Refugee Crisis


I have held back from commenting on the “refugee crisis” as it is such a complex issue. Like many folks, I am shocked by the images being flashed into our homes by the news media. Images of dead children being lifted from the sea-shore¬† generate many emotions, chiefly anger, and will galvanise a nation to action in a way that no image of hundreds of young men climbing onto trains will do. However, it is precisely the latter that is creating, for me, a growing feeling of disquiet about such a massive migration and potential influx into the UK.

In the first instance, given the general state of alert around the world for potential terrorist attacks, what security vetting is being carried out on all of these “refugees” ? It doesn’t take much imagination to see that this is an ideal opportunity for terrorist infiltration.¬† I’m sure I’m not the only one who sees the potential for ISIS and other organisations to take advantage and sneak a few “soldiers” in under the radar. With such large numbers migrating across borders it is a near impossible task for our security services to carry out proper and in-depth checks into the identity and backgrounds of these people.

Many of these folks are true refugees, fleeing from horrific conditions and risk to their lives. They have truly fled the conflict with just what they can carry. However, many of those seen across the channel, trying to gain entry to Britain are not refugees. These non-refugees are economic migrants, and I use that term loosely, seeking to gain entry to the UK and its benefits system. Some are from strife torn middle east and north African countries. But many are not. Some have left behind a regime or an environment that they did not like, but they were not at risk and are therefore not true refugees.

Can someone explain to me why these people, having escaped the conflict, crossed the Mediterranean and arrived in a “safe” country, continue to travel onwards across many borders heading towards north European countries ?

And that, for me, is why the government is right to keep turning back the hoards, the swarms, the masses of illegal immigrants at our borders. That is why they are right to only take the true refugees who have been through the correct processing camps near to the borders of the countries from which they are escaping. This country, this government and local councils should not have to accept all who present themselves at our borders. They should only have to consider properly vetted refugees.

Secondly it would seem that these folks, wearing the refugee label, are going to take priority over our own countrymen and women. UK citizens all over the country who have been on housing lists for years will suddenly find themselves pushed down the housing ladder. UK citizens, living on the streets, will still be living on the streets. While, for these “refugees”, previously non-existent housing will be found. They, the “refugees” will not have to fight and justify their rights to a home and benefits, just declare themselves refugees and our central government will force local councils to find them homes. Will the government, having created the required housing at a stroke, magic away this countries unemployment figures, create jobs for the refugees, jobs that it hasn’t been able to create for UK citizens ?

The UKs response to this crisis has to be measured and not a knee jerk, emotional response to the medias presentation. David Cameron is never going to come out of this covered in glory. He is in one of those lose/lose, damned if you do, damned if you don’t situations.

Conservatory Rebuild – Day 31


So here we are, Day 31 and various signs of progress to report.

The outer garage wall and “verges” have been made good so we are truly weather-proof now.

Conservatory - Garage wall and roof "verge" have been made good.

Conservatory – Garage wall and roof “verge” have been made good.

The, original, grotty old bit of timber has been replaced by bricks and looks much, much better. The edge of the roof, “verge”, has also been made good. Verge was a term that until now I had only ever associated with the grassy edging along road sides. It appears it is also a term used to describe roof edging, presumably when there are no overhanging eaves, as is the case with our house.

When taking these pictures I did note that the end cap is missing from the plastic sill.

Unable to proceed with the tiling in the utility area Craig has made himself busy in other areas. The access point for the running gear of the “hidey / slidey” door now has a new removable cover.

Conservatory - "hidey / slidey" door now has a cover for the running gear access.

Conservatory – “hidey / slidey” door now has a cover for the running gear access.

By the way, “hidey / slidey” is my term to describe the door and its ability to hide inside the wall. I was advised yesterday that the correct term is “Pocket Door” and although it does describe nature of the door I think I will stick with my descriptor.

Also a new step has been constructed for inside the garage.

Conservatory - New garage step

Conservatory – New garage step

This step is needed since we have raised the floor in the conservatory to match the floor level in the house. This in turn required the garage door to be lifted making the step down into the garage quite large. The step will make the transition much safer and of course easier on my ageing legs.

Late in the day there was much rejoicing as a plumber appeared. Although not, it transpired, to do all the works on which we are waiting. However, this is a major achievement.

Conservatory - Plumbing for the washing machine.

Conservatory – Plumbing for the washing machine.

We now have a water supply and waste pipe for the washing machine. Unfortunately, nobody informed the plumber that the spec also called for an outside tap. Which meant that he had to modify his newly installed pipe-work. Still we have moved ahead and although the outside tap isn’t fitted there is access, outside, to water for cement and tile adhesive mixing.

Conservatory - Plumbing for the outside tap

Conservatory – Plumbing for the outside tap

Also delivered today was the glazing frame to cap off the partition wall …..

Conservatory - Partition wall glazing frame.

Conservatory – Partition wall glazing frame.

A truck also arrived to deliver the timber for the decking ….

Conservatory - Decking kit

Conservatory – Decking kit

Looks a bit like a flat pack from Ikea although I don’t think it includes any instructions. This should be the last of the large material deliveries. Speaking to my neighbour, he has observed the expressions of the various delivery drivers as take note of the curve in the communal driveway and the overhanging trees. They have all managed to make it onto the drive and to escape afterwards so it can’t be that bad.

With all of todays activities I think the light at the end of the tunnel is burning a little brighter. Lets just hope it’s not an express train heading this way.