There are anything up to half a million West Africans in London, and spend a day at Heathrow or Gatwick as the Lagos flights roll in and you will see them like seasoned commuters, the baggage conveyors full of those red and blue plastic fabric jumbo bags strapped in clingfilm and filled with God knows what. Children. Bushmeat. Ganja. By allowing these flights to continue from the heart of the world's Ebola epidemic we are playing Russian Roulette with one of the world's great cities and its 8m people.
The fight against Ebola is quite rightly one that needs a full
commitment from the developed world; it is, on humanitarian grounds, a
global human shared responsibility. It must also be fought in Africa. Firstly, Cameron's asinine programme of foreign aid funding must be
switched rapidly to disease control at source - without the opportunity
for African crooks to skim funds. Why the hell we're funding India of
all places defeats the intellects of all but Cameron's deluded coterie.
Secondly, all direct flights from Europe to Africa must be grounded. The
trip from Lagos to London must for the immediate future be made by
passenger ship alone. With a passage time extended to over 21 days - the incubation period for the disease - Europe's Port Health Officers can hold ships at anchor until the disease has either done its job or the human cargo are safe to land.
The Winter seas in the Mediterranean will help as a natural disinfectant as the boat traffic from North Africa is halted. This will give Europe respite until next Spring to tackle the epidemic.
Sure, there will be wealthy Africans who will travel internally to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States as a way round the travel ban - but when the governments of those nations know we're serious about blocking their air travel, too, they will help prevent it.
Above all, Cameron must act now - today.