The pen may well be mightier than the sword but that does not take into account the mindset of those who wield it. Take for example those compassionate souls, 400,000 the Telegraph have informed us, who have signed the petition to allow more immigrants into the UK. All because of the media furore over a photograph of a dead three year old boy who was washed up on a beach in Turkey.
No one wants to see children harmed but, I would argue, using that picture to further the Left’s desire to flood this country with foreigners is a disgrace in itself and only serves to dishonour the memory of that child.
The “hand-wringing” brigade know only too well the power of such a picture and they have used it to good effect. So much so that our useless Prime Minister has caved in to their wishes and to those of his EU friends. In a spectacular “U-turn”, Cameron now says that we will take thousands more Syrian refugees into the UK but only from the refugee camps set up in the Middle East.
He made it sound like one of those supermarket advertisements which state ‘responsibly sourced from a sustainable crop’. This, more than anything, makes one realise just what an ineffective leader he is and gives a clue as to why he wants so desperately for the UK to stay in the European Union. Without the Merkels’ and Hollandes’ of this world upon which to lean, Cameron would be lost in a vacuum of his own inabilities.
Cameron’s government insists that spending money on the ground and searching for political solutions is a much more effective response to the migrant crisis than opening up the country’s borders. However, as I stated earlier, this has not stopped him going back on his word (once again!) and promising to bring more immigrants to the UK.
Britain is a major contributor to global aid. Earlier this year, it became the first country in the G7 to honour its commitment to ring fencing 0.7 per cent of gross national income for foreign aid.
That means that 7p of every £10 raised from taxpayers is spent on overseas development. In 2013, this amounted to £11.4bn. Provisional figures for 2014 suggest the figure rose to £11.8bn last year.
Foreign aid has become a politically divisive issue, especially as George Osborne expects everyone in the UK to tighten their belts during this period of forced austerity. There are those who argue that Foreign Aid should not be protected at all, citing the rapid growth in food banks across the UK and the disgraceful sight of ex-service personnel having to sleep rough on the streets because of the gross housing shortage that the myopic Labour policy of mass immigration has caused.
However, what I find truly reprehensible is the MSM assertion that the vast majority of people in the UK support Cameron’s idiotic pledge on Foreign Aid spending. I cannot believe that in the space of eighteen months the Public have changed their minds so dramatically.
A survey by You Gov, carried out across six countries in 2013, contradicts the MSM and gives credence to my doubts:
When asked, “Do you think the government should increase or decrease the amount of money it spends on overseas aid to developing countries?”
The answers were thus:
Finland: Increase:- 11%
UK: Increase:- 7%
Denmark: Increase:- 13%
France: Increase:- 7%
Norway: Increase:- 15%
Sweden: Increase:- 27%
These figures show that even in the Scandinavian countries, ‘the vast majority’ do not support an increase in overseas aid spending!
What exactly has Foreign Aid done? What has the £11.8 billion done to ease the troubles in the Middle East or, for that matter, what has it done to stop thousands of children dying of starvation in Africa? If the photo of the three year old who was so tragically washed up on the beach in Turkey was so poignant, if it was so devastating that it motivated nearly half a million people to put pen to paper can we now expect our TV screens to be awash with pictures of starving African children?
I doubt it, because pictures of children dying in Africa do not carry the same poignancy as those of a dead child on a beach. Nor would such photographs assuage the desired guilt required by those anxious to perpetrate emotional blackmail on a scale large enough to bring out the professional hand-wringers across Europe!
The present migrant crisis is a crisis of the EU’s own making, the open border policy was always going to be folly and at some time was bound to fall apart. The Schengen Agreement, which proposed the abolition of internal border controls and a common visa policy currently consists of 26 European countries covering a population of over 400 million people and an area of 4,312,099 square kilometres (1,664,911 sq mi), allows free movement of people throughout the member states. The present Syrian refugee crisis has proved that this is a ludicrous arrangement, one which has left border officials and police powerless as swarms of migrants cross borders willy nilly.
These people all of whom were too frightened to demand their rights in their own countries are now demanding “their rights” as they tramp across Europe and overpopulate town after town. Instead of stopping them and sorting out the genuine from the criminal, the economic from the asylum seeker, each country they arrive at is pointing the finger of guilt at the countries on its borders. They should be sending them back if they are not genuine asylum seekers.
This emotional blackmail has to stop. Harsh as that sounds, neither Britain nor Europe can sustain the influx of thousands of refugees on a scale seen over the past six months. The elephant in the room is ISIS and the problem of ISIS will remain until the West sends troops out to the Middle East to snuff the problem out. No one wants war and no mother & father wants to see their sons or daughters sent out to a war zone. Sometimes however the ends justify the means and if boots on the ground prevents the tragic drowning of another infant then it will be worth the worry.
I’ve read all of the hand-wringing crap about the Middle East problem being our fault because of the wars in Iraq and our failure to intervene in Syria but, that being the case, surely it is the West’s responsibility to get back out there and right the wrongs of which we are being accused of causing. Instead of blaming each other we should all set our sights on the real enemy – radical Islam!
So far they (ISIS) are winning the ground offensive, winning the propaganda offensive and winning the terror campaign throughout the West. It is time we redressed the balance and lanced this cancer once and for all.
Failing that, say hello to Ishmal, you new Syrian neighbour!