As I progress through my training, I’m starting to become more aware of the sociological paradigm in which I, and all health professionals are practicing. Some of the things I’m seeing disturb me.
As with my previous posts, the content of this one is informed by subjects that are becoming increasingly common in the media. In this instance it seems to be xenophobia.
More and more often the media brings shocking behaviour of some of our fellow countrymen to our attention.
‘You’re coming here and pleading poverty while we’re paying taxes’: Shocking rant of woman against foreign students in hospital waiting room caught on mobile
Tube racist whose champagne-fuelled tirade was viewed by thousands on YouTube is sentenced to five months in prison
Now don’t think me naive enough to believe that the UK was a paragon of racial and societal harmony before Youtube, but I’ve most definitely noticed these kind of incidents appearing more commonly in the media. This links me into what a few of my non-UK friends have been saying recently.
What is it with the foreigner bashing lately? Wish people would check their info before reposting stuff. There are good and bad people of every nationality, why tar everyone with the same brush and spread hate?
Other friends have related how they’re feeling conspicuous by their accents and how the over arching theme seems to be: Bloody foreigners coming over here and taking our jobs!!!
My friend points out rather perceptively;
I’m thinking of all the people doing jobs a lot of British people would not do, cleaning, factory jobs etc. and are still treated like second class humans.
I personally think it’s an extension of the narrative being purveyed by the Tories, strivers and scroungers and all the current poor bashing spewing forth from the Tory half of the government. As has been pointed out, a lot of British people are lazy and don’t want to get off benefits, yet they see the government vilifying them and want to find their own scapegoat so they go after foreign people who are actually contributing to the economy.
This is very disturbing because it reminds me of the vilification of out groups in the 1930’s (I’ll leave the argumentum ad Hitlerum there). The difference I can see is that the government aren’t specifically naming names, but yet are instigating this with their poisonous rhetoric and taking of benefits from the poor and redistributing that in the form of tax relief for the rich (50p tax band, not pursuing corporations for tax avoidance and not closing loopholes fast enough). We’re not an equitable society, when people have to choose between food and heating it should scream out to any reasonable human being that we should look at ourselves. We have the money to disregard billions of corporation tax, yet are clawing money from the poorest in society?
It’s frankly sickening.