A difference of opinion

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I get that people have differences in opinion and that’s usually a great thing and ignites debate, often forcing us to consider things we had not before and generally makes people interesting – I mean it would be pretty boring if we were all exactly the same.

When it comes to politics, there are pros and cons to everything and I don’t claim to know much at all but I do know there’s never a straightforward solution. Of course people have different opinions as to how matters such as the refugee crisis should be solved. And that’s ok.

What I find surprising is that people can disagree (and so strongly) with the idea of providing food and warm clothes to those who are starving and freezing. I’m talking about our fellow human beings who didn’t fare so well in the geographical lottery as us. People who have has to flea for their lives, make treacherous journeys and are now living in poverty, many without even a tent for a cover. Whatever situation they left behind, it’s unlikely it was better than the camp at Calais. What would it take for you to up and leave your home and go and live there? It would have to be pretty bad, right? So whether these people have personally been persecuted by ISIS or not, they most likely left places that are worse than we can imagine.

Anyway I am off to Calais next month with a van full of donations (hopefully) and have been on the receiving end of some messages from haters. I’m not particularly affected by them, in fact I feel sorry for some of them, but I thought I’d share because some are pretty shocking and to be honest, you can call me sheltered, but before yesterday I didn’t know anyone held such warped views….

  1. I’ve had a few of these just unhelpful “what about the xxx?” responses. I usually reply saying i’m all for supporting xxx and asking the person to just let me know when they’re doing something about the cause so apparently close to their heart. Of course in most cases, they’re doing sweet F.A. but are just happy to criticise who others choose to help, without helping anyone themselves.

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2. Then the “they’re not refugees, they’re migrants”. Oh yes. General migrants deserve to be cold and starving because they’ve chosen to come for no good reason. They’ve left behind great lives to go hungry and live off charitable handouts at Calais. They don’t deserve help. ARE YOU KIDDING?

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3. Then we have the offensive and hilarious…

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Yep, he really does suggest I give the refugees my milk. My breastmilk. He obviously read my bio where I explain tongue-in-cheek that my current occupation (as a mum to a newish baby) is making milk. Hilarious. What wit.

4. Back to the “what about the xxx?” we have this one…

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Hear that! We should help our own people! Not those at Calais, they’re not our own people. WTF?

5. But someone agrees with her and raises another issue…!

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Those in Calais are not persecuted by ISIS, you’re right. Because they managed to escape. Many of them did risk their lives at sea – how do you think they got there?? I’m just confused at this point. Is she suggesting I should drop my donations into the sea to help those who need it most? Fu*k the people in Calais, they made it, they don’t need help. Mental.

6. Finally we have the very, very, very worst. In fact this guy needs to come with a warning. I’ve blocked him from tweeting me but here’s a selection of his tweets from this morning:

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Yes he believes all refugees are suicide bombers, Germany (who have welcomed a large number of refugees) are going to be sending them to the gas chambers because, I quote, #leoparddoesntchangespots, and has also managed to throw in some offensive remarks aimed at Muslim people just for good measure. Absolutely shocking.

So I started by explaining how I value that people have different opinions, but don’t you think this is crazy?? I think there are some fundamental basics that ideally everyone should agree on like BE NICE, TREAT PEOPLE WITH RESPECT, HAVE COMPASSION FOR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS IN TIMES OF CRISIS. Such a shame that some people aren’t on board with this.

If you want to keep up to date with my efforts and find out how you can help please join my FB page: COSMO FOR CALAIS. I have also set up a Just Giving page and all money raised will be spent on food for those at Calais, many of whom go without a meal each day. Please give generously and help me spread the word by sharing the links to the above pages.  Let’s fight hate with love people x

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4 thoughts on “A difference of opinion

  1. Its so amazing what you are doing, whether you like it or not you are getting drawn into the politics of the matter too, I know you say you are not interested in politics, but it may be worth getting involved in that sector too, it can have a real impact… although only you can decide that.

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