FROM THE Greek island of Mytiliene to Munich we are seeing something of the power of ordinary people and a collective counterweight to racist exclusion, poverty and war.
In Britain, it has forced notoriously anti-migrant and anti-refugee papers, such as the Sun and Daily Mail, hypocritically to claim they care for those facing death in the Aegean. That has left the likes of Peter Hitchens on an ever diminishing island of bigotry, committed to the absurdity of Britain staying exactly as it is — or as he imagined it was.
Whatever contortions the tabloids and politicians make this weekend, it is not they who have led the upsurge of human solidarity.
First, the refugees and newcomers to Europe are fighting for their rights. And winning many battles. No state or inter-governmental agency airlifted or brought them to Munich or other European cities.
They themselves battled across one border after another to get there.
That, and the shocked reaction to the image of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, has brought a groundswell of solidarity. That in turn is moving more people.
In Britain, there is a growing focus on those trapped at the Calais camp who would like to cross the Channel.