Marcus Fysh - Suspected Illegals In Ilminster

Marcus Fysh - Suspected Illegals In Ilminster

Marcus Fysh - Suspected Illegals In Ilminster

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It was a shock to hear the scourge of people smuggling had allegedly reached our area in Ilminster last week, with the discovery of a lorry full of dehydrated people, thought to be illegal immigrants. Thankfully none died.

This really brings home how we need to be extra vigilant in control of our borders, and the difficulties with current arrangements, which I believe need reform as part of our renegotiation of our relationship with the EU ahead of a referendum in 2017, which will only happen if Conservatives are elected next May.

We'll learn more, no doubt, about the origin and circumstances of these people, and we shouldn't lose sight of their humanity and probable desire just to have a better life.

A German national has been arrested in connection with the incident and that the people in the lorry were Eritrean and Kashmiri, as are many who inhabit the illegal immigrant camps at Calais. Many of these people have made their way at great risk from Libya to the islands of southern Italy. From there it seems for many it is one stop to Calais, and then trying to find any which way across or under the Channel. We are told this lorry was headed to Cornwall, which brought the people down our A303.

Now I want us to welcome a certain number of distressed individuals from strife around the world, genuine asylum seekers, because that's the charitable thing to do. We have heard about the plight of the Yazidis, and perhaps less than we should about persecuted Iraqi Christians. I am not sure whether these groups are represented in the Calais camps, but I suspect not to a great degree.

The Home Office is doing a good job of greater scrutiny and stricter terms of entry for foreign nationals than under the last government, but it is difficult even to know what numbers of asylum seekers are manageable when we can only suspect this unquantified illegal flow. And it is equally uncomfortable to think what degradations await so many of these poor smuggled people in transit, or on arrival.

Our recovering economy, global language, education and health systems, legal protection and yes our benefits, all these things attract people to our shores. We should make sure we control who has access to these great advantages, and we have made progress in being able to better monitor that. Not out of selfishness, but out of wishing to preserve that ability to be charitable and to hold out the hand of friendship to those who really need it.

People smugglers, the selfish snatchers of lives and livelihoods, take that selection ability away from us, as well as the rights of the poor people who put their trust in them, and they should feel the full force of the law in my opinion.

It is even more important at this time of worsening security and religious turmoil in the Middle East which threatens us at home that we are extra vigilant about who is coming and going from the UK. These camps in Calais and easy EU access do seem weak spots that need to be addressed.

We should work with our European partners to do what we can, and move ahead with reform that is in David Cameron's plan. Those who have a blinkered view of the benefits of the EU, can't envisage change, and only talk about it, are in my view not likely to rise to these challenges.

Marcus Fysh Conservative Prospective MP for Yeovil

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2:35pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Plymouthboy says...

Unusual name "Marucs"!!
Unusual name "Marucs"!! Plymouthboy
  • Score: 1

4:47pm Wed 27 Aug 14

regularreader says...

Plymouthboy wrote:
Unusual name "Marucs"!!
Quite right Plymouthboy. You would think that with all the publicity the C&I are giving this chap, they'd at least get his name right. BTW who is he anyway?
[quote][p][bold]Plymouthboy[/bold] wrote: Unusual name "Marucs"!![/p][/quote]Quite right Plymouthboy. You would think that with all the publicity the C&I are giving this chap, they'd at least get his name right. BTW who is he anyway? regularreader
  • Score: 2

6:51pm Wed 27 Aug 14

QuillPen says...

What's a 'sponsored editorial'?

Is someone paying the Ch and Il for it?

This is a paper for local NEWS, not a party political publication.
What's a 'sponsored editorial'? Is someone paying the Ch and Il for it? This is a paper for local NEWS, not a party political publication. QuillPen
  • Score: 3

7:30pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Ilminster_local says...

OH LOOK..... another political rant.
What is the Chard & Ilminster News coming to?
If I want to read a political news paper I would read the New Statesmen or Private Eye.
Cut it out C&I news.
OH LOOK..... another political rant. What is the Chard & Ilminster News coming to? If I want to read a political news paper I would read the New Statesmen or Private Eye. Cut it out C&I news. Ilminster_local
  • Score: 4

11:57pm Wed 27 Aug 14

orchardman says...

Agree with all the previous comments and would suggest Mr Fysh gets himself a sensible haircut and wipes the silly grin off his face if he wants to be taken seriously. Maybe he would be willing to sponsor, and offer accommodation to some of those rescued from the lorry the other day.
Agree with all the previous comments and would suggest Mr Fysh gets himself a sensible haircut and wipes the silly grin off his face if he wants to be taken seriously. Maybe he would be willing to sponsor, and offer accommodation to some of those rescued from the lorry the other day. orchardman
  • Score: 1

11:26am Thu 28 Aug 14

QuillPen says...

I wonder if there will be any editorial response to these comments?

Does anyone from the paper ever read them?

It would be interesting to hear how they justify these reports.

And to find out what a 'sponsored editorial' is.
I wonder if there will be any editorial response to these comments? Does anyone from the paper ever read them? It would be interesting to hear how they justify these reports. And to find out what a 'sponsored editorial' is. QuillPen
  • Score: 0

11:50am Thu 28 Aug 14

regularreader says...

QuillPen wrote:
I wonder if there will be any editorial response to these comments?

Does anyone from the paper ever read them?

It would be interesting to hear how they justify these reports.

And to find out what a 'sponsored editorial' is.
Someone must read the comments. They've now corrected his name from Marucs to Marcus
[quote][p][bold]QuillPen[/bold] wrote: I wonder if there will be any editorial response to these comments? Does anyone from the paper ever read them? It would be interesting to hear how they justify these reports. And to find out what a 'sponsored editorial' is.[/p][/quote]Someone must read the comments. They've now corrected his name from Marucs to Marcus regularreader
  • Score: -1

2:41pm Thu 28 Aug 14

QuillPen says...

Oh yes, so they have.

Been googling and as far as I can make out, a 'sponsored editorial' is an advert made to look like a news story.

So if you have the money, you can make it look as if the paper is reporting your comments.

Ok, so it might be legal, but I call it an attempt to deceive people. No candidates should use this method, in my opinion. All should be treated equally and money should not buy them publicity in a local NEWS paper. If they want to reach the voters, they can put leaflets through doors or do something that is genuinely newsworthy.
Oh yes, so they have. Been googling and as far as I can make out, a 'sponsored editorial' is an advert made to look like a news story. So if you have the money, you can make it look as if the paper is reporting your comments. Ok, so it might be legal, but I call it an attempt to deceive people. No candidates should use this method, in my opinion. All should be treated equally and money should not buy them publicity in a local NEWS paper. If they want to reach the voters, they can put leaflets through doors or do something that is genuinely newsworthy. QuillPen
  • Score: 2

10:13am Sat 30 Aug 14

QuillPen says...

If this is an advert, why is it on the news page?

Or, where are all the other adverts? Why aren't they here as well?

Seems to me the Editorial policy needs to be clarified - either this is for News or it is for both News AND Adverts - ALL adverts, whether for a baby buggy, a garage or a would-be MP.
If this is an advert, why is it on the news page? Or, where are all the other adverts? Why aren't they here as well? Seems to me the Editorial policy needs to be clarified - either this is for News or it is for both News AND Adverts - ALL adverts, whether for a baby buggy, a garage or a would-be MP. QuillPen
  • Score: 1

11:47pm Sun 31 Aug 14

MrWendall says...

I count 19 adverts on this page.

All are obviously adverts or labelled as "advert" or "sponsored".

Newspapers have always been in the business of making money first, reporting news second. Without these adverts who pays for the authors, the website, the bandwidth etc?

Just because this story is presented in an article format doesn't change much. It is still clearly labelled as "sponsored".

I doubt it is favouritism by the C&I, other candidates are quite able to pay for the same sponsored editorials, or do things that are actually newsworthy and get "free" coverage.

Yes the C&I is shoddy these days with poor reporting and I wouldn't vote for this guy, but it's pretty clear what is and isn't advertising to anyone with sense? Or maybe that is a big assumption on my part....
I count 19 adverts on this page. All are obviously adverts or labelled as "advert" or "sponsored". Newspapers have always been in the business of making money first, reporting news second. Without these adverts who pays for the authors, the website, the bandwidth etc? Just because this story is presented in an article format doesn't change much. It is still clearly labelled as "sponsored". I doubt it is favouritism by the C&I, other candidates are quite able to pay for the same sponsored editorials, or do things that are actually newsworthy and get "free" coverage. Yes the C&I is shoddy these days with poor reporting and I wouldn't vote for this guy, but it's pretty clear what is and isn't advertising to anyone with sense? Or maybe that is a big assumption on my part.... MrWendall
  • Score: 0

11:35am Mon 1 Sep 14

QuillPen says...

The point here is that the Sposored Editorial appears here on the web page under the specific heading of NEWS. Therefore it is reasonable to assume that all items under that heading are actually news items not adverts which have been paid for.

Other adverts do not appear under the heading NEWS .

Presenting an ad as if it is news is, as far as I am concerned, deceptive and showing favouritism and bias.
The point here is that the Sposored Editorial appears here on the web page under the specific heading of NEWS. Therefore it is reasonable to assume that all items under that heading are actually news items not adverts which have been paid for. Other adverts do not appear under the heading NEWS . Presenting an ad as if it is news is, as far as I am concerned, deceptive and showing favouritism and bias. QuillPen
  • Score: -1

12:02pm Mon 1 Sep 14

MrWendall says...

I'd suggest this is actually one of the most honest ways of presenting it? At least it is clearly labelled as paid for...

90% of "news" is just rehashed press releases already.

>>showing favouritism and bias
Can you name one news outlet that doesn't have bias?
I'd suggest this is actually one of the most honest ways of presenting it? At least it is clearly labelled as paid for... 90% of "news" is just rehashed press releases already. >>showing favouritism and bias Can you name one news outlet that doesn't have bias? MrWendall
  • Score: -1
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