I am think I am devoid of emotion, yet I feel a weird sort of black hole in the pit of my stomach when I hear that people who are so desperate for a life, who will risk their lives by going through hell and high water to try and get a chance of a better life, will be allowed to seal their fates at the hands of the unscrupulous and unchecked traffickers who put their human cargo out at sea in dubious overcrowded boats. It is reported that the same traffickers are not averse to ramming and sinking the boats. They don't care what happens to the refugees so long as they get their money from them. Are the traffickers untouchable?
Funding to rescue services at their current levels is being stopped. Britain is in the forefront of it. The replacement will be a very limited coastguard service.
Since when did humanitarianism stop beyond a three miles coastal limit, or less? What perverse rationalisation is being played out; politicians argue, the more likely people think they are to be rescued out at sea, the more they will attempt the journey with all its attendant risks. What methodology is proposed to support this theory? Who is going to watch the drownings and count the bodies to try and prove it?
On a happier note…
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