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Updated 24 June 2018
Diversity identity politics, intellectual freedom
Make no mistake, we are living under a diversity dictatorship
Sunday Telegraph, 24 June 2018.
Those who cry repression and oppression racism, sexism,
transphobism have become judge, jury and executioner.
seen countless times in the past year or so how anyone accused of an
outrage against identity will immediately pay the price, from classicist
Mary Beard, accused of racism and mauled on Twitter as a result, to
Germaine Greer, ceaselessly attacked for her unorthodox views on
transsexual women and #MeToo.
If the obsession with identity
politics had remained a matter for vitriol and silliness only on Twitter,
or in Left-wing newspapers and journals, things wouldn't be so bad. But
they've seeped, with chilling consequences, into absolutely all aspects of
life, with our institutions now as obsessed as their American counterparts
with dictums for promoting "diversity and inclusion" at the cost of just
about everything else.
This means, with catastrophic consequences
guaranteed, that the once highly prized notions of merit, creativity, and
freedom of thought and speech are being systematically tossed on the
bonfire of all things Potentially Un-PC.
And what a week it was for
the country's diversity warriors. ...
Job discrimination, whether
based on sex or race, is wrong and illegal. It is crucial that employers
aren't allowed to refuse promotions on these grounds. But the idea that
"diversity" comes down to tabulating the number of skin colours in any
given management tier, room or discussion, is idiotic, pretty racist
itself, and (shiuld be) insulting to everyone's intelligence. ...
The noxious effects of what I can't help but call the
ever-strengthening "diversity dictatorship" is particularly dispiriting in
once-irreverent domains like comedy. Shane Allen, the former head of comedy
at the BBC, said last week that Monty Python wouldn't "stand a
chance" of being broadcast on the Beeb these days. Nor would Hugh Laurie or
Stephen Fry, because they are "Oxbridge white blokes". ...
Taleb, the Lebanese-American scholar and statistician, put beautifully on
Twitter last week the sinister nature of all this diversity-mongering. "The
more you institutionise rules of ethical behaviour that should be voluntary
(say, anti-racism, anti-sexism)," he tweeted, "the more they will be used
as a cover for unethical actions."
Unethical, absolutely and
plain lunatic, too. ...
Meanwhile, amid all the "inclusive" quotas
and pledges and sackings, the bias trainings, the shamings and the
relentless jargon, our society is losing its creativity, humour and
Immigration abroad Republic of Ireland
Ireland to take more refugees in show of 'solidarity'
Irish Independent, 23 June 2018.
Ireland is willing to do more on migration including taking more
refugees and giving financial support, said the Taoiseach.
ahead of next week's June summit where the migration issue could trigger a
major political earthquake in Germany and across the EU, the Taoiseach
committed Ireland to giving more as a way of repaying the solidarity
Ireland has received over Brexit. ...
Mr Vardakar defended
immigration, saying: "On balance migration is a good thing; Europe needs
"We've a shortage of skilled labour to staff our economy
and run our health service. It enriches our cultures and societies."
But, he said, "it does need to be managed; it can't be uncontrolled
and the fact that it has been uncontrolled has given rise to far-right and
nationalist/populist forces across Europe and that has to be a bad thing".
Immigration public opinion
Revealed: two years after Brexit vote, public still supports tough immigration targets
Channel 4 [television], 22 June 2018.
Almost three quarters of British adults still back Theresa May's
tough stance on reducing immigration, a Deltapoll survey for Channel 4 News
Two years after the EU referendum, support for the
government's tough immigration targets is widespread across the country and
political allegiances, according to the poll.
Most people want the
number of immigrants coming to Britain to be reduced to "tens of thousands"
per year after Brexit although many believe there should be some
Strikingly, the majority of Remain voters would like
to see numbers of immigrants go down. Some 23% of Remainers want a "big
reduction" in EU immigration, while 35% want a small reduction. ...
However, many people remain positive about the overall impact that
immigration to the UK has had over the last few decades.
Half of UK
adults believe it has been mainly beneficial, compared to around 40% who
said it had mainly been detrimental.
Other recent surveys have
suggested attitudes towards immigration may have softened after Brexit.
But the survey by Channel 4 News shows that 42% of UK adults want
to see a big reduction in EU immigration after Brexit. And a further 28%
would be happy with a small reduction.
Only 14% of people want EU
immigration to increase. And just 15% oppose the government's target to
reduce immigration to "tens of thousands". ...
Conservative voters still support the "hostile environment" policy
compared to around four in ten Labour voters. ...
age groups, the Conservatives' policy to bring immigration levels down to
"tens of thousands" is least popular among young people, aged 18-24.
However, the majority of young people still support it, according to the
In response to the poll findings, Ken Clarke MP told
Channel 4 News: "I don't think freedom of movement has done us any harm at
all myself. We live in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-national
society. And if you think that has gone too far already, I think as far as
my grandchildren are concerned, you ain't seen nothing yet." ...
Deltapoll interviewed 2,063 adults between 8th June 11th
Immigration abroad USA
Migrant families separation poster girl not taken from mum
BBC, 22 June 2018.
A little girl who became the public face of US migrant family
separations was not taken away from her mother at the US border, says her
A photograph of the Honduran toddler sobbing in a pink
jacket was snapped at the scene of a border detention.
magazine has used the image for its latest cover, depicting President
Donald Trump looming over the girl with the caption: "Welcome to America".
But thousands of other child migrants have been taken from parents
in the US. ...
The photo helped secure $17m (£13m) in
donations from hundreds of thousands of people on a Facebook fundraiser for
the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, a
Texas-based non-profit organisation. ...
Honduran Deputy Foreign
Minister Nelly Jerez verified Mr Valera's version of events to Reuters. ...
Mr Valera said Ms Sanchez and their daughter had left the Honduran
city of Puerto Cortes without telling him or the couple's three other
He said he believed she went to the US in search of
better economic opportunities. ...
He told the Daily Mail he
understands Ms Sanchez paid $6,000 to a smuggler to get her across the
Citizenship EU citizens, residence
UK unveils post-Brexit EU citizen settlement scheme
Lisa O'Carroll and Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 22 June 2018.
The government has promised to fast-track the registration process
for EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit, with decisions on
applications to remain in the country reduced from six months to "a matter
Unveiling details of the "settlement scheme" for EU
citizens, the Home Office promised that the application process would be
"short, simple and user friendly" with a default position of accepting
rather than rejecting applications. ...
Applications will cost
£65 per adult, with children half price. EU citizens will be issued
with an ID number, but not a physical card, which they will be required to
use for public services such as the NHS and possibly employment and
property rental checks. ...
It has been estimated that the Home
Office will have to process up to 4,500 applications a day to get through
3.2m applications before the programme closes in June 2021. However,
numbers could be even higher, with the Home Office saying there could be
anything from "3.2m to 3.8m" EU citizens eligible for the scheme. ...
Anyone with a criminal record involving a jail sentence of more
than 12 months is at risk of being rejected. Checks on the national police
database and watch lists will be automatic but past crimes in the rest of
Europe will not be automatic. ...
It will remain open for two and a
half years, with EU citizens who arrive in the country eligible to apply
right up until the end of December 2019, the proposed end of the transition
Those in the country for less than five years will be
granted "pre-settled status" which can be swapped for a full "settled
status" ID after five years.
The new status will also be considered
a route to British citizenship, ending the need for EU citizens presently
in the country to go through the permanent residency process.
family members, defined as "spouse, civil partner, durable partner,
dependent child or grandchild or dependent parent or grandparent living
overseas" will be allowed to join those with settled status under a
"lifetime right" of EU citizens already in the country.
Citizenship EU citizens, residence
3.8 million EU migrants are allowed to stay here after Brexit: That's 600,000 more than estimated and they can bring their families
Daily Mail, 22
Nearly 4 million EU migrants will be allowed to live permanently in
Britain after Brexit and bring their families with them. ...
Any EU migrant who has lived in Britain lawfully for at least five
years will be granted this 'settled status' giving them full access
to schools, hospitals, pensions and benefits. Applicants will face only
three questions: to prove their ID, whether they have criminal convictions
and whether they live in the UK.
However, international criminal
record checks will not be routinely carried out, meaning violent criminals
could get the right to live here.
Even if an EU citizen has a
criminal record in Britain, they might not be considered for deportation.
Officials said that if an offence such as rape had been committed
many years ago, it might not meet the threshold to deport someone.
Successful applicants will also get the right to bring their parents,
grandparents, brothers and sisters, children and partners to join them
even if they are not EU nationals.
Officials revealed they
were planning for 3.8 million applications about 600,000 more than
previously expected. It is because officials do not know exactly how many
EU migrants are living here.
Applicants' names will be screened
against only UK police and security databases, unless there is 'good cause'
to suspect a person has a hidden criminal history abroad. ...
MP Philip Davies expressed concern about the 'lax' checks on criminal
databases, adding: 'Migrants who commit crimes here should be deported
unless there are extenuating circumstances. The Government seems to be
taking the view that unless it is a very serious crime, they are okay to
stay, which is the wrong way round.' ...
Lord Green of Deddington,
of the Migrationwatch think-tank, said: 'The effect of these arrangements
is that EU citizens who arrive during the transition period will have the
right to stay on for five years. They would then acquire rights to bring in
spouses, parents and grandparents that were greater than those of British
Councillor who said Isis does not exist is given antiterror role
The Times, 21 June 2018.
A Labour councillor who was forced to resign as a school governor
after claiming that Isis did not exist has been appointed to a council
committee dealing with radicalisation.
Safia Akhtar Noor was
suspended by Yew Tree Community School in Birmingham after several Facebook
posts in which she questioned whether Isis was to blame for terror attacks
Although the school suspended her and she later
resigned, she was allowed to stand for Labour in May's local elections and
won a seat in the Small Heath ward with more than 3,000 votes.
has since been appointed to the children's social care overview and
scrutiny committee, which examines initiatives to prevent radicalisation
and has given guidance on the Prevent strategy, ...
Surge in refugees hits young Germans' job prospects, warns OECD
Daily Telegraph, 21 June 2018.
Refugees run the risk of damaging the job prospects of low-skilled
young men in Germany, Austria and Sweden as more people compete for jobs,
the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has
In parts of Germany refugees make up more than 15pc of the
unemployed, putting pressure on vulnerable parts of the existing workforce.
These new job seekers pose the greatest competition to young men with few
qualifications, who are already most likely to struggle.
The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray - review
Evening Standard, 21 June 2018.
On publication in May last year, The Strange Death of Europe became
a surprise bestseller and remained so all last summer. It's rare that a
book of such seriousness, cogency and pessimism finds so many readers.
Murray announces quite simply in his introduction: "Europe is
committing suicide." He predicts within the lifespans of most people
currently alive "Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will
have lost the only place in the world we had to call home".
puts forward two simultaneous causes. The first is the mass movement of
peoples into Europe post-war, making it into "a home for the entire world".
The second is the way Europe itself "has lost faith in its beliefs,
traditions and legitimacy". ...
Murray surveys the history of
migration, highlighting how much it has been underestimated by governments
and how little serious public discussion has been permitted even
when, for example, the 2011 census revealed the enormous changes that have
taken place, in London especially. ...
He traces the way new
parties have emerged across Europe to represent popular opinion so
determinedly ignored by mainstream parties. "There is an ongoing effort to
make European publics not believe the evidence of their own lives," he
says, quoting poll after poll, showing how out of step with public opinion
governments have become. In 2010, 47 per cent of Germans said they did not
think Islam belonged in Germany. By 2015, that figure had become 60 per
cent. Now it is higher again.
In a new Afterword for the paperback,
after surveying the events of the last year, Murray says he had anticipated
criticism. "Yet none of the many facts in this book were able to be refuted
and nobody of any consequence has even tried to contest or deny them." The
Strange Death of Europe is essential reading, just as much for those who
would dispute its analysis as for those who will find here lucidly set
forth what they already intuit.
The Strange Death of Europe:
Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray (Bloomsbury, £9.99)
Immigration abroad Spain, France
'Almost half' of rescued Aquarius migrants want asylum in France, NOT Spain
Daily Express, 20 June 2018.
Nearly half of the 630 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean who
arrived in Spain at the weekend want to claim asylum in France, Spanish
officials said on Monday. ...
France said it would welcome some of
the migrants and help Spain deal with asylum applications following
criticism of President Emmanuel Macron's initial silence on the plight of
the rescue ship.
Immigration abroad Australia
Majority of Australians say there is TOO MUCH immigration for the first time, study reveals
Daily Mail Australia, 20 June 2018.
For the first time in history the majority of Australians believe
there are too many immigrants entering the country, according to social
Nearly 55 per cent out of 1200 people thought the
number of migrants coming to Australia was 'too high', in data collected by
Social Research Centre in Melbourne. ...
Debate was recently
sparked by New South Wales Labor leader Luke Foley who controversially
highlighted a 'white flight' trend bought about by migrant families.
He was referring to low-income migrants forcing Anglo families out
of affordable housing areas in Sydney's western suburbs. ...
three quarters of Australians think the government has allowed too much
investment from China, up from just 56 per cent in 2014.
Politics European Union
The Migrant Question
City Journal, 20 June 2018.
... whatever attitude governments take to the migrants, no one
truly believes that they are more of an asset than a liability. /.../ When
European leaders discuss the migrant question, it is always in terms of
sharing the burden, not the assets, equitably. No one speaks of foreign
investment in this way, which suggests that European politicians believe,
whether rightly or wrongly, that the free movement of people and capital
are different in an important way.
The leaders speak of sharing the
burden, then, and are incensed when countries such as Hungary and Poland
refuse point-blank to take any migrants from Africa or the Middle East. But
I have never seen mentioned in this context the question of where the
migrants themselves want to go. They might as well be inanimate toxic waste
as far as the discussion is concerned, rather than human beings with
wishes, desires, ambitions, and so forth. They are but pawns in a political
game. Hungary, for example, is deemed duty-bound to take x number of
migrants: no one asks whether x number of migrants can be found who want to
go to Hungary. Nor is the question ever discussed in public whether
Hungary, having open borders, would be held responsible for making the
migrants stay there once they had arrived. Short of penning them in, how
exactly would you keep them in Hungary, or in Poland?
Lithuanian deported from Sweden four times strolls into UK - and goes on £500k luxury car part theft spree
Mirror, 19 June 2018.
A thief who came to the UK after being deported FOUR TIMES from
Sweden has been jailed for stealing £500,000 worth of steering wheels,
onboard computers and parts from luxury cars in just three months.
Ernestas Lukosevicius was repeatedly booted out of the country
where it was said he had developed the necessary 'skills and expertise' to
carry out such car crime.
By April last year, the Lithuanian had
racked up his eighth conviction for 23 offences, was jailed for nine months
and handed his fourth deportation order.
A court heard he is
currently banned from returning to Sweden until February 2027. ...
The court was told there was no record of when he came to the UK,
and Recorder Matthew McDonagh said he could not make the same
recommendation for deportation as ordered in Sweden.
Foreign criminal thrown out of UK for shoplifting four years ago walks back into the country to continue his one-man crime wave
MailOnline, 19 June
A foreign thief who was deported from the UK for shoplifting
waltzed back past border guards and resumed his life of crime, a court has
Eriks Gindra - who has racked up convictions in Nottingham,
Doncaster, Leeds, Barnsley and Huddersfield - was kicked out of Britain
four years ago. ...
In an unusual move, Gindra did not give his
nationality in court, replying only 'gipsy'. But he used a Russian
interpreter, suggesting he is from one of the Baltic states. ...
Gindra - who has 25 convictions for 49 offences in the UK - was
arrested again in April and jailed him for eight weeks by Southern
Derbyshire Magistrates last week.
It is expected he will deported
again at the end of his jail term.
Politics Liberal Democrats
Nick Clegg's U-turn as he now warns the EU that immigration is not an 'untouchable principle'
Daily Mail, 19 June 2018.
Nick Clegg has performed another U-turn by dropping his unequivocal
support for the free movement of workers between EU nations.
article yesterday, the former deputy prime minister said Brussels should
stop seeing the controversial policy as an 'untouchable principle'.
It comes four years after he described freedom of movement as a
'good thing' and a 'cornerstone of European integration'. ...
years former Lib Dem leader Sir Nick has been one of the most vociferous
supporters of free movement. But, writing in the Financial Times yesterday,
he called on European leaders to reform the rules saying he hoped it
could see Britain remaining in the EU. ...
Recent election results
on the continent show millions of people believe the 'EU's collective
approach to immigration is serving them poorly', he wrote.
UK makes Windrush Day official with £500k grant to support events
The Guardian, 18 June 2018.
A day celebrating the contribution of the Windrush generation and
their descendants is to be held annually, the government has announced.
Windrush Day will take place on 22 June, the day when around 500
migrants from the Caribbean arrived at Tilbury Docks in Essex in 1948
aboard the MV Empire Windrush.
It will be supported by a grant of
up to £500,000, available to charities and communities wanting to hold
commemorative and educational events.
The communities minister,
Lord Bourne, said the annual celebration will help to "recognise and honour
the enormous contribution" of those who arrived between 1948 and 1971.
"It will keep their legacy alive for future generations, ensuring
that we all celebrate the diversity of Britain's history," he said.
Population cost, National Health Service
'Nobody will talk about it!' Farage reveals why NHS funding MUST increase for THIS reason
Daily Express, 18 June 2018.
Nigel Farage hailed Theresa May's announcement of a 'Brexit
dividend' for the NHS, but reminded listeners the money was only necessary
because of rapid population growth fuelled by mass immigration. ...
Speaking on his LBC show, Mr Farage said: "Spending on the National
Health Service has to go up every single year significantly, not just
because of administrative waste, not just because of health tourism.
"The British population is rising by half a million people every
single year, and 75% of that is because of people coming into this country
and those that have come having children.
"Is it any wonder we need
to increase spending?
"And of course part of the argument around
Brexit was that by leaving we can take back control of our borders and
significantly reduce the numbers coming into Britain.
little prospect of that, and as I say it is the elephant in the room and
nobody wants to talk about it because immigration has disappeared
completely off the political radar in this country."
Immigration abroad European Union
The EU is facing an existential crisis but it is migration, not Brexit, that will be its undoing
Daily Telegraph, 18 June 2018.
Alongside sunburnt Brits, they are one of the modern staples at
Southern Europe's popular tourist spots: Arab and African men selling
tourist tat. These men (and occasional woman) come from many places. ...
If they can raise enough cash and get a spot on a boat crossing the
Mediterranean, their odds of getting to Europe are high 98 per cent
make it. That is why people keep trying. ...
The migration surge
has been fuelled by technology and growing wealth, which have for the first
time brought the means to flee conflict and migrate economically within the
reach of millions. The EU hasn't created this situation, but with its
migration policies, it has removed from national governments the means to
address it and, with its legal structure, it has neutered Brussels' ability
to step in instead, since national politicians can't agree on an approach.
And the more pro-EU politicians try to collectivise policy, the more they
fan the flames of populist revolt. ...
... What's not clear is
whether national governments will have any more success than Brussels in
slowing the demographic tide.
CBI boss wades into diversity debate again
Sunday Telegraph, 17 June 2018.
The new head of the CBI has backed companies to favour women and
ethnic minorities over equally capable white men as a way of improving
diversity in the upper ranks of business.
John Allan, who is due to
be confirmed as CBI president at the lobby group's AGM this week, said in a
Sunday Telegraph interview that he was "quite a long way" from advocating
positive discrimination that would mean less capable women and ethnic
minorities are awarded senior roles.
But he added: "I'm absolutely
unashamed in saying that if I had two candidates for a particular role on
the board of equal merit and one of them would help us get further down the
path in terms of diversity than another then I would choose them.
"I'd regard that as being a perfectly satisfactory reason for
favouring one candidate over another."
Immigration abroad Belgium, European Union
Belgian minister: Europe needs Australian approach to migration
Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli
Politico, 17 June 2018.
Belgium's right-wing immigration minister, Theo Francken, has
suggested Europe should follow Australia's example and only accept asylum
claims via the United Nations.
"Aren't there any safe ports in
North Africa? Those who come to Europe should lose their right to asylum,"
Francken, who leads the right-wing New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), said in an
interview with Flemish daily Nieuwsblad published Saturday.
he added, should only accept refugees who ask for asylum via U.N. camps in
conflict zones and send back those who arrive on its shores by boat.
"This illegal migration must stop," Francken told the Flemish
Francken who consistently polls as the most
popular politician in Flanders was one of few European ministers to
express support earlier this week for Italian Interior Minister Matteo
Salvini's decision to close the country's ports to a vessel carrying more
than 600 migrants. ...
The Flemish right-wing politician is not
alone in calling for a tough response to migration in Europe. Austria's
conservative leader Sebastian Kurz has called for an "axis of the willing
against illegal migration" between Italy, Germany and his own country, and
pledged to make fighting illegal immigration a top priority for Vienna's
presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2018.
We're now confusing diversity and equality. Which is our priority?
The Guardian, 17 June 2018.
What do we mean by diversity? And why is it good or not?
For all the myriad debates about diversity today, such questions
are rarely addressed in any depth. The latest hoo-ha was generated by a
Lionel Shriver column in the Spectator, which questioned publisher
Penguin Random House's pledge to make the company more diverse. ...
"Drunk on virtue," Shriver wrote, "Penguin Random House no longer
regards the company's raison d'être as the acquisition and
dissemination of good books." ...
Mslexia, a magazine for women's
writing, dropped her as a judge for its annual short story competition.
Although it welcomed "open debate", Shriver's comments were "not consistent
with Mslexia's ethos' and mission". So, an open debate, but only with the
right views the importance of diversity but not of a diversity of
... For both sides, "diversity" has become less an issue to
debate than a symbol, of virtue for the one, of vice for the other.
Penguin Random House aims to make the company as diverse as Britain
with respect to "ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social mobility and
disability". (I assume "social mobility" is a euphemism for "class"
it's obviously a category that no longer speaks its name.)
Britain is diverse in many other ways too by religion, age,
occupation, regional affiliation, politics and so on. It's unlikely that
any institution would ever be representative in all these categories
(especially political viewpoint). Here "diversity" means being
representative in a few chosen categories, and only in those categories.
PRH's categories represent some of the groups that, historically,
have faced discrimination, and been excluded from positions of power and
privilege. From this perspective, the drive for greater diversity is a push
for greater equality, and an attempt to dismantle barriers of exclusion.
But equality and diversity are not synonymous. There are many
reasons for a workforce or institution not to be representative of society.
Consider the recent debate about admissions to Oxford University. Black
people make up around 3% of the UK population, but only 1.9% of Oxford's
intake. Labour's David Lammy damned the university as a "bastion of
entrenched wealthy, upper-class, white, southern privilege".
as Channel 4's Fact Check pointed out, black students both
disproportionately apply for the most competitive courses and are more
likely to miss their predicted A-level grades. Taking this into account,
Oxford, according to Fact Check, "was very slightly more likely to
offer a place to black candidates". ...
If the argument in favour
of diversity is not as straightforward as it seems, neither is the
In a review of novels about immigration, Shriver
makes the valid, and necessary, point that most stories about migration are
written from the viewpoint of immigrants, rarely from that of "host
communities". She goes on, however, to talk about immigration as a form of
inappropriate cultural invasion. ...
Diversity is, of itself,
neither good nor bad. The real issue is about how we engage with diversity.
But that means engaging with all the issues for which "diversity" has
become a proxy: equality, identity, class, immigration, racism, ideas of
belonging and home. In this context, neither unthinkingly celebrating
diversity, nor reflexively rejecting it, makes much sense.
Immigration students, visas
Tens of thousands of foreigners will be allowed to study at UK universities without having to prove that they can speak English
Daily Mail, 17 June 2018.
Tens of thousands of foreign students will be allowed to attend
universities in Britain without having to prove they have the right
The Government has also scrapped rules requiring
them to provide evidence they have enough funds to live here and can speak
Home Secretary Sajid Javid yesterday simplified the
process of securing so-called 'Tier 4' visas for students from countries it
considers a 'low risk' of abusing the system. ...
In the latest
shake-up, the Government added 11 countries to its 'trusted' list for the
purpose of student visas. The additional countries China, Cambodia,
Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico, Bahrain, Serbia, Dominican Republic, Kuwait,
Maldives and Macau bring the list to 30. Overseas students from
these nations will benefit from a streamlined application process, which
means they will have to provide fewer documents when applying for visas.
Controversially, they will no longer need to submit evidence
showing they meet the requirements for living costs of up to £1,265 a
month, previous qualifications or evidence they can speak English fluently.
However, the Migrationwatch think-tank warned of a 'slippery
slope', saying: 'The last time the student visa system was loosened in 2009
it took years to recover from the massive inflow of bogus students,
especially from India.' ...
Countries already on the student visa
trusted list are Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei, Canada,
Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, South
Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, the US and Taiwan.
Racism Northern Ireland
Amnesty International says Northern Ireland has a huge racism problem
Belfast Live, 17 June 2018.
Racism is a "huge problem" in Northern Ireland, Amnesty
International has said.
The human rights charity has called on the
government to act following the results of a new Northern Ireland Life and
Times Survey. ...
More than half of those surveyed admitted they
would have a problem with a Muslim or Irish traveller marrying into their
family - and a quarter would not willingly accept an ethnic minority
More than a thousand (1,063) racist incidents were
reported to the PSNI from July 2016 to June 2017, but there was no
prosecution in 83% of them.
Crime violence, knife crime
Ex-head of Met Police calls for more stop and searches and claims migration is fuelling knife crime
Sunday Telegraph, 17 June 2018.
Police should increase the use stop-and-search to tackle soaring
tackle knife crime and violence in London, the former head of Scotland Yard
who oversaw a huge decline in the use of the powers has said.
Hogan-Howe, the head of the Metropolitan Police between 2011 and 2017 when
Theresa May was Home Secretary, believes that the surge in violence means
"we now need to increase the amount of stop and search again".
Nearly 50 people have been fatally stabbed in London since the
start of the year, while the overall number of knife offences in the
capital rose by more than 20 per cent last year to 14,680.
linked migration and higher birth rates in parts of London to increased
violence because it means that there are growing numbers of young men.
Radicalised asylum seekers have murdered or injured more than 1,000 in terror attacks in Europe since 2014
Daily Mail, 16 June 2018.
Radicalised asylum seekers have murdered or injured more than 1,000
people in terror attacks in Europe since 2014, a new report has revealed.
In the past four years, 32 Islamist plots have involved those who
had sought sanctuary or 16 per cent. Three of the potential
atrocities were in the UK, including Parson Green tube bomber Ahmed Hassan.
An analysis by academics found 44 refugees had either carried out
atrocities or been thwarted before they could bring bloodshed to the
The findings echo warnings by law enforcement chiefs that
some so-called Islamic State fanatics who are bent on murder posed as
refugees fleeing war and persecution. It was claimed they exploited the
migrant crisis by pretending to be asylum seekers to sneak into Europe and
Terror expert Robin Simcox, of the Heritage
Foundation think-tank in Washington DC, said it was 'disturbingly simple'
for jihadists to hide among genuine refugees because the Continent's
borders were under huge strain.
European leaders had 'inadvertently
increased the terrorist threat' as a direct result of their 'catastrophic'
handling of controversial immigration and open-border policies. ...
Mr Simcox made clear that the fault for 11 successful attacks
involving asylum seekers, which killed 182 people and injured 814, lay with
The report said: 'Ill-conceived immigration
policies have made it easier for them to strike. European leaders were
either naïve about the risks or failed to communicate honestly with
the public the impact that accepting such large amounts of people would
have on security.
'The fall-out from the decision to take in such a
large amount of unvetted people in such a short time will continue for
decades to come.'
The study found that there were 194 Islamist
terror plots between January 2014 and December 2017. The total casualties
were 357 deaths and 1,678 injuries.
Of those, 32 involved asylum
seekers or refugees. They included the attack by IS-inspired gunman and
suicide bombers who murdered 129 innocent people in Paris in November 2015
and Tunisian-born Anas Amri who killed 12 when he drove a truck into a
Christmas market in Berlin in 2016. ...
IS had direct connections
to the majority of plots, with Germany targeted most and Syrians more
frequently involved than other nationalities.
Immigration abroad Italy, European Union
EU elite must tackle traffickers to end migrant crisis
Yorkshire Post, 16 June 2018.
When the German Chancellor Angela Merkel threw open Europe's
borders to over a million migrants three years ago without a single
security check she didn't consult with all of her EU counterparts,
even though her decision would have disastrous consequences throughout the
It was a classic example of the European political elite
taking decisions without the slightest regard for the thoughts, feelings or
welfare of the 500 million people they are supposed to represent. ...
But despite blame for the crisis being firmly laid at Merkel's
door, Germany did not suffer the worst of it. The impacts on countries
closer to the migrant routes to northern Europe, for example Greece and
Italy, were far more serious.
For example, since 2013 an estimated
700,000 migrants have been ferried to Italy by NGO 'rescue ships' and EU
vessels. This placed huge pressure on a country already racked by high
levels of debt, stagnant growth, and high unemployment, particularly
amongst the young.
But Italy's desperate pleas for help from the EU
fell on deaf ears. ...
When politicians stop listening to voters,
we shouldn't be surprised when the people vote for someone who will.
The hypocrisy of the French President is staggering. As Salvini
pointed out, the French agreed to accept 9,816 migrants to relieve the
pressure on Italy as part of a 2015 EU redistribution scheme. So far in
three years they have accepted just 640.
Salvini also argues that
migration across the Mediterranean is part of a huge moneymaking racket run
by ruthless people-smuggling gangs operating out of Libya. The NGO and
charity ships are simply operating a naval taxi service by picking up these
paying customers a few miles off the Libyan coast and transporting them to
The charities tell us the people on the board the ship
are "desperate", but not so desperate that they would seek refuge in the
nearest safe port in Tunisia. They have paid hard cash to get into
Europe and they expect to get what they paid for.
More than 140,000 Muslims gather at 'Europe's largest Eid celebration' in Birmingham as millions of around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan
Connor Boyd and Jordan
MailOnline, 16 June 2018.
Birmingham hosted Europe's largest event to signal the end of
Ramadan earlier with more than an estimated 140,000 worshippers attending
prayers at Small Heath park earlier.
It was the biggest gathering
yet for organisers Celebrate Eid, in its seventh year, with 106,000 Muslims
attending the event last year.
Diversity political correctness
Tyranny of the minorities: We live in an age of mob rule by minorities in which anybody who disagrees with them is censored and freedom of expression is something only THEY
Daily Mail, 16 June 2018.
... this week when our so-called liberal Left went into convulsions
of illiberality after author Lionel Shriver mocked the latest diversity
The forces of political correctness impose their
unyielding views everywhere. ...
Supposedly apolitical charities
try to thrust correctness down the gullets of their staff. The National
Trust instructs country house guides to wear gay pride badges. The RNLI
sacks long-serving lifeboatmen for using tea mugs with risque images of
Theatre companies are left in no doubt that they will not be
given Arts Council subsidies unless they cast a number of 'non-traditional'
actors i.e., women playing Shakespearean kings or Afro-Caribbeans as
English Regency fops.
Firms ban employees wearing crosses in case
they offend non-Christians or atheists (but it's fine to wear a burka). ...
'Diversity' is now a booming employment sector and it offers hefty
salaries. More insidiously, others exploit it for political ends and
furtherance of their own ambitions. ...
Lionel Shriver was swiftly
condemned this week by people who pretty clearly had not read her article
and were interested only in hurting her. ...
There is a profoundly
worrying problem with this tyranny of the minorities. By insisting every
minority has preferential rights, you end up denying the majority their
A few months ago, I had an experience like Ms Shriver's
when I criticised the Royal Shakespeare Company for what I felt was some
clumsy, minority-quotas casting in a Restoration comedy. I asked if the RSC
was being leaned on by the Arts Council (which places inordinate store by
its diversity policies). Did it fear that unless it cast black actors in
historically white roles it might not be given such big dollops of public
The RSC denounced me as a racist and numerous blowhards
in the subsidised theatre world pretty much compared me to Satan. Behind
the scenes, senior theatre practitioners told me they completely agreed
with me but feared that if they said so in public, their careers
would be damaged.
Multiculturalism Islam, police
Non-Muslim police officers take part in 18-hour Ramadan fast to 'gain a better understanding' of the local community
MailOnline, 15 June 2018.
Non-Muslim police officers have taken part in an 18-hour fast for
Ramadan to help boost relations with the Islamic community.
Northamptonshire Police said the move was to 'show unity' and 'gain
a better understanding' of the local community during the Muslim holy
PSCO's were this week pictured at the Headlands Mosque in
Northampton, joining in with the evening iftar meal having fasted from
sunrise to sunset.
Immigration abroad European Union
Macron and Italian PM Conte back EU 'asylum centres' in African nations
BBC, 15 June 2018.
Italy and France have jointly expressed support for EU "asylum
centres" to be set up in countries where many migrants begin their journeys
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French
President Emmanuel Macron met in Paris after a days-long row over the fate
of the rescue ship Aquarius. ...
Mr Conte and Mr Macron have now
agreed the current system must be reformed.
Mr Macron proposed
building migration centres in countries of departure, including Libya, from
which many people attempt a dangerous sea crossing to Europe - an idea he
has raised in the past.
He said many of those attempting the
journey had "no possibility of obtaining asylum in Europe", but die in the
attempt - or spend months living in poor conditions only to be sent home.
Processing asylum claims in applicants' home countries could avoid
those problems, he said.
Mr Conte, the head of Italy's new populist
coalition government, agreed with the plan, calling for widespread reform
of the current system.
Immigration abroad Germany
Angela Merkel's political near-death experience in Bavarian brawl
Politico, 15 June 2018.
Merkel's refusal to endorse a plan by her Bavarian interior
minister to turn back some refugees at the German border set the stage for
a showdown that, barring a last-minute compromise, could bring down her
The dispute ostensibly revolves around the question
of whether Germany should turn back refugees who have applied for asylum in
other EU countries. Merkel opposes the policy on the grounds it could
hasten the collapse of Europe's system of open frontiers by forcing
Germany's neighbors to re-impose border controls.
The root of the
dispute has less to do with that narrow question, however, than with
Merkel's broader refugee policy, which the CSU has resisted from the
Even as Merkel vowed to stand her ground, the
leaders of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) dug in their own
Meanwhile about two-thirds of Germans agree with the
CSU's position on turning away refugees at the border, according to a
separate poll released Thursday.
Nostalgia should not be dismissed
Church Times, 15 June 2018.
[The Revd Dr Andrew Rumsey is Team Rector in the Oxted Team Ministry, in Southwark diocese]
Nostalgia (as the old quip goes) isn't what it was. A new report by
the think tank Demos, At Home in One's Past: Nostalgia as a cultural and
political force in Britain, France and Germany, is a timely recognition
that, far from being mere sentimental indulgence, nostalgia is now driving
populist politics across Europe.
This insightful piece of research
pays particular attention to the impact of nostalgic attitudes on the 2016
EU referendum campaign, remarking how both Leave and Remain campaigns
sought to "outplay" the other's nostalgic discourses to demonstrate their
status within the national story.
Refining its focus from general
impressions that, for example, 63 per cent of British citizens
believe that life was better when they were growing up (fairly constant in
all eras, one suspects) the report homes in on more sensitive
questions around "traditional values" and the perceived benefits or threats
of a multicultural society. Among the more striking statistics, it finds
that 78 per cent of people in British communities that have experienced
large-scale immigration in recent years believe that this transition has
made them more divided.
The report is significant for at least two
reasons: first, in its acknowledgement, through careful qualitative
analysis, that political life today is shaped as much by our felt senses of
belonging and tradition as the more familiar categories of economic
prosperity or party allegiance.
The second is its emerging from a
progressive culture that has hitherto either downplayed such sympathies, or
dismissed them as reactionary. Accepting that nostalgia tends to be
employed as a "liberal slur", it concludes that, if this term reflects
citizens' genuine experience, "we cannot dismiss nostalgia itself as
irrational, hyperbolic, or feeble."
Immigration abroad Germany
Germany fires head of scandal-hit asylum agency
Reuters, 15 June 2018.
Germany's interior minister has dismissed the head of the Federal
Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), which is mired in a scandal over
irregularities in making asylum decisions, a spokesman said on Friday.
The decision by Horst Seehofer, leader of the Bavaria-based
Christian Social Union (CSU), comes at the height of dispute over
immigration that threatens to splinter Chancellor Angela Merkel's
conservative bloc. ...
BAMF chief Jutta Cordt had come under
criticism after an internal review by BAMF of 4,568 asylum rulings had
found that the Bremen branch knowingly and regularly disregarded legal
regulations and internal rules.
'It's not fair to accuse me of racism'
Daily Telegraph, 15 June 2018.
Lional Shriver was vilified this week for criticising a publisher's
diversity policy. ...
"It's wilful misrepresentation," says
Shriver, ..."opinions are being imputed to me, and to that column, which
neither I nor the column profess. It's malicious. I was amused and
concerned by the letter from Penguin Random House because it seemed to me
they were aiming for diversity quotas. They deny it, saying it was an
aspiration, but that's just semantics. If you're aiming to mirror the
proportions of [minority] groups in the UK, that's a quota. We've got to
the point where diversity is sacrosanct, and you can't say anything even in
the vicinity of that word that is short of worshipful.
is a laudable goal, and I've never said anything else, but it shouldn't be
the primary goal if your company is meant to be doing something else. ..."
Multiculturalism Islam, Conservative Party
Our new moves to stamp out anti-Muslim abuse or discrimination within the Conservative Party
ConservativeHome, 15 June 2018.
[Brandon Lewis is Chairman of the Conservative Party, and is MP for Great Yarmouth]
As Muslim families gather today to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking
the end of Ramadan, they will be joined by neighbours of different faiths
and none to celebrate this happy day. This is a wonderful reminder of how
much Muslims contribute to the community and culture of British life.
Britain would be a poorer place without British Muslims. We are
lucky to have a rich tapestry of faiths and different communities in the
United Kingdom. It is one of the things that makes this nation strong. As a
Party we are strongest when we reflect the diversity of backgrounds and
experience of wider society in our membership. ...
Yesterday, I met
with TellMAMA, an organisation doing tremendous work to support and protect
Muslims in Britain. They recognise that the Conservative Party has acted
swiftly in disciplining members who have expressed unacceptable attitudes
towards Muslims, but we should always be looking to do more to stamp out
anti-Muslim abuse or discrimination of any kind.
So I am taking the
. First, the Conservative Party will work closely
with TellMAMA to give local associations tailored advice, support and
guidance to deal with abuse and bigotry robustly.
. Second, I will
make diversity training available to all members and association officers
to improve awareness of discrimination and promote inclusion.
Third, I will be writing to local associations to remind them of the
standards of behaviour expected from representatives of the Party and to
stress the importance of promoting tolerance and inclusivity.
Finally, I will ask all local associations to report back to CCHQ about how
they have dealt with locally reported complaints.
Illegal immigration people smuggling
People smugglers make billions: UN report
MailOnline, 14 June 2018.
People smugglers made billions on the backs of some 2.5 million
desperate migrants in 2016, the UN said in a report Wednesday as the plight
of refugees worldwide continues to top the headlines.
issued by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said people-smuggling rings
earned some $7.0 billion ... in 2016 an amount, it noted, equal to
US and EU humanitarian aid that year.
The figures are the latest
available covering 30 major migrant routes in Africa, Europe, North America
and Asia but they quite likely understate the extent of the problem,
according to the report.
Immigration visas, doctors, nurses
Immigration rules to be relaxed for non-EU doctors and nurses
BBC, 14 June 2018.
The government is to relax immigration rules to allow more non-EU
skilled workers into the UK.
On Friday, the Home Office is expected
to confirm that foreign doctors and nurses will be excluded from the
government's visa cap.
The cap - introduced by Theresa May when she
was home secretary - sets a limit for all non-EU skilled workers at 20,700
people a year. ...
NHS England had 35,000 nurse vacancies and
nearly 10,000 doctor posts unfilled in February. ...
change would only apply to doctors and nurses - but could free up thousands
of visas for workers in other industries like IT and teaching, even if the
20,700 total didn't change.
Illegal immigration politics
What kills migrants on boats? The left's good intentions
The Spectator, 16 June 2018.
You will remember the shrieking from the left a few years back when
the first wave of migrants set sail from the North African coast. 'These
are people, we must do something,' the liberals demanded,
insisting that the rest of us were callous bastards. The thing they wanted
was more patrols in the Med, to scoop the refugees out of the water once
their boats had, inevitably, capsized.
It seemed plain to me and to
many others that if we did this, many more people would be encouraged to
come, and many, many more would die attempting to achieve landfall. And
that is exactly what happened: the death rate increased almost
exponentially in the first six months of 2017 some 2,000 migrants
died. But those of us who predicted this were castigated by the 'But these
are people' brigade in fact this was their only response to
suggestions that stepping up the patrols would cost more lives. I remember
the columnist David Aaronovitch saying that if we did not 'do something' to
help these people then the government would be directly accountable for the
deaths which occurred.
Given that many more people have died
because we did indeed do something, are those subsequent deaths not on Mr
Aaronovitch's hands? And on the hands of the rest of the dense, squawking
liberals? Even more so, are they not the responsibility of the various NGOs
and charities which now openly connive in the trafficking of these people,
thus encouraging still more to come? If the NGOs really wished to do
something useful, they would fish the survivors out of the sea and take
them straight back to where they came from.
Another outcome the
lefties did not see was the effect these mass migrations would have on the
nations of Europe. One by one, populist governments deeply opposed to
immigration have been elected and the European Union is now a much more
fissiparous and fragile entity. ...
... You can't beat good
intentions for causing misery, deaths and political upheaval.
Immigration public opinion, European Union
Immigration, terrorism top concern list of Europeans: poll
Jan Strupczewski and Julia Echikson
Business Insider / Reuters, 14 June 2018.
Immigration and terrorism are the two top concerns for the European
Union as a bloc, but trust in the EU and optimism about its future are on
the rise, a European Commission poll showed.
twice-a-year Eurobarometer poll showed 38 percent of the EU's 510 million
citizens saw immigration as the most important issue facing the bloc.
Paradoxically, the highest level of concern about the issue was registered
in countries were immigration is minimal Estonia, the Czech Republic
Concern over terrorism was mentioned by 29 percent of
Europeans. Again, it was highest in countries that have not had a single
terrorist attack in recent years Lithuania, Cyprus, Ireland, the
Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Poland and Latvia. ...
The survey showed
that more than eight in 10 respondents supported the free movement of EU
citizens with the right to live, work, study and do business anywhere in
Employment doctors, nurses
It may be controversial to say it but it's true lifting the immigration cap for the NHS is a bad idea
Independent, 14 June 2018.
It probably had to happen. All the stars were aligned: the
perennial shortage of qualified medical staff in the NHS; the advance
planning for next winter's "crisis"; a loud chorus of special pleading led
by the great and the good; frightened politicians, and a new home secretary
keen to set a fresh tone on migration following the (totally unrelated)
And so the government will announce that it is
abolishing the "cap" for recruiting nurses and doctors from outside the EU
and presumably, post-Brexit, from inside the EU, too. ...
... Even with an entirely graduate profession of nurses and the
long training required to produce a doctor, the NHS could have had four
years' worth of extra nurses by now and two years' worth of new junior
hospital doctors, with a new crop of fully trained GPs, surgeons and other
specialists in the pipeline. Numbers of training places have increased a
bit, but at nothing like the necessary rate. ...
But the biggest
reason for the NHS to demand more imported medics is surely the same as it
has always been: that bringing in fully, or nearly, qualified medical staff
is a lot easier, more flexible, and above all cheaper than training them
yourself. So here we go again. Whether the cash savings in the longer term
are as great as they seem in the short term, however, may be less
Language competency requirements may have been
increased, but I know from experience that there can be quite severe
communications problems. Doctors trained abroad are more likely to be
struck off than those trained in the UK (though many argue this may reflect
inbuilt discrimination in the cases that are brought).
significant, perhaps, were the findings of a peer-reviewed 2015 study,
which concluded that "the use of non-UK-educated nurses in English NHS
hospitals is associated with lower patient satisfaction. Importing nurses
from abroad to substitute for domestically educated nurses may negatively
impact quality of care."
Immigration abroad Italy
Boat carrying over 900 migrants docks in Italy
MailOnline, 13 June 2018.
An Italian coastguard ship carrying more than 900 migrants was
allowed to dock in Sicily Wednesday, after Italy controversially turned
away a separate foreign vessel with rescued migrants on board.
Diciotti ship arrived at the port of Catania and the migrants began to
disembark, an AFP photographer saw.
They were saved during several
rescue operations off the coast of Libya. An official in the Catania
coastguard told AFP there were more than 900 migrants.
Extremism terror threat
Jihadis free to roam the UK: Concerns over tracking dangerous extremists as only 40 out of 400 British fanatics returning from Syria and Iraq have been
Daily Mail, 13 June 2018.
Only 40 of the 400 British jihadis who fought in Syria and Iraq
have been prosecuted on their return home.
At least 360
battle-hardened fanatics are being allowed to go free because there is too
little evidence to convict them.
The figures, disclosed by security
minister Ben Wallace, will raise concerns over whether the authorities can
keep track of all the dangerous extremists on our streets.
chiefs have repeatedly warned of the severity of the terror threat facing
Britain particularly from those who have been radicalised by
John Woodcock, the Labour MP who had pressed for
the release of the figures, said: 'It's no wonder the Government tried to
keep secret that it has only managed to prosecute one in ten of the British
jihadis returning from Syria.
'It is an affront to our country that
the difficulty of amassing admissible evidence means there is no
comeuppance for people who went to aid an evil regime that wanted to
slaughter British civilians.'
He said it should be made illegal to
travel to terror hotspots without good excuse. ...
The last time
the Home Office revealed the number of returning foreign fighters taken to
court was in 2016. Then it stood at 14. ...
The 40 figure refers to
successful prosecutions. More will have faced charges that did not stick.
Around 850 Britons are believed to have travelled to Syria or
Iraq and at least 15 per cent of them are thought to be dead. ...
Ministers are yet to agree on what to do with captured foreign
Diversity radio broadcasting
Radio industry needs to reflect UK's diversity media regulator
The Guardian, 13 June 2018.
Ethnic minorities, disabled people and women are all
under-represented in the UK's radio industry, according to a new report,
prompting warnings that its output may be out of step with what modern
British audiences want to hear.
According to research by the media
regulator Ofcom just 6% of staff in the sector are non-white, far below the
UK population average of 14%. ...
The figures show that the radio
industry is well behind television when it comes to ethnic diversity,
although radio does employ a higher proportion of people with disabilities.
The study of nearly 9,000 staff focused on the UK's three biggest
broadcasting groups: the BBC; Global, which owns Capital and Classic FM;
and Bauer, which runs stations including Absolute and Magic.
'Hate-filled asylum seeker' stalked police and gathered weapons and bomb chemicals at Yorkshire home
Yorkshire Post, 13 June 2018.
A hate-filled asylum-seeker who "stalked" police officers, a
district judge and a female solicitor as he amassed a potentially lethal
haul of explosive substances and weapons at his Yorkshire home has been
given a 20-year extended prison sentence.
A judge added an extra
five-year licence period on top of 33-year-old Askhan Ebrahimi's 15-year
prison term because of the danger he still posed to his intended targets.
The court heard during his trial how Ebrahimi, who is
understood to have come to the country from Iran in 2009, turned his flat
in Oak Lane, Halifax, into "the hub" of his hate campaign against those in
authority who he felt had wronged him.
Population pressure wildlife, mammals
At least fifth of British mammal species could be wiped out within a decade
Independent, 13 June 2018.
Populations of much-loved British mammals including hedgehogs and
water voles have dropped by up to two-thirds over the past 20 years, and
many more are threatened with imminent extinction. ...
findings come from a review carried out by the Mammal Society and Natural
England, the first of its kind to be conducted in more than two decades.
The scientists constructed the first ever "red list" for
British mammals, and found 12 are threatened with extinction. ...
Meanwhile species introduced to Britain by humans such as the
American mink and grey squirrel have led to massive declines in water voles
and red squirrels, respectively. ...
Darren Tansley of the Essex
Wildlife Trust told The Independent there was a need to ensure that
nature-friendly policies are implemented to prevent Britain's animals being
squeezed into ever-more fragmented patches of habitat.
"So often we
see green space in housing estates and developments but if it's a mown flat
lawn it's of no use to nature conservation at all," he said.
"You've got to have space for untidy nature to exist."
Illegal immigration European Union
EU to triple spending to 5bn a year targeting illegal migration
The Guardian, 13 June 2018.
The EU will establish a 10,000-strong standing corp of guards to
patrol its land and sea borders under plans that will see the bloc triple
its spending to 5bn (£4.4bn) a year on targeting illegal
migration into the bloc, it has announced.
The building of new
border infrastructure including scanners, automated number plate
recognition systems, and mobile laboratories for sample analysis, will also
be prioritised, along with the establishment of teams of sniffer dogs.
Announcing its 34.9bn spending plan for 2021 to 2027, the
European commission insisted, however, that it would not fund the
installation of fences on the EU's borders. ...
earmarking of extra funding is widely approved by the EU's member states,
they remain deeply fractured over their migration and asylum policies after
two years of disputes.
Immigration abroad police, USA
Is There Evidence of Racial Disparity in Police Use of Deadly Force? Analyses of Officer-Involved Fatal Shootings in 20152016
Joseph Cesario, David Johnson and
Social Psychological and Personality Science, 13 June 2018.
Is there evidence of a Black-White disparity in
death by police gunfire in the United States? This is commonly answered by
comparing the odds of being fatally shot for Blacks and Whites, with odds
benchmarked against each group's population proportion. However, adjusting
for population values has questionable assumptions given the context of
deadly force decisions. We benchmark 2 years of fatal shooting data on 16
crime rate estimates. When adjusting for crime, we find no systematic
evidence of anti-Black disparities in fatal shootings, fatal shootings of
unarmed citizens, or fatal shootings involving misidentification of
harmless objects. Multiverse analyses showed only one significant
anti-Black disparity of 144 possible tests. Exposure to police given crime
rate differences likely accounts for the higher per capita rate of fatal
police shootings for Blacks, at least when analyzing all shootings. For
unarmed shootings or misidentification shootings, data are too uncertain to
Multiculturalism Denmark, Sweden
Multiculturalism: Is Denmark a den of intolerance and Sweden a land of political correctness?
LSE Religion and Global Society blog, 12 June 2018.
In 2006, ...
That year, in a book titled Beyond
Stereotypes: Immigrants and Integration in Denmark and Sweden, the
Swedish political scientist Bo Petersson stated that "in Sweden the image
prevails of Denmark as a den of intolerance, racism, and xenophobia,
whereas Sweden is depicted in Denmark as a land of multiculturalism and
political correctness, where people's real opinions about immigration and
integration are not allowed to be articulated." His co-editor, the Danish
historian Ulf Hedetoft, meanwhile asked how academics could better
"understand the relationship between traditional divergence and a possibly
greater actual convergence between Denmark and Sweden". ...
multicultural question is where this common trajectory diverges. Broadly
speaking, multiculturalism is defined as the equal recognition of cultures
in contrast to assimilation which gives predilection to the majority
culture. Sweden formally adopted multiculturalism in the mid-70s. It was
argued that the multiplicity of cultures was necessary for the well-being
of minority communities, but also for enriching the national Swedish
... It is not until the late 1990s that the divergence
with Sweden became apparent and Danish policy was established as
In a systematic comparison of both countries'
immigrant cultural policies as expressed by their respective ministries in
charge of culture from 1960, I found that, in essence, Swedish policy has
amounted to the celebration of difference, the idea that immigrants'
happiness depends on the possibility of enjoying their cultures (cultural
embeddedness) and that ethnocultural diversity is enriching for the
majority culture. To this end, the Swedish government has encouraged and
funded immigrant cultural associations since the 1970s but more so in the
1980s. In the 2000s, it implemented diversity plans throughout state
cultural institutions and in 2006 declared a Year of Multiculturalism
whereby all state institutions including embassies abroad were to showcase
By contrast, Danish policy has amounted to
toleration with its main characteristics of (1) preference for the majority
culture, (2) the avoidance of any form of coercion and (3) privatization,
or the possibility for immigrants to practice their culture in the private
sphere. Concretely, successive Danish governments have favoured the
national culture in the public sphere, emphasising the Danish language and
Christianity as its pillar.
Crime violence, blacks
Tory MP risks sparking fury for suggesting police should carry out more stop and searches on ethnic minorities because they 'commit more crimes'
MailOnline, 11 June 2018.
A Tory MP has risked sparking fury by suggesting police should stop
and search more ethnic minorities because they 'commit more crime'.
Philip Davies said black people are more likely to be murderers -
and be murdered themselves - on Britain's streets. ...
a parliamentary debate, he said: 'When it comes to the most serious offence
of all murder it is clear that black people, and in
particular black males, are far more likely to be victims.
are also more likely to be murderers.'
He added: 'It is also a fact
that black people are more likely to use a knife or a sharp instrument to
He said official figures from the criminal justice system
show that from 2013 to 2016 four times more black people - at 32 victims
per million people - were killed compared to white people at 8 victims per
Mr Davies, MP for Shipley, said: 'Why are more
black people being stopped?
'If the uncomfortable truth is that
they commit more of the crimes for which they are stopped, we need to
accept that and deal with it. If that is not the case, we need the evidence
to show what the issue is.
'The Prime Minister said that
institutions should explain or change. I say that this evidence needs an
explanation, and it may well be that it should result in a change to the
recent policy on stop-and-search, and that stop-and-search should be used
His remarks are likely to spark anger among some who say
that police stop and search powers have unfairly targeted ethnic minorties.
As Home Secretary, Mrs May announced a crackdown on the use of the
powers, which she warned had bred resentment between officers and the
communities they were sent to police.
But the move has proved
hugely controversial after a surge of violent crimes in the years that
There have been 70 killings in London this year - many of
them stabbings - and at one point the capital's murder rate was higher that
New York's for the first time.
In February more than 250 knives and
swords were seized across London in just one week where 283 people, many of
them teenagers, were arrested for carrying them.
Immigration abroad Mediterranean, Italy
Italy's Salvini shuts ports to rescue boat carrying hundreds of refugees and migrants
Independent, 11 June 2018.
Italy is refusing to let a humanitarian ship carrying more than 600
refugees and migrants to dock at its ports, but has instead asked Malta
take them in.
Malta brushed off the request, saying it had nothing
to do with the rescue operation, ...
The move by Italy's new
interior minister, Matteo Salvini, who is also head of the anti-immigrant
League, represents an opening gambit to make good on his electoral promises
to halt the flow of migrants into the country.
"Malta takes in
nobody. France pushes people back at the border, Spain defends its frontier
with weapons," Mr Salvini wrote on Facebook. "From today, Italy will also
start to say no to human trafficking, no to the business of illegal
However, Mr Salvini does not have authority over
the ports and it was not immediately clear if his line would hold. The
mayor of Naples, who has repeatedly clashed with the League leader, said he
would welcome in the humanitarian boat. ...
Charity boats operating
off the Libyan coast have played an increasingly important role in rescuing
migrants who often put to sea in flimsy inflatable boats not designed for
the open sea. ...
Mr Salvini has accused the charities of acting as
a "taxi service" for the migrants.
Politics Labour Party
Labour frontbencher says immigration could go UP after Brexit despite pledge to regain control of Britain's borders
MailOnline, 11 June 2018.
A Labour frontbencher has today said that immigration could go up
after Brexit - despite pledges for Britain to regain control of its
Jeremy Corbyn has conceded that many Britons voted to
leave the EU because they wanted immigration to be brought down - and has
agreed free movement must end.
But his shadow Transport Secretary
Andy McDonald has today raised questions over how committed Labour really
is to seeing numbers brought down.
And shadow Brexit Secretary Sir
Keir Starmer also hinted Labour is getting ready to U-turn on their pledge
to end free movement. ...
Mr McDonald told BBC Radio 5 Live: 'Your
immigration levels should be consistent with the needs of your economy. Now
whether that means going down or going up.'
He said that if
businesses call for more immigrants to be allowed into the UK the these
demands should be heeded.
Immigration doctors, nurses, NHS
Staffing the NHS properly requires more training not endless immigration
Conservative Home, 11 June 2018.
Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK and a cross-bench peer
The immigration lobby are asking us to believe that raising (or
even abolishing) the cap on skilled migration would solve so many problems
at a stroke. We could have all the doctors and nurses that we need, and
industry could have all the skilled people that they demand. Problem
Is the Government unaware that nearly two thirds of
the population wish to see a significant reduction in immigration? Have the
Conservatives missed the fact that 84 per cent of their supporters take
this view? ...
Only recently, a Demos poll found that 73 per cent
of those sampled believed that immigration had made the communities where
migrants had settled more divided, reaching 78 per cent in areas that have
experienced large-scale migration in recent years. ...
if you ask the public whether they think that a particular category of
skilled workers should be granted visas they will say yes but that
is subject to their overall concern about numbers.
Part of the
immediate pressure is about medical staff. First, we should recognise that
certain medical skills have already been identified by the Migration
Advisory Committee (MAC) as shortage occupations, which are not only
granted visas, but are given clear preference over other applicants.
Indeed, the government estimates that around one third of the 20,700
permits issued every year go to the NHS.
So what about other
doctors? We already have one of the highest proportions of foreign-trained
doctors in Europe 29 per cent compared to less than 10 per cent for
France and Germany, and about three per cent for The Netherlands. It has
been obvious for decades that we have failed to train the staff that we
The real solution surely has to be to reduce this reliance on
those trained overseas and to train our own. ...
As for nurses, the
former chair of the MAC, Sir David Metcalf, said in 2016: "There is no good
reason why the supply of nurses cannot be sourced domestically. There seems
to be an automatic presumption that non EA skilled migration provides the
health and care sector with a get out of jail free card." They also pointed
out that in 2016 the shortage of nurses in England was closely linked to
the decision to cut training places by almost a fifth between 2009 and
2013. Indeed, until 2014 over 30,000 UK applicants for nursing courses were
turned away every year. ...
So here we are again with the NHS
management once again blaming immigration control for their failure to
train British workers, indeed for turning them away in their thousands in
past years. It is time that we had a different conversation. For a start,
any concessions should be time limited and should steadily diminish.
Immigration abroad Mediterranean, Italy
Matteo Salvini's decision to turn away a migrant rescue ship is an historic moment
Spectator blog, 11 June 2018.
The refusal by Italy's new 'populist' coalition government of the
alt-left Five Star Movement and the hard right Lega to allow an NGO vessel
with 629 African migrants on board to dock in Italy is an historic moment.
Salvini announced on Sunday that he had refused to allow the
NGO vessel the MV Aquarius operated by SOS Mediterranée and
Médecins Sans Frontières and registered in Gibraltar
to dock in Italy. ...
Now Spain's new Socialist government has
agreed to allow Aquarius to dock in the port of Valencia. It will be
interesting to see how many more migrants Spain is prepared to take in from
Libya as the summer migrant season now begins to kick off in earnest.
Maritime law stipulates that those rescued at sea should be taken to the
nearest safe port which in the case of those rescued off the Libyan coast
is either Tunisia, or else Malta. But it never happens.
... And so,
since 2013 more than 700,000 migrants have been ferried to Italy either by
NGO rescue ships or EU naval and coastguard vessels. Nearly all are young
men from sub-Saharan Africa and so, even according to the UN, few are
genuine refugees. But once on terra terma in Italy, fewer still ever get
deported. Last year for example Italy deported 6,340.
At any one
time, there are 180,000 migrants in Italy's state-financed hostels who have
applied for asylum. Their applications take at least two years to process.
And if rejected they too just disappear. These hostels cost the Italian
taxpayer 5 billion euro a year. ...
All other migrants just
disappear. Nearly all want to get out of Italy where there is no work and
no welfare north to EU countries like Britain, Germany and
Sweden where there is. But in 2015 France abandoned Schengen at its
frontier with Italy and will not let them through. ...
This is why
Salvini is so popular in Italy.
Immigration abroad Islam, Austria
Austria to close seven mosques and expel dozens of foreign-funded imams amid massive crackdown on 'political Islam'
Erica Doyle Higgins
The Sun, 9 June 2018.
Austria's government has said it is closing seven mosques and plans
to expel imams in a crackdown on "political Islam" and foreign financing of
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the government is
shutting a hardline Turkish nationalist mosque in Vienna and dissolving a
group called the Arab Religious Community that runs six mosques.
The actions by the government are based on a 2015 law that prevents
religious communities from getting funding from abroad.
Minister Herbert Kickl said the residence permits of around 40 imams
employed by ATIB, a group that oversees Turkish mosques in Austria, are
being reviewed because of concerns about such financing. ...
Chancellor Kurz told reporters: "Parallel societies, political
Islam and tendencies toward radicalisation have no place in our country."
Racism hate incidents, police
Police waste 3,750 hours dealing with 'hate incidents' that are too trivial to be considered actual crimes
Ian Drury and Rosie Taylor
MailOnline, 9 June 2018.
Police are wasting thousands of hours dealing with 'hate incidents'
which are too trivial to be classed as crimes.
New figures reveal
that 30 police forces dealt with 11,236 such incidents in 2015-16. Across
the whole country, that works out at one every half hour. ...
reports included someone alleging racism when a man's dog barked at them, a
mother angry after her children fell out with others playing in the street
and a man who claimed a tennis umpire had made racist line-calls against
his daughter. ...
One in 20 incidents reported to police related to
social media posts.
Hate incidents are defined as hostility based
on a personal characteristic: race, religion, disability, sexual
orientation or if a person is transgender.
They are upgraded to a
'hate crime' if a law is broken.
Crucially, the police must record
a hate incident simply on the word of the alleged victim, then investigate
by sending an officer to visit or making a phone call. ...
Spencer of the Centre for Crime Prevention think-tank said: 'While the fact
that many people feel it is right to report 'offensive' social media posts
to the police illustrates much that is wrong with modern society, it is
even more worrying that our police seem willing to prioritise these cases
over real crimes.
'It is time for a return to common-sense policing
where officers are out on the street protecting the public and preventing
violent crimes, rather than sat in front of a computer screen deciding
whether each tweet they are sent is offensive or not.'
When diversity means uniformity
The Spectator, 9 June 2018.
I'd been suffering under the misguided illusion that the purpose of
mainstream publishers like Penguin Random House was to sell and promote
fine writing. A colleague's forwarded email has set me straight. /.../ The
email cites the publisher's 'new company-wide goal': for 'both our new
hires and the authors we acquire to reflect UK society by 2025.' /.../
'This means we want our authors and new colleagues to reflect the UK
population taking into account ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social
mobility and disability.' ...
The accompanying questionnaire for
PRH authors is by turns fascinating, comical and depressing. ...
And check out the ethnicity pull-down. 'Asian or Asian British' may
specify 'Indian,' 'Bangladeshi, 'Chinese', or 'Pakistan'; the correct
adjectival form of the latter nationality seems to be mysteriously
unprintable. 'Black or Black British' may identify as 'Caribbean' or
'African'. 'Mixed' allows for the options 'White and Black African', 'White
and Black Caribbean', and 'White and Asian', but any other combo is merely
'Mixed: Other'. As for us crackers, there's 'White: British', 'White:
Irish', and 'White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller', but the rest can only tick
Let's unpack that pull-down. If your office is
chocka with Italians, Greeks, Spaniards, Germans, Danes, Finns, Bosnians,
Hungarians, Czechs, Russians, Americans, Canadians, Australians, Kiwis,
Argentines, Guatemalans, Mexicans, Romanians who aren't travellers and
South African Jews I could go on together speaking dozens of
languages and bringing to their workplace a richly various historical and
cultural legacy, the entire workforce could be categorised as 'White:
Other'. Your office is not diverse.
I see two issues here. First:
diversity, both the word and the concept, has crimped. It serves a strict,
narrow agenda that has little or nothing to do with the productive dynamism
of living and working alongside people with widely different upbringings
and beliefs. Only particular and, if you will, privileged
backgrounds count. ...
Second: dazzled by this very highest of
social goods, many of our institutions have ceased to understand what they
are for. Drunk on virtue, Penguin Random House no longer regards the
company's raison d'être as the acquisition and dissemination of good
books. Rather, the organisation aims to mirror the percentages of
minorities in the UK population with statistical precision. Thus from now
until 2025, literary excellence will be secondary to ticking all those
ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual preference and crap-education boxes.
In the news last week, we find the ultimate example of this
fatal confusion over what is your actual job. Will Norman, London's
'walking and cycling commissioner', bemoaned the fact that too many
cyclists in the city are white, male and middle-class. 'The real challenge
for London cycling,' he declared, 'is diversity.' As opposed to building
more cycle lanes for everybody, or fixing potholes lethal to
everybody's wheel rims, Norman regards his principal function as
increasing black and minority ethnic ridership. /.../ For a cycling
commissioner to define his primary remit as 'diversity' is no less
ludicrous than for Transport for London to turn a blind eye to the chronic
tailbacks along the Embankment, just so long as the requisite number of
Koreans is stuck in them.
Universities that fail to improve student diversity could have tuition fees cut, regulator warns
Independent, 8 June 2018.
Universities that fail to improve student diversity could have
their tuition fees cut by a third, the new university regulator has warned
after Oxford and Cambridge were in the spotlight over admissions.
Sir Michael Barber, chair of the Office for Students, said he is
"interested in results, not just plans" in boosting student diversity at
the most selective institutions in the UK. ...
In an article for
The Daily Telegraph, Sir Michael warned that he would use his powers
to reduce the tuition fees cap from £9,000 to £6,000 if a
university did not increase its intake of students from diverse
This week Sam Gyimah, the universities minister,
said Oxford and Cambridge's failure to take in more students who are black
or from less privileged backgrounds was "staggering".
the elite institutions for not doing enough and warned they could be fined
by the new higher education regulator if they do not meet admission
Multiculturalism integration, cost
£19 million funding for councils to boost integration
GOV.UK, 8 June 2018.
From: Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth
Councils across England will receive a
share of a further £19 million to help ease pressures on local
services resulting from recent migration, Communities Minister Lord Bourne
announced today (8 June 2018).
This latest allocation from the
Controlling Migration Fund includes more than £16 million for 38
projects. Local authorities have developed plans to ease local pressures on
housing, education and health services arising from recent migration
providing benefits to the whole community.
The announcement today
includes £1.75 million of funding to help new refugees into work and
integrate into their new communities after their asylum decision is made.
This latest allocation brings the total funding to £73.5
million since the Fund's launch.
Immigration abroad Germany
A Girl's Killing Shakes Germany's Migration Debate
New York Times, 8 June 2018.
It was a gruesome murder: A 14-year-old girl was raped and
strangled, her body buried under brushwood in a secluded area near the
railway tracks near her hometown in western Germany.
But the fact
that the chief suspect is an Iraqi asylum seeker has turned a terrible
crime into political dynamite.
On Friday, the case dominated the
German news media and became the latest cudgel for Chancellor Angela
Merkel's opponents and, some predicted, a potential turning point in the
migration debate in a country where some 10,000 asylum seekers still enter
every month. ...
The killing comes on top of a deepening scandal
and calls for a full-blown parliamentary investigation over allegations
that civil servants may have granted asylum to as many as 1,000 migrants in
exchange for money and that some of those migrants may have been
criminals or even terrorism suspects. ...
Rainer Wendt, head of one
of Germany's biggest police unions, said the murder was emblematic of
"People feel that the state has lost control,"
Mr. Wendt said. "There are thousands of people in the country and we don't
know who they are. That is an enormous security risk." ...
was not the first German teenager to be murdered by an asylum seeker in
recent years. In March, an Afghan man was sentenced to life in prison for
raping and murdering a university student. In January, a 17-year-old high
school student was stabbed to death by another Afghan teenager.
95% of UK's PC Islamic 'deradicalization' programs fail
Michael F. Haverluck
OneNewsNow.com, 7 June 2018.
A government report revealed that the United Kingdom government's
"deradicalization" initiatives have a failure rate of greater than 95
percent which is blamed on their politically correct delivery
because instructors are too scared to use a "religious extremist" context
and resort to discussing "Islamophobia," instead of Islamic terrorism.
"More than 95 percent of deradicalization programs are ineffective,
according to a study commissioned by the Home Office that raises questions
about the government's Prevent program," the UK daily The Times
divulged. "The study revealed failures in the approach to deradicalization
in schools, youth centers, sports clubs and English-language classes."
Only a miniscule fraction of the programs were assessed to do what
they intended because timid teachers repeatedly resort to using
"unoffensive" rhetoric. ...
It was discovered that instructors'
reticence to directly tackle the topic and their personal fear to
address it was the main obstacle impeding their ability to get the
message across to students.
Crime knife crime, London
London Crime Wave: Nearly 90% of Knifepoint Robberies Go Unsolved
Breitbart, 7 June 2018.
Just one in ten London knife robberies was solved by police last
year, data has shown, as leftist Mayor Sadiq Khan finally speaks up on the
problem, begging the public to help police the city.
statistics, from London's Metropolitan Police force, shows there was a fall
in all cases of knife crime successfully investigated in the capital last
year, as the number of recorded attacks shot up.
"sanction-detection rate" for knife robbery crimes, those that end in some
form of sanction or conviction, has been falling since 2015, with Mr. Khan
taking over in early 2016.
In 2015, 32 per cent of cases of
violence against the person involving a knife was acted on, dropping to 27
per cent in 2016, and 23 per cent in 2017, a Freedom of Information request
by Conservative London Assembly Members (AM) revealed.
robberies involving a knife, police acted on just 11 per cent of cases last
year. This plummeted from 20 per cent of cases in 2015, and 14 per cent in
Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, the head of
Territorial Policing for the Met, conceded there had been a "very
significant increase" in violent crime last year and there was "far too
much knife violence", but argued the crime wave was "stabilising".
Curriculum 'must cover more than dead, white men' - Bousted
tes, 7 June 2018.
Speaking at the Bryanston Education Summit, Mary Bousted, joint
general secretary of the NEU teaching union, said England was "hurtling
forward to a rosy past" with its emphasis on knowledge. ...
English teacher, I have no problem with Shakespeare, with Pope, with
Dryden, with Shelley," she said. "But I knew in a school where there are 38
first languages taught other than English that I had to have Afro-Caribbean
writers in that curriculum, I had to have Indian writers, I had to have
Chinese writers to enable pupils to foreshadow their lives in the
She also added that the canon tended to exclude black
writers and women writers.
"If a powerful knowledge curriculum
means recreating the best that has been thought by dead, white men
then I'm not very interested in it," she said.
Most programmes to stop radicalisation are failing
The Times, 6 June 2018.
More than 95 per cent of deradicalisation programmes are
ineffective, according to a study commissioned by the Home Office that
raises questions about the government's Prevent programme.
study revealed failures in the approach to deradicalisation in schools,
youth centres, sports clubs and English-language classes.
Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), the so-called nudge unit formerly part of
the Cabinet Office, examined 33 deradicalisation programmes across the
country designed to safeguard vulnerable people from far-right and
religious extremist threats. The Times understands that most were
funded by or fell under the label of Prevent.
The study found that
only two programmes were effective and that some projects were
Politics Labour Party
Gordon Brown calls for tougher controls on migration
The Guardian, 6 June 2018.
The former prime minister Gordon Brown has called for tougher
migration controls as part of a package of measures designed to address the
concerns of Brexit voters and to prevent the UK being permanently paralysed
by its decision to leave the European Union.
Speaking in London,
Brown said the referendum result was a revolt against the political,
business and cultural establishment and it was a mistake to dismiss the
52%-48% result as false consciousness. ...
Brown presented a
six-point plan for dealing with concerns about migration: no undercutting
of wages by migrants; registration of jobs to give local people a chance to
apply; registration of migrants on arrival in the UK; possible removal of
migrants if they failed to find a job within nine months; a ban on
employment agencies advertising jobs abroad that had not been advertised in
the UK; and a bigger fund to help mitigate the impact of migration on local
... The referendum was a "genuine expression of
people's anxieties about the future" and sent out a message that
globalisation was "not working for British citizens".
Politics Muslims, Jews, Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn is pitting Britain's Muslims against Jews
Daily Telegraph, 6 June 2018.
In recent days, we have seen the worst elements of Jeremy Corbyn.
Behind the veneer of an affable, bearded chap I see a sinister Marxist who
believes in class warfare and also in pitting Britain's Muslims against
For more than a decade, Corbyn has been a vocal supporter
of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and a friend to several of its
leaders. To their shame, the MCB who were first to call for an
inquiry into Islamophobia in the Tory party have used the term as a
political card, mimicking homophobia. Anti-Muslim bigotry undoubtedly
exists, but it must be more than merely a stick with which to beat the
Conservatives, a political party which gave the world a Muslim chairperson,
a culturally Muslim Home Secretary and prime ministers that host Iftar and
Eid gatherings in Downing Street.
Perhaps, then, this is not about
Islamophobia. To put it crudely, Britain's Jews offer no more than 300,000
votes. To be seen as hostile to Jews and Israel, in order to gain some of
the votes of almost four million British Muslims, is therefore worth the
trade-off. There are at least 30 seats where the "Muslim vote" can help
Labour win. That is a convenient political calculation, but it is also
based on deep conviction.
The surge of Momentum activists taking
over the Labour Party has ensured that Islamists are in their midst.
No, Islamophobia is not the new anti-Semitism
Spiked, 6 June 2018.
It is the definition of historical illiteracy to compare
Islamophobia to anti-Semitism. And yet that is what is happening. /.../
They fail to realise the fundamental difference between anti-Semitism and
Islamophobia: the former is one of the world's oldest hatreds and has
caused the deaths of millions of people; the latter is a word invented by
the Runnymede Trust in 1997 to demonise criticism of Islam. ...
Anti-Muslim prejudice unquestionably exists, but
Islamophobia is an invention. Don't take my word for it. Take the
word of the Runnymede Trust, one of Britain's leading race-equality
think-tanks. It openly boasts that it is 'credited with coining the term
Islamophobia... in 1997'. And what does this term Islamophobia mean? It
doesn't mean racial hatred. Runnymede's definition of Islamophobia, which
has been adopted by the Metropolitan Police, includes any suggestion that
Islam is 'inferior to the West', and even the belief that Islam is sexist.
If you think Islam is 'unresponsive to change', you are Islamophobic. And,
get this, if you 'reject out of hand' 'criticisms of the West made by
Islam', you're an Islamophobe. So even to ridicule Islam's view of the West
is apparently to be infected with the 'cancer' of this so-called racism.
These are criticisms of religion. In a free society they
ought to be entirely legitimate views, subject to no punishment whatsoever.
And yet the police actually say in their internal documents that the ideas
listed above count as 'Islamophobia'. That is chilling. Anti-Muslim
prejudice is out there, yes. But 'Islamophobia' is an elite invention, a
top-down conceit, designed to chill open discussion about religion and
values and to protect one particular religion from blasphemy. The war on
Islamophobia is in essence a demand for censorship.
University of Florida gets new $280k-per-year diversity officer
The College Fix, 5 June 2018.
The University of Florida recently hired a new diversity official
to oversee its campus diversity initiatives, a position that will cost the
public university $280,000 per year.
Antonio Farias will assume the
position of chief diversity officer at the school this July, according to a
recent press release from the university. ...
Farias, who holds
degrees in comparative literature, comparative ethnic studies and fine
arts, will join a university that already employees thirteen diversity
employees, including five staffers of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs,
two in Black Affairs, and two in Lesbian, Ga, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer
Illegal immigration Irish border
Cross-Channel migrants 'targeting UK via Irish border'
Colin Campbell and James Dunn
BBC, 5 June 2018.
Migrants are bypassing tougher cross-Channel security to get into
the UK via Ireland, the BBC has discovered.
Smugglers are taking
migrants from Calais and Dunkirk and flying them to Dublin, from where they
cross the Irish border and travel onwards to London. ...
who made the journey said there were fewer checks in Ireland.
- not his real name - paid smugglers £10,000 to make the journey. He
said the Irish route drew less police attention than entering the UK via
London or Kent.
To board the flight to Dublin, Hamid used a genuine
Greek passport that had been fraudulently obtained by the smugglers. ...
He said at no point did he show any identification after leaving
Former director general of immigration enforcement Dave
Wood said the new migrant route exploited weaknesses at Ireland's ports and
He said: "If there are weaknesses at Irish ports or Irish
airports, they will exploit them and use them, because once you're into
Ireland, effectively you're into the UK.
"There's nothing stopping
people once you're in Ireland travelling north to Northern Ireland and then
to the wider UK." ...
The Irish border is about 310 miles long with
as many as 275 crossing points and, apart from road signs changing from
miles per hour to kilometres per hour, there is no physical infrastructure
Met Police confirm that criticism of Islam constitutes 'Islamophobia'
Archbishop Cranmer, 5 June 2018.
The Metropolitan Police Service report 'Hate Crimes against
London's Muslim Communities' was published five years ago, and it outlines
the everyday nature of Islamophobic incidents: ...
We can all agree
that such incidents are abhorrent: anyone who threatens or harasses a
Muslim simply for being a Muslim is not merely moronic, but barbarous and
wicked. /.../ The vision of Christendom still persists in Western
civilisation: it is our surpassing quality and sanctity; our superior
morality and culture...
According to the Met Police,
this Western-superiority syndrome is Islamophobic: ...
So, if you
believe Islam is inferior to Christianity; or that Islamic society and
culture are inferior to "the West", you may be arrested for Islamophobia.
If you believe Islam is "sexist", you may be arrested for Islamophobia. If
you believe Islam is "violent" or "aggressive", you may be arrested for
Islamophobia. Astonishingly, if you believe Islam to be an expression of
political ideology (or is used for "political advantage"), you may be
arrested for Islamophobia. ...
The Met may make appeal to the
definition of the Runnymede Trust, but there is a world of difference
between a think-tank developing guidelines for community and fraternity,
and an agency of law enforcement incorporating these definitions into a
definition of criminal activity. /.../ Is Wahhabism or Saudi Salafism an
expression of Islam? If so, how can it be Islamophobic to articulate the
bald truth of its violent, aggressive "clash of civilisations" theological
genesis and political nature? Doesn't the Met understand the fundamental
difference between abusing Muslims and criticising a religion; between
being anti-Muslim and anti-Islam? ...
Is historian Tom Holland
guilty of Islamophobia? He said in the Channel 4 documentary 'ISIS: The
Origins of Violence':
There are things in the past that are like
unexploded bombs that just lie in wait in the rubble, and then something
happens to trigger them. And there are clearly verses in the Quran and
stories that are told about Mohammed that are very like mines waiting to go
off Improvised Explosive Devices. And they can lie there maybe for
centuries and then something happens to trigger them and you get
this.Is Pope Emeritus Benedict guilty of Islamophobia? ...
Is it 'hate speech' or a 'hate crime' to highlight the hate speech
in the Quran?
Immigration abroad politics, Denmark
Social Democrats go it alone in break with allies over immigration
The Local [Denmark], 5 June 2018.
Denmark's Social Democrats will not seek to form a coalition
government with erstwhile ally the Social Liberal (Radikale Venstre) party
in the event that the current opposition wins the next general election.
Mette Frederiksen, leader of the Social Democrats, confirmed the
change in policy regarding her party's traditional ally on Monday. ...
"I do not wish to be a the forefront of a Denmark that does not
have immigration [udlændingepolitikken, ed.] under control,"
According to Jyllands-Posten's report,
Frederiksen sees strict immigration rules and the introduction of further,
even stricter laws on migration as more important than any other political
Terrorism threat level
UK's terror threat level 'will stay at severe and may rise further' warns Home Office on anniversary of London Bridge attack
MailOnline, 4 June 2018.
Britain's terror threat from Islamist militants will remain severe
for the next two years and could even rise, the Government has said. ...
Currently the threat level to the UK is severe - meaning an attack
is highly likely.
Home Office officials will publish a revised
counter-terrorism strategy today designed to cope with a new shift in
terror tactics. ...
The statement said the threat from 'extreme
right-wing terrorism' was also growing and four plots had been disrupted
since March last year.
Immigration numbers, births
One born every minute? How many migrants arrive in the UK and how many children do they have?
Full Fact, 4 June 2018.
Around 775,000 children were born in the UK in 2016 the
latest year for which data is available. Of those children, 210,000 were
born to mothers not born in the UK, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. ...
Around 580,000 immigrants came to the UK in the year ending
September 2017 according to estimates for the latest year figures
are available for. ...
And that's the total number arriving. The
net figure (i.e. the number arriving minus the number leaving) is around
245,000, or two every five minutes.
The migration figures used here
are collected by interviewing people leaving and arriving in the UK at
airports, ferry terminals and other routes in and out of the UK. Broadly
speaking, if someone plans to come and live in the UK for more than a year
they are counted as an immigrant, if they plan to live outside the UK for
more than a year, they are counted as an emigrant.
interviews the Office for National Statistics estimates the level of
immigration and emigration to and from the UK, but the figures have a wide
margin of error. The ONS says that they are confident the true level of net
migration will fall within 42,000 of the reported headline figure of
244,000 (they're 95% confident the correct figure lies somewhere between
203,000 and 286,000).
Politics Conservative Party
Theresa May insists net migration will be reduced to tens of thousands but it will 'take time'
PoliticsHome, 4 June 2018.
Theresa May has insisted that the Government will cut net migration
below 100,000 - despite mounting Tory calls for the target to be ditched.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson last week said the
pledge - first made by David Cameron before the 2010 general election -
"does not fit the requirements of the country".
However, it has
never been achieved and the most recent statistics put the figure at
Home Secretary Sajid Javid stopped short of endorsing the
policy on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday, insisting only that he was
"committed to our manifesto".
But the Prime Minister's official
spokesman said the target remained in place, and insisted that it would
eventually be achieved. ...
The spokesman also confirmed that the
cap on the number of non-EU doctors being granted so-called 'Tier 2' visas
to work in the NHS is set to be lifted after the limit was reached.
Crime child sexual abuse
Rape Gangs: A Story Set in Leafy Oxfordshire
Gatestone Institute, 3 June 2018.
What price has been paid, is being paid, or might be paid at some
stage, by all those public officials who tacitly or otherwise allowed these
modern-day atrocities to go on, doing nothing to stop them? The policemen,
politicians, council workers and others who were shown to have failed time
and again. They have never been sentenced to prison for any of their
oversights and perhaps criminal charges (not even charges of
criminal negligence) could never be brought against them. It is worth
asking, however, if any of these people's lives, career paths, or even
pension plans were ever remotely affected by their proven failure to
confront one of the greatest evils to have gone on in Britain. That is the
mass rape of young girls motivated by adults propelled by (among much else)
racism, religiosity, misogyny and class contempt. ...
... the many
people in the UK who for years turned a blind eye to the mass rape of young
girls in their area. But of course these people are not in prison. They are
rarely if ever vilified or even mentioned in the national press. They have
not had their lives turned upside down. /.../ If Britain is to turn around
the disgrace of its culture of 'grooming gangs' it should start by changing
the risk-reward ratio between those who identify these monstrous crimes and
those who have been shown to have covered them up.
Population pressure housing
Countryside is being 'concreted over' as greenfield sites developed at fastest rate for 25 years
Harry Yorke and Gordon Rayner
Daily Telegraph, 2 June 2018.
Greenfield land is being developed at the fastest rate for 25 years
as campaigners warn that a Government drive to release land for houses
means the countryside is being "concreted over".
and gardens are being swallowed up at an "alarming" rate, the Campaign to
Protect Rural England said, with the acreage lost to property development
soaring by 58 percent in the past four years, according to new research.
The CPRE has blamed a relaxation of planning rules for a surge in
development in "wastefully low densities" in rural areas, which it blames
on the Government's "build more at any cost approach". ...
Government has committed to building 300,000 new homes a year by the
mid-2020s, and Theresa May has warned councils that they must draw up plans
to address local shortages or be stripped of their right to decide where
new homes are built.
Border controls airports
Who is coming into Britain? Airports failed to check the passports of 11,000 passengers after they were sent the wrong way at arrival gates
1 June 2018.
Airport blunders have allowed up to 11,000 passengers over the last
five years to enter Britain without going through passport control, figures
Each year around 2,000 people bypassed border controls after
they were sent the wrong way upon arrival at UK airports.
and airports are responsible for directing all travellers on international
commercial flights towards immigration desks. ...
by the Home Office show that 2,328 were misdirected last year an
average of six a day. This represents an increase of 70 per cent on the
1,364 in 2016.
The Home Office said some of the passengers who are
misdirected are sent back to border control to show their passports. But it
admitted that some are able to leave airports without being checked.
The campaign to decolonise culture in Britain
The Economist, 1 June 2018.
Calls to revisit historical narratives in museums to make room for
the perspectives of those who were colonised have grown louder in recent
years. Groups of activists seek to identify the Western bias involved in
cultural heritage and shame institutions into redressing it. As such, the
activists ask provocative questions about who owns culture.
debates spurred a group of young museum professionals from different
minority and immigrant groups to form Museum Detox in 2016. Their aim is to
build awareness around diversity in cultural organisations, to build a
network and to help members achieve leadership positions. Their inaugural
event, in October that year, was a flash mob at the Museum of London. It
saw some 60 black and minority-ethnic museum workers disrupt "Punk.London",
an exhibition marking 40 years of punk and its legacy. The flash mob
fittingly caused anarchy by raiding the show with cards and texts about
African and Caribbean culture. ...
The previous day gal-dem, a
collective of ethnic-minority women, had also staged a cultural coup at the
Victoria and Albert Museum in London. ... Scrutiny of the canon is
extending to universities, too. Non-Western academics and thinkers are
sharing their "decolonising syllabi" and discussing the subject online.
Last year undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge petitioned to diversify
their English-literature curriculum with non-Western voices. At Cambridge,
in an open letter to the head of the English faculty, students said they
want to change a syllabus which they feel "elevates white male authors at
the expense of all others". They stated that while strides had been made to
include women writers, "the curriculum, taken as a whole, risks
perpetuating institutional racism." Students suggested more post-colonial
authors in exam papers, more diversified speakers at the university and "a
zero-tolerance policy on the dismissal of race as a subject worthy of
discussion/enquiry in essays".
By any other Name: No-go Zones, Rhetoric and Reality
Migration Research Institute, 6 March 2018.
A place where a woman can be harassed in the
open during daytime, insulted, deprived to wear what she wants, or to
behave the way she wants, whether we call it a sensitive area, a vulnerable
area, a banlieue, a ghetto, a no-go zone, or any other name, is the
daily reality in many Western European cities. Even more, these areas
constitute threats to safety and security by way of crime, riots and
terrorism. The latter triad is not a subject of debate. /.../ The schools
are usually the worst in the country, the ones where students threaten and
attack the teachers, where the buses are vandalized, and bus drivers are
menaced, etc. The truth is that these areas have the most polluted air, the
least jobs, the least income, have the most radical Islamists, unauthorized
mosques, informal activities that do not pay taxes, unhealthy food,
undeclared and underpaid jobs, the noisiest places, the ones you can hear
fights every night and the ones that lead some young people to become
Hungary's position and that of other Central European
countries consists in arguing that migration comes with sensitive or
vulnerable areas (or like some would call them no-go areas), the cost and
the implications of which are disastrous for society, culture, and everyday
life and even if most people are peaceful, gangs and terrorists groups use
these spaces to sabotage and destroy the host society.