Shakespeare’s John of Gaunt gives the following speech in Richard the Second on the subject of Britain’s natural defences;
This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
Consider then, the current UK Home Secretary’s strange assertion on the problem of illegal immigrants paddling across the 21 miles of sea from France;
Au contraire, Mr. Javid; there are several historically-proven easy answers;
1. Have the British Navy patrol the limit of the UK’s territorial water between England and France (12 nautical miles?).
2. Tow any vessels illegally entering the territorial waters back to the nearest French port.
3. If the French authorities complain, robustly suggest that they consider doing their damn job in future.
It would seem there are easy answers to the problem of maintaining national borders, after all.
Update; thanks Sam Vara for the correction to Javid’s job title.