Sadness: He looked just like my lovely nephew and was probably about the same age. He looked just like so many of the children I have taught during my career as a primary school teacher, he looked like the street urchins who play on the pavement and in the parks near where I live. Heartbreaking, and doubtless there are many dozens, if not hundreds more like him.
Rage: This is a needless tragedy, he didn't have to die but for the incompetent politics of Western involvement in the Middle-East and the pervasive mean-spirited racism of Ukip and the like. No parent is going to put their child on a flimsy boat to cross the sea unless it is safer there than on the land they are on. No-one is going to take such risks without very, very, very good reasons. It is time we lived up to our responsibilities as a nation and took more refugees from Syria, it is time we put a stop to this murderous trade in human lives which sees people smugglers getting rich of the desperation and deaths of people just like us.
Hatred also: For the BBC who have persisted in describing these people as "migrants" when they are
refugees. Again their mealy-mouthed, petty legalistic arguments trying to justify the use of Ukip-speak fail to grasp the vastly different connotations of the two words. To argue, as they have done, that the term "migrants" is a kind of Umbrella-term and includes refugees, is the worst kind of dissimulation. As it carries on doing so, people die. People die because the majority of the population still thinks they are coming to take their jobs and "welfare" rather than fleeing for their lives. Perceptions matter, and perceptions kill.
I am truly ashamed of my country today, the way we have allowed ourselves to become afflicted by the ideology of Ukip, thanks to the BBC. It has turned us into a nasty, xenophobic, mean-spirited, selfish, narrow-minded, bigoted, insular, prejudiced, contemptible people, probably regarded by the rest of the world with disgust. A disgust I share.