Everyone everywhere always wants everything to get better. No one, including movie stars, billionaires and Premier League footballers, is satisfied with things as they are.

At the same time, we crave realism and reason. We’re had enough of fantasies. So let me say out loud what every politician in the country thinks, but dare not say, about immigration.

It cannot be stopped. It can be slowed; it can certainly be better managed. But it cannot be stopped. Hundreds of thousands of migrants who have not yet left their home countries will arrive in the UK over the next twelve months, and in the twelve months after that, and the twelve months after that again. The process is inexorable.