Great Wall of Calais will stand as a folly to failed Government policy
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?
"Our drivers need boots on the ground, police or military, to protect them in the short term. Beyond that, there has to be a Europe-wide solution to the migrant problem. The wall is a sticking plaster; a gesture to show something is being done. For however many years it stands, it will be a memorial to failure, to short-sightedness and to an unwillingness and inability to face up to the real problems of mass migration from the troubled nations of the world.
“This government claims to be the party of business and yet it has failed repeatedly to listen to the FTA, the RHA and the thousands of drivers who have repeatedly run the gauntlet across France to Calais. That single route is worth billions to the UK economy, carrying a huge proportion of goods moving into and out of the country. If the migration crisis had been affecting the ability of Britain’s bankers to do business, a solution would have been found in double-quick time. My question for Mrs May and her Cabinet is simply, why does she not treat the problems of our drivers with the same urgency?”