Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat*
News broke recently that the Government is spending nearly £7 million of tax payer’s money every day on housing asylum seekers in hotels up-and-down the country. The figure has risen since earlier this year and costs could continue to grow, MP’s were told. The total of £6.8 million per day is over £2 million more than the Government said it was spending in February (£4.7 million) This equates to £2.5 billion per year.
Remember that this is for putting up recent arrivals in hotels only. Presumably many, many thousands more will now have been found permanent social housing up-and-down the country, increasing the housing waiting times for our own folk. Some 12,000 Albanians have arrived in the UK after crossing the Channel so far this year, of which 10,000 are single, adult men. This is compared to 50 in 2020. Albanian is a ‘safe’ country. It is applying to join the EU and has been a member of NATO since Apr. 1, 2009.
The Commons Home Affairs Committee was told £5.6 million a day was being spent on hotels for people who have arrived in the UK and have submitted a claim, with an additional £1.2 million paid to house Afghan refugees who fled the Taliban takeover while long-term accommodation is sought. It has been reported that 35,000 hotel rooms are being occupied.
One area that has not been explored (or is it just being ignored), is the knock-on effect of block-booking all these hotels, many in tourist areas. Whilst the hotel owners will be rubbing their hands in glee at the thought of all the money, local businesses will not be so fortunate. Shops, pubs, restaurants along with local attractions will suffer, as the usual tourist trade they rely on is missing due to a lack of hotel accommodation
In May 2022, when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak unveiled a £15 billion emergency package of measures to support households through the cost-of-living crisis. Families across the country are facing real hardship as the cost of heating their homes has skyrocketed. Food prices are increasing week-by-week. Fuel prices are again rising. The slogan ‘Eat or Heat’ is now a fact of life for millions of our people. Yet we can afford to pay almost one-sixth of the emergency help budget to keep economic migrants fed, warm and housed in hotels. Utter madness.
The Home Office has only processed 4% of asylum claims by migrants who crossed the Channel last year. Of that, 85% were granted refugee status or another protection status.
The recent petrol-bombing of a migrant reception centre in Dover was indicative of the anger ordinary people are feeling over this ‘invasion’ (Braverman’s description). The man involved killed himself immediately afterwards. One of his posts on Facebook accused Muslims of grooming young girls and another seemed to show support for Donald Trump. Nothing extreme there.
After extensive searches by the political police desperate to put a label on him, some newspapers have resorted to labelling this man (who seems to have had mental health problems) as a ‘racist’. To the police, professional anti-fascists and politicians, this man can’t just have been a concerned citizen, fed up of seeing his country change before his eyes. He must have been a Nazi, a Fascist, or if no evidence is found, a hate-filled racist.
In the usual left-wing/liberal manner, describing someone as a racist shuts down any arguments over immigration and multi-culturism. Whatever the reason for this act, the genuine grievances behind it will be washed under the carpet.
The Tories will huff-and-puff about the need to control immigration, while quietly letting millions into Britain, because ‘we need them’. The Labour Party will side with the immigrants every time whilst attacking the Tories for not dealing with the asylum crisis quicker. Both will ignore the British people’s views on immigration and asylum.
*This phrase was used by Enoch Powell in his 1968 speech on immigration commonly known as the “Rivers of Blood” speech.
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