Immigration Minister Phil Woolas has intervened in the controversy over recent deaths of military personnel in Afghanistan by claiming that one of the roles for the military is to prevent people fleeing Afghanistan and becoming asylum seekers! Talk about scarping the bottom of the barrel.
The Afghan war, which the Labour Party started in 2001 in concert with the US*, is surely the biggest 'push factor' involved in creating Afghan asylum seekers and a Talibanised country after any withdrawal of British troops would hardly make the situation worse.
He claims that "our (the government's) evidence is that the number of asylum seekers coming to the EU would significantly increase." What is this evidence Phil? Please publish it.
* Woolas was a lowly Treasury-funded Assistant Whip back then.