Letters: Mike Larcey, July 19, 2016

Migrants and refugees are made to wait in order to clear a police line close to Croatia's border with Serbia at Bapska, Croatia, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Migrants traded punches and scuffled with police at a border crossing between Serbia and Croatia Thursday as pent-up pressures on their trek toward hoped-for safe haven in the European Union boiled over. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic) PPP-151023-125351001
Migrants and refugees are made to wait in order to clear a police line close to Croatia's border with Serbia at Bapska, Croatia, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Migrants traded punches and scuffled with police at a border crossing between Serbia and Croatia Thursday as pent-up pressures on their trek toward hoped-for safe haven in the European Union boiled over. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic) PPP-151023-125351001
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The United Nations has announced that The UK’s Tory government in its policy of austerity is in breach of international human rights.

In a report by the UN’s economic, social and cultural rights committee, the UN expresses concern over the state of inequality. It highlights the problems with welfare reform and benefit cuts and the impact these are having on the most vulnerable in our society. It also expresses serious concern over sanctions, unemployment, zero hours, the national living wage, homelessness, use of food banks, and discrimination.

A full break down of the report is available on The CommunityCare website.

The term ‘Good Samaritan’ is one that is used universally to describe someone who comes to the aid of another person in distress. It was the Gospel reading recently in the Christian liturgy. The point Jesus was making, as commentators explain, is far deeper than doing a good and generous deed. His point was ‘neighbour’ was anyone, irrespective of ethnicity, nationality, creed, gender, social status, occupation, economic status and however we classify each other. This parable is one of anti-discrimination, anti-xenophobia, anti-prejudice and anti-superiority. It is a call to respond to others as a humans not as a foreigners or as aliens. The challenge is to be open, even when whoever we meet has different colours, beliefs, culture or education. Contrast this with the way the Tory government has been treating the most vulnerable in the UK, especially those who are refugees or who seek to better their lives through ‘freedom of movement’. However, thanks to ‘Leave’ campaign, these, our neighbours, will feel the full effects of greater austerity.

It does not matter what one’s beliefs are, the parable provides a model for a mature society. One dreads to imagine the alternative model gripping our nation.

Mike Larcey, Downham Market