Saturday, 26 May 2012

The eyes narrow noticeably

More fallout from the Greekocalypse in the Torygraph
So will she promise that the “tens of thousands” promise will be met by the next election? Here, the eyes narrow noticeably. “Well, that’s what we’re aiming for.”

Today though, her focus is on those who are in Britain illegally, and her language becomes uncharacteristically vivid. “The aim is to create here in Britain a really hostile environment for illegal migration,” she declares...

... And what if a eurozone collapse sent thousands of economic migrants heading north from Greece or Spain? Could she legally restrict their right to come to Britain?

This is another eyes-narrow moment. “As in every part of government, it is right that we do some contingency planning on this,” she says. “That is work that is ongoing.” But could you restrict entry in an economic emergency? “We will be doing contingency planning.”

Brief pause to let the Tory faithful take a cold shower to quell sinful thoughts of being strip-searched by the thrillingly stern Ms May, her cruelly narrowed eyes aglitter as she reaches for the latex gloves.

Now the kitten-heeled dominatrix has the bit between her teeth, the UK Border Force's staff must be feeling more than a tad nervous. Given what happened to Brodie Clark, I don't rate their chances, should they, for example, overlook some large, but innocent-looking, wooden horse-shaped object arriving on our shores from the eastern Mediterranean.

I do, however, rate Theresa May's chances of creating  "a really hostile environment for illegal migration" - given the ubiquity of casual xenophobia in large sections of the press and the coalition's success in creating a really hostile environment in Britain for the people who already live here, making things dashed unpleasant for Johnny Foreigner should be a doddle.