It seems to me to be quite ridiculous to make ‘illegal’ entry to the United Kingdom penalised without first attempting to find out what skills the migrant might have. Our nation is plagued by shortages of labour in many fields and workers with skills in the building trade, hospitality sector and agriculture for example could well be found within the ranks of such migrants. They may need training to enable them to fit in with our ways of working and talking but I would think human beings who put themselves to such risks as crossing the Channel in a rubber dinghy show a great sense of determination and courage. Eventually they could become useful tax paying citizens.
We seem to be getting along very well with the organisation of the fair on Sunday 24 July but still need helpers. Please give me a shout on 271 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have perhaps half a day to give. You will be playing a big part in making the fair possible.