Lack of empathy, as history has repeatedly shown, is the breeding ground of every atrocity and indifference.
It is not all plain sailing for Ukip. Expectations of "what good looks like" on 7 May are so much higher. It takes time to become skilled at running local campaigns on the ground. There are questions about whether the Party has strength in depth, both nationally and locally.
This campaign makes me both happy and sad. Happy because, as much as you hate us, immigration and immigrants are the reality of globalisation. Sad because you have systematically vilified us. The fact that we need such a campaign in this day and age speaks volumes about your divisive politics.
In the last 15 years, the Mediterranean Sea has transformed into a graveyard for more than 20,000 migrants and refugees searching for protection and a better life in Europe. At least 3,500 people drowned close to European shores in 2014, many of them from Syria, Eritrea or sub-Saharan Africa. Already this year, 500 people have lost their lives at sea, and that's before the summer period when the majority of people attempt the dangerous crossing.
Social media allows people to have their say on the subject of immigration and that's a good thing... But we must handle the views expressed here with caution as they are not necessarily reflective of the population as a whole.
A UKIP plan to massively cut overseas aid coupled with a commitment to a 40% increase in military spending will mean our only existing form of diplomacy will be that of the gunboat variety.
Scotland has always been a relatively multicultural place. Almost a fifth of central belt residents were born outside of the UK, and this foreign-born population is getting smarter and more highly skilled every year.
Both Cameron and Miliband have taken to the stage and stated that Britain needs firmer border controls, harsher work restrictions and the implementation of a time-period where immigrants have to be totally financially independent.
I took on Farage because I'm sick of the toxic atmosphere, scapegoating those who were not responsible for the economic crisis instead of the economic vandalism of bankers and those in the financial sector. The debate on immigration is fuelled by racism and xenophobia.
The big ones are Spain, France, and Germany, where British visitors cost local health services up to a staggering 34 times more than their visitors to the UK do. Just four of the 27 other EU countries spent less on treating British visitors than the NHS did on their nationals (Bulgaria, Latvia, Romania and Lithuania).
Politicians are cheap stage magicians, using misdirection and smokescreens in the form of struggling families and individuals that happened to be born in a different part of the world to distract from systemic issues that their chums profit from.
You see, controlling immigration isn't about race, or hatred, or prejudice. It's about doing the right thing - not just for our country, but for other countries as well. So you need not feel shame or indignation when you walk past a UKIP office.
Even in the digital age, knowledge happens because people with common interests can easily work alongside each other, wherever they come from. This open society is under attack amidst calls to leave the EU.
The mug, the message it embraces, reeks of cynicism and opportunism, reminding us that Labour still has a distance to travel before its base can feel entirely comfortable in returning to the fold after years spent in a Blairite wilderness.
The Church recognises the right of a sovereign state to control its borders in furtherance of the common good. Crucially, it also recognises the right of human persons to migrate, so that they can realise their God-given rights. Too often our political debate revolves around numbers, and not values. Into the discourse must come Jesus's words: "Love they neighbour as thyself."
In just over six weeks, we'll wake up to a new Parliament. Immigration will doubtless be a prominent and divisive issue in the run-up to the election. What does this mean for the refugees that will come to Britain fleeing war and persecution over the next five years? The welcome we give to refugees to Britain during the next Parliament depends not on the outcome of the election, but on what happens once it is over. Whoever wins we need to impress on them, and on the public, that a fair and just asylum system is the right thing for Britain and the right thing for the asylum seekers that need our support and protection.