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How much would it cost to stop the boats arriving? How many ships, specially tailored to the task, would need to be constructed? I do not believe it would cost the world; but even if it did, the world is what Europe is worth to some of us.

For all its value, our continent is pitifully unprepared for the realities of modern migration. Boatloads of third world cargo are washing up on our envied shores almost daily, in direct contravention of both public sentiment and common sense. 

What price can Rome justify? And Seville? Athens? I would say any one of them can pay us back handsomely, whether in tourism, grandeur or sunny days, for whatever expenditure is necessary.

We are not quite ready for the conversation that needs to be had about all this. We are still too squeamish, frightened of the implications. Christopher Caldwell, author of Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, broke some very hard ground with the subtitle of his widely admired, absurdly controversial book -“Can Europe be the same with different people in it?”

The answer is no, of course. If current flows of migration continue, Europe will be changed dramatically, and quite obviously for the worse. There are great qualitative differences between the cultures of the world. And for this reason Europe is best left with a solid European majority.

So we must stop the boats. Turn all of them back. Put in place a strong naval task force in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas, equipped with whatever is necessary to encourage foreign adventurers to reverse course, and to help get them safely home. 

We have a beautiful continent, a splendid variety of cultures all our own. To squander this would be unforgivable.