There may not be anyone with a white cat on their lap at the HO, but the language is, if anything, rather more sinister, as Simon Jones of the BBC has noted. “The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has appointed former National Crime Agency executive Dan O'Mahoney as the UK's Clandestine Channel Threat Commander. He will work to make the Channel route 'unviable' for small boat crossings”.
Or maybe it’s Robert Shaw in The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three? “Your crossing has been made unviable, Command Centre”. So why is Ms Patel, who is claimed to be Home Secretary, behaving in this way? Simples. Whether or not she acts tough, she must be seem to be acting tough, which for the right-wing press is far more important.
And she is being forced into playing this game by the same person whose nagging bigotry fooled Young Dave into holding the Brexit referendum he thought he would win. Step forward Brexit Party Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage, and his dog-whistling prejudice, exemplified by “EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE: These were the coaches being loaded up in Dover today. Coming to a hotel near you?” Cooee doggies!
Look at those brown people! They’re FOREIGN! They may be Scary Muslims™! Maybe they don’t speak English! They don’t go down the Rub-A-Dub of a weekend and get Elephant’s Trunk And Mozart! They’re getting a FREE COACH RIDE! They’ll get put up in a hotel FOR FREE! They’re getting something you’re not! And you’re paying for it!
Later, the language of bigotry and hatred was ratcheted up a little, as Mr Thirsty dog-whistled once more. “EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE OF BEACH LANDING BY MIGRANTS Shocking invasion on the Kent Coast taken this morning”. It’s an INVASION! Remember, if the Nazis had done this, WE’D ALL BE SPEAKING GERMAN BY NOW!
He was at it again this morning. “Another 150 into Dover yesterday. Hot air and bluster is all we get from the government. They don't have a plan and so the humiliation will continue”. It’s a HUMILIATION! So Priti Patel admits the weakness of her position, by going along with Farage. And dishes out her own serving of sinister language.
Meanwhile, Lev Taylor mused “British people love to talk about saving Jews from the Nazis. Do you imagine they were flown in by benevolent aircraft? They came in the bowels of boats, on crowded trains, walked for miles across mountains. They were turned away at ports, put in prisons, called invaders … You have a choice. You can be like the people that helped the Jews escape Nazis, or you can be like the people who made them run”.
And he added this coda, which all those God-fearing Tories might wish to read and inwardly digest: “Take the option that you will feel comfortable telling your grandchildren about. Know that you will one day answer before God”.
How will Farage and Ms Patel be judged? As if they have the ability to care.
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