STROLL around the West End of London in summer and you find yourself in a hellish underworld of children begging, aggressive pickpocketing and rough sleepers.
This is the appalling price a country pays when it loses control of its borders and can neither keep undesirables out nor send them back where they came from.
One shocking story in yesterday’s Daily Express demonstrated why four million people voted for Ukip – the sight of Roma gypsies trampling on the memorial to the 52 victims of the 7/7 bombings was enough to make you weep tears of frustration and anger.
How can Britain have come to this? Romanians using what should be a sacred area in Hyde Park as an outdoor dosshouse, sleeping on cardboard and blankets, treating the site as a lavatory, even using the memorial plaque as a table.
It is desecration, pure and simple.
Next Tuesday is the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 suicide bomb attacks when homegrown Islamist terrorists blew up three Tube trains and a bus.