In his xenophobic column a few days ago, Tim Blair seems to be confused about who are boatpeople and who are people smugglers.
He starts his piece by going on about ‘simpletons believing asylum seekers are incapable of calculation or strategy’. But then the only ‘simpleton’ capable of writing this rubbish, Blair himself, proceeds to talk about how people smugglers supposedly plan a strategy that will ensure boatpeople get to Australia. Surely Blair’s aware that they are two different entities.
Then, just to reinforce the notion of Blair’s simpleton ignorance, he finishes off this particular piece of lunacy with:
Quality prankage deserves a response in kind. This might be fun: “We have received your distress call. Passport details, please.”
The thing the vast majority of refugees fleeing their country are most unlikely do before leaving is to pop into a government office and ask for a passport!
The only simpleton here is Blair.