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Immigrants Saved From The Mail’s Statistics

by | 29th, November 2007

bananaboat.gifTHE Mail has a picture of three African immigrants “dragging their belongings behind them in a tyre”.

Two of the three are sat astride a winsurfing board. The third is in the water, holding onto the board.

Mail readers clack their tongues and nod. But they are wrong. Granted, immigration is very likely to blame for the recent floods, but these foreigners are in the Mediterranean Sea, close to that kernel of Empire, Gibraltar.

The Mail looks on as a ferry making the crossing from Tarifa in Spain to Tangier in Morocco picks up the stricken immigrants. They are “safe from becoming another statistic”.

Indeed, they are. Because look as we might we can see no hint of any number signalling how many immigrants have made their way into Europe by windsurf board this season.

The aforesaid mention of “three” was our own calculation, and we cannot overrule the possibility that other Africans are secreted under the pictured surfboard.

Says the Mail: “Official fear many of the thousands of African who try to reach Spain illegally each year die in the process, but there is no way of knowing exactly how many.”

And we are saved from hearing the statistics…

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