Some people were so moved by the plight of migrants in Calais, they traveled to France to donate clothes and food.And for ‘some people’, don’t read hard-working taxpayers, but – of course!- the usual suspects, just like the last time:
Juliet Kilpin, 45, from Westcliff, a member of Avenue Baptist Church and co-ordinator at mission agency Urban Expression, visited the camp with two others.
She went with Matt Dominey, 17, a pupil at Southend High School for Boys, and 20-year-old university student Grace Claydon, from Hawkwell.
They decided to act after becoming increasingly frustrated at the “dehumanisation of migrants trying to find a way into the UK”.This seems to be becoming a trend – opinionated do-gooders demanding recognition in local newspapers.
Mrs Kilpin said: “David Cameron made me do it when he described the migrants as a swarm.
“The national media have demonised these people and have stoked fear among the British public, so I wanted to go over myself and see what it is like.
“I put the word out that I was going and 48 hours later we had a car-full of stuff in donations and £1,000 to take over.
“One of our friends had made contact with the grassroots charities and volunteers, so we gave them the clothes and helped form a system to hand out food.
“We took over about 350 packs of biscuits and when they ran out there were still people queuing. There must have been about 500 there needing food.
“It was very eye-opening – we saw the world in one square mile. Everyone had heartbreaking stories as to why they were there.”Yes, I’m sure they did. They always do, because they know there are people – like you! – naïve enough to lap that stuff up.
And never ask awkward questions, like ‘Where are all the women and children?’ or ‘Why have you ‘poor starvlings’ all got smartphones and new trainers?’…
Matt, who is studying politics, history, sociology and English literature, is a family friend of Mrs Kilpin and shared her views on the situation. He and Grace, an international development student, wanted to see the crisis at first hand.
He said: “I was aware of the situation, but what struck me the most was the scale of it.
“If there is a war-torn country in the world, then they were represented in Calais. “They want to make a life for themselves, they were excited by English culture and had a respect for it.”Yup, they have so much respect for English culture they break our laws to get here. Back to the classroom, sonny…
When a man told me, “our skin may be different colours, but we are all one blood”, I couldn’t help but feel embarrassed by the demonising rhetoric being used by some back home against the hundreds of people I met.You ought to feel embarrassed at your naivety. I hope this story is around in about 20 years time so you can cringe at just how much of an idiot you were.