What sort of country are we becoming? If I was a boater I would simply turn back
John Hayes admits in his ‘Hayes in the House’ column of May 1 that ‘an awful mistake was made’ by the government over its treatment of people who have been residents of this country for many years, and appears to think that ‘they are now being granted what they are owed and offered recompense’.
That’s all right then. No matter that so many lives have been ruined, that people have lost homes and jobs and been refused medical treatment.
Apologies have been made, and we can all sweep this
appalling episode under the carpet and carry on as before, even without knowing how many people have been unjustly detained in custody or deported, and not only the Windrush Caribbeans that John Hayes so approves of, but others from all over the world. What about them?
This is not a trivial slip-up with unintended consequences that have only just been brought to light. It is a direct result of an immigration policy that dehumanises immigrants into numbers to balance the books.
This has been going on for years, with the government wilfully turning a blind eye for as long as they could get away with it.
It is only the recent media exposure of this cruelty and injustice that has forced the government to react. Is it not strange that John Hayes should prefer to shoot the messengers rather than criticise the policy that he seems at pains to justify by quoting public opinion?
It should be possible to have an open humane immigration policy which recognises individuals as human beings, many able to make a valuable contribution to our society and others fleeing hardship, war and terror.
The numbers game is immoral, unfair and just does not work. We should not be keeping families apart, refusing admission to much needed doctors because the quota has been reached or denying security to refugee children. What sort of country are we becoming?
I write in reply to an article regarding so-called industrial waste plastic spotted by an anonymous complainant around the port area of Sutton Bridge.
It amazes me that the complainant has most likely walked past the dilapidated and unsafe Bridge Hotel which seems to fall further into decay as each day passes but does not mention this blot on the local area. This area is also a dumping ground for rubbish and attracts anti-social behaviour but no mention whatsoever.
Maybe they took the riverbank walk through the knee-high grass parallel to the £900,000 marina. This riverbank is littered with spent beer and soft drink cans plus if you are unlucky the odd pate of dog excrement.
If you manage to make it through the overgrown grass there is a temporary footpath which then puts you on a more solid footing assuming there is safe access when all the IFCA (Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority) personnel park vehicles on the pathway, churning the mud up and partly blocking access.
So far I have walked past an engineering firm, timber supplier, haulage yard and now a large mineral company who thankfully seem to be doing well as they have acquired a former potato packing premises, so I assume none of these places generate “industrial-type waste”.
I now approach the turning bay where there seems to have been a small upgrade to the car parks now split 50:50 with the marina and mineral company. There is a car parked in the marina car park and just as I pass the occupants hurl a plastic bag with the remnants of their dinner out of the vehicle and subsequently drive off.
At this stage I’m now at the boundary of the port and its apparent the fence around the turning bay is a magnet for wind-blown plastic and shrink wrap, most likely from idle people who think its acceptable to just dispose rubbish where they like.
Since my last walk through the port a new pathway has been laid which is somewhat welcoming. As I walk through there are staff busy cutting the grass areas, working like a well oiled
machine, one strimming, one mowing and another with a blower machine cleaning up the grass from the road and path etc.
The lawn and walkway areas are all very tidy and even as I walk through the middle of the port there is not a single trace of any rubbish whatsoever. The closest I saw to rubbish was a few pieces of broken wood but certainly NOT any of this so called “industrial-type waste” that the parish clerk seems obsessed about.
So in closing, I think there are more important things to get addressed first.
Look at the state of the grass banks – for visiting pleasure boats, its gives the impression of an abandoned marina project. Look at the Bridge Hotel – this also gives the impression of a village in serious decay with nothing to offer. If I was a visiting pleasure boater I for one would simply turn back and head back out to sea because first impressions last.