Last week we took a coach tour to Poland and Germany. We had a great time marred only by the farcical performance of leaving and entering our own country.
Arriving at Dover en route to France our coach joined a queue of some 10 others awaiting passport control. An hour and a half later we had made it to next but one in line.
Previously, according to our driver, passports were scanned on board the vehicle itself. Now the powers have decreed that everyone except the driver, his passport still scanned on board, must leave the coach and troop through passport control. Our party of 27 radicalised pensioners duly complied together with a group of very suspicious looking 10-year-old schoolchildren from Canterbury. We rejoined the coach at the other end of the shed some 30ft from where we had got off it!
There was no apparent search of the luggage or the coach. I’m sure that our water bottles, left on board, contained more than 100ml of liquid each. An absolutely pointless exercise concentrating on soft targets. It did however mean that we missed our ferry.
Again, according to our driver, a guaranteed consequence of this farce. It took us longer to leave our own country than a trip across the Channel in an inflatable!
This pantomine was repeated on our return at Calais with the additional frustration of entering the splendid British Passport building with only two of the six desks open.
No prizes for guessing we missed our ferry again. Our border security is obviously not fit for purpose.
They can’t even tell us how many people are in the country but they definitely know where 27 pensioners are! What possible way forward is there if the authorities are now treating their own citizens with such suspicion?
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