Graham Linehan shares picture of Aylan Kurdi after David Cameron brands Calais refugees 'bunch of migrants'

The Prime Minister is facing a backlash for 'inflammatory' remarks about refugees 

Heather Saul
Wednesday 27 January 2016 14:28 GMT
Image of 2015: Aylan Kurdi’s body is taken from a beach in Turkey last September
Image of 2015: Aylan Kurdi’s body is taken from a beach in Turkey last September (AP)

Graham Linehan has underlined exactly why David Cameron's decision to dismiss Calais refugees as “a bunch of migrants” is so controversial by sharing the picture that sums up the reality of their plight.

The Father Ted writer posted the image of toddler Aylan Kurdi’s body washed up on the shore of a Turkish beach after Mr Cameron sparked uproar with his comment during Prime Minister's Questions.

The harrowing image of Aylan's lifeless body moved hundreds of thousands to back the Refugees Welcome campaign and urge the Governments to accept a quota of the most vulnerable.

Mr Cameron has referred to refugees living in dire conditions in Calais in this manner as he criticised Jeremy Corbyn, who met women with emaciated children and criticism of torture during his visit to the notorius Calais Jungle and Grande-Synthe camps last week.

“The idea that those two right honourable gentlemen would stand up to anyone in this regard is laughable,“ he said. ”Look at their record over the last week. They met with the unions and gave them flying pickets. They met with the Argentinians, they gave them the Falkland Islands. They met with a bunch of migrants in Calais they said they could all come to Britain. The only people they never stand up for are the British people and hardworking taxpayers.”

Mr Cameron's “disgraceful” and “inflammatory” comment left some backbenchers aghast and the backlash continues to grow online, with over 7,000 tweets about his remark being posted in less than hour.

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