So we are to provide more fencing – no doubt to be broken down almost as soon as it is put up – and sniffer dogs; big deal. Meanwhile we are warned to expect a summer of disruption. Why? Because Cameron clearly hasn’t got a clue how to deal with the pending migrant invasion, nor has he the backbone to deal meaningfully with the French. What we urgently need now, but haven’t got, is strong leadership and practical solutions. For a start, we need to get tough with our duplicitous neighbour, which falsely directs blame and abuse at us to deflect from its own failures and cynical inaction. It feigns to be civilised but allows marauding gangs of trade unionist hooligans and would-be migrants to cause damage and create massive disruption. As for the commitment and effectiveness of their police…pah! Next that wretched Human Rights’ Act needs to go, to be replaced by a British Bill of Rights. Then we must get out of the EU and re-engage with our true friends in the Commonwealth and with the rest of the world. As the misery continues, I wonder how many people, attempting to start their holidays in or via France, who were going to vote UKIP but faltered on the day, are now wishing they had done so.  Harman may well call for compensation from the French but that won’t happen and she must know it. I expect she believes it makes her sound authoritative.

When it comes to their relationships with other countries, the French are quite simply b*st*rds (excuse my French!) and proud of it. They have been consistent exponents of Machiavellian diplomacy and, as negotiators, they are notorious for being ruthless and underhand.  Whereas soft touch Britain will mostly seek to do the right, fair or noble thing, France will secure the best possible deal for itself in exchange for taking the most favourable side at the last possible minute. But they can only get away with this because of the misplaced deference and gullibility of other nations. Whatever France’s geographical, gastronomic or architectural merits, we should remind ourselves that, despite the acres of its soil containing the graves of British and Commonwealth soldiers, it is not and never will be a proper friend of this country.

At the conclusion of WW1, the French were hell bent on humiliating Germany. To this end they set about calculating the cost of every house, barn, telegraph pole and turnip that had been destroyed on French soil (even by if by Allied action). The reparations bill came to 226,000,000,000 Marks, an impossibly high and almost meaningless sum. The French intended to make Germany incapable of attacking them again. Other parties, including Britain, felt this was too harsh and very likely unachievable, yet all went along with France. The consequences directly contributed to a vengeful Germany starting an even worse war just two decades later. Yet in their blind fury the French were still devious enough to get Article 275 inserted into the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, which sought to protect Champagne from foreign competitors.

The EU brotherhood is a farce and no country better illustrates this than France. It does as it pleases, ignores rules it doesn’t like, pays little heed to external opinion, has only its own interest at heart and nobody has the will or the guts to challenge it. Thus it continues to behave like a spoiled brat. For more than one reason it should be renamed the FU. France can even stoop to terrorist acts, like sinking the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior, in the harbour of a friendly nation, which it then attempted to deny. Nevertheless, when two of its DGSE intelligence agents were convicted and imprisoned, it still had the audacity to threaten New Zealand with trade sanctions if it did not return them to French territory. Realising the severe consequences, our antipodean kin had no choice but to relent. If anyone seriously thinks the French have any intention of dealing helpfully or sensibly with this current crisis, they should think again. Indeed I think them well capable of surreptitiously engineering its escalation. In the meantime we are warned about weeks of disruption, mounting costs, possible business failures and lost jobs while our impotent and inept leaders suck their thumbs. We must now urgently take matters into our own hands. Has it not occurred to government that there are other ports?  Though not usually the quickest or cheapest they must, in the current situation, be worthy alternatives for rerouting continental traffic.

On 29th January 1963 French president Charles De Gaulle blackballed the UK’s entry into what was then the Common Market. I understood little of these things at the time but I was instinctively pleased. However, on learning of this rejection, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan said through his tears, “You can always rely on the French to let you down”. De Gaulle, a fervent Anglophobe, was always strongly opposed to UK entry as he felt Britain was too closely linked to America. He saw the EEC as a continental arrangement primarily between France and Germany and feared France’s role would diminish if Britain joined. Tragically, in 1972, Edward Heath (wash my mouth out) succeeded where Macmillan had failed.

We must start believing in ourselves again by taking control of our own affairs and shaping our destiny. On the day of the referendum, date yet to be decided, let us vote to free ourselves from this calamitous concoction of conniving comrades and walk independently and proud on the world stage once again. For that to become a reality the answer is to support UKIP.

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