The Daily Telegraph 29 th September 2013
(see related article below)
For those who don’t know about the Daily Telegraph, it is an English daily morning newspaper which, established in 1855, has both seen and commentated on countless changes within British and World society.
It has reported on human rights for both men and women, religious intolerance, and racial prejudice; and has witnessed two world wars, and numerous other conflicts. Other events it has reported have included has been the Holocaust, and other cultural, medical, or racially motivated murders and massacres during the second world war
As such It has long been a bastion of respectability within British Society, and within the British Newspaper industry, but with this particular headline I feel that all such virtues have been cast to one side, and it has brought an age old question to the fore.
When will we ever learn?
Ever heard that question before I certainly have, and for me it is as relevant now as it ever has been over the centuries. Unfortunately for ourselves, and all other life around us, the answer seems to be; never. The news item in question. also raised by other daily newspapers, concerned the difficulty that Britain has in keeping out ” ROMANIAN BEGGARS” from Britain. Apparently they have returned to Britain to beg, after being given taxpayers funded tickets to go home. A “Carousel for career beggars”, that is how the paper described, and it got me thinking, haven’t we heard all this before?
It not the facts behind the story that disturb me. Britain is, in certain areas over populated; according to the experts; and begging, whether casual or professional, certainly can be anything from unfortunate to repulsive to encounter or observe.
What disturbs me is the casual way that he story has been headlined. I am sure that such a headline has been designed to sell the maximum number off copies, mine was No 2,729 by the way, but by cheap and lazily classifying a whole nation as beggars, is there at the very least not a whiff of xenophobia within such a statement?
I am sure that there are crooks and criminals with Romania, just as I am sure that some of them are professional beggars, and have moved over to Britain, but does that mean that ALL Romanians are crooks and criminals, that ALL are beggars, and that ALL of them are now over here,?
Times may be tough throughout the world, and many individuals are suffering in the current financial climate, but do we really need this kind of headline and sweeping generalisation. Is it so hard to accept different creeds, faiths, life styles, and lifestyle preferences with society? I was brought up as a Christian within a strong multicultural and multifaith community where all creeds, faiths and cultures learnt from each other, and , in the main, walked and talked side by side. Were such values wrong? ”
“Juden Raus!” was an all too familiar cry both before and during the Holocaust in late 1930’s to 1940’s Germany, and, in different languages, in other parts of Europe; and even a repulsive anti semitic board game was produced under such a name. How can we so soon forget such a vile lesson from history, and can we be so stupid as individuals or as nations , to even raise the spectre of such things happening again?
I am British born and bred, and many years ago I was proud to be associated with such a nation, but not now.
If this headline is a fair representation of how low Britain or England has sunk as a nation, then this is one Englishman who will never carry or raise its flag. Even more of a worry is if this is an accurate reflection of how we think and behave as humans, for if it a fair reflection, then then God help us all!
- The foreign beggars that Britain cannot stop (telegraph.co.uk)
Categories: Growing pains