Get this right, and I want us to take our share of refugees. Not from Europe, but from the places where the humanitarian crisis is greatest: Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. I want us to provide humanitarian aid in those countries. Get it wrong, and our actions become counterproductive - easing consciences without helping to resolve the problem.
Prime Minister, I hope hope you hug your children a little tighter tonight too. They are beautiful little people, just as were Aylan and Galip, and the countless lives needlessly lost before them. Use the power you have, and make a change, but don't you dare tell me that we cannot afford to put our shoulders to the wheel of humanity.
It is almost exactly 67 years ago, to the day, that the registrar of Sheffield University wrote to my grandfather offering him a job as a museum technician. This might not be considered significant or life changing until you know that, at the time, he was living in a displaced persons camp. How easily could you compare my grandfather's story to today's refugees, fleeing the horrors in Syria?
As public demands increase for Britain to let more refugees into Britain in the wake of the harrowing pictures of tragic three-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up a Turkish beach, and more than 370,000 people have signed a petition to accept more asylum seekers, evidence is growing that increasing numbers of British citizens want to give refugees a place to stay in their homes.