LAST week, the Government made a big step forward in tackling a problem which is understandably of great concern to the majority of British people.
For too long, it’s been too easy for people to enter the country illegally by small boat.
The public are sick and tired of seeing images of small boats arriving on our shores or people being fished out of the water and brought in.
Criminal gangs are raking it in through smuggling people into the UK, in dinghies you’d more expect to see on Brighton beach than in shipping lanes in the Channel.
It’s a trade as vile as it is lucrative, and the result has had a terrible impact on innocent people who are being exploited by criminal gangs.
You would be forgiven for thinking, then, that a world-first migration and economic development partnership with Rwanda which will see illegal migrants relocated there to render dangerous Channel crossings pointless might be something that the establishment would welcome.
The howls of outrage were as immediate as they were hysterical.
They kicked into overdrive with holier-than-thou woke warriors touring TV and radio studios to denounce the deal and burnish their “progressive” credentials.
The Left were unable to hide their disdain for the plans.
Disappointingly, next to no condemnation of the criminal gangs running this deadly trade was offered.
Outside of newspapers like The Sun on Sunday, which understands public concern, most of the media neglected to mention that only those entering the UK illegally were liable to relocation.
And none challenged the critics on how they would stop the boats.
Indeed, true to form, the political wing of the Outrage Industry kicked into gear.
The sense of frustration that they were having to report on the Government achieving something that matters, rather than on Westminster gossip, was plain to see.
Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper called the policy “unethical”.
Sir Keir Starmer claims Labour have now accepted Brexit and will start taking people’s worries about immigration numbers seriously.
But just like his promises to respect the Referendum result, these appear to be just empty words.
Last week he ordered his Labour MPs to vote against our Nationality And Borders Bill, which included tougher measures against the vile people-smuggling gangs and moves to speed up the removal of those with no right to be in our country, including foreign criminals.
Every single measure to control immigration is opposed by Labour.
At fashionable cocktail parties, how could they justify voting against open borders?
This follows a repeated pattern from the opposition, who seek to play political games and hinder progress on the people’s priorities.
Labour and the other opposition parties lack any workable alternative proposals on the biggest challenges facing the country.
They never propose solutions — just wring their hands and wag their fingers.
There is also a common belief that the issues a silent majority of people are concerned about should just be tolerated and swept under the carpet.
Sadly, last week’s performative outrage was not an outlier.
It is the dominant strain of thinking in much of the media, in civil society organisations, charities, universities and even big companies.
This is why it’s been so refreshing over the past few weeks to get away from this establishment bubble and the associated Westminster shenanigans, and to speak directly to voters in places such as Sunderland, Newcastle, Northumberland and Stoke on the local election trail.