Julian Bray writes: Eurotunnel:It seems that the French Government together with the Mayor of Calais is blaming the British Government for the situation in Calais. The reality according to reports is that French resources will not extend to actually arresting and charging any of the 5,000 migrants, as clearly this process will effectively put the accused inside the French judicial system, and this in turn would establish a paper trail and document the start of some kind of citizenship or asylum process ON FRENCH SOIL.
From the migrants point of view, the land of milk and honey and easy benefits is the other side of what we call the English Channel, in the UK. The myth is fuelled by internet images and 'friends' who have already established a base 'in England' Another form of promotion is by word of mouth and many 'commission agents' of the people smugglers.
Countless thousands of emails are constantly being sent out and for every positive contact resulting in a fee being handed over, a commission is paid. It is a parallel to the outlawed gangmaster system. This is very big international operation, with high cash yields./
There is also a huge trade in empty container transits, the trick is to get the empty return container, past the static port inspections and only then load up your human cargo once the external door seals are in place and the container cleared for boarding.. minimal re-engineering is enough to get past the port checks, and a few weak spot welds or rip panels holding break out container sections in place. NOT EVERY CONTAINER IS CHECKED, ONLY ABOUT ONE IN FIFTEEN and as the hapless migrants have already parted with their cash, the risk for the real villains is minimal. The cash is cleaned up either by buying expensive property or vehicles or used as funding for the drug trade. So not only is the process virtually self financing but actively encouraged by the Europeans willing to facilitate the migrants rapid passage out of their country and eventually to France and the edge of mainland Europe.
So what are we doing? Well £19 million of funding and all the old NATO style perimeter fencing from a summit meeting has been transported and is being re-erected at the UK's expense on French soil, but this will not be completed until later in the year. All useless of course as it needs a viable security service to seize and arrest trespassers. It is also not helped by our own Prime Minister announcing the reduction in serving troops and the shrinking of the military, penny pinching on police budgets and generally pleading poverty...
Ideally the Dover / Calais route for HGVs should be closed down to all freight HGV traffic made sealed container units only and most of our freight diverted to all sealed industrial container mass handing ports. It is only politics preventing this happening. Our container ports could easily handle all the HGV Container traffic currently clogging up Kent.... £1.5 million a day it is costing the Kentish Economy and as for the number of spoiled freight loads no one is talking. But it is massive.
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