Emma Thompson criticizes ‘insensitive’ government over ‘blindingly crazy’ Rwanda plan

Home Secretary Priti Patel unveiled the plan in April under which anyone who has come to the UK by allegedly illegal means – particularly via the English Channel – will fly a one-way ticket from the UK to the African country to start a new life there. to start.

Emma, ​​who has long spoken out on a number of political issues, was asked about the plan in an interview with Sky News’ Beth Rigby on Thursday, where the British actor said it did not reflect the “soul of this country” and its people. . in the.

“The real problem is that our referral mechanisms are a mess and the Rwanda plan is blindingly insane and insensitive,” she said.

“We are showing an insensitivity in government that I don’t think reflects the soul of this country and the nature of the people in this country. I really don’t.”

Emma, ​​who adopted son Tindyebwa Agaba when he was 16 after fleeing Rwanda, continued: “I understand many refugees will think, ‘all Ukrainians are white and this kind of welcome was not given to Syrian refugees when the same kind things happened in Aleppo’, and I understand that, but at the same time there’s been a huge compassionate opening from the British people.

“The people in this country have all been so eager to help and are really severely prevented from doing so by government mechanisms and all sorts of internal problems with things like bank accounts and our civil society that is somehow not helped to take up the opportunity. grab.

“This is a very, very complex issue, but the displacement of peoples, not only because of war but also because of climate change, is going to be one of the biggest problems of our time, and certainly of the 21st century. So we’d better start thinking about how people should move and we’re going to have to accept that.”

She added: “We can’t become fortresses and put up walls anymore, it’s not realistic.”

Watch the full Beth Rigby interview with Emma Thompson and Good Luck to You Leo Grande co-star Darryl McCormack below…

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