I’m often asked by people desperately wondering whether they’re a compassionate human being or actually a xenophobic arsehole – how can I tell, from my response to asylum seeker deaths, which one I am?
Fortunately, there’s an easy test.
Is your response to news about boats arriving safely to demand that we “stop the boats” – or is it, “thank god they got here alright”?
Is your response to news about boats sinking and lives being lost to demand that we “save the refugees” – or is it to think “see, now I don’t have to feel guilty about wanting to ‘stop the boats’ when they get here safely, I can pretend it’s because I care about their lives”?
“Stop the boats” or “save the refugees”.
The one that more closely matches your response, gives you your answer.
PS LET THEM GET ON THE BLOODY PLANES FFS.