Monday, August 03, 2015

Must not refer to illegals as a "Swarm"

Rights groups have rounded on [British PM] David Cameron, saying his description of migrants in Calais as a “swarm of people” trying to reach Britain was dehumanising.

The prime minister’s words brought into focus the emotive language used by politicians and the media about the migrants in makeshift camps in the French port town.

Cameron told ITV News attempts to enter the UK had increased because “you have got a swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean, seeking a better life, wanting to come to Britain because Britain has got jobs, it’s got a growing economy, it’s an incredible place to live”.

He added: “But we need to protect our borders by working hand in glove with our neighbours, the French, and that is exactly what we are doing.”

A British official later denied Cameron’s words had dehumanised the migrants.

The Refugee Council was first to condemn Cameron’s language.

The charity’s head of advocacy, Dr Lisa Doyle, said: “It’s extremely disappointing to hear the prime minister using such irresponsible, dehumanising language to describe the desperate men, women and children fleeing for their lives across the Mediterranean Sea.

“This sort of rhetoric is extremely inflammatory and comes at a time when the government should be focused on working with its European counterparts to respond calmly and compassionately to this dreadful humanitarian crisis.”



Anonymous said...

It is not the responsibility of Britain to take care of the people trying to get away from their own rotten countries.

Anonymous said...

These migrants are not in fear of their lives when they have reached northern France (Calais), and there is no justification for them to illegally enter the UK. France probably covertly helps them to get out of France!

Anonymous said...

Do you think they wouldn't have gotten their undies in a bunch if he had used the word 'horde'?
Of course they would - but I defy you to find a better collective noun for what these people are trying to do.

Anonymous said...

It's too much for France and some other EU countries to blame Britain for the problems in Calais. It must be the responsibility of the French to control their own ports. Such refugee problems ought to be addressed on a higher EU level or an international level.

Bird of Paradise said...

They used to call them Wetbacks becuase they swam the Rio Grand River now they call them Future Demcratic Voters

Alpha Skua said...

Swarm was the name of this evil creature from Marvel Comics it consisted of a living being composed of thousands or more bees and The Swarm was the name of this putrid movie about some killer bees