Dear Mr Cameron
I’ve always supported the Conservative party, despite the many misgivings of family members, friends and work colleagues. I believe in the majority of Conservative policy. We do need to recover the economy, we need to get out of the slump our country has been in for what feels like decades. I get all of this.
I’ve even been willing to give you a small benefit of the doubt when you and your government appeared to be hitting the poorer part of this countries spectrum of people with your cuts.
I even forgave you the ridiculous focus on seagulls, the silliness around thinking about relaxing the ban on fox hunting (Despite a majority of the public being completely against it) and the badger cull which has so far proven that government can spend a lot of money killing things for no actual benefit or despite scientific evidence that shows TB and badger numbers cannot be intrinsically linked.
But there is one thing which doesn’t sit well with me or the many millions who will be opening their newspapers this morning and being confronted with the heart wrenching picture of the small 3 year old baby boy laying face down on the shore of Bodrum in Turkey.
I hope you have seen the picture David, and I hope you feel as we all feel this morning. As a parent of young children myself the thought of this small child dying alone in the sea and their body washing up on a foreign beach is soul destroying. Being separated from your parents at such a small age is terrifying enough, and all of us have had those moments where we lose sight of our children in a public place and felt the absolute fear of not knowing where our child is. But for this to happen when you are trying to flee a war torn country whilst dangerously over-crowded on a boat and then watching your child slip beneath the waves is a entirely beyond the realms of feeling.
Why am I asking you to understand this David?
Because there is something distinctly wrong about the response of our country to this crisis. Whilst other EU countries argue the toss over where these refugees should be registering for help and closing train stations off or having endless meetings about what to do we the public are watching the worst humanitarian tragedy since Rwanda unfold in front of us. How many more sunken ships and bodies washed up on beaches do we need to see before we act?
This isn’t who we as a country are about David. We have strong values. Values that have been recognised and respected by other nations for years. Our sense of fair play, of independence. Fighting for the underdog, being able to laugh at ourselves, honesty, integrity. We project strength well beyond what we should or could be expected to for the size of our nation. Other countries have looked to us to set the standard for what is right.
Look at how our country pulls together in the best and worst of times. The blitz spirit of refusing to be cowered by evilness. Our support for allies in times of national mourning, how we as a country share and celebrate success and overcome tragedy is what has made this nation great.
But right now I am ashamed. Ashamed that our country has so far accepted 5000 refugees fleeing from war torn countries and watched as many thousands of others have died. Our fellow EU countries are trying to do their bit by accepting many hundreds of thousands who are fleeing. Even non EU nations are doing their best.
But Great Britain stands alone right now. And not for the right reasons.
Whilst others help and do what is needed I watch as you say the problem needs to be addressed at source. Which would be fine, if we could simply ask Syria to stop bombing its own people and they’d listen. But unfortunately foreign policy doesn’t work like that, as you well know from our own recent conflicts. So instead, why don’t you ignore the UKIP and anti immigration idiots in this country and do the right thing.
These people aren’t here to claim all of our jobs, or take all of our rapidly reducing benefits. They are here to escape a war torn country.
Aylan Kurdi was 3 years old. He didn’t ask for handouts, he didn’t want to claim for a house, benefits or steal some one else’s job. He wanted to escape with his family from a country imploding on itself. I ask you David, in the position of his father, what would you do?
I know I probably cannot appeal to your sense of principles as I feel they are rapidly opposing my own. But I hope as a fellow parent I can appeal to your sense of a parents duty to their children.
Dear Mr Cameron