Any thought that the Murdoch goons at the Super Soaraway Currant Bun had finished with their campaign of racist bigotry against those unaccompanied under-18s who had been allowed to leave the Calais refugee camp and join their families in the UK was dispelled this morning, as the paper once again embarked on its dog-whistling witch-hunt, this time claiming that some of those being allowed in have bad teeth.
“Migrant ‘Children’ Look 40 … TELL US THE TOOTH … MPs: Prove asylum kids’ age with dental test” ranted the headline. The supporting article, or perhaps, in the spirit into which the Murdoch doggies have entered, that should be “Article”, under the joint by-lines of Jack Royston and James Mills, continues in the same vein.
“Fourteen more 'kids' etched with crow's feet arrived in Britain yesterday and were fast tracked into the UK for being ‘minors' … MPs called for dental tests of child migrants last night as fresh doubts grew over their ages”. How many MPs? Just the two: David T C Davies, and Alec Shelbrooke. So we read “Tory MP David Davies demanded checks on their teeth, which immigration lawyers said was the ‘strongest proof of age’”.
How many lawyers? ONE. Who should hang his head in shame. As should David T C Davies and Alec Shelbrooke, who airily “said he was expecting to see ‘children who look like children’, adding: ‘It makes a mockery of the situation’”. So let me put these two odious bigots, who, let us not forget, are being paid for out of my and your taxes to spout their deeply unpleasant and intolerant views, straight.
These teenagers have most likely spent all their lives without access to decent health care - including dentists. And it’s entirely possible for a combination of initially bad teeth, poor diet and zero health care to result in those teenagers having even worse teeth by the time they get to their mid-teens. The Sun and its equally culpable hacks has provided zero evidence to back up its claim. Nor will they. Ever.
On top of all that, many of these young people have seen the kind of horrors - and fled from worse - from which the comfortable and over-paid inmates of the Baby Shard bunker are cocooned. Some have been caught between the so-called Islamic State and the Taliban. Many have had to endure months of travelling, over land, over water, through one hostile jurisdiction after another, only to spend months more in the Calais camp.
And all that the Tory right and Murdoch press can do is to whip up hatred against them.
That is why the Sun is able to report that there has been disquiet expressed on social media - because it is coming from their rabble-rousing. They dog-whistle; the more easily persuaded and fearful among the population react as the Murdoch droids wish. And so more hatred and distrust is sown against those towards whom we should be extending a welcoming hand. The result of all of this is rank intolerance.
There are no words to describe these MPs, hacks and others participating in this demonising of the less fortunate. This is just crass. Don’t buy the Sun.