When illegal immigration policies are half-hearted, vulnerable people die

Deadly folly

WHEN illegal immigration policies are half-hearted, traffickers thrive and the most vulnerable people die.

We have seen it in the Channel, with a Tory clampdown thwarted by lazy French cops, our crazy Human Rights Act and left-wing “open ­borders” campaigners.

When illegal immigration policies are half-hearted, traffickers thrive and the most vulnerable people die

When illegal immigration policies are half-hearted, traffickers thrive and the most vulnerable people dieCredit: AP

The result is tens of thousands of migrants a year chancing the crossing in small boats — and dozens drowning.

Now, in the US, 50 have been left to die in the hellish heat of a lorry trailer sneaking them into Texas from Mexico.

President Joe Biden will not strictly control his southern border.

His Democrats believe doing so is cruel.

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Crueller still to leave migrants at the mercy of despicable criminals, encouraged by lax borders to try their luck.

Smash their business model instead.

Scots’ woe

WE pity Scots the 16 months of toxic and divisive rancour Nicola Sturgeon has unleashed on them by “announcing a date” for her next independence vote.

It’s the last thing they need.

Nicola Sturgeon has announced a date for her next independence vote

Nicola Sturgeon has announced a date for her next independence voteCredit: Alamy

Most are just trying to make ends meet.

Sturgeon is running out of road and desperate to appease SNP hardliners.

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But it does affect the rest of the UK.

If her vote is outlawed by the Supreme Court, she will treat victory at the next election as the mandate she needs.

Now imagine a hung Parliament in 2024, with Keir Starmer needing SNP help to govern.

An SNP, with its abysmal record in Scotland and hell-bent on ending the union, pulling Starmer’s strings.

And you think the Tories look shambolic.

Clueless Keir

TALKING of Starmer, we knew he had no policies. We didn’t expect him to admit it.

Yesterday he formally binned Labour’s 2019 manifesto.

Sir Keir Starmer formally binned Labour's 2019 manifesto

Sir Keir Starmer formally binned Labour’s 2019 manifestoCredit: PA

Fair enough. It was rubbish. What replaces it? He doesn’t know.
It’s a “clean slate”.

Starmer is a shifty, rootless lightweight ­buffeted by the political wind.

He will fill his next manifesto with whatever is fashionable that week.

He told Leavers he respected their Brexit vote, then fought to overturn it.

He said Corbyn would make a fine PM then disowned him.

He persuaded Labour’s Left he would be even more radical as leader.

He never meant a word.

What a dismal alternative as PM

Police farce

RUDDERLESS and now in special measures, London’s Met Police is in dire straits.

The Left will of course blame underfunding.

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The Met Police has been placed under special measuresCredit: Reuters

That cannot explain the abhorrent scandals, two appalling chiefs in succession and the surrender to criminals and to woke Twitter lunacy.

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Both contenders to take over are Met insiders.

Is either really the radical reformer this broken force is crying out for?