David Cameron is at the centre of a Twitter storm of criticism after he described the Calais migrants as a ‘swarm’.
The Prime Minister’s #swarm comment has been condemned as a human rights group called his language “irresponsible, dehumanising” and “extremely inflammatory”. Mr Cameron’s comments came as desperate migrants continue to attempt the dangerous journey across the English Channel to the UK.
Speaking from Vietnam as part of his South-East Asian tour, the Prime Minister said migrants illegally entering the UK would not be offered a “safe haven” and reassured British holiday-makers that authorities would ensure they had a “safe and secure holiday”.
Little did the PM know – or “even care” as one Twitter user commented – that his comments had angered thousands of people back home in Britain. Condemned by the Refugee Council, PM was criticised and has come under attack from the British public with little support.
However there are a few supporters of the PM citing that this “is political correctness gone bonkers” because the Oxford dictionary does define ‘swarm’ as also being “A large number of people or things”.
The PM’s remarks follow the attempts of hundreds of migrants, many fleeing horrendous persecution in some of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters, to cross the Channel on Wednesday night, 29 July.
“This is very testing, I accept that, because you have got a swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean, seeking a better life, wanting to come to Britain because Britain has got jobs, it’s got a growing economy, it’s an incredible place to live,” Mr Cameron told ITV.
“But we need to protect our borders by working with the French and that is exactly what we are doing.”
His remarks were condemned by Ukip leader Nigel Farage, who insisted that he would never use the word “swarm” in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday morning.
However Farage described migrants in exactly the same way earlier this year.
TNT News Yasin Chinembiri