E WOOTTON: Boris is right; the people smugglers are getting away with murder – but he is aiding and abetting them and will pay the price with his job
At least everyone now acknowledges the migrant crisis is a national emergency.
But it should never have taken 27 heart-breaking deaths for the government to realise the catastrophic illegal Channel crossings must be stopped at any cost.
Nor should it have taken 27 deaths for the mainstream broadcast media to realise this is a pressing story in the public interest that must lead bulletins.
There’s no doubt the French government has blood on its hands; their inertia has been pathetically and transparently politically motivated to get back at post-Brexit Britain and boost Emmanuel Macron‘s pre-election popularity.
Sitting back and watching as desperate people put to sea in death-trap dinghies is quite simply criminal negligence.
There’s no doubt the French government has blood on its hands; their inertia has been pathetically and transparently politically motivated to get back at post-Brexit Britain and boost Emmanuel Macron’s pre-election popularity.
But let’s face it, it’s not out of character. The French have little love for immigrants.
Why do you think so many of them would rather risk their lives and the lives of their children rather than make a life on that side of the Channel?
But the squeamish British establishment is just as culpable.
The smears from the woke mob that even talking about the need to halt illegal migration via the Channel somehow makes you an out-and-out Islamophobe or racist has shamed many political leaders and media figures into silence.
40 migrants were pictured launching dinghies from the French coast watched by French police near Wimereux yesterday in one of the defining images of the crisis so far
All those who didn’t talk about this escalating catastrophe should hang their heads in shame that it’s taken an inevitable human tragedy to finally speak up.
Could the British and French governments both do far more to prevent the crossings and smash the smuggling gangs? Damn bloody right they could.
Macron today declared to the French people he would ‘step up cooperation’ with Britain. But is his promise worth anything?
His weasel words are totally meaningless when the French police unfathomably STILL allowed small boats packed with illegal migrants to set off today.
And while the French Navy continue to shepherd some of those vessels into British waters.
The MailOnline has for the past few weeks been photographing and taking video of small boats being launched indiscriminately on French beaches by the depraved people smugglers, in full view of local authorities who don’t lift a finger to stop them.
That was even the case yesterday as one boat was launched in front of French police, who presumably just gave a gallic shrug. Once that boat was in the Channel, it was left to our RNLI to escort it safely to British waters.
This is the first picture of the flimsy and dangerous dinghy that sank off Calais yesterday, uccidendo 27 people including seven women – one of whom was pregnant – and three children
Migrants at a new Camp in Grand-Synthe near Dunkirk, France this afternoon, a day after 27 migrants drowned trying to get to the UK
Purtroppo, il 27 poor souls – including seven women and three children – on another boat were not as lucky.
I cannot tell you how angry this entire mess makes me because it was completely preventable if tough action had been taken.
Ma invece, the bickering French and British governments have allowed the traffickers to win.
With such a pathetic response, it’s no wonder at least 26,000 illegals have already crossed this year – ten times the number of two years ago.
The smuggling gangs, who literally trade in human lives, have become increasingly arrogant – because they know they can get away with it.
Dan Wootton: The French have literally been laughing in our face, given we’re already paying them £54 million to patrol their own beaches and they continue to refuse our offer to send British police to help the effort.
Ieri, despite the freezing conditions, almeno 25 boats were launched. More are braving the icy waters today.
The French have literally been laughing in our face, given we’re already paying them £54 million to patrol their own beaches and they continue to refuse our offer to send British police to help the effort.
It was very telling that French police arrested four people for people smuggling in the hours immediately AFTER the tragedy. That shows they know where these scumbags are but haven’t viewed slapping them down as a priority.
So Boris is correct to say the smuggling gangs are ‘getting away with murder’, but his government are helping them.
The demand for gangs to provide a journey to British shores has become overwhelming because the migrants – who, it must never be forgotten, are already safe in France – know the welcome mat will be rolled out on their arrival.
They know they won’t be returned.
They stay in four-star hotels, are fed Domino’s pizza and paid an allowance in a set-up that can last many years as they get lost in our completely useless asylum system.
It was that system that allowed the Liverpool bomber Emad Al Swealmeen to illegally remain in the country for SEVEN YEARS, working on the side to fund a bomb factory, before he blew himself up outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Remembrance Sunday.
So yes, the safety of the helpless migrants is at risk but so too is the safety of the British people.
It is an undeniable fact that the vast majority of the illegal migrants entering the UK via the Channel are young men.
And while the majority of these young men are likely economic migrants, we cannot verify that.
Five women and a girl were believed to be among the casualties, with the disaster coming just hours of French police sat and watched boats leave their shore (nella foto, a man wheels a stretcher into a warehouse where it is believed the bodies of the 27 migrants were taken after they were pulled from the water)
That’s because most shrewdly throw all their papers – passports, identity cards and the like – into the Channel on their journey so it is impossible for British officials to verify where they were born or what country they were living in before they ended up in a French camp.
It only takes one of these people to be working for a terror cell for hundreds of Brits to be killed.
The first responsibility of any government is to keep its citizens safe.
Home Secretary Priti Patel vowed to ‘make this route unviable’ nel 2019, when there were just 1,835 arrivals by November. Despite constant tough talk, she has failed her own test spectacularly.
That’s largely because the Home Office blob wants Patel out of a job and is putting blocks up wherever possible to prevent her solutions from being implemented.
That’s why Dominic Cummings was right that the civil service blob must be destroyed – because they are making the government’s job to reform impossible.
Offshore processing is the obvious solution to this problem that I have been advocating for months, but the government appears to lack the political will to implement such a tough, controversial and costly measure, even though the public are becoming increasingly enraged about their failure.
It’s how Australia’s government literally stopped the boat arrivals into their country from 20,000 people to zero within two years.
If the migrants know as soon as they arrive in the UK they will be transported to an offshore detention centre to be processed – and could remain there for years – it becomes the ultimate deterrent not to leave France and to apply to come to the UK using our legal system.
Turnback manoeuvres on the Channel, which would see our Border Force redirect migrant boats safely back into French water, are another option, but not one supported by France.
An ‘overloaded’ boat capsized in rough seas amid rain and cold weather and was found by fishermen, with three coastguard vessels and a helicopter rushed to the scene. Two survivors (nella foto, one survivor is brought to the port of Calais) were pulled from the sea by rescuers late on Wednesday
The left’s solution of providing more safe routes from France is utter madness, tantamount to an open borders policy that would encourage more dangerous crossings into France from Africa.
It also totally undermines our legal asylum system and points-based immigration approach.
But a solution is now required.
Boris needs to realise that public anger is skyrocketing and, another year of this calamity, could cost him Number 10.
I asked my GB News colleague Nigel Farage on air this week if he is serious about re-entering frontline politics if the government is unable to solve the migrant crisis.
He told me: ‘If this was to turn, by this time next year or earlier, into a national emergency, then I reserve the right. If nobody within the Conservative party has frankly got the backbone or the courage or the will to tackle this issue, then I’m never going to say never. I don’t want to but if I’m absolutely forced to then I may well.’
His answer should keep Boris up at night.
It acts as a final warning for the government to stop the tough talk and simply stop the boats.