IMMIGRANTS, HUH?

What would you do with them?

Well, clearly, in this case, you welcome the guy with open arms, because who on Earth wouldn’t want people like Mamoudou Gassama in their country?

President Macron did just that.

The evil Immigration Service in England would have had him in a detention centre and on a plane for Mali.

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Batty Boris has claimed that he is the first Foreign Secretary for 50 years to visit Peru and the first in 35 years to visit Chile and Argentine. Apparently, he suggested that being in the EU had made the UK more Eurocentric and less global than they had been before their membership.

He seems to not have noticed that the EU and Peru have a trade deal, as do the EU and Chile. This latter is currently being upgraded. So we have profited from the EU’s deals with these countries. We shall now have to renegotiate them from a less advantageous position.

Maybe someone should also tell Bojo that EU foreign ministers, or indeed other EU citizens are perfectly at liberty to visit any country they want. They don’t have to get permission from Brussels.

UK (and indeed Scottish) ministers frequently visit countries with which they/we want to do trade. There’s been nothing to stop him or any of his predecessors visiting South America or indeed anywhere else.

Finally, as a point of interest, if Boris thinks that the EU is a massive barrier to UK-Argentine trade, it might be an idea to remind him of Mrs Thatcher’s war in the South Atlantic.

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23 thoughts on “IMMIGRANTS, HUH?”

  1. The liberal Macron is all about liberal style over illiberal substance: (see The Guardian earlier this year for his real immigration policy)

    “Tough proposals to crack down on immigration and asylum in France have been unveiled by Emmanuel Macron’s government amid complaints from human rights groups and street protests by some public agents in charge of asylum procedures. The legislation is aimed at speeding up the process for asylum requests and for expelling migrants who are unable to claim asylum. It would also double to 90 days the time a person without papers can be kept in a holding centre.

    The bill, which criminalises illegal border crossing, has sparked anger from charities who called it oppressive.

    The plan, to be debated in parliament in April, will reduce the consideration period for an application for asylum to a maximum of six months, down from about a year including appeal. Human rights activists say this will make it more difficult for asylum seekers to defend their rights.”

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    1. Aye, well, that’s not so impressive.

      I accept you can’t have a totally open door policy, but it people should always be treated like people. And not everyone fills the same bill as everyone else.

      Still, this bloke is simply exceptional.

      He must have known he was putting himself at risk, and yet he went and did this brave brave thing.

      I’d be proud to have him as my neighbour and a friend.

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  2. And of course a deal with Peru will allow them to produce Scotch whisky for us, at least that’s what they’ve suggested. Won’t that be great! Make Peru great again.

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  3. Its curious you mention the Falklands war as a barrier to trade. One of my longest, and most enforced boycotts has been on Argentine produce. I have not knowingly purchased a cherry, a tin of corned beef, or a bottle of wine from that country since the war. So when I do a boycott, I know I can sustain it. 🙂

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    1. That’s a long time, david!

      I won’t knowingly buy anything Israeli, nor will I willingly buy anything made in Scotland with a union flag on.

      But sometimes there is no choice. So I never cut of my nose to spite my face.

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    1. Well, there always has to be one nation that is so easy to deplore, doesn’t there? Why does it so often turn out to be the UK?

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  4. I’ve worked with some French marine crews. Liberté, égalité, fraternité……… But only if you’re French. Every one else was treated with contempt.

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    1. I find that odd to be honest, Andy.

      It’s always going to me a massive generalisation to say that the people of one country are friendly, and those of another are unfriendly, because my experience all over the world is that people are just people… there are nice ones and nasty ones, no matter where you go,

      That said, even in Paris, I’ve never had problems with the French.

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      1. Hi Tris. It’s a strange thing and I’m guilty of tarring everyone with the same brush. I generally find the technical guys OK, but the marine crews…. I could tell you a few stories.
        Probably the same experiences as a lot of folk. We used to go down to the S of France for holidays (Eurocamp.) lots of nice people, but oh boy when someones rude, they don’t do it by halves. Brittany on the other hand. Lovely people……. But see those marine crews…… Grrrr.

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        1. LOL I take it you don’t like marine crews!!!

          Despite the legendary “politesse française”, I’ve seen soem very impolite French people. But I’ve seen some very impolite Scots too…

          I’ve never seen it but I imagine that there has to be at least one Irish person who is impolite!

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  5. Trade deals and policing them require administrators,negotiators and lawyers.
    If the UK is going to replace the Brussels beureaucracy with it’s own it is going to need a lot more people with those sort of skills.
    Now,where could they get them from??

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