Climbdown over Afghan interpreters’ right to come to UK


Britain’s decision to give many of its Afghan interpreters the right to come to the UK has been welcomed by campaigners as a victory for common sense.

Could it be another example of British officialdom’s ability to stand Canute-like in the way of taking decisions that are later regarded as no more than natural justice?

Lawyers for Afghans whose service could mark them out for murder if they stay in their country say they are happy with the government’s decision, as far as it goes.

It would allow interpreters who had been employed for more than 12 months and whose work meant going “outside the wire” – in the war zone rather than just on bases – to have five-year British visas.

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