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Updated 15 December 2018
Racism Gandhi, Ghana
Statue of 'racist' Gandhi removed from University of Ghana
The Guardian, 15 December 2018.
A Mahatma Gandhi statue has been removed from the campus of the
University of Ghana after protests from students and faculty who argue the
Indian independence leader considered Africans "inferior".
statue was unveiled at the university in the Ghanian capital Accra two
years ago but has been the subject of controversy and was removed in the
middle of the night on Tuesday, leaving just an empty plinth.
Scholars have highlighted evidence in past years showing the
revered freedom-fighter, whose theories of civil resistance helped India
throw off British colonialism and inspired generations of activists
including Martin Luther King Jr, held derogatory views towards native
communities in South Africa.
A 2015 book by two South African
writers pointed to instances where Gandhi complained that Indians were
being forced to use the same separate entrances as Africans, meaning "their
civilised habits ... would be degraded to the habits of aboriginal
"About the mixing of the Kaffirs with the Indians, I must
confess I feel most strongly," he wrote in a letter in 1904.
sympathetic students of Gandhi's life say his views were ignorant and
prejudiced but a product of their time, and that his campaigns for social
justice hold universal resonance and have fuelled some civil rights
activism in Africa.
Students at the university welcomed the
decision to remove the statue. "It's a massive win for all Ghanaians
because it was constantly reminding us of how inferior we are," Benjamin
Mensah told Agence France-Presse. ...
Campaigners in Malawi are
trying to stop another Gandhi statue from being erected in the country's
second city, Blantyre.
Immigration abroad France
Macron accused of treason by French generals for signing UN Migration Pact
Voice of Europe, 14 December 2018.
General Antoine Martinez has written the letter signed by ten other
generals, an admiral and colonel, and also includes former French Minister
of Defense Charles Millon.
They've given strong warning that
Macron's signing the U.N. Global Migration Pact strips France of even more
sovereignty providing an additional reason for "an already battered people"
The highly decorated military co-signees assert that
the beleaguered Macron is "guilty of a denial of democracy or treason
against the nation" for signing the migration pact without putting it to
"The French state is late in coming to realize the
impossibility of integrating too many people, in addition to totally
different cultures, who have regrouped in the last forty years in areas
that no longer submit to the laws of the Republic," the letter advises,
also saying that mass immigration is erasing France's "civilizational
Immigration abroad universities, free speech, USA
Disturbing percentage of American colleges restrict speech, study finds
Campus Reform, 13 December 2018.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) analyzed
the written policies at 466 of America's top institutions of higher
education and discovered that 89.7 percent of the colleges maintained
policies that restrict student and faculty expression. Each of the colleges
is rated as "red light," "yellow light," or "green light" based on the
degree to which their policies inhibit the First Amendment.
colleges impose burdensome conditions on expression by maintaining policies
that restrict students' free speech rights," FIRE Senior Program Officer
Laura Beltz said. "Colleges should be a place for open debate and
intellectual inquiry, but today, almost all colleges silence expression
through policies that are often illiberal and, at public institutions,
Nearly 30 percent of the studied institutions
received the "red light" status, given to colleges that implement at least
one policy highly restricting free speech. ...
Only 9 percent of
institutions examined by the nonprofit received the "green light" status,
which means that there are no policies that restrict free speech. Finally,
FIRE reports that the number of institutions with the "yellow light"
designation have nearly tripled in the past decade, from 21 percent in 2009
to 61 percent in 2018. ...
"Many colleges and universities have
taken steps to reform their policies over the years, but this year's report
shows that much work remains to be done," Nicole Neily, president of the
free speech organization Speech First, said in a statement to Campus
Reform. "By maintaining vague, overbroad policies, students are put in
the impossible position of not knowing exactly what might get them in
trouble and so, out of an abundance of caution, they refrain from
expressing opinions on topics like politics or religion altogether."
This "kind of self-censorship is entirely unacceptable and
inconsistent with a proper college experience," Neily said. "This chilling
where universities discourage and deter certain kinds of speech
is entirely intentional, and in my opinion poses the greatest threat
to free speech on campuses today."
Immigration abroad crime, Germany
Germany: One in Three Prison Inmates Born Abroad
Breitbart, 13 December 2018.
The proportion of prison inmates housed in German jails who were
born abroad has risen to 32 per cent this year, according to the latest
Federal Statistics Office data revealed that
16,267 offenders from overseas were inmates in the country's jails as of
March 31 this year a number which has risen by almost five per cent
from 2017, Die Welt reports.
Comprising just under a third
of the prison population, which stands at 50,957, foreign nationals are
hugely overrepresented in the system compared to their numbers in Germany,
where 10.6 million aliens make up around 12 per cent of the country's total
In a report estimating that housing foreign
criminals in German jails was costing taxpayers around 720 million euros a
year, Die Welt noted that authorities were largely failing to use
mechanisms which allow the Federal Republic to send criminals to serve jail
time in their country of origin, with fewer than 200 inmates transferred to
their homeland for detention each year.
And despite changes to the
law in 2016, which meant delinquent migrants could be expelled from the
country as soon as they are sentenced to prison, a study found that out of
700,000 migrants convicted of crimes (with the exclusion of traffic-related
offences) between 2014 and 2017, only 19,342 were deported.
Furthermore, Welt reported that as of the end of 2017, 4,396 of
these or one in five were still living in Germany.
Walter E. Williams
Townhall, 12 December 2018.
How appropriate would it be for a major publicly held American
company to hire a person with a history of having publicly made the
following statements and many others like them? (In the interest of
brevity, I shall list only four.) "The world could get by just fine with
zero black people." "It's kind of sick how much joy I get out of being
cruel to old black men." "Dumbass f-ing black people marking up the
internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants." "Are
black people genetically predisposed to burn faster in the sun, thus
logically only being fit to live underground like groveling bilious
I think most Americans would find such blatant racism
despicable and would condemn any company that knowingly hired such a
person. Leftists of every stripe would be in an uproar, demanding the
dismissal of such an employee. College students and their professors would
picket any company that hired such a person. ...
would see such statements as racist, but consider this: Suppose we slightly
changed the wording of each statement, replacing the word "black" with
"white." For example, "The world could get by just fine with zero white
people." Would you consider that statement to be just as racist? I would
hope you'd answer in the affirmative. They're all racist statements!
The full scoop on those statements can be found in an excellent
essay by William Voegeli, "Racism, Revised," in the fall edition of the
Claremont Review of Books. The racist statements about white people were
made by Sarah Jeong, one of the newest members of The New York Times'
editorial board. Jeong attended the University of California, Berkeley and
Harvard Law School. She decided to become a journalist specializing in
technology and the internet. ...
... Leftists have been taught
utter nonsense by their college professors. The most insidious lesson
taught is who can and who cannot be a racist. Jeong was born in South Korea
in 1988 and became a U.S. citizen in 2017, so she is a minority. According
to the thinking of academia's intellectual elite, a minority person cannot
be a racist. The reason is that minorities don't have the political,
economic and institutional power to adversely affect the lives of whites.
Such reasoning is beyond stupid. Here's a test. Is the following
statement racist? "Jews are money-hungry hustlers." Before you answer, must
you first find out the race of the person making the statement? Would you
suggest that it's not a racist statement if the speaker is black but it is
if he's white?
Voegeli says that calling someone "racist" is one of
the most severe accusations that can be made against a person but at the
same time is among the vaguest. ...
Voegeli's article is rich with
many other examples of how lots of Americans are losing their minds in
matters of race. Muhammad Ali had it right when he said: "Hating people
because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the
hating. It's just plain wrong."
Multiculturalism race, diversity
Interview with Eric Kaufmann: race on a professor's whiteboard
Church Times, 14 December 2018.
[Nick Spencer is Senior Fellow at Theos]
We are clearly in turbulent waters, here. Indeed, given that
Kaufmann's new book, Whiteshift, opens with the bracingly blunt
sentence, "We need to talk about white identity," it seems that they are
freezing waters, too. Careers can die in such climates. There be not only
dragons here, but neo-Nazis, Islamophobes, and racists with whom no sane
person, let alone an academic social scientist, would want to be seen dead.
So the obvious question is, why go there? Kaufmann is Professor of
Politics at Birkbeck, University of London. He is a respected expert on
immigration and demography, and the author of several books, ...
came across to me, when I met him, as thoughtful and reasonable. ... ...
"Demography is the most predictive of the social sciences,"
Kaufmann told me. /.../ We may not be certain about Britain in 2100, but we
can, he said, generate some reasonably reliable scenarios.
those scenarios give Whiteshift its name. Whiteshift 1.0, as
he described it to me, is about "the decline of the white ethnic majority
in Western countries. It's furthest down the road in the US, where
non-Hispanic whites are about 60 per cent of the population, down from 85
per cent in the mid-1960s." The US is predicted to be "majority minority"
by the 2040s, with New Zealand, Australia, and Western Europe forecast to
join it by 2100.
"I am arguing that a lot of the populist upsurge
around immigration is tied to that, in the sense that spikes in immigration
make a lot of people think about . . . the security of their identities."
Populism, contrary to much of the received wisdom, has nothing to do with
In a 2017 paper for Policy Exchange, the
centre-right think tank, he argued that "racial self-interest" "the
realm of group partiality, even clannishness" was not racism, and
urged pro-immigration groups to "avoid using charges of racism to side-line
discussions of ethno-demographic interests". To do so, he warned, "compels
those whose true motivations are ethnic to couch them in economic terms".
Research published in that paper highlighted divided attitudes:
almost half White British Remain voters agreed that a White British person
who wanted to reduce immigration "to maintain her group's share of the
population" was being racist, compared with just five per cent of White
British Leave voters.
Whiteshift 2.0 is the "longer-term
demographic" in which what were "white majorities [will] absorb different
members of racial groups", and "select which ancestry myths, which
traditions, that mixed-race population is going to look to". ...
This does not seem to be particularly contentious.
Whiteshift is packed with data dozens of bar charts, line
graphs, scatter diagrams, density maps which preclude even
ideological opponents from rubbishing it. It is a mercy that Kaufmann
writes well, because otherwise its 500 pages might feel as long as some of
his forecasts. Either way, the book is clearly no thinly disguised
agitation for a cause. Moreover, since Kaufmann was born in Hong Kong,
brought up in Canada, and is a quarter Chinese and a quarter Latino, it's
hard to claim him for the nationalist Right. He, and his book, demand to be
Migrants MUST adopt the culture of the West or stay at home says EGYPTIAN president
Daily Express, 14 December 2018.
Egypt's president has said migrants shouldn't expect the West to
"open their doors" to them if they refuse to integrate.
Fattah al-Sisi said guests of Western counties like the UK, Germany and
England "must completely abide by its laws, customs, traditions and
culture". The 64-year-old added: "If you are not willing to do this, don't
The president said: "Every country has the right to
protect its people and their interests.
"It must generally respect
human rights in a framework that preserves its national interests."
In the speech, recently reported by US-based research institute
MEMRI, Mr al-Sisi criticised people who expect Western countries "to open
their doors so that we can go there demanding to keep our own culture.
"You demand to go there with your culture which you consider to be
non-negotiable. You say, 'this is how we are and you must accept us
[because of] human rights'. No.
"Don't expect them to open the door
for you so you can go into their country and cause trouble. No." ...
He said: "Instead of asking me why countries [in the West] close
their gates to us, you should ask yourself why the people of Afghanistan
don't take better care of their own country.
"Why have they been
killing one another for 40 years?
"[The same is true of] Pakistan,
in Egypt, in Syria, in Libya, in Iraq, in Yemen, and in Somalia.
"We fight amongst ourselves in our own countries, and then we
expect countries that work day and night to achieve progress to protect
their people and to maintain a certain standard of living for them
we demand that they let us in so we can have part of their [success]."
Politics Conservative Party
UK's post-Brexit immigration policy paper will be published next week
Reuters, 13 December 2018.
Britain will outline its post-Brexit immigration policy next week,
House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said on Thursday, confirming the
publication of a long-awaited paper on one of the government's central
Why we can't ignore the challenges of immigration [part 1]
Unherd, 12 December 2018.
Is ethnic diversity a threat to the West? The original title of an
UnHerd debate in which I recently took part was obviously
contestable, but in itself the statement seemed innocuous to me. How
naïve. Ferocious objections were raised the moment it was announced,
on the grounds that the question suggests people of colour represent a
danger to Britain and other developed nations in Europe and the Americas.
It would not be the first time such anxieties have flared.
(mainly white) academics who thought that they were doing victims of racism
a favour by shutting down the debate, might have paused to consider how
this question can be read from the other side of the colour line. I know
that they tell themselves that they are saving people of colour from the
depredations of the likes of Tommy Robinson. It's convenient for liberals
to invest all racial evil in such bogey men; it avoids them having to
interrogate their own contribution to racial injustice.
it won't be the people who play these political games who pay the price of
their self-indulgence. Many of us not protected by the carapace of white
identity see this question from a very different standpoint.
start I, for one, don't feel that I need salvation by white Messiahs; and I
don't need them to tell my neighbours that I really am rather nice in spite
of my being black. The truth is, I'd rather like people of colour to be
seen as a threat to the established order. I know that on the Left it's
regarded as really quite wicked and divisive to assert that race may be a
more significant social cleavage than wealth or income; to suggest, in
short, that culture and ethnicity may trump class. But people of colour
have been here before many times. ...
... I believe that one of the
great benefits of diversity to any society is that it can add resilience,
but often, it is the newcomers who trigger radical change for the better.
And many of us would welcome change in societies which, for the most part,
have brought us four centuries of slavery, colonialism and chronic racial
injustice. So, had I had the chance to respond to the original question on
the night, my answer would have been "Yes. And a good thing too."
In fact, the title of the debate was changed. The initial,
hysterical, reaction to news of the event threatened to make rational
conversation impossible. A letter from dozens of university lecturers and
students accused all the participants of accepting a "white supremacist"
Ridiculous as this suggestion was, the debate's
organisers, the academics Matthew Goodwin and Eric Kaufmann, along with its
sponsors, UnHerd and The Academy of Ideas, demonstrated a maturity
conspicuously missing from their ivory tower critics, and adjusted the
language, though not the central point of discussion. The question became:
Immigration and Diversity Politics: A Challenge to Liberal Democracy?
Naturally, the armchair radicals found that they had too much else to do to
turn up to the evening; that claret at high table doesn't sip itself.
Why we can't ignore the challenges of immigration [part 2]
Unherd, 12 December 2018.
I am pro-immigration, as you might expect; my Guyanese family has
mostly prospered in the UK and the USA. The experience of
those who have lived in diverse societies such as America or Canada is that
a mix of cultures and traditions can give an enormous boost to creativity
and innovation in a society if managed effectively. But if poorly
managed, that mix offers friction and lethal civil strife. Guyana's
experience is of the latter, and of attendant decades of poverty. My fear
is that our complacency will produce more of both in the UK.
More of us are meeting more different kinds of people than at any time in
human history. And alongside the promise of diversity comes the threat of
Research on both sides of the Atlantic
shows that the great splits in Western societies are becoming less and less
to do with economics and more and more arising from cultural difference.
The complacent liberal viewpoint is that such divisions are
essentially transient; embodied in the banality of the slogan that "there
is more that unites us than divides us". No doubt most people in the ethnic
and cultural majority, used to imposing their norms on others, genuinely
believe this to be true. The politeness of immigrants can lead others to
believe that their adoption of majority behaviours in public means that the
newcomers have abandoned belief in their own traditions; some people
mistakenly think this is what integration means.
But the truth is
that there are sincerely held differences in multicultural societies that
we need to acknowledge. Not all traditions share the same view about the
place of women in society; there is a reason why Muslim women are
significantly less economically active than any other demographic. White
people in London, New York, Oxford, Cambridge and Los Angeles have a
progressive and tolerant attitude towards homosexuality but a visit
to any of the burgeoning immigrant-supported megachurches in the UK will
make it evident that these attitudes aren't shared by their black or Asian
neighbours, who are turbo-charging the revival of fundamentalist Christian
faith in our cities. ...
But the growing chasms in our societies do
not just lie between the settled and the newly arrived. There are also
ever-widening ones between those who have been here long beyond living
Many in the left-behind regions of the Midlands, and
the North know that the promise of globalisation that puts a spring in the
step of highly-educated city dwellers sounds more like a death rattle in
their towns and villages. To the latter, a more diverse ethnic and cultural
mix doesn't mean a vibrant future; it means competition from the cleverest,
most determined and most ambitious souls from other societies. It's a
match-up they are going to lose and they know it.
Even those in the
prosperous urban regions aren't protected. Many scoff at the idea of white
decline as mapped in Eric Kaufmann's magisterial study Whiteshift.
They do so at our peril, if not their own; they forget what Britain was
like half a century ago. ...
Unless our elites are ready to
confront the genuine challenges being posed by ethnic diversity, no matter
how desperately we strum the chords to Kumbaya, nothing will protect us
from the wave of political change that is sweeping the West.
Benefits and costs Birmingham
Plea for emergency help as 45,000 new migrants settle in Birmingham
Birmingham Mail, 11 December 2018.
More than 45,000 migrants have settled in Birmingham in three
years, putting huge pressure on schools, the NHS and housing services
across the cash-strapped city.
The impact of the influx of new
arrivals is hitting communities in west Birmingham, including Nechells,
Aston, Lozells, Newtown and Handsworth. Leafier communities are barely
Birmingham City Council is now asking for £860,000
emergency Government funds to help it cope.
Part of the cash will
be used to fund a dedicated immigration officer, at a cost of around
£59,000 for a year, to support newcomers. ...
increasing pressure on schools due to demand for places and rising numbers
of children with English as a second language; on the NHS due to additional
GP registrations and demand on primary care; and on available private
rented and social housing. There is also higher demand on benefits and
local unskilled jobs, particularly in the initial stages of resettlement
In 2016 the total number of new refugees and
migrants arriving in Birmingham was 15,409 - the equivalent of 1.4% of the
total Birmingham population. During the same year 6,364 migrants, refugees
and UK citizens left the city, giving a net migration of 9,045.
the two years since, at least the same number have arrived into Birmingham.
That's enough people - more than 45,000 - to fill Villa Park, home
of Aston Villa FC, to capacity. ...
The report adds: "What we are
seeing are divides in the city between those areas which are accommodating
new languages, cultures and people with those areas where there has been
little to no change for several decades. This is reflected in city's
schools, neighbourhoods and high streets. ..."
The cash bid for
£862,542 has been made to the Ministry for Housing Communities and
Local Government's (MHCLG) Controlling Migration Fund. ...
is an officially-recognised 'City of Sanctuary' illustrating its commitment
to be a welcoming place of safety for all, offering sanctuary from violence
and persecution. ...
The new document has been developed in
consultation with representatives of organisations from statutory,
voluntary and community sectors who are actively engaged in work concerning
asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, through the Birmingham Migration
Immigration abroad USA
158 million migrants want to move to the U.S. despite Trump introducing stricter immigration policies
Daily Mail, 11 December 2018.
Despite tough new immigration policies imposed by the Trump
administration, the United States is still the top pick by far for migrants
seeking a new home.
Some 158 million people have desires to move to
the U.S. The number accounts for around 21 percent of all those in the
world seeking a new home.
The U.S. beats other supposedly
attractive countries including Canada and some European countries.
In a worldwide survey, Gallup found that 15 percent of the world,
or 758 million, want to move, most for jobs. ...
along the border back such findings with thousands making their way to the
U.S. by foot from El Salvador, and Honduras.
In those two countries
and the Dominican Republic, half of the citizens in those countries want to
'While this increase in the desire to migrate may set
off alarms among those who would like to see fewer people on the move,
Gallup typically finds that the percentage of those who have plans to move
is much lower than the percentage who would like to move,' said the survey
Immigration abroad European Union
Bureaucrat Nominated to be Next EU Chief: Uniting Europe With Africa 'Matter of Destiny'
Breitbart, 11 December 2018.
Named as the centre-left's candidate for the next EU Commission
President, Frans Timmermans announced he would crush conservative
governments in Europe, insisting that the continent uniting with Africa is
"a matter of destiny".
Timmermans, who currently sits as the
Commission's first vice-president, was nominated to lead the Party of
European Socialists (PES) in next May's elections by delegates at the EU
Parliament grouping's annual congress in Lisbon on Saturday.
former Dutch defence minister, who has previously claimed Europe could "not
remain a place of peace and freedom" unless mass immigration-related
"diversity" is imposed throughout the continent including across "even the
most remote corners", has notably spent much of his time as President
Jean-Claude Juncker's deputy ordering eastern EU states to open their
borders to third world migrants. ...
Europe's relationship with
Africa was another major priority Timmermans outlined in his speech,
telling delegates to be "under no illusion ... it is a matter of destiny"
that EU taxpayers eliminate the violence and poverty-plagued continent's
problems or else welcome the "hundreds of millions of people" from Nigeria
alone who he has previously noted will be heading to the bloc as a result
of its "demographic explosion".
"So, whose fate is going to be
dealt with by whom: Europe's fate by Africans, Africa's fate by Europeans.
We are in this together. Our destinies are linked," he said, pledging to
ensure developing the third world continent is "high on the agenda" because
its population which is set to more than double to 2.2 billion by
2050 "is a common responsibility" for the entire bloc.
Racism hate crimes
City Journal, 11 December 2018.
The Times of London recently informed us that "the number of
hate offences recorded by police jumped after the terror attack by Khalid
Masood at Westminster in March last year." The paper continued by noting
that "incidents of hate crime went on rising in May and June after
terrorists attacked the Manchester Arena and London Bridge." ...
What is a hate crime? The Times explains, "hate crime is
defined as any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any
other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone
based on a personal characteristic. In fact, the expression of hatred
or perceived as such now is itself a crime."
this is perfectly Kafkaesque, in that rumor and suspicion are granted the
weight of truth. There is apparently no need for an objective correlative
of a person's perception. According to the Metropolitan Police, "evidence
of the hate element is not a requirement. You do not need to personally
perceive the incident to be hate related. It would be enough if another
person, a witness or even a police officer thought that the incident was
hate related." We have regressed to the days before Elizabeth I's famous
declaration more than four centuries ago that she had no desire to make
windows into men's souls. Now everyone can do so, and his attempts, however
inaccurate, fantastic, or self-interested, have legal force.
Needless to say, the personal characteristics that are specially
protected are what one might call the usual suspects: race, religion,
nationality, or sexual proclivity. However, according to the Times,
the government has asked the Law Commission "to investigate whether crimes
driven by hostility to men [as against women] and the elderly" should be
considered "hate crime." Hating the elderly is so much worse than merely
preying on them, beating them, or stealing their belongings.
Expressions of hatred now being a crime in themselves, it cannot be
long before differential liking for groups of people will be a crime,
inasmuch as this would imply at least a potential for dislike of others.
The good citizen must therefore refrain from expressing such preferences.
Curiously, liberals who have long denied that punishment deters
crime or indeed serves any purpose, except to take vengeance on the
weak and vulnerable, driven to crime by their wretched circumstances
are generally avid for strong penalties for hate crime. The way to make
people like one another is to punish them into amiability.
Racism The Guardian
Desperately seeking racism how the Guardian gets it all so wrong
Conservative Woman, 11 December 2018.
The Guardian is currently in the middle of a festival of
grievance, based on its recent report 'Bias in Britain', which desperately
hunts for examples of racism. ...
Employment is a big issue in the
report. If non-white Britons can't get the job they want, or are
overqualified for the role they are in, that's racism. The Guardian
cites a man with a law degree, stuck in a job he doesn't like and unable to
find an opening in a firm of solicitors. It doesn't consider that this
might be because we have far too many graduates chasing a fixed number of
graduate jobs. ...
Mr Gayle also discusses employment
discrimination in banking, with the example of another young man denied his
desired career. It just so happens that he has a conviction for fraud. You
might think that although he deserves a second chance, it's still best if
he isn't allowed to manage your bank account. But the Guardian, of course,
manages to smell racism.
It also draws our attention to how overall
household income for families of Pakistani and Bangladeshi (though not
Indian) origin is significantly lower than for white families. Here's a
hint for the Guardian: where the wife chooses not to work, the
family's overall income is likely to be lower. Government stats are clear
that women from both groups are substantially less likely for various
reasons to work than white women. Thirty-eight per cent of
Pakistani/Bangladeshi women work, against 73 per cent of white women.
Although I'm sure there are some racist employers unwilling to take
these women on, there are many issues at play and there are many cultures
across the world where women are less likely to join the formal workforce.
If racism was the main reason for their employment levels, there would be a
more or less identical ratio for Pakistani/Bangladeshi men not working,
when set against white men. But there emphatically isn't. For men, it's
more like nine per cent against four per cent.
And as the
Spectator points out, once in employment, people of
Pakistani/Bangladeshi heritage are now very nearly equally represented to
the same degree within professional/managerial levels as anyone else.
Meanwhile the median incomes of Britons with Indian heritage are on the
verge of overtaking the rest of the population. This in a country
supposedly mired in racism.
Some of the Guardian's other
examples seem simply daft. Apparently, if someone misspells or
mispronounces your name, that can be an example of racial bias against you.
Most native English speakers struggle with the consonant-dense surnames of
Eastern Europe: is this proof of xenophobia? /.../ To include this sort of
nonsense devalues any attempt to understand or confront real bigotry.
... The Guardian's report is strong on accusation but weak
on causative links. Answers without solid evidence are worse than useless;
they poison debate and prevent real solutions being found.
racism we still have is thankfully ever diminishing. As TCW's Karen
Harradine argues, by global standards, we are now one of the least racist
countries you can find.
Immigration abroad United Nations
Signing the UN Migration Pact sells us down the river
Conservative Woman, 11 December 2018.
In the drama over Brexit, the Government's decision to sign the
United Nations Migration Pact despite its pledge to control our own
borders has slipped by almost unnoticed. Leaders of some 150
countries, including the United Kingdom, have agreed to this hubristic
document, a 'global pact' couched in the language of humanity that would
manage global migration (as if) and prevent 'suffering and chaos' (as if).
It has gone ahead despite opposition and the withdrawal of several
nations, including the United States. In less compliant Europe, rows over
the accord have erupted. Belgium's ruling coalition government has
collapsed as a result; Slovakia's foreign minister has tendered his
It is hardly surprising that it has roused such a
response. It is an extraordinarily ambitious and interventionist document.
It lays out 23 objectives to open up legal migration and discourage illegal
border crossings, and 'manage' the more than 250 million now on the move
The US government disavowed these negotiations late last
year. Since then other alarmed countries including Australia, Austria, the
Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia
have pulled out of the process.
On Friday the US took aim again at
the pact, labelling it 'an effort by the United Nations to advance global
governance at the expense of the sovereign right of states'.
meantime Mrs May's Government has expressed no such concern but in its
usual inimitable way has promised one thing while doing another.
Its response to British unease, typically politely expressed in a
petition (with more than 123,000 signatures) which called on ministers NOT
to support the UN Global Compact on Migration, our Government claimed that
the agreement could 'support global co-operation on migration without
affecting the sovereignty of all countries to control their own borders'.
Once again we are being sold down the river and can
only hope that this UN intervention is as ineffective as others before it
have been. The word 'control', please note, appears nowhere in the final
Under its humanitarian guise the aim of the pact
is to make illegal immigration legal, to turn pathways which are now
'irregular' into regular ones: 'We commit to adapt options and pathways for
regular migration in a manner that facilitates labour mobility . . . with a
view to expanding and diversifying availability of pathways for safe,
orderly and regular migration.'
Worrying as well is that opposition
to this regularisation of mass migration looks set to be
'institutionalised' as a hate crime. Objective 17 of the Compact reads:
'Eliminate all forms of discrimination and promote evidence-based public
discourse to shape perceptions of migration'.
It is of course far
easier for the UN to play this blame game, and appeal to Western tolerance
and hospitality (and guilt), than to address the root cause of the problem
the vicious, intolerable and failing regimes from which so many
citizens want to flee. These are the regimes whose conscienceless leaders
sit at the highest UN table and are behind this pact. They are, as Karen
Harradine described it on the UN's anniversary, members of a club for
tyrants run by tyrants.
Universities launch drive to recruit more white males as low numbers give them 'minority group' status
Daily Telegraph, 10 December 2018.
Universities are setting targets to recruit more white male
students after low numbers meant they are now classed a "minority group".
Essex and Aston Universities have become Britain's first non-elite
institutions to write the target into their official recruitment plans,
putting white males on a par with Black students and women engineers.
White British students are in a minority at roughly one in ten
institutions, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
Meanwhile on certain courses such as pharmacy, business and some
science degrees, more than seven in 10 students is from an ethnic minority.
In 2016-17, 27 per cent of the UK undergraduate intake were white
males, down from 30 per cent in 2007-08.
Oxford University has
previously announced a drive to attract more of the group. ...
Previous research has indicated that university staff have a mixed
reaction to schemes aimed specifically at white boys in case it leads to
accusations of racism.
A study led by King's College London said:
"We found that people were quite uncomfortable with the idea of running a
targeted activity with this group, in a way that we've not encountered, for
example, targeting young black African men. ..."
Immigration public opinion, Europe
Most Europeans want less migration: survey
Politico, 10 December 2018.
More than half of Europeans want fewer immigrants to move to their
country, according to a new survey published Monday.
percent of those surveyed from 10 EU countries Greece, Hungary,
Italy, Germany, Sweden, Poland, France, the Netherlands, the U.K. and Spain
said fewer or no immigrants should be allowed to move to their
country, compared to a worldwide average of 45 percent, Pew Research Center
Thirty-five percent of European respondents said they wanted
about the same number of immigrants to come to their countries, while 10
percent said their countries should allow more immigrants.
majorities in Greece (82 percent), Hungary (72 percent), Italy (71 percent)
and Germany (58 percent) said fewer immigrants or no immigrants at all
should be allowed to move to their countries. The number of people who
supported less migration was less than half in France (41 percent), the
Netherlands (39 percent), the U.K. (37 percent) and Spain (30 percent). ...
The survey was published on the same day that more than 150
countries ratified an international U.N. migration pact that had triggered
infighting in ruling parties and governments across Europe.
Gallup: More Than 750 Million People Globally Now Wanting to Migrate
Breitbart, 10 December 2018.
More than 750 million people want to migrate to another country
permanently, according to Gallup research published Monday, as 150 world
leaders sign up to the controversial UN global compact which critics say
makes migration a human right.
The Gallup World Poll survey, which
interviewed 453,122 adults in 152 countries between 2015 and 2017, found
that 15 per cent of the world's adult population would like to move to
another country if they had the chance.
Noting this proportion had
risen from 13 per cent between 2010 and 2012, and 14 per cent between 2013
and 2016, the pollster commented that rising populism and a backlash to
mass immigration seen in many Western electorates has apparently not
deterred would-be migrants from wanting to seek a better standard of living
Regionally, the desire to migrate was found to be
highest in sub-Saharan Africa, where 33 per cent of adults wanted to
migrate permanently, followed by Latin America and the Caribbean (27 per
cent), European nations outside of the EU (26 per cent), and the Middle
East and North Africa (24 per cent).
Gallup found there were 13
countries in which half or more of the adult population said they wanted to
migrate to another country, with Sierra Leone (71 per cent) topping the
list for its proportion of would-be migrants, followed by Liberia (66 per
cent) and Haiti (63 per cent).
The U.S. remains by far the most
popular country for people wanting to move abroad, with 21 per cent of
potential migrants selecting it as their top destination, with Canada,
Germany, France, Australia, and the UK each also ranking highly.
Asylum children, fraud
Liverpool council finds 24 adult asylum seekers who are posing as children as it launches legal fight to stop almost £1million in taxpayers cash being spent on their
Daily Mail, 8 December 2018.
A legal fight has begun to stop almost £1 million of
taxpayers' money being spent on adult asylum seekers posing as children, it
emerged last night.
Since May Liverpool council say 39 refugees
whose age was in doubt have arrived in the city.
specialist assessments costing £60,000, 24 were found to be adults,
while only 15 were under 18. Another 17 cases are under review.
Some asylum seekers coming to Britain try to lie about their age
because support for under-18s is much better than for adults.
Children must be offered free access to schools and universities,
secure housing and qualify for more benefits.
But councillors in
Liverpool say that when the age of an asylum seeker is disputed, solicitors
representing the refugees attempt to contest the council's age assessment
by threatening to take the authority to judicial review.
incurring high legal costs, the council has been providing homes and
support for the young immigrants at a cost of around £350,000 a
year until they claim they reach adulthood.
according to a report to the council's education and children's services
committee, it can't go on funding the increasing numbers as it tackles a
£6.6 million budget shortfall.
Bosses have now agreed to pay
to fight the next six cases in court. They say that if they win, it could
save them up to £850,000 a year.
Councillor Barry Kushner,
cabinet member for children and social care on the city council, said: 'We
will start to challenge these cases so we're not rolling over all the time.
'But this is a judicial review and is expensive. They cost
£20,000 to £30,000 a time. There are some legal firms playing the
system, which is a real issue. We need the Government to link things
together because their age assessments at the point of entry into the UK
are not robust enough.' ...
The Local Government Association said
Liverpool's problems were not unique.
Illegal immigration victims, police
Police told not to take action against illegal immigrants who are victims of crime
Daily Telegraph, 8 December 2018.
Police chiefs have issued guidance to officers barring them from
automatically alerting deportation authorities to an illegal immigrant who
has been a victim of crime.
The measures, introduced amid
"heightened interest" after the Windrush scandal, also ban officers from
checking the police national computer solely to see if someone has leave to
remain in the UK.
Police chiefs believe fears of being reported
could deter illegal immigrants who have been crime victims from coming
The guidance from the National Police Chiefs' Council
(NPCC) states that where a person reporting a crime is also identified,
potentially, as a person without leave to remain or to enter the UK, the
"fundamental principle" must be to "first and foremost" treat them as a
However, if, during the investigation, it became apparent
the victim was illegally in Britain, officers could "at the appropriate
juncture" alert immigration enforcement.
"The police will [in those
circumstances] share that information with Immigration Enforcement, but
will not take any enforcement action in relation to any suspected
immigration breaches," the NPCC paper states.
Immigration abroad border security, USA
Border Patrol stops more than 60,000 undocumented immigrants at Mexico-U.S. border in November - the most ever during Trump administration but it's STILL not as high as under
Daily Mail, 8 December 2018.
The arrest of undocumented families who have crossed the
Mexico-United States border rose to record levels under Donald Trump in
Agents with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol arrested
or denied entry to 62,456 immigrants that crossed the southern border the
U.S. last month, surpassing October's figures of 60,772.
the soaring number of border arrests comes after Trump's calls to complete
the border wall and military stationed along key points of the 1,954-mile
Yet the highest numbers of arrests or refused entries
in recent years actually occurred under President Barack Obama, when in
October, 2016, as many as 66,842 immigrants were stopped or arrested,
according to a CBP report posted by the federal immigration agency on
'The November 2018 border numbers are the predictable
result of a broken immigration system including flawed judicial
rulings - that usurps the will of the American people who have repeatedly
demanded secure borders,' said Katie Waldman, a spokesperson for the
Department of Homeland Security.
Politics United Nations, UK
British government defend UN Migration Pact
Westmonster, 8 December 2018.
Governments across the world are refusing to sign the UN's
Migration Pact but it looks like the British government will be
Countries ranging from the USA to Poland to Australia
have refused to back signing the Compact at a conference in Marrakech in a
few days, with Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison explaining: "The
Compact fails to adequately distinguish between people who enter Australia
illegally and those who come to Australia the right way, particularly with
respect to the provision of welfare and other benefits.
inconsistent with the management of Australia's strong and orderly
migration program under the Liberal National Government."
petition against the UK signing up rocketed to over 100,000 signatures in
no time. But the British government have now responded with a tone clearly
supportive of the Migration Pact, saying: "The Global Compact for Migration
will support global co-operation on migration without affecting the
sovereignty of all countries to control their own borders." ...
will hugely anger the British public that once again a government that
talks tough about controlling migration post-Brexit is willing to sign the
country up to a Compact on immigration comprehensively rejected by
countries across Europe and the world. Actions speak louder than words.
Immigration debate, intolerance, free speech
What Happened When We Tried to Debate Immigration [part 1]
Matthew Goodwin and Eric Kaufmann
Quillette, 8 December 2018.
Immigration and diversity politics dominate our political and
public debates. ...
... The debate, held in London on December 6,
was a great success, featuring a nuanced and evidence-based discussion
attended by 400 people.
Aside from ourselves, two
university professors who between us have researched the issue for decades,
the panel included Trevor Philips, the former Head of the Equality and
Human Rights Commission (who is of African-Caribbean heritage), and David
Aaronovitch, a liberal columnist at The Times. The debate was
chaired by Claire Fox and co-sponsored by the Academy of Ideas, founded to
provide a "forum committed to open and robust public debate in which ideas
can be interrogated," and the online magazine UnHerd, which aims to
draw attention to stories and ideas that do not usually get covered in the
... Before the event had taken place, before a
word had been spoken, one professor accused us of "helping to advance a
white nationalist agenda" and engaging in "nativist and racist discourse."
Other academics retweeted accounts that suggested we were "complicit in
violence," including the U.S. mail bombs and the mass shooting at a
Pittsburgh synagogue (two of our panelists are of Jewish heritage). Still
others contended that we were contributing to racism, that by posing the
question we were "devaluing" scholars from minority backgrounds (Kaufmann
is of mixed race).
In the spirit of compromise, and to meet our
critics halfway, we changed the title of the event to: "Immigration and
Diversity Politics: A Challenge to Liberal Democracy?" But that was not
enough. Even after this change, academics joined with self-described
anti-fascist activists to publish an open letter on the platform Open
Democracy. Titled "Framing ethnic diversity as a 'threat' will
normalise far-right hate," the letter claimed that the debate "was framed
within the terms of white supremacist discourse" and "automatically targets
communities already suffering from discrimination as part of the
'problem.'" While the letter did not call for the debate to be cancelled,
it concluded that "no other alternative factor or scenario is identified as
a 'threat.'" that the event had "racist presumptions," "contributes to far
right 'dog whistling,'" and "serves to normalise ideas that should be
firmly challenged." These claims, they continued, were "undeniable."
... One of our Wikipedia pages was vandalized while others sought
to interest the press in a smear campaign. A network of activist academics
and students both inside and outside of our institutions
raised complaints with our universities. While we were not formally asked
to cancel the debate, one of us came under pressure to withdraw. ...
Furthermore, the reason that academics have spent so much time
exploring the idea of "threat" is because large numbers of people across
Western democracies do feel under threat from immigration and rising ethnic
diversity. There is no point shying away from it. It is reflected in
countless studies and surveys, such as an Ipsos-MORI study last year, which
found that across 25 countries an average of 42 percent of people believe
that immigration is having negative effects on their country, while just
under half feel that immigration "is causing their country to change in
ways that they do not like." ...
Immigration debate, intolerance, free speech
What Happened When We Tried to Debate Immigration [part 2]
Matthew Goodwin and Eric Kaufmann
Quillette, 8 December 2018.
But there is also a deeper issue here, which concerns the
"normalization hypothesis." Warning against the "normalization" of the
far-right has long been a cornerstone of thinking among anti-fascist and
left-wing activists. The argument is that mainstream institutions like
universities, the media and political parties should never give a platform
to fascist or far-right figures because this treats them as legitimate
actors, risks increasing their appeal, and fuels hostility towards
immigrants and minorities. ...
The "normalization hypothesis" is
widely accepted by journalists and academics, including those who work on
populism, fascism and closely-related fields like immigration, identity,
criminology, race and gender. ...
... Given the importance of free
expression and inquiry in any open society, we believe it is incumbent upon
those who demand an ethical limit on free expression in the interests of
sensitivity to offer rigorous evidence of harm, and a method of
demonstrating harm that is transparent and can be replicated and falsified.
The claim that our title was deeply offensive to ethnic minorities
and risked fueling xenophobia by "mainstreaming" far-right discourse should
be put under the microscope. Researchers must always be willing to open
their claims to measurement and back assertions up with data. /.../ To turn
our backs on the scientific method is to yield to our biases, abandon the
quest for objectivity and simply engage in a naked struggle for power. ...
... the idea that exposing a controversial speaker to critical
questioning, or using a controversial phrase to frame discussion on a
"mainstream" platform somehow increases support for extremism, has no basis
in social science. The "normalization" charge is an article of faith rather
than a conclusion based on an empirically-verified theory. The fact that it
is so often invoked to no-platform speakers on university campuses, or
silence enquiry, means that it must be held to empirical account. ...
Whether or not you felt offended by our debate is anchored strongly
in social construction: Those who feel the most strongly invested in
liberal ideology, regardless of race, found the description about our
debate more offensive than others. ...
Short of any empirical
evidence that shows harms arising as a direct result of a debate over the
harms of not having a debate, we feel that free societies should engage in
open discussion of uncomfortable issues. ...
The reaction to our
debate reflected the three psychological processes identified by Jonathan
Haidt and Greg Lukianoff in their new book The Coddling of the American
Mind. Haidt and Lukianoff warn that progressive activists at elite
American campuses are engaging in precisely the kind of psychological
processes that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) seeks to correct.
Catastrophizing involves focusing on the worst possible outcome as
the most likely outcome. "If I don't get a good grade, my life is over," is
one example. Another is the notion that a public debate will help fascists
to triumph. ...
While we are all for robust debate, the response to
our event reveals a great deal about the mindset of some of our most
vociferous opponents, including those who teach our young adults in
Multiculturalism racial blending, identity politics
Will racial blending undermine identity politics? Let's hope so
The Spectator, 7 December 2018.
Behold, the most incendiary statistic in America: the Census
Bureau's projection of when whites will become a minority in what last
century was 'their own' country. (In only 1980, 80 per cent of Americans
were white. Mind, where the US leads, Europe often follows.) When in 2008
that red-letter date moved up to 2042, notes California demographer Dowell
Myers: 'People went crazy.'
After decades of progressive lobbying
for multicultural inclusion, the startling proximity of this demographic
tipping point is enticing a certain brand of activist to embrace the
rhetoric of replacement instead. Evident during the midterms, this new
approach to the melting pot is militant. ...
The language of
demographic conquest has obvious appeal. At last, no more begging for equal
opportunity. Isn't triumph more gratifying than entreaty? The plan:
subjugate mainstream culture, and then supplant it. If and when the power
dynamic flips, the perceived arrogance of historical white domination would
logically invite payback.
Looking to 2020, the younger, more
radical wing of the Democratic party might reconsider this strategy,
however tempting the rhetoric of unapologetic demographic takeover. First
off, it's jumping the gun. Minorities are still regionally concentrated.
More than 60 per cent of the country is still white, and 69 per cent of the
electorate is white. Tell all these people that they're yesterday's news
and you're looking forward to their being dead? You lose.
the victorious brandishing of the tipping-point invites political backlash.
But there is a third way: we could have a go at that statistic,
which is soft, woolly and anachronistic.
The Census Bureau uses a
peculiarly puristic definition of 'white', in reality a baggy, catchall
category covering a vast range of genetic and ethnic backgrounds, and
largely defined by what white people aren't: non-white. If you have one
white and one non-white parent (like Obama), you're non-white. Indeed,
check any other racial category in addition to 'non-Hispanic white', and
the government doesn't count you as white. Yet in truth, few whites have
exclusively European lineage, as Ancestry.com customers so often discover.
Mixed-race Americans already constitute a not-insignificant 7 per
cent of the population, and the number of mixed-race children is soon set
to double. More than a quarter of Asians and Hispanics in the US marry
outside their race. If you loosen the definition of 'white' and start
including people who are, say, half white, and may identify as white
(whatever that means), the proportion of America's whites is going
up. With that more relaxed definition, the Census Bureau itself
projects that as far out as 2060, 68.5 per cent of the US will still be
However satisfying, crowing over outnumbering the
native-born erstwhile majority is divisive, and encourages whites to regard
votes for minority candidates as votes for their own demise. Besides, as an
American sick to death of race being put at the forefront of every issue, I
adore the spanner of intermarriage which creates a growing category
of people who don't fit into the pigeonholes of identity politics, and
mercifully blur the arbitrary dividing lines between groups that needn't be
at each other's throats. I love the idea of race in future becoming
Tackling migration An African perspective
Deutsche Welle, 7 December 2018.
For most of my life, I have lived away from my home city. I was
born in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. I lived in Ghana and then
Canada as a child. Following a master's degree at the London School of
Economics, I lived in the UK for 26 years. In my first job with Arthur
Let me use the situation of my home city Freetown to
give an African perspective on migration, against the backdrop of the
fierce debate over the Global Compact on Migration of the United Nations.
The current situation in Sierra Leone can be aptly described as dire based
on a number of human development indices. Already, back in 2000 a survey
found that over half of university-educated Sierra Leoneans were migrating
to more developed countries.
A more recent study indicated that we
have only two doctors and 17 nurses for every 100,000 inhabitants. I can
testify to this body and brain drain from a personal experience: only seven
of my 28 classmates who graduated from secondary school with excellent
results in 1984 live in Freetown today.
This is an age-old
phenomenon not just in Sierra Leone, but across Africa: Skilled people
often turn their backs on their native cities and countries, and they
seldom return. ...
In spite of this emigration, Freetown, like most
African cities, still has to cope with net immigration due to the influx of
low-skilled workers from rural areas. So, while we lose our professional
capacity in providing essential services to support vulnerable, poor
residents, we also have to cope with new arrivals seeking opportunities in
This is why, as the new mayor of Freetown, I have made
human development one of my top priorities. We need to make skills and jobs
accessible to young people if we want to curb migration. ...
African cities need to be part of the answer to problems caused by
migration so that they can be mitigated. ...
This week, ahead of
the UN conference on migration, the Mayors' Migration Council will be
established in Marrakesh, led by mayors from around the world. For too
long, the UN was focused on exchanging views only at the national and
international level. It is unfortunate that the voices of mayors and local
government are scarcely represented in these discussions.
want to deal with migration issues effectively, the voice of cities must be
heard on international platforms.
Immigration public opinion
The more English you feel, the more you think immigration is bad for Britain, study finds
MailOnline, 6 December 2018.
The more English a person feels the more likely they are to believe
immigration has had a negative impact on Britain's economy and culture, a
new survey has revealed.
But despite the survey finding that
Scottish National Party voters were the most likely to be positive about
the cultural and economic affects of immigration, there was little
difference between the overall views of those north and south of the
The new data is part of the English and Welsh and Scottish
attitudes towards immigration report produced by the National Centre for
Social Research (NatCen) and published today.
It brings together
data from the recent British and Scottish Social Attitudes surveys,
conducted by the NatCen and ScotCen during the second half of 2017.
It found that the majority of people in both England and Wales and
Scotland were more positive about immigration than negative.
Scotland, 46% viewed immigration as good for Britain's economy, while 43%
of Scots felt it enriched the country's culture.
This was similar
to England and Wales where 47% of people thought immigration was good for
the economy and 43% that it was good for its culture.
NatCen looked at views based on political alliance and national identity,
it found that the more English people felt the more likely they were to
view immigration negatively.
While 43% of respondents who
identified as English not British said immigration was bad for the economy,
32% said it had undermined British culture.
This compared to 17%
and 8% of those who identified as British not English respectively.
Leave voters in both regions were much more likely to be negative
about the impact of migration. ...
Sir John said that SNP voters in
2017 holding positive views about migration helped create the impression
Scotland as a whole did as well.
But he said those Scots who
supported other parties were less positive about immigration.
John added: 'Consequently, although the balance of opinion about migration
is much the same in Scotland as in the rest of Britain, the link between
attitudes towards the subject and how people vote at election time is
somewhat different north of the border.'
Multiculturalism human rights, free speech
When truth is a crime
Salisbury Review, Winter 2018.
It is not surprising in an age of Newspeak that a court set up to
defend certain rights such as that to free speech should end up by
suppressing them. ...
According to the European Court of Human
Rights, free speech consists of freedom to say whatever the court, ex
post facto, finds it acceptable for people to say. And in the case of E
S, an Austrian woman who suggested during a seminar in Vienna that Muhammad
was, or might have been, a paedophile, the court has ruled that the woman's
right to free expression had to be 'carefully balanced... with the right of
others to have their religious feelings protected, all to serve the
legitimate aim of preserving religious peace in Austria.' It was therefore
perfectly in order for E S to have been fined by Austrian courts for having
said what she did.
It would be difficult to find a legal judgment
in recent history that is morally more cowardly, intellectually feebler,
and potentially more disastrous in its effects, than this. Among other
considerations, the European Convention on Human Rights, which the court
was set up to enforce, nowhere recognises a right not to have religious
feelings offended. /.../ It surely requires very little reflection to
understand how restrictive of almost any kind of speech a right not to
offended in one's feelings would be. ...
Let us briefly examine the
case. The court said that E S's claim had no substance in fact and was
therefore merely insulting. The court therefore sets itself up as the
arbiter of what in essence is an historical claim. But this was not a case
of libel, in which the truth, falsehood or malice of what has been said
about a living person is in question. Muhammad has been dead more than
thirteen hundred years. ...
... Even if one accepted (as to some
extent or other one surely must) the view that autres temps, autres
moeurs, the religious feelings of the susceptible would hardly be
assuaged: for the accurate or literally true description would imply that,
far from having been an exemplar for subsequent ages to follow, Muhammad
was a model to be avoided. And this runs contrary in a very fundamental way
to the beliefs of Islam, which could hardly fail to offend sensibilities of
many Moslems. In other words, the court's ruling is in essence not that
certain untrue things may not be said of Muhammad, but that certain things
may not be said of him even if true. The European Court of Human Rights is
therefore not a court at all, in the sense that most of us understand the
word: it is an Inquisition to root out heresy. ...
As to the
'legitimate aim of preserving religious peace in Austria', the Inquisitors
seem to have accepted the following logic:
If you say x,
person y says that he will become violent. The Inquisitors are
therefore appeasers in the worst possible sense, and to rely on them to
protect our freedoms is like relying on Mr Madoff to safeguard our savings.
Therefore it is
incumbent on you not to say x, rather than incumbent on person y not to
threaten or even carry out violence.
But in any case, the judges displayed a startling ignorance,
above all today, in suggesting that Muslims worship Muhammad. Although to
outsiders it may appear as if they do so, they themselves would find the
suggestion offensive and deeply blasphemous. The judges have therefore
offended against Muslim feelings. I suggest that they shut up and be
Immigration abroad public opinion, European Union
Immigration tops voter concerns in EU election season
Ryan Heath and Hanna Pawalec
Politico, 6 December 2018.
Immigration tops the list of voter concerns in 22 of the 27 EU
countries that will vote in European Parliament election in 2019
including Germany, France, Italy and Poland for the fourth year in a
row, according to an EU-wide survey conducted for the European Commission.
Terrorism was the top-ranked issue in Spain, Romania, Ireland,
Croatia, and Lithuania.
The last time Europeans voted to send
members of the European Parliament to Brussels and Strasbourg in May
2014 the "economic situation" dominated Europe's list of worries.
In 2015, immigration shot up the list as more than one million
migrants came to Europe via the Mediterranean and through the Western
Immigration abroad Italy
Italian government reduces migrant landings by 96% in two years
Voice of Europe, 6 December 2018.
The Italian government has drastically reduced the number of
migrant landings in the country. Since January this year 23,000 people
arrived in Italy by sea and that's 96 per cent less than two years ago.
The migrants who do manage to arrive mostly come from Tunisia,
Eritrea, Sudan and Pakistan.
Italy's large reduction in migrant
landings shows that the policies of Interior Minister Matteo Salvini work.
The migration hardliner refused numerous ships into Italy's ports and made
a deal with the Libyan coastguard to return migrants.
Immigration public opinion
Government is hiding the true cost of immigration to encourage public to support open borders, voters believe
The Sun, 5 December 2018.
Most Brits believe ministers are deliberately hiding the true cost
of immigration, a shock report has revealed.
A majority of the
public say they think the Government is lying about the toll taken by the
influx of migrants.
And they accuse the authorities of deliberately
letting in more people from abroad because they want to make Britain more
The Henry Jackson Society think-tank found that wide
groups of society are now signed up to "conspiracy thinking on
58 per cent of Brits said politicians have
deliberately hidden how much immigration costs taxpayers and society.
And 51 per cent think the Government has "deliberately tried to
make British society more diverse through its immigration policy".
Three out of ten voters said people who speak out against
immigration are demonised for their views.
Leave supporters are
more likely to distrust the Government on migration.
warned that the establishment has stoked the public's fear by refusing to
acknowledge their concerns about the impact of open borders.
Immigration abroad Belgium, United Nations
Belgium government on brink of COLLAPSE over UN migration pact
Daily Express, 5 December 2018.
Belgium's government is at risk crumbling over the United Nations'
controversial Migration Pact, which has been welcomed by the nation's Prime
Minister Charles Michel but challenged by the country's largest opposition
Bart de Wever, leader of the New-Flemish Alliance, has
blasted the UN Migration Pact as unacceptable while Belgium's leader Mr
Michel is keen to sign it in a move that could trigger the fall of the
Belgian government. Mr de Wever said: "It's non-binding, but will that
serve as an argument in court? The fact that the EU is no longer pursuing
push back policies on refugees is the result of a court decision, not a
political one." ...
Belgium is not the only nation to disagree on
the controversial pact which would not only make immigration a human right,
but also see those who challenge it jailed for committing hate crime.
The document has been boycotted by Italy, France, Poland, Israel,
Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Australia, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria which
have all rejected the proposals in favour of tougher border controls.
Crime gangs, London
London has 180 heavily-armed gangs with members as young as EIGHT roaming its streets, Met Police Chief Cressida Dick reveals
MailOnline, 5 December
Around 180 gangs now operate in London and are recruiting primary
school children to their ranks, the head of the Met Police has revealed.
The capital has seen a surge in the murder rate this year, with 127
homicides already recorded and some areas becoming battlegrounds of
tit-for-tat shootings and stabbings.
Cressida Dick, the
Commissioner of the Met Police, today insisted that increasing stop and
search checks and deploying armed officers to some areas is 'turning the
tide' on spiralling violence.
But she warned that rooting out
'entrenched' gangs around the capital will take 'a long time'. ...
'We've got about 180 gangs in London and they are quite entrenched
some of them and they are busy bringing children in.' ...
Commissioner backed the use of 'tactical contact' by police, which has seen
police drivers knocking into moped muggers who refuse to stop.
Multiculturalism social cohesion
How multiculturalism divides us
Unherd, 5 December 2018.
Let's start with the basics. Anyone who believes in freedom has a
duty to defend the right of fellow citizens to live the life they choose
within the parameters of the law. That means upholding their entitlement to
worship whom and how they wish, dress and eat as they like, assemble with
whom they choose, and so on.
These freedoms are fundamental to
liberty, and a society that imposes restrictions on them will inevitably be
less free. But as Britain and other Western nations experience deepening
problems of societal fragmentation and atomisation, a serious assessment of
the role of the State in facilitating integration and social harmony is
crucial. In particular, consideration of the effects of the policy of
State-sponsored multiculturalism is overdue.
has it, of course, that multiculturalism is an inherent good: progressive,
inclusive, enlightened, the essence of equality. Sceptics are dismissed as
And yet a philosophy designed to break down
barriers and bring people together has in fact achieved the very opposite.
Modern Britain is dotted with monocultural ghettos whose inhabitants often
live an utterly parallel existence to their compatriots dwelling in some
cases just a few streets away.
Is it perhaps because the active
promotion of separation and difference for that, ultimately, is what
State-sponsored multiculturalism amounts to drives wedges between
people and is inimical to integration? Might it be that we took a wrong
turn when we opted for the salad bowl over the melting pot?
Cultural solidarity is hard-wired into the human psyche. People
naturally gravitate towards those with whom they feel a sense of cultural
understanding and attachment, and the societies most at ease with
themselves are those in which deep and enduring common bonds exist,
developed organically over generations through shared customs, language,
institutions, religion and social mores. ...
The promotion of
multiculturalism has the effect of unpicking this. It starts from the point
that nothing that went before has any greater relevance to what exists now,
that no culture or tradition should be elevated above others, and that the
State should be if not an uninterested then certainly a
disinterested party in the cultural life of the nation. In doing so,
it dismisses an entire history, and violates the sense of belonging felt by
those whose lives, as well as those of their ancestors, were so profoundly
shaped by that history. ...
The political elites like to kid us
about all this, of course. So they constantly preach the gospel of
multiculturalism while ignoring its deleterious effects. Thus, we are
invited to take pride in the fact that 'Britain is a diverse, multicultural
society.' Well, parts of it certainly are. But much of it isn't. ...
These champions of multiculturalism will fiercely upbraid those who
argue against their creed. There are the usual insinuations that opponents
must be motivated by racism a logical fallacy which conflates
culture and race, and ignores the obvious fact that one can be a committed
multiracialist without embracing multiculturalism. ...
of multiculturalism do not seem to see the hypocrisy in respecting ancient
cultures and civilisations elsewhere while neglecting and derecognising our
Immigration abroad EU, United Nations
EU countries mass BOYCOTT of UN meeting making MIGRATION a HUMAN RIGHT
Daily Express, 4 December 2018.
A new United Nations initiative to class migration as a HUMAN RIGHT
is being boycotted by European Union (EU) member states, including Italy,
France and Austria, who have all rejected the proposals in favour of
tougher border controls.
This week's unveiling of UN proposals for
universal migrant rights is being treated with such suspicion that only
Britain, Holland and Denmark have signed up unreservedly. The so-called UN
Global Compact for Migration aims to set out universal rights and
conditions for migrants but one Member of the European Parliament
has pointed out that if adopted then even the criticising of the very
concept of migration would be considered a hate crime. Italy, a nation
tacking a huge migrant influx, was furious about the new 'meddling'
legislation and refused to attend the meeting in Marrakech on December 10
and 11. ...
The UN's Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular
Migration was provisionally approved by UN members in July. ...
the compact has since been rejected by UN states such as Austria, Poland,
Israel, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Australia, Slovakia and Hungary. ...
The UN Global Compact for Migration was launched on September 19
2016 during a summit on migrants and refugees.
The pact's main
objectives include making migration easier, boosting international efforts
for safe passage in order to save lives, and minimising environmental
The deal would also improve border management, provide
basic services to migrants and ramp up laws against perceived as
"anti-migration hate crimes".
Immigration abroad multiculturalism, USA
Poll Shows Huge Democrat Bias Toward Muslims Over Christians
Breitbart, 4 December 2018.
Sixty-eight percent of Democrats say employers should grant a
request for prayer space by Muslims but only 45 percent say
employers should grant a similar request by Christian employees, says a
survey by Grinnell College.
In contrast to the Democrats' 23-point
anti-Christian bias, the November poll showed only a ten point gap in
response from conservatives.
Thirty percent of Republicans say
employers should provide a prayer space for Muslim employees and 40 percent
say employers should support a similar service for Christians, according to
the Grinnell College poll of roughly 500 people.
The same poll
showed a three-point pro-Christian skew among Donald Trump's voters and a
huge 20-point pro-Muslim skew among Hillary Clinton voters. ...
poll asked, "Suppose a group of devout Christians [or devout Muslims] asked
their employer to provide a private place for them to pray together. Even
if it is a hardship [on business], do you think the employer should or
should not accommodate the request?"
Politics Conservative Party
There is no Brexodus but they will still cook the immigration books
Conservative Woman, 3 December 2018.
Let's be clear, the 74,000 figure was of 74,000 more EU nationals
arriving than leaving in the year to June 2018 hardly a Brexodus
a number that equals three-quarters of a million people in ten
years; and that is without taking into consideration future births or
dependants joining them.
This narrative may have suited the
government, because it helped divert attention from the painfully high
non-EU net migration figure of a quarter of a million also reported, which
happens to be the highest for 14 years. ...
Cabinet papers leaked
last week to the Telegraph detailed the Government's post-Brexit
immigration plans. If reported correctly by the Telegraph, these
plans, contrary to Mrs May's promises, will largely squander any benefit
gained from our departure from the EU.
Far from reining in the
uncontrolled flow of lower-skilled workers from the EU after free movement
ends, they reveal the free flow of cheap labour from the EU will continue.
It would appear therefore that the government, after massive pressure from
the employer lobbies, have caved in and even have in mind, post-Brexit, the
possibility of throwing the net further, beyond the EU. ...
dishonesty is that not only will this allow unlimited access to cheap
labour for business to continue but that it will also, ostensibly, reduce
net migration. The offering of 11-month visas for those wishing to work in
lower-skilled occupations will, in effect, result in the fiddling of the
immigration statistics. ...
... An additional complication with the
scheme, even if it has been devised with the EU in mind, is that the
Government have said that post-Brexit all applicants EU and non-EU
citizens will be treated in the same way.
The potential for
attracting would-be migrants from countries whose citizens already pose a
high risk of overstaying their permitted time and going to ground is likely
to go up significantly.
Immigration abroad deportation, Denmark
Denmark to banish foreign criminals to remote island
Daily Telegraph, 3 December 2018.
Foreign criminals sentenced to deportation are to be banished to a
remote island off the coast of Denmark, the country's government has
Finance minister Kristian Jensen said the criminals will
be detained at a facility on Lindholm, an uninhabited seven-hectare island
in the province of Vordingborg. ...
The Lindholm facility will
house rejected asylum seekers who have been convicted of crimes, as well as
foreign citizens who do not have permission to stay but cannot be deported
for legal reasons.
For example, some of those due to be detained at
the facility are stateless, while others come from countries which do not
have a readmission agreement with Denmark.
"They will not be
imprisoned," Mr Jensen told Danish news agency Ritzau.
be a ferry service to and from the island, but the ferry will not operate
around the clock, and they must stay at the departure centre at night. That
way we will be better able to monitor where they are."
A special kind of poison
Conservative Woman, 3 December 2018.
Matthew d'Ancona of the Guardian believes that if you voted
to Leave the EU because you were concerned about immigration then you are a
bigot. A bigot, plain and simple. ...
I agree with d'Ancona when he
says a lot of the Brexit vote was about immigration but of course I don't
agree with his assessment that this makes you a bigot. ...
expansion of our population since 2004 is unprecedented. It grew to an
estimated record 65.1 million in 2015, increasing by more than half a
million in just one year since 2014. And you are not permitted to blink an
eye about this. Not one teensy, weensy bit, otherwise they will bring out
the BIGOT insult.
Britain has experienced a population increase of
over 5 million in just over a decade, from 2005 to 2016. The previous 5
million took 35 years to achieve, between 1970 and 2005. This is the
sharpest increase in the population in 70 years. But you are not allowed
ask any questions or demand any answers or vote in a way that will upset
the dudes at the Guardian or else.
In addition to
this we are to accept, according to d'Ancona, that this population increase
has had no impact on the provision of housing, health or education services
because magically the law of supply and demand does not exist any more. It
just disappeared along with d'Ancona's sense of loyalty to his fellow
working-class citizens. ...
And let's just take on the NHS and
social care point. There is no doubt these services are kept afloat by the
hard-working immigrants, because in a socialised health system you need
workers who are willing to work for what would be below market rate, and
these are often from poorer countries.
However, it is one thing for
a country to hire nurses and doctors from a poorer country if they are
spare to that country, but there is absolutely nothing moral about stealing
nurses, doctors and health care workers from poorer countries if that
country cannot spare them. So, don't feel so smug about your own open
borders if in truth that talented Bulgarian doctor in a London A&E has
left Bulgaria 'deepening the crisis in their already dysfunctional health
Finally, d'Ancona seems a bit upset that economic matters
no longer trump all when it comes to political debate and policy, as
'culture is nudging old-fashioned political economy out of its prime spot'.
To which I say so what?
Are we no longer permitted to have a
culture of our own? Have the multi-cultis abolished British culture? And
this from the very same people who no doubt travel the world to 'discover
and experience' other cultures. It seems everyone else's culture is better
than the stinking British and their 'extremely unpleasant nativism'.
The headline states: 'Let's be honest about what's really driving
Brexit: bigotry.' No, let's be honest about what's really driving the likes
of d'Ancona: pure contempt for his fellow citizens and a total lack of
empathy about why some people might not be on board with the whole
I generally try to avoid imputing motive,
something the Left does to the Right all the time, but this time it is
unavoidable. Matthew d'Ancona believes many of his fellow Brits are bigots
for caring and daring to preserve their own national and cultural heritage.
Muslims demand full legal protection from Islamophobia
The Observer, 2 December 2018.
Muslim organisations are urging Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and all
other party leaders to adopt a newly proposed working definition of
Islamophobia in an attempt to put pressure on a reluctant Home Office to
The Muslim Council of Britain and other Islamic groups
want the Conservatives and Labour to take the lead in the aftermath of a
week marked by public outrage over the alleged racist bullying of a
15-year-old Syrian refugee in Huddersfield.
The definition was set
out in a report published by a cross-party group of MPs last week and says:
"Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets
expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness." ...
for politicians to adopt the definition comes after a bruising summer
dominated by rows about antisemitism in the Labour party as well as
Islamophobia among the Conservatives, following a particularly
controversial newspaper column written by the former foreign secretary,
Boris Johnson, in which he compared fully veiled women to letterboxes and
bank robbers. ...
Those who worked on the definition of
Islamophobia wanted it to capture the reality that, while Muslims are not a
race, abuse against them amounts to a form of racism. At the same time it
was felt important that the definition did not silence non-racist criticism
Two of the most influential contributions to the
parliamentary group's work were made by Professor Salman Sayyid of Leeds
University and AbdoolKarim Vakil of King's College London.
Illegal immigration smuggling
UK 'lacks will' to tackle British-based people-smuggling 'mafia', French mayor claims
Mail on Sunday, 2 December 2018.
Ruthless people-smugglers risking the lives of migrants in the
English Channel are controlled by British-based 'mafia bosses', yet UK
authorities 'lack the political will to tackle them', a French mayor
Franck Dhersin, mayor of Teteghem, a village
near Dunkirk, said traffickers cramming boats with migrants are mostly
Iraqi Kurdish gangs investing their profits in the UK. He said French
coastguard services are receiving almost nightly calls to rescue migrants
from inadequate, overcrowded boats.
'It is only a matter of time
before someone dies trying to cross the Channel in boats,' he said.
'Our intelligence shows that there are several gangs operating in
this area, in Calais, Dunkirk and Boulogne,' he added. 'These gangs are
mostly Iraqi Kurdish but the leaders of these gangs are based in the UK.
They have dual nationality, British and Iraqi.
'We have got this
information from the foot soldiers we arrested in Calais. The gang bosses
are reinvesting the money into the property market, in restaurants and
nightclubs. They send some money back to Iraq, but most of it is reinvested
Asylum fake child
Revealed: Adult asylum seeker who posed as a 15-year-old schoolboy to sit GCSEs 'is still being treated as a child by British authorities'
Sebastian Murphy-bates and
MailOnline, 2 December 2018.
The Iranian asylum seeker who posed as a 15-year-old GCSE student
is still being treated as a child despite him being outed as an adult.
The 6ft 1in man, who came to Britain using the name Siavash, spent
six weeks as a Year 11 pupil at Stoke High School in Ipswich, Suffolk, but
was only taken out of class when pupils became upset and parents threatened
An official probe found he is almost certainly over 18
and should be treated as an adult asylum seeker, which would mean he could
be deported if his claim is refused.
But a source claims that the
Home Office is still treating him as a child and that he is still claiming
to be under 18 on his application, telling The Sun: 'He's been pulled out
of school but he's still protected as a minor.' ...
In Norway all
child asylum seekers had their wrists and teeth x-rayed last year because
in 2016 around 40 per cent of under-18s arriving in the country were
actually found to be over 20.
Politics United Nations
Criticising migration could become CRIMINAL offence under new plan
Sunday Express, 2 December 2018.
A leading MEP has warned EU citizens they could be "jailed" for
criticising migration policies if a new United Nations agreement is acted
The United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and
Regular Migration seeks to make immigration a universal human right. MEP
Marcel de Graaff said: "I would like to say some words on the global
compact on migration. On the 10th and 11th of December there will be an
international congress in Marrakesh Morocco. The participating countries
are set to sign this agreement and although this joint agreement is not
binding it is still meant to be the legal framework on which the
participating countries commit themselves to build new legislation.
"One basic element of this new agreement is the extension of the
definition of hate speech.
"The agreement wants to criminalise
migration speech. Criticism of migration will become a criminal offence.
"Media outlets that give room to criticism of migration can be shut
"The compact for migration is legalisation of mass migration.
"It is declaring migration as a human right so it will, in effect,
become impossible to criticise Mrs Merkel's welcome migrants politics
without being at risk of being jailed for hate speech." ...
document is an "intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under
the auspices of the United Nations, that covers all dimensions of
international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner".
Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary,
Italy, Israel, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland have already stated they
will not sign the agreement.
One of the "guiding principles" of the
document asks for a "whole-of-society approach" to promoting mass
migration, including the role of the media.
Immigration abroad Bosnia
EU Confirms Funding for Migrants Massed at Bosnia Border, Locals Say Crime Rife
Breitbart, 2 December 2018.
As the EU confirmed it was spending taxpayers' cash on migrants
seeking to break into the bloc, Bosnians have pleaded for the Balkans
migration route to be shut down amidst increasing "militancy" from
Authorities in border towns in Bosnia, which is outside
the European Union, have been struggling to cope with increasingly bold and
forceful attempts to push through police lines and onto EU soil since
mid-October, when thousands of third world immigrants began camping near
the border with EU member Croatia reportedly following
misinformation that Croatia was set to open its frontiers.
border town of Bihac, Mayor Suhret Fazlic said the 3,000 or so migrants
currently living in the area nearby were presenting a major problem for the
city with "militant behaviour" and committing hundreds of criminal
On Thursday, the EU Commission announced it would be
spending an additional 500,000 of taxpayers' money on "humanitarian
assistance" to third world migrants camping in the Balkans with the
intention of illegally crossing into the bloc.
migrants continue to arrive in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the EU is
committed to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need," Aid
Commissioner Christos Stylianides boasted in a statement which noted
Brussels has spent 31 million on migration-related projects in the
region since 2015.
Earlier this week, the UN Migration
Agency/International Organization for Migration (IOM) admitted "80 to 85
percent" of immigrants attempting to break into the EU from the Balkans are
"economic migrants and not people who need international protection".
IOM coordinator for the region, Peter Van der Auweraert, said
"roughly 35 percent are Pakistanis", accounting for the largest proportion
of migrants, while around 20 percent claim to be from Syria.
concerning the Syrians, I have doubts because we also have a number of
people from North Africa who say they are Syrian," he added, telling
Euronews: "In total, between 20,000 and 21,000 people have entered Bosnia
since the beginning of the year and 4,500 of them are still here.
"Therefore, three-quarters of the migrants managed to enter Croatia
illegally," Van der Auweraert said.
Immigration abroad public opinion, France
Almost 80% of French don't want to accept more migrants, according to new opinion poll
Voice of Europe, 2 December 2018.
According to an opinion poll on immigration conducted by Ifop, in
partnership with the Jean Jaures Foundation and the American Jewish
Committee, 52 per cent of French men and women believe that France welcomes
"too many foreigners".
A further 27 per cent believe that France
welcomes "enough", meaning that a total of 79 per cent of the country's
citizens believe that France should not welcome any more immigrants.
The poll, which was published in the weekly Journal du Dimanche,
also revealed that 64 per cent of respondents agreed with the statement:
"our country already has many foreigners and welcoming additional
immigrants would be undesirable".
77 per cent said that they fear a
policy that is too welcoming of immigrants, and 71 per cent believe that
excessive migration will lead to a decrease in wages, due to migrants'
willingness to work for lower pay. ...
With the majority of
migrants having arrived from countries across the Middle East and North
Africa, in particular Libya and Syria, Pew Research Center has predicted
that Western Europe will see a dramatic rise in its Muslim population, with
France forecast to see a rise from 8.8% in 2016 to 18.0% by 2050.
Illegal immigration via Ireland
Georgian 'people smuggling gang took advantage of lax Irish borders to smuggle their illegal migrant families and girlfriends into the UK on ferries to Wales'
MailOnline, 1 December 2018.
A gang of Georgians took advantage of lax Irish border controls to
smuggle illegal migrants into the UK, a court has heard.
Shariashvili, 27, and a group of his compatriots allegedly helped their
girlfriends and family members to claim asylum in the Republic of Ireland
before smuggling them across the border and into mainland Britain via the
ferry to North Wales.
George Kapitadze, who has pleaded guilty to
conspiracy to break immigration rules, was stopped by Special Branch
officers at Holyhead port as he drove four female Georgians into the
country, on June 22 last year.
A jury heard how Shariashvili
conspired with family members Levani, 30, Giri, 45, alongside Mikhail
Mamulashvili, 35, Leri Mgaloblishvili, 45, and Ilia Diasamidze, 35, to
smuggle the economic migrants using a variety of methods.
2017, a man called Giorgi Berikashvili was cought trying to board a flight
from Belfast to Manchester using a fake Portuguese passport after he'd
travelled to Northern Ireland from the Republic. ...
Giri Shariashvili, both of Feltham, Middlesex, Mamulashvili, of Eastham,
London, and Mgalobshvili, of London all deny conspiracy to facilitate
breach of immigration law. ...
The trial continues.
Politics Conservative Party
Andrew Green: Immigration. Voters will spurn the end of free movement if it brings no reduction in numbers
ConservativeHome, 1 December 2018.
This week's immigration figures have made uncomfortable reading for
a government that has pledged a major reduction in immigration. EU net
migration is still, despite Brexit, at 74,000 roughly the size of
the British army. Non-EU migration is a quarter of a million that
is, the highest for 14 years.
Meanwhile, it is curious, to put it
mildly, that the Prime Minister should be majoring on her achievement in
bringing free movement to an end just as leaked Cabinet documents suggest
that the Government is about to lose much of the benefit by caving in to
the employer lobbies. They are planning, it seems, to camouflage their
surrender by fiddling the immigration statistics.
Minister has indeed chosen as the top reason for backing her deal with the
EU that "free movement will come to an end, once and for all, with the
introduction of a new skills-based immigration system". However, the
Daily Telegraph had a leak of Cabinet papers describing how the
Government proposes to manage migration post-Brexit. If broadly correct, it
could well throw away much of any benefit gained from our departure from
The Government seems to have in mind fiddling the
immigration statistics. They would do this by offering eleven-month visas
for those wishing to work in lower skilled occupations. Presumably, this is
intended to appease the employer lobbies who want continued, and preferably
unlimited, access to cheap labour. The trick is this. When passengers
arrive in the UK a sample are asked whether they plan to remain in the UK
for a year or more. If so, they are asked further questions, and are then
included in the statistics as immigrants, but if they have visas which are
only valid for 11 months they will say no and walk on through.
ruse will keep them out of the statistics but, once the eleven months are
up, how could their departure possibly be enforced? A previous scheme for
low skilled hospitality workers had to be closed in 2005 amidst Home Office
concerns that it was being used to facilitate illegal immigration. The same
could happen again with these workers joining the population of illegal
immigrants who are estimated by former Home Office officials to number
about one million. Alternatively, they could work legally for eleven months
(probably at higher pay) and then drop off the radar. The Home Office do
not remotely have the resources to find them, let alone remove them. Indeed
resources devoted to border control fell by 20 per cent in the five years
to April 2017. ...
It is all very well for the Government to claim
that it has restored "control" of migration but, if that leads to another
increase in numbers, the outcome would be deeply unwelcome to the public,
nearly two thirds of whom consider that immigration has been too high over
the last decade; among Conservative voters that is 84 per cent.
Immigration abroad USA
Feds catch convicted murderer in migrant caravan: DHS
Washington Times, 30 November 2018.
Homeland Security said Friday that a convicted murderer was among
the members of the migrant caravan, and was caught trying to sneak into the
U.S. late last week.
Until four months ago Miguel Angel Ramirez,
46, was in a Honduran prison serving time for murder, authorities said. ...
Homeland Security says it has identified 600 criminals within the
"The fact that Border Patrol arrested a murderer within
the first caravan-related apprehensions at our southern border proves how
real the threat of the caravan is to our national security and public
safety," said department spokesman Tyler Q. Houlton.