Anger and Frustration

Like many the refugee crisis makes me angry and frustrated, so today I did something.

Learning of the appeal from Calais Action I took stuff to the collection point in Lincoln.  This was not a great act of generosity, I decided to part with the stuff weeks ago.  I got there at 10 o'clock, by then enough was piled up to fill the two large panel vans parked at the point.

Chatting with people there it was apparent they felt like I did, frustrated, helpless to stop suffering on such a large scale.  There was also anger, directed at a government that refused to help.  A government that labels all on the move as migrants and chancers.   Reports suggest that 80% of people on the move are not migrants, they are refugees, fleeing danger.

I hope a the vans moving to Dover, and on to Calais this weekend send the message to Cameron, Osbourne and May that they are not like us, Britons do care and we do try to help.

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commented 2015-09-09 20:08:50 +0100
The refugee crisis looks to get bigger. The action against the British ISIS members, killing them after they failed to attack the Queen, is folly. This could bring protests to Waddington, the drone control base. The constituency boundary goes through the middle of the main runway.

The entrances are in Lincoln constituency, but protests, camps and break-in attempts may come from the A15 in Sleaford and North Hykeham.
commented 2015-09-09 18:52:31 +0100
Agree totally with your considered analysis. We need to keep putting pressure on those who can increase the response to the human misery. As a Christian I believe in prayer and action. I will be asking SKDC what their response is as that is where I live. Hope the CLP will also be be proactive in this district over this issue too.
commented 2015-09-09 18:34:14 +0100
I agree that the root causes of this disaster need to be addressed, but let’s not kid ourselves there are easy solutions. I get wound up by the simplistic Government line of “we should stop people having to flee in the first place”: yes of course we should, but have we got any means of bringing the Syrian civil war (and that’s not the only conflict) to an end? The situation there is even more complex than when Parliament voted on it two years ago, and it’s certainly not going to be solved by more drone strikes. Meanwhile, we have to respond to the plight of those who are fleeing – quite literally – for their lives, albeit for some, to their deaths…

In my view, Labour’s respond should be: (1) A commitment to exploring all international and regional diplomatic channels towards the peaceful resolution of the world’s conflicts, including Syria and Palestine. (2) A recognition that armed intervention by the west has been and will continue to be detrimental. We cannot bomb our way to peace. (3) A commitment to a co-ordinanted EU response to the refugee crisis, in which member nations agree to share the burden in proportion to their wealth and population.
commented 2015-09-09 13:42:07 +0100
Yes but Labour need to come up with credible answers to the situation that leads to them fleeing. 9 million displaced people cannot be solved by sticking plaster measures.
commented 2015-09-09 13:29:06 +0100
I fully support Mike’s comments. The Government’s reactions to this humanitarian disaster are a disgrace. Last year we objected to search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean; this year Cameron referred to desperate refugees as “a swarm”; now he grudgingly offers to take 20,000 refugees over FIVE years – when 4 million people have fled Syria (not to mention refugees from Eritrea and Libya) and need help NOW. And this wholly inadequate response has only been squeezed out of the Tories by a photograph in the media.

I also support a proposal that North Kesteven DC should be proactive in offering to house refugees. Unfortunately I won’t be at the meeting on October 5th but I hope that we can make a public call on NKDC then – or even before if it’s in the remit of the Executive.

John Sharman
commented 2015-09-09 07:18:34 +0100
Quite agree. The current government haven’t a clue and can only think of politics and profit rather than seeing the people.

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