WE kicked off a heated debate when we asked our facebook followers if Macclesfield should open its doors to refugees from Syria after a petition was launched calling for 50 families to be given asylum in Macclesfield: Anthony Beard: Dont agree with this at all I’m not racist but we should look after our own. Colin Roberts: What about our own homeless, don’t they come first? And no they should not be given help, send them away. Funny how they’ve travelled through so many countries and all heading for just one country, UK. Jon Daly: We, as a nation, have a duty to accept a proportion of the refugees that are escaping the war our government caused. This is not a circumstance where the first country they reach can deal with all the refugees. Compared to most European countries we have a very small number of refugees. Gail Mclean: Their own country should sort themselves out and keep their people safe. There are far too many in this country as it is, the old should be looked after and the homeless first. Colin Roberts: Then go to another country, why UK? Oh I forgot, free housing, free healthcare, free everything. Then your taxes go up because your paying for them. Collette Wolfenden: Our government can’t complain about refugees coming to the UK when they haven’t done anything to stop the crisis in the Middle East. I think it’s something to be proud of that people are coming to Europe (not just the UK) for the feeling of safety Toni Kelly: The way they’re going you’d think that ALL the refugees are coming to Macclesfield - not 20,000 over five years to the UK as a whole! Nick Connors: Our government’s actions have caused this crisis. Therefore the UK has a huge responsibility to help these people. Our `way of life’ has meant that these people no longer have a stable country to live in. John McColm: Is it possible that we may do both? Since this wave of concern is running, why don’t we look at everyone that needs help from a perspective of what each of us can or will do for people in need. Why leave anyone out or abandon humans in need? Caroline Hardy: I don’t consider any refugees as my personal responsibility and no doubt it’s vice versa Jillian Millward: Was going to say in Macclesfield there are lots of people needing looking after. Dawn James: There is not enough housing in Macclesfield for Macclesfield people. Where are theses houses and then jobs are they going to take our jobs to Maria Rush: No No NO, please help your own townspeople first, I`m sure there are homeless, poor,vulnerable people in your town young children living in poverty,are you all as eager to go round with hand outs to these people, ex service too,we need to sort out our own shizz first x Carly Dinning: Our own people have an incompetent NHS, austerity through the roof, lack of housing etc and we want to play the hero by taking more in. Sorry but I don’t want them and I won’t be welcoming them. We need to get our own people sorted first. Stephanie Dakin: If Macclesfield people are so insular, I doubt whether incomers would be happy here. SHAME Toni Kelly: I don’t think the comments on here are racist - they’re just unfounded and misguided. Sylvia Quinn: Look around Mac and you can see lots of empty buildings so let’s help these poor people, at least we are not being shot at, raped or beheaded. Rich Hillside: In 20 billion years the sun will stop shining, it will stop supporting all life on earth and everyting will die and the planet will effectively be left destroyed. 20 billion years is a long time to go so why can’t this world love and respect each other. Alex Pinder: Macclesfield or war zone. That’s a tough call ●● THERE was lots of support for our story about a group of mums who are collecting baby slings to asylum seekers and their families (website and Express September 9) Elizabeth Grundy: Wonderful wonderful thing you are doing ladies! Anyone that wants to donate can. Anyone who wants to donate to a local or national homeless charity can. If you can help people that’s a great thing. Help who you can and stop having a go at others for helping people. Much love x Sophie Molyneux: I can’t even imagine how anyone fleeing their home must feel after seeing it being torn apart. Sending slings over to keep innocent children safe and secure is a wonderful cause x Laura Jeuda: What a great idea! ●● WE’VE reported this week that the team behind Macclesfield Hospital says more nursers from overseas should be brought in to fix the shortage (website and Express page four) Wendy Furness: Do you think they might have tried, via the medium of several recruitment days, advertising etc, to recruit “our own”? There is a shortage of qualified Dr’s and nurses in this country. Without our lovely foreign born staff we would be utterly lost. Jo Randall: Interestingly I was speaking to a friend this week who is a nurse and we discussed foreign nurses. She was saying that foreign nurses won’t get their current visas extended and because of the lack of funding to train new nurses, the NHS won’t have a chance of filling the vacancies that will arise. What will happen to our vital health services then?
●● Macclesfield mums have united to collect baby slings and carriers for refugees