Sometimes we do something or visit somewhere and it is fairly straightforward to write about it; travelogue style pieces that essentially say we went here and saw that. However occasionally we do or see something that provokes a deeper response in me and I then find it quite hard to think about how to write about it to the extent that I wonder whether I should or not. That is because my response will mean that I have to share something about myself and my feelings and opinions with the “world” that I may not think is entirely politic. Even writing this paragraph falls into that category and leads me to ponder what exactly is the purpose of the blog and why I am writing it. When I am “stuck” over a post in this way I always know as I will often start it and then scrap it; write the first paragraph and decide it is not right; give it one title and then change it and sometimes abandon it altogether. All of this except the abandoning have been true of this post.
Occasionally I link to posts from other blogs and widen the scope of this normally personal blog. This is an issue on which one cannot remain silent.
If you had any doubts as to the level of disingenuousness displayed by some of our political elites regarding the treatment of refugees by Europe, let alone Britain, then this post from “This Too Is Africa” should be a salutary reminder that many other much poorer parts of the world have been bearing the brunt of this major problem for a long time now.
You can’t have wars without refugees and they cannot be dismissed as economic migrants.
Apart from being a great potential title for my imaginary band’s next album (or two possible names for bands i.e. “Surprising Item” and “Bagging Area”) this is a surprising announcement that I have recently heard a couple of times in the Morrisons self-checkout. The question is “How on earth did they come up with that specific phrase?” We even had a discussion about it, imagining the excruciating system design meetings where the wording for that particular eventuality was discussed in exquisite detail and at inordinate length. It must be meaningful, not confusing, not patronising but still inform and hold the attention of the “bagger”.