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Comment: A brilliant article exploring the government’s ‘compassion’ toward refugees and poor internationally, whilst concurrently punishing their own citizens, removing their means of living. Why favour one over another? It’s similar to looking after a neighbour’s family, whilst severely neglecting your own.
The irony of this is once the refugees are established here, they are then subjected to the same treatment as the rest of the British poor.
My friend is studying the bible with an Iranian man and his son. He had to leave Iran as his life was in danger. They literally walked the whole way to get here. Although this man has a roof over his head, he is not allowed to work, and he has only a small weekly allowance to live on (this has just been cut to around £33 per week). He is very disappointed; he didn’t realise how hard life would be here.
Of course, this disparity occurs because the government want Britain to seem generous and compassionate; those ‘British Values’ we keep hearing about. It’s all for face however: the reality, the truth of it, is startlingly different.
India for example, didn’t want our money to reduce poverty; they said that it wasn’t needed. Perhaps there’s an element of control in acting like this, but Indians have their own space programme for goodness sakes: if they can afford to do that, why can’t they look after their own people? Here again we see a government wanting to look good, the prestige that comes from being a ‘space nation’, without one thought of the people that they have a responsibility towards on earth.
Of course – as the article points out – ALL should be looked after, refugee and native poor; this is common sense, but if we can all see that, what kind of mind thinks that it’s okay to starve their own citizens and drag them from their homes?
I’ll shut up now, so that you can have ‘a word in your ear’:
Justice and compassion isn’t either, or. A person who was compassionate to one suffering person but ignored another would be viewed as mentally disordered. The alternative explanation is a political motivation. Politics is about the distribution of power and resources, not the application of justice or compassion. Which leads to questioning political motives, influence, pressure and propaganda. I wonder about the differential in justice and compassion of our present political machinery.
Our government gives billions of our taxes in overseas aid on the argument of compassion for the poor in other countries. At the same time cuts social assistance to the poor in this country (who contributed to those taxes). And imposes policies which increase poverty in this country – favouring trans-national businesses over home-based ones, off-shoring jobs, bringing changes which allow rents to sky rocket. At the same time pulls at our heart strings over suffering foreigners while fomenting…
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