Cameron under fire for ‘swarm’ of migrants comment, pledging more deportations

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PRIME Minister David Cameron has pledged more deportations from the UK in response to the crisis at Calais, where a man died on Tuesday night (July 28), one of nine to have been killed trying to cross from France to the UK, according to Eurotunnel.
Several hundred people per night have attempted to cross the channel each night in recent weeks.
The prime minister was speaking on Thursday (July 30), when he said in order to deter people from trying to reach Europe, it was necessary to “stabilise the countries from which they come, it also means breaking the link between travelling and getting the right to stay in Europe.”
He controversially referred to “a swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean seeking a better life,” language which has been heavily criticised by the Refugee Council as “awful” and “dehumanising.”
Home Secretary Teresa May has said the priority is to have better security fencing put in place, while Cameron said the government was committed to “making sure that it is less easy for illegal migrants to stay in Britain.”

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    • Roy Peters

      30 July 2015 • 13:54

      Oh for crying out loud! Some people today will jump on the slightest thing to cause trouble. ‘Swarm’ is a very apt word to use in the current situation. It is just a descriptive word without any ‘nasty’ connotations and should be accepted as such.
      I am sick to death of people today who look for ANY excuse to complain.

    • Mike

      31 July 2015 • 09:42

      The thing is he didn’t say anything that was wrong, people can swarm also so no issue, in fact Wikipedia write as a reference to ‘People’ is that ‘A collection of people can also exhibit swarm behaviour’.
      The resulting outcries on this just show how pathetic that people are, the fact that Sky picked this up and have made it a large part of their news for the last 2 days is another sad fact of how unprofessional SkyNews is becoming. Then of course giving these idiots who complain about this air time to speak about their disgust about…. nothing is a sign of how Sky news and politicians promote PC rubbish. I watched Harriet Harman cast her disgust at the word ‘swarm’ being used for humans, is it any wonder the pubic have no respect left for politicians when they come out with these stupid comments, especially when their party is rapidly turning into a disaster party, maybe their politician should spend their energies on getting their political party back on track ‘if it ever was that is’ than wasting their time with pathetic issues.

      Not that I like David Cameron very much but the guy has a country to run and even if there was an issue with the word ‘swarm’ (and their isn’t apart from some idiots who have nothing better to do) then so what? Society and news reporters need to grow up and show a little higher level of professional behaviour, is it any wonder the UK is PC mad!

    • kay peukert

      31 July 2015 • 11:33

      cameron is very good at saying ‘what he will do’ or what needs to be done.
      What does he do NOTHING!!!!

    • roy león

      31 July 2015 • 12:17

      Or is this just another case of political correctness ..?
      The media loves to jump in where angels fear to tread when a wrong word is used…. It reminded me of the war time telegram exchange between Truman and McArthur…… in 1945 for goodness sake.!…

      1630-September 1, 1945
      To: H S Truman
      From: D A MacArthur and C H Nimitz
      Wilco Sir, but both Chester and I are somewhat confused, exactly what does the term politically correct mean?
      (4) Washington, D C
      2120-September 1, 1945
      To: D A MacArthur/C H Nimitz
      From: H S Truman
      Political Correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of sh#t by the clean end!

    • Roy Peters

      31 July 2015 • 16:06

      Sorry Roy I meant to give you a thumbs up!

    • roy león

      02 August 2015 • 09:41

      I have posted this for a pal (Jack) who has no computer.
      Medical science is helping mankind live longer but it seems that we should feel guilty for being a drain on society for taking our pension that we’ve paid for.
      Just when did a pension we all paid into suddenly become a benefit. ?????

      Not only did we all contribute to our Pension, our employer did, too. It totalled 15% of your income before taxes.
      If you averaged only £15,000 over your working life, that’s close to £220,500.
      Read that again. Did you see anywhere that the
      Government paid in one single penny?
      This is the money that you and your employer put into a Government bank to ensure that we would have a retirement pension from the money we put in; it was not money that the Government had any right to spend elsewhere.
      Now they’ve started to call the money we paid in an ‘entitlement’ when we reach the age to take it back.
      If you calculate the future invested value of £2500 per year (yours & your employer’s contribution) at a
      simple 5% interest (that’s less than what the govt. pays on the money that it borrows from overseas), after 49 years of working you’d have £892,919.98.
      If you took out only 3% per year, you’d receive
      £26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (that means until you’re 95 if you retire at age 65) and that’s with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit !
      If you bought an annuity with the money and it paid 4% per year, you’d have a lifetime income of £1976.40 per month.
      Entitlement!!?? My foot!! IT’S MY MONEY!! I paid IN cash for my pension.
      Just because they borrowed the money to spend on other things, that doesn’t make my pension some kind of charity or handout!!
      Remember MP’s benefits? — free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 days paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited
      paid sick days. Now that really should be called welfare entitlements, yet they have the nerve to call my O A P retirement payments, entitlements ?
      We’re “broke” and the government can’t help our own
      OAPs, our ex-service personnel, our orphans or our homeless.
      Yet in the past few years we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile, Turkey, India, Pakistan, etc., etc., etc. Literally, BILLIONS of Pounds!!!
      Our retired seniors living on a ‘fixed old age pension have to beg social services,Y9naa to receive additional aid, while our government hands out money overseas like a drunken sailor .
      Jack an angry expat OAP

    • dS

      02 August 2015 • 13:21

      a few collective nouns spring to mind if a ” swarm ” of immigrants is not acceptable…how about ” an Isis of immigrants ” or a plague of immigrants,maybe even a sponge of immigrants.

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