Is the situation in Calais a humanitarian crisis that most on the left of politics say is the case? Or on the other hand a political crisis as many others would suggest. Who is right?
The trendy-wendy left remind us that the migrants are human and do have rights and therefore by simple logic should be allowed to enter Britain. The ambition of the migrants is to build a new life and believe that it will be easier in the UK. But the perplexing question for the trendy-wendy left-wing is how many should be allowed to come to Britain.
On the opposite spectrum, those on the right of the political divide have some pertinent questions; whether they are given credence or not.
- How will the migrants support themselves?
- Have they got a worthwhile skill?
- Will they take our jobs for less money?
- Will they get preference on the housing ladder?
There are a host of other questions but these suffice to give a flavour of the angst that ordinary people feel. Many do feel frustrated, angry and scared by the possible influx of new cheap labour. They have other relevant points to raise: are we not human too? Do our anxieties and fears mean nothing?
Can the situation at Calais be construed as a fundamental humanitarian crisis? The simple straight forward answer is NO. The migrants may have travelled many miles to reach Calais. In their journey they may have crossed the border of several European countries. Why did they not stop in the first nation they entered?
According to EU law, the Schengen Agreement, all migrants should be held in the port of arrival until they have been processed e.g. Greece and Italy. Those who are purely economic migrants are supposed to be refused and returned to their home land.
Migrants can therefore be fed, clothed and given shelter in the host nation. The migrants who continue to Calais have made a choice, a decision to try and enter Britain illegally. Thus Calais is the place of choice and is therefore not a humanitarian crisis. Their needs can be met in the original host nation.
Moreover, many migrants have been resident in Calais for several months. Some have been arrested and released but have decided to remain in the squalid squatter camps. Every day the migrants make a choice. It is not imposed it’s a burden of choice!
Furthermore, I have seen many reports that include migrant views but none that seek the opinion of the local French residents. Perhaps they have an opinion on what is happening?
Once again some relevant questions:
- How did the migrants afford the fees of the people traffickers?
- How do they support themselves in Calais?
- What does Britain offer which other European countries don’t?
Simple questions, with a decided political tone, but nonetheless pertinent.
Note that commentators try, when they can, to bring children into the equation. This is to invoke an emotional response from the viewer, listener, and reader. It is an old trick but at times effective.
What are not mentioned are the underlying costs. Kent County Council has an estimated 600 migrant youngsters in their care at an annual cost of £30,000 per person per year. That is a lot of money and must be paid for by the council taxpayer. However, the left-wingers are not concerned by the cost, which is merely another arrow to shoot at the Tory government.
Where are the parents of these children? Are they planning to use their offspring as a back door into Britain?
Clearly the left are creating an atmosphere of a humanitarian crisis. Is this to raise awareness or to fuel their cheap politics? The hypocrisy of the left knows no boundary. What is more despicable is that they have no concern for the ordinary Joes of this country.
The left-wingers need to deal with the fact that the poor pick up the lion’s share of the tax burden. It is the poorest who are hurt the most as they cannot work for less than the minimum wage which migrants are forced too.
Are the Tories the good guys? That would be a resounding NO!
The Conservative eyes are firmly on the future election and know that many voters are deeply concerned by immigration and the Human Rights Act. Many are exasperated by the latter that seems to side with every loose nut (perception) but does nothing for the everyday person. Thus the Tories are pandering to the disaffected electorate.
Actions taken so far by the Tories are minimal: more fencing, more dogs, more police and more money. They are simply tinkering with the issue. It’s a political blind-sider to make you believe something big is happening.
A local guru down the pub has a ready-made solution. His suggestion is to find a couple of hundred illegal migrants in England pack them on to buses and drop them off in Calais. To carry through the process for a few weeks until the guys in Calais realise their hopes are fruitless.
When I interjected to explain that such action might breach their human rights; I was nearly blown off my bar stool by the roar of derision about the Human Rights Act. On a democratic vote I would have lost my deposit!
Many hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants are in Britain and little is done to rectify the dilemma. Most work in the ‘black economy’ a cash in hand daily job. They can be found in places like Old Kent Road, London where they queue to be picked up and taken to a place of work; being paid below the national minimum wage.
These illegals are being exploited and a government which turns a blind eye is complicit in that exploitation. The left-wingers who are silent on this issue are condoning this tawdry business.
The only people laughing in this situation are the businesses that are profiting from employing the migrants. Perhaps they should face the same penalty as is proposed for rogue landlords who allow illegal migrants to rent their property – 5 yrs. in prison. No, can’t do that to our donors, our mates!!!
Is it all Britain’s fault? NO!
The migrants are in France it is their legal obligation to deal with it effectively. However, recently the European Commission made it clear that Britain should have cooperated in the dispersal of 40,000 migrants throughout the EU. Britain refused! Is the UK now being held to ransom, taught a lesson?
What is the truth? Unfortunately, there is no truth in politics, only agendas.