Tuesday 18 October 2016

Seeing is believing


The accompanying footage used on both BBC One bulletins

The first children from Calais have arrived in the UK under the government's new scheme. Both of the main BBC One news bulletins briefly mentioned the fact:
14 teenage migrants from the so-called 'Jungle' camp in Calais have arrived in the UK under a new Home Office fast track registration scheme. The children, aged between 14 and 17, were taken to a visa and immigration centre in Croydon today where they were to be assessed before being reunited with relatives already in the country.
14 teenage boys who have been living in the Calais camp known as 'The Jungle' have arrived in the UK to be reunited with members of their family. The children, aged between 14 and 17, were taken to a visa and immigration centre in Croydon today where they will be assessed before being reunited with family members who are already in Britain.
Neither bulletin gave us so much as a glimpse of these 'children' - unlike the Daily Mail which published numerous photos of the '14-17 year old boys', including:


...provoking huge amounts of scepticism from DM online readers:
  • Why are the papers continuing to call these individuals "Children"? Can they not see the reality from their own photographs ? 
  • What is going on? These are young adults and not children!
  • England you are just pure and utter mugs....the world is laughing at you...those "kids" are mostly mid 20s.
  • Like something from a Monty Python Sketch!!!! You couldn't make it up!!!!
  • CHILDREN ?????????????????
  • These are men. WTF? Are we losing it???
  • As DM readers have observed, no way are this group 14-17, more like 25-30, no wonder they are grinning!
  • They are NOT vulnerable children, they are Men of fighting age.
  • They haven't seen fourteen for many years. 
  • Only one of those "kids" looks like he is a teenager.... 
I can guess why the BBC chose not to show us these 'children' now.

3 comments:

  1. Well, Ed Thomas and Lily Alan will be weeping, with joy, at least

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    1. However, there is a strong argument to promote the idea that Lily Allen is still a child.

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    2. 'Hello Meester Alan... can Leelee come out to... er... play... with me and a few friends?"

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