I intend to avoid any witticisms on the subject of immigration given the death toll. Even so, the subject needs to be faced, full on, and without undue 'wailing and gnashing of teeth'! As 'SoD' has iterated many a time and oft' in the 'comments', there is much to admire in the courage and determination of these immigrants. However, my admiration withers when parents attempt such dangers with their children. These people are not paupers because the traffickers no doubt charge top rates for their, er, 'services'. In other words, many of them are lower or middle middle-class people with some education and they know, or should know, the risks they face.
The EU is caught out again in its manifest conceits. First it was the Greeks showing up the nonsensical financial fault lines in the EU monetary system - and they haven't finished yet! Now it is several zillion immigrants demonstrating the folly of open borders. In two weeks the 'leaders' are holding an emergency meeting at which there will be very real 'wailing and gnashing of teeth' but don't expect anything useful to emerge.
As far as we are concerned we should take full advantage of the toe-hold we have at the other end of the tunnel and build up fortress-like defences that make the Berlin wall look pathetic! Then, as soon as possible, we should drive through changes to our laws, even if it crosses EU law, to allow ultra fast expulsion of illegal immigrants. We should also change the law on the penalties to be faced by lorry drivers who deliberately import immigrants - ten years minimum, I would suggest.
Even so, it's an ill wind that doesn't blow a bit of wet fish-wrapping down the street and straight into 'Dim Dave's' face! As Iain Martin suggests in The Telegraph, if this immigrant problem reaches crisis levels the effects on the EU referendum could be critical. All sorts of so-called economic 'experts' will drone on endlessly about the pros and cons of being in or out of the EU and most of the country will snooze off. But hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants will wake them up instantly! If the Berlin-Brussels axis fails to take severe counter measures then that could - just - tip the balance to the 'OUTs'.
So, not all bad news, then!