So Mr Cameron, you are not doing enough! Eighty plus bishops have published the letter they sent to our Prime Minister urging our country to take several thousand more refugees. It goes over the importance of hospitality and how the people of our churches will be encouraged to be welcoming.
As I read I had very mixed emotions. I was intrigued that our bishops felt that they had the right to speak on my behalf and say that we would be welcoming. Our churches are welcoming anyway and always try to look after the visitor. But what is being imagined here is an influx of several thousand migrants from across Europe who will need specialist help as there will be language and quite significant cultural issues to overcome. Their plight is desperate. The conflict in Syria and surrounding nations is acute, and with the entry of Russia into the melee it is going to get considerably worse before it gets better. There is also the threat of the Isis agenda which is essentially that of world domination. The whole crisis needs managing with proper unified international support providing a means of care and due process. Individual charities, including from around our own area are commendable, but they are fleabites compared with the colossal concerted international effort that is needed. It is right to do what we can for these poor people, but a simple blanket acceptance of thousands of migrants into our country is not necessarily the correct answer. The problem we have is that resources are already stretched. Our economy is struggling, there is a housing shortage and jobs are not always easy to come by. Many in our society are struggling and finding it hard to cope. It is one of the reasons why Food Banks are working under such heavy demands. The Government is constantly talking about further cut backs in spending. So the major questions are, where is the spare capacity to be found to support these migrants, and what do we do about those people who are currently in need of housing, food and other resources? The British people are incredible! Down the centuries both Napoleon and Hitler vastly underestimated our ability to fight and not give in. As a nation we have persevered under some severe hardships. We have avoided the excesses of some nations which have gone off like firecrackers with revolution and strife. Other nations in a crisis revolt, the British form a queue! We may moan and have a bit of a strop, but we are a sturdy breed with a backbone of resilience. Our leaders may decree that we have to take in thousands more migrants and I believe that in the end we shall cope somehow. We always do!