These cannot be written off as isolated incidents. They expose the underlying failings of the way Britain responds to refugees arriving here. Current government policy does not provide the support that refugees so desperately need, and fails to build the positive relationships we all want to see between refugees and host communities.
I wasn't asking for much money (the price of a cup of coffee), I wasn't asking people to leave home, to choose anything, to drive anywhere. I'd done all the work for them, they trusted me, they knew the project was real, they knew the gloves were going to real people and all they had to do was press one button. So they did. Facebook likes and Amazon wishes were turned (as if by magic) into real life love.
In an age of rampant Islamophobia, it is entirely responsible of politicians to reject arbitrary anti-Muslim rhetoric, seek to insulate oppressed communities from the adverse impact of runaway prejudice and emphasise equality before the law, regardless of a person's origin. Conversely, we liberals must be resolute in our opposition to both Islamophobia and misogyny...
While we and our elected representatives enjoy turkey with all the trimmings, the Downton Abbey finale, presents and crackers and family feuds and everything else that comes when you are lucky enough to be safe and free at Christmas, thousands of people across our country will spend next week in detention with no hope of release.
A new UK asylum strategy must treat every asylum seeker on their merits, and ensure that Britain plays its full part in a humane international response to the global refugee crisis. We need early confirmation of both. The Prime Minister is fond of saying that Britain should use 'head and heart' to shape our refugee policy. We agree. There is no place for scare-mongering, or arbitrary limits on our compassion.