Help­ing those dis­placed by war

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - DR ONKAR SA­HOTA AM MBA FRCGP Lon­don Assem­bly Mem­ber for Eal­ing & Hilling­don ARTHUR BOFF 14 Cotswold Close UB8 2NA

He now needs to be com­pletely hon­est with Lon­don­ers about ex­actly when this ser­vice will be de­liv­ered and of­fer some cer­tainty to the cap­i­tal’s busi­nesses who need to put their own plans in place. Uxbridge is right­fully proud of its history of tak­ing in peo­ple dis­placed by war – as any­one who’s seen the Pol­ish War Me­mo­rial or vis­ited RAF Uxbridge will know.

Right now, war has driven thou­sands of Syr­i­ans from their homes. The mass move­ment of these peo­ple across Europe is scary to many peo­ple. What I am more fright­ened of is the hu­man cost if we don’t pitch in to help them out.

David Cameron says the UK can take in 20,000 peo­ple – over the next five years. The cri­sis won’t wait for five years though – it’s here right now. If our lo­cal politi­cians can lead the way in declar­ing that Uxbridge and Hilling­don will gladly take in refugees, then that will be some­thing to be proud of.

Oth­er­wise, we might as well pack up the Pol­ish War Me­mo­rial and mail it to some­where where dis­placed per­sons are ac­tu­ally treated hu­manely – like Ger­many.

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