Wednesday 18 October 2017

Allow enough refugees in and they will provide all the evidence you need as to why a state can fail

The first step on a society's road to destruction can usually be called "stupidity". That stupidity can be due to naivety, or optimism, or ignorance, or even just plain stupidity itself.

Either way, it can be fatal. Here in Ireland we've had plenty of opportunity to study examples of how threats to other European societies have begun, so by this time we should have learnt about the suicidal stupidity of allowing foreigners uncontrolled access into one's country.

The Labour Party, however, seems to have learnt almost nothing at all about such matters. Joan Burton last week complained to an Oireachtas Committee that thousands of foreigners who were "legitimately" visiting Ireland to see relatives and to take holidays were being refused entry by "over-zealous" immigration officials. Other visitors had to endure "excessive scrutiny".

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