If you visit only three blogs today (ok, four, since you’re here already), I highly recommend these three:
We are getting more intolerant as a society rather than less. We are acclimatised to it. We are treating the poorest and most desperate people on earth like criminal scum. This is not how we should be treating people and this is not the sort of legacy that we will be proud of in years to come. Just ask the Germans how proud they are of their legacy of intolerance. Intolerance is intolerance is intolerance.
In a way, none of us should be surprised that it’s come to this. The Coalition’s anti-’boat people’ rhetoric has only ever grown more shrill – even as their spokespeople mutter words like ‘compassion’ and ‘fairness’, they’ve carefully crafted a narrative of grasping, sneaky ‘foreigners’ who want to take advantage of our prosperity and our basic good nature. Of potential terrorists who throw away their identification papers, who come with plans to radicalise our Muslim youth (already scapegoated and stereotyped) and bring the War on Terror to our cities. Of rich people who simply can’t be bothered waiting patiently in the ‘queue’, who force ‘real’ refugees to wait with saint-like patience in camps while their places are stolen away.
Yes, the Liberal Party are more concerned about arguing on the internet than coming up with viable alternatives to leadership LIKE HOW TO BETTER RUN THE COUNTRY!… If we want to complain about mean, vindictive, banal, nasty things being said about people we should be pointing the finger squarely at Parliament and yelling “hypocrites!” at the top of our lungs!