Urgent action, over 5 years?

images (201)The offer of sanctuary to any individual facing crisis is a good thing. If as the maths suggests, the UK Government has offered accommodation and support to 4,000 Syrians in this current year, they will each be grateful for the welcome and the safety our nation can undoubtedly provide. If the current number of Refugees facing crisis is 1M – 2M that is a very small proportion, but for each of them it is a tangible offer. However there has already been pledged 2000 homes from Churches and other organisations and individuals before the Government was shamed into making its offer. Although David Cameron believes in a small state, the power of the state is not so diminished that he cannot assemble the resources to provide accommodation for more than 4,000 Refugees. He has after all just elevated 50 people to the House of Lords at a potential cost of over £1M. To be fair to Cameron he has also offered (if the maths is right) accommodation for another 4,000 in 2016, then 4,000 in 2017, then 4,000 in 2018 then 4,000 in 2019 and finally another 4,000 in 2020, by which stage the first 4,000 will be being prepared to return to Syria, a land which will presumably still be in crisis or else there will be no need to offer sanctuary to the 5th cohort of Refugees. This is a pathetic offer, dressed up to look like something magnamous. If David Cameron was a strong leader he would have claimed our nation does not have the heart to take in more than 4,000 refugees. Of course he would have been lying but he could then return to his real concerns, whatever they are! Alternatively perhaps a bold leader would have agreed to take 20,000 Refugees straight away. After all that sort of leader would be working with his International colleagues to ensure that next year the cause of this conflict would have been addressed, and even if there was a need to take more Refugees, that he would go back to his electors and articulate a case for such additional provision as would be required. When I first saw on the internet that Cameron had committed our nation to take 20,000 refugees in, I was very surprised but also reassured and elated. To offer 16,000 refugees the promise of refuge next year or the year after is just a cruel and a potentially empty promise. I feel our nation has been humiliated and embarrassed by a man who claims to be our Prime Minister, but is really just a hollow shell, who is offering us a fifth of what we need to lead our nation, and perhaps next year will offer us another fifth, if he has not already decided to hand over to George, or Boris or Theresa. What a sham!


About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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