Cameron’s Easter message reminded us that, we are a Christian Country. He said “Across Britain, Christians don’t just talk about ‘loving thy neighbour’”. “They live it out”.
Not being a religious person, but from my RI lessons at school, I seem to remember that “loving thy neighbour” meant everyone else, not as Cameron sees it, as just for his mates; but, for those in dire need, for those escaping war zones and for those disadvantaged children who need a chance of a decent life.
This skewed interpretation of Jesus’s message, has been consistent throughout the Tory administrations of the last 30 years. Thatcher famously (infamously) said that the Good Samaritan could not of helped the wayfarer, if he hadn’t made a few bob. Cameron adapted this to say, in effect, that the Samaritan checked the wayfarer’s travel documents before shelling out.
Whilst Germany (under a conservative Chancellor) is accepting over 750,000 refugees this year, Cameron says that he is prepared to take a few hundred more. Whilst Germany supports the disabled with generous benefits, IDS is planning to help the disabled by reducing these benefits, in what he calls “tough love”.
The main concerns of Cameron and his ilk are the delays to our holiday makers passing through Calais and the “1000’s” of disabled people swanning about on their £55.10 a week.
As Angela Merkel said last week “all asylum-seekers deserve dignity and respect”, sadly this is not the response we are getting from this Tory Administration. This equally applies to those of us who are mentally or physically disabled.
Based on an article by Matthew Norman in the 26th August edition of the Independent