Craig Mackinlay: Thanet column for the week ending June 24


Written by the MP for South Thanet, Kent

I’ve had several media appearances since my last column. Much interest in the position of the Prime Minister following the vote of the parliamentary party.

I will be very clear – I supported the PM.

This thrill of media excitement came and went as a new and more serious issue arose when a judge of the Chambers in Strasbourg of the European Court of Human Rights issued an injunction under Article 39 for prevent the departure of the first relocation flight to Rwanda.

This is despite three UK courts until the Supreme Court ruled that the government’s plan was legal.

The strangest thing is that the judge’s assessment was done behind closed doors without pleadings and we don’t even know who the judge was.

Judges from all 46 constituent members form the caucus with the remaining Russian judge, despite Russia’s suspension from the ECHR and the Council of Europe, still allowed to take an active part.

Absorb this if you can.

Countries can ignore these rulings and many do. While the UK complies with 80% of the Court’s rulings, in Germany it is around 60% and for Spain only an odd 30%.

What happens if such decisions are ignored, as this one clearly should have been? The answer is not a lot.

Part of the pneumatic devices intercepted in the English Channel by Border Force | Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Other countries don’t get the strident calls to ‘flout international law’, they just get away with it and see the implementation of the will of their democratic systems as an overriding goal above the machinations of one more court. further discredited.

It is the august body that decided that prisoners should vote in elections and decreed that a failed alcoholic asylum seeker should not be deported to Libya because he would have difficulty obtaining food there. ‘alcohol.

The UK was one of the founders and main drafter of the original framework of the European Convention. It was a good idea born out of the ashes of World War II so that newly rebuilt nations would have a framework for decent behavior and citizens would have their freedoms from the state guaranteed.

I don’t think I need this foreign court to guarantee my right to life, my right not to be arbitrarily detained or allowed to marry. I am more than well protected by our common law values ​​and the professionalism of the UK courts.

What we are seeing is an increase in the scope and interpretations of this institution that will add to the calls for its scope to be cut.

As always, many on the left are showing their opposition to Rwandan politics (Labour in government has also tried to do something similar) but without offering an alternative.


My alternative, an offer already made to the French government but refused following the tragic death in November 2021, is for Border Force, police and British troops to help the French prevent dinghy launches from the beaches.

This appalling but lucrative trade for human traffickers would stop in a fortnight.

With numbers now surpassing 2021, in itself a record year eclipsing 2020, I always ask those who oppose any solution the question of what is the “right” number of immigrants to welcome, because they seem to want that does the UK have an open border policy?

With up to 80 million people displaced worldwide and several hundred million more wishing to be elsewhere for economic reasons, what is the number? There is never an answer.

With my parliamentary email filled with requests for housing and public services working, I can only assume that adding millions more to a high-density country, particularly to the southeast of it, will not improve the situation.

Here’s my deal – once the population densities of the safe European countries all have passed through reach that of the UK, we can talk about fair distributions again.

Everything changes at Thanet District Council with the departure of the general manager who had been in office for seven years. I wish the Chief of the Board, Ash Ashbee, every success in appointing a new CEO and other members of the management team.

My desire as a local resident is to have a council that sticks its nose out of my daily life and deals with day-to-day issues with quiet efficiency.

The counterpart is our payment of the council tax to keep the streets clean, the removal of household waste, the diligent management of its vast real estate portfolio and a commercial approach to the opportunities that arise.

Ms. Ashbee is a fantastic leader ready to tackle difficult issues that have simply been postponed and postponed in the past. I wish him every success.


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