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31 July 2017

People smuggling makes a joke out of the UK Border and will continue to do so unless addressed head on

THE Border Force is one of the most important elements in the plans to keep Britain safe.

It is also one of the most useless.

Reuters

People-smugglers sometimes seem to treat it with impunity.

Over the past two decades, for example, thousands of Albanians who have been allowed into Britain simply used false passports to pose as Kosovans fleeing civil war.

Pretending to be someone else is about as basic a scam as there is — and we fell for it. Repeatedly.

Now we are paying the price with Albanian criminals responsible for a drugs and prostitution crimewave.

It gets worse.

Today we reveal that Albanian gangs are using small planes to smuggle illegal immigrants in at deserted airfields.

Lithuanian pilot Algirdas Barteska was caught people smuggling when he flew three Albanian illegal immigrants
East Anglia News Service

Lithuanian pilot Algirdas Barteska was caught people smuggling when he flew three Albanian illegal immigrants[/caption]

The full scale of the problem is likely to be far greater.

The failings of the Border Force are regularly highlighted by the independent inspector.

Everyone knows how awful the Border Force is at doing its job — especially the people-smugglers.

This has to change.

A BT fee-for-all

THE Government talks a good game about getting a proper broadband deal for consumers.

But allowing BT to stick the costs of its £600million upgrade to rural homes on to everyone’s broadband bills — despite already receiving a £2billion subsidy — is little short of a rip-off.

BT has some nerve pushing the cost of its overdue £600m project on loyal customers
PA

Ofcom rightly says it needs to be able to force BT to cut prices if it doesn’t play by the rules.

And BT’s competitors fear that the whole exercise is being used by the telecoms giant to cement its position at their expense.

Instead of adding £20 a month to our bills, BT should be cutting them.

Some lie it’s hot

LOOKING forward to the “prolonged dry and warm spells”, with “warmer-than-average temperatures” we were promised a fortnight ago by the Met Office?

Now it’s apparently going to be the wettest August for five years.

Next month is set to become the wettest August in five years
Next month is set to become the wettest August in five years
Alamy Live News

The only consolation is that as it’s the forecasters telling us that, it’s just as likely to be sweltering next month when they’re proved wrong again.


Summit to do

GEORGE Mallory, the first Brit to try to climb Everest, famously replied to being asked why: “Because it’s there.”

Deirdre O’Connor, the 61-year-old gran who has so far visited 461 different Wetherspoons pubs, is clearly channelling his spirit.

To anyone who might wonder why, we say: “Why not?”

Deidre O'Connor
We should all raise a glass to good spirited Deidre O’Connor
Police were called to a Wetherspoon's after a a local fell out with staff over two pence

 

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