A councilor shocked her colleagues when she said that Afghan refugees flown to Birmingham Airport would soon “blow us up”.
Cllr Sheila Daly made the shocking remark during the Kinghurst Parish Council briefing.
The meeting discussed the number of flight arrivals arranged for those who risked their lives to cooperate with Allied forces.
She asked if the council officials were prepared for the Afghans to start “blowing us up,” a comment that caused audible gasps from participants and onlookers. Birmingham Live Reports.
Coun Daly was “read the act of insurrection” by acting council chairman David Cole after the public went out. At this point, she is said to have apologized “immediately” and withdrew the comment.
A resident who viewed the trial said it was his first ward council meeting and he was “embarrassed” and “blown away” by the comment.
Another said it was “not helpful” for families to need help settling in. But Coun Daly seemed to have her views when she spoke to BirminghamLive after the meeting.
She said she was not a racist, would like to help individual families in need and look after Asian children earlier, but said: “I would take in and look after a family. But there are people in this country.” [whose] Children went to war they didn’t want to wage in Afghanistan.
“They were killed or mutilated. And we invite the same people to this country to have houses” [and] Jobs. “
When challenged, Coun Daly said she didn’t think all Afghans who had come to Britain had worked with British forces.
She also spoke of her suspicions that the Taliban were trying to “smuggle people into the country to wreak havoc, blow us up, or whatever”.
Finally, when asked what their message would be to the concerned Kingshurst residents, Coun Daly added, “Just ignore me, I’m old.”
The meeting was told that Birmingham Airport had received around 60 percent of asylum seekers coming to the UK, mostly interpreters who worked with the British armed forces.
Coun Cole stated that Solihull Council staff worked 24-hour Rota shifts to help integrate newcomers into their new lives.
He later told BirminghamLive, “At the end of the meeting, I directed the councilors to stay behind. Coun Daly immediately apologized unconditionally and I accepted the apology on behalf of the council. “
Nazek Ramadan, director of the Migrant Voice charity, which works for migrant communities, condemned the comments.
She said: “These types of comments are completely inappropriate, inflammatory and incite racism. They spread misinformation and stir up hatred.
“We shouldn’t be distracted from welcoming Afghan families arriving in the UK. We have seen the overwhelming support of the British public, which has stepped up to provide all kinds of assistance to those around us in their hour of need. “
The humanitarian body International Rescue Committee has stated that Britain has an obligation to help the people of Afghanistan. Its website states: “After decades of conflict, Afghanistan is experiencing one of the fastest growing humanitarian crises in the world.
“Even before the recent changes in territorial control, 18.4 million people in the country were in humanitarian need. In the past two weeks alone, the number of internally displaced people has increased by 65 percent. Many Afghans say they fear for their lives.
“The message from this government is clear. The UK should not turn its back on the Afghan people.
“The government has promised to relocate 10,000 Afghan refugees this year, 20,000 in the longer term.
“This is totally inadequate, given the extent of the need and the UK’s ability to help. The UK is considering all rejected asylum applications for Afghans who are still in the UK.”