Farage Denounces UK Home Secretary Over Migrant Boats Claim

Brexit leader Nigel Farage recently issued a scathing rebuke of U.K. Home Secretary James Cleverly for pointing out a reduction in the number of migrant boats arriving in the country, ignoring the fact that such an absence was caused by bad weather instead of government policy.

“There were no small boat arrivals over Christmas for the first time since they started in 2018,” Cleverly boasted in a statement, attributing such a decline to the actions taken by the U.K. Border Force and French Patrols.

Cleverly failed to note that the absence of boats on Great Britain’s shores came during a period of strong weather.

Thousands of Britons were left without electricity resulting from the weather, trains were cancelled across the country and dozens of homes were destroyed in Manchester.

Considering that Cleverly turned a blind eye to the suffering of Britons and falsely attributed government action to the decline in migrant boats arriving in the country, the home secretary was met with fierce criticism from many on social media.

On X, formerly known as Twitter, Farage denounced Cleverly, calling the prominent U.K. official a “moron” for his comments on migrant boats.

“You may be called Cleverly but you are clearly a moron. I am close to Dover now, the wind has been gusting 50mph… That is why there are no migrant crossings,” Farage wrote. “You charlatans and liars all deserve to lose your seats at the election.”

Although Cleverly’s statement does bear some truth, such as that the U.K. government has decreased boat crossings by 35%, it fails to note that such a statistic is the highest than every other year in British history. For example, in 2020, 9,000 boats carrying illegal immigrants arrived in the country, but as of today, over 30,000 have reached Great Britain.

The whopping number of migrant boats arriving in the U.K. comes after British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pledged to tackle illegal immigration.

In a recent speech to the House of Commons, Sunak pointed out the need to institute former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s “radicalism” to combat illegal immigration.
“Today, there is no issue to which we need to apply Thatcher’s radicalism and drive to more than illegal migration,” Sunak said.