Thursday, September 03, 2015

Are we to assume that Turkey is not a place where refugees feel safe?

Rather shoddy Channel 4 News this evening - no explanation why refugees are so desperate to leave Turkey.

This is a country that aspires to join the European Union.

Are we to assume that Turkey is not a place where refugees feel safe?

If that is the case can we have it clearly established that Turkey forfeits for some considerable time any possibility of joining the EU.

And are we only to take the rich refugees that have the money to get out?

What about all the millions who are left behind and are unable to pay people smugglers.

One suspects that the outpouring of "compassion" we see displayed by media commentators has got nothing to do with providing real help where it is needed by the most people - it is all to do with public emoting and the desire to feel good and holier-than-thou, with evil politicians such as Yvette Cooper using the deaths of children to make political points.

Ten thousand or twenty-five thousand or forty thousand - all these numbers imply some form of selection, and selection is an obscene moral compromise.

We need to hold firm to the original policy - everyone gets helped, via our overseas aid programme, not just the rich or the photogenic.

http://www.channel4.com/news/

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