How cheap words can be:-
"I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the work of our civilian and locally employed staff in Iraq, many of whom have worked in extremely difficult circumstances, exposing themselves and their families to danger. I am pleased therefore to announce today a new policy which more fully recognises the contribution made by our local Iraqi staff, who work for our armed forces and civilian missions in what we know are uniquely difficult circumstances. Existing staff who have been employed by us for more than 12 months and have completed their work will be able to apply for a package of financial payments to aid resettlement in Iraq or elsewhere in the region, or—in agreed circumstances—for admission to the UK."
That speech was made by Gordon Brown to the House of Commons on 8th October 2007. It did seem then that our government was not going to renege on its responsibilities towards those Iraqis our armed forces co-opted as employees. But in fact. . .
Number of Iraqis employed by the British who have been evacuated since that speech:-: 0.
Those Iraqis who have worked for the British armed forces are in hiding from the militia in Iraq or in Syria.
The Border and Immigration Agency, the Home Office Agency handling the last phase of the operation to resettle Iraqi ex-employees is delaying the evacuation of the Iraqis.
“The Home Office is dawdling while people are threatened with death. This is either incompetence in the face of a crisis, or it is a deliberate policy of putting bureaucratic obstacles in the face of fugitives. Neither is acceptable.”