Saintly Angelina and the sanctimonious Mishal have the world’s migrant crisis in hand. There is no need for us ordinary mortals to worry anymore provided we listen and agree; just like the specially selected and suitably impressed audience treated to Angelina’s sermon from the Mount that is the BBC studio.
Ever responsive to Angelina’s adjurations the BBC had in fact already acted on them and committed yesterday as a special day in her honour. Was it trailed as Angelina Jolie (emphasis on the last ‘ie’ syllable – please) Pitt talks to the BBC or as ‘The World on the Move’? I forget. No matter it was her day.
It had them dispatching the humdrum Sarah Montague all the way to Vietnam from the Today studio to do her bit and illustrate the point.
What point I hear you asking? You might well ask, as I suspect poor Sarah did, once she found herself sweating it out in Ho Chi Minh City, her watch melting in the process.
She must have been racking her brains while wondering whether she would miss her plane home without a handle on the time. How is Vietnam meant to throw light on the tide of humanity on the other side of the world heading for Europe and the UK in particular?
What on earth could there be to relay from Socialist Republic of Vietnam? Ah. Maybe it’s because everyone’s returned home because it such a nice place! Nothing to do with Australia’s tough line refusing all those Vietnamese boat people entry. For heaven’s sake Sarah, don’t even think that!
You see the message from the BBC is all about being nice. Listen to Angelina and you’ll find that the West’s quite unnecessary problem with migrants – one of our fear-mongering and bad, illiberal attitudes – is of our own making.
For, as Andrew Marr helpfully pointed out in his migrant special Start the Week programme, in the grand scale of things it is not really a problem at all. What are we making a fuss about when migrant movements in the West are miniscule compared to the biggest contemporary migration in the world taking place in China?
The Chinese hordes, please note Andrew, are not heading our way – yet – nor are they our problem. Economic refugees from Africa and refugees from Syria, as ever more are allowed to land on our doorstep, are.
It is “fear of uncontrolled migration”, you see (quoting Jolie) that “has eroded public confidence and the ability of governments and international institutions to control the situation … given space to a false sense of legitimacy for those who promote the politics of fear and separation…..created a race to the bottom, with countries competing to be the toughest in the hope of protecting themselves, whatever the cost or the challenge to their neighbours and despite their international responsibilities.”
Smack, smack, smack. For all those bad, ignorant people for putting up fences to control Angela Merkel’s unsanctioned, unilateral and illegal invitation to the people of the world to come to Germany via Europe. Sit on Angelina’s naughty step.
Never mind their democratic or nation state rights, Angelina, when virtue-signalling so easily trumps them. Our Hollywood star has all the answers. In a word give in and give up and get sharing before it gets worse:
“.. Since no country can seal itself off from the impact of the refugee crisis, such a free for all would lead to a greater set of problems. It would amount to the worst of both worlds, failing to tackle the issues and undermining international law and our values in the process”.
Never mind that migrants will not stop coming until the chaos in Europe is as bad as where they have come from.
And what about a word of admonition for the brutal Syrian dictator Assad, or the leaders of so-called Islamic State, or for the corrupt, destructive and inhumane policies of the majority of Middle East countries, which are directly responsible for the current mayhem and suffering? Where was that Angelina?
But, of course, that’s all our fault too.
What a brilliant wheeze the BBC’s World On The Move was taking to the moral high ground to rub our illiberal noses in it. From educating refugee children anywhere and everywhere within a month to commiserating with families unhappily settled in Germany and to Lord Desai’s solution of repatriating all the migrants to empty Central Asia (imagine if Nigel has volunteered that one?) it went on.
My heart had sunk from the moment I heard the BBC’s ‘refugee day’ promotion over the weekend: the promise of an Angelina/Mishal interview and the cacophony of false assumptions it would be based on.
It plummeted as one asinine contribution followed another. Finally, I turned my radio off. I could stand no more
There was, however, one question I would have liked to put to Ms Jolie-Pitt.
What drop in her $385 million net worth and what sacrifice to her personal freedom (for I cannot believe that orthodox Muslims approve of her) would she personally be prepared to sustain in order to accommodate her open door Europe policy? How many refugees would her millions take care of if divided up among them all?
For that, in essence, is the standard of living drop she is volunteering for the rest of us once Europe becomes just another a multi-ethnic entity in a global third world.
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