The Government is surely deluding itself in thinking it can outlaw the small boat people. These are first and foremost real people escaping to a land of milk and honey.
We may think our island is overcrowded and underfunded but believe me, it’s a lot better than Afghanistan or Syria.
The government of the UK is just one of many countries attracting migrants of every background, be it persecution or economic woe. To pretend that we can do what we like with these unfortunate fellow human beings is clearly absurd. There is no country that will accept thousands of migrants from the Uk whatever their circumstances or situation. We surely cannot expect to repatriate folk into places like Syria and Afghanistan, where we know for certain, that, a) Their Government will not accept them and b) if they do, then those repatriated, will be mistreated.
Our history as the founder and exploiter of the world where the English language is the lingua franca is coming home to roost. Freedom that we hold so dear, attracts those without it, from barbarous totalitarian regimes. Are we following the tenets of our own beliefs?
This is clearly a difficult ethical issue. We Brits can see the everyday problems of inflation and the failures of our welfare state, but should we turn our backs on those less fortunate than ourselves?
This is an issue that transcends our national interest, or even the Western alliance interest, it is a symptom of the developing human situation. It harks back to the great conflicts of totalitarianism and democracy.
What example will it be then, to see the founding fathers of parliamentary democracy ruling against these unfortunate migrants?
True, there are those of evil persuasions involved in people trafficking, and there are those of younger adventurous spirits, who exploit the opportunities, but nonetheless, there remains an enormous international and ethical problem. These problems will not be solved by unilateral and selfish unworkable laws. They will only be salved by international cooperation.