Cambridgeshire MP, Lucy Frazer’s speech reported in the Ely Standard the other week represents all that is wrong with this country. Fine words achieve nothing: it is efficient action that is needed.
We would all probably agree with what Lucy says: We should care for the vulnerable and provide [real] refugees with advice, homes, and interpretation facilities, that [real] refugees have a moral and legal right to be treated properly, and need integrating into our communities, that something should be done to solve the political crisis in Libya and Syria.
Her words sound very similar to the high ideals of the new Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. who wants us to “open your hearts and open your minds and open your attitude towards supporting people who are desperate, who need somewhere safe to live, want to contribute to our society, and are human beings just like all of us.”
However, they both need a reality check. With the clogged up systems that run our country a large number of our poor and needy don’t even get a look in. I can recall countless times I have approached a council for advice and help in the past when the tired voice that finally answered the phone said nothing can be done, the system can’t cope, there are too many people on the books already.
When I arrived in the country I naively asked for accommodation – I was told I had to wait at least seven months. What was I supposed to do in the meantime? No answer was given – I presumed I was expected to live on the streets. (I then arranged accommodation with a private landlord.) When I needed childcare for my daughters, the carer recommended by the council had a broken pane at the bottom of her front door. Any child could have cut themselves but she had no intention of mending it. After the first month of teaching, I received no pay. When I rang up to ask why, I was told I had not filled in the right form. I was told the council would lend me the money. I was speechless.
The final crunch came when my husband needed care. The system again was unable to cope and it was a kind friend who helped us and a lawyer who forced some kind of reasonable care for my husband to be put into place.
There is no evidence that there has been any change, so the idea of thousands of needy refugees coming into the country and getting the help they need is ludicrous.
Yes, we should be kind and help people in real need, but our government and our councils need to get their act together before this can happen. They need to look at themselves before they start pontificating about us doing the work. Billions of pounds are spent by the government on other countries that do not necessarily need it. If India needs monetary support to help their poor and needy – how has this same government afforded nuclear weapons?
It’s the same here as it is in other countries, including Syria and Libya. It’s the government that needs to be persuaded and forced to change its anti-human policies. Until they focus on caring for instead of bullying or even, in the case of Syria, killing their people the refugee crisis will continue.
How many of the refugees we have seen on TV have been fit, healthy young men demanding rights? I know if I was a genuine refugee, I wouldn’t have to strength to create a fuss. Lebanese education minister, Ellas Bousaab, has already warned Cameron that 2 in every 100 Syrian migrants are Islamic-State trained fanatics. Should we open our arms to them? I think not. Opening our hearts to them would be a disaster.
As for interpretation facilities, and acknowledging that [real] refugees have a moral and legal right to be treated properly, and integrated into our communities. How many of us speak Arabic? How often have we seen people from different cultures gather themselves together in one community and refuse to even try to integrate? Without change, and an efficient system that weeds out the fanatics, and bigots from the real sufferers, this isn’t going to happen. Yes we should receive genuine refugees in our midst, but our government should also put effective, efficient systems into place so that the refugees learn our language, earn their keep and make an effort to integrate into our society