I was in my second year at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School in South London in 1956 at the time of the Hungarian uprising against the Soviet Union which resulted in many refugees flooding into Western Europe. In reponse to that great humanitarian crisis we organised a lot of fund raising activities at school.
I remember in particular a massive jumble sale in the school hall where I bought a copy of Lost Horizon by James Hilton on the recommendation of my English teacher (Mr Hanna “a good yarn – ‘Shangri La’ and all that”).
As a school we supported a number of Hungarian children who had arrived in Britain. What does the incoherent response of the present British Government says about us as a nation – ‘Pull up the drawbridge?’