Resting under a tree after another night of gambling with his life on the tracks of the Channel Tunnel, Ismat Amir shrugged his shoulders when asked why he and the dozens of fellow migrants surrounding him were prepared to leap at speeding trains in search of a new life. He said: “It’s a game. But one with a high price. It’s England or it’s death.”


This year, it was all meant to be different. The authorities in the Majorcan resort of Magaluf said that wild stag weekends and other group holidays would face a crackdown in 2015 – and that lewd behaviour by Britons and other nationalities would no longer be tolerated. Sadly, it has now emerged that nobody has told the tourists.