Listeners to Lembit Opik’s programme on Radio Kent heard a discussion on the consequences of ‘Brexit’ earlier this month as CEFEUS Director Dr Amelia Hadfield appeared on the show alongside Sir Roger Gale, Conservative MP for North Thanet and Henry Bolton, UKIP’s candidate for Kent Police and Crime Commissioner. Dr Hadfield discussed issues in the news – including fracking and global warming – before discussion turned to the thorny question of Britain’s relationship with Europe and the rest of the world.
By Liza Kummrow, PhD Candidate in Politics and IR at CCCU
Last Friday was a day full of different experiences that left me both angry and emotional. Angry because I could not believe how people could live in such appalling conditions in France when we visited the old part of the Dunkirk camp. Luckily, all the people that used to live there have now been relocated to a much better facilitated and spacious camp, where people live in actual small huts with an own house number, have access to proper bathroom facilities with showers, a small open-space house to charge their phones and get some essential goods etc. Although not all the 2500 refugees that are being accommodated there have access to electricity or heating it definitely feels like a big improvement to the conditions that people were living in when residing in the old part of the camp.
By Liza Kummrow, PhD Candidate in Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University
In light of the current refugee crisis, Europe is struggling to cope with accommodating all the thousands of refugees who arrive at the European border everyday. The idea of a united European Union (EU) that shares common values such as human rights and the protection and integration of minorities has slowly begun to fall apart.
By Dr David Bates
Response to Cllr Martin Vye’s ‘Surely we can find room for refugees’
Cllr Vye refers to the content of my talk as ‘empty polemic’. As I state in my letter to the Kentish Gazette, Cllr Vye has the absolute right to disagree with my argument, but he should read it first. I have read Cllr Vye’s letter, and have the following observations.
By Dr David Bates
Response to Harry Bell’s article: ‘Lecturer’s polemic was sincere and passionate but flawed’. Kentish Gazette. Thursday October 29th, 2015.
I was delighted to read Harry Bell’s response to my talk ‘Do we have a duty to help refugees?’ Indeed, I would like to thank the Kentish Gazette for being willing to devote a full page in a local newspaper to a discussion of what is essentially an academic talk.
With his complements out of the way, Bell turns to a detailed critique of my article – it is to this critique that I now turn. Continue reading “Solidarity as a virtue: on the refugee crisis polemic”