It has left me with the view that if our politicians will allow human beings to suffer in this way; to drown in our seas; or to freeze on our streets, then it is up to civil society to do something about it. If we can’t trust our governments to provide for human beings in need then it is up to us. It’s up to us to find an organisation to help, to fund, to promote, or to volunteer with. And we can all do something. I have friends who give all of their time working on rescue ships all year long, and I have friends who occasionally collect sleeping bags to send to the frightened kids in France. It all counts.