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Sunday 28 November 2021

French Could FINISH Priti Patel

As our free and fearless press is once again distracted by the Covid-19 pandemic - with the arrival of a new variant known as Omicron - and the realisation sinks in that the festive season could be derailed, attention has briefly swung away from something that could derail alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and his coterie of terminal ineptitude for good. And it’s something totally out of their control.

May not be smirking for much longer ...

Until the Omicron story broke, along with the news that scores of those carrying the variant had arrived from South Africa and dispersed among the population, spreading it all over the transport system as they went, the Government’s major headache was the arrival of refugees from France, crossing the Channel in inflatable boats.

The problem for Bozo and his inexplicably elevated Home Secretary, Priti Patel, was not only that the boats kept on coming, but that their attempt to use the pages of the Daily Mail as a form of diplomacy riled the French, so much so that Ms Patel found herself disinvited from a gathering which would discuss ways of tackling the problem.

Added to this was Bozo’s habit of saying one thing to one person, and then a totally different thing to the next person, which in turn alienated French PrĂ©sident Emmanuel Macron, who right now is the last person our PM needs to lose. Because Macron is the only big French name who is not yet advocating scrapping the Le Touquet accords.

What they? This refers to a 2003 treaty that allows the UK to police its border at locations like the port of Calais. Thus it is easy to turn back refugees before they get aboard a ferry. French border controls, conversely, are performed before boarding ferries or Eurotunnel shuttles departing from the UK. But, whisper it quietly, nothing is forever.

... if he has anything to do with it

The constant stream of hostile invective emanating from Bozo and his pals, and directed in the general direction of the French, has become an issue in the upcoming Presidential Election. And one candidate whose name is familiar to UK politics watchers has already asserted that the Le Touquet agreement should be scrapped.

Michel Barnier (for it is he) has done enough to spook the inmates of the Northcliffe House bunker: “The EU's former Brexit negotiator has dramatically urged France to tear up its migrant treaty with Britain and send asylum-seekers across the Channel as tensions between London and Paris boil over … Michel Barnier … vowed that he would pull France out of the Treaty of Touquet governing Anglo-French border relations if he wins the ballot”.

There was more. “Paris has complained that, in practice, they are managing the British border with mainland Europe. They have also claimed that the treaty has resulted in huge numbers of migrants setting up campsites - such as the infamous Jungle dismantled in 2016 - at its ports as they attempt to enter Britain”. Which would mean what, exactly?

Simples. Refugees would be able to board ferries and present their asylum claims on arrival at Dover, or wherever in the UK they land. No more people trafficking, no more inflatable boats, no more needless drownings, and best of all, no endless stream of images for the press to use as it tries to frighten its readers.

The downside? Priti Patel would be toast. Maybe not such a downside after all.

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AndyC said...

Tim wrote: 'Refugees would be able to board ferries and present their asylum claims on arrival at Dover, or wherever in the UK they land.'

That might indeed reduce the level of dangerous little craft crossings, were it not for one thing. No doubt Patel would make ferry operators perform immigration duties. They would be fined for allowing anyone travelling without permission to enter the country to be on the ferry when it docks, irrespective of whether the migrant applies for asylum on landing.

Anonymous said...

Well, Britain can always ask for NATO military to "help" out. You know, like far right religious fanatics in Poland did.

Patel isn't fit to run anything let alone a great office of state. She and the other cabinet tin drummer deadbeats are stone deaf to anything that sounds remotely human.

Fact is Britain inflicted this horror on itself. Now the Murdoch/Rothermere whinge gang try to blame the victims, as do their far right paymasters.

Suck it up, mugs. It's what you voted for. Now live with it. If you can.

Anonymous said...

On this issue maybe we should try talking gently to the Bozo Circus.

It's worked so far.....hasn't it?

Mr Larrington said...

I for one look forward to seeing the reaction of employees of Danish-owned DFDS* if disgraced former International Development Secretary Piggi Patel starts trying to tell them what their job is. Of course she could try to stop them from running ferries into Dover at all. That'd be popular.

* This iPad usually expands this to “disgraced former Defence Secretary Liam Fox”

Johnspartacusanonymous said...

Dunno - so far the deadly little Dalek seems to have been Teflon coated.

Anonymous said...

Jordan hosts around 672,000 registered Syrian refugees, although the real total of Syrians is estimated at around 1.3 million when those not registered are taken into account.

Britain said it would "accept" 20,000. Over five years.

What a mean-spirited, cold hearted place we have become. Suffering dry rot of the soul.