A BBC reporter was interviewing one persistent, but as yet unsuccessful, immigrant on the recent death of his friend. “How are you feeling?” she asked. They were in the man’s tent, “in the Jungle” the Calais camp site, where he and his friend had been living for the last month.
“Oh it must be so sad for you to still see his shoe on the floor over there…” said the reporter, interviewing the man who cousin died last week in the tunnel between Calais and Dover. It reminded me of the spoof news TV show, Drop the Dead Donkey, some years ago on Channel 4, where our reporter on the scene of the latest disaster pointed tearfully to a child’s toy in the rubble. That same teddy bear had been seen in Beirut, Gaza, Turkish earthquake sites and all over the world; it travelled in our reporter’s rucksack until he was rumbled.
Unbelievably for me at least, this is the pathetic level to which BBC radio news has fallen. I had already stopped watching the sensationalist, sentimental twaddle that BBC TV news become several years ago, but am saddened to see the disease spreading to the radio.
I was fuming at the dumbed down, gutter level sentimentality shown by the reporter and the complete naivety of the man trying to get to Britain for ‘safety’ reasons.This story was not the story I was interested in. I wanted to hear, in the immigrants own words, why they thought Britain was the preferred destination over France or Italy. Of course, I think I already know the answer, but I wanted to hear it from them. But, oh no, we just got emotional drivel prompted by drivel questioning. I further wanted to hear, from the immigrant, what was so awful in their own country; and again, I think I know the answer BUT I wanted to hear it from the potential immigrant himself.
Another Pakistani, interviewed, who said he was 12 when he made the journey to Britain a few years ago was urged by his mother to undertake the perilous journey, said that ” … after all, it was the British who caused all these problems from which we flee, so the British should be proud to accept these people who so need our help.”
He has a point, but a very small one compared to the brutality of those who rule, or fail to rule, the countries from which these immigrants flee. Compared say, to the primitive ignorance of the Taliban, al–Qaeda, ISIS et all, all of whose political ideas of nationhood are based of the teachings of the Qur’an.
Here is my alternative take on this whole situation.
Whilst I am saddened by the plight of those who wish to escape war torn parts of the Middle East and Africa, I thought a little historical, world view light, might put the whole thing into perspective.
No one was there to help us when when in our more primitive times, we ran around the country killing each other smothered with woad whilst praying to Earth Mother and talking with fairies. There were no better run, safer countries to run to. So, over the next two thousand years or so, we grew up a bit, killed a load more of our young men, women and children, reduced the number of our gods to the last one still standing. Then, more recently still, quite a few of us are working on losing even that last one who is slowly disappearing day by day!
Perhaps, we should try harder to limit immigration to these Islands to a more realistic level? The last 20 years have been mismanaged by our under age career politicians to such an extent that the EU, and Britain in particular, have become a preferred, if dangerous, option for the world’s refugees.
Help them by all means, but:
- Not with food aid, which is not the answer in an overpopulated world.
- Not with arms sales from USA, Britain, France, Russia and China.
My point is, why can’t we just wait for those more primitive nations to grow up too?
They may eventually begin to sort themselves out, just like we did, but even we still have a long way to go!
Too many elephants in the room methinks for our dear politicians to face.
To One Europe for “Welcome to Europe”
To EU Law Analysis for EU leaders all in the same boat (he he)