Why refugees are a gift, not a burden, to society: Alexander Betts

Refugees, via the cruel world of popularist politics, red top tabloid newspapers and social media, have become a problem and many of the underlying issues of Brexit have a foundation in racism and fear of those who are different. I was therefore pleased to see this modern-day ‘norm’ being challenged by Alexander Betts. Have a look at this video via Mark Pack’s web site, it’s an eye-opener:-

www.markpack.org.uk/136124/alexander-betts-refugee-talk/

And to think that not so many years ago the UK was very much at the forefront of helping refugees. Oh, what has become of my country?…………….

The hate of racists – Croydon asylum boy assault

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39470487

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

What on earth does this recent incident say about our deeply troubled society? It says to me that racism has been let out of Pandora’s Box again and it is becoming mainstream. We all know that racism was a motivation for some to vote for Brexit. Of course all Brexit voters are not racists but I am pretty sure that most racists were Brexit voters. But Here’s Jen Robertson’s take on racism and Brexit:-

‘I don’t think all racists voted Brexit because I don’t think racism is quite what we’ve been taught to view it as. It’s not just morons shouting slurs and refusing to sit by people on the bus, it’s a deeper problem subtly endemic within our entire society. And I think it perfectly plausible that there are well-off business owners who voted remain because it makes economic sense while still harbouring racist tendencies that just aren’t as high a priority for them as their money.’

Our right wing press, which strangely seems a little disturbed by the appalling attack in Croydon, has been stirring the pot for a long time now with their overblown headlines blaming everyone that is not British and white for most if not all our troubles. Their influence over certain sections of our society is truly worrying, their lies have plunged us into a quite ridiculous Brexit crisis that will last for years and they have made some folks think that it’s now OK to abuse those who don’t look white or talk the Queens English. Some of us are are descending into the sewer just because the rich and the powerful are printing lies to get us to vote for what they want.

I don’t know about you but I really do worry about the future.

Me angry and intollerant?

The other day a friend, whom I appreciate the advice of, said to me that they had noticed how angry some of my postings had become since the EU Referendum result. They went on to say words to the effect that my usual tolerance of views differing from mine own seemed to be a little lacking presently.

Well I suppose that’s a reasonable assessment of me. I don’t think I have ever felt so angry about an issue of public policy as I do about the EU Referendum result and yes I have become very intolerant of people who promote leaving the EU. With tolerance being a fundamental tenet of being a liberal am I becoming illiberal? Makes you think doesn’t it.

I don’t think I have ever feared for the future of our country as I do now, we seem to be fundamentally unstable economically and socially. Hate is on the rise, some elements of the press are completely out of self-control, our economy is in a real mess and our attitude to minorities and refugees is utterly frightening. I would say that in a short space of time we have become fearful, inward-looking, mean spirited and intolerant as Country and it is this sea change that has in turn made be angry and intolerant.

It is not the country I grew up in and I want my tolerant, welcoming Country back.

But the other thing my wise friend had to say was that they feared I was venting some of my anger at a section of society whom I perceived had voted in a way that made them look foolish, irresponsible etc. The point being made, I think, was that the people I was angry with had been manipulated over many, many years to the point where the propaganda against the EU, refugees, the poor etc. had become the truth to them.

This later point is interesting in that what was being suggested to me was that just because I try to take an analytical approach to most issues many people don’t. I actually get that and my posting of a few days ago about being lied to addressed this. It is available via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/11/10/why-do-we-allow-ourselves-to-be-lied-to/

And the point of all this? Well I think the advice was stop shouting at folk who have been manipulated by the press, the wealthy and the powerful and try to convince them that hate and fear does not actually help society develop but instead corrupts it terribly. I wonder if I can rise to that challenge when the anger inside is so strong as we seemingly march towards becoming a fascist state?

Can’t promise I will not shout again as sometimes it’s the only thing that keeps me sane, but I do get that being a Liberal means I have to try to reach out to people who stand for things I really, really find distasteful.