By Dawn M. Sanders

Yvette Cooper of the Labour party asks: “How can we turn our backs on pictures like these?”

She goes on to describe the stories covered by the media just in the last few days and our reaction in the UK, compared with the rest of Europe on the refugee crisis.

Well, I don’t like or support Cooper’s policies, but at least on this one, she stands in parallel with Jeremy Corbyn’s view in the huge migrant crisis, which has tidal waved the shores of Europe.

It could be understood yet not forgiven, why the Balkan states and poorer economies of Europe are not letting migrants in, yet nothing excuses them being treated like herds of diseased cattle, as Macedonia or Hungary have recently done.

The rich countries, such as Germany and Sweden are taking a much more human approach, so why isn’t Britain, an economic/political powerhouse and strong player within Euro-politics, taking a more pro-active role in sharing in the responsibility of providing refuge for people putting their lives at risk to get to safety and sanctuary?

Simple: our prime minister is a ‘cold fish’ and hell-bent on the brainwashing ideology that, asylum seekers will take our housing and jobs.

As Cooper points out, immigration itself is a different matter, yet it’s directly linked with Cameron’s fear-inducing rhetoric; rhetoric which barely cloaks the cultural prejudice underpinning the steadfast intolerance on such a humanitarian atrocity.

Cooper (as Corbyn did last weekend at his rally speech) points out how the UK provided a safe haven for tens of thousands of Jews during the onslaught of the Second World War – so why the change of approach?

It doesn’t take a degree or political analyst to work it out…

ISIS, the bi-product of the Iraq war, have an educated and resourceful infrastructure; they have crossed borders to take over and terrorise regions – not to mention an impossible lose-lose civil war in Syria, and Cameron wants to “get to the root cause of the problem” with dropping bombs in a continued cycle of puppetting the US?

The Middle East has been a hotbed of conflict, political unrest, ethnic/sectarian tit-for-tatting for decades, long before the arrival of ISIS and their twisted brand of extremism; a multiple/monumental human catastrophe, far outweighing the Holocaust, which let’s not forget, has manifested into what is now the Jewish state of Israel.

Cameron and his neo-liberal/conservatism, is so blinkered by his own ideological short-sightedness of unrealistic immigration targets; intoxicated with the unfounded notion based on paranoia that: immigrants come here to sponge off the NHS, benefits or housing stock, he’s further handicapping the UK from sharing in the responsibility we have within the international ‘community’.

In fact, he has no sense of community when it comes to Europe or at home. Therefore breeding an “everyone for him/herself” individualist mentality at micro level, hence the poison trickle down affect.

I also liked Cooper’s call for communities (at grassroots level) to come together in putting pressure on the Tories to take in refugees in our towns and cities up and down the country

Why should the rest of the nation adopt Cameron’s cold fish politics?

If a ship capsized off the coast in the English Channel and people were drowning, there would be rescue crews and people brought to safety; how could it be okay to ignore the same thing happening to desperate people from the other side of the world, drowning in a different sea?

If it begins to be okay, then we’re losing the ability to care for human beings other than ourselves.


By Dawn M. Sanders

So, yet another secret trade deal (if you can actually call it a deal) is snaking its way out of secrecy.

The TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) via the TPA (Trade Proposal Authority) is firmly in the news and out of the bag.

Thank the goddess for the likes of WikiLeaks, because it’s not just yet another dodgy deal in the name of ‘big business’ it’s an outright attack on personal freedoms – infringing on individual human rights.

So pretty soon, the West in all its coy, covert behind-the-scenes manoeuvres, will render us all as held to ransom and dictated to as those held hostage in the Middle East – with Western-propped up dictators and unruly regimes.

Anyone with two brain cells to rub together, knows we are living under a fledgling democratic system, which makes it easy for vote-rigging/manipulation to occur, the minute there is threat of revolt.

Okay, so this is a trans-Pacific deal and doesn’t include the UK, but they’re all one in the same – we have TTIP to battle against – the trans-Atlantic deal, which includes Europe, the UK and US.

I’m confused though, the article referenced at the bottom of this blog, says it was narrowly blocked, yet twitter trending said it passed?

If Obama wanted to create a legacy of pumping life into the US economy or giving adequate healthcare to the poorest, he is unravelling it all for a last ditch bid for victory, as an exiting has been – consigned to the throws of history.

As cultural and economic divide is ever-increasing, suspicion and hate are rife and the cap on personal freedoms (in the name of health and safety or duty-of-care) are diseases spreading like devouring plagues.

I don’t want to sound like, all doom and gloom, but as I sit in my garden, with a warm persistent breeze, the sun shining on a Saturday afternoon, I’m also sitting on a knife edge.

Bombarded with plea after plea in my inbox to: sign this petition to stop that, I can’t keep up with it all anymore.

What about my own personal battle for my rights and freedoms?  Sounds selfish I know, but with my recent harassment, yet again from Sheffield social services (or ‘dis-services) as I like to dub them, I just about keep my head above water…

Being a single mum and visually impaired, with a kid with complex needs – I’m cursed by the authorities three times over – no matter how much I try to count my blessings.

It’s enlightening to hear of all the youthful gumption and enthusiasm of the student Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (CAFC) but right now I’m debating my own personal campaign and starting a petition.

You know the kind via thirty-eight degrees (that people-powered thing that’s going on, but I’m not too optimistic and, would local authorities really become more accountable and think before they harass or bully people, just because they’re ‘different’?

I strongly doubt it, yet I can’t sit idly by and just ‘let it happen.

I don’t hope to single-handedly change the world, because it’s an ongoing, uphill collective struggle and, the only ones “all in this together” are those of us who constantly fight, fight, fight for equality, human dignity, a slice at the pie; all the things the pigs, sitting around the top table, take for granted.

We’re all sinking on the same barge, so we may as well have a laugh, make it a party where, we all go down having the last laugh and fighting to the bitter end…