There are many poor people in this country, not just the unemployed but those with families on low incomes who find they have to use food banks just so that they can eat.
Austerity is the key word of the government, we need to clear the debt so they have to cut back on everything, the NHS the benefits service. The elderly, disabled and children are the ones who are suffering. Life is so tough for so many.
Yet we are the 23rd richest country in the world. So many poor and needy yet so many with such a lot of money. I mean billions, I mean more money than the average person can even imagine. Living right here in this country, with their savings stashed away in other countries so they don't have to pay tax. Look at the amount of money spent on football players alone, millions of pounds crossing hands and this is considered normal in such a poor country?
We have over 700,000 empty properties in this country, more than 100,00 more than needed to house those that need to be housed. But these properties belong to rich people, they won't let people live in them, they want to sell them to increase their already huge bank balances.
Rich people can't get enough you see. They believe they deserve every penny they have and maybe they do. That's why they get to pay less tax, why should they pay more because they have more, it's just not fair is it. Why should rich people look after poor people, it's just not done. Let them put their hands in their pockets occasionally for charity to make them feel good and get even more tax relief.
So while the average person is fed with the lines that we need to pay off our debts and it has to be done by taking away from what little is given to the poor and needy we take it all in and agree. We sit by and watch while our society is destroyed, all that was once great taken away. Why, because we are constantly fed with images which 'prove' this is the right thing to do. The television shows us how those on benefits are fat and lazy and cheat the system getting all they can for free while the hard working pay for it. Anyone who has ever had to claim benefits knows this is not true in 90% of cases (probably more, I'm guessing the figure here) The worst people hit are those with families who do work but don't earn very much and relied on benefits to top up their wages so they could survive.
Then you see those claiming disability benefits being 'caught out' by filmed playing golf or lifting their mobility bike up a step. Even disabled people can have good days you know. It's besides the point though, so many seriously disabled people have lost their benefits because of a system put in place which is failing them just to get the number of people claiming down. I won't go into details now but the number of people who have died after having their disability benefits stopped is utterly shocking. It's meant to be a lifeline, it's failing badly.
So, welcome to Britain, where even most of schools leave something to desire. I spent hours yesterday researching secondary schools in the area for my daughter who is due to go next year. There is not one here that is suitable, to be fair there is not one here that I would like to send a dog to never mind my child. They are all failing schools, we'd have to travel miles to find one half decent.
Is it any wonder that all I keep seeing on my Facebook timeline is people saying that we cannot take any refugees from Syria (or anywhere else) That people are angry at David Cameron for sending them money. That people are arguing amongst themselves whenever someone shows any sort of sorrow or support for the refugees.
I've seen people complain that they are fed up of seeing photo's of dying or drowning children on their timeline. It's not nice to see, it's horrific. It's not a movie or tv program, it's real life and it's happening. It's happening to thousands on a daily basis. Why should we not look, because it's awful, sickening, horrific? What if it were happening here in our own country? Yes, things are bad here, but they are not that bad yet!
I see people saying we can't take any refugees we are overpopulated, we have too many of our own problems.
Yes, we do, I've just outlined them and they are dire. But we are not being tortured or bombed. We do have food even if we have to go to food banks. We do have money, even if it's not very much and we have to beg for it. We have homes or shelter even if it's not good. If we don't, at the very least we have streets left!
A lot of these refugees are not poor people, they had jobs, they had lives, homes, businesses even. They left everything because they didn't want to die.
What would you do? If someone started fighting and bombing our country tomorrow would you carry on as normal or pack up your family and flee for your life?
I've heard it said that by helping these people we'd be letting our hearts rule our heads. Maybe that's true, but that's something that I'm usually guilty of anyway. I don't want my life to change, or my country to change but if it means that I can save some lives then so be it.
Then there is the worry that by letting refugees in the country you could let terrorists in too. This is true, and it's a huge worry. Heaven forbid we end up in a state like their country by allowing such scum in. However, if they can come in disguised as refugees, they'll come in disguise by any means, if they want to be here they will find a way. That's if they are not already here. We'd have to put our trust in the powers that be to ensure that those allowed in are safe. It's a risk. It's a risk every time we accept a plane from another country.
I read that if our population continued on it's current growth (and this was probably a scaremongering article but I couldn't find anything I trusted as actual facts) then in 100 years time we would need 52 more cities on our land. The truth is we have room for 52 cities, we'd even still have green land left. The sad thing is, the green land is what makes our Island so beautiful and no-one wants to lose it. I'm sure we'd find a way around this if it ever happened. We do have to think of the future for our families.
I've presented a lot of questions and a lot of problems. I don't know the answers and I'm not a politician. I've admitted that I think with my heart and not my head sometimes.
Yesterday I had to deal with a dying cat, a child that is really poorly and the fact that my money has run out so we have no Sunday lunch today (we still have food in the freezer though) But still, I can't help thinking how much worse life would be if we had to flee from war, where would we go, would we survive? How much worse would our lives be?
If we can offer help at all to these people I believe we should. If it causes more upset to our already suffering country we will deal with later. In fact, history has shown us that people have moved around the world since time began, yes, even us. It's not always turned out to be a bad thing. We shouldn't be afraid.
Save Syria's children is a Save The Children Campaign where you can donate to help if you wish but the website gives you some details of what is actually going on.
The New York Times is running an interesting article on the movement of the refugees. This makes them look more human and shows a little of what their journey entails.
This is a brief explanation of how it all began Europe's Refugee Crisis Explained
The hypocrisy of British Tabloids, is it any wonder we are arguing amongst ourselves?
JerusalemAnd did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?
And did the countenance divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among those dark satanic mills?
Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my chariots of fire!
I will not cease from mental fight;
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Til we have built Jerusalem
On England's green and pleasant land.
We should fight our government, we should not sit back and let things get worse, the rich should not get richer while the poor get poorer. We should protest, we need to have a voice. We can do this peacefully with campaigns and petitions.
What happens when people here really do get fed up and rebel? It could happen. It could go that way in the future.
Just like in Syria.
How will we react when innocent people get killed for having a say? Will we start fighting for our rights? You can't say it won't happen here. We've seen unrest already. We've seen violence and disruption in our country. It could get worse. It could happen on our doorstep. Then what would you do? How far would you go to save your family? What would other countries say about us? Do you think they would say we were after their jobs or their homes? Would they turn us away and tell us it's our problem not theirs?
Just think about it for a moment today, and then say we can't help these people.