SIR Keir Starmer has a plan. He will end illegal mass immigration at a stroke, by making it legal.
He will slash the UK backlog of 140,000 asylum claimants by dishing out quick-fire visas.
And he will magically smash the “evil people smugglers” who last week ferried 11,560 fare-paying passengers in 200 boats to the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa.
How? Don’t ask.
In return for this rose-tinted fantasy, Britain will accept its “share” of the armada reaching European shores.
Up to 100,000 a year? Sir Keir says no.
In effect, the Labour leader is offering an amnesty — a welcome mat to anyone who claims asylum.
Starmer is either “delusional”, as an EU official described him last week, or thinks we are all stupid.
This is not a plan to curb mass immigration.
It is abject surrender to criminal gangs and to the hand-wringing human rights lobby of which Sir Keir is a fully paid-up member.
It is also the first step by this avowed Remainer to take Britain back into the EU it voted to leave seven years ago . . . because it could not control its own borders.
The Opposition leader, with puppetmaster Tony Blair pull-ing his strings, is about to repeat the betrayal of the British people 20 years ago by flinging open the doors to the world’s huddled masses.
But the price will be to delete the word “Brexit”.
Fear and alarm
Sir Keir is all too eager to pay the price.
It will surprise nobody if, after a Labour General Election victory, French gendarmes actually start earning the £500million we are paying them (for failing) to stop the small boats.
But the EU never gives without taking more in return.
Macron, in the time left before he is supplanted by right-winger Marine Le Pen, will take the cash as a downpayment on further concessions.
Starmer, flat-footed by his own clumsy policy idea, claims such talk is “rubbish”.
But the case is crystal clear.
Brussels has never forgotten or forgiven Brexit.
We must be brought to heel.
The punishment beatings over trade and the economy have been sadistic.
Taking our migrant “share” will be just the prelude to a new version of open borders and free movement of people.
This presents a dangerous risk to social cohesion just as the numbers of desperate families fleeing from conflict, corruption and climate change are predicted to surge.
In Europe, some of the conflicts and grudges that drove so many from their homes in the first place are still flourishing.
France is awash with inter-racial violence on a colossal scale.
Despite charges of institutional racism and Islamophobia, Britain remains remarkably tolerant and stable.
Yet even here, in some suburbs minorities are at war with each other, and outsiders are unwelcome.
Starmer likes to boast about his previous role as a state prosecutor but his record there is distinctly patchy.
Stephen Parkinson, who took over this role last week, described him as “average”.
On balance, I think the Brussels figure who branded Starmer “deluded” was nearer the mark.
Dog days are over
ANIMAL lovers who defend the American Bully XL insist there is nothing dangerous about these dogs who kill and maim innocent men, women and children.
‘They may be bred to fight but they make lovely pets. Bad owners are to blame.’
Which sounds pretty much like the defence of the gun lobby in America, where innocent men, women and children are routinely slain and maimed by bad owners.
With guns. XL bullies are lethal and should be banned without hesitation, deviation . . . or compunction.