Maybe the Daily Express should treat human beings the same way it treats dogs

Evan Bartlett@ev_bartlett
Wednesday 02 September 2015 12:00

Wednesday morning's Daily Express front page carries an alarming health warning story about fizzy drinks (nothing out of the ordinary there), coverage of the "migrant crisis" (nothing out of the ordinary there) and a story about an abandoned dog.

Hang on, what was that? An abandoned dog? That's right, the Express tells the "moving story" of Maggie, who they label "Britain's unluckiest dog".

The "loveable" whippet-cross was kicked out of her home as a one-year-old, has faced years of hardship and just wants a safe place to see out the rest of her years. Fair enough we say, good luck to Maggie.

But compare and contrast that with the dehumanising description of the "chaos" caused by thousands of refugees who have been forced out of their homes, faced perilous journeys and now want somewhere safe to resettle.

The Express talks of asylum seekers laying "siege" to a train station in Budapest, speaks of "biblical proportions" of people on Europe's doorstep and ties in Nigel Farage's anti-immigration rhetoric which effectively questions if everyone fleeing war should actually be welcome.

We just want to live in a world where the Express is nice to Maggie and humans. Is that too much to ask for?

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