What sort of statesman thinks Twitter is an appropriate place to discuss ending the refugee crisis with the Head of a neighbouring State?
A man who’s in a state, that’s what sort.
And what were his advisors thinking? Why didn’t they stop him?
No wonder Emmanuel Macron was enraged by this:
My letter to President Macron. pic.twitter.com/vXH0jpxzPo
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) November 25, 2021
For a start, it’s an attempt to seize control of the dialogue by engaging the public; by ensuring that the general population got to see his proposals, Johnson hoped to ensure that at least some of them would have support.
Also, he tried to seize control of the language used to discuss the issue.
And of course this meant that Johnson was trying to dictate the posture that France should take – that asylum-seekers should be prevented from trying to reach the UK for their own safety and that not doing so is helping people-traffickers.
It seems, as well, that the content of Johnson’s letter was radically different from what he had previously said to the French President in person.
No wonder M. Macron was enraged.
According to the BBC,
At a press conference on Friday, Mr Macron attacked Mr Johnson over the posting of the letter on Twitter, saying: “I spoke two days ago with Prime Minster Johnson in a serious way.
“For my part I continue to do that, as I do with all countries and all leaders. I am surprised by methods when they are not serious.
“We do not communicate from one leader to another on these issues by tweets and letters that we make public. We are not whistleblowers.”
A French government spokesman accused Mr Johnson of saying different things in his conversation with Mr Macron and in the letter, adding: “We are sick of double-speak.”
The result: a furious France has retracted an invitation for Home Secretary Priti Patel to discuss the matter with her counterparts in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
Macron is also understood to believe that Johnson tweeted the letter to address flagging support from his fellow Conservative MPs, rather than to achieve anything serious.Sickckckckck
Johnson has worsened the UK’s position internationally. Yet a-bloody-gain.
BREAKING: Priti Patel’s meeting in France on Sunday has been cancelled by the French government.
A remarkable snub as the French fume over the PM’s letter yesterday setting out a five point plan which placed much of the onus for the migrant crisis in the channel on France.
— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) November 26, 2021
(And I’m not the only one who feels that way.)
In my opinion – Johnson's letter to Macron last night- and posted on Twitter – was deliberately aimed to be provocative.
He has no conception of how a PM should behave or conduct relationships with other world leaders
His sense of entitlement is now becoming pathological.
— Clare Hepworth OBE (@Hepworthclare) November 26, 2021
The meeting without Patel will undoubtedly be more productive than if she had been allowed to attend. I mean, consider the state of this:
Priti Patel said on the 17th August as they abandoned Afghans to the Taliban, that refugees could “start a new life in safety in the UK, away from the tyranny and oppression they now face”. Lie.
— Howard Beckett (@BeckettUnite) November 25, 2021
That’s an accurate criticism. The UK has spent decades causing chaos in foreign countries and making promises to their populations – then, when the time come to honour those promises, they turn out to be lies.
Earlier in the week we heard that one of the men who died was a former Afghan soldier who had worked with the UK and whose life was endangered after the panicked withdrawal that Dominic Raab couldn’t be bothered to leave his holiday to oversee.
Even knowing that, Matthew Garrahan’s words ring true:
There don't seem to be many people making the connection between the US and UK withdrawal from Afghanistan this summer – and the increased number of Afghans now fleeing the Taliban and desperately trying to get to places like the UK
— Matthew Garrahan (@MattGarrahan) November 25, 2021
There are simple solutions for the problem that the UK government has created for itself. Firstly:
A reminder that if we don't want refugees, we should stop creating them. https://t.co/Wau1HICoWw
— Another Angry Voice (@Angry_Voice) November 25, 2021
Secondly, as This Writer has previously stated, there should be an easily-accessible and legal route for asylum-seekers to take. Blocking off the routes only makes these people prey to the traffickers.
And that leads to deaths.
This Site has commented many times on the fact that Tory government policy on disability benefits has killed (many) more people than the Nazis did with their Aktion T4 purge of disabled Germans, back in the 1930s and 1940s.
Now it turns out that the false barrier the Tories have made between the UK and France has killed more people than the false barrier the Communists created between West and East Berlin:
More people have died trying to cross the English Channel in the last decade than those who crossed the Berlin Wall for the entire time it was up (almost 30 years).
Forget appeals to historic authoritarianism and suffering – these are the bad old days. https://t.co/YQ36i2KZ0v
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) November 25, 2021
Yeah. British jingoism refers to the Nazis and the Communists as the bad guys, but it turns out that the people making these comparisons have killed more people than Johnny Foreigner.
Are continuing to kill more people.
And they’re lying to us about what’s happening:
Apparently only 3% of "migrants" who enter the EU try to get to the UK. To listen to @pritipatel you'd think it was 110% …
— Neil Sellers 3.5% Rejoiner #FBPE (@neilsellers666) November 25, 2021
More people are currently leaving the UK than entering it. The racists haven't even got 'Britain is full up' to fall back on.
— David__Osland (@David__Osland) November 25, 2021
On second thought, it’s probably a blessing in disguise for Johnson and Patel that they are being excluded from Continental discussions on the subject.
If they tried to float their lies and silliness around serious politicians, I dread to think of the international consequences.
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