01 August 2015

No quick fixes

All very difficult.  The Guardian reports:
Extra sniffer dogs and fencing are to be sent to France as David Cameron warned that the Calais migrant crisis is likely to lengthen into a summer of discontent on both sides of the Channel.
The prime minister also promised that Ministry of Defence land will be drafted into use to ease transport gridlock on the M20 around Dover, with the announcement that a car park with space for 1,000 lorries at Ebbsfleet International station is to be pressed into service.
Cameron, who is due to go on holiday next week, pledged to leave behind a “team of senior ministers” to work to deal with a situation that has seen more than 4,000 attempted incursions this week, albeit mostly unsuccessful.
“This is going to be a difficult issue right across the summer,” he said after an emergency Whitehall Cobra meeting held to discuss the Calais crisis. “We rule nothing out in taking action to deal with this very serious problem.”
Translation:  I know that this is a sticking plaster on a broken leg, but what else can I do?  In my absence on holiday, maybe this crisis will go away ...

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