Priti Patel’s latest low in human compassion is a scheme to forcibly transport asylum seekers who survive a channel crossing to far off islands.
The leaked plan has brought an outcry from charities who slammed it as “morally bankrupt”.
Thought to be the brainchild of Rasputin-style advisor Dominic Cummings, the scheme is to ship off men, women and children up to 9,300 miles away to tropical Papua New Guinea where cannibalism, though illegal, is still occasionally practised.
Other favourite dumping grounds are the Ascension Islands and St Helena, 4,000 and 5000 miles away in the middle of the south Atlantic, Moldova, north of Turkey and Morroco, in north west Africa.
A source close to the Home Office said that the prime minister’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, had become “obsessed with the Channel crossings” in the weeks before documents on the implications of the idea were produced in mid-September.
“He’s annoyed that it’s always in the press and he thinks it goes down really badly with the red wall voters, which it does,” the source said.
“He wants to deal with it. And he thinks these quite extreme ways would be totally fine with red wall voters, which it probably is.”
A documents leaked to the Guardian suggests the government has for weeks been working on “detailed plans” that include cost estimates of building asylum detention camps on these far flung places.
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