Is it me or is the world becoming an increasingly cold place? I’m not talking about the weather, but about hearts and minds.
In the United States, Donald Trump took a big step towards claiming the Republican presidential nomination. This is a man widely known for his racist, anti-Muslim and misogynist views and who has no political experience at all. To think that he might become the next President of the United States scares me to bits.
The British parliament voted against admitting 3,000 unaccompanied Syrian child refugees stranded in Europe. It’s almost impossible not to draw parallels between the MPs ‘no’ vote and the moral collapse of the 1930s when Jewish refugees were denied sanctuary.
The Home Secretary, Theresa May, called for Britain to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights, replacing it with a UK bill of rights. Anyone who doubts the absurdity of May’s proposal should watch ‘What has the ECHR ever done for us,’ the satirical sketch with Patrick Stewart.
Do we really want a society where political and economic interests, selfishness and greed determine policy-making at the expense of basic humanitarian values?
Instead of spouting populist propaganda in favour of ‘Brexit,’ undercutting the NHS by withholding funds and bullying junior doctors, slashing benefits for people with disabilities, and generally robbing the poor, Britain’s political leadership would do well to ask itself: when and how did we lose our moral compass?