WHEN Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick yesterday heralded the end of “Hotel Britain” for migrants, he neglected to mention it would be replaced by “Holiday Camp Britain”.
Yet housing migrants in holiday parks and cruise ships seems to be the latest idea to accommodate the endless flow of Channel-crossers to the UK.
The astronomical numbers of boat migrants alone has now surpassed 40,000 so far this year, nearly a third of them from safe Albania[/caption]
The astronomical numbers of boat migrants alone has now surpassed 40,000 so far this year, nearly a third of them from safe Albania.
That’s without taking into account fraudulent passports and other methods of illegal entry.
Mr Jenrick’s ten-point migration plan is broadly welcome as far as it goes, along with Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s £70million beach patrol deal with the French to be signed today.
But by now it must be screamingly obvious the trafficking of migrants will not stop until we get real on rewriting loophole-ridden human rights legislation, as well as the Modern Slavery Act.
Read More on Immigration
Brits have a big heart when it comes to genuine refugees, even in tough times.
But when it comes to economic migrants gaming the asylum system, the vast majority of voters want the Government to be less Hi-de-Hi and more Bye-de-Bye.
Hunt for cash
THE tightrope-walk Jeremy Hunt faces in delivering Thursday’s autumn statement is far more daunting than any of the trials his former colleague Matt Hancock is being subjected to in the jungle.
It remains to be seen how the Chancellor can satisfy competing demands of raising taxes and cutting spending without choking growth or leaving hard-up households even further in the lurch.
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt faces a tightrope-walk in delivering Thursday’s autumn statement[/caption]
But in this fiendishly tricky mini Budget, a couple of examples of where he could easily go wrong:
As Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, head of the Armed Forces, said yesterday, defence spending pledges cannot be casually tossed aside, with Vladimir Putin still marauding into Ukraine.
And any increase in fuel duty for drivers would be a self-sabotaging move that would make it even harder for our van and truck drivers in particular to get the economy growing again.
Tread carefully, Mr Hunt.
Most read in Opinion
Gunn too soon
ON a weekend where we were praying no England football hero would have their trophy dreams shattered by injury, Tony Adams’ exit from Strictly with a twanged hamstring wasn’t one we saw coming.
The ex-Gunner’s endearingly clumsy efforts have given the nation a much-needed laugh some weeks, but we’d pick his genuine and impressive progression as a novice over stage school-trained slickness any day of the week.
Tony Adams and Katya Jones rock out on Strictly Come Dancing[/caption]
You’ve been Strictly’s Man of the Match, Tone, and there’s no substitute for that.