BORDERING ON THE RIDICULOUS
17 February 2018
Whichever way you voted on the E.U., you would probably like to think that we know how to secure our borders, and especially our maritime ones. Not much point in having “a precious stone set in a silver sea” if you don’t guard against someone coming along and nicking it! So it’s a bit of a shock to discover that in terms of seagoing vessels operationally available to Border Force, whose job it is to do all that (as well as many other tasks), we’re talking… 3. Not 300. Not 30. Just three. With three away in the Med coping with the issue of migrants and refugees aided on their way by traffickers – who can trade on the basis that we won’t let them drown if we can help it. So how do other countries stack up? See next blog…
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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