Immigration balls: Daily Mail says illegal immigrants in Dorset demand less British food
The Daily Mail has news of migrants – who are changed in the UK media from swarming, scrounging scum to joyous symbols of our noble humanity. The paper declares:
Immigrant deportation centre is ordered to make its food less British after inmates from more than EIGHTY countries complain about meals
Less British? What does that mean, then – less chicken tikka masala, lasagna and nachos?
Ben Wilkinson writes:
Illegal immigrants from more than 80 countries have complained about being served food that is too British as they await deportation.
Nearly three quarters of the 575 men housed at one removal centre – half of which have criminal convictions – told inspectors they were not happy with the food.
They were asked is they liked the food.
Rather than traditional prison fare such as shepherd’s pie or fish and chips…
Traditional prison fare… Fare? Is Ben Wilkinson living in the 1850s? And, Ben, mate, porridge and gruel are traditional food for lags. ‘Doing bird’ is not a reference to roast chicken.
…the Verne Immigration Removal Centre in Dorset has now been told to serve up ‘more culturally diverse’ dishes in an effort to cater to the huge range of nationalities.
The HM Chief Inspector of Prisons report published last month also said the English language menu should be printed in a range of dialects. The report reads: ‘The quality of food was adequate but it lacked cultural diversity – menus were not diverse enough to meet the needs of the population.’
The menus are only in English. You can read the full report here.
And in case you thought housing detainees in an old Victorian prison fort on Portland was anything but grim, Peter Bone, Tory MP for Wellingborough, is here to tell us that it’s not grim enough:
“To suggest we should mollycoddle these people who have no right to be here, or have been in prison, is ludicrous. We shouldn’t worry about the food as long as it is healthy and nutritional.”
Maybe Pete will be unhappy with this part of the report:
The separation unit environment was poor and it was used frequently. Some detainees were held there for several weeks. Cells were dirty, some toilets were filthy and the exercise yard was stark. Relationships between staff and detainees were affable but the regime was generally poor.
Or this bit:
The inspectors found 30 minutes of free legal advice was available and many detainees “struggled to obtain representation to fight their cases”.
Their report also highlighted “excessive stays”, including almost 40 men being held for more than a year, and one held for five years, which inspectors described as “one of the worse cases of prolonged detention we have seen”.
The prisoners were given a survey. One question was:
Nearly three quarters of the 575 men housed at the Verne Immigration Removal Centre in Dorset – half of which have criminal convictions – told inspectors they were not happy with the food
No, Ben, that’s not true. On the above response, 52% said the food was ok or better.
And when compared to the last survey, 29% saying the food was very good or good does not mean nearly 75% said it was bad.
As for making a complaint about anything – not just the too-British food – just 21% have.
Such are the facts.