The Government’s new migrant deal with France won’t work – here’s why

YESTERDAY our Government signed a new deal with their French counterparts to stop illegal migration on our South Coast.

Am I the only one who feels like I have heard all this before?

The French are giving us deja vu - yet again taking our cash to police their shore

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The French are giving us deja vu – yet again taking our cash to police their shoreCredit: PA
To give her credit, the Home Secretary is trying to do something to stop illegal immigration - but is it enough?

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To give her credit, the Home Secretary is trying to do something to stop illegal immigration – but is it enough?Credit: Reuters

To give her credit, Home Secretary Suella Braverman is clearly trying to do something to stop the thousands of illegals now coming into our country every week across the Channel.

Under the new agreement, we will pay France an extra £8million a year to stop the small boats setting off from the French coast.

British police officers will be able to observe patrols in France and there will be an increase in the number of French officers patrolling their own coastline.

Again, sorry if you feel like you’ve heard all this before. But I certainly have.

British governments have been doing deals like this with the French for years. And it always ends up with us paying the French to police their own shores.

Sometimes there is a slight change in the number of boats setting off. Sometimes not.

But what this deal, like every previous one can do nothing about is one immovable fact. France does not want these people in its country either.

For many years there has been a serious problem with illegal migration across the continent. I have reported on it myself first hand from across all of Europe.

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Go to any French city outside of the exquisitely preserved centres and you will find whole encampments of illegal migrants.

In the suburbs of Paris and other cities the authorities often move the camps along, shut them down, hose down the area and push the problem a few yards down the road.

But the people who have arrived into France in their hundreds of thousands in recent years are still there. And many are not a blessing to the French state.

Too often they form a sullen, often criminal underclass of people.

People who have fled Africa, the Middle East and many other parts of the world in search of a better life.

Some are fleeing genuine persecution but most are fleeing economic problems in their countries of origin.

They have come to Europe for a better life. They rarely find it.

Although the open-borders lobby like to pretend that these migrants fill all the work shortages in our countries, no such thing happens.

The people arriving illegally into Europe are rarely qualified for anything other than the most basic jobs.

And, if they were to enter the workforce in those jobs, they undercut those people in our countries already doing them.

As a result, many of the people enter a sort of criminal, black market underworld.

Ideally, all these people who should not be in France would be returned to their country of origin.

But as in Italy, Greece and other countries across Europe, the numbers of illegals are so vast that there is absolutely no prospect of them ever dealing with this backlog.

The numbers are too big. The task is too complex. The hurdles are too many. So what to do?

The only real answer is to hope that they go elsewhere. That is what the French have hoped for years and it is what they will continue to hope.

The big problem of doing a deal with France is that it is not in France’s interests to actually keep to their side of the bargain.

Repelling force

Every thousand migrants who come to Britain illegally are a thousand fewer illegal migrants that France has to deal with.

And the French government knows that at home the issue of illegal migration — and Islamic migration in particular — is a political powder keg.

It is hard to overstate how hot the French debate on this matter is.

Emmanuel Macron knows that he only holds on to power because his opponents are fractured.

But still the National Rally (formerly the National Front) of Marine le Pen is the main opposition party in the National Assembly.

Support for that anti-immigration party and others only grows as the problem of unfettered illegal migration in France grows.

So although the French will always accept our money to police their own shores, the reality is that every blind eye they turn is a blessing for their country. What would we do in that situation?

Responding to yesterday’s announcement our own Prime Minister said that the numbers of illegal crossings could be brought down.

But Rishi Sunak said that there was no “single thing” that could fix the situation. But that isn’t true. There is.

Only a few years ago hardly anybody came across the Channel this way.

They only do now because we have encouraged them to. And encouraged them by allowing everyone to stay.

So there is, in fact, a single thing to do to fix the situation. Make it clear that if you break into our country illegally we will send you straight back.

Instead of using our naval vessels as a welcoming force, use them as a repelling force. Book a lot of planes and put a lot of people on them.

Make it clear that if you pay the smuggling gangs to get into Britain illegally you will have wasted your money.

Only that way will the movement dry up. But are either Braverman or Sunak brave enough to do it? We’ll see.

RAAB SPAT IS JUST SILLY

Dominic Raab is the latest to be hit by ridiculous 'bullying' claims

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Dominic Raab is the latest to be hit by ridiculous ‘bullying’ claimsCredit: Getty

DOMINIC Raab is the latest politician to be hit by “bullying” claims.

Like Priti Patel, Gavin Williamson and others, Raab is now in the virtual dock for this “crime”.

I think it’s ridiculous.

Real bullying is serious. Especially for the young. But among adults in the workplace?

Sorry, but a lot of what is now called “bullying” is nothing more than what an adult should expect if they fail to do their job.

Priti Patel was accused of shouting at civil servants.

Shouting? So what? Do we really think that nobody ever deserves to be shouted at in the workplace?

Now Raab stands accused of being rude to civil servants.

Well, I’m sorry, but plenty of our lazy, stay-at-home, come-into-the- office-as-rarely-as-possible civil servants deserve to be shouted at.

Worse, is that on one occasion Raab is said to have thrown some tomatoes from a salad across a room in a fit of anger and their landing made a noise.

I can’t be shocked by this.

Now civil servants know that “bullying” allegations are one of their ways to get ministers they don’t like.

Heaven forfend that someone should throw a tomato.

But with all these petty claims it’s our civil servants who should have egg on their faces.

MEGA-RICH BEZOS IS NO ANGEL

If Jeff Bezos is interested in distributing his fortune, we have a fairly efficient way of doing it - paying your taxes

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If Jeff Bezos is interested in distributing his fortune, we have a fairly efficient way of doing it – paying your taxesCredit: Getty
But he thinks he'll look more like an angel if he gives the money to Dolly Parton to distribute to charitable causes of her choice

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But he thinks he’ll look more like an angel if he gives the money to Dolly Parton to distribute to charitable causes of her choiceCredit: Getty

AMAZON founder Jeff Bezos has said he is planning to give away much of his $124billion (£105billion) fortune to charity.

He just gave $100million (£85million) to Dolly Parton to distribute to charitable causes of her choice.

But I don’t love it when people like Bezos do this.

They spend their lives dodging taxes then, once they’ve got more money than anyone needs, they start to give it away and try to look like angels.

If you are interested in distributing your fortune we already have a fairly efficient way of doing it.

It’s called “Paying your taxes”. It’s an old-fashioned idea. One that Bezos might not have heard of.

In the meantime, spare us the posturing, please.

PAINT THOSE PROBLEMS AWAY

FIFA is one of the most corrupt organisations in the world - don't try to cover the stink with a bit of rainbow-painting

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FIFA is one of the most corrupt organisations in the world – don’t try to cover the stink with a bit of rainbow-paintingCredit: Reuters

THE World Cup in Qatar is going to be many things. But it seems one of them will be a great international competition of virtue-signalling.

The footballing world suddenly seems to be realising that having a World Cup in a boiling-hot fiefdom with few human rights looks bad.

Now the American squad has revealed it is redesigning its crest with rainbow colours, which apparently is a “huge statement” supporting the LGBTQ+ “community”.

This latest incredibly brave act of protest follows a similarly pointless bit of posturing from England captain Harry Kane, who has said he’ll wear a “OneLove” rainbow armband to protest against Qatar’s anti-gay laws.

Give me a break. Fifa is one of the most corrupt organisations in the sporting world.

We all know why the World Cup is there.

Don’t try to cover over that stink of ordure with a sickly bit of rainbow-painting.

DO I WANT TO KNOW?

It's painful to even read about doctors finding a skipping rope that had been inserted into a 79-year-old Japanese man's penis...

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It’s painful to even read about doctors finding a skipping rope that had been inserted into a 79-year-old Japanese man’s penis…Credit: Getty

EVERYBODY who has ever worked in a hospital emergency ward has variations on one story.

The man or woman who comes in sheepishly in the middle of the night trying to explain why they have a carrot/banana/aubergine somewhere it oughtn’t be.

The usual story is of them going for a midnight walk in the garden in their nightgowns when they just happened to slip on the er, banana patch.

Well, it’s not going to wash with a 79-year-old Japanese man who has just been operated on.

Doctors had to remove a 90in skipping rope from his bladder which had been inserted in his penis.

The man went to the docs complaining of some discomfort. I should think so.

But how on earth did he explain it?

Second thoughts, I don’t want to know.

I have a feeling of excruciating-enough pain just reading about the case . . . 

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