Wednesday, 3 March 2010


Michael Bond, the creator of the much-loved illegal immigrant from darkest Peru, has contrasted Paddington's experience with that of children held in detention centres by the United Kingdom Borders Agency.
Over 60 celebrities added their signatures recently to a letter to the Prime Minister condemning the detention policy and supporting the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Royal College of General Practitioners and the Faculty of Public Health in calling for it's immediate cessation.
The letter is accompanied by a message in the words of Paddington Bear:
"Whenever I hear about children from foreign countries being put into detention centres, I think how lucky I am to be living at number 32 Windsor Gardens with such nice people as Mr and Mrs Brown. Mrs Bird who looks after the Browns, says if she had her way she would set the children free and lock up a few politicians in their place to see how they liked it!"