Emma Goldman.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 17th July 1922.

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Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

95.

asked the Home Secretary whether he will let Emma Goldman come to this country; and why the right of asylum in this country is refused by his Department to this lady?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

I am not prepared to allow Emma Goldman to come to this country as it is considered that her presence here would be undesirable.

Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Are we never to get back to the principle that this country is an asylum for people, however extreme their views may be?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

It has never been an asylum for undesirable aliens.

Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Has not this country in the past been an asylum to which people expelled from their own country can come, and why is that tradition to be uprooted by the present legislature?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

It has not been uprooted, so long as they are not here to do harm to this country.