There were the usual suspects: Philip Davies, not really stirring up hatred for cheap popularity, Bob “The Bigot” Blackman and Daniel Kawczynski were all present and correct. But one forthright populist was missing: step forward (or not, in this case) Wickford and Rayleigh MP Mark François (note cedilla under the c).
That’s an interesting omission, given that many of those making that crossing of the Channel will be seeking to apply for asylum in the UK. One look at François’ record on the They Work For You site explains why, beginning in January this year: “Mark Francois voted to remove a requirement for ministers to seek to negotiate an agreement with the EU to enable unaccompanied child refugees to join their relatives”.
Agree with those people Over There who Speak Foreign? I mean, what if he hadn’t personally won the war? He would fight them on the breakfasts, he would fight them at the lunch buffet, he would fight them in the Spoons and at the serving counter. And to show his total commitment to being disagreeable, he was at it again a fortnight later.
“Mark Francois voted against requiring ministers to seek to negotiate with the EU to allow unaccompanied children seeking asylum to join their relatives by moving from the UK to the EU or vice-versa, and instead voted to require the Government to set out its policy on this subject”. Then, at the end of June, came the pièce de résistance.
“Mark Francois voted to remove rights for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, spouses, vulnerable adults and dependant adults to join a family member who is legally present in the United Kingdom”. Someone foreign has rights? What will his constituency chairman say about that? Brown people in boats have rights? The effrontery of it! He didn’t single-handedly evacuate Dunkirk for brown people to have rights!
But while his fellow south-east England Tory MPs - David “Basildon” Amess in Southend West, Tom Hunt in Ipswich, Sally-Ann Hart in Hastings and Rye, Craig Mackinlay in South Thanet, Andrew Rosindell in Romford, and Stephen Metcalfe in South Basildon and East Thurrock - are sounding off about “invasion”, François is uncharacteristically silent.
Has he suddenly become a convert to the cause of being understanding and tolerant towards those who have fled war zones and trekked thousands of miles in search of somewhere peaceful where they can start a new life? Has Mark François (note cedilla inter the c) decided to make peace with People Who Speak Foreign?
Whatever will his constituency chairman make of that? Curiouser and curiouser.
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