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25 January 2022

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It takes mass deaths to get people’s attention – time the English and French governments pulled themselves together over rubber dinghies in the Channel
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It takes mass deaths to get people’s attention – time the English and French governments pulled themselves together over rubber dinghies in the Channel

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Dramatic situations demand dramatic solutions. Time to seize the nettle. Carpe diem!

Whatever one’s view about illegal immigrants crossing the channel, the news of so many deaths on one boat is chilling in the extreme.

We hear a great deal about the criminal gangs responsible for trafficking these people but they never seem to get caught. Who is responsible for trying to catch them? Presumably if they are operating in France, it is France’s job to catch them?

So why, suddenly, have five people been apprehended for facilitating this particular group’s venture across the sea? The only logical explanation is that there has been such a furore that the French government has been forced at last to take matters seriously and do something. Bravo, because catching five people, albeit yet to be convicted of a crime, within hours of the event is extremely good.

So why are they not doing this effectively with all of the other groups?

How is it that the immigrants themselves can find a smuggler to get them across the channel when the authorities cannot? None of it makes any sense other than to put it all down to “can’t be bothered” or “not interested enough” or, worst of all perhaps, “it’s not our problem”. Certainly when a group was seen putting to sea recently with a fairly large number of French police just watching on and not intervening, it is difficult to reach any other conclusion at all.

And yet when Britain offers to send its own border force people to France to assist with the investigation, the offer is refused.

The problem is that France’s attitude would appear to be biased because of other things like fishing rights and of course Brexit

And the Prime Minister describes the French as our “friends and partners”. They certainly are not behaving like it at the moment.

So what do we do with migrants? We come back to it and have suggested it before - organise paying transport to an old cruise ship in the Channel where they can live for the time being in safety. These migrants have plenty of money – they are paying thousands to make the trip so let us take them and make the cruise ship the one place they must go to to be able to claim asylum. Smuggling and deaths would stop overnight and the migrants, whether properly entitled to asylum or not, would have a place of safety to live while their future is determined and a place where they could even earn their keep. The savings to the British taxpayer would be huge; migrants would be safe and well and the only losers would be the smugglers. And in the meanwhile it would help take pressure off an overheated system in the UK where population levels are too high for the system to cope – vide NHS for example.

Take a look on the internet for cruise ships for sale. You would be amazed at how many there are on the market and some are actually quite cheap.

Is the government brave enough to seize the nettle here?

Adrian Leopard     25-11-21

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