Closing Borders is not a Moral Option #WATWB

There is nothing new about refugee crises. As my followers will know, I have, over the last 2-3 years, been exploring the appalling events that took place in Ireland between 1845 and the early 1850s. These events led to an exodus of people from Ireland to North America, and Australia. Last week I was privileged to be a (minor) part of the 7th International Famine Conference which took place in Strokestown Park House, home of the Irish National Famine Museum. The event was truly international, with contributions from academics from the USA, Canada, Australia the United Kingdom and Germany. My … Continue reading Closing Borders is not a Moral Option #WATWB

Saturday Sound-off: Who Stole my Country?

How did so many ordinary British voters come to believe that the EU, and those of its citizens who chose to make their homes in Britain, were responsible for every symptom of their country’s economic failure? Continue reading Saturday Sound-off: Who Stole my Country?

The Sin of Indifference

Thanks to Stevie over at https://steviet3.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for the ‘Three Quotes for Three Days’ challenge. The rules of the challenge are: Three quotes for three days. Three nominees each day (no repetition). Thank the person who nominated you. Inform the nominees. For my first quote I am going to take one from George Bernard Shaw: The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity. From “The Devil’s Disciple” (1901), act II I heard it recently during a television programme commemorating the 50th anniversary of … Continue reading The Sin of Indifference

Nightmare revisited

A few days ago I wrote a piece under N (for nightmare) in the atoz challenge. I tried to imagine what it must be like to experience what Syrian, and other refugees, have experienced, and continue to experience. I wish I had expressed it as well as this lady does. The link should take you to a Facebook post. https://www.facebook.com/notes/amanda-buessecker/why-its-not-cool-that-my-new-next-door-neighbours-are-syrian-refugees/10154105544404668 Continue reading Nightmare revisited