The Foreign Office have decided that they can’t support the search and rescue operations that drag destitute migrants out of the sea when their overcrowded and inadequate ships have sunk. They say this move will discourage such people from attempting the crossing in the first place and therefore will, in the end, help save lives.http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/oct/27/uk-mediterranean-migrant-rescue-plan
I don’t want to live in a country that thinks this way, ruled by a government that can’t make the link between handing over your life savings in return for a journey that will very likely end in death or detention, and the misery of the life that person is trying to escape. As if the migrant will say, well gosh, you know, the boat is likely to come a cropper but now the British Government aren’t going to try and save me, I don’t think I’ll risk it after all.
Would Theresa May refuse to haul back a kid running across the road because they haven’t used the Pelican Crossing? Would she forbid the Fire Brigade to put out flames caused by unlawful smoking? Would she prefer to let a person jump than help them down from railings they’ve trespassed onto?
Do you know what, don’t answer that.