Boris Johnson's government may be sunk by record numbers of migrants crossing Channel
Migrant dinghies may sink the Tories
TAKING back control of our borders must be the Government’s top priority.
Boris Johnson cannot claim to have got Brexit done properly while illegal migrants flout our asylum system.
The record numbers crossing the Channel in dodgy dinghies will do more damage to the Tories than sleaze.
So we welcome the Prime Minister’s appointment of a minister to bang heads together across Whitehall.
But why has this taken so long?
Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced a string of no-nonsense initiatives.
But there are still 55,000 asylum seekers waiting for more than three years for a decision.
That is double the number in 2015.
And the almost 25,000 who have arrived on our shores this year, aided and abetted by evil traffickers, is the equivalent of a small town.
Why are we still powerless to deport those who should not be here?
We seem unable to deter others from making the treacherous journey.
While there are no easy solutions, it is clear the French must raise their game.
But far too often the statements emanating from the Home Office are empty.
Tough detention centres based in countries like Albania might make migrants think twice.
And more must be done to eradicate the powerful magnet of the underground economy.
Voters’ patience is fast running out.
The Government must turn the tide on this tsunami of human misery before it overwhelms them.
Time to get real, PM
FEW politicians are better at making high-minded speeches and throwing out big ideas than Boris Johnson.
But too often the PM has overpromised, leaving voters feeling short changed — like the pared down HS2 scheme.
We need fewer fanciful schemes such as his proposed tunnel between Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Instead he needs to bang the drum on traditional Tory issues such as law and order, and tax cuts.
Levelling up must become a concrete reality for ordinary people.
It is detailed policies which will win the next election.
Not pie-in-the-sky schemes.
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