MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: Yet more proof we need to help France foil the traffickers 

MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: Yet more proof we need to help France foil the traffickers 

MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: Yet more proof we need to help France foil the traffickers

Now it seems that the police will not rush to help those near our unguarded South Coast, who are quite reasonably alarmed by the appearance on their property of newly arrived migrants. Sometimes these young men have actually banged on their doors and on one occasion, one walked into a private home and seized its resident’s phone.

The victims of these actions have complained that the police have told them the problem is trespass, and so a ‘civil matter’ and the responsibility of the Border Force.

No doubt many individual police officers in the area are good-hearted and wish they could do more, but their leadership seems incapable of making proper use of their courage and dedication.

Dover and Deal MP Natalie Elphicke has urged local police chiefs to respond to residents’ pleas for help

Dover and Deal MP Natalie Elphicke has quite rightly expressed alarm, and has urged local police chiefs to respond to residents’ pleas for help and for a proper police presence.

The Mail on Sunday strongly supports her call – but these developments are all too typical of a country in which almost the entire civil structure seems to have given up any serious efforts to control lawless mass migration.

It seems that everybody brought in to assist has ended up helping migrants to come ashore, rather than deterring them from arriving. Even where migrants can be shown to have no lawful right to remain here, courts use human rights law to frustrate attempts at deportation.

There has to be a suspicion that the courts of this country – like the laughably politically correct leaders of our police in their menopause waistcoats – are increasingly politicised and unsympathetic to the idea that our borders must be enforced. Even where this is not so, judges in many cases have no choice but to uphold the appeals of migrants, as generations of political leaders in this country have enacted laws or signed treaties which make it extraordinarily difficult to remove people who have come here illegally.

And then there is the huge and damaging role of the liberal media, most especially the BBC, which laughs at its obligation to be impartial, a duty owed in return for the great heaps of licence-payers’ money it receives each year.

Pictured: A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, onboard a Border Force vessel on Saturday

Pictured: A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, onboard a Border Force vessel on Saturday

Yet nobody in the world of politics seems ready to enforce this bargain. And so, when our borders give way, and the people smugglers grow rich on their wicked trade, the Left-wing media attack the Government for the resulting chaos in such places as the Manston migrant processing centre in Kent.

Surely the ghastly scenes at Manston are in fact the consequence of years of liberal institutional weakness in defending our coasts. So are the miserable events in and around Dover, where people who have long thought they were safe in their homes and gardens now find that strangers, who have only recently come ashore from unknown places of origin, are actually walking across their lawn and hammering on their doors.

Surely the ghastly scenes at Manston are in fact the consequence of years of liberal institutional weakness in defending our coasts

Surely the ghastly scenes at Manston are in fact the consequence of years of liberal institutional weakness in defending our coasts

What a contrast this chaos is to the stern, suspicious processing and long queues which the law-abiding UK citizen must undergo to re-enter this country after a holiday. How can a government operating with our existing laws, Civil Service and public broadcasting be expected to cope with this?

In truth, we are lucky that it is not much worse. Yet there is the beginning of hope. The Government of Rishi Sunak has clearly seen that the attitude of France is in fact crucial – that if the migrants can be prevented from putting to sea on the other side of the Channel, then they cannot come here.

The frontier of the United Kingdom is now in fact along the French coast. A determined and successful pursuit of this policy is probably the most important and also the most popular action which the Government can take. A thorough reform of police, courts and the BBC would not go amiss either.

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