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The continent’s isolated again.

French port workers staff in Calais have come over all French; they’ve gone on strike, setting up blockades and burning stuff.

The small army of Third World squatters have taken advantage. Eurotunnel train services are suspended because the illegal immigrants have spilled onto the track and ant vehicle which slows down is in danger of being mounted. The Foreign Office advises that “you should keep vehicle doors locked in slow moving traffic and secure your vehicle when it is left unattended.” I advise that drivers should keep something blunt and heavy to hand also. You life and need adequate protection.

Oh, and the PM is in”close touch” with the French authorities and is likely to raise concerns about the scenes in Calais at an EU summit on Thursday. That’s typical nonsense from a PR conman who hasn’t a clue what to do.

Thousand’s of illegal immigrants have turned Calais into Soweto because of the free stuff which Cameron’s government holds out for anyone who can hang onto the axle of a truck long enough. This has nothing to do with the EU, and the solution – as always – lies at home where Parliament has the power to legislate.

This Third World army isn’t staying in France or scrambling to get into Italy. That’s because these countries aren’t stupid enough to pay vast benefits and and give non-emergency medical treatment to people that haven’t paid first. In all EU countries except the UK, welfare is contributory. It’s here on Treasure Island where your mere presence entitles you to mooch off everyone else. That’s not EU law, that’s dumb British law and Cameron can change it but he has no intention of doing so. Anything else is just spin and lies.

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7 thoughts on “CALAIS UNDER SIEGE

  1. Oh, and the PM is in”close touch” with the French authorities and is likely to raise concerns about the scenes in Calais at an EU summit on Thursday. That’s typical nonsense from a PR conman who hasn’t a clue what to do

    Tomorrows headlines.

    Cameron goes all shouty crackers.

    “David Cameron is furious”

    “Fury at number 10”

    “Cameron reacted with fury”

    Or, in plain English, David Cameron, number 10 Drowning street, or anyone in authority, really could not give a shit.

  2. . That’s not EU law, that’s dumb British law and Cameron can change it but he has no intention of doing so. Anything else is just spin and lies.

    What? you mean no immigrants will be affected by those ‘Savage cuts’ 😉

  3. …behind the scenes it’s a bit different:

    I was down in Margate last week visiting relatives, and as we walked around the old part of the town, ‘Environmental Agency’ vans were cruising about with black-clad officials (not police) occasionally climbing out and questioning individuals, some being led back to the van.

  4. // In all EU countries except the UK, welfare is contributory. It’s here on Treasure Island where your mere presence entitles you to mooch off everyone else. That’s not EU law, //

    It’s time someone said that, esp. for the benefit of our American readers.

    BTW, what happened to the rule that you could seek asylum only in the first EU country you landed in, and any subsequent destinations could refuse you.

  5. NY (good to see you back, BTW), in Britain, as far as I understand it, healthcare and other benefits are funded straight by the Treasury, i.e. through taxation, in contrast to other European models of universal mandatory insurance financed through premiums.

    To clarify what I said above. While it’s true that the British and continental models are different, it is of course not true that this is the reason immigrants are trying to enter Britain. They want to cross the Channel because Britain currently has a strong and open economy providing plenty of unskilled jobs and apparently less regulation than its EU counterparts. What would in fact help Pete’s cause would be MORE state regulation regarding job-seekers from abroad etc.

  6. Noel

    Thanks for your reply. Is it the case that with the continental model there are absolutely no benefits unless the person pays premiums? I agree that the UK should tighten up its regulations on foreign job seekers. If you listen to Irish long-haul lorry drivers they will say that in addition unskilled jobs they also come for the benefits – free housing, healthcare, welfare, etc. Perhaps the continental model is better than the UK one in this regard.

    BTW, I haven’t been away, just found less to comment on.

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