RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Hotels have been block-booked for migrants and are turning away paying customers

There’s a catch. Of course there is. There’s always a catch. Tucked away in the small print of Priti Flamingo’s asylum deal with Rwanda is a clause that could come back to haunt her.

As part of the package which would see cross-Channel migrants flown to Kigali for processing, the Government has agreed that refugees currently living in Rwanda can be flown to Britain for resettlement.

Just as it’s sensible not to judge a Budget until the dust has settled a couple of days later, the same should also apply automatically to other big Government announcements.

After Priti’s big pitch on Friday, it emerged over the weekend that while migrants landing in Kent will be given a one-way ticket to Africa, others will be heading in the opposite direction.

Hidden in the small print is a reciprocal arrangement under which Britain will accept an unspecified number of refugees who have been unable or unwilling to settle in Rwanda, despite having been granted asylum.

Members of the Border Force escort migrants back to Dover after they were picked up in the English Channel

It states: ‘The participants will make arrangements for the United Kingdom to resettle a portion of Rwanda’s most vulnerable refugees in the United Kingdom.’ That will include people with the most ‘complex needs’, including those with mental health problems.

So that’s what they mean by asylum. You don’t have to be mad to come here, but it helps.

why? We are constantly told we are facing a mental health epidemic of our own. It doesn’t make any sense to import more sufferers from overseas.

Our Amazing NHS is already at breaking point, or so we are led to believe daily.

Where are the ‘resources’ to deal with a fresh influence of mental health patients going to come from?

Where are we going to put them? The Government is already spending the thick end of £5 million a day on hotel rooms for migrants.

Archbishop of Canterbury delivers his Easter Sermon at Canterbury Cathedral on April 17

Archbishop of Canterbury delivers his Easter Sermon at Canterbury Cathedral on April 17

As Sue Reid revealed in the Mail yesterday, hotels have been block-booked by the Home Office and are turning away paying customers. Families expecting to spend a relaxing Easter mini-break were told there is no room at the inn.

In Maidenhead, Berkshire, handy for Legoland and Windsor Castle, the Holiday Inn is closed to tourists. They’ve even refunded the subscriptions of local residents who had paid to use the gym and swimming pool.

The building is surrounded by security guards and on Thursday the only ‘guests’ in evidence were young men speaking Arabic. It was a similar story at hotels in Derby, Eastbourne and on Merseyside.

To be fair, Priti inherited this problem after 25 years of open borders, which followed Labour’s cynical decision to ‘send out search parties’ for immigrants to ‘rub the Right’s nose in diversity’.

All attempts to stem the flow have been thwarted by self-serving Left-wing lawyers cashing in on Labour’s pernicious yuman rites act, cheered on by the ‘let ’em all in’ brigade.

The Rwanda deal, while extreme and possibly unworkable, is at least an imaginative effort to do something, anything, to turn the tide and deter desperate migrants from paying criminal gangs to smuggle them into Britain.

British Home Secretary Priti Patel addresses a press conference during a signing ceremony regarding Rwanda migration deal

British Home Secretary Priti Patel addresses a press conference during a signing ceremony regarding Rwanda migration deal

Not that ‘smuggle’ is the right word. Most of them have been crossing the Channel in broad daylight, in plain sight, and have been ‘rescued’ by British border patrols. Once here, it has proven impossible to boot them out.

The open borders lobby will fight the Rwanda deal tooth and nail, funded by taxpayers’ money in the form of legal aid. The courts will probably overturn it.

But that’s no reason for not trying. It has at least infuriated the usual suspects, from Pixie Balls-Cooper to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Pixie, you may remember, never made good on her virtue of her -signaling promise of her to put up Syrian refugees in one of her two lovely homes of her.

The Archbish kicked out a Syrian family of two adults and four children who had been given a temporary berth at his official residence, Lambeth Palace.

Yet Welby still felt able to devote his ‘Blessed are the People Smugglers’ Easter message to slagging off the Rwanda deal as ‘ungodly’, despite it enjoying the support of the majority of voters. And this hypocritical Godbotherer wonders why the churches are empty.

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, following a small boat incident in the Channel

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, following a small boat incident in the Channel

Under a scheme designed to crack down on migrants landing on British shores after crossing the Channel in small boats, the UK intends to provide those deemed to have arrived unlawfully with a one-way ticket to Rwanda

Under a scheme designed to crack down on migrants landing on British shores after crossing the Channel in small boats, the UK intends to provide those deemed to have arrived unlawfully with a one-way ticket to Rwanda

So the Home Secretary is to be congratulated for grasping the nettle, even if it looks like clutching at straws. But under the reciprocal terms of the deal — which the Mail only discovered after trawling through the whole document, paragraph by paragraph, sub-clause by sub-clause — what seemed to be a one-way ticket turns out to be a two-way street.

The Government insists the right of refugees currently in Rwanda to settle in Britain only applies to ‘a number in tens, not hundreds’.

But we’ve heard that before. Remember when we were assured no more than 13,000 Eastern European immigrants would come here after restrictions were lifted? Several million later. . .

The fear is that when the Rwanda deal becomes bogged down in the courts and the Flight Of The Flamingo is still stuck on the runway at Biggin Hill, planeloads of refugees will be jetting in from Rwanda and heading straight for the Jacuzzi at the Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

And, here’s the catch. Given the law of unintended consequences, we could end up with more migrants than we started with.

Fly tipping is not just a blot on the landscape, it costs the country £400 million a year. Councils had to deal with 1.13 million clean-ups in 2021, the latest figures available. But who’s fault is that?

Councils themselves are to blame for scrapping weekly rubbish collections, introducing complex recycling rules and charges and refusing to take away DIY waste. To make matters worse, booking an appointment to take your rubbish to the dump is almost as difficult as seeing a GP face-to-face. Even though Covid restrictions have been lifted, many councils are still making it awkward to dispose of waste materials.

Medway, in Kent, for instance, wants name, rank and serial number and is turning away drivers who arrive without permission in triplicate. It’s no excuse, but no wonder some people become so frustrated they dump stuff by the roadside.

In the country lanes near where I live — on the borders of suburban London and Hertfordshire — the hedgerows and verges are covered in litter.

Just down the road, in Radlett, along with the bin-liners, cement bags and old mattresses, there’s a new health hazard. Somebody has just dumped 101 dead lambs in the village. Not before time, the Government is now planning to stop councils charging for disposing of DIY waste and other materials. Plasterboard, dirty nappies and broken televisions are bad enough.

But when people start fly-tipping sheep by the side of the road, something’s gotta give.

What was I saying on Friday about Scotland Yard prolonging the agony by drip, drip, dripping out the Partygate fixed penalty notices?

Anyway, what happened to TICs — the practice of other offenses being taken into consideration?

Why can’t the PM and the rest of the Downing Street posse simply put up their hands to whatever other ‘parties’ they are being fitted up for, pay their ends and bring down the curtain on this demeaning circus?

Meanwhile, Wee Burney was spotted without a mask in a barber shop, breaking her own laws.

And did she get fined by Police Scotland?

Er, not as such.

The Lettie trashing of history continues to appear. Gladstone Park in North-West London could be renamed Diane Abbott Park. What next — Kensington Gardens becomes Red Ken Gardens?

Holidaymakers in Cornwall and Lincolnshire have been told to wear masks while sunbathing on the beach. Public health jobs worths warn that ‘Covid is still with us’. Don’t these people ever take a day off?

At the start of this madness, someone came up with the idea of ​​trikinis — three-piece swim suits complete with matching face masks. It was supposed to be a joke. Gary even drew Una Stubbs wearing one in Summer Holiday. Back then, trikinis were a giggle — not a way of life. Welcome to the New Normal.

Police dispersed an illegal rave in the village of East Lulworth, in Dorset, at the weekend — just as revellers were about to tramp across an Army firing range.

They should have let them get on with it. A few shots across the bows would soon have put a stop to the party. What better way to make it very clear they’ve got no room for ravers?

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