RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Hotels have been block-booked for migrants and are refusing paying customers
There is a catch. Of course there are. There is always a catch. Tucked away in the fine print of Priti Flamingo’s asylum agreement with Rwanda is a clause that could come back to haunt her.
As part of the package that would see cross-Channel migrants flown to Kigali for processing, the government has agreed that refugees currently living in Rwanda can be flown to Britain for resettlement.
Just as it’s a good idea not to judge a budget until the dust has settled a few days later, the same should automatically apply to other major government announcements as well.
After Priti’s big speech on Friday, it emerged over the weekend that while migrants landing in Kent will be given a one-way ticket to Africa, others will be heading in the opposite direction.
Hidden in the fine print is a reciprocal agreement under which Britain will accept an unspecified number of refugees who have been unable or unwilling to settle in Rwanda, despite being granted asylum. .
Border Force members escort migrants to Dover after being picked up in the English Channel
It says: “Participants will arrange for the UK to resettle some of the most vulnerable Rwandan refugees to the UK.” This will include people with the “most complex needs”, including those with mental health issues.
So that’s what they mean by asylum. You don’t have to be crazy to come here, but it helps.
Why? We are constantly told that we face our own mental health epidemic. It makes no sense to import more patients from abroad.
Our amazing NHS is already at breaking point, or so we are led to believe on a daily basis.
Where will the “resources” come from to deal with a new influx of mental health patients?
Where are we going to put them? The government is already spending the hefty sum of £5m a day on hotel rooms for migrants.
The Archbishop of Canterbury delivers his Easter sermon at Canterbury Cathedral on April 17
As Sue Reid revealed in the Mail yesterday, hotels have been block-booked by the Home Office and are refusing paying customers. Families expecting a relaxing mini-break over Easter have been told there is no room at the hostel.
In Maidenhead, Berkshire, near Legoland and Windsor Castle, the Holiday Inn is closed to tourists. They even reimbursed the subscriptions of local residents who had paid to use the gym and the swimming pool.
The building is surrounded by security guards and on Thursday the only “guests” in evidence were young Arabic-speaking men. It was a similar story at hotels in Derby, Eastbourne and Merseyside.
To be fair, Priti inherited this problem after 25 years of open borders, which followed Labour’s cynical decision to ‘send search parties’ of immigrants to ‘rub the noses of the right in diversity “.
All attempts to stem the tide have been thwarted by self-serving left-wing lawyers taking advantage of the pernicious Yuman Rites of Labor Act, abetted by the “let them all in” brigade.
The Rwanda deal, while extreme and perhaps unworkable, is at least an imaginative effort to do something, anything, to turn the tide and deter desperate migrants from paying criminal gangs to do them. smuggled into Britain.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel addresses a press conference during a signing ceremony for a UK-Rwanda Migration and Economic Development Partnership
Not that “contraband” is the right word. Most of them crossed the English Channel in broad daylight, in plain sight, and were “rescued” by British Border Patrols. Once here, it proved impossible to expel them.
The open borders lobby will fight tooth and nail against the Rwandan deal, funded by taxpayers’ money in the form of legal aid. The courts will probably strike it down.
But that’s no reason not to try. It has at least infuriated the usual suspects, from Pixie Balls-Cooper to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Pixie, you may recall, never kept her virtuous promise to house Syrian refugees in one of her two lovely homes.
The Archbishop has evicted a Syrian family of two adults and four children who had been granted a temporary berth at his official residence, Lambeth Palace.
Yet Welby still felt able to devote his Easter message “Happy people smugglers” to calling the Rwanda deal “godless”, despite having the support of the majority of voters. And this hypocritical godfather wonders why the churches are empty.
A group of people believed to be migrants are brought to Dover, Kent, following a small boating incident in the English Channel
As part of a scheme to crack down on migrants landing on British shores after crossing the English Channel in small boats, the UK intends to provide those deemed to have arrived illegally with a one-way ticket to Rwanda
So the Home Secretary is to be commended for grabbing the nettle, even if it feels like clinging to straws. But under the reciprocal terms of the deal – which the Mail only discovered after going through the whole document, paragraph by paragraph, sub-clause by sub-clause – what seemed like a one-way ticket turns out be a round trip. street.
The government insists that the right of refugees currently in Rwanda to settle in Britain only applies to “a number of tens, not hundreds”.
But we’ve heard that before. Remember when we were assured that no more than 13,000 Eastern European immigrants would come here after the restrictions were lifted? Several million later. . .
The fear is that when the Rwanda deal gets bogged down in court and the Flight Of The Flamingo is still stuck on the Biggin Hill runway, planes full of refugees will arrive from Rwanda and head straight for the hot tub at the Holiday Inn, Virginity.
And here’s the catch. Given the law of unintended consequences, we could end up with more migrants than we started with.
Fly tipping isn’t just a blot on the landscape, it’s costing the country £400m a year. The municipalities had to deal with 1.13 million cleanings in 2021, the latest figures available. But whose fault is it?
The councils themselves are to blame by scrapping weekly rubbish collections, introducing complex recycling rules and fees and refusing to take away DIY waste. To make matters worse, making an appointment to take your waste to the landfill is almost as difficult as seeing a GP face to face. Even though Covid restrictions have been lifted, many tips still make it difficult to dispose of waste.
Medway in Kent, for example, wants name, rank and serial number and refuses drivers who arrive without permission in triplicate. That’s no excuse, but no wonder some people get so frustrated that they throw stuff to the side of the road.
In the country lanes near my home – on the borders of suburban London and Hertfordshire – the hedges and shoulders are covered in rubbish.
Just down the street in Radlett, along with the trash bags, bags of cement, and old mattresses, there’s a new health hazard. Someone just dumped 101 dead lambs in the village. Not before time, the government now plans to stop charging councils for the disposal of DIY waste and other materials. Drywall, dirty diapers and broken TVs are bad enough.
But when people start sending sheep to the side of the road, something has to give.
What was I saying Friday about Scotland Yard prolonging the agony by drip, drip fixed Partygate penalty notices?
Anyway, what happened to ICTs – the practice of other crimes being taken into consideration?
Why can’t the Prime Minister and the rest of the Downing Street gang just raise their hands about the other ‘parties’ they are throwing, pay their fines and lower the curtain on this degrading circus?
Meanwhile, Wee Burney was spotted without a mask in a hair salon, breaking her own laws.
And was she fined by Police Scotland?
Uh, not as such.
The Letftie rampage of the story continues apace. Gladstone Park in North West London could be renamed Diane Abbott Park. What
next — Kensington Gardens becomes Red Ken Gardens?
Holidaymakers in Cornwall and Lincolnshire have been told to wear face masks when sunbathing on the beach. Public health workers warn ‘Covid is still with us’. Do these people ever take a day off?
At the start of this craze, someone came up with the idea of trikinis – three-piece bathing suits with matching masks. It was supposed to be a joke. Gary even drew Una Stubbs wearing one in Summer Holiday. Back then, trikinis were a laugh – not a way of life. Welcome to the new normal.
Police broke up an illegal rave in the village of East Lulworth, Dorset, over the weekend – just as revelers were about to walk through an army shooting range.
They should have let them. A few bow strokes would soon have put an end to the party. What better way to make it very clear that they have no room for ravers?