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  • Help more Afghan refugees

    Following the seizure of Afghanistan by the Taliban, the UK government has pledged to accept 20,000 refugees from the country. 5,000 will arrive in the first year of the scheme. 

    That is nowhere near enough.

    The UK had already committed to settling 3,000 Afghan staff in the coming year: an increase of 2,000 is woefully inadequate compared to the scale of the atrocities taking place in the country. 

    Please join us in urging the government to take 20,000 refugees in the first year of the resettlement scheme and to scrap the arbitrary cap on the total number that they intend to help. 

    Sign our letter to the Home Secretary and make sure she knows that Britain can and should do more. 

    Dear Priti Patel MP,

    We welcome the new “Afghan Citizen’s Resettlement Scheme” but we are deeply concerned that the current proposal - to give sanctuary to 20,000 refugees over a multi-year period - lacks the necessary ambition and urgency. 

    The target represents a diminutive increase on a pre-existing commitment: the government had already pledged to relocate 3,000 Afghan staff to Britain this year. 

    Many millions more have been - and will continue to be - displaced in the ensuing weeks and months. Our ambitions must rise to meet that challenge.

    We urge the government to expedite it’s proposal so that 20,000 refugees are settled in the first year of the Resettlement Scheme. People are dying now. People are in danger now. People need help - now. 

    We also urge the government to make settling 20,000 refugees a minimum rather than a maximum target. We cannot put a numerical cap on the number of lives that we are prepared to save - rather, as a compassionate nation, we should make it our ambition to help as many refugees as possible and in doing so preserve and promote the sanctity of every human life.

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  • About

    Compassion has the power to change politics for good.

    From inequality to homelessness, online abuse to refugees dying at sea - imagine how these issues would be tackled if compassion was the main motivation of decision-makers. 

    ​Yet compassion has been edged out of the political debate, replaced by a politics of fear, anger, and division, and a narrative which emphasises individual success over collective well-being and happiness.

    When we look at ourselves and our lives, however, it seems pretty obvious that we are so much more than that. We love, care, volunteer, help and support.

    Our proudest political achievements as a nation - the introduction of the NHS, the Kindertransport which rescued 10,000 Jewish children from the Nazis, the legalisation of homosexuality - were all built on compassionate principles. 

    What if instead of rewarding self advancement and encouraging greed we celebrated and cultivated those types of policy and the values that they represent?

    ​Through a new kind of politics and with a new set of values at the heart of decision-making we can create a nation that cares for one another, improves everyone’s lives, and protects our natural world.

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  • Our priorities

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    We are working to introduce a "compassion threshold" into UK policy making.

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    We believe all election campaigns should be contested with respect, honesty, and decency.

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    Debates in parliament should be conducted in a spirit of respect, inclusion, and cooperation.

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    We offer bespoke compassion training to businesses, NGOs, and institutions. Contact us on the below email.