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Give a little bit.

musings from outside the asylum


Give a little bit — give a little bit of your love to me
I’ll give a little bit — give a little bit of my love to you
There’s so much that we need to share
So send a smile and show you care

harry fear

Give a little bit — I’ll give a little bit of my life for you
So give a little bit — give a little bit of your time to me
See the man with the lonely eyes
Oh take his hand you’ll be so surprised

no name

Give a little bit — give a little bit of your love to me
I’ll give a little bit — I’ll give a little bit of my life for you
Now’s the time that we need to share
So find yourself — we’re on our way back home


Oh we’re going home
Don’t you need, don’t you need to get…

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Lost in Transit!

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Message from People Living in the Jungle

This is going to be an awful week.

Calais Migrant Solidarity

We, the united people of the jungle of Calais, decline the demands of the french government with regards to reducing the size of the jungle.

We have decided to remain where we are and will peacefully resist the governments plans to destroy our homes.

We plead with the French authories and the international communities that you understand our situation and respect our fundamental human rights.

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The barbarism of UK and France

We are all quick to shout and exclaim outrage when someone is beheaded by one of those Barbaric countries where beheading is still their form of punishment yet at least that death is quick.  We know of course that they are not always deserved punishments and that this post is not about the politics of that.

This post is about a much slower form of punishment, a much slower death being meted out to 1000’s of people on the shores of Europe.  I can only knowledgeably talk about what is happening in Calais and in Dunkirk and since both France and UK are well known to me, I will stick with the evidence from these two countries.  These people do not need to be punished by the way….they have fled that.

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The police in Dunkirk have recently stopped volunteers from entering the camp with building materials, new tents, sleeping bags and basically many of the things that are needed to manage this mess (Dunkirk, France early January). This is after a few days of wind and rain (and heaven knows what happened last night).

I am informed by the Sub Prefect for the area that the actions of the police are to manage the people smuggling.  I do not believe this for one moment.   He informs me that they are doing everything they can to help these people claim asylum blah blah.   The problem is, many of the people here want to join their families in the UK, so claiming asylum in France is not conducive to that.   The leaders we are all reliant upon use the Dublin Regulation to insist that asylum is sought in the country you first enter (ie enter and make application).  The refugees sitting on the edge of the channel want to claim asylum in UK, not France, so would scupper any happy ever after with their family if there leave the camps.  Germany and Czech republic suspended Dublin regulations last year in respect of Syrian refugees yet the UK still refuses to budge.

Left to themselves, France won’t develop a plan to prevent people coming and risking their lives trying to cross.

Almost nightly police and CRS throw tear gas into the Jungle.  Many, many of the refugees have fled war and they are now in another war zone.

Be In Their Shoes

Cameron must take control of this and not build more fences.  My knowledge of both countries is that one is reactive and one has been known to be proactive.  Hollande needs leading….he is too weak and naive to manage this (and too stubborn and blind to know this).  I cannot believe I am looking to Cameron to be the saviour but it is down to him ultimately.

So please, stop being outraged by beheadings and what you consider barbarism…..unless of course you want to include the atrocities on your door step in that outrage.

Calling all Philanthropists

Can you help me?

I need to become very rich very quickly.  There is a huge group of people I want to help and my £20 here and there is just a drop in the ocean.

What do I need to do to be like you?

Have I any transferable skills on my CV?

What advice can you give me?

Where do you start?

How long do I need to get rich?  I am not young.

Short cuts would be handy,

Thanks in advance.


Discussing refugees & ISIS on Channel 4 News

This man alwasy has some very intelligent ideas on many subjects.

Yanis Varoufakis

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Workfare Abandoned! Mandatory Work Activity and Community Work Placements Both To Be Scrapped

Recent performance figures showed that only half of those referred to forced community work actually started a placement. Eighteen months after Community Work Placements began the DWP is still avoiding telling us whether anyone has actually found a real job through the scheme. The department is claiming the programmes will not be renewed to save money.

the void

workfare-partyIn a major victory for campaigners, two of the main workfare programmes are to be abandoned the DWP has quietly announced today.  Private sector contracts to run Community Work Placements and Mandatory Work Activity will not be renewed says the department in their response to George Osborne’s spending review.

Community Work Placements involve six month’s forced full time work for the long term unemployed, whilst Mandatory Work Activity is a four week short sharp shock of workfare used to punish claimants who were judged not to have the right attitude by Jobcentre busy-bodies.

Hundreds of charities have pulled out of both schemes or boycotted them completely after furious campaigning from Boycott Workfare, Keep Volunteering Voluntary and claimants across the UK.  Recent performance figures showed that only half of those referred to forced community work actually started a placement.  Eighteen months after Community Work Placements began the DWP is

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