Migration: we broke it and therefore we bought it

If the environment where people live is destroyed or degraded then the people who live there will move elsewhere. The most important factor in destruction or degradation of the environment is humanity. By greed humanity destroys the environment in particular places; it cuts down forests, it creates vast quantities of carbon dioxide as a by-product of the things it does to satisfy its greed and it makes war for reasons of fear and greed. Continue reading

Risking the Lives of Your Children

If you are safe in one place but wish to get a better life with better prospects for your young family, what risks should you take to achieve your ambition?  Continue reading

Migrants: what we should do

The problem of migrants in Calais seems insoluble and will certainly remain insoluble unless we recognise some fundamental truths about the people who exodus from their homelands to the Jungle Camp and then formulate a solution that is based on the true situation, not on the situation as we would like it to be or as our prejudices may determine. The starting point is recognising the following facts. Continue reading

Looking through the razor wire

I have been following the stories on the media about migrants. All are fleeing the places where they and their ancestors lived for generations to developed countries mostly in the hope of a better safer life and occasionally in order to avoid persecution, torture and death. They are people who cram into small unsafe boats and cross the seas, or people who swim rivers in attempts to enter other nations. Some make their way through Europe in the hope of joining the United Kingdom’s sixty four millions and end up in camps in Calais where they risk life and limb to hide in and under trucks in the hope of making it across the border. Continue reading

Migration and climate change

Invasion, conquest and occupation are features of human history. The British Empire was either acquired or held together by the force of arms.  And as Britain acquired such territories as India, Pakistan, Cyprus, the islands of the West Indies it sent its people to those places to exploit the wealth, resources and industry of the people who lived there. Exploitation was on a massive scale with the people of the Empire mostly being denied the basic decencies of life – the vote, the right to learn and freedom – on account of the colour of their skins or the race to which they belonged. Continue reading