The real prob­lem is hu­man greed

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

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.

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