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Updated 25 June 2019
Politics Conservative Party
Javid suggests post-Brexit migration salary rules could vary by region
The Guardian, 25 June 2019.
Migrants coming to the UK could face varying minimum salary
thresholds depending on where they live under proposals put out for review
by the home secretary, Sajid Javid.
The white paper on post-Brexit
immigration policy, published in December, included a to-be-determined
minimum salary threshold for high-skilled workers. The current minimum
salary for most experienced workers coming from non-EU countries is
Javid after infighting within the cabinet over
maintaining the current £30,000 threshold for all high-skilled migrant
workers coming to the UK post-Brexit, as well as warnings from business,
universities and social care has asked the government's chief
migration advisers to review the levels before they come into force from
Javid has asked the migration advisory committee to
consider how future salary thresholds should be calculated; the levels of
salary thresholds; whether there is a case for regional salary thresholds
for different parts of the UK, and whether there should be exceptions to
salary thresholds, for example because workers have newly started the
occupation or because they work in an occupation in shortage.
committee is expected to present its findings in January 2020.
Illegal immigration lorry drivers
Criminal network of Romanian lorry drivers made £3 million ferrying more than 320 migrants to Britain
MailOnline, 25 June 2019.
A criminal network of Romanian lorry drivers made at least £3
million smuggling illegal migrants into Britain, it emerged today.
The astonishing figure was released by French police who made 17
arrests while smashing the human trafficking ring.
across Europe, and involved the drivers packing their lorries with a cargo
of men, women and children. ...
A surveillance operation
coordinated by the French and involving a number of other police forces
including ones in the UK was opened last August.
It logged 259
attempted border crossings over the past year, with 167 thought to have
This led to 'a minimum 327 migrants reaching British
territory,' the source added, saying that 'the turnover of this criminal
organisation is estimated at nearly 3.6 million euros [£3.21
Smugglers have been known to charge five figure sums
to families trying to start a new life in the UK.
Many come from
countries such as Iran and Vietnam, and join lorries in Romania during
their journeys to Britain.
Multiculturalism Islam, Conservative Party members
Nearly half of Tory members don't want a Muslim prime minister
Metro, 25 June 2019.
Nearly half of Tory party members said they would prefer not to
have Britain led by a Muslim, a new poll shows.
Only 8% of members
agreed with the statement that they 'would be proud of Britain if we were
to elect a Muslim as our Prime Minister', while 43% agreed that 'I would
prefer to not have the country led by a Muslim'.
out by YouGov revealed anti-Muslim attitudes running through the party.
A total of 40% of members believe that we should lower the number
of Muslims entering Britain.
In comparison, only 5% wanted to see
fewer Christians or Jewish people enter the country.
poll of 864 adults was commissioned by Hope Not Hate and carried out
between June 14 18.
It showed many people buying into
Islamophobic myths, such as 67% who believe 'there are areas in Britain
that operate under Sharia law', as opposed to just 18% who do not believe
this to be the case.
In addition, 45% believe 'there are areas in
Britain in which non-Muslims are not able to enter', as opposed to just 34%
who do not believe this to be the case.
The poll also found that
39% of members believe that 'Islamist terrorists reflect a widespread
hostility to Britain amongst the Muslim community'.
about immigration, only 3% say that policy should be geared to higher
Muslim immigration, compared to 12% for people fleeing war, 16% for Jewish
people and 25% for Christians.
Despite the poll results, only 8% of
members said they thought there was a problem of Islamophobia or racism
towards Muslims within the Conservative Party. A total of 79% don't think
there is a problem.
Politics Conservative Party
Jeremy Hunt vows to abandon Theresa May's immigration target if he becomes Prime Minister, insisting Britain should not 'pull down the shutters' after leaving the
Michael Blackley and Claire Ellicott
Daily Mail, 24 June 2019.
Great Britain should not become Little England, Jeremy Hunt said
yesterday as he pledged to abandon the tens of thousands target for
The Tory leadership hopeful told the Daily Mail that
he would abandon Theresa May's flagship pledge to limit the numbers moving
to the UK.
Calling for flexibility, the Foreign Secretary said
Britain could not 'pull down the shutters' after leaving the EU and said
skilled workers should be prioritised.
He also vowed to end the
plan to stop those earning less than £30,000 migrating to the UK for
In an interview with the Mail, Mr Hunt said: 'I think there
needs to be flexibility for the whole of the UK, because at the point of
Brexit we need to show the world that we're not going to change our
fundamental national character, we're not going to be a country that
changes from Great Britain into Little England and pulls down the shutters
and says, foreigners not welcome.
'We must bring down immigration
rates but the way to do that in the long run is to increase the skills
levels of our own people so that we train more doctors, more nurses, and
then we have less need to bring people in from overseas.
think we do need to review the £30,000 salary level and I am not a
supporter of the 'tens of thousands' target.' ...
Conservatives' 2017 election manifesto said: 'It is our objective to reduce
immigration to sustainable levels, by which we mean annual net migration in
the tens of thousands.'
Politics racism, Liberal Democrats
Frontrunner for Lib Dem leadership is accused of 'smearing the country' after branding the UK 'racist'
Mail on Sunday, 23 June 2019.
The frontrunner to be the new Liberal Democrat leader was branded
'ridiculous' last night after claiming the UK is a 'racist country'.
Jo Swinson, the favourite to succeed Sir Vince Cable as Lib Dem
party boss, was accused of smearing the entire nation with her 'absurd'
The Scottish MP, currently the party's deputy leader, made
the comment while raising concerns over challenges faced by black people in
In an interview with the New European newspaper, Ms
Swinson, 39, stunned even fellow Lib Dems, saying: 'I recognise that ours
is still a racist country.
'We have not dealt with those issues as
much as we would have liked to even if there has been progress in some
Tory Minister James Cleverly, whose mother is from Sierra
Leone, condemned the blanket description. ...
'For Jo Swinson to
brand the entire country racist is as absurd as it is offensive and
Immigration abroad multiculturalism, suicide, France
The Suicide of France
Gatestone Institute, 23 June 2019.
"Regarding France in 2019, it can no longer be denied that a
momentous and hazardous transformation, a 'Great Switch', is in the
making", observed the founder and president of the Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Institute, Michel Gurfinkiel. He was mourning "the passing of France as a
distinct country, or at least as the Western, Judeo-Christian nation it had
hitherto been presumed to be". A recent cover story in the weekly Le
Point called it "the great upheaval". ...
... A kind of abyss
now separates peripheral France small towns, suburbs and rural areas
from the globalized metropolis of the "bourgeois Bohemians", or
On the other side, is Paris. "All the metropolises of
the world know the same fate. This is where wealth flows and where the
alliance between the 'winners of globalization' and their 'servants',
immigrants who have come to serve the new masters of the world, keep their
children, bring their pizzas or work in their restaurants", writes the
distinguished social commentator Eric Zemmour in Le Figaro. From now
on, he writes, "Paris is a global city, not really a French city".
The globalized, "bobo-ized [bourgeois Bohemian] upper classes",
according to one of France's most respected authors. Christophe Guilluy,
are filling the "new citadels" as in Medieval France and are
voting en masse for Macron. ...
"Since moving to France in 2002,
I've watched the country complete a cultural revolution", Simon Kuper
recently wrote in the Financial Times.
almost died out (only 6 per cent of French people now habitually attend
mass), though not as thoroughly as its longtime rival 'church', communism.
The non-white population has kept growing".Macron, Kuper
explains, is the symbol of "a new individualised, globalised, irreligious
France's flight from Catholicism is so evident that a new
book, L'archipel français: Naissance d'une nation multiple et
divisée, by the pollster Jerôme Fourquet, has described
the cultural failing of the French society as a "post-Christian era":
French society's displacement from its Catholic matrix has become almost
total. The country, Fourquet states, is now implementing its own
de-Christianization. And there is only one strong substitute at the
horizon. There are today already, according to a new academic study, as
many Muslims as Catholics among 18-29 year-olds in France; and Muslims
represent 13% of the population of France's large cities, more than double
the national average.
... A report from Institut Montaigne, "The
Islamist Factory", has detailed the radicalization of the French Muslim
society. Instead of integration, assimilation and Europeanization, Muslim
extremists in France are pursuing multiculturalism, separation and
partition. The enclaves of immigrants at the edges of French cities, posits
Gilles Kepel in his book, La Fracture, foment "a rupture in values
with French society, and a will to subvert it". ...
Switch" is underway. As the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut recently wrote,
"The Notre-Dame fire is neither an attack nor an accident, but a suicide
Crime gangs, violence, Birmingham
The brutal gangsters terrorising Brum - and how crack police unit brought them down
Birmingham Mail, 23 June 2019.
An army of gang members have been terrorising Birmingham - and
police have doubled the strength of a crack unit to clamp down on them.
An estimated 40 separate violent gangs exist in the city - some
infamous for their violent murders and reign of terror.
Birmingham's Organised Crime Unit has been battling gangs linked to
'turf wars' and knife or gun crime. ...
In total they say gangs
have around 400 members, and have been linked to a wave of crime across the
city including shootings, stabbings, robberies and carjackings.
unit has already brought many prominent gang members to justice, including
those linked to the Burger Bar Boys, Frankley Killers, the 247365 and the
61 groups, as well as members of the 23 Drillas.
Everyone loses from the desperate attempt to paint Britain as an Islamophobic country
Daily Telegraph, 22 June 2019.
This week, the Tory leadership candidates all committed to
launching an independent inquiry into "Islamophobia" within their party.
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt must be careful not to walk into a trap.
Islam is now the second largest religion in Britain and the fastest
growing faith in many of our cities. With nearly four million Muslims
living across the country, what happens inside Islam and to its adherents
has an impact on every one of us, religious or not. To ensure an easy
integration of Muslims into British society and secular co-existence, we
must be free to talk about Islam, indeed even be critical of certain Muslim
practices. Such free discussion must not in any way be prevented because it
has been labelled "Islamophobia". ...
... "Islamophobia", as it is
defined by those promoting the concept, is distinct from the sort of
prejudice you or I would recognise. It is a grievance industry
popularised by Muslim Brotherhood-linked organisations to mobilise Muslims
as a group against the West. It also seeks to shut down debate, within
Islam and beyond it. ...
Let us be honest: from the book-burnings
in Bradford against Salman Rushdie, to the rise of extremism in the
Nineties on university campuses, to suicide bombers from Dewsbury killing
52 people on the London Underground, to the mass murder at the Ariana
Grande concert in Manchester, there is something going wrong within
sections of the British Muslim community. This cannot be ignored. ...
... If in Britain we forbid constructive criticism of Islam and
Muslims under the blasphemy law of "Islamophobia", future generations will
not forgive our cowardice. ...
In reality, it is the rise of
Islamist extremism in and against the West from the Eughties onwards that
is the true cause of anti-Muslim sentiment.
Crime child sexual abuse
Grooming gang members who raped and sexually assaulted girl, 12, jailed for a total of 27 years
The Sun, 22 June 2019.
Two grooming gang members who sexually abused a 12-year-old girl
have today been caged for a total of 27 years.
Mohammed Akram and
Usman Khalid were found guilty of sexual abuse following a three week trial
at Leeds Crown Court.
Their vulnerable victim was targeted aged
just 12 and raped numerous times over a number of years in what cops say
was an "abhorrent and depraved" crime.
She was 12 when Akram, 33,
sexually abused her for the first time, with 31-year-old Khalid's single
assault of the girl happening when she was the same age. ...
pair are the latest to be jailed following investigations by officers from
West Yorkshire Police's Operation Tendersea team, Examiner Live reported.
They were investigated as part of a gang that groomed and abused
girls, some as young as 11, between 2004 and 2011 in West Yorkshire.
Last year, 20 of the gang's members were sentenced for the
"inhuman" abuse of a total of 15 girls, leading to a total jail term of 257
years between them.
Crime fraud, language tests
Men who oversaw English language test scam at Manchester colleges are jailed
Manchester Evening News, 22 June 2019.
Two men who oversaw systematic cheating on English language tests
at colleges in Manchester and Salford have been jailed.
Jilani and Muhammad Bilal were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud
at an earlier trial and were sentenced on Friday.
Jilani and Bilal
were managers at Secure English Language Test (SELT) centres when they
carried out the scam.
It involved arranging for individuals who
were fluent in English language to repeatedly sit SELT exams on behalf of
They fraudulently obtained qualifications that
would then be used to support applications for student visas or jobs.
The scam was carried out at Innovative Learning Centre in Charles
Street in Manchester, Apex College, also in Charles Street, and Manchester
College of Accountancy and Management in Eccles.
All of the
colleges were accredited to deliver the tests on behalf of Educational
Testing Services (ETS), a company licensed by the Home Office. ...
A third man, Shaid Iqbal, who had acted as an 'agent', supplying
applicants or test takers for the scam, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to
commit fraud before the trial.
Almost 700,000 European citizens have been granted leave to remain in the UK after Brexit, new figures show
Daily Mail, 21 June 2019.
Almost 700,000 people have been granted leave to remain in the UK
after Brexit, the Home Office said.
Some 166,900 people applied to
the Government's EU settlement scheme in May to secure their post-Brexit
status, statistics released on Thursday show.
As of May 31, the
total number of applications since the scheme was opened was 788,200, with
668,000 applications concluded, according to the Home Office release.
Of these, 66 per cent were granted settled status and 34 per cent
were granted pre-settled status.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid told
Parliament on June 10 that the number had risen to more than 800,000, and
that almost 700,000 people had been successful. ...
majority of applications were made in England (726,700), with 33,600 from
Scotland, 17,600 from Wales and 9,000 from Northern Ireland.
Home Office figures show that Poles continue to apply more than any other
nationality, with 132,400 Polish applications.
There were 110,900
Romanian and 91,400 Italian applications.
Politics Conservative Party, Government
Consultation? No, a rubber stamp for more immigration
Conservative Woman, 21 June 2019.
A few days ago the Home Office released a list of some 130
organisations with which it is currently engaging on a year-long
consultation over the future immigration system.
You could be
forgiven for thinking that the exercise was intended to gather the views of
a range of bodies to reflect as wide a spectrum of expert and public
opinion as possible on the post-Brexit border and visa arrangements.
If only. A cursory glance at the 130 assorted bodies reveals that,
in the main, the list is replete with pro-mass-immigration business
lobbyists and NGOs of one form or other.
Incredibly, in the face of
all evidence, one fervent pro-immigration activist took the opportunity to
claim that the Home Office announcement showed that Sajid Javid was
'refus[ing] to consult migrants on his plans for changes to the system'.
This was blatantly contradicted by the fact that bodies on the list of
consultees include the fervently pro-immigration lobby groups the Joint
Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and Migrant Voice, among others.
On the contrary, there is not one organisation that seems to have
been selected to express the views of ordinary people, let alone that I can
recall ever pressing for a reduction in immigration or questioning the
regularity with which so many foreign nationals enter the country,
ostensibly for a limited time, and end up staying indefinitely, often
It seems that our future immigration legislation is to
be shaped in accordance with the needs and wishes of business, academia and
high migration pressure groups. Yet again, as I have often said in recent
years, the government have shown little interest in what the great majority
of the public wish to see, and which they themselves have promised in three
consecutive manifestos a significant reduction in net migration
levels from the average of nearly 300,000 per year since 2014.
worrying is the clear risk that if the White Paper proposals are
implemented or made even laxer as a result of pressure from so many
organisations keen to loosen controls further, there is a serious risk that
immigration will spin out of control, as it did in the Blair/Brown Labour
years, or indeed in 2015 and 2016 when it hit all-time record levels. ...
Whatever one might say about Mrs May /.../ her failure as Home
Secretary to bring net migration down to anything like tens of thousands is
pretty damning. ...
Not that efforts to reduce immigration can be
ascribed to her successors, the first of whom all but ignored the issue
while the present incumbent has appeared systematically to hamper the
enforcement regime intended to deal with illegal immigration. ...
Most of the mechanisms meant to identify and locate illegal
immigrants have been suspended despite between 70 per cent and 80
per cent of the public (polled by YouGov in April 2018) supporting such
Meanwhile, in the course of the Conservative Party
leadership contest, Mr Javid made clear that there will no longer be any
attempt to reduce net migration and he has openly abandoned the tens of
thousands target, stating in interviews that 'it is not about numbers or
Astonishingly, Mr Javid claimed on LBC on 10
June that, when it comes to immigration, people were 'not concerned about
the overall . . . number'.
Employment salary rule
The U.K.'s £30,000 salary rule for migrants is not all it seems
Forbes, 21 June 2019.
An infamous minimum salary threshold for migrant workers in the
U.K. is not as strict as commonly thought. According to the Migration
Observatory at Oxford University, around a quarter of people working in the
U.K. on Tier 2 visas earn less than the £30,000 threshold generally
required by the Home Office, thanks to exemptions offered to sectors
suffering labor shortages. The exemptions offer some hope for a
business-friendly migration regime after Brexit.
Tier 2 visas are
those given to skilled migrants who have been offered a job in the U.K. As
a general rule, someone wanting to come to the country will need to make at
least £30,000 per year to earn a visa, though it can be slightly lower
if the migrant is a new entrant to the labor market. But if a job is on the
'shortage occupation list', which covers around 9% of the U.K. jobs market,
the salary threshold is lowered. ...
The Migration Observatory
obtained the figures on Tier 2 visas via Freedom of Information Requests to
the U.K. government. According to Madeleine Sumption, the Director of the
Observatory, the purpose was simply to find out how many exemptions there
were to the £30k rule. "The data show that the exemptions are
significant and they admit a substantial number of people (under the
threshold)," she said.
Immigration abroad extremism, Islam, France
Revealed: Islamist Infiltration of French Public Services
Breitbart, 21 June 2019.
French media have leaked details from a report on Islamic extremism
within the French public service, claiming that many in the public sector
are concerned about Islamist infiltration.
The new report, which
has been compiled by MPs Éric Diard of the conservative Republicans
and Éric Poulliat of President Emmanuel Macron's La
République En Marche! (LREM/Republic on the Move), questioned senior
officials, researchers, and workers such as police and firefighters about
According to leaked information from the
report given to French news magazine Le Point, many of those
interviewed by the MPs expressed concern over the issue, with one of the
most poignant stories coming from a trade unionist from the RATP, the
company in charge of the public transportation system in Paris. ...
Police also said that they had difficulty dealing with radicalised
officers after they were discovered, citing a lack of legislation to help
them dismiss those found to be radicalised. ...
In 2017, it was
also revealed that despite being on the terror watch list, known in France
as the S-File, another individual was able to become a police officer.
Racism Islamophobia, free speech
New Islamophobia definition could be 'bully's charter,' warns former equalities chief
Daily Telegraph, 20 June 2019.
A proposed new definition of Islamophobia could be used as a
"bully's charter" by Muslims to silence critics and promote intolerant
views, a former equalities chief has warned.
Trevor Phillips, who
chaired the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (ECHR), also claimed the
row over Boris Johnson's comments on Muslims was "pure dirty politics" and
was being used to "get" the Tory leadership frontrunner to scupper his
His comments follow yesterday's declaration by the five
remaining leadership candidates backing Sajid Javid's call for an
independent investigation into alleged Islamophobia in the Conservative
The new definition of Islamophobia, which could, in effect,
make it racist to criticise Islam or "Muslimness," was lodged by an
all-party group last year and was backed by Labour, the Liberal Democrats,
the SNP, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and some local councils.
immediate introduction was, however, rejected by the Government, which said
the issue needed more consideration. ...
... Officials from the
Government's Equalities Office have advised ministers that the law "defines
'race' as comprising colour, nationality and national or ethnic origins,
none of which would encompass a Muslim or an Islamic practice."
think tank Policy Exchange warned that it could have a chilling effect on
free speech, saying sections of the media were beginning to fight shy of
covering "Muslim" stories because of fears of complaints under formal media
watchdog procedures. ...
More than 750 British Muslim
organisations, 80 academics and 50 MPs support the definition, ...
However, Mr Phillips said: "What's actually happening here is that
the definition is the foundation of a bully's charter. You get a university
or a local authority to adopt this extremely vague, wide-ranging
definition. Anyone who says something that could be presented as, in any
way, related to Muslims can then be shouted down.
are told they are Islamophobic, that they are bringing the institution,
council or Government department into disrepute under their employment
contract. That makes them sackable."
Racism Islamophobia, free speech
Conservatives must not empower the hardliners with a needless inquiry into Islamophobia
Daily Telegraph, 20 June 2019.
It is bad enough that, during their leadership debate, the BBC
selected questions from a former Labour staffer and an anti-Semitic imam.
But far worse was the attempt to bounce the candidates into an independent
inquiry into Tory "Islamophobia".
There are many examples of Tory
activists and councillors being rude about Islam. Some have been
deliberately offensive about Muslim people. Some might have broken the law
by inciting religious hatred. The next Tory leader should investigate these
cases and decide whether the party has an institutional problem. But they
must not play the Islamophobia game, and not just because opponents are
trying to create a false equivalence with Labour's endemic anti-Semitism.
The real problem here is the concerted effort to create a
one-religion blasphemy law for Islam. The device campaigners are using for
this is a new definition of Islamophobia, produced by the all-party
parliamentary group on British Muslims.
There are many issues with
this definition, not least that it has been influenced by Muslim Engagement
and Development (MEND), a campaign group accused of promoting extremism.
According to Sir John Jenkins, who reviewed the role of the Muslim
brotherhood in Britain, MEND has "exerted an important intellectual
influence" on the definition. It is an organisation that worries the police
and security services. ...
The all-party group's solution is for
the state and other organisations to accept its definition of Islamophobia.
This claims "Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that
targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness".
fatuous. Muslims are not a racial group. /.../ It is racist to judge a
black man because of what he inescapably is. It cannot be racist to judge
somebody because of what they have chosen to believe.
And this is
the problem. Islam is a body of ideas. Those ideas are not above the law of
the land or above debate. There is not even a single body of ideas about
which all Muslims agree. ...
The attempt to define Islamophobia
and ultimately criminalise it is an attempt to define
normative Islam in a hard-line way. ...
And they are trying to
marginalise and criminalise legitimate debate about Islam. ...
all-party group says it accepts "free and fair criticism or debate" about
Islam. But it also says "the notion of free speech and a supposed right to
criticise Islam" often "humiliates, marginalises, and stigmatises Muslims"
and amounts to "anti-Muslim racism". Criticism of Islamism, ir argues, is a
"constitutive part" of Islamophobia. ...
No religion Islam
included is above criticism, debate, satire and scrutiny. /.../ The
Islamophobia game is a sinister attempt to limit free speech, marginalise
moderate Muslims, and boost Islamism. We must not fall for it.
Conservative leadership candidates seek an inquiry into 'Islamophobia'
Professor Christopher Hallpike
Daily Telegraph, 20 June 2019.
[Letter to the Editor]
I see that Sajid Javid has persuaded his colleagues standing for
the Conservative leadership to have an inquiry into "Islamophobia" in the
A useful preliminary would be an inquiry into why there is
such a thing as Islamophobia in the first place, when there is no such
thing as Hinduphobia or Buddhistphobia.
Belgium: Just 6.5 Per Cent of Failed Asylum Seekers Are Deported
Breitbart, 20 June 2019.
A new study by Dutch authorities on the rate of deportations of
failed asylum seekers across Europe has found that only 6.5 per cent of
illegal migrants in Belgium are actually sent back home.
which was released this week, is based on figures from the European Union
statistics agency Eurostat and covers a period from 2013 to 2017,
French-language Belgian magazine Le Vif reports.
seekers from countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Somalia, and
Eritrea are the main focus of the study which found other countries across
Europe to have much higher rates of deportation but none that approached
even half of the failed asylum seekers.
Norway stands out as one of
the highest with 25 per cent of illegals being returned to their home
country, followed by the United Kingdom at 19.4 per cent and the
Netherlands at 18.2 per cent. ...
Germany, which bore the brunt of
the migrants in the 2015 migrant crisis, has had immense problems with the
deportation of failed asylum seekers to the point where the German Federal
Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) reported last year that the vast
majority of failed asylum seekers from Africa would likely be able to
remain in the country.
BAMF reported that in the first half of
2018, 27,250 African migrants had been denied residency or asylum but of
those only a mere 3,164 were actually deported.
Later that year,
German parliament president Wolfgang Schäuble also admitted that it
was unlikely failed asylum seekers would ever leave the country saying that
they should instead stay and integrate into society.
Repatriation/deportation Pakistanis, illegal immigration
UK wants Pakistan to take back thousands of migrants: Qureshi
Murtaza Ali Shah
The News International, 19 June 2019.
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that
Britain wants Pakistan to take back thousands of Pakistanis who have
overstayed their visit visa in the UK and have no status but cannot be sent
back to Pakistan without a proper treaty.
At a press conference at
the Pakistan High Commission here, the foreign minister said that the UK
govt wants Pakistan to sign re-admission treaty so that the overstayers and
others living illegally could be sent back to Pakistan. Qureshi said
signing this treaty will be helpful for those Pakistanis who apply for the
visit but their visas are rejected because Britain is cautious of visa
"We have initiated dialogue on this. This will help
those who are genuine visa applicants. This will help Pakistan more," said
Qureshi. It's understood that nearly four million illegals currently live
in the United Kingdom. Of these, more than 30,000 are believed to be
Pakistanis. More than 70,000 are from India, 25,000 are from Bangladesh and
the rest from other parts of the world. ...
He said around 1.5
million strong Pakistani Diaspora in the UK is a vital link between the two
countries and gives strength to our bilateral relations.
Immigration abroad deportation, USA
Donald Trump pledges to begin deporting 'millions of illegal aliens' next week
Daily Telegraph, 19 June 2019.
Donald Trump has vowed to begin removing millions of illegal
immigrants from the United States starting next week. ...
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement would "begin the process of removing
the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the
United States," adding: "They will be removed as fast as they come in."
There are an estimated 12 million people in the United States
illegally, mainly from Mexico and Central America.
A White House
official said the new crackdown would focus on more than one million of
those who have already been issued final deportation orders by judges, but
still remain in the US.
The official said: "Countless illegal
aliens not only violate our borders but then break the law all over again
by skipping their court hearings and absconding from federal proceedings.
"These runaway aliens lodge phony asylum claims only to be no-shows
at court and are ordered removed in absentia. Enforcing these final
judicial orders is a top priority."
Crime gangs, Birmingham
Guns, knives, drugs and organised crime: The astonishing number of gangsters in Birmingham
BirminghamLive, 19 June 2019.
Gangs are now 'driven by drug dealing not postcode wars' claim
police - after it emerged 400 people are now linked to organised crime in
Officers have revealed there are more than 40 Organised
Crime Gangs (OCGs) operating in Birmingham - comprising around 400 members.
And there are even more classified as Urban Street Gangs.
West Midlands Police disclosed the shocking figures just weeks
after the force doubled the strength of its Birmingham Organised Crime
Multiculturalism disadvantaged children
Two-thirds of the UK's worst-off children are white British but are often ignored, Education Secretary Damian Hinds has warned
Daily Mail, 19 June
Two thirds of the country's most disadvantaged children are white
British but all too often are ignored, the Education Secretary has
Damian Hinds said the focus of social mobility discussions
tended to be on ethnic minorities that needed a helping hand, while the
white majority were mentioned 'in passing'. ...
Mr Hinds said he
was focusing his attentions on coastal areas, which tend to have large
populations of poor white children whose attainment lags behind the rest.
For example, when examining black African children alone, data
shows they have a 'significantly higher rate' of participation in
university than the white British population.
However, when they
get there, they are less likely to complete the course and less likely to
get a top degree, he said.
He added: 'There is another group of
children, who we often mention, but sort of in passing, sometimes, which is
white British children. Among the disadvantaged population, the lowest
performing group is white British children. ...
'When we talk about
ethnicity, we tend to talk about all other ethnicities and then sometimes
say, "of course, we must not forget white British children". Almost two
thirds of the cohort of disadvantaged children are white British children.'
Asylum children, cost
Kent County Council faces £6.1m shortfall in cost of looking after asylum-seeking children
KentOnline, 19 June 2019.
Kent County Council is facing a £6.1m shortfall in the costs
of looking after vulnerable asylum-seeking children, blaming government
A report says the financial hole covers the last two
years and points out a series of factors that have left it without
sufficient money to meet escalating costs. ...
chiefs say while the number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children -
known as UASCs - is significantly down compared to what it was in 2015,
there is evidence of a rising trend.
The report says 2018 saw 172
arrivals compared to 948 in 2015 but "it is of note there have already been
87 referrals between January and May 2019 compared to just 45 during the
same period last year".
At present, the council looks after 267
UASCs and a further 895 who are classed as care leavers. ...
the biggest pressures is attributed to a government requirement on councils
to offer all care leavers support up to the age of 25.
Asylum refugees, government scheme
UK to resettle 5,000 more refugees in expanded scheme
Independent, 18 June 2019.
At least 5,000 more refugees will be resettled in the UK under a
renewed government initiative.
The Home Office said the "most
vulnerable" asylum seekers identified by the United Nations would be
transferred from 2020 onwards.
A programme that started in 2015
focused on Syria, but the government will now take refugees from beyond the
Middle East and North Africa and provide emergency resettlement where lives
are at risk.
The government said that although it had agreed to
welcome between 5,000 and 6,000 refugees in 2020-21, the actual number will
depend on factors including the amount of suitable accommodation provided
The home secretary said Britain has resettled more
refugees from outside Europe than any other EU state since 2016.
Sajid Javid, who is running to be the next Conservative leader and
prime minister, added: "It's vital we continue to do all we can to help the
world's most vulnerable.
"Under our new scheme, thousands more
people fleeing conflict and persecution will have the opportunity to build
a new life in the UK.
"I'm proud of the world-leading work we have
done in the Middle East and Africa so far but there is so much more
to do." ...
The government said it was on track to deliver on its
pledge to have taken 20,000 Syrian refugees by May 2020, and thousands of
people had been resettled through other routes. ...
commitment to resettling 5,000 more refugees will be separate to a
community sponsorship scheme, which allows groups to directly support
asylum seekers. ...
Reset, a charity leading community sponsorship
schemes, said around 300 refugees had been resettled by 60 local groups so
Multiculturalism schools, teachers scared
Teachers are 'too scared' to discuss Empire, director says
Daily Telegraph, 18 June 2019.
Children are no longer taught about Empire because well-meaning
educationalists are "frightened" of discussing the subject, Gurinder Chadha
The British-Indian director of Bend It Like Beckham
was talking in the run-up to the launch of her new ITV series. ...
Chadha's last project, Viceroy's House, explored Partition and the
end of Empire through the eyes of Lord and Lady Mountbatten. But she
worries that the history is unknown to schoolchildren today.
children in British schools aren't even told now that there was an Empire,
that the British ruled India," she told Radio Times. "Of course,
it's wrong." Asked if that was because educationalists wanted to avoid
giving offence in multicultural classrooms, Chadha replied: "Yes, they're
frightened of telling the truth."
Immigration abroad illegal immigrants, driving licences, New York, USA
New York latest state to approve driver's licenses for illegal immigrants
Reuters, 18 June 2019.
Illegal immigrants to the United States will be able to obtain
driver's licenses in New York under a bill passed by the state legislature
on Monday and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Senate in Albany voted 33-29 to approve the legislation, which previously
passed in the Assembly. Democrats control both chambers of the legislature.
New York will join at least a dozen other states that allow illegal
immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, becoming the second most populous
state after California to take that step. ...
Cuomo, a Democrat,
had expressed concern that if the bill was enacted it would create a
database of undocumented immigrants that federal authorities could use to
But the New York state attorney general has declared
the bill had safeguards against that, Cuomo's legal counsel, Alphonso
David, said in a statement. ...
New York state Senator Luis
Sepúlveda, the measure's Democratic sponsor, said in a statement it
will benefit the children of illegal immigrants by allowing their parents
to drive them to school.
"In a time when immigrants' rights and
livelihoods are being severely threatened, the Green Light Bill is a clear
message that we New Yorkers will always choose to lead with courage and
love and to fight for everyone's right to the American Dream,"
He also said it will improve safety on the
The millionaire businessman and his very bizarre £1,000 offer to paperboy
Hull Live, 17 June 2019.
He was a well-known face in Sutton as the respectable owner of the
local post office.
But behind Kuldip Singh's smiling demeanour was
a man hiding a dark secret.
Singh was in fact making hundreds of
thousands of pounds by supplying illegal workers to three East Riding
horticultural firms without a valid licence.
Singh, then living in
Kingswood, made £1,562,970 through his crimes and he was brought to
the attentions the UK Border Agency, now Border Force.
sentenced to six months' imprisonment, suspended for two years, in 2009
after admitting offences under the Gangmaster Licensing Act. ...
investigation was launched into Singh's finances under the Proceeds Of
Crime Act after the prosecution which determined he needed to hand over
Under the act, he was ordered to sell his business, his
family land in India and six cars to pay back the money he made through his
Still he failed to pay back the money and ended up
being jailed for three and a half years for default of payment.
Illegal immigration smuggling migrants
Arrested: organised crime group smuggled 308 migrants to the UK
Europol, 17 June 2019.
French and Romanian authorities arrested 11 members of an organised
crime group (OCG) involved in the smuggling of 308 migrants to the UK in a
joint action day. Eighteen house searches were carried out in Romania,
where firearms and around 480 000 in cash were seized during the
The OCG was composed mainly of Romanian truck
drivers, intermediaries and leaders.
Smuggled migrants were mostly
from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Palestine.
drivers promised 'guaranteed transit' to the migrants and charged them a
fee between 11 000 and 14 500. The total illegal proceeds
amounted to approximately 3.4 million.
So far, 59 active OCG
members have been identified.
Over half of teachers have witnessed anti-refugee sentiment in the classroom
British Red Cross, 17 June 2019.
Over half (52%) of teachers surveyed say they have witnessed
prejudice towards refugees in their classroom, according to research from
the British Red Cross.
The charity polled over 750 primary and
secondary school teachers across the UK, with four in five (80%) of those
who have witnessed anti-refugee sentiment believing that children are
influenced by the negative opinions of their friends and family, and over
half (54%) identifying the media, including social media, newspapers,
magazines and TV as a contributing factor to this behaviour. ...
combat this, during Refugee Week (17-23 June) the British Red Cross will
deliver hundreds of workshops across the country, to educate over 3,000
young people on the reality of what it means to be a refugee. ...
The Red Cross has also launched a new social media movement -
#EveryRefugeeMatters - to try to change the conversation about refugees
The British Red Cross is the largest independent
provider of support to refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK. Last
year the charity distributed almost 20,000 food parcels to refugees in the
UK and helped to reunite almost 1,000 families separated by war and
conflict, as well as providing volunteering and education opportunities
across the country.
... Last year, 5,777 refugees were settled in
communities across the UK.
Home Office 'loses' 750 foreign criminals including rapists and killers on the run to dodge deportation
Mail on Sunday, 16 June 2019.
Tory leadership hopeful Sajid Javid is facing criticism over the
Home Office's failure to find hundreds of foreign criminals who have gone
on the run to dodge deportation.
Figures obtained by The Mail on
Sunday reveal 747 offenders from overseas, including convicted rapists and
killers, have vanished after being released into the community.
senior immigration source last night gave a grim assessment of the
likelihood of the fugitives ever being caught.
'It's not usually
something we like to publish, but once you vanish you will only get caught
by luck,' he admitted. 'There are no resources any more.'
citizens including asylum seekers, those caught entering the UK
unlawfully and those overstaying their visa are meant to report
regularly to immigration centres or police stations if there are potential
grounds to deport them.
But the figures, released under Freedom of
Information laws, reveal that as of last September, 49,381 foreign
nationals have disappeared.
Alarmingly, an additional 747 foreign
criminals 681 men and 66 women have also gone missing. ...
Under Home Office rules, all foreign nationals given a jail
sentence are considered for removal from the UK.
But in a damning
report in June 2017, Chief Inspector of Borders David Bolt revealed
officials had lost track of 753 foreign criminals who faced deportation and
that the team trying to find them had only 11 staff.
expressed shock that the number of foreign criminals 'on the run' has
shrunk by only six since Mr Bolt's report.
'This is clear evidence
of the continued failure of the Home Office to ensure the prompt removal of
foreign offenders,' said Alp Mehmet, vice-chairman of Migration Watch UK.
'Resources are clearly stretched, but there also seems to be a lack of
political commitment.' ...
A Home Office spokesman said 48,000
foreign offenders had been removed since 2010, adding: 'We have a dedicated
team working with the police and others to track down, arrest and return
absconders to custody. Since the team was formed in 2009 it has traced
Four Rochdale grooming gang members are STILL in Britain with one living back at home again a decade after abusing girls as young as 12
The victims of a notorious Rochdale grooming gang have been 'failed
again' after it emerged four men have still not been deported a decade
after preying on girls as young as 12.
Shabir Ahmed, 66, Qari Abdul
Rauf, 50, Abdul Aziz, 48 and Adil Khan, 49, were among nine men convicted
in 2012 of a catalogue of serious sex offences against vulnerable victims
As the only groomers to have dual UK-Pakistani
citizenship, they were at risk of being deported back to Pakistan - but
none of the four appear to have been deported or be facing deportation.
Ahmed, known as 'Daddy' in the gang, is still serving a 22-year
jail term for rape but Rauf is back living at his home address in Rochdale
and Aziz has also been seen in the town, locals say.
whereabouts are not known. ...
The Home Office will not say whether
a decision has been made to deport any of the four.
said: 'We do not routinely comment on individual cases.'
Oliver, the detective who resigned from Greater Manchester Police and
turned whistle-blower over the botched Rochdale inquiry, said: 'It doesn't
surprise me they won't be straight with their answers after all this time
because they don't want a public backlash.
'Ultimately the truth
does have a way of coming out. The process most of these girls have been
through has led them to expect very, very little from the authorities.
'They expect nothing and are not disappointed. They have been
failed again and again and again.
'They do see some of these men
around Rochdale on a fairly regular basis.
'It is really
distressing for them, there's nothing that the girls can do. It's actually
In 2016, then-home secretary Theresa May ruled it
would be 'conducive to the public good' to deprive the four of the right to
remain in the UK.
They then fought, and lost, a long legal battle
against deprivation of UK citizenship, losing a final Court of Appeal
ruling in July last year. ...
Lawyers said it is probable the four
will invoke the European Convention on Human Rights to argue their right to
a family life would be impinged if they were removed from the UK. ...
Nazir Afzal, the lawyer credited with pursuing the groomers,
overturning an earlier decision not to prosecute, said: 'I am concerned
that despite the efforts that have been made to ensure they are no longer a
threat to women and girls in this country, that they remain in this country
and the process continues and is prolonged.'
Illegal immigration Englsih Channel
More migrants intercepted after crossing Channel in first six months of this year than in whole of 2018
Sunday Telegraph, 16 June 2019.
More suspected migrants have crossed the Channel and entered the UK
in the first half of this year than in the whole of 2018.
arrival of more than 150 people since the end of May, the number of
suspected migrants intercepted by border force in 2019 has soared to 511,
according to Telegraph research, with dozens more collected by French
In the whole of 2018, some 312 people reached the UK in
small boats after crossing the Channel, with 227 more stopped by the
Dover MP Charlie Elphike has said the crisis "now threatens
to turn into a Summer of chaos on the Channel."
morning, 40 people who claimed to be from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan,
were intercepted in two boats just off the Kent coast and taken to shore by
Border Force agents. ...
On May 31, Britain saw a record number of
boats and people trying to enter the UK illegally, as some 74 people were
intercepted in eight separate vessels.
Politics Conservative Party
Raab's 'fairer' system to cut immigration
Sunday Times, 16 June 2019.
Dominic Raab has outlined plans for a new system that would
"substantially reduce" the number of migrants coming to the UK. ...
Raab, who finished fourth in the first round of voting for the Tory
party leadership, is privately warning MPs that Boris Johnson might implode
in the glare of publicity. ...
Today Raab unveils an
Australian-style points system that would assess migrants by their skills,
qualifications, education, experience and salary. Those achieving the
required number of points would enter a pool from which employers would
Immigration abroad Africans, USA
Record number of African migrants coming to Mexican border
Andrew Selsky and Patrick Whittle
Yahoo News / Associated Press, 16 June 2019.
Undaunted by a dangerous journey over thousands of miles, people
fleeing economic hardship and human rights abuses in African countries are
coming to the U.S.-Mexico border in unprecedented numbers, surprising
Border Patrol agents more accustomed to Spanish-speaking migrants.
Officials in Texas and even Maine are scrambling to absorb the
sharp increase in African migrants. They are coming to America after flying
across the Atlantic Ocean to South America and then embarking on an often
harrowing overland journey.
In one recent week, agents in the
Border Patrol's Del Rio sector stopped more than 500 African migrants found
walking in separate groups along the arid land after splashing across the
Rio Grande, children in tow.
That is more than double the total of
211 African migrants who were detained by the Border Patrol along the
entire 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) U.S.-Mexico border in the 2018 fiscal
The immigrants in Texas were mostly from the Republic of
the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola. Cameroonians
have also been traveling up through Mexico and into the U.S. in larger
numbers and seeking asylum at ports of entry.
... Also on the
waiting list are Ethiopians, Eritreans, Mauritanians, Sudanese and
A few days after the big groups of African
immigrants were apprehended in Texas, federal officials dropped off dozens
of them in San Antonio. Officials in the Texas city sent out a plea for
French-speaking volunteers for translating work "and most importantly,
making our guests feel welcome."
Many were bused to Portland,
Maine, about as far as one can get from the Mexican border and still be in
the continental United States. Word has spread among migrants that the city
of 67,000 is a welcoming place. Somali refugees were resettled in Portland
in the 1990s. ...
More migrants are on the way. Mexico is on pace
to triple the number of African immigrants it is processing this year, up
from 2,100 in 2017.
Crime illegal exports
Illegal eel exporters exposed by Countryfile
BBC, 16 June 2019.
Dealers looking to illegally export European eels from the UK have
been exposed by BBC Countryfile. ...
An export ban on the
endangered species has been in place since 2010.
gangs are said to be smuggling about 350 million live baby eels - or
'glass' eels - every year to Asia, where they are farmed and sold as a
Andrew Kerr, of the Sustainable Eel Group said the
illegal trade in glass eels, also known as elvers, was estimated to be
worth about £3bn a year.
Mr Kerr told the BBC: "It's the most
trafficked animal by number and by value.
"It leaves here at one
Euro each and then one year later, having been grown in the 900 eel farms
of inland China, it's worth 10 Euros - and that's pretty tempting.
"This is the greatest wildlife crime on the planet." ...
The team was also approached by a UK-based commodities trader who
said he had a client in Asia who was looking for glass eels to be exported
to South Korea.
Immigration abroad explosions, Sweden
Number of bomb attacks in Sweden has surged this year
The Local [Sweden], 16 June 2019.
The number of attacks with explosives has increased significantly
so far this year, according to the latest official figures, with 93 attacks
up until the end of May.
By the same time last year, the tally was
at just 63.
According to the Swedish National Council for Crime
Prevention, which collects the figures, there were 162 explosions reported
last year. Figures are not available for earlier years as, the council only
began counting explosions as a separate category in 2018.
an arms race going on in the world of organised crime," Stockholm
University criminologist Sven Granath told Swedish state broadcaster
Sveriges Radio. ...
"If we accept this this is the real rate of
growth, it's a lot and of course very serious," Manne Gerell, Associate
Professor in Criminology at Malmö university, told the broadcaster.
Politics national populism
Europe's Populists Are Here to Stay
Wall Street Journal, 15 June 2019.
[Mr. Goodwin is professor of politics at the University of Kent]
National populism isn't going away anytime soon, because it is
anchored in deeper currents that have been swirling beneath Western
democracies over many decades and still have a long way to run. ...
To make sense of what's really going on in the rise of national
populism, we must consider several wider currents now colliding in European
politics. Four are key, each one beginning with a D.
The first is
distrust, generated by political institutions that have become less
representative of the groups that are most likely to cast a vote for
national populists: people without degrees and the working class. There are
more women and ethnic minorities in our legislatures than ever before,
which should be celebrated, but there have never been fewer nongraduates
and people from blue-collar backgrounds.
The rise of a highly
educated and thus typically socially liberal political elite, or what some
scholars in Europe call "diploma democracy," hasn't only put greater
distance between the rulers and the ruled. ...
These voters have
good reason to feel left behind and left out. In Britain, only 3% of
lawmakers have experience of working-class occupations, while 18% have only
ever worked in politics. ...
Such voters aren't giving up on
democracy, as some commentators argue. Overwhelming majorities say that
they want to live in a representative democracy. /.../ Many people simply
want more of a say over the decisions that affect their nations and their
A second key current is destruction: widespread fears
that national identities, cultures and ways of life are slipping away. When
eight in 10 Trump voters support building a wall on the southern border, or
three in four Brexit voters, worried about how immigration is changing
Britain, voted to "take back control," they knew what they were supporting.
For three decades now, almost every major study in Europe has found
that wanting to reduce immigration is, by far, the strongest predictor of
whether or not somebody will vote national populist. ...
problem is that many exaggerate the pace and scale of generational change.
The young are usually more liberal than the old, but many of them are
receptive to national populists. In Britain, more than 40% of
18-24-year-olds, and 58% of the slightly older 25-49-year-olds, recently
said that immigration is "too high." ...
Third, national populists
are tapping into worries over deprivation not objective economic
loss, but relative deprivation. Tens of millions in Europe feel that their
ethno-cultural group is being left behind relative to others, while liberal
politicians, media and celebrities devote far more attention and status to
favored migrants, minorities and other newcomers. ...
factor in the national populist upsurge is dealignment. Historic tribal
loyalties to the older parties are breaking down across much of the West.
Populists are unlikely to stage a complete takeover, but they
will become a permanent and more disruptive fixture on the landscape.
Europe is aging, North Africa is unstable, migration will remain high,
Islamist terror looks unlikely to fade and there may yet be another
financial crisis. In facing these problems, many of the established parties
simply look lost.
Knife and offensive weapon offences reach highest level for decade
The Guardian, 14 June 2019.
Numbers of knife and offensive weapon offences have risen to their
highest level for nearly a decade, with the number of cases dealt with by
the criminal justice system up by more than a third since 2015, figures
Figures on sentences handed out for such crimes,
published by the Ministry of Justice, showed there were 22,041 knife and
weapon offences formally dealt with by the criminal justice system in the
year ending March 2019.
This represented an increase of 34% since
2015, when the number was 16,438, and is the highest rate since 2010, when
the number was 23,667.
In the year ending March 2019, 37% of knife
and offensive weapon offences resulted in an immediate custodial sentence,
compared with 22% in 2009, when the data was first published. The average
length of the custodial sentences rose to the longest in a decade, from 5.5
months to 8.1 months.
The new figures include the offences of
possession or threatening with an offensive weapon or possession of an
article with a blade or point. They do not include murders or assaults that
may have involved knives or offensive weapons.
Data published by
the Office for National Statistics in April showed a 6% increase in all
offences involving knives in 2018. Police recorded 40,829 such crimes, the
highest number the ONS has on record since 2011.
Police smash gang of smugglers suspected of making millions of pounds by sneaking more than 300 illegal immigrants into the UK
Daily Mail, 14 June
A smuggling ring thought to have made millions sneaking more than
300 migrants into the UK has been smashed by police.
Romania and France arrested 11 gang members suspected to be part of a major
international smuggling operation made up of 59 mainly Romanian truck
drivers, middlemen and leaders.
It is believed the gang, who are
suspected of transporting 308 migrants to Britain, made £3 million
charging £9,700 to £12,800 for a passage through the Eurotunnel
or ferries across the Channel.
French and Romanian authorities
raided 18 houses on Tuesday, seizing weapons and wads of cash worth
London's DNA has always been diversity, not its 'Englishness'
Arjun Neil Alim
Evening Standard, 14 June 2019.
A few years ago I was in Dehradun, a bustling city in India's
mountainous north. A man at a colourful fruit stand began to chat to me,
and was visibly startled by the accent of the boy opposite him. He asked me
where I was from, suspecting I was not local. I could have given any number
of answers but the word "London" slipped out. It seemed the simplest way to
explain how I could look like him, speak his language (poorly), and yet be
a native of another place entirely. ...
More dangerous is the claim
that recent immigration and globalisation have somehow stripped London of
its culture. Some conservatives claim that one rarely hears English in the
streets, or that London has imported people and customs that fundamentally
threaten its singular identity. /.../ The 2011 census revealed the capital
to be the first major UK region with a minority of white Britons, setting
off hysterical claims of the death of English London.
this type focus on globalisation and migration, to suggest the city has
changed beyond recognition. Yet those who mourn the death of a
quintessentially "English" London tend to have two things in common: they
rarely live in London, and they misunderstand that a Londoner is not simply
an Englishman or a Briton.
London has never been a purely English
... The Centre for London found in 2018 that only half of
Londoners strongly identified as "English", with more opting for "British"
and even more simply for "Londoner". ...
Londoners are largely
comfortable with multiple identities. ...
In past and present,
Londoners, Britons and the English live side by side, embracing seemingly
contradictory identities and sharing heritage, culture and social
challenges. Statistics about demographic change are misleading
London was never a purely English city and it belongs to no single label.
Sorry, but things weren't better before.
It is said that cities are
laboratories of modernity. Back in Dehradun, my new friend observed me with
fresh interest. Perhaps he was studying me for evidence of my exoticism. Or
perhaps he understood that I, along with eight million others, am heir to
the most ambitious experiment of them all.
SULLY LINE TRIAL: Drug dealers given jail sentences totalling over 80 years
Telegraph & Argus, 14 June 2019.
Twelve men and a woman have been jailed for a total of more than 80
years for their roles in the Sully Line "ring and bring" drug dealing
operation that netted up to £4 million in just over a year.
The line, that was first set up in 2012, received 229,000 calls
between July 2017 and August last year, Bradford Crown Court heard today.
Six men were sentenced for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Mohammed Assan, 26, of Quaker Street, Undercliffe, Bradford, was
jailed for 11 years and four months.
He and his brother, Mohammed
Ayaz, 29, of the same address, were directors of the Sully Line, playing a
leading role in its operation. Ayaz was imprisoned for 13 years and two
A third director, Tassawar Aslam, 34, of Victor Street,
Heaton, Bradford, was locked up for ten years.
A storeman for the
line, Amir Rehman, 28, of Lumb Lane, Manningham, was jailed for eight and a
half years. ...
Mujahid Mahmood, 28, of Hollins Street, Bradford,
was jailed for ten years. Described as a "trusted lieutenant" for the
operation, he fled the country part-way through his trial. He was believed
to have flown to Islamabad and will serve his sentence if he is arrested on
The ring's "communications man" Sheraz Mahmood, 31, of
Airedale College Terrace, Undercliffe, Bradford, was jailed for five years
and four months. ...
Seven defendants were jailed for supplying
Class A drugs by street dealing for the Sully Line.
Politics Conservative Party
Don't mention the i-word
Conservative Woman, 13 June 2019.
All ten Tory leader candidates have now launched their leadership
If they got bottom marks for consistency and vision
(no telling us our island nation's story and its real moment in history and
so its political social and economic challenges) they really did get top
marks for avoiding the real issues. Not least the i-word one. I don't
pretend to have digested every detail of the various leadership launches of
this 'conceit' of contenders, but by my count between them the word
immigration was mentioned once. Just once.
And Boris might as well
not have bothered. Yesterday afternoon he dextrously managed to include it
only to dismiss its import as fast as he introduced it. Brexit, he told us,
'wasn't just about immigration though people were entirely reasonable in
wanting national control.' /.../ That was it. ...
podium somewhere else in London, Sajid Javid was focusing on his 'back
story', making no reference at all to the global millions who seem only too
keen to replicate his family's pattern. ...
So there we have it
not just one but ten potential leaders who either think immigration
is not a problem or don't dare mention it. It is, as Sir Andrew Green said
on Tuesday, astonishing.
Or is it? Aren't the Tories just like the
BBC quite happy to delude themselves and us that immigration is not
a worry, just a matter of overcoming irrational anxiety?. ...
truth is, as Sir Andrew writes, that the country has reached a crossroads
on immigration, and so has clearly has the Conservative Party. It will
bring the Tories to the parting of the ways with the people unless they
have something serious to say about it and face the facts for once.
These are that annual net migration into the UK has averaged nearly
300,000 over the past five years that is roughly the population of
Newcastle. Yet until Labour came to power in 1997, Sir Andrew reminds us,
net migration was never more than 50,000 a year and was sometimes negative.
Nine years of Conservative government and they have failed to get a grip on
Today the UK's official population is just under 67 million, up
9 million since 2001 and 5 million since 2009. ...
The dangers to
the fabric of our society are already there to see. Already 71 per cent of
Britons believe that immigration has made communities more divided, rising
to 78 per cent in areas that have experienced large-scale immigration in
recent years. The problem is one of scale and speed, not of individual
migrants. David Goodhart has pointed out that too many people coming too
quickly into a society makes it difficult to retain a sense of cohesion and
stability and we risk becoming an increasingly segregated country. ...
But so far there is no Conservative leadership candidate who
appears to have the courage or determination to take his or her head out of
the sand on this fundamentally important issue for the country.
Immigration public opinion in 8 countries
What's the impact of immigration, according to Europeans and Americans?
YouGov, 13 June 2019.
With immigration becoming a more pressing national issue in recent
years, a new YouGov survey conducted in seven European nations and the
United States has sought to find out exactly what citizens believe to be
the impact of migrants on their country for good and ill.
all countries except France, the most commonly agreed benefit of
immigration has been better food. This figure was highest in the US, Norway
and Britain, where around half of people (between 47% and 50%) think
migrants have had a positive impact on cuisine.
contribution to the national culture is also widely acknowledged, being the
second most frequently mentioned benefit of immigration in most nations
(and third in the US and fourth in Germany). Again Americans, Britons and
Norwegians are the most likely to feel their nations have benefitted in
this way at between 39% and 42%, along with 38% of Swedes.
contrast to the other nations, the French are most likely to see the
biggest benefit of immigration to have been on sport at 32%. Alongside the
Germans, they are, however, the least likely to be able to name any
benefits of immigration, with only half (between 51% and 52%) being able to
put their finger on anything that migration has made better in their
The most commonly given downside of immigration is
increased crime, coming top of the list in five of the countries we
surveyed and second or third in the others. It is especially likely to be
cited in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Norway (at between 62% and 68%).
People are also consistently worried about the impact immigrants
have on national security (between 31% and 62%) and their country's welfare
systems (between 33% and 48%).
In Britain and Sweden people are
more likely than those in other nations to see a negative impact on housing
(between 44% and 45%) and healthcare (between 36% and 37%, alongside 39% of
The impact on jobs is also a bigger concern in
Britain and France (29% each) and the US (32%) than elsewhere.
proportion of people who gave at least one negative impact of immigration
is higher in all countries than the number who were able to give a positive
one except in the US where 71% could name something good that
immigrants have done, compared to 65% who could point at something bad.
Looking at combined answers to the positive and negative aspects of
immigration reveals that one in four Americans (27%) believe it only brings
benefits, making them the most pro-immigration nation. Britain comes a
distant second in this regard, on 18%.
By contrast, 33% of Germans
were only able to name negative consequences of immigration, making them
the most sceptical of the countries. They are followed by France, Finland
and Denmark where a quarter (between 24% and 27%) likewise have nothing
good to say about immigration. ...
... In Britain 39% think
immigration's impact has been more bad than good compared to 37% who think
it has been more good than bad.
Immigration abroad crime, Australia
'We call it for what it is': Police say 'African gangs' are responsible for terrifying crime spree across Sydney - after Melbourne cops avoided the words at all
Karen Ruiz and Lauren Ferri
Daily Mail Australia, 13 June 2019.
New South Wales Police have identified 'African gangs' as
responsible for a terrifying spate of robberies across Sydney. ...
At least 20 stores, including JB Hi-Fi and Bing Lee locations, have
been hit by teenagers taking off with thousands of dollars in goods.
'We are talking about an organised gang of African thieves,'
Assistant Commissioner Jones told The Daily Telegraph.
'We are not
trying to downplay this in any way, shape or form.'
come just days after detectives insisted Sydney was not facing the same
African gang crisis as Melbourne. ...
Previously, Victoria Police
Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton refused to identify the city's problem as
an 'African' gang crisis.
Politics Conservative Party
Conservative leadership candidates must face up to the challenge of immigration
ConservativeHome, 13 June 2019.
In my first article on Tuesday I set out the enormous consequences
for our society if immigration were to be allowed to continue at anything
like the present rate overall net migration is still running at more
than a quarter of a million a year. ...
To re-connect with voters,
the new Prime Minister will have to start by recognising that the
Conservative government has failed (after nine years in office) to deliver
on their signature manifesto promise to reduce annual net migration
to the 'tens of thousands'.
Yet a careful reading of current policy
indicates that the omens are not good. A White Paper on post-Brexit
immigration policy sneaked out just before Christmas would do very little,
if anything, to reduce the numbers. It proposed that all migrants, whether
EU or not, should be considered on the same basis, that there should be no
cap on economic migration, and that the level of qualifications required
for skilled workers should be reduced from degree to A-Level.
has also been suggested, more recently, that the salary requirement should
be reduced from the present £30,000 a year to perhaps £25,000, or
even as low as £21,000.
Astonishingly, and depending on the
salary threshold finally agreed, between six million and nine million
full-time jobs held by UK employees would be exposed to new or increased
global competition. ...
Indeed, it is extremely risky. A policy
devised by a Home Secretary anxious to demonstrate his business-friendly
approach is taking the severe risk that his post-Brexit immigration policy
will simply run out of control. We all saw what happened after Labour came
to power in 1997 when their policies, also intended to be
business-friendly, ran out of control. Net migration tripled in a few
years. It took several years to tighten the system but, even then, they
were unable to reduce the net inflow. ...
A similar episode in the
years to come, added to their dubious record on Brexit, could well spell
the end of the Conservative party.
Let us not forget that there are
real consequences. For example, according to projections by the Office for
National Statistics, England (the destination of nearly 90 per cent of
immigrants) will have to build one home every six minutes night and day
just to cope with added demand resulting from immigration at current
Young people realise what this means for their future. With
so many being priced out of the housing market and struggling to get a
foothold on the property ladder, it is no wonder that a clear majority (55
per cent) of 18-24 year-olds support reducing net migration significantly
(Deltapoll, June 2018).
So how Conservative members and voters feel
about the scale, pace and nature of change wrought by high immigration
should be at the forefront of every candidate's mind.
key issue must be gripped by the new Prime Minister. It will take courage
and determination to deliver the significant reduction in immigration that
nearly three-quarters of UK adults wish to see; this includes majorities in
all UK regions (including Scotland) and the majority of Remain voters
Crime gang rape
Woman was drugged and gang raped by four men while another looked on
Martine Berg Olsen
Metro, 12 June 2019.
Two men have been jailed after a woman was drugged and gang raped
by four people while a fifth watched.
The victim was forced to
relive the horrific ordeal in court after the two men charged with rape
denied the offence.
Hemin Salimpirik, 33, and Kuchar Rahim, 35,
were jailed for a total of 32 years after a judge said they had plotted
with the other men to have sex with her.
A sentencing hearing at
Newport Crown Court on Tuesday heard both defendants were found guilty of
Two other men were also involved in the abuse while a fifth
man watched on without assisting the woman but they have not been charged.
As a result of her ordeal the woman told the court she had
suffered from nightmares and had fears for her safety. She also had to move
from her home as she no longer felt safe there.
Immigration abroad Poland
Poland's two-faced immigration strategy
Makana Eyre and Martin Goillandeau
Politico, 12 June 2019.
They knew nobody, spoke no Polish and had arrived in a country
where the government would soon promise a firm crackdown on immigration.
Instead, they were quickly made to feel right at home along with the
2 million other Ukrainians who have resettled in the country in the last
When it comes to the European refugee crisis, Poland's
ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has distinguished itself with fiery
anti-migrant rhetoric. But when it comes to finding workers to take on the
low-paying jobs Poles no longer want, the government has been quite happy
to let in a historic influx of badly needed foreigners.
the last year for which figures are available, Poland issued more visas to
foreign workers than any other country in Europe. Eighty-five percent of
them went to people from Ukraine a predominantly white, Christian
country looking for work.
"This has been, as far as I'm
aware, the single biggest migration of people from one European country to
another in such a short space of time in recent history," said Daniel
Tilles, an assistant professor of history at the Pedagogical University of
... Many of those newcomers do unskilled work as
replacements for Polish nationals, who are either rejecting lower-paid jobs
after five years of falling unemployment in the booming country, or have
migrated elsewhere in Europe, chasing higher salaries. ...
massive migration numbers, and the warm welcome Ukrainians have received,
stands in marked opposition to the anti-migrant electoral campaign that
helped bring PiS to power four years ago. ...
Hardly any Muslim
refugees, including those fleeing wars in Syria and Yemen, have been
resettled in Poland. The Ukrainians migrating to Poland are white
... Joblessness has fallen in Poland every year
since 2014, leaving unskilled jobs vacant as Poles climb the employment
ladder. Since 2015, hundreds of thousands of Poles have left to work in
other EU countries, especially the U.K.
Illegal immigration English Channel
Migrants - 38 picked up by Border Force in three cases off Kent in Dungeness and Greatstone area
Kent Online, 12 June 2019.
Nearly 40 migrants have been stopped trying to make their way to
Authorities dealt with three separate incidents,
involving a total 38 people on the British side of the Channel, plus
another involving 15 people on the French side. ...
mean that since November 8 there has been 69 incidents involving 724
The figure rises to 80 cases, involving 868 people, if
those stopped by the French and brought back to France are included.
Multiculturalism black culture
How black culture went mainstream
New Statesman, 12 June 2019.
[K Biswas is co-chair of the Race Beat, a network for people of colour in the media]
In a global marketplace, Britain's multiracial culture is arguably
its biggest selling point reflected in its art, advertising, film
and music. The Afro-Caribbean diaspora numbering less than 2 million
now takes centre-stage in Britain's youth-culture mainstream,
ensuring that a new generation embraces minority voices. ...
big myth, Boakye reveals, is that Britain, indeed the entire human species,
has overcome "the racism of our collective history". As an English teacher,
he has seen up-close an "irreconcilably, hopelessly Eurocentric" curriculum
and biases running deep in the DNA of an educational system with a fetish
for the "white working class" (he rues that not once in his professional
career has he been asked to consider the "black working class").
And yet he remains hopeful for the future no more so than
around the apparent rise of "MLE" (Multicultural London English), a
"millennial, patois-born sociolect that scares the shit out of people like
[historian] David Starkey". Boakye his heart still in Brixton ("the
nexus of south London's, if not the UK's, Jamaican community")
witnessed at least two generations of British youth adopt "the sounds,
rhythms, colloquialisms and phonetics of Jamaican patois".
A straight white male's lot is not a happy one
Conservative Woman, 11 June 2019.
What do you want from your police force? More bobbies on the beat?
An efficient response to crime? A healthy zeal for catching criminals? Too
bad, because the Old Bill are now more concerned with diversity quotas.
As with so many industries, the police have been expanding their
remit (along with their girths), and have decided that previous guidelines
as to what constituted a PC weren't quite pc enough. ...
worry that the slight downside to this woke rebrand is that Plod is now
unfit for traditional policing don't fret, though, they gave all
that up ages ago. Burglary, assault and robbery are out; harassing the
elderly over blog posts and censorious monitoring of Twitter are in. ...
Above all else, there is a rabid urgency to employ anyone other
than Mr White Male for he (the vilest of criminals) yields no woke
points whatsoever. It was disappointing that none of the UK's police forces
has yet managed to achieve its desired vibrant diversity, so it was time to
up the ante.
It was into this sea of sickening wokeness that
physics graduate Matthew Furlong, 25, swam in 2017. Furlong was turned down
from his dream job of becoming a copper by Cheshire Police when it
transpired that not only was he hideously white, he also wasn't nearly
disabled, black, transgender or gay enough. ...
course, it was competence you had to fake at interview; nowadays, it's
incompetence you need. Furlong's flaw was that he hadn't polished his
victim status, nor done his oppression top button up. ...
treatment at the hands of Cheshire Police is symptomatic of a deeper
malaise what we might call the David Lammy approach to
problem-solving: whatever the issue, you can find a white man somewhere to
blame for it. ...
And while the words 'white' and 'male' are bad
enough alone, placed in conjunction they are now the most dangerous
combination in the lexicon the 100ft neon swastika for any
self-respecting social justice warrior.
... Ponder why stores
refuse to sell T-shirts with the innocuous slogan 'It's ok to be white'.
Imagine Jon Snow commenting that he'd never seen so many Muslim postal
votes in Peterborough you can't. Muse on the relentless headlines:
'White men must be stopped: The very future of mankind depends on it'. Ask
yourself why this is considered acceptable? ...
... the clamour for
diversity is selective. You will never hear the Left complain that Asians
are over-represented in tech; that blacks swamp the NBA, or that women have
an unfair advantage in teaching, nursing or psychology. The Left doesn't
care, which renders their virtue disingenuous and ugly.
for Furlong he has now been taken on by Cheshire Police. His case however,
highlights a worrying trend. Any society which prizes appearance over
substance cannot succeed a lesson it is high time we relearned.
Immigration abroad violent crime, Sweden
It's Time for Sweden to Admit Explosions Are a National Emergency
Quillette, 11 June 2019.
The bomb exploded shortly after 9 a.m. Friday in a blast that
ripped through two apartment buildings and could be heard for miles. ...
It is the kind of news we usually associate with war zones, but
this bombing took place in Linköping, a peaceful university town in
southern Sweden. Remarkably, it was not the only explosion in the country
that day; another, seemingly unrelated, blast was reported in a parking lot
in the city of Gothenburg earlier in the morning. Three explosions have
been reported in Malmö since Tuesday morning. ...
experienced a sharp rise in explosions in recent years, predominantly
related to conflicts between warring criminal gangs. The use of explosives
in the Nordic country is now at a level that is unique in the world for a
state not at war, according to police. In response, the government issued a
first-ever "amnesty for explosives" in the fall of 2018, allowing people in
possession of such weapons to hand them over to police with immunity. But
this didn't stem the tide: some 50 explosions were reported in the first
three months of 2019 alone an average of more than one every other
day and an increase over the same period in 2018, a year that saw a record
number of more than three blasts per week. ...
There has been a
corresponding marked escalation in gang-related shootings, which
increasingly take place in broad daylight. Sweden had 45 deadly shootings
in what police refer to as "criminal environments" last year, which is an
increase by a factor of 10 in one generation. /.../ And systematic witness
intimidation, paired with a code of silence in the country's
socio-economically weak immigrant areas, has made this type of crime
difficult for the Swedish legal system to tackle.
The rise in gang
violence and other types of crime including sexual offenses and a
wave of robberies against children has had far-reaching implications
for Swedish society. /.../ A recent survey in the country's three largest
cities showed that safety is now the main priority for Swedes who are
looking to buy homes. ...
Before any specific issues can be
addressed the Swedish government must acknowledge the severity of the
matter. In the past few years, the rise in violent crime in Sweden is
attracting growing attention from international media. How has the Swedish
government responded? By launching an elaborate PR campaign for foreign
audiences that plays down the challenges especially those in the
country's immigrant areas.
Immigration politics, public opinion, Conservative Party
Andrew Green: Debating immigration has been marginal to this leadership election. That should change.
ConservativeHome, 11 June 2019.
The Conservative Party is clearly struggling after disastrous
results in the European elections and the Peterborough by-election. So it
is astonishing that we are now well into a leadership contest with barely a
peep from the candidates on an issue that is crucial to our country's
future and therefore of real importance to the membership. I refer, of
course, to immigration.
... In ten years time, Brexit will be
sorted one way or the other. But, if we are not careful we might find
ourselves set on an immigration policy that will change the whole nature of
our society against the wishes of a strong majority of our people.
In short, our country has reached a crossroads on immigration, and
so has the Conservative Party. The current massive levels of immigration
could be reduced without serious damage to our economy, were there
sufficient political will. The forthcoming leadership election will
therefore be the moment to decide whether to go for a leader who is
prepared to tackle immigration or for one who has failed to heed the
public's repeated calls to reduce it.
The situation is certainly
serious. Annual net migration into the UK has averaged nearly 300,000 over
the past five years that is roughly the population of Newcastle.
Yet, until Labour came to power in 1997, net migration was never more than
50,000 a year and was sometimes negative. Since 2010, nine years of
Conservative Government have failed to get a grip on it, ...
implications and consequences for our future are stark. A level of net
migration continuing at present levels would take our population from about
66 million today to 100 million by the end of the century. ...
have already suggested, the character and nature of our society are already
being changed without the consent of the majority of our population, three
quarters of whom support the reduction of net migration levels to the 'tens
It is not just about numbers. I was struck by a
recent article in Prospect by Tom Smail. He lives in Haringey in North
London, and he wrote: "Immigration has become not, as I once thought, a
welcome addition to the English way of life, but a source of disquiet." He
continued "I speak four languages .... but the multiplicity of languages
outside my front door and the almost total absence of English leaves me
feeling like a stranger in a once familiar land".
later that "it is not that I prefer English people to other people.
Frequently I do not. It is that, in order to have a functioning, cohesive
society, there needs to be some shared sense of what that society is."
There is indeed evidence that mass immigration is damaging the
bonds that bind our community together. Demos found in 2018 that 71 per
cent of Britons believe that immigration has made communities more divided.
This reached 78 per cent in areas that had experienced large-scale
immigration in recent years.
Crime drugs, adults' claim to be children
Foreign drug dealers use slavery laws to be TREATED AS CHILDREN - police powerless
Daily Express, 10 June 2019.
Police are being forced to treat hardened drug lords as children
and even offer them foster care as criminals twist Theresa May's
anti-slavery laws to their advantage it emerged today.
slavery laws, enacted when she was Home Secretary in 2015, give trafficked
children freedom from prosecution under section 45 of the Human
Trafficking, Smuggling and Slavery laws, even if they have committed
serious criminal offences. The National Referal Mechanism (NRM) then gives
the youngsters foster care in a scheme aimed to transform the lives of
vulnerable youngsters. But the policy is open to exploitation, with police
given just 24 hours to prove that a criminal is an adult before UK law
states that they must be placed in care, something police chiefs say is
"impossible" in such a short time span.
Speaking to The Sunday
Times which uncovered the loophole, Detective Sergeant Stuart Peall, Head
of Lancashire constabulary's exploitation team, said: "How do you prove the
age of a foreign national inside 24 hours who won't even tell you their
"In most cases it is simply impossible. Age assessments
take weeks. There is no way of doing it inside that timescale. The law
means there is a presumption they are under 18 unless we can prove
otherwise within hours of arrest." ...
The Crown Prosecution
Service (CPS) is so concerned at the levels of abuse in the system that it
has passed evidence to the Cabinet Office involving four criminals who have
abused modern slavery laws.
Politics Conservative Party
Sajid Javid promises to SCRAP Theresa's 'crude' 100,000 net migration target if he becomes PM as Home Secretary launches searing attack on May's legacy
MailOnline, 10 June 2019.
Sajid Javid today revealed he would scrap Theresa May's promise to
cut net migration below 100,000 calling it a 'crude' figure'.
Home Secretary, who is in charge the UK's border force, has said targets on
the number of people entering Britain would stop if he is the next prime
Mr Javid, who is fighting to take over as Tory leader,
said that the UK must focus on skills and not numbers after leaving the EU.
He told LBC: 'I'm a big fan of immigration. It doesn't matter
whether you're from India or France, you're treated the same. From speaking
to people, they're concerned with having control over immigration rather
than crude numbers.'
Mr Javid has finally ruled out keeping the
100,000 net migration target after months of clashing with Theresa May over
the issue. ...
Mrs May had strongly resisted pressure to abandon
the 100,000 net migration target from senior ministers, who argue it is not
She insisted ministers were united behind her but had
been forced by the Cabinet to backtrack over proposals to include a
£30,000 minimum salary threshold for higher skilled workers applying
for five-year visas. ...
Mr Javid has insisted that Britain is
ready for its first non-white prime minister as Scottish Tory leader Ruth
Davidson backed his campaign yesterday.
The Home Secretary, whose
father was a bus driver who came to Britain from Pakistan, insisted the
country needs an 'outsider' to 'shake things up'.
Iran-linked terrorists caught stockpiling explosives in north-west London
Daily Telegraph, 10 June 2019.
Terrorists linked to Iran were caught stockpiling tonnes of
explosive materials on the outskirts of London in a secret British bomb
factory, The Telegraph can reveal.
Radicals linked to Hizbollah,
the Lebanese militant group, stashed thousands of disposable ice packs
containing ammonium nitrate - a common ingredient in homemade bombs.
The plot was uncovered by MI5 and the Metropolitan Police in the
autumn of 2015, just months after the UK signed up to the Iran nuclear
deal. Three metric tonnes of ammonium nitrate was discovered - more than
was used in the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people and damaged
hundreds of buildings. ...
Yet for years it was kept hidden from
the public including MPs who were debating whether to fully ban
Hizbollah until today.
It raises questions about whether
senior UK government figures chose not to reveal the plot in part because
they were invested in keeping the Iran nuclear deal afloat. ...
well-placed source described the plot as "proper organised terrorism",
while another said enough explosive materials were stored to do "a lot of
Ice packs, seemingly harmless and easy to transport,
provided the perfect cover, according to sources. ...
not to inform the public, despite a major debate with the US about the
success of the Iran nuclear deal, will raise eyebrows.
in the dark amid a debate about proscribing Hizbollah will also be
questioned. The US labelled the entire group a terrorist organisation in
the Nineties, but in Britain, only its armed wing was banned.
It was only added to the banned terrorist group list in its entirety in
February more than three years after the plot was uncovered.
Terrorism terror, BBC language
BBC bosses accused of 'sanitising' Islamist attacks after it emerges reporters will be told to stop using the word 'terror' unless quoting someone else
Daily Mail, 10 June 2019.
The BBC has been accused of 'sanitising' terrorism under plans for
an effective ban on journalists using the word 'terror'.
will be told to avoid using the word to describe any terror attack, unless
they are quoting someone else.
Instead, they will refer to terror
attacks by naming specific details, such as the location and the method of
The controversial edict means that the BBC will no
longer use the phrase 'terror attack' to describe the massacres at London
Bridge or Manchester Arena, as the corporation did when the atrocities
Reporters would describe them as the London Bridge van
attack or the Manchester Arena bomb attack instead.
MPs and experts accused the broadcaster of 'failing in its public service
According to well-placed BBC sources, bosses are eager
to report terror attacks consistently, regardless of the terrorists'
political ideology. But instead of branding them all as terror attacks and
risk accusations of bias, it wants to avoid the word altogether.
senior news source said: 'It boils down to that phrase, 'One man's
terrorist is another man's freedom fighter'. ...
Many BBC reporters
are angered by the decision, which will come into force when the BBC's new
editorial guidelines are published this month. ...
are already advised to steer clear of 'terrorist' and 'terrorism', under
guidance first drawn up during the IRA bombings. ...
spokesman said: 'People should wait to read the editorial guidelines.'
Crime child sexual exploitation
Council apologises to girls who were 'let down' as report says opportunity to stop groomers was missed
Telegraph & Argus, 10 June 2019.
The independent expert running a review into a sex grooming scandal
has published his report.
And Dr Mark Peel said officers with
Kirklees Children's Services DID know that young girls were being sexually
abused and that an opportunity to smash the grooming ring was
This was despite one case file referring specifically
to "sexual exploitation" by Asian males who gave one victim known as
'Girl 8' drugs and alcohol.
And after reviewing two case
files he wrote: "It is my contention that Children's Services officers knew
at the time that these young women [were] most likely to have been engaged
in inappropriate, exploitative and illegal sexual activity to the extent
that they had sufficient evidence to conclude these vulnerable young women
were at risk of 'serious harm'.
"In both instances however it would
appear that, other than recording this information, no subsequent
preventative safeguarding action was taken, and that thus an opportunity to
break the child sexual exploitation (CSE) ring operating in Kirklees, and
protect these girls directly and others more generally, was lost."
Kirklees Council has apologised to girls that were "let down". ...
Dr Peel, who is chair of Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership,
worked entirely from social work case files.
He did not review
police files or those held by schools. ...
He said the limited
four-month time-frame of his investigation meant adopting a "least worst"
approach and not interviewing any of the young victims or former staff of
Kirklees Children's Services. ...
He said in two cases which
included clear evidence of child sexual exploitation (CSE) crucial
information had been completely omitted.
"It would appear that no
action of any kind was taken in both these instances.
discussion with senior officers and managers, no checking of facts or
communication with colleagues from other agencies and no direct engagement
with the young people and their families in order to protect them." ...
He describes "the seeming lack of concern and remedial action" as
being "almost alien" in 2019 but that in 2007 it was common across the UK
"both professionally and organisationally". ...
Dr Peel suggested
that there should be "a comprehensive review" of all target historic CSE
case files held by Kirklees Children's Services beyond the 22 girls
featured in the court case.
And he said that his independent review
"should in no way be seen as an alternative to a public inquiry". ...
The council acted following the imprisonment of 20 men who were
found guilty of child sex offences including rape, inciting child
prostitution and abduction of a child. The group was sentenced to more than
200 years in prison.
Among those jailed was ringleader Amere Singh
Dhaliwal, who was convicted of 54 offences against 11 girls.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, USA
Study: Smugglers Earned as Much as $2.3 Billion Helping Migrants Cross Border in 2017
National Review, 10 June 2019.
Smugglers pulled in anywhere from $200 million to $2.3 billion in
2017 in payments from migrants they helped enter the country illegally,
according to a new study commissioned by the Department of Homeland
Migrants pay from just under $4000 to over $11,000 each
in smuggling fees, depending on the amount of help they request and whether
it includes transit all the way from their home country and actual passage
across the U.S. border, according to the study, Human Smuggling and
Associated Revenues, produced by the Rand Corporation for DHS. "The wide
range reflects uncertainty about the number of migrants that travel
northward, their use of smugglers and the fees they pay," the report said.
Meanwhile, drug lords charge traffickers another $30 million to
$180 million annually to use their routes.
two-thirds of migrants who make the journey pay a smuggler to help them get
across the U.S. border, the report estimated. ...
Arrests at the
southwest border increased for the fourth straight month in May as
authorities continued to grapple with an unprecedented influx of migrants
from Central America.
Crime smuggling, chimpanzee meat
Chimpanzee meat being eaten in UK as border force urged to bring in DNA testing
Sunday Telegraph, 9 June 2019.
Chimpanzee meat is being served as a delicacy at British weddings
and sold as 'bush meat' on market stalls, it has emerged. ...
Leading primate scientist Dr Ben Garrod has said he was told by
customs officials just weeks ago that a ton of bush meat from West Africa
had been confiscated on a flight bound for the US.
He said it was
routinely smuggled into Europe and the UK - which could cause the spread of
serious disease as the meat is unsanitary and chimpanzees are very
genetically similar to humans.
The University of East Anglia
professor has called for DNA testing to be used on meat imports, and for
more resources to be put into research in order to stop the trade.
"It's rife. It's in all the major cities across Europe and the US.
We have seen bush meat confiscated in the UK in checkpoints at borders," he
told The Sunday Telegraph. ...
In 2011, chimpanzee meat was
understood to have been detected during a Trading Standards raid in the
West Midlands. A year previously, the first research on the import of bush
meat into Europe found more than 270 tons passing through the Charles de
Gaulle airport in Paris alone. ...
The professor /.../ warned that
the "next big pandemic" could be spread through illegally smuggled
chimpanzee meat. He said: "HIV originally came from primates. We are so
similar, so the potential is there for various pathogens and viruses to be
transmitted or mutate."
Racism hate crimes
If we are to have a shred of free speech then we cannot make it illegal to be unkind
Sunday Telegraph, 9 June 2019.
Yet more hate crime: Jonathan Osborn, the head of King Edmund
School in Essex, discovered an Instagram account (already taken down)
poking fun at his school's teachers. With a whole horrifying 300 followers,
the account "mocking" his staff drove Mr Osborn to contact the police, who
are now investigating whether a "hate crime" has been committed. ...
The Crown Prosecution Service states: "The term 'hate crime' can be
used to describe a range of criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is
motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility towards the victim's
diability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity.
These aspects of a person's identity are know as 'protected
characteristics'." If we apply that standard, then, prosecutable students
who contributed to that Instagram account would need to have targeted
teachers who were disabled, Asian, or gay, for example, and for the very
reason that they were disabled, Asian, or gay not because they were
bossy or officious.
Two problems here. First off, I object to the
concept of "'protected characteristics". I was always taught that a core
principle of democracy was "equality under the law". Hate crime laws single
out particular groups to whom different laws apply. If you're a straight,
able-bodied, white atheist, we can be as mean to you as we like, and you
have no recourse to the courts. In Essex, presumably the cops can go after
any child who made fun of a teacher who has "protected characteristics",
but teachers outside these special circles are fair game. This is just?
Worse, hate crime legislation continually adds more protected
... But if we're to have a shred of free speech
left, being unkind can't be illegal. "Hate crime" and "hate speech" laws
effectively criminalise hatred itself. We're passing laws against emotions.
So why not ban jealousy, bitterness, anger, and bad moods next? What a
wonderful world awaits, where being unpleasant gets you arrested.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, Europe
For Central Americans, Fleeing to Europe May Beat Trying to Reach U.S.
New York Times, 9 June 2019.
An increasing number of Central Americans have been weighing their
options and begun heading to Europe instead.
The number seeking
asylum in Europe has increased nearly 4,000 percent in the last decade,
according to official figures, and the rate of arrivals is accelerating.
Nearly 7,800 applied for asylum in Europe last year, up from 4,835 in 2017.
Suyapa Portillo, an associate professor at Pitzer College who
has studied Central American migration, said that the bar for entering
Europe was lower because a visa is not required for entry, as it is for the
Spain is the first choice for many Central Americans
because of the shared language, established networks of friends and family
and opportunities to work in the informal economy. ...
Hernández's own journey to Europe cost him $2,000: the price of a
plane ticket to Spain and a hotel reservation to show the authorities that
he was there as a tourist. ...
An estimated 8,000 asylum cases from
Central America are pending in Spain, and the backlog is not shrinking
The Spanish Asylum and Refugee Office said most of
the asylum applications from Central Americans were based on the threat of
gang violence an entrenched problem in many countries in the region,
and one often cited by asylum seekers.
But Spain rarely recognizes
gang violence as a reason for granting asylum. A spokeswoman for the asylum
and refugee office said that many claims of persecution did not justify
international protection. ...
Those who are denied asylum can
appeal the decision, extending their legal stay in Spain. ...
Central Americans heading for Europe, however, do not apply for asylum
protection, instead overstaying their tourist visas generally in
Spain or Italy. There are no official figures on how many immigrate in this
way, but some estimates say the number is many thousands higher than those
applying through official routes.
Politics Conservative Party
Sajid Javid: make it easier for overseas students to work in UK
The Guardian, 7 June 2019.
Sajid Javid has said he wants to see an end to tough rules on
overseas students being allowed to stay in the UK to work, arguing for what
he called a more "flexible, sensible attitude" to immigration.
comments that go against Theresa May's longstanding approach, the home
secretary, who is among a crowded field hoping to succeed her, said he
would loosen the current rules, which restrict overseas students to six
months of work after finishing their studies.
"I want to see more
international students come to our country," Javid told an event in London
organised by the thinktank British Future.
"If they're coming here,
studying in our great universities, if they want to work afterwards we
should make it easier for them to stay and work, and not say, you've got to
go back home, just for the sake of it. We need a more positive attitude to
this. I think the country would welcome this." ...
has been welcomed by Jo Johnson, the former universities minister who is
seeking to amend the immigration bill to change the six-month limit back to
its previous timeline of two years. ...
At the British Future
event, Javid reiterated his intention to scrap the Conservatives'
long-standing and never met official target to limit annual
net migration into the UK to the tens of thousands. ...
more broadly about the benefits of immigration, and how he felt that the
control over numbers following Brexit could change public attitudes.
"I think it's been fantastic for Britain," Javid said. "I think
we'd be a much worse society today I don't just mean economically,
but I include that, and culturally, every way if we didn't have the
approach to immigration we've had of successive governments over the last
Diversity advertisements, television
Advertisers are 'trying too hard' to demonstrate diversity by shoehorning in minorities, study finds, as it reveals third of commercials now feature black people
MailOnline, 7 June 2019.
Advertisers have today been accused of 'tokenism' by 'shoehorning
ethnic minorities' into TV commercials.
Channel 4 claims brands are
'over representing' the black and minority ethnic (BAME) community by
including 'one black friend within a group of white people.'
study of 1,000 adverts shown in the UK over two months found 37 per cent
featured black people, though they make up about 3 per cent of the British
The study undertaken by YouGov for Channel 4's sales
arm found that advertisers 'shoehorn' in ethnic minorities in a bid to
appeal to as many consumers as possible.
Researchers wrote: 'Many
minorities criticise brands for 'trying too hard' to show diversity through
shallow representation of different groups.
'Across groups, many
criticise how Bame characters are still shown as the 'one black friend'
within a group of white people.'
Extremism Islam, prisons
Muslim gangs 'beat prisoners' who will not convert to Islam
The Times, 7 June 2019.
Muslim gang leaders are orchestrating violence in top-security
jails, including administering beatings to force inmates to convert to
Islam, a report has said.
The gangs operated under the guise of
religion, with a hierarchy of leaders, recruiters, enforcers, followers and
foot soldiers, the report by the Ministry of Justice said. One non-Muslim
inmate said: "There is an underlying pressure for people to convert and
join the gang.
"Their tactic is to befriend someone when they come
in. If they don't convert, they will then start spreading rumours about
them, that the person is a snitch, so that they will be ostracised. Then
the beatings follow."
Gang members told researchers that their
strength of numbers on the wings spread fear among other inmates. One
Muslim prisoner said: "They know they're only going to three other jails
and they know there will be brothers waiting there to stab them."
The findings are based on interviews with 83 male prisoners and 73
staff at three of the eight high-security prisons in England, which are not
Leaders of the gangs were believed to be instigators of
much prison violence but kept themselves out of trouble by ordering
enforcers and foot soldiers to carry out the attacks. ...
who tried to quit gangs faced punishment, the most serious of which was for
denouncing Islam, it added. One prisoner said: "If I said I didn't want to
be a Muslim, I'd need to watch out in case someone stabbed me." ...
There were 13,008 Muslim prisoners in England and Wales at the end
of March, about 15 per cent of the total jail population. At the end of
last year 175 prisoners were serving sentences for terrorist offences
linked to Islamist extremism.
Politics Conservative Party
The next Tory leader will owe far more to Cameron than Thatcher
Daily Telegraph, 7 June 2019.
It's still unclear who will win the Tory leadership but it is, by
now, becoming clear what will win. Liberal Conservatism is back in the
ascendancy, proclaimed not just by Boris Johnson but almost anyone who
hopes to beat him.
"The L-word is not a dirty word," Michael Gove
proclaimed to a sell-out crowd in Westminster on Wednesday night. As prime
minister, he said, he would make Britain the country that liberal-minded
people the world over will admire the most. To this race we can add Sajid
Javid, an avowed globalist, and Andrea Leadsom, who says she would declare
a "climate emergency" on day one. They are all quite serious. ...
... The referendum result was a profound psychological shock for a
great many in Westminster, who continue to see it as an inherently
... But take away the European question, look at
those tilting for the crown and what are we left with? The biggest
collection of bleeding-hearted, latte-sipping, social-justice-warrior wets
ever to fight over the Tory crown. ...
Brexit has been so
powerfully defined by its enemies that it's easy to forget the profoundly
liberal and globalist nature of the Vote Leave campaign. ...
everyone who voted Leave agree with this agenda? But the two authors of
this campaign Mr Gove and Mr Johnson are the MPs most likely
to make it to the final of the Tory leadership contest. ...
are social liberals, both are passionately in favour of immigration and
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, USA
US detaining hundreds of African migrants at border after 'dramatic rise' in arrivals
Independent, 7 June 2019.
Hundreds of African migrants have been arrested in Texas after a
"dramatic rise" in arrivals at the southern US border, according to patrol
More from 500 people from African countries were detained
near the frontier city of Del Rio in the past week, said US Customs and
Border Protection (CBP), which warned of a "humanitarian crisis".
Most were families from the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic
Republic of the Congo, and Angola.
"The introduction of this new
population places additional burdens on processing stations, to include
language and cultural differences," said Del Rio sector chief patrol agent
Raul Ortiz. ...
At least 300 African migrants have also travelled
on to San Antonio, Texas, about 150 miles from Del Rio, with hundreds more
expected in the next few days. ...
So far this year more than
33,000 people have been arrested in the Del Rio area after entering the
country, more than double the figure for the whole of the last financial
About a fifth were migrants from Mexico, with the remaining
80 per cent originating from 38 other countries.
Immigration abroad Islam, Hungary
Aung San Suu Kyi and Viktor Orban agree 'continuously growing Muslim populations' is one of greatest challenges
Independent, 6 June 2019.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar, and Hungary's far-right
nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orban, both see immigration and
"continuously growing Muslim populations" as one of the greatest challenges
facing their countries.
As part of a rare trip to Europe, Ms Suu
Kyi, who has been condemned for her handling of the Rohingya refugee
crisis, met the Hungarian leader in Budapest on Wednesday.
leaders highlighted that one of the greatest challenges at present for both
countries and their respective regions southeast Asia and Europe
is migration," the Hungarian government said in a statement after
"They noted that both regions have seen the emergence
of the issue of coexistence with continuously growing Muslim populations."
Mr Orban has called for immigration to be controlled by
national governments, not EU bureaucrats, and says he will resist any
bloc-wide attempt to strip Hungary of its right to protect its borders.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, Mexico
Mexico will reinforce its southern border to stem illegal immigration - minister
Reuters, 6 June 2019.
Mexico will reinforce its southern border after an "incursion" of
hundreds of Central American migrants into Mexican territory on Wednesday,
Interior Minister Olga Sanchez said on Thursday.
Immigration abroad crime, deportation, Denmark
Denmark Admits Country Has 'Big Problem' With Criminal Migrants
Breitbart, 5 June 2019.
Danish Justice Minister Søren Pape Poulsen has admitted that
his country has a "big problem" with migrant criminals and has defended new
measures from the government designed to make deportations easier.
The minister's statements come in reaction to a study by Danish
media that discovered Somalis were by far the largest foreign nationality
in Denmark to be convicted for violence with 916 convictions between 2014
and 2018, Danish tabloid B.T. reports.
"Your data clearly
shows that there is a big problem with criminal foreigners that we should
not have in our society," Poulsen said and went on to defend the Danish
government's migration policies saying, "we have tightened the expulsion
rules so that we can more easily expel foreigners."
added that he had recently tabled another bill that will allow judges to
order the deportation of migrants who refuse to turn up for their court
Peter Kofod of the populist Danish People's party (DF) also
commented on the figures that revealed that Somalians had been convicted of
a total of 1,111 crimes in the last five years saying, "It's pretty wild
numbers that B.T. has uncovered. It supports, as we in the Danish
People's Party have pointed out for years, that we in Denmark have a
challenge with immigration from a number of countries in Africa and the
"It's tragic, and we have to respond to that. We must
do this by sending people back home and not taking new ones in. It must be
the lesson that for too many years, in Denmark and the rest of Western
Europe we have had too much from immigration from certain areas," he added.
Earlier this year, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen
also commented on the issue saying that while he would prefer that Somalis
left the country voluntarily, he would not rule out forced deportations.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, USA
More than 55,000 children caught at border in May
Washington Times, 5 June 2019.
The government set another grim record in May with more than 55,000
children nabbed by Border Patrol agents along the southwest border.
They were part of more than 130,000 unauthorized migrants Border
Patrol agents and officers at the ports of entry encountered last month, up
from about 109,000 in April and far higher than the 51,000 or so nabbed in
But even record overall numbers shield the true expanse
of the crisis, officials said.
As much as 60 percent of agents'
time is now spent babysitting illegal immigrants rather than patrolling the
border, and they're setting records for making rescues of migrants in
distress. Meanwhile border detention facilities are packed, with more than
19,000 people in space that is already in crisis when it reaches 6,000.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, USA
Border officials are finding more cases of unrelated migrants posing as families
Washington Examiner, 5 June 2019.
From mid-April through May 31, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
interviewed 1,126 people who claimed to be traveling with a family member
when they were taken into custody. Of that group, 206 "fraudulent families"
were found to have fabricated familial relations either by verbal
statements or with bogus legal documents. A family consists of two or more
people, according to ICE.
The agency uncovered 422 fraudulent paper
documents or verbal claims in that six-week portion of its continuing
ICE presented 399 cases for prosecution to the
Justice Department and has had 315 accepted. ...
A total of 58,000
people claiming to be part of a family crossed the border in April alone.
Despite the small rate of unrelated families, ICE's new acting Director
Mark Morgan, said the trend must be addressed. ...
30% of rapid DNA tests of migrants who were suspected of arriving at the
southern border with children who weren't theirs revealed the adults were
not related to the children, the Washington Examiner reported last
National identity Englishness, London
Just how English is London?
UnHerd, 5 June 2019.
John Cleese's recent tweet about London "not really an
English city any more" has been the subject of vigorous subsequent
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, amid the furore, tweeted
his own view: "Londoners know that our diversity is our greatest strength.
We are proudly the English capital, a European city and a global hub."
So how English is London? Well that depends very much on what is
meant by 'English'. A significant problem with the word is that its ethnic
and national meanings are often confused or blurred.
for instance, are large-scale communities which consider themselves to be
descended from common ancestors, are attached to a particular 'homeland'
and are distinguished from other ethnic groups by cultural markers such as
religion, language or appearance. Nations, on the other hand, are
territorial-historical communities with a degree of political aspiration.
They are different things, though the same word is used to describe them.
'English' is both an ethnic and national designation. The English,
for example, are the largest ethnic group in most of the more populated
parts of English-speaking Canada, in the American state of Utah and in
northern New England /.../. They are also an overwhelming majority
around 70% of the population of England. In London, however, they
make up no more than 45% of the total.
Cleese, then, was right
if he was talking about ethnicity.
Equally, those of English
national identity are also a majority in England, but not in London. Of
England's residents, 60% said they were 'English Only' in the 2011 census.
In London, this was only 37%. This is because more than any other groups,
ethnically English people also claim their national identity to be
And while ethnically English people tend to claim
Englishness as a nationality, minorities lean towards a British identity.
But was it ever thus?
No. In fact, over the course of
Cleese's lifetime, there has been considerable change in London's ethnic
and national composition. While it's true that London has always received
immigration, this has typically been on a small scale. Jewish immigration,
for example, was only about 5,000-10,000 per year at its height in the late
And while no ethnicity question on White Britishness
was asked until 2001, we can use the ONS LS to track 2001 and 2011 London
residents back to the 1971 census. This method finds that London was around
86% White British in 1971: an ethnically-English city with a modest
minority. By 2011, the ethnic English were in the minority. ...
in these strict terms, it seems Cleese is on pretty solid ground in making
his claim that London "isn't an English city any more". It is only English
in the sense that it is located in England. But if we were to follow that
to its conclusion, then all accents heard in London must be English ones,
which would be an absurd thing to say.
Can we, therefore, dismiss
Cleese's critics as overreacting? Well, not necessarily.
nuance to this story. There is a sense in which London is still English:
the majority of its population is native-born. The UK-born (nearly all
English-born) formed nearly 80% of the city into the 1980s, and while this
had dipped to 60% by 2011, natives remain a majority.
Illegal immigration English Channel, France
Imam jailed for helping refugees try to cross English Channel
Independent, 4 June 2019.
An imam has been sentenced to two years in prison in France for
selling inflatable boats to people smugglers to take refugees across the
The man, a 39-year-old Iranian refugee, was found
guilty of earning thousands of euros through buying dinghies and selling
them to traffickers, The Times reported.
A member of his
congregation, a 29-year-old man from Senegal, was also jailed for nine
months and banned from visiting Nord and Pas-de-Calais for three years. ...
Both defendants claimed they were initially unaware the boats were
being used to traffic refugees across the Channel.
Crime violence, police, London
Stop and searches in London up 423% as police try to get grip on violent crime
ITV, 4 June 2019.
The number of stop and searches under enhanced police powers has
increased by 423% in a year in London as Scotland Yard tries to get a grip
on violent crime.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Sir Steve
House said searches under Section 60 of the Public Order Act 1994 leapt
from 1,836 in the 2017/18 financial year to 9,599 in 2018/19.
number of Section 60 orders authorised went up by 219% in the same period,
he told the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee on Tuesday.
The powers allow officers to stop and search anyone in a designated
area for a limited time.
"I think we use it far more assertively
than before, but I think it is an appropriate use," said Sir Steve.
"They are authorised either in anticipation of serious violence or
immediately after serious violence."
He told committee members that
homicides are down around 30% year on year, while knife injuries for under
25-year-olds are down nearly 20%, although knife crime as a whole has
Illegal immigration English Channel
Home Secretary Sajid Javid is urged to 'get a grip' on UK's borders after a record 74 migrants are caught trying to sneak across the Channel into Britain in just one
Daily Mail, 3 June 2019.
Sajid Javid was urged to 'get a grip' on Britain's borders as the
sunny weekend weather brought a record number of migrant crossings from
A total of 74 people, including women and children, were
intercepted on Saturday having crossed the world's busiest shipping lane.
A criminal investigation has now been launched but the volume
of migrants still reaching Britain has raised questions over the Home
Office's failure to deal with the influx.
Charlie Elphicke, MP for
Dover, said: 'This crisis was meant to have been dealt with at Christmas,
yet numbers continue to rise. It looks set to surge to record levels... The
Home Office needs to get a grip on this crisis.'
Diversity multiculturalism, London
A city without citizens
Spiked, 3 June 2019.
This person says she often feels lonely and isolated, like a
foreigner on her own street. Does that make her racist? In the eyes of the
chattering-class defenders of the cult of diversity who raged against John
Cleese last week, it probably does. Cleese caused a storm when he took to
Twitter to reiterate his belief that London is 'not really an English city
anymore'. /.../ Let's leave to one side that Cleese is not the best judge
of life in London, given he spent his early years in a posh public school
in the south west of England and now spends much of his time in the
Caribbean. Regardless, he has a point. And his detractors know he does. ...
... Brent, in the jargon of the diversity industry, is 'one of the
most diverse boroughs in the UK'. What this means in real terms is that
just a third of its inhabitants are White British. The population is
predominantly Asian and mixed-race and recently there has also been a huge
influx of Eastern European migrants.
Many will say, 'So what?
Non-white people can be Britons too.' And they would be absolutely right.
But the point about Brent, and the other London boroughs that are less than
one-third white British, like Harrow, Ealing and Newham, is that this
demographic phenomenon is not simply down to more migrants moving in, but
also to large sections of the white British population moving out. To
celebrate the so-called diversity of these boroughs is effectively to
celebrate the creeping self-separation of London communities; to be relaxed
about the fact that white Britons and people who are not white Britons
increasingly live apart. You can call that diversity if you like; I call it
Demographically, London has changed enormously in
recent years, but it has become tantamount to a speechcrime to say anything
critical about these developments. Take the fact that a few years ago,
London became the first great Western capital to become majority non-white.
Just 45 per cent of London is white British. Is that an uncomplicated Good
Thing? Where have the white people gone? Why did they leave? As the BBC
reported in 2013, in the first few years of the new millennium, 620,000
white Britons left London the equivalent of the entire population of
Glasgow. Should that worry us? ...
Both London's white Britons and
its newer arrivals lose out when discussion about demographic change is
chilled and censored with accusations of 'racism'. White Britons' concerns,
which are so profound that they are leaving in their hundreds of thousands,
are ignored. And newer immigrants' linguistic and cultural handicaps are
cynically transformed into evidence of London's 'rich cultural tapestry'.
The problem is that if you reduce London to a symbol, you
reduce its inhabitants to symbols, too. What is the role of white Britons
in this Brave New London? It is to nod along uncritically to the cult of
diversity. Fail in that duty and you will be branded racist.
me, however, it is clear that London feels like a city without citizens,
and while that might benefit elites that prefer their populations to be
passive and separate, it is a disaster for the people of this great city
and for the values of the United Kingdom.
Immigration abroad children, asylum seekers, Netherlands
16,000 children missing from Dutch asylum shelters: report
NLTimes, 3 June 2019.
Over 16 thousand children disappeared from asylum centers in the
Netherlands over the past 4.5 years, NRC reports based on figures from the
central agency for the reception of asylum seekers COA and Nidos, the
organization that has custody of all unaccompanied foreign minors in the
Netherlands. These kids left the asylum centers and their current
whereabouts are unknown, the newspaper writes. ...
group of missing child asylum seekers come from Morocco, 325, followed by
190 children from Algeria, 167 from Afghanistan, and 114 each from Syria
and Eritrea. The first three countries are considered "safe", which means
that asylum seekers from there stand little chance of getting refugee
status in the Netherlands. But asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea are
almost always given a residency permit.
The group of children who
disappear from the asylum process is likely even larger, according to NRC.
The foreigners police in Rotterdam regularly find foreign minors, who are
put on a taxi and sent to the reception center in Ter Apel to start their
asylum procedure. But not all children actually report to the reception
center, a police officer said to the newspaper. They are dropped off at the
center's door, but don't go inside or leave again a few hours later, before
being assigned a guardian.
Illegal immigration English Channel
74 migrants held as 'record number' of boats intercepted in English Channel
Evening Standard, 2 June 2019.
Seventy-four people including children have been detained after
eight small boats were intercepted in the English Channel.
vessels were intercepted by Border Force officials off the UK coast on
Home Secretary Sajid Javid called the situation "deeply
concerning", while Conservative MP for Dover and Deal, Charlie Elphicke,
said it was "a record number of boats in a single day". ...
one of the eight vessels made it to shore, landing at Winchelsea Caravan
Park beach, East Sussex.
Two other vessels were stopped by the
authorities in France.
The Home Office said all those detained have
been assessed and cleared by medical staff and were now being processed by
Cambridge University discriminates against white, conservative men, Oxford academic says
Evening Standard, 1 June 2019.
Cambridge University discriminates against white, conservative men,
an Oxford academic has claimed.
Professor Nigel Biggar said
Cambridge has done "serious damage" to its reputation as well as
A spokesman for the university said it
utterly refuted the claims. ...
The University of Oxford academic
incited fresh anger on Friday after comparing Cambridge's handling of
Professor Jordan Peterson with that of one of its own academics, Dr
Writing in the Oxford Magazine, Prof Biggar said
the Canadian psychologist was treated in a "grossly discourteous" and
Prof Peterson was awarded a visiting fellowship
by Cambridge before having it rescinded in April.
At the time, the
psychologist accused Cambridge of being "unprofessional" after he found out
he was being stripped of his fellowship due to complaints from the student
Prof Biggar, who is head of Oxford's McDonald Centre for
Theology, Ethics and Public Life, is currently leading a study on "Ethics
and the Empire" which analyses the impact of Britain's imperial past.
He said that he complained to the Master of Churchill College about
Dr Gopal's attacking of the project on social media.
said the university stood by her right to make the remarks on social media.
Prof Biggar then compared the two episodes, claiming it showed that
Cambridge "does in fact discriminate on the unjustifiable grounds of race,
gender, and above all morals and politics".
He said: "If you're
non-white, female, and aggressively 'woke', then you'll be accorded maximal
benefit of doubt, given a pass on official norms of civility, and let free
to spit hatred and contempt on social media.
"However, if you're
white, male, culturally conservative, and given to expressing reasoned
doubt about prevailing mores, you'll be given no benefit of doubt at all.
"And, should you do so much as appear to transgress ill-conceived
norms of inclusiveness, you'll be summarily and rudely excluded."