Sunday, May 14, 2006

Ayaan Hirsi Ali in more trouble

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is in more trouble in the Netherlands. You may remember that last month, a court ruled that her occupation of the current flat endangered the lives of others in the same block, and that therefore she should be evicted. Now a news programme called Zembla "has suggested" that she told lies to gain asylum in the Netherlands. In fact, she already fessed up, in 2002, but Zembla claims she told more than she admitted to then.

There seems to be some political capital to be garnered from these revelations, if true. The Immigration Minister, Rita Verdonk, is a hard-liner on immigration, and belongs to the same party, the Dutch Liberal Party (VVD), as Hirsi Ali. So it is an embarrassment that her fellow MP may have shafted the system.

The Dutch Expatica site (linked to above) is running a poll. The question is

Do you think any less of Somali-born MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali for lying about her past to get asylum in the Netherlands?
Of the 8820 votes cast when I looked, 98% of them did not.

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