Why it’s callous to cheer the Channel crossings


For weeks, the liberal elite has raged against Priti Patel's efforts to stop the Channel crossings. Chill out, they say, it's only handfuls of people on a boat. It's not a big deal. To this boy it was a big deal. And to the thousands of people who have risked their lives in the Channel this year alone it's a big deal. These are perilous journeys involving blow-up boats venturing through one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. To comfortable liberals in the UK who want to signal their migrant-loving virtue, the dinghies might not be a problem; for the people actually on the dinghies, it's a different story altogether.

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