We must team up with the French and send our SAS troops to target gangs smuggling migrants to the UK
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I am not in the camp that the French are simply turning a blind eye (or even worse vaguely pleased) at seeing illegal migrants jumping in boats from quiet coves along their 150-mile Channel coastline and heading our way.
It is too easy to say they are waving a fond farewell to people they want off their land as they know all that attitude will do is encourage thousands more to make their way from the Middle East and Africa to France. The camps in Calais of illegals which are broken up on regular occasions are testimony to a problem that is not just British.
However it is clear something dramatic must be done to stop this flow.
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On Thursday 201 illegal migrants (or asylum seekers as their lawyers prefer to call them) arrived at Dover. This took the number from January to 4,000. Most “experts” believe migrant numbers will be double on last year.
I believe Home Secretary Priti Patel and Defence Minister Ben Wallace should sit down with their opposite numbers in France and make a bold suggestion; At our cost we will send as many SAS troops as it will take to capture the leaders of these smuggling gangs.
The French maintain, and I believe them, that currently they have around 150 police officers on the lookout for these smugglers and recognise that it is a losing battle.
Under my plan the clever, tough, disciplined and resourceful SAS would be able to detain the criminals and then hand them over to the authorities.
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Of course the smugglers might fight back. That would be a mistake on their part and in the event there was a loss of life I suspect not a tear would be dropped.
I imagine the lawyer in Starmer would have a view (lots of shouts of human rights) but not even his own party listen to him so he is to be disregarded.
What we have to do is persuade Macron that it’s a good idea. With a presidential election in April of next year it might be in his interests for a couple of dead smugglers are found with gunshot wounds.
It would certainly be in ours.
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