I had intended to write something about the refugees, the migrants, for this week’s magazine – but we were well covered on that score. So I wrote about some lesbians instead.
What I would have done was marvel at the Dianification of the issue. A potent process which somehow causes politicians to lose grip on common sense; Europe wide, one might add, apart from that singularly sane chap in Hungary.
And yet it is not quite Dianification. It is nowhere near the whole country (if indeed it ever was with Diana; a moot point). An opinion poll, broadcast by a plainly incredulous and disgusted BBC, showed that the majority of people in the UK did not want to see more borders opened and more refugees/migrants admitted to the country. Instead, 57 per cent were either in favour of the status quo or wanted the government to take FEWER refugees.
This certainly accords with the views of people I talk to. But such was the welter of propaganda from the BBC – here’s Huw in Budapest, here’s Fiona on a boat – that I assumed this was because I spoke only to horrible, uncaring people. No. The sensible majority seem to realise that taking more people would be as bad for the refugees/migrants as it would be for us. More will try to come, more will die doing so. And yet it is the #refugeeswelcomehere lobby which has won. How has this happened?