The commentators 03-08-15
Being polite to the French does not come naturally to our fellow-countrymen, and so there is perplexity about why David Cameron is dealing with them so courteously over the migrant crisis. But if you think about it, what would we do if a large number of foreigners passed through our country in order to get to another one? We would speed them on their way. It is actually quite nice of the French to help at all. The dramatic alternative would be to extend the deal which helpfully allows our border authorities to operate in Calais, and reclaim the entire city
- Charles Moore,Daily Telegraph
Despite Ms May’s attempt to persuade us that the UK and French governments have matters under control, the migrant crisis at Calais is something else altogether. Don’t the anarchic scenes remind you of post-nuclear war films, like Mad Max, where all civil order has broken down?
- Peter McKay, Daily Mail
Cameron’s victory obliged what remains of the Tory press to put out the blue bunting and toast a politician they had been rubbishing for years as a man of destiny. The Calais fiasco has enabled them to revert to type and resume their routine attack upon the feeble Fauntleroy in No 10
- Matthew d'Ancona, The Guardian
The British people are paying a brutal price for the ruling elite’s ideology of mass immigration. We were promised that open borders and free movement would herald an exciting new era of prosperity. But instead they have imposed an intolerable burden on our country. Living standards have been kept down, public services overstretched, welfare bills sent soaring and public finances pushed into deficit.
- Leo McKinstry, Daily Express
The only reason this case from Shoeburyness reached the public consciousness was because someone mentioned age. That turns out to have been a side issue, and we shall probably never know the full story. That may be right and proper, a family's private traumas should not be aired for public entertainment.
But if women are being coerced into signing away the right to look after their children when they are not mentally fit, in order that councils can meet adoption targets - as the grandparents' lawyer and MPs suggest - then we need to know.
The journalists covering this story have fallen for the clickbait angle and missed the real issue.
Editor's blog: Grandparents' tale of woe
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