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fallingapartfast Tue 26-Apr-16 12:05:07

CALL TO ACTION! If you have or know kids who can write at all, please get them to write to David Cameron regarding the hideous and shameful decision by the Government not to give refuge to 3000 unaccompanied children fleeing war. The goal is to get 3000 letters through his letterbox by the end of the week.
Write to:
The Rt Hon David Cameron MP
Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
Please share this far and wide on your social media networks and pass on the idea by word of mouth

Tate15 Tue 26-Apr-16 12:06:51

No thank you.

JonStark Tue 26-Apr-16 12:08:15

Why only from children?

Tiggeryoubastard Tue 26-Apr-16 12:10:25

Don't be stupid. Now are you the spammer from the other migrant threads?

wtftodo Tue 26-Apr-16 12:11:30

Love this idea. I know some friends' children who've been learning about the kindertransport who are worried about children in the camps in Europe. Will mention this - my own child can't write yet.
And, I think it's really important to encourage children to empathise, and to get engaged with things they care about. I remember doing lots of similar things as a child though my parents never taught me how I should think - they definitely encouraged me to think. Thank you for the idea

glenthebattleostrich Tue 26-Apr-16 12:11:56

No I won't exploit my child to try to emotionally blackmail politicians.

Tate15 Tue 26-Apr-16 12:11:59

If anything I will consider writing to him to back him up.

WorraLiberty Tue 26-Apr-16 12:12:13

1. What is the reason given?

2. Why are you involving children in something so awful?

NeedACleverNN Tue 26-Apr-16 12:12:46


I'm sorry these children are in this situation and it must be awful for them but the children in this country need help first

CoolforKittyCats Tue 26-Apr-16 12:12:46

No I won't exploit my child to try to emotionally blackmail politicians

Me neither.

howtorebuild Tue 26-Apr-16 12:13:23

Have they had the latest vote? I am happy to help refugees, who is going to foster all these children and will they be HE? I understand there are few school places as we have had an increase in the birth rate.

AuntieStella Tue 26-Apr-16 12:15:43

People might be interested in the two threads on this earlier this morning

Yes, same title for both (think it might have been a gremlin double post) but different contributions on each.

Consensus on both is however that it would be totally wrong to take more before there are sufficient support services in place.

howtorebuild Tue 26-Apr-16 12:17:04

Is this poster related to open borders/Emily?

wtftodo Tue 26-Apr-16 12:17:50

How is it exploiting your child to encourage them to stand up for what they believe? if they empathise, of course, plenty of kids might not want to and I don't think the OP is saying "get your child to write something they don't agree with"...
(And, by writing to a politician who literally invokes the name of his own dead child to win sympathy at every opportunity while simultaneously pushing to remove support from other parents?)

JonStark Tue 26-Apr-16 12:18:32

I think that 100% these poor children should be allowed here rather than stay where they are.

I don't think it's right to use children to get this done though. Especially small children, who are really too young to be getting involved in this. It would just be sock puppeting.

exLtEveDallas Tue 26-Apr-16 12:19:43

Yep my DD will do this. My neighbour came to England on Kindertransport and has told DD all about it - he reduced us both to tears. This country can easily take 3000.

fallingapartfast Tue 26-Apr-16 12:24:29

Hi sorry I guess my post was unclear. Of course I wasn't suggesting that people MAKE their kids write a letter. This idea came about because I was talking to my kids this morning about the vote last night, and telling them about how we took 10,000 unaccompanied refugee children on Kindertransport in the thirties and my kids said they wanted to write to David Cameron to complain. It seemed like it could be turned into a nice action to try and get 3000 letters from children through David Cameron's letterbox. Obviously if you don't like to talk to your kids about this stuff, or if your kids don't think children fleeing from IS deserve refuge, then that's cool, don't do it.

StrangeLookingParasite Tue 26-Apr-16 12:26:35

I don't think many of them are actually children. That is my main objection.

wtftodo Tue 26-Apr-16 12:26:40

JonStark I guess - but I didn't read the OP like that, ie dictating to small children, just thought about my friends kids who like Dallas' daughter have been moved by learning about the Kindertransport. And, thinking about my own childhood spent writing various outraged letters to, variously, Margaret Thatcher, the Pope, CEOs of companies etc instantly ages self - both off my own back and when I learnt about / piggybacked on existing campaigns.

MorrisZapp Tue 26-Apr-16 12:27:22

'If your kids don't think children fleeing from IS deserve refuge'

No judgement or emotional blackmail then.

AuntieStella Tue 26-Apr-16 12:27:28

"This country can easily take 3000."

We are taking vulnerable children and families directly from the camps.

To take in a further 3000 we need far more foster families. And until there is a successful recruitment drive for them, and people are standing ready, it would be the wrong this to do. Outcomes for young people in institutional care are not good here. Both they, and all new arrivals, need a chance of good quality fostering.

Those who want to help can volunteer to become fosterer said, volunteer with or donate to refugee support services here, or donate to those charities active in the camps, whether the UN ones in the region, or the ones elsewhere in Europe. Or indeed the ones supporting refugees in other parts of the world, who are at risk of being overlooked completely but who still need succour and support.

CoolforKittyCats Tue 26-Apr-16 12:29:33

Obviously if you don't like to talk to your kids about this stuff, or if your kids don't think children fleeing from IS deserve refuge, then that's cool, don't do it.

How very PA mixed in with emotional blackmail.

What a way to put people's backs up.

fallingapartfast Tue 26-Apr-16 12:30:04

It's hardly blackmail MorisZapp

hownottofuckup Tue 26-Apr-16 12:30:45

Good idea thankyou, I will talk to DD's about it tonight.

CoolforKittyCats Tue 26-Apr-16 12:30:46

It is emotional blackmail.

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