The migrant invasion via the English Channel is being welcomed by many in the Labour Party and any attempts to stem the flow is predictably being met with criticism. Once again Labour shows its true colours and provides a timely reminder that however unable and/or unwilling this Tory government is to stop the boats - if Starmer was in Number Ten he would probably be offering to collect the migrants directly from Calais. After all, in the eyes of the left these are the Labour voters of tomorrow.
On the Twittersphere many Labour MPs and activists are signalling their support for the illegals. While Starmer himself has said little about the situation, his Shadow Home Secretary has written to Priti Patel denouncing the government's 'lack of compassion' for the migrants. Nick Thomas-Symonds' letter can be seen below (click to enlarge). It was retweeted by Starmer.
Before you decide all that matters is to stop the boats, ask if you are confident no one in them should be given sanctuary here from the horrors that made them get into them in the first place. #refugeeswelcome https://t.co/vGtERRzrF1— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) August 11, 2020
Who will speak up against the demonisation of migrants? - @OwenJones84 https://t.co/AVGNpbW3ht— Clive Lewis MP (@labourlewis) August 12, 2020
Imagine your son or daughter was on that boat. Stop sensationalising this.— Anna McMorrin MP 🏴🇪🇺 (@AnnaMcMorrin) August 10, 2020
These are people fleeing dangerous and difficult situations at home and are putting their lives at risk to get to somewhere safe. We have a duty to help and not be voyeurs. #RefugeesWelcome https://t.co/EiInhuzkae
It should not take an ice cream brand to call on the government to show compassion and decency towards people fleeing war, torture and climate change.— Navendu Mishra MP (@NavPMishra) August 11, 2020
We deserve better from our government https://t.co/nm1Yls9pz2
Love this thread! 👇🏾 https://t.co/VF1sDsTWQ2— I can’t breathe...Abena Oppong-Asare MP (@abenaopp) August 12, 2020
As quoted by Maya— Kate Osamor MP for Edmonton || (@KateOsamor) August 10, 2020
"People can't be illegal" https://t.co/UqMMhSBMgR
We have a legal & moral responsibility to refugees fleeing famine, war and violence. They are not the problem. The problem is the dangerous routes they must take.— Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP (@BellRibeiroAddy) August 10, 2020
We should be looking at safe and legal routes, not intimidating them with Navy ships. https://t.co/6vEBDaYSxx
This isn’t what responsible journalism looks like.— Alex Sobel (@alexsobel) August 11, 2020
These are some of the most vulnerable people in the pooorest vessels crossing one of the busiest stretches of water in the World.
Sky News are doing this without consent its the worst form of journalistic voyeurism https://t.co/0CbwrLwnLy
This is an excellent letter from @NickTorfaen to the Home Secretary about her dog whistle rhetoric on adults and children crossing the English Channel in desperate circumstances. The emphasis should be on humanitarian dialogue with other countries to find solutions. https://t.co/k4kRhTQ10T— Jo Stevens (@JoStevensLabour) August 12, 2020
People fleeing war, famine and persecution shouldn't be confronted by gunships and hostility, but instead offered safe, legal routes to asylum.— Zarah Sultana MP (@zarahsultana) August 10, 2020
Our common humanity demands nothing less.
Its ludicrous to suggest vulnerable migrants pose a threat to our security, economy or social life— Claudia Webbe MP (@ClaudiaWebbe) August 11, 2020
This is classic Tory divide & rule
Attacks on working class come from the billionaire class who stash their wealth in tax havens, not refugees fleeing persecution, death & famine
Nigel Farage recently visited Merseyside. He sought to foment hatred against refugees, foster division, and promote his racist agenda.— Mick Whitley MP (@MickWhitleyMP) August 11, 2020
I'm so proud of our community's tolerance and compassion. Refugees are welcome here. As @mayor_anderson said, Nigel Farage isn't.
Once again the Labour Party are misjudging voters. A YouGov poll released earlier this week suggests 50 per cent of Brits don't believe the UK has a responsibility to protect those making the crossing, compared to 35 per cent that do. While most current Labour voters may support the migrants, the party cannot win an election by further alienating the people who once upon a time elected a Labour government - the working classes.The final destination for migrants will not be the communities where Labour MPs live. The metropolitan elites who dominate today's Labour Party will not suffer the consequences of the actions they support. It's the working classes who will compete for hospital beds, school places and jobs. These are the people who are outraged at what is happening in the Channel and if the Tories don't get hold of this problem then Nigel Farage will fill a political vacuum - again.
Last weekend the Labour Party in Bath found out just how strongly people really feel about the situation. They decided to take up the old communist standard of whipping up hatred against the rich, but their Twitter poll backfired spectacularly - yes, even on the predominantly left-wing platform of Twitter...
The final result of their poll is not available, because they deleted it. Needless to say, overwhelmingly white and affluent Bath is not going to be a recipient of most of the so-called 'refugees' landing in Dover.
Make no mistake, a Labour government would open the floodgates - again.