Rob says the completion of the wall to keep migrants from illegally boarding lorries on their way to Britain from France is no cause for celebration.
He says, “The Great Wall of Calais has been completed ahead of schedule and long after it might have served any of its misguided purpose. The jungle refugee camp is no more than a memory, bulldozed into history, its former residents scattered to the four corners of France. I’ve previously compared it to the Maginot Line, the string of supposedly impenetrable fortresses built by France after the First War to keep the Germans out. In the event, they just went over, round or through it. It didn’t stop the advance, and this new construction won’t stop refugees either.
“The British public has paid more than two million pounds for this useless unwanted structure. British hauliers are still paying the price of government inability, French and British, to deal with the real problem, that of thousands of migrants desperately seeking a new life in the UK. Does anyone seriously think the problem of illegal migration will end because the wall is complete when people have sacrificed so much to get as far as France in the first place?