On Monday the Government submitted its application to the House of Lords to appeal last month’s court decision saying the Chagos Islanders should be allowed to go home. It was the last possible day on which they could have applied.
The Government should be working to give these people back their homeland and offer proper compensation, but instead it continues to drag out the lengthy and costly legal action.
Last month’s ruling was the third time a British court has ruled unanimously against the Government on this matter, and told it to let the islanders go back. And yet the Government continues to stand in the way of justice.
Gordon Brown, who will be our Prime Minister in a matter of days, has pledged to review the use of the Royal Prerogative. And yet the Government is appealing to protect the apparently uncontrolled use of prerogative powers to arbitrarily throw people out of their homes on British soil.
We deplore the decision to appeal. We urge Gordon Brown to reconsider, and distance himself from the shameful actions of this Government in prolonging the injustice that began four decades ago.