Kezia Dugdale – Refugees we must welcome and care for them – Young girl from Trinidad needing medical treatment – there are particular rules for visitors from Trinidad and she needs a visa.






Read over the information below then brouse an earlier post. My blood boils when I am presented with a public statement clearly intent upon applying a positive spin to a politicians activities when their private views are totally at odds with the issue under examination





28 November 2015: Kezia Dugdale Welcomes refugees to Scotland

“How we respond to the arrival of refugees from Syria will say a lot about who we are as a nation. By marching through the streets of Glasgow today we can send a strong message to those who have made their way here from afar in search of a better life. We can let refugees fleeing civil war and terrorism in Syria know that they are welcome here and will find the hand of friendship in Scotland.”



But her statement is at odds with her  private pronouncements

Kezia, as Fifi La Bonbon, emerged as a sort of Leader of Labour in the Scottish Blogosphere and as such became something of a lightning rod, no doubt encouraging the fellow travellers but also attracting the critics from the other side, in massive numbers. And of course, it’s the critics who are more likely to speak up – that’s a fact of life. And with Kez leaving the blogosphere, that left a vacuum at the heart of Scottish Labour’s online presence.



A play on words

“How we respond to the arrival for urgent medical of a young girl from a commonwealth country will say a lot about who we are as a nation.”




26 June 2010: Trinidadian, Kade Romain was brought to Scotland from Trinidad in June 2010, by Robina Addison, a Scottish dance teacher and philanthropist, so that Kade could benefit from ear reconstruction surgery.

Fifteen-year old Kade, had been born in Trinidad and Tobago without ears and missing part of her ear canal, a condition known as bilateral microtia. This had rendered her partially deaf and according to her benefactor “facing a future begging for a living.” Ms Addison explained that because Kade was born without ears, she couldn’t go to mainstream school and was attending a day care unit for children who are mentally handicapped, a day care unit which she likened to a sanitorium in Scotland 40 or 50 years ago.

The cost of the operations and treatment is believed to be around £50,000. Fortunately for Kade, who was not entitled to free health care in Scotland, the Spire Murrayfield hospital offered its facilities and the surgical team worked for free. Her foster parents are themselves paying £10,000 for a hearing aid implant that will allow her to hear.

“She is very intelligent but there is no special needs system in Trinidad. I came home and I was quite upset to think that’s where she was. After making several return trips. they eventually got permission to take Kade to Scotland. Although the surgery appears to have been successful, there is a continuing struggle with Immigration since Kade entered on a visitor’s visa instead of the required medical visa. At one point Kade was even facing the possibility of deportation.

The Addisons stated that “they do not intend to formally adopt Kade, but hope to help her with her health and education enough to allow her to make a success of her life back home on Trinidad….”We want her to get a job and help people in a similar situation. If she does not get this opportunity, her future will be working on the streets, stealing. It’s the difference between the chance of a lifetime and nothing, and she has got so much to offer.”



Fifi la Bonbon: Sounds fair enough. These people are willing to pay all the costs themselves and the girl isn’t going to be getting to stay here permanently, so there oughtn’t to have been a problem if they’d made the proper arrangements. Very neglectful not to check properly whether the girl needs a visa. She does if the stay is for more than six months. There are particular rules for visitors from Trinidad wanting to receive private medical treatment – very clear. It took me less than five minutes to find and check the rules on the internet – it’s all on the UK Border Agency website. If this “high profile couple” had bothered to check with a lawyer in Trinidad or over here they would have known what to do. We only have the woman’s word that she was misled. Anyway I hope it all turns out well but there’s no excuse for failing to get proper advice in such circumstances and them blaming the government.

Brodric: For goodness sake Fifi la Bonbon – don’t be so pompous. They obviously asked a jobsworth who gave them the wrong advice. And you can’t blame them for believing an official. If we listened to everything we heard, or believed everything we see in black and white, no matter how careful we are, we can still end up with problems. I hope that common sense prevails.


Fifi la Bonbon: I don’t disagree about the girl being allowed to stay to get her treatment. My point is that anyone who fails to get legal advice on such matters or at least to make their own proper enquiries is being negligent. There’s more to this than meets the eye, anyway. The report says the girl is fostered. That would involve contact and negotiation with authorities in Trinidad and Tobago, and certainly with social workers here. I am surprised that the question of her legal ability to remain here was not picked up somewhere in the process. What is the social work department’s view about the case?




12 October 2012: Surgeons create new ears for girl from Trinidad

Kade Romain was born without ears and missing part of her ear canal, leaving her partially deaf and facing a future begging for a living. The medical team from the Spire Murrayfield hospital in Edinburgh has given its time for free to construct new ears so that she faces a brighter future. She hopes to return to Trinidad soon.

British-Trinidad and Tobago APPG

 The British-Trinidad And Tobago Group exists ‘to promote contacts and friendship between the people of Trinidad and Tobago and the UK and to encourage and promote relations between parliamentarians of both countries’

Co Chair: George Foulkes