Like many people we have all been shocked at the distressing scenes of refugees drowning trying to get to Greece, the state of the camps in France, and more recently the decision by Denmark to basically steal their belongings when they arrive in their country (more reminiscent of the Nazis if you ask me). We can also add to that the crass and disgusting statements made by our glorious leader David Cameron calling refugees a bunch of migrants, I know what I would like to call him if I got the chance, the man is a stain on us all.
However I have had many conversations with people about the crisis, and while virtually everyone I have met thinks that the UK should be doing more to help many have very valid questions that no one, certainly the politicians, appear to be addressing. People rightly say things like, where do we house all the refugees that we are able to help, how do we afford the health care, how do we provide the mental health support that so many will need when we can’t provide enough houses now, when mental health services are poor at best, when the Government are hammering the poorest and most vulnerable with Victorian punishments because they have the gall to be old, disabled, poor or unemployed. Some people have said that while many refugees might well be safer if they come here what will they think of this country when they see how it’s people are treated by its own Government.
Now I just don’t have the answers, as more and more cuts are implemented in the name of austerity, when we see our services coming under ever-increasing strain, when we see rough sleepers all over the UK, food banks on every street corner, a real lack of employment outside the South East in many cases, are we even able to help that many people at all. I would really like to hear what other people think of this situation, many people are afraid to speak their mind and ask the difficult questions for fear of being accused of something or other.
Now my view for what it’s worth, although I really don’t understand the complexities of it all, is that we need a world solution. Europe can’t cope on its own and the middle east should I suspect be doing more, as should the UN. I think the UK Government need to stop vilifying people, calling them a bunch of migrants and starting to explain to people how we do this, how we pay for it, how we look after refugees health, mental health etc. The opposition parties need to be doing the same, I believe we all need a little education as to the issues at hand because we do need to help these people, we partly caused this mess in the first place so we have an obligation, but we have an obligation as human beings too. However, we also cannot hide from the very valid questions and concerns that many people have in the street, they deserve answers too.