Welcome to Britain

The weather in Glasgow in November may be terrible, but the plane-load of Syrian refugees arriving there this afternoon probably weren’t too dismayed.

The group, comprising mainly families, flew in today from refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and other countries near Syria, and include people suffering from health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

I hope that the people of Scotland will make them welcome in our country. And I wish that many more refugees  could be brought here too.

Still, it’s a start. A thousand Syrian refugees are expected to arrive in Britain by Christmas, and 20,000 by 2020. It doesn’t seem enough, but every one is a human being like you and me, whose life has been turned upside down by the war in Syria, and who will now be safe.

It’s what every person on this planet deserves, and I’m proud to belong to a country that is playing a part, however small.

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23 responses to “Welcome to Britain

  1. And so they should be!!! I love the Scottish xxx

  2. Good on ya, mate! 😀

  3. Well said Steve. We made the mess; we owe them this at least.

    • It’s a start, although I don’t think that anyone can say we caused the mess.

      • Can we settle on ‘contributed to’ then Steve? I am not saying we in The West caused Jihadism of course. Have you seen Adam Curtis’ film?

        “Politicians used to have the confidence to tell us stories that made sense of the chaos of world events. But now there are no big stories and politicians react randomly to every new crisis – leaving us bewildered and disorientated.

        Bitter Lake is a new, adventurous and epic film by Adam Curtis that explains why the big stories that politicians tell us have become so simplified that we can’t really see the world any longer.

        The narrative goes all over the world, America, Britain, Russia and Saudi Arabia – but the country at the heart of it is Afghanistan. Because Afghanistan is the place that has confronted our politicians with the terrible truth – that they cannot understand what is going on any longer.

        The film reveals the forces that over the past thirty years rose up and undermined the confidence of politics to understand the world. And it shows the strange, dark role that Saudi Arabia has played in this.”

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p02gyz6b/adam-curtis-bitter-lake

  4. Steve. you’re a great man and an inquisitive intellectual. unfortunately, the reality is a little more complicated. read Steve something written by Foaud Hussein? perhaps the best example for this is that the United Kingdom is likely (definitely) to leave the European Union. maybe not?

  5. 20,000. and how will 20 million. and it is not absolutely unreal as it may seem: war, famine, disappearing land. so what: we shoot into the boat, or rather directly to refugees (immigrants). and we can accept all refugees from Africa and Asia, because we have done a lot of harm there! created this mess! in Europe there is still room for up to 500 million people. we will put everyone in this European ark. only if the ark isn’t lost. maybe i’m just a simpleton! only because i see (or maybe just i have a false impression that i see) the dilemma which confronted against intellectuals, probably not yet aware of such challenges that will arise in a few years. and maybe i’m nasty little man who thinks only of himself.

    • Most people agree with you. I know I’m in a minority on this. I have to believe in freedom, because the alternative is too terrible to contemplate.
      The truth is, I’m selfish. I want the right to travel, live and work in any country I choose, and I want that right for my children too. In return, other people must have the right to live in my country.

  6. As an American, I’m hoping my country won’t chicken out and abandon its commitment to help the Syrian refugees.

  7. And.. Welcome back, Steve! 🙂

  8. but let’s leave minor problems with refugees! United Kingdom are exposed to much more important threat. and probably biggest it is an irrepressible gluttony of British. but after all, it does not apply to YOU, i hope? but you promised you will address the issue of healthy eating. namely your diet. a new look at this. of course, if i understand correctly and i’m not mistaken!?

  9. great! the most important is accuracy. but do not hurry! i just wanted to make sure that question hasn’t been forgotten. especially during the holiday season it is difficult to write about restrictions!!!

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