/ hypocrisy / spectacular /
Five African football teams all set to travel to the UK on Monday 19 July take part in the Homeless World Cup, the global street soccer tournament kicking off global poverty, have been refused entry to the UK by the British government. Just days before they were due to travel to Edinburgh for the event, entry is refused on the basis that they do not have sufficient funds to support themselves whilst visiting the UK.
As tournament director Mel Young pointed out:
"To deny homeless people access to the UK on the basis that they are too poor is ridiculous."
Mr Young said the controversy "raises some serious questions" about the government's pledges to fight poverty in Africa.
The mind boggles...