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It may be amusing – the idea of migrants, smuggling themselves into the UK in the back of lorry at Calais, only to find themselves sharing a trailer with a polar bear (this BBC report even has footage of it) – but the fact is they stayed in the trailer until pulled out by French police. What does that say about the state of things? The Freight Transport Association yesterday reiterated its “chaos-reigns-and-someone-has-to-sort-it-out” line, but clearly it is falling on deaf ears. Local French authorities appear not to care in the least, while our intellectually challenged UK government is unable to formulate any coherent strategy at all. Plus ça change.

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