Prime Minister, please speak out

Prime Minister,
please speak out

On Friday, President Trump signed an Executive Order banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the USA.

Today we hear that this ban will include people already in the US. Arrests have been made in New York, including an Iraqi who acted as an interpreter for the US Army. In another, a leading young cardiovascular scientist from Iran has been unable to take up a Harvard fellowship in America.

This afternoon Prime Minister Theresa May was repeatedly asked to condemn this action. She refused.

After first ducking the question, she said: “The United States is responsible for the United States policy on refugees.”

This afternoon Prime Minister Theresa May was repeatedly asked to condemn this action. She refused.

I’m sorry, this is not good enough.

If you agree then co-sign my letter to the Prime Minister:

Dear Prime Minister,

On Wednesday, on the way over to the US, you told journalists that opposites attract. You said that while you wanted to have a good working relationship with President Trump you would be prepared to speak frankly when you disagreed.

Surely this is one of those moments.

The ban of Muslims from seven countries entering the US is both discriminatory and uncalled for. There is no evidence that it will make the US safer and, if anything, will only inflame opinion in the Muslim world and beyond.

People with green cards are now being arrested in the US. Where is this leading?

While I recognise your desire to have a good relationship with the new US administration, I urge you to be a critical friend and speak out against this dreadful policy.

Failure to do so will be incredibly damaging for Britain.

Yours truly,

Nick Lowles