This Morning in a hotel room somewhere in Sligo I was watching Jeremy Corbyn interviewed by Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about his trip to a refugee camp in Calais.
Someone texted in saying something like the NHS can’t cope with all these people and that they shouldn’t be allowed entry into the UK as it is overwhelmed and that we should look after our own first.
Thinking about it later I got angry.
I am angry that refugees get the blame for overwhelming services like the NHS instead of companies like Facebook, investment banks or Amazon that make vast profits from selling goods in the UK but pay minimal amounts of tax.
The revenue from taxes that could be used to fund social housing or the NHS is denied because companies can be slippery dicks and stick the profits from one country into another country and put it around in complicated (but all entirely legal ways) and suddenly we can’t let Syrian refugees in because we simply can’t cope with them.
So although a vast company like Facebook paid something like £4,500 in tax a year or two ago in the UK nothing much is said about how many lives are robbed of their full potential by individuals hoarding money and wealth.
Perhaps we need to start focusing more on those being greedy instead of the needy? (And that includes me)
‘The bread you do not use is the bread of the hungry. The garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of the person who is naked. The shoes you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot. The money you keep locked away is the money of the poor. ‘
Basil the Great