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The left’s project to abolish borders

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POLITICIANS and bureaucrats in the West appear to have two great aims: one is to live well at someone else’s expense, the other to change the countries they run beyond recognition – and send the taxpayer the bill for that as well. Often they are intent on messing up not only their own countries but others too.

Take Olaf Scholz, the left-wing Chancellor of Germany, who has decided to fund the charities, or non-governmental organisations (NGOs), who facilitate migrant crossings in the Mediterranean. Last week Giorgia Meloni, the Italian prime minister, wrote to Scholz to say she was ‘astonished’ that he had ‘decided to support with substantial funds non-governmental organisations engaged in the reception of irregular migrants on Italian territory and in rescues in the Mediterranean Sea’

Berlin replied that it was ‘implementing a parliamentary financial support programme for both civilian sea rescue and projects on land’. As we know, the Germans like to get organised; sometimes they get a bit too organised.

The German government claim they are carrying out their moral duty, but you would have to be very naïve indeed not to realise that there is a huge network of activists, charities, lawyers and politicians seeking to normalise illegal immigration and in effect abolish national borders. The German project will abet this mission. Their action also raises a question: we are endlessly browbeaten with the pan-European dogma of mutual co-operation yet here are Scholz and his cabinet going behind their next neighbour’s back to add to a huge problem for the Italians – so much for European Union togetherness.

The Berlin project is in line with the huge drive of the globalising left to render nation states powerless to control their own borders. Ms Meloni has pointed this out in plain language. NGOs are front-line workers in this attack on Europe. Financing them are big hitters such as the EU and George Soros. That is why I had to laugh sardonically when Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, recently visited Lampedusa, the Italian island where recent immigrants outnumber the residents, with Ms Meloni and pledged to help. What help could this be, I wondered. It became clear that von der Leyen’s idea of ‘help’ was restating the usual blather about ‘international duty’ and the creation of ‘humanitarian corridors’. In other words not stopping illegal immigration at all, merely streamlining it and making it safer all round for those who do it (this will dovetail very neatly with a ruling by the European Court of Justice last week that declared the rejection of migrants at internal EU borders to be unlawful.  For her part Ms Meloni very sensibly advocates blockading the Mediterranean with the navies of Europe as the only way of stopping the problem. She also points out that the EU’s approach of absorbing illegal immigration and imposing quotas on its members perpetuates the problem – a perpetuation very much desired by the internationalist Left. All  attempts to halt large-scale illegal immigration using the EU method of containment and management have failed. Australia stopped it with radical measures that rendered any illegal attempt to cross into the country by boat virtually fruitless

Of course, there are many tragedies caused by the people-traffickers, tragedies seized on by the mainstream – read left-leaning – media to push the idea that mass illegal immigration needs to be normalised and/or legalised. That is the only ‘narrative’ they want. Obvious and commonsense solutions which would save lives with immediate effect are demonised as ‘hard right’ or ‘far right’. Many commentators would invoke European Court of Human Rights legislation, a great hog-tying force in dealing with the problem.

The left’s approach to ‘the migrant crisis’ is analogous to their approach to drugs: they want to legalise and normalise it and hide this aim behind rhetoric about bringing the profiteers of the industry to book – in the case of boat people, that would be the people traffickers. The traffickers’ role would be, and it appears often is, supplanted by NGOs, now, as we have seen, on the payroll of at least one major European country, if not all European Union members by dint of their funding of the EU. NGOs have previously been accused of aiding people-trafficking. 

In the British political class there is no will to solve the problem of Channel boats. The Tories, elected on all sorts of empty pledges and promises about immigration, have let the problem get worse and now tens of thousands of people arrive illegally in boats each year. About 400 hotels are filled with the arrivals at a cost to the taxpayer of £8million a day. 

It would be refreshing if that utterly deceitful party admitted their role, under David Cameron’s leadership, in toppling Colonel Gaddafi of Libya by joining the Nato push to bring him down. The brutal terror-backing colonel was an acknowledged padlock on African immigration into Europe. Agreements with Gaddafi to contain illegal immigration were seen by the internationalist left as hypocritical, never mind standing in the way of their dream of changing the demographic of Europe for ever. After Gaddafi was killed the country was plunged into an intractable civil war and the Med ‘migration crisis’ began in earnest.

Now that it is party conference season, Home Secretary Suella Braverman talks hard-line about leaving the European Convention on Human Rights in the hopes that the right of her party gather her up for a tilt at leadership in the likely chaos to come around the general election next year. I don’t hold out much hope. Braverman, Sunak and the rest of the cabinet have known full well all along that the only way of stopping the boats is to leave the ECHR, but they wait until now to moot that they may play a trump card

For their part Labour, who are devoted to mass immigration by any means, mirror the double-talk of the EU: leader Sir Keir Starmer wants to stop the people-trafficking gangs – but evidently not the people they traffic. From him you will get no measures such as naval blockades or turning boats round. He recently told the Times he wants to scrap the Rwanda plan and use the money to fund a National Crime Agency initiative. He also appears to fancy being in on von der Leyen’s migrant redistribution plans, ‘Starmer plots deal to take EU migrants’ a wheeze which would give Brussels the delight of humiliating Britain. Above all, the Labour policy will boil down to, as Starmer himself has said, as has Stephen Kinnock, his shadow minister for immigration, ‘the funding of more caseworkers to clear the backlog of asylum claims’; in other words more of the same civil servants who are already a huge part of the problem, and a swelling of the ranks of the Public and Commercial Services Union. Just like Scholz in Berlin, they plan to keep on damaging the country – and send you the bill. 

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Robert James
Robert James
Robert James is a national newspaper journalist.

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