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Braverman is right: Boat people are not ‘refugees’

Dear Editor

Home Secretary Suella Braverman correctly said ‘Do not treat Channel boat migrants as refugees’. More than 110,000 have landed on our shores since 2018. She also warned that unrestricted immigration poses an ‘existential challenge’ for the West and could lead to our way of life being erased. They are not refugees but economic migrants who have travelled through numerous safe havens in Europe where they should have claimed asylum. The Channel boats contain 90 per cent fit young men who paid large sums of money to traffickers, with a few women and children to get the sympathy vote. Migrants know that it is highly unlikely they will be deported since migrant charities and migrant lawyers keep the appeals process going and going and going. These Channel Chancers are after the UK’s NHS, welfare benefits and free housing. There is a quick solution. All pro-migrant charities should lose their charitable status. Why should our taxes be given to those charities who want to allow migrants to flood our NHS, welfare and housing? Migrant-chasing lawyers should be paid legal aid fees only once and this would stop them making numerous unwarranted appeals and thus halt rightful deportation.

Clark Cross



What about Mark Steyn?

Dear Editor

Why the uproar now at GB News, but total silence over the removal of Mark Steyn? His exit was exactly the time the channel became unwatchable. 

Hugh Marland



Let’s break the remaining EU shackles

Dear Editor

Sir Keir Starmer’s recent pronouncements seem to miss some basic facts about our relationship with the EU.

The EU fears that the UK might become more competitive by diverging from their stifling regulations, so they have tried many times to bully us into not diverging. But Starmer wants to keep the bully happy by declining to take back control, despite the Brexit vote.

Succumbing to bullies never ends well and we can only hope that he never gets close to the levers of power. He might reflect on Gordon Brown’s conclusion in 2005, that EU regulations cost us 7 per cent of GDP. To recap:

Had our exports to the single market been rising, then it could have been argued that membership of the single market was good for UK employment. 

But our exports to the SM have been falling for many years while EU GDP as a percentage of world GDP has continued downwards since the 1980s.

Indeed, since Brexit our exports to the single market have fared slightly better than exports to the rest of the world. So what did we get for the net direct payment of £9billion pa to the EU when our market share of the internal market fell consistently?

Scaremongers claimed that exports by our services industry would be decimated by now. But the opposite is true: it has been a success story, and will only become more so.

The UK has already saved well over £100billion by not being a member of the European Union. That represents the degree we would have been on the hook for what the Commission proudly calls ‘the largest stimulus package ever’. That excludes any contingent liability for the risk of bankruptcy of other EU member states.

Also the UK has not had to adopt the hundreds of regulations imposed on EU countries since Brexit. Further substantial savings will accrue as remaining legacy EU regulations are eventually dumped. Tearing up EU regulations to facilitate the building of 140,000 new homes is the most recent benefit of Brexit.

The EU’s native population has been in decline for many years and now more than 90 per cent of the world’s population live outside the EU, growing in numbers and in GDP per capita. That is where the future lies, so let’s continue to grasp it with both hands.

Attempts at protectionism using regulations and customs barriers  will not stop the EU Titanic from sinking. So let’s burst the remaining shackles and become a great global trading nation once again.

Why would anyone want to join the sinking eurozone under the control of unelected rulers, who have total contempt for democracy?

Roger Arthur


Our minuscule CO2 contribution

Dear Editor

May I point out to that UK emission of  CO2 is nowhere near 1 per cent of global emissions as is often stated.

Ninety-six per cent of CO2 emissions come from natural sources (IPCC) while 4 per cent is from human activity. The UK contribution is 1 per cent of that 4 per cent, not 1 per cent of global emissions.

One per cent of 4 per cent is 4 parts in 10,000 or 0.04 per cent, a tiny amount which would be wiped out by the new Chinese coal-fired power stations in very short order.

I don’t recall any politicians mentioning that!

Alwyn Davies

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