Send in the army

Switch on the television, radio or look at any newspaper and you are immediately given the impression that Britain is about to be invaded. One is led to believe this is an existential threat; they're amassing in Calais and forcing themselves onto vehicles bound for Old Blighty, via the Channel Tunnel.

And just who are they?
They are Migrants!

They are more likely refugees escaping the chaos, violence and misery that we in west have helped to drum up in the Middle East and Africa in our post colonial grasping for treasure. But that narrative is too complicated. So they have become the bogeymen, known by official channels backed by media as migrants, possibly because if they called them refugees we would have to look after them. Frankie Boyle hit the nail on the head when describing this as intellectual flexibility that allows people to express grief for the migrants who drown in the Mediterranean and hatred for the ones who survive.

So don't waste time in finding the common humanity that binds us to these vulnerable individuals that places importance on learning and faith. Ignore their dreams of education, freedom and work, from inside the desperate conditions within the jungle camp/shanty town a few miles north of Calais. Instead we send the naval destroyers into the Mediterranean to intercept and send back the vulnerable. And where we once celebrated individuals jumping the Berlin Wall when it suited our narrative of freedom, we now show humans wriggling through fencing and barbedwire as sinister invaders. The answer? Send more money for bigger and better fencing and send in the army!

There are many aspects of the media coverage in this so called attack on our country to be concerned about. But perhaps the main one is the sheer mass of frenzied reporting it's producing when another far greater threat to the fabric of our society is barely given a mention: TTIP

The EU soon intends to sign two far-reaching trade agreements: one with Canada (CETA = Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) and one with the USA (TTIP = Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). The official line is that this will create jobs and increase economic growth. However, the beneficiaries of these agreements are not in fact citizens, but big corporations (from Stop TTIP website)

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