Damian Green MP is Minister for Immigration. Follow Damian on Twitter.
We have all spent the last fortnight spreading deserved praise around for sportsmen and women, volunteers who made London a friendly and welcoming place during the Olympics, and those who kept the venues safe and secure. I would like to add to those receiving the praise the men and women who were manning the borders, making Heathrow and our other ports and airports secure while keeping any queues to a minimum. The pundits who predicted a national embarrassment were wrong.
This makes it all the more important that we differentiate the workers at the border from some of their union bosses. The euphoria of the last fortnight should not mean we forget the attempt by Mark Serwotka and the other PCS leaders to call a strike on the day before the Games started, designed to cause maximum chaos at Heathrow as the world arrived. This piece of destructive posturing failed for a number of reasons. The most important was that the members of the PCS were not remotely behind the union leadership. Only 20 per cent turned out in the strike ballot, and of that small minority only just over half voted for a strike.