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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Refugee debate stifled by Liberal-Left elite


In response to Ed Costelloe: Let’s help the persecuted. Set up UK refugee camps for the most deserving, BSO wrote:

This gushing “compassion” might capsize us all. I had to do a lot of DIY yesterday and ended up listening to the BBC. First Radio 4, then Radio 5 live. As the day wore on it got more and more dispiriting. From the R4 Today’s appallingly one sided “interview” with “the veteran euro-federalist” Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgian Prime Minister and now  MEP, to Peter Allen, with four or five politicians saying we must “take more”. The UKIP MEP was interrupted and told she was disgraceful for saying we should have borders, and due process etc.

No one pointed out that the crisis was directly caused by EU policy and incompetence and dithering. Listening to a succession of EU Parliament continental Liberal Alliance speakers it was clear to me why the purdah “concession” has been made by Cameron. I look forward to being lectured by Belgiums, Germans and Swedes in perfect English why I should vote to stay in on every BBC TV and Radio channel during the Purdah period. Indeed, the BBC is now the EU-BC.

The British used to be the people you called when you needed something done. They’d arrive, with stiff upper lip, they’d make an assessment, dispassionately work out logistics, dig latrines, set up the field hospital and save the lives they could. What you don’t do, what is criminal, is to create a stampede. Stampedes result in the wealthy, able bodied and physically fit getting through and the weak, elderly, ill and poor being left behind – if not trampled in the rush. Stampedes are survival of the fittest, whilst order and due process takes time but results in a fairer outcome. We had such a process but it was abandoned by the response to the traffickers and an unwillingness to stand up to the illegal boat routes.

The EU liberals all over our radio yesterday talk about values, compassion, integration, moral responsibilities; they appear oblivious to the reality of what they are proposing. Or is this some cynical project to further erode national identities and create the super state that they crave. Earlier on the Today Programme, Frank Gardner was forensic on Yemen. I wondered what he would say about the migrant crisis if he was not muzzled by the Today editor.

Well he would not get hysterical. That would be a good start. Perhaps he’d point to how the EU governments created the crisis with their open encouragement to traffickers by taking the Mediterranean boat people into Italy virtually guaranteeing more watery graves and more boats; perhaps he’d point out that the majority of the migrants are economic and many not Syrian; perhaps he’d point out most of them have passed through their first nation and have no right to apply in the 3rd or 4th country they pass to; perhaps he’d point out that 4 million legal migrants and ten thousands of asylum seekers have come into Britain in the last couple of decades; he’d point out France uses Calais as a bargaining counter with the UK; or perhaps he’d point out the lunacy of the Schengen no borders policy; or that free movement was credible in an EEC of 8 similar economic countries, not 28 vastly different ones; and with his international terrorism knowledge perhaps he’d point out that the no border policy will already be guaranteeing ISIS cells will infiltrate into Europe.

He would not be able to say, being impartial, that many liberal and Left parties welcome migrants because they want their votes and want to change the more conservative leanings of their populations.

Anyone who challenges the hysteria gets slammed as lacking compassion. I will not share my “credentials” but as a Christian I don’t just talk, I act on these things privately, as our Lord requires us to do.

But now we have the bleeding heart utter incompetence of the EU power brokers and the BBC’s abandonment of any objective balanced coverage. If you want a policy on what to do, go to UKIP. They have some sensible plans. Ironically, this is the only occasion I agree with Cameron, the slippery con-man, so he’ll probably cave in.

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