It’s unforgivable that the Conservative government has wasted millions on an unworkable, failing policy.
To put it in real-life terms, the £241 million already wasted on this policy could instead have paid for 95 million free school meals, enough to feed every eligible child in England for 2 months. Or 5.7 million more GP appointments. Or simply hiring 6,000 Home Office caseworkers to actually get the asylum backlog cleared.
If someone has been desparate enough to leave their home, travel thousands of miles and risk crossing the channel in a tiny dinghy, the outside chance of going to Rwanda will not deter them. This policy has much more to do with the internal struggles with the Tory party than any genuine desire to stop people risking their lives crossing the channel or controlling immigration in general.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said:
“The fact that this Government is content to squander millions on this totally unworkable white elephant of a policy tells you everything you need to know about their priorities.
“Three Home Secretaries and millions of taxpayers’ pounds later, the Conservatives have nothing to show for their failing Rwanda policy. It’s an unforgivable waste of taxpayers' money - and to think this could have paid for more than five million GP appointments just puts salt in the wound.
“It’s time for the Conservatives to accept reality and abandon this impractical, inhumane and extortionately expensive policy.”