The biggest issue facing Boris is not Partygate, not even gas prices (he can hardly be blamed for global demand pushing up the cost) but the continued influx of Channel migrants.
Last Thursday around 160 arrived on our shores. That was more than the whole of January last year. And last year an incredible 28,000 made their way across the 22-mile stretch of water, three times the number of the previous year.
This is bloody serious.
We need action. Clearly Priti has been putting forward various suggestions in her time as Home Secretary and either they haven’t worked or been blocked by the liberals within No.10.
The benefit of Partygate is that Boris is now fighting for his political life and has recognised that he will only survive if he can solve the problem.
So he let it be known to the Sunday Times that he is taking ownership of the issue and will bring in the military. Already, less than 24 hours after the briefing, the game is falling apart.
Now No.10 are saying that the Royal Navy will not be pushing back the dinghies. That’s a shame. What will they be doing?
Very little by the sound of it. Once again the government are hoping to outsource UK asylum claims to either Ghana or Rwanda.
I’m very much in favour of these ideas but they have been around for a long time and they have never moved forward. I am also concerned at how we are supposed to put migrants on the planes - and keep them there - when they don’t wish to go. These are in the main powerful young men. We would literally have to chain them to their seats. I would be in favour of that but suspect the bed wetters in Parliament might have another view.
I do accept that if Boris does come up with an answer he would be 10% ahead in the polls rather than 10% behind.
The converse of that is if he doesn’t have an answer he will definitely be pushed out.
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