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X Factor’s Gamu gets our vote to stay

Issue No. 2222

It’s not unusual for the ITV singing competition the X Factor to make it onto the front pages of the tabloids. But this week the pictures of Cheryl Cole have given way to something more significant: a debate about the rights of migrants to Britain.

Gamu Nhengu wowed millions of viewers with her talent—but she wasn’t put through to the final round. So far, so X Factor.

But it has emerged that this is because she was born in Zimbabwe and her visa is up for renewal.

It has nothing to do with her voice.

Cole was told by the show’s bosses not to put Gamu through, as it would cause “problems” for the show.

Now Gamu’s passport has been taken away by immigration officials.

“Get Gamu back in,” said the Sun’s front page.

It demanded that the “people’s favourite” return to the contest.

Yet when any other migrant is under threat—cleaners, for example—it calls for them to be deported immediately.

Britain’s harsh and inhumane asylum and immigration laws ruin thousands of people’s lives.

The Tory government will continue to champion what Labour also did, and take it further.

Prime minister David Cameron is proposing a cap on immigration. This means people will not be able to come to Britain to work.

And the anti-immigrant atmosphere it will stoke up will make it even harder for those fleeing war and oppression to find sanctuary here.

Gamu’s story shows the injustice of the immigration laws.

We must pile on the pressure to roll back these disgusting laws.


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What We Think
Tue 5 Oct 2010, 17:44 BST
Issue No. 2222
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