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Karen Harradine: Should have gone to Specsavers – politicians blinded by Calais


I first noticed the kind and humane nature of the British when I immigrated here in the late 1990s. I broke the washing line in the garden the first time I used it and watched my newly clean clothes tumble onto the muddy grass. My neighbour heard my screech of dismay. She arranged for the line to be fixed and washed, ironed and folded my clothes. All with a smile on her face. It was the first time I met her and I was overwhelmed by her goodness towards a stranger. But sometimes this wonderful British trait of doing good deeds can be marred by irrationality.

This was evident as busloads of migrants, from the Calais jungle, arrived in London last week. I expected to see spindly children, not hulking middle-aged men in need of a shave. I was also shocked that there were so few women. The very fact that one of these ‘children’ was mistaken for an adult interpreter shows that these are not children at all. Those who spend hours on social media defending this debacle should be ashamed of themselves. Do they not understand that these men have taken the place of actual children who desperately need our help? Why are these liars being defended after they pushed vulnerable lone children to the back of the queue?

I thought Home Secretary Amber Rudd would have more sense than her counterparts in Europe, where migrant age has become a political sore point. But she, like most MPs, has turned into a virtue-signalling wimp. Our Government is really taking advantage of the British sense of fair play by expecting us to believe that these adults are tiny refugee children.

Despite the excuses being bandied around that these migrants are battle hardened and therefore look older than other children, I doubt that many of these men are genuine refugees. Most are fully grown male economic migrants taking advantage of a generous policy designed to help vulnerable children. Their selfish behaviour, and those who defend them, is despicable. Whoever makes excuses for these men masquerading as children are complicit in the continuing suffering of real child refugees.

The policy of rescuing those in Calais who have family ties in the UK is evidently open to abuse and corruption. Children fleeing war ravaged countries are incredibly helpless and need our protection, even if they have no family ties in the UK. Beyond the furore around checking the teeth of migrants is the obvious lack of intelligence among our immigration officers when it comes to determining who is a child. Perhaps they should make use of obvious signs like who is still wearing nappies and who needs shaving kits. Maybe they too are swept up in the virtue-signalling haze of infuriating left-wing charities like Save the Children, who seem to wield an unhealthy influence over this whole fiasco. Maybe their name should be Save the Adult. Politicians, like Nicky Morgan, who are defending this travesty, should get real and help those who truly need it.  Our Government must stop kowtowing to political correctiveness and stupidity.

This child migrant fiasco is symptomatic of a bigger problem. The UK national debt is growing rapidly so surely it is common sense to live within our means and be circumspect about who crosses our borders. Our cost of living reflects the fact that we are the fifth largest economy in the world but the reality on the ground is completely different for those who are not part of the uber wealthy elite. Which is most of us. Tolerance is a virtue the UK can increasingly no longer afford.

Politicians like Ken Clarke, given his recent Question Time performance, should realise that they are not virtue-signalling Twitterati but are public servants who should be helping the most needy in our society who are already here, regardless of whether they are illegals, migrants, asylum seekers, refugees or British born. They have forgotten what life is really like for the majority of citizens who are struggling from the effects of unprecedented immigration and are told they are racist if they object.

Politicians and celebrities have no idea what it is like to call a local doctor’s surgery, only to be kept on hold for twenty minutes as an ill child screams in pain. They have no concept of how hard it is to have uncontrolled immigration depress wages to such an extent that a person is forced to take two jobs just to be able to afford to pay rent on a run-down flat. Perhaps our elite should take a walk around town centres late at night and see how many ex-servicemen are sleeping rough in the streets. They have forgotten what it is like to live in the real world where many of their fellow citizens, not on benefits but working, are struggling to afford both food and heating.

Vulnerable refugee children and struggling citizens must be the Government’s first priority for assistance rather than bringing economic migrants into the country. No-one likes to see suffering children and most of us would have been happy to see them being rescued from the Calais jungle and brought to our shores. I am also certain that if our Government had been honest and said that these migrants are not children but have family ties in the UK, it would have been acceptable.  But to be lied to like this is an outrage. It adds to the perception that all parties across the political spectrum are abandoning the needs of their own citizens in favour of economic migrants.

Those who speak out against uncontrolled immigration have been labelled racist and xenophobic so many times that the words have lost all meaning. For too long now the British have been told by their own politicians, media, charities and celebrities that they are nothing but ignorant racists with a shameful history. It is time the British stood up for themselves and said: ‘No more’.

(Image: Paladin Justice)

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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