Compared to the number coming in legally from Africa and Asia the boats are a small minority. All we’ve done with this immense cost of closing our borders is make it incredibly expensive and problematic for trade and travel, full of red tape, border checks, delays and extra costs and depriving us of a cheap workforce from Eastern Europe. Lose lose lose lose.
Now we see the Tories making this thing about he boats a crisis, bringing in draconian, expensive measures backed up with fear and nastiness. There’s no need. We just need an efficient, effective process. Send back the ones we don’t want and put the others to work! We desperately need workers!