Memories are short, but here is an article from the Guardian dated 27th October 2014.
“Britain will not support any future search and rescue operations to prevent migrants and refugees drowning in the Mediterranean, claiming they simply encourage more people to attempt the dangerous sea crossing, Foreign Office ministers have quietly announced.”
Just over a year ago, the government immigration minister, John Brokenshire, was advocating the reduction of rescue efforts by the Royal Navy in order to discourage “migrants”.
‘[Brokenshire] insisted that the Italian Mare Nostrum search and rescue mission had the unintended effect of placing more lives at risk by encouraging people traffickers to place migrants and refugees in more unseaworthy boats.’
Here is a blog post that I published on 29th October 2014.
I am not a journalist, but using information freely available at the time, I managed to work out that these people are not “migrants” at all, but refugees fleeing war in the the middle-east and Africa. So how come the journalists and editorial staff at BBC News or Channel 4 News or UK Government did not come to the same conclusion over a year ago?
I grew up believing that the BBC was the international standard of fair television news reporting, but not after I witnessed the way they reported the death and funeral of Margaret Thatcher. These days I don’t watch BBC News, although I did get a glimpse recently and found that they were still referring to the desperate people displaced by British, American and French sponsored war as “migrants”, and fabricating stories of evil people-traffickers selling tickets to a cushy life living off benefits in Europe.