- Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:47 am
If we were proactively establishing safe zones, and/or engaging properly with efforts to get people out of danger zones and resettling them in the UK in anything approaching reasonable numbers, I could probably get on board with the idea of deterring manual crossings from France.
It isn't entirely unreasonable to expect that people who have made it to the EU should be settled there, in a distributed and proportionate manner. The concept of 'first safe country' to which we are all ostensibly still agreed has become an absolute farce. The French don't want to do anything that forces them to officially recognise the existence of these migrants (such as receiving them back in deportation from the UK) as they will then become fully responsible for them.
Until we step up and start taking tens of thousands of refugees at source, we are going to to be stuck acting in a way that is not only morally indefensible, but downright criminal. Until we stop making the boats the only way for these people to access our country, the far right are going to keep co-opting the centre ground with the very reasonable point that the ones we end up talking about have passed through a dozen other safe countries who want to pretend they don't exist.
Soppy anti-British, pro-crime, anti-education, pro-immigration, anti-family nonentity