The Calais Debacle!

French Workers Close Off The Channel Tunnel and Port Of Calais

French Workers Close Off The Channel Tunnel and Port Of Calais

To me it is astounding that the French government is unwilling to take decisive steps to end the farce that is being played out in Calais as immigrants try to cross the English Channel to Britain. Instead they are blaming Britain for the chaos, and want the British taxpayer to cough up £7 million to pay for it.

This last week has highlighted all the migrant problems at Calais because French workers from the company MyFerryLink called strikes which have shut down the Euro Tunnel and Calais harbour ferry terminal.

Trucks Waiting To Get On A Ferry At Dover

Trucks Waiting To Get On A Ferry At Dover

The crisis is causing massive problems for the trucking industry in Britain, for the tail-back of trucks parked on the motorways leading to Dover now stands at over 7,000. The cost to British businesses alone is estimated at £750,000 every day, and the end is nowhere in sight. On top of this is the effect on many continental trucking companies trying to deliver goods to Britain.

Entire families, many with children, are trapped in their cars on the motorways leading to Dover instead of being able to enjoy the holiday in France they paid for.

The public comments on this story are a good indication of what the British public thinks of this problem:

Shut it down. Prevent all travel Via Calais Close the rail tunnel enough is enough. If France will not keep people traveling to and from France safe, its time we restricted all movement to and from France. We can get to Europe by other routes.

Why are the French not sending the illegals back if they are on French soil but do not want asylum in France. They are failing in their duty to safeguard European borders. Start returning illegal from our borders and others will be reluctant to make the journey. The same can be said of the British government. The sea bound illegals instead of being rescued should be towed back across the Mediterranean.

Who do the french think they are telling england we must pay for their striking Frenchmen and the disruption caused by their own people in their own country. We helped out during WW2 and look at what happened then. surely they don’t expect it again. They should now bring in their military and police and sort it once and for all. After all these migrants are just walking into their country across open borders.

Waiting Their Chance

Waiting Their Chance

The 4,000 or so migrants trying to get into Britain have caused chaos and yet, the French Police have done virtually nothing. They have taken very little action to control the strikers and migrants, or free up the Tunnel and roads into the harbour. The French authorities are just sitting on their hands and refusing to take any action to solve the issue, allowing it to escalate day by day.

Truck Queues Calais

Truck Queues Calais

Hundreds of trucks on the Calais side, and in the tunnel itself have been invaded by migrants trying to cross the Channel.

They Will Try Anything To Get To The U.K.

They Will Try Anything To Get To The U.K.

Almost daily migrants are being killed trying to get either through the tunnel, or hanging on to trucks in a desperate attempt to get to the U.K.

Now, the French company that owns the Euro Tunnel are saying Britain should pay! They fail to realize that this is a French problem of their own making, for they are doing nothing to curb the flow of these people to Calais. They consider it a British problem because these people are trying to reach Britain. What they fail to consider is that all this is happening on French soil, not British soil!

The French government has for years allowed these people free passage across their country to Calais, because they are well aware they do not wish to settle in France but in Britain, so to them “It’s not our problem”. For those who are wondering why Britain, the answer is easy – free benefits and free medical care which they would not get in France.

Migrant Camp Calais

Migrant Camp Calais

Time and again over the years the British government has asked for the migrants to be removed from Calais, only for the request to fall on deaf ears. After all this time, and the huge cost involved you would think that any sane government would take positive action to solve the crisis, but no, not France! Despite the fact that this is all happening on French soil in a French town, they still insist it is a British problem. Why? What has it got to do with us?

I have to say that our government is partly to blame by giving these people the free handouts when they arrive here. It is way past time that Cameron and Co. put a stop to all the benefits these people get. Remove this  ‘magnet’ and they will not be so keen to risk life and limb to get here.

But it is also time someone in the French government took the ‘bull by the horns’ and solved this problem once and for all. The only way to do that is to get the army in to round up all migrants in and around Calais, put them on an airplane and send them back where they came from. Do this a few times and the migrants will  get the idea that the journey is just not worth it.

Refugees In Italy

Refugees In Italy

The entire migrant problem is growing within Europe day by day, especially in countries like Italy that has been forced to bear the brunt of the problem due to its geographical position. Only united action by all European countries will solve it.

For years all European governments have been ‘pussy-footing’ around this problem without taking any concrete action to stem the flow of migrants from the likes of Libya. They have ignored the danger these people are causing like over-population, steadily increasing economic problems and unemployment in Europe.

If they do not come together very soon and take some strong measures to send these people back where they came from, Europe will see a crisis the likes of which have never been seen before.

Roy.

6 Responses to “The Calais Debacle!”

  1. Brian Says:

    This is just the begining. If they make it to the UK the crime rate will soar. Where else but the UK can you break the law with impunity, and still find sympathetic sops, who will be the first to cry when these criminals wonder around there streets looking for an easy target.
    To many of there kind, are already imbeded in the UK

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    • Hi Brian,
      Thanks for the comment. I agree 100%. It is time our government started making changes to stop such things as ‘Political Correctness’ and end Tony Blair’s Racism Laws which protect these people. When found they should all be deported without favour, and to hell with the ‘Human Rights’ lot in Strasbourg.
      If we do not take these steps Britain will become hell on earth.
      Best Regards,
      Roy.

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  2. Secular Vegan Says:

    Agree about the migrants issue, but these tailbacks are being caused by the strike and would be regardless of all the migrants. In fact, by stopping all traffic crossing the channel the strikers are helping to temporarily stem the tide into Britain. In the short term, hauliers will avoid Calais in favour of other ports until migrants set up camps there. In the longer term, it would make more sense for all freight traffic to and from Continental Europe, to be in sealed shipping containers, just as they would be for anywhere else overseas (with the exception of Ireland). This would also remove all the left-hand drive foreign registered HGV’s from British roads. This would increase costs but would be minimal compared to the hold ups. As for holiday traffic through Dover and Calais, anyone with any sense would avoid those places altogether and get a budget flight from their nearest regional airport.

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    • Hi SV, glad to have you on board.
      I agree with your first statement, however, migrants have made many attempts to get through the Euro Tunnel both before and during the strike. It would be a good idea to avoid Calais as a crossing point but travelling through Belgium or Holland means more expense for much of the haulage trade.
      Sealed containers would perhaps be a good idea, but as you say, expensive. The easiest solution would still be, as I said, round them all up and send them back where they came from. After having done this two or three times they will realize there is nothing to gain by crossing Europe to Calais.
      Best Regards,
      Roy.

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      • Secular Vegan Says:

        Thanks for your reply. I think that even if vehicular freight traffic goes via say Ostend, Zeebrugge or Hook of Holland, migrants’ camps will just set up there and the Belgian and Dutch authorities will adopt the same attitudes as the French ones, to try and wash their hands of it. Scrapping the Schengen agreement would help, but in the long run, the only way to stop the human trafficking industry is to reject all spurious claims of ‘asylum’. The political left simply won’t face up to this issue, that by refusing to tackle immigration they are helping the traffickers.

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      • Welcome back SV.
        I think you are right in that migrants will move north, but scrapping the Schengen Agreement might cause too many problems for Europeans. Unfortunatelky you are right in that our politicians will not face up to the issue and take the measures required. It is time they did.
        Best Regards,
        Roy.

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