Re: “Thai wife of ‘Only Fools and Horses’ actor banned from UK”, Have Your Say, September 19.
My advice to Patrick Murray’s wife and daughter is this. Take a flight to Tripoli, make your way to the coast and take advantage of the Italian navy’s free ferry service to Lampedusa. Be sure to chuck your passports into the Mediterranean on the way. On arrival, apply for asylum saying you’re a persecuted member of the Cambodian opposition party and in fear of your life. The immigration authorities are incapable of distinguishing a Syrian from a Somalian, and so will be none the wiser. You will immediately get food, lodging and cash. Make your way through the Schengen countries to Calais, find a friendly east European lorry driver heading to the UK, and Patrick can pick you up in Dover. European human rights laws will ensure that you never have to leave Britain because of your “rights to family life”. Sorted.
Considering the countless thousands of undocumented, uneducated, work-shy, 7th-century invaders that gain entry to my country annually, I despair when bona fide immigrants are forced to jump through so many hoops and are then turned down. This is not an isolated incident and is an utter disgrace.
I am tempted to say that “Only Fools and Horses” determine British immigration policy but that would be unfair on the horses – they have more common sense.