Why on earth is Mo, who we are told by the Mail has ‘run from Somalia into our hearts’ actually in this country?
Mo’s father came to Britain as an ’asylum seeker’. Now Somalia is poor and has certainly been a very violent place. That may be areason for an asylum seeker's entry to Britain but it shouldn't be. If violence and poverty give a right for people to come and live in Britain, we could soon be submerged in hundreds of millions of them. Our rulers don't give a fig for us, do they?
But we learn (Mail on Sunday, August 19th), that Mo’s brother, still in Somalia, has made a career for himself as ‘a successful telecommunications engineer’ in the country and has an extended family apparently living quite peacefully there.
When the troubles in Somalia were at their height, the children were sent to live in neighbouring Djibouti with their grandmother. (Djibouti is a small country to the north closely allied ethnically to Somalia) where they ‘could have a peaceful childhood’.
Now there is something very odd about all this. How come Mo’s father can get into Britain as an ‘asylum seeker’ allegedly fleeing violence and bring Mo and other children after him when there is a country next door to his own where he could park some of his children to live peacefully with their grandmother and where he and the rest of his children could no doubt have lived peacefully too? The truth surely is that he was in no need of 'asylum' in Britain or anywhere else having already effectively got it in Djibouti where he already had family living.
What story did Mo’s father who crossed many other countries where he could have claimed ‘asylum’ (if that is truly what he wanted) tell to access Britain with all its many tax-payer-paid-for benefits? Or to 'seek a better life'as the Mail puts it? Was it the same kind of lies that another famous Somalian ‘asylum–seeker’ Ayaan Hirsi Ali told in order to claim asylum in the Netherlands?
Ali was actually living - and working - in unthreatening Kenya, also next door to Somalia, before journeying to the paved-with gold streets of Europe where she made a name for herself as a Dutch MP, anti-islam authoress and film maker.
The lies she told on making her application were subsequently discovered and she was stripped of her Dutch citizenship. She is now married to the Historian Niall Fergusson.
Taking us for Mugs
I for one think that Mo’s father was no more a genuine ‘asylum seeker’ than I am a Somali. I think it more than likely that he lied to get into Britain and like so many others came here essentially to sponge off this country – to educate, feed, clothe, medicate and house himself and his children at our expense, because he knew that this country is so pathetically weak that he could do it. No wonder asylum seekers 'love' Britain!! And no wonder that this country has a huge and increasing public debt which will take generations to pay off, if ever, with increased taxes and lower benefits. So spare me the sob stories about having to divide his family and so forth.
As for Mo winning his Olympic gold medals for Britain; I‘m afraid not. He used this country as a vehicle for his personal ambitions. And as the Mail on Sunday reported a local chief in Somalia saying of him:
‘Mo Farah is a great son of Somalia. He ran with the British flag but he belongs to our nation and we know he loves us.’
Well of course he does. It's his country and they are his people, aren't they?