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On the Road to Human Progress

Can it be achieved? Yes! However, there has to be a clear recognition and understanding of the forces opposed to any proposed change. They will not go gently into that goodnight, to paraphrase Dylan Thomas. The road to human progress takes strong legs and a stout heart. There has to be a clear-sighted commitment to an agreed agenda.

One challenge will be to overcome the persistent onslaught of propaganda, marketed by specialist teams whose role it is to manipulate our thinking. An inundation from sections of the media will stir the emotions of many and leave others perplexed. This can only be overcome by a consistent voice hammering the same points in innovative ways. Think Banksy!

History supports the idea of a successful economy for the majority. The period 1945 – 1973 is considered the Golden Age of capitalism as economist Ha-Joon Chang points out,

“The Golden Age shows that capitalism’s potential can be maximized when it is properly regulated and stimulated by appropriate government actions”. Economics: The User’s Guide (p87)

A supportive view is expounded by the economist Dani Rodrik, The Globalization Paradox (p22)

“Every well-functioning market economy blends state and market, laissez-faire and intervention”.

And in an earlier point:

“Markets are most developed and most effective in generating wealth when they are backed by solid governmental institutions”. (p16)

Government therefore plays a crucial role in the economic well-being of a nation but have to be aware, as Ha-Joon Chang maintains:

“The economy is much bigger than the market. We will not be able to build a good economy – or a good society – unless we look at the vast expanse beyond the market”. (p456)

It is unfortunate but at present we are tied to the austerity programme of the neo-classical economists. To them the market is the great breadwinner and should be allowed to bluster its way ahead. Of course, the market keeps stumbling and falling over and it’s the ordinary Joe that has to pay the cost of getting it back on its feet.

The neo-classical economist do not allow for the ‘cartel’ or the monopolies that develop. They cannot add to their equation the underhandedness of some players who corrupt the market in the name of profit. Nor can they equate the ruthlessness or heartlessness that the system throws up. Their only response is that the market will right itself eventually.

Millions are still waiting for the market to improve since its man-made catastrophe in 2008. The lifting and the shoring up of the market have come from government using the taxes of the people. And still we find further illegal double-dealing such as Libor in the banking sector and the Volkswagen emissions scandal.



The market could not have righted itself without the direct intervention of government. Government saved the day! The ordinary Joe paid with their taxes. They paid with their livelihoods; many losing their jobs. The great crash came like a tsunami through the everyday lives of millions of ordinary people. Their wages slashed, their working conditions trashed in an effort to save the market!

Lives ruined and small businesses destroyed. Then they have the audacity to expect all hands to the pump!

Henry Scott Tuke

Henry Scott Tuke

Unregulated the market fed the greed of the few. The thoughtless scramble for the quick buck, the maximization of the bottom-line, the end of year bonus, and the ultimate ME factor. The market has had its day, government must take control and regulate.

However, no government can withstand the buccaneer capitalists on its own. That is why the idea of the EU is a good one, pity it has become a burden. The EU needs to be remodelled. The bureaucracy has become a self-serving yoke dragging the whole of Europe into the deep. The bureaucracy needs to be democratized with a flag that reads transparency.

thUZ27UX9OThe people have to have trust in the leadership of the EU. The peoples trust may have been shattered by the failure to tackle Volkswagen over the car emissions. When money talks – democracy walks. Politicians should resign over their failure! Transparency, accountability generates trust; politicians must earn it!

In writing about the crash of 2008, Susanne McGee Chasing Goldman Sachs warns in a tagline:




Paris: The Aftermath.

The slaughter in Paris on Friday 13th of November 2015 was horrific. It was an unjustified attack on innocent people. Ordinary Joes’ going about enjoying their leisure time with no thought of war or any inclination towards hate. They wanted to bounce with the music; to sip their coffee and chatter, laugh, hear some gossip or watch the football match.


These 129 innocents were turned into agents of war. The jihadists used them in a futile gesture to bolster their cause. The French government use them as an excuse to upgrade their attacks on IS in Syria and more generally.thW8J7EPG1

The attack in Paris hurts us all in several ways. The immediate reaction is one of disbelief but when the extent of the killings becomes apparent our disbelief turns to anger and a level of intolerance creeps in. Anger can lead in many directions: simple disgust which will wane in the weeks to come but intolerance will resurface with any incident concerning Muslims.

Or it will fuel an existing anger and demand revenge, this to can dissipate with time. Then of course there is hate. Hate can lead to spontaneous actions, can be more long term and lead to extremism. Hate destroys everyone it touches.

Which of the above emotions and actions do the jihadists want? All of them! The last thing they want is community cohesion. As part of their recruitment strategy they want to drive wedges between the Muslim community and the rest. The deeper the cut they make the better their recruitment will be.

This Means War!

Hollande, the French president reacted with a typical stance.  He wanted to appear tough, to appear statesman like. The statements that followed were judged to reassure the people that the government were in control. More French planes bombed IS positions in Syria. The aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle set sail with more fighter jets.

The claim that IS has an army and has land is a false one. Their army is a muster of innocence betrayed by promise and brainwashing, of life ever after. The land they control is not a recognised country but land that has been forcibly taken. Syria and Iraq will eventually take back their land. Was Hollande legitimizing the Caliphate of IS?

In using the ‘intelligence network’ the French government did a lot of good. By establishing were the cohort of IS fighters were hold up. The assault on the flat in Saint Denis 18th November while overpowering in the extreme served a bigger purpose.

The actions at Saint Denis showed the government in control and thus helped to calm the growing anger of the general populace. The Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve played a very clever card when he praised the people of Saint Denis for their “cool headedness”. The message was obvious, kept calm, we will sort it out.

This message should have been picked up by Hollande and given greater prominence. A calm response was the last thing IS wanted from the situation.

A danger exists from our own governments as they use the situation to pass ever more draconian laws. We must keep a careful eye on all that government does. Our freedoms must not be curbed under the disguise of fighting the jihadists. Democracy must not be compromised or we lose the first battle.


Bombs will not defeat IS in Syria nor will western boots on the ground. French, British etc. putting the boot in will only

Torn Apart

Torn Apart

give credence to the myth that the West is out to smash the Muslim world. The booing at the football matches , Turkey v Greece and Ireland v Bosnia during the one minute silence in respect for the people of Paris illustrates that the west are losing the propaganda war.


We are all being deceived by the politics and business of the region. The Press in the West must make more of the roles of Saudi Arabia and Iran and their quest for power in the area. This political war is doing more to cripple the Middle East than anything else. They pour their money into the barbarity that is Syria in support of the warring factions but the West gets the blame.

If Saudi Arabia wants Assad out then let them bomb. Let them send in ground troops. Iran the same! The Saudis use their wealth to sponsor and equip agents to fight their seedy war. The western powers are as mercenaries doing the bidding of Saudi Arabia with the promise of good business opportunities in the future.

  1. Why has Saudi Arabia not taken refugees?
  2. Why have the nations of the Middle East not stopped the flow of migrants? Why have they not stepped in to help their fellow Muslims?

There are vast riches in the region stemming from the oil revenue yet the camps that do exist are pits of iniquity. Charities in the west are spending huge amounts to encourage us to give generously to bring water, food and medicine to these camps. Surely Saudi Arabia and/or Iran could cover such costs without much hardship. Why are they not doing so?

It was the politics and the business that took the west into the region to support Kuwait against the dictator Saddam Hussein. Here we are again! For years we tolerated the despots until more pressing business opportunities came knocking.

The real war in the region is that between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Intelligence – Intelligence – Intelligence!!!

We cannot walk away from our past exploits in the area. We are now forced to deal with IS because they have brought it to our door. Bombs and troops are an encouragement. Even if the IS can be forced from their caliphate they will not disappear. They will fragment into dangerous cells and declare ideological war on the West.

Each cell will finance itself as far as possible. Cells will blend when there’s a need. However, by organising into cells they will become weaker, less coordinated and more criminalized.

Identifying every possible member is the only hope of shutting them down permanently. It’s the old adage, take off the head and the body is useless. We must be prepared for a twenty (20) year battle.

The West caused IS!

The actions of the west did help bring it to our homelands. But then IS don’t just hate the people of the west they hate all who do not conform to their brand of extremism. They have killed far more Muslims than they have westerners. Far more!

And what of the IS fighting force?

  • Why is their army not exclusively of people from the region?
  • Why are they trying to force other Muslims to accept their interpretation of the Qur’an?
  • Why are there so many foreign delinquents in their ranks?
  • Why do they need to brainwash their recruits?

Could it be that IS has no real base among the people of the area? They are out on a limb and have become dependent on young impressionable people from the west, some estimates make it 20,000, to bolster their ranks.

There is much discussion about what motivates some young Muslim people of Europe and elsewhere to join. It is now becoming clear that many were on the fringes of their local population. Others were petty criminals.

Several analysts blame poverty and alienation as a prime cause. However, the ones who venture to Syria to join IS were not alone in suffering poverty or alienation. Poverty and alienation is a worldwide phenomenon. Any large city has its pockets of desperate poverty.

Adventure may have added spice for others and still more may not have been fully au fait with the methodology of IS before becoming part of the throng. Also, some of those who succumb to the lore of IS are highly educated and have been able to use their skills to murderous effect.

Sadly, others may have a need to belong, to be different, and to stand out and radicalism offers all these elements in one package. There are some who may suffer from an inner loneliness that stems from their upbringing. Whatever the reason for joining IS most have been duped.



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The Road Ahead



It must start with a clear head, and a very honest appraisal of the task ahead.  Those who wish to fight for human progress must recognise that every cause cannot be fought in the first instance. As stated previously, the number of charities is an indication of the scale of the task. Therefore the starting point is the first rung.



To make demands which prove unrealistic is to give the opposition a propaganda boost. Ordinary people are often treated like muck but they do think and have a greater understanding than many give them credit for. They too will recognise what is achievable and what is fanciable. It will be a hard lesson for many on the ‘left’ to learn, such is their commitment to their cause.

Finding a unity of purpose and an agenda that can bridge the meandering streams of thought will prove incredibly difficult. Without a unity of purpose all causes will flounder. It can be agreed that each group can continue to support their cause but their first allegiance must be to the general good.

To this end a ten (10) point plan, should be drawn up and promoted by all. My personal agenda would include:

  • No business to be allowed to give financial support to any political party.
  • Politicians should have one job. None outside their political duties.
  • No lobbying!
  • A Clean Air Act.

I think these suggestions would be fine and resonate with the wider public under a campaign banner of greater democracy. Of course I could be wrong.

Democracy might not be everyone’s idea of a platform for achieving human progress. However, there is no alternative and democracy is more powerful than many think. There is little point in hankering after a mystic goal that will not take the people with you. Work with the people. Don’t demand they follow you!

In compiling an agenda there will be much argument. I can almost hear the furious ruckus as individuals and groups clamber over one another for a seat at the top table. The noise is over ridden by the screech of others demanding their key points be included in the plan.

‘Top table’ it creates a problem. It really needs people who are self-assured and with nothing to prove. If one has a separate agenda then the mind is out of focus.

Above the melee, a blunderbuss of laughter is heard from the 1%. They are unafraid of such a throng as this; the tartar army.thRMW0GF2G

Getting agreement may seem like an impossible task. Nonetheless, where there is intellect there is hope. The challenge is not to see the cause as a belief system but rather as a means to an end. Above all it should embrace the peoples will not that of any organisation.

The possibility exists that the compromisers will endeavour to include a plank of everyone’s policy stance. This is the weak link and will prove to be the death knell of any attempt at unity and progress.

Handy Hints

On reading Charles Handy, The Empty Raincoat I was heartened by his change in outlook. He talks about his American business school in the 1960s where in every room the blazon charge, “maximize the medium-term earnings per share”. (p135)  That was the focus that every tutor instilled in their students. Many years later his outlook was adapted to a greater understanding and purpose:

“My business school in America was wrong, I am now convinced. The principal purpose of a company is not to make profit, full stop. It is to make profit in order to do things and make things, and to do so ever better and more abundantly”. (p136)

This is not just a change of heart by Handy but a clear shift in understanding. It is recognition that the world is more than a selfish consumer or a buccaneer entrepreneur. Such a change in stance should act as precursor for the left in politics. Never examining a belief or cause is to diminish your understanding and thereby the view of the future. It holds all other views in contempt. The greater good is the one area that permits all of us to attain personal development.

The world cannot grow until men learn how to.

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Why is human progress so stifled?

The obvious reason is that our politicians are failing us. Why? Are they being bought off? I’ll let the economist Ha-Joon Chang answer that,

“Money gives the super- rich the power even to rewrite the basic rules of the game by – let’s not mince words – legally and illegally buying up politicians and political offices”.

Economics: The User’s Guide (p338)

  • Therefore should we allow business to make campaign contributions to political parties? NO! The reason is obvious, the business (es) are buying patronage.
  • Should politicians have jobs outside their political one? NO!
  • Should we allow lobbying? NO! Lobbying has no place in democracy!

The American system is a voluptuous but crass form of democracy. No business is giving to a campaign fund as an altruistic gesture or in a considered belief in the democratic process. As long as businesses dictate the size of the campaign fund they will dictate the policy of government. Unless they fall foul of the other big boys.

The Politburo of China is another major roadblock to human progress. While the present regime may face being toppled by their nouveau riche, that creates a new roadblock. The Russian Federation sideshow of democracy is another block on progress. Worldwide we have Junta’s and dictatorships and we have religious tyranny. The grab for power is one of the nasty aspects of capitalism.

Meanwhile, a quick scan around the globe highlights that there is no credible government. All treat the people as a bugbear. For the most part the people are belittled by the enormity of the task of moving human progress forward. Our hope rests with the leaders we elect but they become distant once elected.

The poet John Donne wrote that no man is an island, implying that as a mere mortal he has to live in the real world. The same is true of a nation. No one state can stand against the might of capitalism as we are witnessing with the growth of multinational companies. Human progress requires a concerted approach, a basic standard the people can support and view as achievable.

Who stands up?

Reliance on the left in politics has the people just as bamboozled as they have been with the political elite. There are a million hymn sheets out there flapping, each with a different tune. Little wonder therefore, that the message is lost in the babble of sound. However, that botched sound is as an aria to the ears of those who control the world’s economy.

As long as the voices of human progress are disparate the chorus of the 1% will always be in harmony. Therefore, the various groups and factions are as much a hindrance to progress as are the 1% who own the bulk of our industrial base. We must all join the orchestra or accept we are just another broken wind instrument.

An old motto ‘United we stand – Divided we fall’ has more relevance than ever. The origins of the motto are in dispute; some say it comes from the bible (Luke) others suggest Aesop’s Tales but modern use is accredited to the American Revolutionary, John Dickinson in his 1768 ‘The Liberty Song’. I find it ironic that that same liberty is now holding back human progress. www.en.m.wikipedia.org

thC0SM07SGThe motto whatever its origin still holds the power of action. Unfortunately, we hear things in monotone, groups, factions, those generally of the left tend to view events singularly and become tied to that specific movement. The overall symphony becomes subordinate to the intense focus of the moment. Human progress takes a seat in the gods!

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We have identified several misadventures by kings of business but a more telling damnation of the system is found in every town – charities. Millions are spent annually to entice us to give to a charity. Millions more is given by government who use charities as outsource workers. Charities point to everything we should be doing but are not.

I wonder if anyone has ever counted the number of charities around the world. If we lay the charities length ways then stand them upright we may get a better understanding of the scale of the task that lies ahead. We are reaching for the stars.







Capitalism: Taming the Beast.

Capitalism is not the best fit for a decent society. This is becoming increasingly clear as the world becomes more accessible to all. Nonetheless, it is an essential tool in building and developing the science and technology required to house a good society. At present there is no alternative and little sign of one on the horizon. Therefore, to enhance human progress all we can do is rein-in, to prevent the worst excesses of the beast.

Left unbridled, capitalism has no conscience, no heart, no sense of justice. Recent history tells the story.


  • DDT used between 1945 – 1972 when it was banned from use as an agricultural insecticide having been linked to ecological degradation and testicular cancer. www.en.m.wikipedia.org
  • Thalidomide – released in 1957 in Germany as a sedative or hypnotic. Soon it was used to alleviate morning sickness in pregnant women. The result was over 10,000 births worldwide with a 50% death rate. The survivors had severe disabilities.

“The thalidomide disaster is one of the darkest episodes in pharmaceutical research history”. www.sciencemuseum.org.uk


And now we are under threat from genetically modified organisms. No! – GMO! www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/16/eu-new-gm-genetically-modified-foods

The shenanigans of the business world are similarly dark. Enron was the biggest thST67FT30bankruptcy in US history until WorldCom.  Enron hid $$billions in debt before their bubble burst. WorldCom used loose accountancy methods to maintain their share price. Profit the main motivation!

These events led to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. The law was passed by Congress to prevent fraudulent accounting activities by corporations and, “…the wilful destruction of evidence to impede a Federal investigation”.  Five companies in all were cited.


It would be good to think that the law was changed because the politicians were looking after the best interests of the ordinary people. Unfortunately, these companies went OTT and cost shareholders a lot of money. It shows just how untrustworthy business truly is.

In the UK in 2014 Tesco the large supermarket also used loose accountancy to suggest they had £300 million more in their coffers than they actually had.  Now we have the Volkswagen debacle and the fixing of diesel car emissions. It appears that the EU politicians knew the details in 2013 but kept quiet about it. Who can Ordinary Joe trust?

thIQB7HPADHow many people are dying annually from poor air quality in our major cities? We need a new Clean Air Act!

The Harvard economist Dani Rodrik, The Globalization Paradox sums up the market quite succinctly,

“In short, markets are not self-creating, self-regulating, self-stabilizing, or self-legitimizing”. P22

Honest government is the only way to control the excesses of the market place. There are so many known examples of poor business practice. But how many remain hidden? It would seem that governments will only act in times of crisis.

Every economic crash has had at its base the obsessive pursuit of profit. The most recent major crash of 2008 left a sound of anguish the world over, and we are still experiencing the reverberations today. “This period also ranks among the most horrific in US financial history.”  Paul Kosakowski, www.investopedia.com

The main cause lies with the government of America and their decision to repeal the 1933 Glass – Steagall Act in 1999. The act had regulated the banking sector. Once removed, at the behest of the big boys, the saliva drooled and the wolves howled their hunger for some ripe pickings. Deregulation was the key element in the great crash but had its foundation in American Republicanism.

In the wake of the crash many other devious scams have been unearthed.

  • Libor – the fixing of the bank lending rate.
  • Foreign exchange – forex – fixing of the rate.
  • PPI – false insurance policies

How many other double deals have yet to be uncovered?

American Republicanism arrests our development by its insistence on the political stance of individualism and the free market economy. This belief system is supported by the neo-classical economists who promulgate the notion that we are all individual self-interest motivated consumers. However, such a premise negates the power of marketing and dismisses the colossal amounts spent on advertisement. It also promotes the view that the market is the benefactor of society.

As consumers we are often tricked by marketing ploys into making a purchase by the placement of goods on supermarket shelves. By the need to belong, this has many of us following trends: fashion, phones and food etc. Note also the spending of $£ billions on building a ‘brand’ name with the subliminal message that nothing else is quite as good. Marketing is the markets sheep dog!



Migrants 2: In or Out?

When the bubbles of emotion burst or drift in the knowing wind, when the hardship of winter comes along, reality bites. In some places it will bite very hard, very hard. The migration to Europe is a human tragedy, as is any war, but rends the heart. Some want to reach out while others are fearful of what the migrants bring.


Fear may not be rational but then neither is love. Emotion assists us in every decision thus we may never be rational or as rational as we would judge ourselves.

A big decision on the migrants has to be made and that decision concerns the cost we thMC31RS4Vare willing to bear. To make that decision we need facts but the government are not forthcoming with the information that would help us make a rational decision. And so, we are trapped in an emotional whirlwind, that’s where we are when making life changing decisions.


Can we trust ourselves when in a high emotional state to make the right decision? If only government were like caring parents and sat us down to explain the facts of life. The cost of infrastructure, of housing, 240,000 new homes each year, for how many years (?) and where would we build them.


How many new towns are we prepared to tolerate?  How many new roads shall we build and the consequential increase in cars and pollution and the taxes to pay for it all? The impact on the Green Belt and the countryside generally, shall we follow one emotion and build or the other and maintain. Decisions are at every turn but we cannot find rational answers without sound knowledge.

Politicians talk about the needs of the country, in reality their first concern is to be re-elected. Their second is to follow their emotional attachment which is their political bias. Opposition parties look for attack lines. Neither work for the benefit of the ordinary people. Our politicians are busy with political point scoring. Ping-pong, ping-pong!

Our government won’t hold a discussion with us because they are scared of what we may say or demand. Instead they let the media bombard us with their brand of bias. We are left bewildered as to what to do. The extreme left and extreme right politically scream at each other to see who can score the highest decibel count. Meanwhile, those of us who have long left the school playground are wandering nowhere fast, through a lack of knowledge.

Hence we witness actions that concern us:

  • Counter demonstrations
  • Over 200 attacks on asylum seekers, Germany. Partners in government with Angela Merkel openly critical   . www.nyt/2015/09/08
  • Hungary to imprison illegals – up to 3 years.
  • Russia sending more weapons to Assad regime in Syria.

Some people may criticise the nations of; Poland, Hungary, Slovakia etc. for their stance on the migrant dilemma. However, they may have some justification according to Professor Abdur Chowdhury,

“…some countries simply can’t step up in any meaningful way”,

experiencing 0% economic growth and could suffer if too much is needed for migrants.  www.marketplace.org/topics/world/cost-misery-migrant-europe

However, a number of people simply see the politics and jump head first in with accusations. Politics creates blind spots in our psyche.

Is fear a justified feeling in the midst of such an upheaval? It may depend on how you are connected to your community and your outlook on many of the points raised. Are house prices rising out of your reach?

  • Migrant population: 33.5 million people born outside the EU 28 living in EU as of 1 January 2014.
  • Number getting citizenship in EU in 2013 was 984,800 a 20% increase on 2012.  www.ec.europa.eu/eurostat

Panic has begun to creep in. The government of Denmark has taken out adverts in Lebanese newspapers to dissuade migrants.  The Sweden Democrats, (right-wing) are now ahead of the two leading parties in opinion polls. In Austria the right-wing Freedom Party has made big gains. NY Times

What of those who advocate open borders? It would appear that they have no concerns but does that mean they have not thought it through. Should they be demonstrating outside the Russian embassy demanding an end to arm sales to Syria? Be stood outside the embassy of Turkey demanding an end to profiteering at migrants’ expense.

Emotion is a powerful determinant but can often be erratic and short lived. Talking about the support for the migrants in Austria the columnist Hoffmann-Ostenhof from the centre-left newspaper Profil writes, “These feeling are transitory, of course, but they won’t fade without leaving some trace”. NY Times

Hoffmann-Ostenhof’s belief that a positive emotion harbours hope is tempered by his rational understanding of how fickle people are? Sadly peoples’ attention will last as long as the media coverage. Me-ism blocks long-term outlook!

The world cannot grow until man learns how to.



Migrant Crisis.

th5ME3YUAOThe migrant crisis is bringing anxiety to the fore in the EU, notably: Greece, Italy, Austria and Hungary, and other former eastern bloc nations. Such is the scale of the exodus and the political pressure from within these nations that something has to give. Is Europe sinking into its own mire?

An estimated one million have left their homelands and are making their way to Europe. It is a terrifying number made worse by the prospect that several thousand more will join this meandering river of hope.

The economics of the numbers is but one problem that has an immediate impact. However, the long-term costs both economic and social may have a greater effect. Housing, schooling and health which must include sewage, need considerable planning. The infrastructure, especially the road network may need substantial updating. More cars/lorries = more headaches =more pollution.

Pollution with the build-up of diesel fumes. See, Diesel Vehicles: Killer in our Midst. An approximate 9,000 deaths in London are directly associated with pollution. Sadiq KhanthE0TWUDA5 Moreover, frustration is mounting in Southern Britain with the number of hold ups, crashes etc. on the main routes.

The assimilation into the community and workforce and the scale of jobs required to compliment the number of migrants will generate a huge social/economic cost. It is already known that it has a consequential effect on wages, on welfare, and on the level and make up of those on the dole.

Youth unemployment is alarming high in Spain, Greece, Italy and more generally.  Such unemployment cannot be ignored as it could stimulate radical consequences down the line. Politicians need to remember above all else that every action has a reaction.

A Syrian migrant family enters Hungary at the border with Serbia near Roszke, Hungary August 28, 2015. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

A Syrian migrant family enters Hungary at the border with Serbia near Roszke, Hungary August 28, 2015. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Inviting the migrants is a very human reaction and it is good to see that we have not lost our humanity. However, many more anxious souls are watching, worried by the influx for a myriad of reasons. Opposition parties will be cheering with each gulp of beer; they know there will be trouble ahead. Their argument will find a receptive ear in pubs and the workplace.

Germany has opened its borders and has called upon the rest of Europe to follow suit. It is suggested that Germany will take 800,000 this year alone, perhaps up to 1million and 500,000 next year. Germany already has a Muslim population of some four (4) million. www.my.telegraph.co.uk         The scale of such figures has two direct consequences:

  • They cause grave misgivings among large sections of the indigenous population.
  • They stimulate more movement. News of a welcome will spread as quick as mouths can chatter and phones can ping.

The media have put the crisis front and centre in an avalanche of coverage which has brought an emotional screech of humanity, humanity! However, there are a host of other issues, inhumane, happening now, but it’s not in the peoples’ face and so there is silence.

A silence more deafening, more barbaric because it suffers from an old cliché – out of sight out of mind, and so child abuse , slavery, trafficking continue. As those who screech humanity wander back into the microcosm that is their life; chuffed with their emotional outburst, suffering grows.

Germany, France the UK have a large immigrant population and they are not a happy bunch. They have tended to congregate in particular areas and towns. Integration has not worked. Adding to the dilemma will not ease but rather exacerbate the situation.

Furthermore, the tension in Europe is growing. Juncker’s notion of compulsory quotas has not gone down well: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and Rumania are not keen. Britain, Ireland and Denmark have an opt out clause. The Schengen agreement is in tatters. The idea that France, Germany and Spain should take 60% of migrants from Italy, Greece and Hungary will meet opposition as the numbers increase. www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34193568

Opinion polls in several countries point to great hesitation on the part of the indigenous population. The second largest political party in Finland have grave reservations. Bbc.co.uk

  • France: a poll found 55% didn’t want more migrants.
  • Germany: dozens of attacks on migrant centres.
  • Switzerland: a poll found 45% want their borders closed.
  • Denmark: has closed railway links to Germany.
  • Some towns and cities in Italy have refused to house migrants. www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_migrant_crisis


The EU had 626,000 asylum applications in 2014; it will be well over one million this year. The question of numbers will start to dominate thinking. En.wikipedia.org

Turkey is reputed to hold 1.9 million migrants. However, around 3,000 are sailing to Lesbos in Greece daily. How many will come? After-all the welcome mat has been dusted and placed at Europe’s doorstep.

  1. None of the richest Gulf States have taken any, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain. Why not? www.npr.org/2015/09/08

The precedent has been set, wherever there is conflict people are free to come to Europe. If you open it, they will come. People will come.