Out of government and a refugee from his own party, David Miliband is utterly impotent to act as he views the wreckage of Europe's people movement policy from his transatlantic day job with some well-paying lobby group. Yet he feels obliged to add his voice to the discordant chorus of advice now directed at Europe's political bosses from a plethora of idiots, including the UN General Secretary.
I've just returned from a quick trip via Ljubljana and into Austria; on Thursday the previously deserted and part-dismantled border buildings with Slovenia on the Karawanken tunnel road were manned and the road blocked northwards with police vehicles. By Saturday the Austrian army had taken over, and my driver reported long tailbacks as every vehicle capable of being used by people smugglers was searched. What the cameras don't see in their focus on the tsunami of fighting-fit young men walking from Greece to Germany en masse is an equal number being smuggled by poor and willing Balkans folk in vans and commercial vehicles.
On the trip back we avoided the tunnel in favour of the twisty, steep and narrow road of the high Wurzenpass, where a single NCO with holstered Glock on his hip waved through the bikers and locals who normally use this toll-free route, with his chums keeping comfortable in the UV nearby.