Tory MPs attack Government for punishing ‘entrepreneurial’ people smugglers
David Cameron is facing calls from Tory backbenchers to stop punishing “entrepreneurial” smugglers on the North African coast.
Although content with the idea of allowing thousands of poor people to drown, many party MPs expressed disgust at the prospect of damaging trade for small-scale businesses.
Oxfordshire MP Oswald Dillington said this “unnecessary persecution of foreign entrepreneurial spirit” should end at once.
“These smugglers work day and night and take enormous risks in the pursuit of building a sustainable enterprise. Running them out of business is a humanitarian disgrace and completely against Conservative values.”
Aiming to address these concerns, Foreign Minister Philip Hammond said today he will invite smugglers to join the UK Border Force so their skills of taking desperate asylum seekers across narrow seas can be put to effective use.
“Towards Calais, of course”, he added.