Why the booking was made was straightforward: there was a need to place a group of people seeking asylum in the UK. Then Brexit Party Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage heard about it, discovered that the hotel was in alleged Home Secretary Priti Patel’s Witham constituency, and rocked up in order to score some self-publicity.
That might not have been so bad, except that Mr Thirsty needlessly doxxed the hotel at the outset. So now the assembled gammonati are spreading misinformation about the Rivenhall Hotel, on the A12 between Witham and Kelvedon. Not that Nige cares. He’s got his publicity and embarrassed Ms Patel. Some of the responses are sickening.
“[Priti Patel] Rivenhall Hotel on the A12 in Essex has been filled overnight with somalians - all men” … “thank you PP for housing the immigrants at [Rivenhall Hotel] witham essex . A local was brutally attacked by 6 of them this weekend. Bet that doesn’t get reported does it” … “Oh dear oh dear. I’ve stayed in the Rivenhall Hotel many times. Will not be staying there again!” … “What a disgrace you taking in illegals. Shame on you”. There was more.
“Boycott! [Rivenhall Hotel]” … “RIVENHALL HOTEL.. Witham Essex TEL 01376 516969” [yeah, ring them up and be abusive, dead brave that is] … “Go and leave the RivenHall Hotel a lovely review” … “Just added [Rivenhall Hotel] to our page of migrant foothold hotels” [that last from one of many white supremacist Twitter feeds]. And more.
“I have tried all dates this year and including the New Year -at The Rivenhall hotel. No vacancies!!! Keep up the good work, Nigel. Thanks good guy” … “Home secretary declares that the illegal immigrant crisis Britain is facing is shameful! She is to send in the navy, but will it be used to taxi more in? Rivenhall hotel in her own constituency of Witham is booked up for the entire year with illegals!” And yet more.
Including Rupert Lowe, who despite his political affiliation, might be expected to be sensible enough to stop and think. “I've been a staunch defender of Priti Patel in the past, so it really pains me to say this. What is she playing at? Putting up these illegal migrants in fancy hotels and trying to keep it hidden from us. Totally unacceptable. Tory members and voters must be appalled”. Room for one last slice of misinformation?
You got it. “Due to public uproar, the illegals staying at Rivenhall hotel are being moved to an RAF base in Norfolk”. But nobody is “illegal” if they have applied for asylum in the UK and their application is being considered. They are, though, fair game for rabble rousing politicians with their own chauffeurs and nothing productive to do.
How many more businesses would Mr Thirsty like to force into eventual closure in order to score a little more media attention? Patriotism - truly the last refuge of the scoundrel.
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