The real problem is human greed
Whichever side of the political fence you sit on, when it comes to migrants landing on Kent’s beaches, the situation is a tragic one. There is the desperation of migrants to take such risky measures. The horrendous scenes of crowded little boats and crying children trying to reach Europe is now replicating itself in Kent.
And for the migrant-sceptics, this is an apocalyptic proposition that spells the end of British sovereignty and border security.
But rewind a few centuries and remember that Britain is a nation built on immigration and invasion.
People landing on our shores now are, in a great number of cases, simply escaping a poorer quality of life.
While benefits in the UK are more attractive and we are perhaps more tolerant of other nationalities moving to the country, that should not be a point of weakness.
The real problem here is simple human greed.
Although the full circumstances of the incident off Dymchurch on Saturday night have yet to be revealed, many similar cases are born out of the desire to bang a quick buck, with no regard for people’s safety.
Human traffickers, wherever they operate, should be subject to strict punishments to put an end to this abhorrent practice.