My contemporary posts, included at the bottom of the post, make it clear that I was sceptical of the government line and raised the points that have subsequently emerged.
I would not have made a song and dance about saving the nation from evil immigrant pirates. But then I am not a dodgy political party playing to a xenophobic base. My guess is those who want to believe the crap about sending strong messages to would be hijackers will continue to believe this guff.
However, this was an expensive PR stunt that did the opposite for certain key target audiences. The charges against the hijackers were dropped because there was no evidence of any threat to the ship which supports my theory that this was a migrant smuggling attempt/ potential con on the migrants that went wrong. This was always a possibility, but the captain and crew were allowed to continue on their journey.
According to the Times Priti Patel wants to increase the maximum sentence for the crime of assisting unlawful immigration because she believes the current limit of 14 years’ imprisonment is “not long enough”. But last October the SBS board a ship crewed by potential people smugglers who were escorted on their way.
26 Oct 2020 Pteranadon said:
I have not had time to read the whole thread,. but am I the only one to think that this was a rather expensive, if high profile, welcome to the UK party for a small group of would be immigrants? Deploying the SBS probably cost as much as the amount of money an immigrant needs to get the full VIP treatment afforded to the dodgy rich.
26 Oct 2020
Up to the point where they shoot you in the head and ease you over the rail for the hammerheads,makoes and whitetips who have followed you patiently from Lagos, quietly salivating.....
27 Oct 2020 Pteranadon said:
A very plausible fear. I guess the advantage for would be immigrants of using professional people smugglers is that they have a business reputation to protect, whereas sailors might see this as a one off lottery win.
We may not be looking at a ship being hijacked, but the result of the migrants fighting back when their supposed protectors tuned nasty. Perhaps having reached sight of the UK the penny dropped that there was no actual plan to get them ashore. That is until the HM Government laid on an armed escort and VIP travel.
I fond it hard to believe that half a dozen migrants could hide on a ship for weeks without some help. Is there any evidence that they were armed?
I wonder what actually happened. We may find out when and if there is a trial.
The date of the incident was Oct 25. I accept that you queried the way in which HMG reacted to the incident - but that was on Oct 26.
You have not answered my question as to how you would have reacted to the original threat; this may have been an oversight, but it does tend to support my comment about 20/20 hindsight.
You may well have been one of those in possession of all available information at the time, and if you were, I apologise. If you had that information, you may have a valid point about whether the action taken was an over-reaction.
But if not, with the greatest respect, your comments have the heady aroma of the the armchair general.