Boris Johnson and Priti Patel are more interested in propaganda than saving lives. No other explanation is credible after 27 poor souls drowned in the icy waters between Britain and France
Demonising desperate men, women and children as if they are an Omicron Covid virus to be kept out of “Global Britain”, is the dirtiest politics.
Shameless Boris Johnson and a hiding Priti Patel are more interested in propaganda than saving lives.
No other explanation is credible after 27 poor souls drowned in the icy waters between Britain and France.
The blame game between two leaders – motormouths Johnson and Emmanuel Macron hurling insults at each other – is dispiriting.
France must do more to halt sailings but Johnson’s tweeted letter to Macron was a hands-washing, finger-pointing disgrace.
“Go Home” vans, the Windrush scandal, Johnson’s Turkish lie to scrape through Brexit and now regarding the Channel as a moat to repel invaders of Fortress Britain.
This latest divisive stand is costing lives and inciting hatred.
Every nation must be able to police its borders and the French could do more, yet Johnson has spotted a political opportunity amid the crisis.
Intensifying immigration fears traditionally plays well for the Tories, however Labour is holding its nerve and with Keir Starmer showing he is a principled and compassionate leader, this could backfire on Johnson.
The hearts of our decent majority will go out to folk fleeing persecution and poverty to start a new life here as hardworking, grateful citizens.
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Shutting legal routes into the UK guarantees paydays for traffickers exploiting people entitled under UN law to seek refuge in Britain instead of staying in France, Germany, Italy, Spain or Greece.
Most do stop there – 17 European Union members keep more refugees per head than Brexit Britain. Health Secretary Sajid Javid was wrong or lying to claim the 25,000 resettled here since 2015 is “more than any other country in Europe”.
Germany took one million over 2015-16.
In an illuminating speech in the House of Lords, diplomat John Kerr, a peer who ran the Foreign Office, said the largest group to cross the Channel in the last 18 months by nationality were Iranians, with 3,187 refugees. How many were admitted on the official route in the same period? One.
Kerr also deployed official statistics that suggest over 70% of Channel arrivals are genuine asylum seekers, not economic migrants – yet Government Ministers pretend 70% are economic migrants.
Johnson and Home Secretary Patel know they are scaremongering and it’s contemptible.
Lives were needlessly lost by the Tories mishandling the Covid pandemic and bigotry and prejudice turn the Channel into a watery grave.
We pay, they pay – everybody pays for Conservative incompetence and malice.