THE home secretary believes we should change refugee to mean ‘anyone who should have stayed in their own country and will be sent back there’.
Suella Braverman, visiting Washington DC in the hope it will look like the president asked her to, said that the current definition of refugee is so broad it includes people she does not like at all.
She continued: “Refugees aren’t what they were in 1951, when there had been a proper war with Britain as a key player and the majority were nice and white.
“No, too often they’re fleeing some ethnic conflict they started themselves, have the wrong politics and are coming to Britain merely because their lives have been threatened. At least survive an attempt on it before you run away crying.
“I propose that we redefine the term refugee to mean ‘quitter’. To mean ‘someone who could have fixed things back home but it was too much trouble’. To mean ‘foreign, but not rich’.
“This judicious shift would allow us to kick refugees back to their home countries with instructions to make things better. And you know what that makes? A better world.”
She added: “Also, if you haven’t come direct to Britain from Afghanistan you don’t get in. Touch another country first and you’ve got its germs on you.”