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Migrants in, working families out, fat cats purr

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IN last weekend’s Sunday Telegraph we learned that Robert Jenrick, the immigration minister, has a ten-point plan to ‘tackle the migrant crisis’. Jenrick has woken up to the fact that using four- and five-star hotels at a daily cost to the taxpayer of £5.6million is unacceptable. Use must be made of less luxurious accommodation such as empty student halls of residence, disused holiday camps and even old cruise ships. That’s likely to go down well with our over-entitled, uninvited guests.

Jenrick is understood to have called the bosses of the private accommodation contractors to ‘read the Riot Act to them’ over their use of luxury hotels including former stately homes instead of cheaper rentals. He is also to set up a cross-government task force to ensure the accommodations are run ‘effectively’ (by what criteria? Hasn’t the Government already set the terms for these lucrative contracts?) and to speed up the transfer of migrants out of them. That of course depends on the rate at which asylum applications can be processed. Currently just 4 per cent of applications from Channel boat people are processed within a year, according to a report in the Daily Mirror. Of these, 85 per cent were granted refugee or another protection status.

What happens to the other 15 per cent? We know that one of the obstacles to the removal of illegal aliens from our country is the European Convention on Human Rights and the army of lawyers who know how to exploit it. Our success rate in the deporting of illegal migrants is abysmal. In 2021 of the 14,572 asylum applicants processed only 11 were deported. You can see the data for 2021 here.

Jenrick could always ask his friend Ben Wallace at the MoD to task the Royal Marines with meeting the dinghies in the Channel and turning them back; those who slip through and make it to a beach could have a reception committee from the Parachute Regiment waiting for them. That’s what any sane government of patriots would have done.

Over the last two years the number of illegal migrants crossing the Channel has grown dramatically. We know from whom they get help and encouragement. The involvement of George Soros and his Open Society Foundation is well known, as TCW said five years ago. It’s also well known that the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change is involved with Soros’s foundation, but what is not so well known is that he and Soros met at the New York Plaza Hotel in 1996 before Blair became Prime Minister. Did Soros have an influence on UK immigration policy in the years 1997-2010 when the dramatic change in the demography of Britain really got under way?

Now step forward the ghost of Peter Sutherland, the Irishman with a Scottish surname. Sutherland, who died in January 2018, was UN Special Representative for International Migration until 2017 and was responsible for the creation of the Global Forum on Migration and Development. Sutherland had also been Ireland’s Attorney General, an EU Commissioner, founding director of the World Trade Organisation and chairman of both BP and Goldman Sachs International. Quite a career. What’s not in the fawning Daily Telegraph obituary are his views on the desirability of breaking down the homogeneity of nation states (i.e. ending them) which are there for all to see at the bottom of his Wikipedia page.

Soros and Sutherland certainly knew each other. Both being denizens of Davos they possibly co-operated and co-ordinated their work. Did Sutherland influence Prime Ministers Blair and Brown as Soros did? That has to remain in the realm of speculation for now. One thing we do know is that no ‘conservative’ Prime Minister since Brown left office has done anything to reverse any of the disastrous policies of New Labour.

The migrant crisis had been building for years and it was in 2015 that the dam burst when Angela Merkel threw open the doors of Germany. The UN, never slow to spot an opportunity, got to work on a Sutherland-inspired Global Compact for Migration just in case some countries became too hot, dry, wet or submerged for their populations to endure. Not all countries signed it in December 2018: the US, Australia, Hungary and Israel were among those which didn’t. Regrettably, on the watch of Theresa May, the United Kingdom did.

At the beginning of January 2019 the UK government awarded contracts to Serco, Mears and Clearsprings Ready Homes  for asylum accommodation and support services. The contracts were set up to commence in September of 2019, just before we were all oppressed by the Covid over-reaction. While we were all locked down in 2020 the cross-Channel dinghy-ferry got going and the first arrivals were lodged in hotels block-booked, in effect requisitioned, by Serco. Only citizen journalists and Nigel Farage exposed what was going on as Home Secretary Priti Patel faffed about saying the right words but failing to get anything done.

Nobody with their eyes open can miss what has been happening. Budget hotels (Travelodges and Premier Inns) have appeared in towns that had no need of them and huge development has been happening on their edges and in rural villages. In the area where I live you can see it in Winchester, Newbury, Didcot (shorn of its iconic coal-fired power station) and Wantage, and in such Oxfordshire villages as Stanford in the Vale and East Challow. All this at a time when the birth rate is below replacement levels and people under 40 struggle to buy their first homes while politicians claim we aren’t building enough houses. In Newbury the sites of the old bus station and a public car park have been redeveloped. Both are adjacent to the district council offices and the railway station (Paddington 50 minutes). They are now covered in apartment blocks with retail spaces at ground level – all for rent, not for sale. For people who will own nothing and be happy.

In recent weeks the mainstream media has been paying some attention to migrants in hotels just as the strategy for getting them out of there is coming to light. The accommodation contractors have been advertising to attract private landlords. Here is Serco’s offer to them. The attractions include a long-term lease (5+ years), guaranteed rent, maintenance taken care of, utilities and council tax bills paid, no fees and the property inspected regularly. If you’re a private landlord, what’s not to like? Mears and Clearsprings are at it too.  

There are long waiting lists for council houses and many people rely on the private rented sector. Short-term lets are important for those who have aspirations to change careers, move locations or just be in a position to move fast when an opportunity arises.

Consider the position of a working couple with young children in the North West, Midlands or East of England. They live in a private rented house. Their landlord sees the Serco offer and decides he’d like to get rid of overheads and have a guaranteed income for several years. After calculating what it would be worth to him to rent his property to Serco he gives them notice that he regrets that their rent must rise at the next contract renewal date. Can they pay it? If not, they’re looking for another home. 

Alternatively the landlord may say that he needs them to leave so he can carry out repairs or improvements. Whether he does the work or not, the property doesn’t come back on to the rental market because Serco now has the lease. The couple find that due to the activities of Serco, Mears and Clearsprings prices right across the private rental market have gone up; landlords have seen what is available to them and acted accordingly. There is now a reduction in supply (except for migrants) generating another upward push to rents. The couple eventually find a home but rent takes a larger slice of their joint income. They can no longer save even if they could in the first place. They will be renters, not owners, all their lives. This is how it is being done.

For those who like to say ‘follow the money’ here’s a trail. That working couple have paid their taxes which disappeared into the maw of the Treasury. The government used the tax revenue to pay Serco, Mears and Clearsprings to provide good, well-maintained homes for migrants so they can get out them of the hotels. The companies’ turnover grows, profits increase and the directors award themselves salary increases, dividends, share options and bonuses (Serco is a FTSE 250 company). It’s good business. Meanwhile Britons who are struggling at the lower end of the income scale find the availability of good housing reduced and its cost increased. They find themselves at an even bigger disadvantage and struggling in what they thought was their own homeland. This is how it is being done.

Good business? It is revolting, immoral and treacherous. Who are the people profiting from this money go round? If you pop on to the websites of Serco and Mears with a few clicks you’ll find the proud directors who are seeing to it that Peter Sutherland’s credo extends beyond the grave. Spoiler alert: One of them is a grandson of Winston Churchill. They are aiding and abetting the destruction of our nation and making themselves very rich at taxpayers’ expense in the process. Clearsprings directors are more coy about it.

I broke off from writing this last Sunday to watch proceedings at the Cenotaph and pay my private respects to our war dead. The overwhelming majority of the veterans marching past were from the post-war generations. There are precious few of the ‘greatest generation’ who fought in the Second World War still alive.

‘For our tomorrow they gave their today’. 

I wonder what they would think if they could see what is being done now in the country for which they fought so valiantly.

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Iain Hunter
Iain Hunter
Iain Murray Hunter is a former RAF officer/fighter pilot and retired airline pilot.

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