Suella Braverman is in the firing line. But when she took to her feet in the Commons yesterday, she showed exactly why there is so much pressure on Rishi Sunak to get rid of her: Braverman actually wants to reduce illegal immigration.
The Home Secretary’s critics have condemned her for using the word ‘invasion’. ‘No responsible person should ever use language that risks inciting hostility and hate,’ says Amnesty International. The problem is that Braverman’s statement is essentially correct. When she asks MPs to ‘stop pretending they are all refugees in distress, the whole country knows that is not true’, she is not engaging in ‘far-right and inflammatory rhetoric’, as one SNP MP claimed. She is highlighting the failures of twenty years and counting of British government policy.
The number of migrants crossing the Channel is growing exponentially. In 2020, 8,404 people made the journey. In 2021, 28,526. This year, we are at 39,430 and counting. On Saturday alone, 1,000 migrants in two dozen boats crossed the Channel.
When we look at who is making these journeys, images of infants in wicker baskets fleeing the wicked pharaoh quickly dissolve. Nearly nine in ten of those arriving are male; 75 per cent are between the ages of 18 and 39.
When we look at where they’re coming from, we find that some 1-2 per cent of all the men in Albania have made the journey. You would have to be mad to believe that these men are so persecuted that each and every one deserves to claim asylum in the UK. To the best of my knowledge, Albania is not currently committing Pogroms against ethnic Albanians. It opened negotiations for EU membership just a few months ago.