I’ve never blogged about anything remotely political, economic, charitable or campaign-driven before. I’m making a rare and brief exception here (don’t worry, normal service will be resumed in the next blog post). And for the first time ever I’m going ‘pay per view’ for this post. It will cost you £5 to read – click here and pay up first (if you haven’t, I’ll know, I’ve got those cookie wotsits installed and stuff like that and your screen will explode in 60 seconds).
This week, via Twitter, I saw these four things.
First, the tragic picture which distressed the world and made many of us sit up and take proper notice not only of the refugee crisis but also the scandalous apparent lack of co-ordinated governmental approach to help those poor, desperate human beings fleeing desperation beyond description.
Second, the FT, a newspaper which does not publish firm calls to action unless it believes in them, published a leader which I believe had no small part in prompting our Prime Minister into what looks like a change of heart and government policy.
Third, that wise friend of many lawyers, Paul Gilbert, made his own small but powerful contribution to the debate. Another call to action.
And finally, Sean Jones QC he…..well, he did what most of us didn’t do whilst going about our oh so busy lives. He bloody well did something. He did something simple. He did something clever. He did something which will make a little bit of a difference. He did this.
I don’t really know Sean, I’ve met him once briefly, but he doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who wants loads of back slapping and ‘well dones’. He wants action. He wants us to do something. So if you’re a lawyer and even if you’re not, please donate again (coz you did at the top of the page, right, otherwise your screen will have exploded?) to the #billablehour campaign by clicking here. It won’t undo the desperate tragedy of Aylan Kurdi’s death. But it might just go a small way towards helping make lives better.