So its a Wednesday afternoon and I had some very nice Chicken and salad and a nice pint of Lucozade while I enjoy watching Japan play Scotland. I have to say they are great to watch. And as this is there second outing in #RWC2015 (having beaten Canada on Saturday) they are still worth a shout. Everyone knows they are not going to win the Webb Ellis trophy but who cares. They came, they entertained, they shocked and excited us. And boy do we all love a team who can do that.They are our new favourite team. You rock Japan and we wish you lots more good days expect when, if and maybe you come to play us.
The Murder of Karen Buckley was too awful to even think about. A nightmare for her family and friends. The Dignity of the Buckley family stood out. They showed remarkable courage and dignity. They are a truly remarkable family and even though they lost their remarkable daughter they showed nothing but dignity. This highly impressive family deserve so much more in the days ahead I hope they find some peace however and whenever. If it was not too crude to say they are a class act I would say it because they are.
Unless you have been under a rock for the last few weeks you will know that Europe is facing a refugee crisis. As well as a migrant crisis. A Humanitarian, a social, a moral and an ethical crisis. This crisis needs more that just an Army Barracks and a few vouchers thrown at it. It requires short, middle and long term action which will work on a number of levels. Firstly somebody needs to have a conversation with the Assad Government in Syria, the leaders of the Middle East and they need to tell them that they have to accept some responisibilty for what the region is facing in terms of the need to rebuild Syria, Libya and who governs them. They also need to be told that Religion needs to be taken out of the equation. Why do I say this? Because ISIS or whatever you want to call them need to be taken for what they are – a bunch of thugs who are using a religion to justify their own thuggish, distorted, evil, small minded view of the world. They need to be stopped by ending their sources of finance, intelligence and if necessary boots on the ground, planes in the sky and ships in the water. In the meantime diplomats need to be told to find a way to gather the so called Muslim World and tell them if they stop ISIS there will be rewards for doing so, rewards for the good of their people. Meanwhile Europe, America, Austrilia and all the rest need to decide in unity what they can in reality give these refugees. Remember they need Health Care, Schools, Housing, Employment, among other things. Therefore already overstretched communities are not the places to put venerable people. The very nature of people leads them to be envious, suspicious and weary of those who they feel are taking or getting something that they may be entitled too. An under pressure Housing, Medical, School and Social Services system is not the place to put thousands of refugees. They and we need to know they are in the best possible places. They and we need to know that they may have a chance to go home one day to their own countries. They and we need to know they can practice their Religion but that it is not a replacement for the laws of any Country. Nobody should have to live with war, no child should have to deal with war and starvation. These people need help but they need the right kind of help.