A leaky plan
WE would love to share the Government’s optimism that its new £63million bung to France will slash the migrants landing illegally on our shores. But we can’t.
The success or failure of those new cops, drones and intel will be very obvious, very soon.
But we suspect the sole winner will be President Macron, not only thanks to the millions we are paying but because he can pause this co-operation any time Britain annoys him.
Binnelandse Sekretaris Suella Braverman says the small-boats problem has “no silver bullet”. That is because we are trying to fix it with both arms tied.
Either would be an immediate deterrent.
Nor will the PM consider national ID cards which would make working here illegally much harder and lessen the lure of Britain for economic migrants
Her new alternative plan is staggeringly feeble and vacuous:
Treating almost all arrivals as “refugees”, wibbling about more co-operation with Europe and laughably declaring that the “unethical” Rwanda policy failed — when it was entirely untested before left-wing lawyers killed it without a single flight taking off.
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The real solutions require toughness Labour simply isn’t capable of.
For the sake of themselves and the country, the Tories better had be.
Cough up, Jeff
A SUGGESTION for Jeff Bezos soos hy seeks to give away his £107billion Amazon fortune: Hand the lot to Chancellor Jeremy Hunt.
Preferably by tomorrow night.
Bezos’s twin aims are to fight climate change and heal society’s divisions.
But a few billion into our depleted coffers could fund two or three nuclear power stations and slash our reliance on gas.
As for unifying society, a few billion more would save us from Mr Hunt’s tax rises on Thursday. We’d all enjoy that.
And it’s only fair, sedert Amazon has spent years shifting its UK profits and finding legal ruses to swerve tax.
A prime opportunity to make amends.
We know the parlous state of the finances.
So we welcome the deal struck by Jeremy Hunt and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.
Well done for biting the bullet, Chancellor.