THE variety of unlawful migrants crossing the Channel has already exceeded the document set in 2020 – and it’s solely July.
However why do they arrive? And why are their numbers rising?
Some will inform you that these are determined refugees risking their lives to flee from persecution, poverty and warfare. What — in France?
Others will declare they arrive to benefit from our beneficiant welfare state.
However that doesn’t make sense both. Many of the advantages out there to folks within the UK — like Jobseekers Allowance and Housing Profit — are merely not accessible to the undocumented unlawful immigrant.
It’s true that simply being within the UK entitles you to entry to healthcare, schooling and someplace to stay.
However asylum seekers solely obtain a weekly allowance of £39.63 on a cost card — not money.
A pregnant mom will get an additional £three per week.
You would possibly say this means the UK is a humane nation that tries its finest to deal with everybody with a semblance of human dignity even when they’ve simply jumped off a dinghy on to a Kent seashore — and I’d agree with you.
However £39.63 per week is hardly value drowning for, is it?
The reality is that many unlawful migrants threat their lives to return right here as a result of they know they’re sure to seek out work in our booming black economic system. The underground economic system goes by many names. Undeclared work. The casual sector.
The hidden, gray, shadow and underground economic system. And it’s large.
In response to the London College of Economics, over two million folks earn their dwelling on this parallel working world — an unlimited untaxed, unregulated job market the place they’re all the time hiring.
These tens of millions of shadow employees pay no tax and Nationwide Insurance coverage. They’re paid money.
They don’t have any rights or recourse to the legal guidelines that shield the remainder of us. They don’t have any contracts, no advantages.
They’re builders, cleaners, decorators, mechanics, gardeners, nannies, hairdressers and handymen. They work in sweat retailers and on constructing websites, in therapeutic massage parlours and storage forecourts, driving taxis and delivering takeaways.
They’re a military of 21st century slaves, ripe for each type of exploitation.
The shadow economic system includes roughly 12 per cent of GDP — the overall worth of our nationwide wealth — value wherever between an estimated £75billion and £222billion a 12 months.
Sure, there are different sturdy attracts that preserve the motorised ribs (inflexible inflatable boats) coming to the UK — the English language, world-class healthcare that’s free at level of use and the statistically slim probability of deportation.
TIDE OF HUMANITY
The House Workplace experiences that in 2019 there have been simply 7,360 enforced returns, the bottom quantity since information started.
However the biggest magnet of all for these ribs bobbing on the briny is Blighty’s booming shadow economic system.
Get right here and you’re going to get work.
As British holidaymakers and marriage ceremony events are being turfed out of inns in Kent to make approach for the newest arrivals from the English Channel, the Authorities has simply desperately chucked £54 million at France, begging the French to spice up the gendarmes who stroll alongside the seashores between Dieppe and Boulogne.
It won’t even decelerate the tide of humanity decided to return to the UK to seek out work.
And so long as the shadow economic system retains booming, unlawful migrants will preserve coming, irrespective of what number of tens of millions we give to France.
Brexit was meant to provide us management of our borders.
How’s that figuring out?
CABARET is on the West Finish stage this autumn with Eddie Redmayne within the position of the leering host of the Equipment Kat Membership — an Oscar-winning flip by Joel Gray within the basic Liza Minnelli movie.
Analyzing my tickets, I see I can be required to provide proof of my Covid-19 standing on the NHS app earlier than being allowed in.
That is what the brand new regular goes to appear to be.
However it is going to be value it to listen to Eddie Redmayne croon: “Willkommen, bienvenu — welcome.”
Satisfaction as Stones preserve Rolling
THE drummer simply turned 80 and the lead guitarist simply survived lung most cancers.
The singer had surgical procedure of a coronary heart valve in 2019. The rhythm guitarist had mind surgical procedure after falling out of a coconut tree in Fiji and touchdown on his head.
And the Rolling Stones return on the street in September. And there’s why the Stones are the best rock and roll band of all time – stamina. The dates are all in America, however it is a resumption of the identical No Filter tour that stormed by Europe in 2019.
I noticed all three of the London dates and each one among them was a superb evening out that I’ll recall to my dying day.
In a world the place a lot has been misplaced over the past 16 months, understanding that the Stones are taking part in stay once more is nice information for humanity.
Prince or not, Harry?
“I’M scripting this not because the prince I used to be born however as the person I’ve change into,” Prince Harry says of his forthcoming autobiography.
The jarring be aware is that apparently no person – not the publishers, not Harry, not his missus – noticed the laughable irony in Harry signing his pompously humble assertion, “Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex.”
He actually can’t carry on having it each methods.
If he needs out of the Royal Household, then cease clinging to all of the baubles and bangles of hereditary privilege.
Harry can cease calling himself Prince Harry any time he needs.
He can cease calling himself the Duke of Sussex any time he chooses.
If he’s so eager to ditch all of the vestiges of royal life, and if he’s so desperate to be only a man like some other man, then why oh why is he so pathetically eager to carry on to his treasured royal titles?
Dom’s barmy coup
THE most outstanding revelation in Dominic Cummings’ newest outpouring of seething, bitter bile is that the previous Quantity 10 aide severely contemplated eradicating Boris Johnson from workplace shortly after he had gained an 80-seat majority within the normal election of December 2019.
“Earlier than even mid-January we had been having conferences in Quantity 10 saying, ‘It’s clear Carrie needs rid of all of us’,” Cummings haughtily experiences.
“We had been already saying by the summer time we’ll all have gone from right here or we’ll be within the strategy of attempting to eliminate him and get another person in as Prime Minister.”
That sounds just like the type of factor the British simply don’t do – a coup.
It additionally sounds completely deranged. Cummings was going to depose a Prime Minister simply after the folks had given him a landslide victory in a normal election?
You and whose military?
Tokyo dwelling truths
WHATEVER sporting heroics come to move, and nonetheless we costume it up, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are going down in a rustic that’s in the midst of a well being emergency.
And these video games will do completely nothing however make the state of affairs for Japan infinitely worse.
These may have been one of many nice Olympics in probably the most thrilling metropolis on the planet.
When the Olympics had been awarded to Tokyo, Japan was simply two years previous the nationwide trauma of Fukushima – the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe that left greater than 15,000 lifeless.
Tokyo 2020 was meant to be a part of the therapeutic course of – a rebuilt nation rising from mourning, trauma and catastrophe.
The pandemic put paid to all that.
And a nation that needed to welcome the world is now overwhelmingly in opposition to these Olympics going down this 12 months.
Who can blame them?
Japanese docs and nurses will inevitably be diverted from their duties to take care of contaminated overseas athletes and their hangers-on.
There can be no spectators however there’ll nonetheless be 11,000 overseas athletes and greater than 40,000 coaches, media and help workers.
The world is flying to Tokyo.
The respectable factor would have been for the world to remain dwelling.
Metropolis of lions
THE unhappy information for Spurs followers is that Harry Kane seems to be more likely to go away his beloved boyhood membership for Manchester Metropolis.
The excellent news for England followers is that Kane’s transfer north would reunite him with lots of the younger lions who tore up the Euros for England – Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker and John Stones. There’s even discuss that Jack Grealish could go away Aston Villa for Pep Guardiola’s Metropolis.
That may be half of England taking part in for Manchester Metropolis.
These 55 years of harm could quickly be over.
Billy’s Ray of sunshine
“I DON’T know what @billyraycyrus is gonna be extra p***ed about!” chortles his spirited daughter Miley Cyrus, tongue lolling, as she clambers throughout her dad’s automobile.
“Me making a shirt that claims ‘I really like Dick’ or crawling throughout his truck in my Gucci heels!’
As a father, let me hazard a guess.
A scratch on dad’s bonnet might be the least of Billy Ray’s issues proper now.
Cinders won’t be going to the ball
OUR self-harming take a look at and hint system is paralysing this nation greater than the precise pandemic.
The pingdemic closed Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Cinderella earlier than it even had an opportunity to open. The present will return – there’s a revised opening date of August 18.
However for now, Cinders won’t be going to the ball in any case . . . and neither will anybody else.