Like a lot of people, I am in two, if not three, minds about the wave of immigration currently washing up on the south coast of England.

I have considerable sympathy for those who set out from France. They are desperate human beings in need of a home. Not all of them succeed. Hundreds have drowned. There will be those among them who will sponge on the British state. All will expect to be fed and housed and given a job. But the majority are likely to end up as solid citizens – or at any rate as solid as the rest of us.