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Has David Cameron handled the refugee crisis well?

The refugee crisis in Europe has just got very real for many people in the UK. The shocking image of three-year-old Aylan lying dead on a Turkish beach has made Britain wake-up to the genuine plight of these people.

The picture even managed to shock some of the most anti-immigration papers into submission (even the Mail!) – as The Independent put it, the 3rd September was “The day the British media finally got a conscience.”

The papers have finally realised the difference between these refugees and migrants – migrants “want” to come here, but refugees “need” to. Migrants certainly don’t risk their lives to try and reach Europe, but refugees are forced to because they have no other choice.

A petition for the crisis to be debated in parliament has now reached over 200,000 signatures, but while public opinion seems to be in favour of taking more refugees the Prime Minister has failed to act decisively.

The government still talk of tackling the root causes of the problem – which, in this blogger’s opinion, means refusing to rescue a man from a burning building until after they’ve discovered how to put out the fire.

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister said the UK shouldn’t take any more refugees from Syria, but on Thursday afternoon he promised that the UK will fulfil its “moral responsibilities” after being “deeply moved” by the image.

Will this involve taking more migrants? Only Mr Cameron can know that. But the Prime Minister’s handling of the issue has made his decision making skills seem poor. Politics is often about making unpopular decisions, and he’s in a difficult position – one way he upsets the EU leaders he’s trying to renegotiate with, the other he upsets a large proportion of his party and risks its unity, but either way he’s going to upset parts of the public.

The longer Cameron flip-flops, the more incapable he seems and that can only damage him in everyone’s eyes.

Vote now to have your say:

Has David Cameron handled the refugee crisis well?

— asked by Edward Molyneux

Author: Edward Molyneux 

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News Roundup – 17th October 2014

Ebola is the global topic this week. The disease has taken the lives of 4500 and that number is rising at an alarming rate. Downing Street took a U-turn; after announcing that airport screening was not going to happen, it was implemented with immediate effect, but we asked “is it right that screening is optional”? Furthermore, as this is a scarily contagious disease, we wonder if screening passengers after they arrive in the UK is too late?

Apple and Facebook generated a buzz with their broadcast that they will be offering women egg freezing as an employee benefit. What happened to a company car and dental plan? One of our users asked, “is it a suitable employee benefit?”

On a similar topic, Ilfracombe has divided its community by erecting a bronze statue of a pregnant woman who the artist named Verity. What do you think, do you like it? So far, the Peepoc community are, like the town, divided.

Keep polling, we love to hear your opinions.

The Peepoc Team

Should children help with the housework?

Earlier this year I was listening to Radio 4 when they reported that a draft bill had been approved in the Spanish Parliament requiring children to help out with the housework. In my slightly sleep deprived state I wasn’t sure if I had misheard the presenter, so I found the article, originally published in the ABC newspaper.

 

The report confirms that the draft bill requires children to fulfil certain obligations, including “co-responsibility in caring for the home and performing household tasks according to their age and regardless of their gender.” Children must also “take part in family life, and respect their parents and siblings.”

 

These policies form only a small part of the Child Protection Bill, and I wondered why the Spanish government felt the need to include them.

 

When I was a girl I can remember regularly helping out with simple chores such as laying the table, emptying the dishwasher and of course tidying my room. I can also remember, as the long summer holidays stretched before us, mum whipping out her ‘job bowl’ – it was nothing fancy, just a regular plastic baby feeding bowl – and the excitement of picking out two or three little pieces of folded up paper and opening them up to reveal the day’s duties.

 

Yes of course, some days we didn’t like the jobs we picked, so we swapped about, and there were always a few chores none of us liked doing, but making it into a pot luck game somehow made it all seem that bit more fun. And there was no time pressure, as long as we had completed our tasks and returned our slips of paper to the job bowl by the end of the day, mother was happy. I used to spend hours on the swing shelling broad beans – I made the whole thing into a game whereby I’d have to aim the empty shells at the compost bucket whilst swinging back and forth and not spilling the saucepan of freshly shelled beans. Oh those halcyon days! But I digress…

 

I am certain that children benefit from undertaking household chores – they can teach them about planning their time, and the consequences of their actions. Running errands can also give reluctant children a reason to get active, which is very important.

 

I am not suggesting some form of slave labour, and that we should force our children to undertake chores that we don’t want to do ourselves! What I am suggesting is age appropriate chores that get children involved with taking care of the home, teaching them valuable lessons for later in life.

 

According to this Montessori chart, children as young as two can help with simple things such as putting their toys back in the basket and books back on the shelf. When they’re a bit older, perhaps four or five, they can undertake chores such as wiping up spills, making their bed, clearing the table, drying the dishes and watering the houseplants.

 

Busy working parents might feel asking their children to help with the housework is more effort than it’s worth, and instead of spending time nagging it is quicker to carry out the chores alone; but it could be a good way for children to spend time with their parents whilst contributing to the family.

 

The Spanish bill doesn’t outline any punishment or penalties for non-compliance – how would this be monitored anyhow? If there are no repercussions then is there any point in having a law? It really doesn’t seem to have been properly thought out, and could be considered an unnecessary interference into people’s private lives.

 

I am definitely an advocate of children pitching in around the house, but do we really need to make a law for it? I don’t think so.

 

What do you think? Take the poll and leave a comment to tell me.

 

Author Jessica Eliot

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