Indeed, one could probably find adherents to the notion that it's a far better way of starting off a nation than with a pack of bible thumpers with persecution complexes...
That was my last experience of arriving at Heathrow, direct from Bangkok, two and a half years ago.
There was immigration control, with the expected passport check, but Customs? Nothing. No one.
The rich get rich, and the poor get poorer. The haves get more, the have-nots die.