The Tories crippled their own border controls. Don’t let them use their own stupidity to boost racism

Tories like scapegoating immigrants – and have been doing it for decades: the current fad is for claiming illegal immigration feeds modern slavery, but the underlying threat has always been that Johnny Foreigner is taking your job. It’s an old con.

This Tory hypocrisy is a little too rich for our taste.

Boris Johnson’s government is whipping up jingoism against refugees secretly crossing the Channel to get into the UK:

It seems ministers have conveniently forgotten that successive Tory governments were responsible for stripping the country of its ability to catch the people-smugglers.

Former prime minister Theresa May, during her term as Home Secretary, spent years cutting Border Force, the organisation that – we’re told – protects our borders.

I published this story in 2014 and matters have only become worse.

If it can’t manage now – and the Tories have had to appeal to the Navy for help – that’s their fault and they should own up to it.

Instead, they’re trying to turn their latest fiasco into a crusade against Johnny Foreigner sneaking onto our shores and boosting modern slavery.

How utterly vile.

I accept that it is perfectly understandable to want to keep unmonitored people out of the UK during a time of international contagion.

However:

The issue is why these people want to come to the UK at all. If we really wanted to stop them, we need to help end their reasons for leaving their own homelands.

(Obviously, making the UK an unattractive destination has failed as a strategy.)

My guess is, these people are running away from wars, and the fallout from wars, that the UK helped start under recent Tory governments.

So whichever way you turn, the finger of blame points at the Conservatives.

It leads me to ask whether this is an attempt at distraction – and if so, I’m wondering what’s so bad that the Tories are happy to expose themselves to ridicule, simply to divert attention away from it.

Source: Home Office seeks military help over migrant crossings – BBC News

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3 thoughts on “The Tories crippled their own border controls. Don’t let them use their own stupidity to boost racism

  1. Stu

    I may be miles off the mark here but when George Osborne sold the British half of the Channel Tunnel, whether legally or just perceived, isn’t it the view from the French that the border now starts on the shores of Dover?

  2. Msw

    When they leave the first safe country they land in and trample through numerous safe countries to get to France, or England, they cease being refugees. They are migrants trying it on. France is not a war torn country, and is safe. That is where they should stay and the rest here should be removed and returned to France.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      That may be your opinion – but if you had to leave your country, wouldn’t you want to flee to one where you could believe you were safe?

      Consider German Jews in the 1930s. If they were fleeing that country, you would have had them stop in Denmark, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland. What good would that have done them?

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