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Apparently these are “migrants” trying to cross the Channel from France to the UK and their boat is better than anything the Conservative government has to stop them.

Let’s consider the facts, as we understand them.

Tory MP Chris Grayling has paid £13.8 million to a company that has no ships, copied its terms and conditions from a takeaway firm’s website…

… has no offices and has a boss whose only previous experience of running a shipping company ended badly, to say the least.

Meanwhile, Tory MP Sajid Javid has had to call in the navy after it was revealed that he didn’t have enough Border Force ships to patrol the channel properly:

Meanwhile, Mr Javid has been stoking fears that people trying to get across the channel from France are being smuggled by people traffickers. Otherwise, he says, why would anybody want to leave a perfectly decent country like France?

Here’s one possible reason:

However, according to Mr Javid, these refugees are being smuggled in for criminal purposes.

So he’s saying that the people carrying refugees (or criminals, depending who you believe) across the Channel have ships that are not only better than Seaborne Freight – which has none – but also better than the Border Force and (so far) navy patrol ships that have been brought in to hunt them down.

Perhaps Mr Grayling should be offering them the contract to run a ferry service? They seem to have a better shipping infrastructure and he could make honest people of them.

Extra: It seems the port at Ramsgate is being dredged, in accordance with the requirements of running a ferry there – by a European firm. Make of that what you will!

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