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to think we could all do something positive - and ask UK govt to take in a lot more Syrian refugees?

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findmeunafraid Tue 31-Jan-17 23:15:41

I get the rage. The fear. But behind all that it is hard to somehow focus on the story of all the Syrian refugees. On the people behind the headlines.
Couldn't we channel some of this vast emotion into campaignjng to take in far more refugees from Syria. To balance the gates being shut by Trump?

I know all the arguments that "we don't have space" etc etc but it is actually quite hard to believe that is really the case when many wealthy people have second, even third, homes.....

I can't start a petition, but maybe someone could?

pooh2 Tue 31-Jan-17 23:17:01

Great idea. I wish this govt would do more to help.

Headofthehive55 Tue 31-Jan-17 23:19:16

Are you suggesting that the govt should compulsory purchase second homes?

findmeunafraid Tue 31-Jan-17 23:25:32

Not compulsory purchase them no.
But if i had a second home, or even a spare room in my home, I would feel awful knowing there were refugees out there with nothing....

findmeunafraid Tue 31-Jan-17 23:26:27

just saying, no point sitting here wringing our hands about Trump if we as a nation, as individuals, don't think what we can do.

phoolani Tue 31-Jan-17 23:28:08

I agree. Even my df, who's as daily mail as they come, thinks we should accept all Syrian children.

Astro55 Tue 31-Jan-17 23:32:17

I can't start a petition, but maybe someone could?

Why not?

lokisglowstickofdestiny1 Tue 31-Jan-17 23:33:35

Why can't you start a petition, otherwise aren't you just hand wringing as well?

findmeunafraid Tue 31-Jan-17 23:33:52

Yes, we can't just sit in our homes getting angry at trump and not do everything t we can to help them.
And I am talking to myself as much as everyone else! I am trying to formulate a plan in my head of the most effective uses of my skills/time (minimal cash)

WorraLiberty Tue 31-Jan-17 23:34:05

Right so you can't start a petition, so you want someone else to do it?

You don't have the room to take in refugees, so you want someone else to do it?

What exactly can you as an individual do, apart from asking other people to do things?

findmeunafraid Tue 31-Jan-17 23:34:39

because I cant. Not wont, can't. Is that so hard to comprehend?

WorraLiberty Tue 31-Jan-17 23:36:02

You haven't explained why you can't, so yes it is a bit hard to comprehend confused

lokisglowstickofdestiny1 Tue 31-Jan-17 23:36:44

I don't think it involves much time to start a petition, so do it if you feel that strongly about it.

findmeunafraid Tue 31-Jan-17 23:37:56

You don't have to be a genius to figure it out smile

But if you want to turn this thread jnto s personal attack on me instead of one about the plight of refugees then go ahead. Bet you feel great about yourself.

findmeunafraid Tue 31-Jan-17 23:38:30

Ffs. It's not time that is the issue. I would have thought that was obvious.

Astro55 Tue 31-Jan-17 23:38:43

Well you could organize food collections or clothes - you could raise money for medicines or bedding - you could contact an organization and ask why you could do?

Why can't you?

WorraLiberty Tue 31-Jan-17 23:39:39

Oh for fuck sake why are you talking in riddles?

Please can you just answer a simple question?

Why can't you start a petition? confused

It's an absolutely genuine question.

LiviaDrusillaAugusta Tue 31-Jan-17 23:40:44

I'm sure people who have second homes etc would have no desire to hand over their house to refugees to live in free of charge with no references etc. (Not speaking from any particular side here as I don't even own one home grin)

findmeunafraid Tue 31-Jan-17 23:41:13

Improbably can and I probably will astro. But this thread is not about me.
Go hang your heads in shame if you are going to use it to attack me instead of having a sensible discussion.

I have PTSD and am going g through all sorts of shit and was coming from a place of compassion. When I started the thread. But you lot are twisting it into a personal attack/ inquisition. Niiiiiiiice.

findmeunafraid Tue 31-Jan-17 23:42:29

because I cannot put my name to it. I have a violent ex. and it would not be safe to.
But ffs back off me and either debate about the main point or go attack someone else!

Peanutandphoenix Tue 31-Jan-17 23:42:45

We are already struggling for space and homes for the people who already live here and you want to add more people. How about helping the homeless people who already live here and are out there with nothing or can't you help them either but would gladly stand back and watch other people help while you come up with ideas of how to help.

BenadrylCucumberpatch Tue 31-Jan-17 23:43:11

Lots of refugee children have just been granted asylum in the UK in the last 6 months.

You seem to feel we should all be doing something to help- why don't you offer to house one of the children?
They could share a room with your DC maybe, OP.

LiviaDrusillaAugusta Tue 31-Jan-17 23:43:25

Right so you can't do anything about it but you expect people to give up their property instead? Wow. Okay then.

lokisglowstickofdestiny1 Tue 31-Jan-17 23:43:55

No one's attacking you personally! In your OP you said "I can't start a petition, maybe someone could". Others have reasonably asked you why you can't start a petition, but you don't seem to be able to give an answer.

WorraLiberty Tue 31-Jan-17 23:44:53

And we were supposed to guess that? confused

There's no need to be so touchy OP

No-one is personally attacking you.

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