Hmmm, OK. I'll bite. Go on...
Our immediate reaction is usually shock, and a desire to prevent things like this from happening again. A kneejerk response is to demand tougher controls: more security infrastructure at the borders; tougher punishments for the people who try to make these journeys and those who facilitate them.Well, errr, yes. What else should we demand?
Yet such disasters do not happen because of a lack of border control – they are the price of it.And it seems most people - certainly far, far more than the tiny coterie of Open Borders advocates - are happy to pay it. Can't say I'm surprised. I'm happy to pay it, too.
These people aren't refugees - they are illegal immigrants desperate to come here to make as much money out of the country as they can. They know full well that what they are doing is breaking the law, and they just....don't...care!
So why should I?
The illusion our politicians perpetuate, or buy into, is that migration can be switched on and off like a tap, according to the wishes of voters or the demands of the economy.But it can. If we control our borders.
Britain did not experience a “refugee crisis” in the way that other parts of Europe did: in 2015, as asylum applications rose across Europe as a whole, the UK’s share of applications actually fell.It fell because they decided it was better to try to get here illegally. They don't care about the risks, as they willingly admit:
A major new study by the United Nations development programme illustrates how complex the answers can be: in interviews with nearly 2,000 people from Africa who travelled to Europe for work, via some of the world’s deadliest migration routes, more than 90% said they would do it again. In the most part, they were not suffering abject poverty, but had experienced inequality and injustice, and wanted more from their lives.And were happy to break the law to do it. Are these the sort of people you want to see us take in more of?
By asking these questions, we recognise that the people who suffer at our borders are not simply passive victims, but individuals making decisions and trying to retain control of their lives. Only then will we stop treating this issue as a problem to be ignored or suppressed, and start to talk about how we might reorganise our system around people’s needs.Why on earth would we organise our whole system around some law-breaking stranger's 'needs'..?