.”

The protest at the British Embassy today resulted from a call on social media for UK residents of NZ who were shocked about the UK government's response to the refugee crisis. It also ties in with numerous protests planned around John Key's refusal to respond to calls to at least double the refugee quota.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Elusive Charms Of Christopher Luxon

Well, the first 36 hours of viewing the Christopher Luxon selfie were always going to be the best, before the repetitions set in. We get it, already. He’s an extroverted/big ego/high achieving/God fearing/country music lovin’/family man who is not at all averse to mansplaining to little ladies like RNZ’s Kathryn Ryan what “technical” words like “productivity” actually mean. But wait, there’s more. National is back! Mind you, that’s not the Bad National of recent experience, but the Good National of days gone by... More>>


Cancer Society: Hopes Final Pharmac Report Is Stronger

Today the delayed Interim Report was released by the Pharmac Review Panel. The performance of Pharmac and access to cancer drugs is a major concern for the Cancer Society... More>>

Defence: New Zealand Response To Assist Peace And Stability In Solomon Islands
The New Zealand government has announced that it will deploy Defence Force and Police personnel to Honiara to help restore peace and stability. “New Zealand is committed to its responsibilities and playing its part in upholding regional security,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.... More>>

Government: Delivers Reactivation Package As Aucklanders Reconnect For Summer
A new support package will help revive economic, social and cultural activities in our largest city over summer, and ensure those in hardship also get relief. The Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni and the Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash... More>>

National Party: Bridges Appointed Finance & Infrastructure Spokesperson

Hon Simon Bridges is the National Party’s new Finance and Infrastructure spokesperson, National Leader Christopher Luxon announced today. “Simon has prodigious skills, incredible talent and the intellectual heft needed to excel as National’s Finance spokesperson,” Mr Luxon says.... More>>

Waitangi National Trust: Waitangi Week
The Waitangi National Trust has decided there will be no in-person events at Waitangi Treaty Grounds during Waitangi Week 2022. Under the COVID-19 Protection Framework it would be practically impossible to safely proceed with the usual events of Waitangi commemorations... More>>

Freedom Camping: Making Sure People Are Up To Play With Changes
People interested in finding out how the proposed improvements to freedom camping might affect them are being invited to an information-sharing webinar... More>>




InfoPages News Channels