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December 31, 2009

Charity begins at home

Minutes of a July 1979 meeting with foreign secretary Lord Carrington and home secretary William Whitelaw show Lady Thatcher privately complained that too many Asian immigrants were being allowed into Britain.

Mr Whitelaw entered the debate, suggesting to the prime minister that refugees were a different matter to immigrants in general. He said that according to letters he had received, opinion favoured the accepting of more of the Vietnamese refugees.

Lady Thatcher responded that “in her view all those who wrote letters in this sense should be invited to accept one into their homes," the minutes disclose.

Directly related: There is no such thing as public money.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 31, 2009 08:53 AM