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:
Katie Hopkins: "I would use gunships against migrants boats"
Priti Patel: pic.twitter.com/MUmWp3GmOb
— Lowkey (@Lowkey0nline) August 8, 2020
Patel and the Tories are engaging in blatant racist dog-whistle rhetoric
I hope the leader of the Opposition will speak up loudly and clearly for decency, humanity and the Rule of Law
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) August 9, 2020
This hideous creature is an MP. This is how low the UK has sunk. What, pray, IS the impact on coastal villages? IT clearly isn't impacting on this man's grocery bill. https://t.co/ITLPKfuyUL
— Nonny Nay Specific & Limited Criminal 🌹 👊 (@nayright12) August 8, 2020
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.
It appears that the Royal Navy chiefs are not too keen on their ships being sent out to fight little kids and pregnant women in rubber dinghies. Can't imagine why….
— (((Frances "Cassandra" Coppola))) (@Frances_Coppola) August 8, 2020
"Push-back" of refugee boats would be illegal under British and international law. I don't believe the First Sea Lord would sanction the Royal Navy doing it. Priti Patel is insulting our armed forces by even suggesting they could intentionally put civilian lives at risk.
— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) August 8, 2020
Instead, they’re trying to turn their latest fiasco into a crusade against Johnny Foreigner sneaking onto our shores and boosting modern slavery.
Was “COBRA commander” already taken? https://t.co/pHsCuLhjfO
— PJ Holden (@pauljholden) August 9, 2020
Honestly, politicians and journos showing desperate families in dinghies seeking shelter from our bombs and saying they are the problem make me physically sick.
Where’s your HEART?
— Mel (@melaniekmelvin) August 9, 2020
The calculation is that, with the support of most of the media, the British public can be made angrier about innocent foreigners than guilty politicians responsible for thousands of British deaths.
And all while claiming to care about ‘Christian’ values.
It will work too.
— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) August 9, 2020
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.
It’s perfectly legal to sail across the channel in a rubber dinghy, and perfectly legal to claim asylum in the UK once you get there
— Jon Stone (@joncstone) August 8, 2020
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.
God we're easily distracted. They don't even have to really try any more. The excess deaths, the hundreds of millions for kit that doesn't work, ripping up regulations to suit donors, the kleptocracy and nepotism. But look…a dinghy!
— nick abbot (@NIAbbot) August 8, 2020
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