While a UKIP candidate got into trouble yesterday for one of it’s supporters referring to the illegal immigrants crossing the Mediterranean as ‘Labour’s floating voters’ and our illustrious Prime Minister tries to look all statesmanlike at an EU summit to tackle the problem, the best advice I heard yesterday was from Tony Abbott – a man not noted for holding back!
Abbott said : “If you want to stop migrants crossing the Mediterranean, don’t let them set foot on land” and I have to admit he has a point.
Australia had similar problem with migrants coming from the north and launched a military style operation to turn the boats back. While Mr Abbott’s controversial policy has proved successful, with the nation going nearly 18 months with virtually no asylum-seeker boat arrivals and no reported deaths at sea, human rights advocates say it violates Australia’s international obligations. He’s not bothered overly about that, and if our politicians had any backbone then they’d feel the same way.
The fact is that despite the deaths at sea, the buggers keep coming. The Aussies turned the boats back and if the EU did the same along the coast of North Africa then these people wouldn’t get far enough to drown in the first place. The traffickers know that all they have to do is cram as many people into a boat as they can and then send out a distress call. The Italian navy comes running, offloads the migrants and carries them to dry land. They don’t give a toss about the people in the boats and they’re getting the EU to help them finish the job.
What a load of mugs we are. We bring them ashore in the EU. We don’t even have the gumption to put them ashore back in Africa.
And as for those human rights advocates? Well, fuck ’em. If they were that concerned about these people’s human rights then they should have helped them out back home and then they’d never be getting into those boats in the first place.