By Shirley Edwards
August 16, 2015
[These are my views as a woman living in England, on how the culture and spirit of my country has changed over 50 years. Why the country does not feel protected or strong any more, how it has lost, and is losing it values and decency, and how we are daily losing our free speech.]
I’ve travelled through the channel tunnel just twice. The crossing from Folkestone, Dover, UK, to Calais, France, took just 35 minutes each way, but the anxiety factor was high. Driving into the back of a vehicle shuttle train, with no natural light, which drives into a tunnel, which then travels 250 feet below the sea, is not for anyone who is even a little claustrophobic.
Whilst passengers who were allowed to leave their transport and walk around their small space in the container casually marvelled at the engineering feat of the tunnel, and the speed and the convenience of travel, I had non stop talked an un-suspecting passenger into boredom, in a selfish effort to distract and escape from the fear. The experience showed me that not only does the appearance of the light at the end of the tunnel give comfort, but the need to feel safe and in control indicates a certain physical and spiritual need. No amount of distraction ultimately helps.
I’ve never gone back in the tunnel. An electricity failure, due to heavy snow fall which trapped passengers in the tunnel for 16 hours during the winter of 2009, had well and truly sealed its fate.
However, these days another safety factor in relation to the tunnel is bringing the UK to a standstill. It emphasizes the same vulnerability, fear, and lack of protection, but this time it is due to the number of illegal migrants who have been daily storming the channel tunnel in an effort to reach Britain from France. Some of them make it.
Although we have become accustomed to stories of stowaways risking their lives to get in to the UK from France, fear and anger grew last week as it was reported that 2000 migrants stormed the Euro Terminal in France in one night alone in an attempt to overthrow security to get here. There is a reported determination by migrants to never give up forcing their way.
The migrants/refugees, who include many unaccompanied children, are mainly from such countries as Afghanistan, Albania, Iraq, Kosovo, Serbia and Syria. They daily risk their lives by breaking through security fences to find ways of stowing in, or on lorries. Travellers are warned to lock their cars. Lorry drivers can be fined large amounts, or lose their jobs if they are found to be carrying stowaways. Some migrants have attempted to walk through the tunnel at great expense to their own life and those of others.
In the last 2 months, it is reported that 11 people have died either on the tracks, have been electrocuted, or crushed by trains.
Some who make it through jump out into the British countryside and then become lost in the system.
It is reported that Kevin Hurley, the former head of Scotland Yard’s counter terrorism branch and the police and crime commissioner for Surrey, has called for Ghurkha soldiers based at barracks in Folkestone to now be deployed to protect Britain’s border.
The British people have many mixed and varied views on the problem.
Whilst some believe that it is our duty to let more migrants into our country and help them, others, who think we should deter migrants from coming to the UK are accused of being racist and un-caring.
It is quite a dilemma.
The one thing that many British people feel is completely un-protected and displaced by the growing number of people who have entered the country, most especially in the last 20 years. Because British values have been put aside to accommodate others, this now gives them very little sympathy.
In terms of feeling trapped, over-crowded, and out of control they experience the trapped in the tunnel syndrome. England, along with Holland is now the most crowded country in Europe.
Should the UK have a duty to protect and look after its own citizens first, or should we extend more of a welcome to those who are escaping from violence and oppression in their native countries? Are all of them escaping violence, or are some, as David Cameron states ‘escaping the cancer of corruption at the heart of low economic growth in poorer countries?’
They are facts which need to be found out. Breaking the law to get to the UK is not a good start.
According to Revd. David Walker, the Bishop of Manchester, there is a political rhetoric that characterises asylum seekers as wilful criminals rather than helpless victims.
He is also quoted as saying:
“Ironically, all the evidence is that families who come and make their homes in Britain, as asylum seekers and through the free movement of European citizens, add to our wealth, increase job opportunities for all and are not a net drain on housing, healthcare or other public resources. The positive case for a steady level of inward migration into the UK is economic as well as moral."
Unfortunately, Revd, Walker paints a misleading picture. The growing population, which is added to by half a million people each year, on this small island, is putting enormous strain on our health, housing and police service. If you live in the UK you see the evidence of this.
According to statistics on Migrant Watch, “The UK, and especially England, is already so densely populated it has a chronic shortage of housing, and to cope with population increase huge amounts have to be spent on the expansion of school places, roads, rail, health and other infrastructure, during a time when public spending is being scaled back rather than increased.
Compassion not Guilt
True compassion has been shown in rescue attempts for the thousands of migrants who risk their lives in boats crossing the Meditterean Sea, where hundreds have also drowned. There is obvious sympathy for those who are escaping persecution and violence in their native lands to seek asylum.
However, reports of crime in host countries do not escape the media attention either. In April this year, it was also reported that Italy arrested 15 Muslim migrants who had pushed Christian migrants overboard in a religious hate-fuelled murder.
Overcrowding and displacement creates fear, anger and then conformity. It has obvious effects on a country. Identity becomes lost. And with an estimated 7 million people being added to the population by the year 2027, two thirds of which will be due to immigration, the future does not look bright.
What will be the answer? Is there a light at the end of our tunnel of fear?
[Editors Note: In order to build a world without borders aka New World Order, Judeo-Christianity in the developed countries like Europe and north America must be destroyed with migrants from underdeveloped countries. False compassion must be pushed by religious leaders, because people believe they are Gods servants, when in reality they serve evil. The reason migrants from underdeveloped countries are poor is lack of proper education and their government is corrupt to the core that keeps them ignorant.]
Watch UK, What is the problem?.
2 - Bishop of Manchester: I want leaders who look on migrants with compassion.
3 - Calais migrants: Theresa May calls for 'urgent' security upgrade as 1,500 try to storm Channel Tunnel.
4 - Calais crisis: Cameron condemned for 'dehumanising' description of migrants.
5 - Calais: man killed as migrants make 1,500 attempts to enter Eurotunnel site.
6 - TWO-THOUSAND migrants storm the Channel Tunnel in one night as riot police battle for six hours in a desperate attempt to keep them out.
© 2015 Shirley Edwards - All Rights Reserve
Shirley Edwards was born and lives in Great Britain. She has always worked in administration, but has also taught and studied complimentary health. In administrative roles, she has worked within The Church of England. She also worked for some years as a volunteer within the hospice movement.
Shirley has an interest in all health issues, loves the British countryside, and enjoys writing. She is thankful for talk radio and loves listening.
Shirley has always been concerned about the loss of freedoms in her country, and also the demise of America, a country she loves for the original reasons on which it was founded. She believes in the Pursuit of Genuine Happiness.
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