The shocking discovery of 39 bodies in a refrigerated container that had arrived in the UK from Belgium received, for the most part, an admirably calm and respectful response, even from our otherwise raucous and polarised parliament, and even from those media outlets generally hostile to migration. 

The emphasis was on the personal tragedy of those who died; the suffering they surely endured; the desperation that must have led them to take the decision to leave their homeland, and the trauma for staff of the emergency services. Channel 4 postponed the broadcast of a documentary about evading border checks into the UK.  

All of which is entirely right and proper. It has to be preferable to live in a country where this is the prevailing response to such deaths than in one where the public sentiment was negative, even vindictive.  

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