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.
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.