"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…"

Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp! Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Emma Lazarus – words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, New York City (with thanks to Rev. Giles Fraser).

Tim Farron has today responded o David Cameron’s approach to the refugee crisis as follows:

David Cameron is realising he is on the wrong side of public opinion. His latest proposals will do nothing for people making these desperate journeys.

The people who are sacrificing everything, the victims of traffickers who all too often pay the ultimate price, will not receive a helping hand from Cameron.

Instead he will continue with his dogmatic determination not to work with the European Union.

His go it alone attitude ignores the fact that the only way to solve this humanitarian crisis is to work together with our friends and allies in Europe.

He is being an incredibly bad neighbour, risking our future within Europe in a failing attempt to improve his hand at the negotiation table. All whilst people are dying on the beaches of Europe.

This is Britain becoming a pariah state, and, if we continue like this, perhaps deservedly so.

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