And in the election, people really do vote for the party that is most like them. So in the case of immigration, the Tories are saying that they will have tough immigration targets. They do not however meet these targets. They, I am sure, fully recognise the targets are ludicrous and are only there to make sure people think they are making those strong decisions to send unaccompanied children back to the Jungle.
In fact, Britain does choose not to send, but to keep unaccompanied minors trapped in Calais. It is not quite as bad as deporting them once they are here, but it amounts to the same thing, and the left rightly complains loudly. But the policies that are implemented are not as harsh as those every day people who vote Conservative imagine. Truly we get the government we deserve as a country. And this is to point out an important thing: Society is not as evolved as individuals. The mechanism by which society achieves enlightenment is that individuals within the society achieve enlightenment until finally the whole society is enlightened.
Think about the mechanics of that. How might society look to the impartial observer as it evolves? At first, we condemn certain young of our species, before they are yet mature, into a cut-throat hell-hole with no water or food. Our species is barbaric, but there are among us certain individuals who are not, and their number is slowly increasing. Finally after millenia of barbarity, they make the majority, and society overnight changes. Our impartial observer sees nothing for ages, then all of a sudden, all children everywhere are cherished, bringing with it all that that implies. I predict that all these things, if they happen at all (which is the thing, isn’t it?), will happen together and that right suddenly:
Liberal immigration policies
End of war
Phsychological support for damaged families
A similar thing happened in the Enlightenment (the clue is in the name). Prior to it, Western Europe behaved as if Purgatory was a real thing: by burning witches alive to save them from everlasting torment; and by giving vast sums to the church to pay for priests to pray to lessen the time spent in that place. Then Galileo made a rudimentary telescope, people circumnavigated the globe, and the very Heavens were shaken in people’s mind. There was no down below underneath our feet any more, or at least if there was, it was finite. And people all of a sudden started behaving rationally, like using the imperative to convert natives to Christianity to justify colonialism. That is, after all, quite a rational thing to want to do: to increase one’s power in the world, in order to give one more control over it. Or so we thought, but now we have suicide bombers. What is the rational thing to do now? Co-operate of course: to realise that the education of all children (not just the richest boys) and their health, and the health of their nurturers is paramount, If we realise this as a species, all of a sudden our society will grow up: when it truly can look after its young.