The UK is in a terrible state, thanks to the Conservatives, and what’s their solution? “Look at those filthy refugees trying to invade our country!”
The way the authorities – and the media – have treated this situation is a national disgrace.
For example: Priti Patel.
She seems to think international law is an annoying burden because it prevents us from shooting innocent people out of hand.
It turns out she was told back in November that her policies were causing asylum-seekers to use more dangerous routes into the UK:
“A policy that focuses exclusively on closing borders will drive migrants to take more dangerous routes, and push them into the hands of criminal groups,” the report said.
She wasn’t interested then – possibly because the report’s advice was to provide more legal routes for asylum-seekers to enter the UK, and to address their reasons for wanting to leave their own lands (This Writer has suggested the same).
Her own attitude is far more ruthless. She wants to keep them out and doesn’t care what happens to them as a result. Hence her own comments:
I am working to make this route unviable.
1⃣ Stopping the boats leaving France in the first place
2⃣ Intercepting boats and returning those attempting to make a crossing
This is complex to do and we face serious legislative, legal and operational barriers.
— Priti Patel (@pritipatel) August 7, 2020
Notice that she uses the word “shameful” in her thread, to divert attention away from the fact that it is her own attitude to other human beings that is the real cause of shame here.
And look where her actions led: reporters for Tory sockpuppets the BBC treating a life-and-death situation like a spectator sport:
"They're using a plastic container to try to bail out the boat"
Live on #BBCBreakfast @SimonJonesNews found another migrant boat attempting to cross the Channel. The group say they're from Syria. https://t.co/jidwhEOcIJ pic.twitter.com/Z62i9AmmYm
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) August 10, 2020
Did you notice that the people on the boat said they were from Syria?
The UK bombed Syria in 2018, after it was claimed that that country’s government had used chemical weapons to attack its own people.
Those weapons were manufactured using materials exported to Syria by the United Kingdom.
Now, I don’t know the personal situations of the people on that boat, but it seems entirely likely that the UK is the reason they have been fleeing their own country.
If you approve of this behaviour by your country’s leaders then you are a jingoistic, sabre-rattling racist.
Fortunately, the evidence I’ve seen suggests that few people do. Most of us appear to have reacted with disgust – both at the government and at the BBC. Here’s a sample:
In a time of stunningly awful political things, this current obsession with the small boats across the channel may be the most depressing of all.
— Paul Bernal (@PaulbernalUK) August 10, 2020
The UK is in meltdown because of 4000 refugees? Fs, there's a chance Johnson has fathered more kids than that 🙄#RefugeesWelcome
— Jo🌻 (@joelymack) August 10, 2020
We can apparently put the RAF over the Channel today to needlessly spot dinghies but have only allocated £5 million for emergency relief for Beirut. In terms of humitarian crisis management haven’t we got almost everything wrong?
— Richard Murphy (@RichardJMurphy) August 10, 2020
We have a legal & moral responsibility to refugees fleeing famine, war and violence. They are not the problem. The problem is the dangerous routes they must take.
We should be looking at safe and legal routes, not intimidating them with Navy ships. https://t.co/6vEBDaYSxx
— Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP (@BellRibeiroAddy) August 10, 2020
2 World Wars and 1 World Cup but desperate asylum seekers crossing the sea in ragged dinghies is an invasion and a threat to the nation. Right-o.
— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) August 10, 2020
IT IS NEVER A CRIME TO SEEK ASYLUM, Mr Johnson
Migrant crossings ‘bad, stupid, dangerous and criminal thing to do', says Prime Minister Boris Johnson | ITV News https://t.co/4Mk5yqHlrw
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) August 10, 2020
I’d like to say “I can’t believe England is calling for the extra-judicial murder of displaced people in dinghies” but I can believe it.
There are great & compassionate communities in England. But others seem bent on regressing it into a spiteful, cold, grim little island.
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza 🏳️🌈🏴 (@TheMendozaWoman) August 10, 2020
People fleeing war, famine and persecution shouldn't be confronted by gunships and hostility, but instead offered safe, legal routes to asylum.
Our common humanity demands nothing less.
— Zarah Sultana MP (@zarahsultana) August 10, 2020
The BBC makes sure to get all sides of the story! pic.twitter.com/bRbPBh49hJ
— Josh Jackson (@JoshuaYJackson) August 10, 2020
Lebanon with all its problems has accepted 1.5 MILLION REFUGEES & Spaffer/Patel going loopy over a few hundred so much so that Spaffer wants to change or make new laws. This is Trump politics – executive directives which Spaffer is also doing. Totally non democratic. https://t.co/VRs2mfUyNC
— Carole Hawkins (@hawkins_carole) August 10, 2020
Protest all we like, it won’t make a difference.
The simple fact is that this is part of a cycle of hate that the UK electorate has supported with its votes – not just for the past 10 years but for decades before that.
And you can’t even guarantee it won’t happen if you vote for a different party…
Labour MP’s who voted to bomb Syria:
This lot chose to destroy these migrants homes
— Ben (@BenJolly9) August 10, 2020
We turned our backs on our chance of a better world when we rejected Jeremy Corbyn – twice – at the ballot box.
So if you want to resist this brutality, you need to find a way of making it hurt the people who matter.
Good luck thinking of ways to do that…
Or perhaps you’d rather just shout at the telly and vent your spleen on Twitter? It is easier, after all.
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