Tragedy in the Channel as 31 PEOPLE die. The real refugee crisis is these deaths

Public figures including Priti Patel and Boris Johnson have rushed to mouth condolences after 31 people, including five women and a girl, died in the English Channel while trying to reach the UK.

It’s sickening hypocrisy from the government that has done its best to ensure that people are more likely to drown than reach our shores.

And what happens if we find evidence that Patel’s Home Office policies contributed to the deaths?

Remember: Patel’s Nationality and Borders Bill proposes that anyone arriving in the UK by an illegal route, such as by a small boat across the Channel, could have their claim ruled as inadmissible, receive a jail sentence of up to four years, have no recourse to public funds, and could have their family members barred from joining them, in breach of the UN refugee convention and the European Convention on Human Rights.

It states that refugees should use safe legal routes – but there are no such routes.

Clause 38 of the Bill potentially criminalises rescuers of asylum seekers if they are deemed to be “facilitating” their arrival in the UK. It has already set Patel at odds with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which has a Royal Charter to rescue anybody facing drowning within UK territorial waters – no matter what their legal status may be.

The Home Office has said the Bill is intended to target “ruthless people smugglers” and organisations like the RNLI – and individuals – would be allowed to continue humanitarian rescue work – but mere assertion doesn’t cut any ice. If so, why amend the law to criminalise all rescues?

Now consider the rhetoric coming from the Tories after today’s tragedy – the biggest single loss of life in the Channel since the International Organisation for Migration started collecting data in 2014.

Boris Johnson said the UK would leave “no stone unturned” to stop human trafficking gangs.

He was trying to justify the unreasonable and potentially fatal policy in his government’s Bill.

As for Priti Patel: It turns out she was told back in November 2019 that her policies were causing asylum-seekers to use more dangerous routes into the UK:

“A policy that focuses exclusively on closing borders will drive migrants to take more dangerous routes, and push them into the hands of criminal groups,” the report said.

She wasn’t interested then – possibly because the report’s advice was to provide more legal routes for asylum-seekers to enter the UK, and to address their reasons for wanting to leave their own lands. She is keen to continue ensuring there are no legal routes.

So Tory policy is to ensure that refugees/asylum seekers have no choice but to use illegal means to arrive in the UK – even if it means they may drown.

They have stoked hatred against these people – who may be fleeing the effects of warfare in their own countries, either caused directly by Western governments like the UK’s Tory administration, or using weapons sold to the combatants by those governments.

And they have falsely claimed there is a refugee crisis in the UK, with the number of refugees spiralling out of control.

Take a look at the graph below. Does it look like the UK has a serious crisis to you?

Oh, and Keir Starmer and his Labour racists aren’t blameless either.

Only last week, Starmer accused the government of failing to do enough to stop crossings: “The home secretary repeatedly says in strong language what she is going to do about the immediate problem and delivers absolutely nothing,” he said.

But it isn’t Starmer’s opponents’ territory; it’s his own because he is as racist as Patel and Johnson.

Given his comments, he should not be allowed to claim any moral high ground if Tory government policy is indeed found to have contributed to this tragedy.

The solution is to open up legal routes into the UK and treat people using them as human beings who deserve to have their reasons for coming here judged fairly. It always was.

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2 thoughts on “Tragedy in the Channel as 31 PEOPLE die. The real refugee crisis is these deaths

  1. James

    What really mystifies me is why so many refugees and migrants WANT to get to the shambolic entity that is the dis-UK!

  2. Hecuba

    Nauseating – the criminal gang of fascist tories all uttering the same hypocritical lies – claiming they are oh so sad to learn 31 women, children and men died as a direct result of the murderous fascist tory policies concerning criminalising refugees!

    The fascist tories already have blood on their hands because they caused the deaths of more than 180,000 women, men and children dying from coronavirus. Add on the deaths of so many disabled,long term ill and unemployed women and men who were refused state financial aid and the catalogue of the murderous criminal callous fascist tories is appalling!

    Still never mind the only concern of the peasants in little england is ‘no more migrants – we don’t want those nasty dirty foreigners landing in our supposedly utopia little england!’

    Remember the fascist tories have no qualms whatsoever for condemning Uk citizens to death because they are refused their rightful state financial aid so no matter whether or not one is a refugee we are all disposable fodder for the fascist tories! Their loyalty is to themselves – stealing as much public money as they can from us and proclaiming ‘wah we are the real compassionate political party!’

    And remember British citiznship is now a ‘privilege’ which will be taken away from us if we are perceived by the fascist tories as being ‘a terrorist or a threat to their murderous fascist dictatorship!’

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