IMMIGRATION CONCERN

NEWS AND VIEWS - BY DATE
2007 and earlier

Quotations of news and views in date order - latest first


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Authors expressing their own views are indicated in bold. The names of reporters are in normal type.


2007

EMPLOYMENT – EDUCATION
Employers 'prefer migrants to poor quality British graduates'
Caroline Gammell
Daily Telegraph, 31 December 2007

Labour's drive to boost the number of people going to university has produced a generation of poor quality graduates who are being outclassed by migrants, business leaders warned yesterday.

More British students are gaining degrees but they are still struggling with basic English and maths, leaving employers more inclined to recruit people from Poland and central Europe, it was claimed. ...

Richard Lambert, the director general of the CBI, said many bosses believed standards had fallen with the rapid rise in student numbers.

In a speech to university vice-chancellors, he warned: "If businesses can't find the skills or work attitudes that they need in the national workplace, they can perfectly well recruit them elsewhere."
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – NHS
Immigrants 'stretching the NHS'
Daily Telegraph, 31 December 2007

The Health Service is being pushed to breaking point by Eastern European immigrants, an NHS source claimed in a Sunday newspaper yesterday.

The Department of Health is said to have expected to treat an extra 150,000 patients since eight countries joined the EU in 2004. But hospitals and GPs have reportedly dealt with that number every year since Britain opened its doors.

... The Government insisted services were not being stretched. A Health Department spokesman added: We are talking about people who are legally entitled to live in this country and access the NHS."
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MULTICULTURALISM – RELIGION
Row as Catholics' leader claims Poles could split Church
Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Sunday Telegraph, 30 December 2007

The leader of the country's Roman Catholics has sparked a row by accusing immigrants of creating a separate church in Britain.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, urged the Polish community to do more to learn English and integrate into local parishes, claiming the Catholic Church in the UK was in danger of dividing along ethnic lines as the number of Polish-speaking churches rose.

Leading Polish community figures said they felt "violated" and "spiritually raped" by his words and called for talks on the issue. ...

..., Grazyna Sikorska, of the Polish Catholic Mission for England and Wales, said the community had been upset.

She told the Catholic newspaper The Tablet: "How can he demand that we stop praying in Polish? Is it a sin? I feel my inner conscience has been violated, leaving me spiritually raped."

Fr Tadeusz Kukla, the vicar-delegate for Poles in England and Wales, said: "If we lose our national identity, we lose everything."
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EMPLOYMENT
Britons lose jobs to EU newcomers
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 29 December 2007

The number of Britons in jobs has fallen by half a million since the UK opened its labour market to eastern European workers, official figures have revealed.

The disclosure has prompted criticism of Gordon Brown's pledge to provide "British jobs for British workers."

In 2003, there were 24,473,000 British-born UK residents in recognised employment. In 2004, Britain granted unlimited access to workers from 10 new European Union states. Employment registration data shows that more than 600,000 new Europeans have found work here since. During 2007, the number of British-born people in work was 23,948,000 – down 525,000.

The House of Commons Library compiled the data from the Government's Labour Force Survey for James Clappison, a Tory member of the Commons Home Affairs Committee.
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CRIME – VISAS
Jail relatives of visa cheats, say Tories
Rosa Prince
Daily Telegraph, 28 December 2007

Foreign visitors could land their relatives in jail if they over-stay their visas, under plans unveiled by the Conservatives today.

The requirement for a visitor to have a sponsor before being allowed into Britain is among proposals that follow an 18-month consultation with Britain's minority communities in attempts to make the immigration system "fairer and more effective". The sponsor – a friend or member of the family already resident in the UK – would be liable to prosecution if the visitor did not return home at the end of their stay.

The proposals also include the setting up of a border police force that would take over responsibility for tracking down employers who hired illegal workers.
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EMPLOYMENT – ARMED FORCES
One in 10 soldiers is not British
Daily Telegraph, 28 December 2007

Almost one in 10 soldiers in the British army is from an overseas country, provisional figures show.

Foreign and Commonwealth soldiers make up 6,780 of the Army's total strength of 100,000, a figure that rises by 3,000 when Gurkhas from Nepal are counted.

The overseas troops, including those in the Royal Navy (570) and the Royal Air Force (50), come from more than 40 countries.

The number of soldiers recruited from abroad rose from 300 in 1998 to 6,460 in 2005, excluding the Gurkhas.
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EMPLOYMENT – DOCTORS AND NURSES
Health chiefs are bleeding Africa dry, say MPs
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 27 December 2007

The scale of the influx of foreign doctors and nurses into the British health service is disclosed today as figures show nearly 190,000 doctors and nurses have come to the country from outside the EU in just eight years.

MPs said that Government figures showed health service chiefs were "bleeding" African countries dry of their medical professionals.

Nearly 16,000 nurses from Zimbabwe were given permits to work in the past eight years, including 1,600 last year.

Yet since 2005, Zimbabwe and other developing countries have been on a list of countries from which health chiefs are not allowed to recruit.

The figures obtained by James Clappison, the Conservative MP for Hertsmere, showed that the Home Office gave work permits to 22,080 doctors and 165,780 nurses from non-EU countries between 1999 and 2006. ...

Of the non-EU figure, at least 64,000 doctors and nurses came from African countries, increasing from 2,600 in 1999 to 17,620 last year. ...

The DoH said that while NHS trusts are banned from actively trying to enlist from Africa, there is little to stop doctors and nurses applying for work permits to come to Britain.
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EMPLOYMENT – DOCTORS
20 doctors apply for every surgery post
Rebecca Smith
Daily Telegraph, 27 December 2007

Junior doctors hoping to become surgeons will face competition from at least 19 other candidates for every post next year, The Daily Telegraph has learned.

Doctors have been warned that competition for training posts will be even tougher after judges ruled that British graduates cannot be given priority over candidates from outside Europe.

In next year's recruitment process there are expected to be three candidates for every post but the situation will be worse in surgery.

For the most popular specialities, there will be at least 20 applicants for each place – double the number this year. ...

This year there were 15,600 training places available and about 29,000 applicants. Next year there will be about 9,000 posts with the same number of candidates.
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POPULATION – ECOLOGY
Wildlife park is threatened by rising human population
David Blair
Daily Telegraph, 27 December 2007

Under the snow-capped peaks of the Mountains of the Moon, Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda might appear an untouched wilderness of forest and savannah.

Yet the human population of this supposed haven for wildlife outnumbers the elephants by about 50 to one. Eleven growing villages, with about 55,000 people in total, are dotted across the park.

Their inhabitants, whose presence is technically illegal, live by fishing and herding cattle. They have nowhere else to go because almost every inch of fertile land in the surrounding area has been taken and cultivated.

Uganda's population, already exceeding 30 million, will triple in the next four decades. A United Nations forecast suggests that by 2050, the country will have 93 million people.

If so, the park, which has carried the Queen's name after she opened its gates in 1954, risks being swamped. Some 165,000 people will live inside by 2050 – and millions more nearby. Far from being a pristine wilderness, the reserve will have a human population density of 200 per square mile. The consequences for the wildlife could be disastrous. ...

The rising tide of humanity inside Queen Elizabeth Park illustrates the population pressure on Africa as a whole. Buried in the detail of UN forecasts are the essential figures showing why huge numbers of people in poor countries will have little choice but to migrate to the rich world. In total, the world's population is forecast to grow by 2.5 billion by 2050. Almost half of this increase will take place in eight countries. Two, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, already rely on the World Food Programme to keep millions of their people alive.

Their sharply rising populations suggest that this dependence will become even greater. Ethiopia's population of 83 million is projected to reach 183 million in 2050, while Congo's will rise from 62 million to 186 million.
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IMMIGRATION
Cardinal calls on Britons to show more goodwill to immigrants
Jonathan Petre
Daily Telegraph, 26 December 2007

Britain's most senior Roman Catholic leader, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, appealed to the nation yesterday to be more welcoming to immigrants. ...

He said: "Most immigrants come to our country because they wish to have a better life and work so as to provide for their families.

"What concerns me at the moment is our attitude as a nation to these many immigrants. Many of these people are trying, for perfectly good reasons, to enter Britain and they need to be welcomed.

"I understand that immigration needs to be controlled. However, sometimes they must feel like Joseph when he returned to Bethlehem after exile in Egypt, simply excluded because they are outsiders."

The cardinal asked: "Do we perceive them as a threat to our well-being or to our way of life, or are we able to welcome people who need that welcome? Is there any room at our inn?"
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ASYLUM – DEPORTATION
Smith admits asylum error
Daily Telegraph, 24 December 2007

The Home Secretary has admitted that the number of failed asylum seekers whose deportation flights are postponed because of their disruptive behaviour is almost double the figure previously released.

Jacqui Smith has apologised after stating that there had been 1,173 such cases over two years when the real figure is nearly twice as high.

In a letter to David Davis, the shadow home secretary, Ms Smith wrote: "It has now come to light that some of this information was incorrect and the figure is in fact 2,079.

"Please accept my sincere apologies for the error."

A Home Office spokesman said the mistake was down to an administrative error.
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ASYLUM – REPATRIATION
Asylum returners take cash and stay
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 23 December 2007

Failed asylum seekers are drawing benefits to which they are not entitled by claiming that they are about to return home – only to continue to live in Britain for years.

The scam, which may have cost taxpayers millions of pounds, has come to light with the cases of four migrants who signed up for the Home Office's voluntary repatriation programme and who then went on to live off state handouts worth tens of thousands of pounds.

They took advantage of a scheme that offers asylum seekers £4,000 to go home and set up in business. Last week The Sunday Telegraph revealed that £36 million of taxpayers' money had been spent helping 23,000 asylum seekers to start enterprises including an ostrich farm in Iran and a vineyard in Albania.

However, millions more has been spent on supporting those who have signed up for the scheme but are still in the UK, some with no intention of returning home.

Asylum seekers whose claims have been rejected, and whose appeal rights have been used up, are given 21 days' grace before being stripped of benefit entitlements and told to leave the country.

However, if they agree to go home via the Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme (VARRP), they become eligible for "Section Four support", an emergency handout consisting of free food vouchers worth £35 a week, plus free accommodation, with council tax and utility bills paid, worth about £100 a week.

Most receive the benefit for two or three weeks until flights home have been arranged by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the agency that runs the assisted return scheme on behalf of the Home Office. ...

The IOM said it always passed on to the Home Office the names of applicants who failed to leave the UK.

The Home Office could not say why it had failed to stop payments in the four cases. It was also unable to say how many more migrants might be in similar positions or how much it spends on Section Four support.
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ASYLUM – DEPORTATION
Had a bad day? Take it out on an asylum-seeker
Alasdair Palmer
Sunday Telegraph, 23 December 2007

... the Home Office's Border and Immigration Agency (BIA). They arrived at four in the morning at the foster home of a 15-year-old Iraqi asylum claimant in order to bundle him onto a plane out of Britain. ...

... It is an example of the bungling inefficiency that too often characterises the BIA. Its officials had known of J's arrival in the UK since April, and had tried to visit him in May, but J had not been at his address when they called. They then seem to have forgotten about him for nearly seven months, so that by the time they went back at 4am on November 8, the six-month time limit on removals in such cases had expired. That fact alone, said the judge, made the removal of the boy unlawful.

The BIA's outrageous behaviour was wholly, and foreseeably, counter-productive: J will now have to be brought back to the UK, and will probably end up having his claim for asylum here approved. ...

... More than 20,000 children under 18 have arrived in Britain to claim asylum over the past few years: the Home Office won't say how many of those claims have been refused, still less how many children have been deported. Other agencies such as social and health services often refuse to co- operate with the BIA's attempt to identify and remove failed child asylum seekers. It makes the job of enforcing the law doubly difficult, and they mostly fail.

There is a backlog of at least 200,000 people whose claims for asylum have been investigated and found to be without merit, but who have not left Britain. Many of them will not only never be removed: they will get their families into Britain, under the "right to family" reunion enshrined in the Human Rights Act. In asylum law, two wrongs make a right: if you can get here and stay here, you get the right to bring your family here. ...

We need a tough asylum policy: one that makes sure that the law is enforced fairly and effectively. But this should not be confused with a brutal, inhumane 0one enforced by officials who behave in outrageous fashion. At the moment, however, we are getting the worst of both worlds: a feeble, ineffective policy, coupled with occasional bouts of outrageous behaviour from the officials charged with enforcing it.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
We must begin the culture debate
David McWilliams
[Internet], 23 December 2007

Ireland has to recognise that immigration is eventually going to clash with a slowing economy.

The population figures released this week reveal what many of us have known for some time - immigration is driving practically everything in our society.

This poses a serious challenge for us, which demands that we leave the relatively safe ground of economics and delve into the thorny, contentious but critical issue of culture. The question is what type of Ireland are we creating? Have we put much thought into it? And, if not, why not? ...

The opening salvoes of this struggle are only now being heard but, if the economy keeps faltering, we could be entering a whole new era, as Irish workers and foreigners compete for fewer jobs. In fact, if economic history is anything to go by, this struggle is almost guaranteed. ...

More phenomenal is the number of immigrants coming through the place. In 2005, 143,000 Poles passed through here. Last year, that figure jumped to 580,000.

Passengers from the Baltics increased from 147,000 to 340,000 in 2006. Just consider the following statistic: in 2003, there were no direct air links between Poland and Ireland. Since then, just over one million passengers have travelled on one or more of the ten destinations served now between Dublin and various parts of Poland. ...

The airport is our Ellis Island. These people are our huddled masses. This is what the new world order means, and Ireland is on the front line.

Have we considered any of this? Have we even entertained that the mass movement of people is here to stay and Ireland is an attractive place to live? What does this economic force mean for our culture? This question is being asked in every country in Europe - constantly.

Denmark, for so long a country associated with tolerance and liberalism, has enacted some of the most restrictive immigration legislation in Europe, because the Danes have decided that their culture is not strong enough to withstand mass immigration - and they think their culture matters.

The Netherlands, for centuries the country that offered sanctuary for dissenters and outcasts from Spain's Sephardic Jews to Protestant sects of every kind in the 17th and 18th century, has now also said "enough". ...

Yet here, in the country that is receiving the highest net immigration of any country in Europe, the culture debate has not even started. Indeed, soft pieties, rather than hard politics, are dictating the agenda.

However, in 2008, as the housing market continues to tank, the hot debate will not be about economics - because it is clear which way that is going - but culture.

Culture matters, and this will become more evident as the irresistible force of immigration crashes against the immovable object of an inert economy. Something will have to give.
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CRIME – DEPORTATION
EU prisoners 'will avoid deportation'
Robert Winnett and Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 22 December 2007

Thousands of prisoners from European countries, including those convicted of violent offences, will not even be considered for deportation unless they spend more than two years in prison, the Home Office admitted last night.

The policy means that violent foreign criminals may be released back on to Britain's streets despite the Prime Minister pledging a crackdown on law-breaking foreigners.

Yesterday, an internal Prison Service memo was disclosed which said the Border and Immigration Agency had "no interest" in deporting foreign prisoners serving less than a year in jail.

But it has emerged that the policy is even more lax for prisoners from 30 European countries who can spend up to two years in prison before being considered for deportation. There are about 2,500 European prisoners in Britain's jails.

Criminals not facing deportation under the 12-month exemption included burglars, drug dealers and sex offenders. However, the higher 24-month exemption for Europeans also includes those of violent offenders.
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CRIME – DEPORTATION
Thousands of foreign offenders allowed to stay in UK
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 21 December 2007

Thousands of foreign drug dealers, sex offenders and burglars will be allowed to stay in Britain every year despite Gordon Brown's pledge to deport them, it became clear last night.

In his first conference speech as Prime Minister, Mr Brown drew loud applause by declaring a crackdown on offenders from abroad.

But the Border and Immigration Agency, an executive agency of the Home Office, has ignored the Prime Minister's edict and told prison chiefs it has "no interest" in deporting foreign national prisoners serving less than a year. ...

And in a newspaper interview, Mr Brown promised to strengthen measures to deport foreign national criminals.

"I want a message to go out. If you come here you work and you learn our language. If you commit a crime you will be deported from our country. You play by the rules or you face the consequences." ...

The Border and Immigration Agency is understood to have taken the decision because of the amount of time and money it has to spend processing the cases.

In addition, it faces serious legal difficulties deporting prisoners back to countries where their human rights are judged to be in danger.

The Ministry of Justice says it is deporting record numbers of foreign prisoners but is giving more priority to the removal of more serious criminals.

The money and staff involved has been increased significantly and this year it intends to deport 4,000.

Lower legal offenders are encouraged by a "bribe" of £1,500 to go home voluntarily. ...

There are 7,500 foreign national prisoners in England and Wales, of whom 1,000 are serving less than 12 months.

Two jails – Bullwood Hall and Canterbury – are reserved exclusively for foreigners.
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BORDER CONTROLS – EUROPE
Police warning as politicians hail end to borders
Harry de Quetteville
Daily Telegraph, 21 December 2007

European leaders will take down border posts across the continent today, as the passport-free Schengen zone is extended to nine former Eastern bloc countries.

But while politicians have begun three days of celebrations, police forces have given warning that the move will hamper the fight against terrorism, organised crime and illegal immigration. ...

The prospect has caused uproar among German police on their country's border with Poland at Frankfurt Oder, which until now has marked the outer limit of the Schengen zone.

They fear that Poland's security forces will be overwhelmed by the new arrangement.

"The Poles are doing their best, but the task is impossible," said Lars Wendland, a spokesman for a union of border police at Frankfurt Oder. ...

The joint concerns of the German and Polish police forces are reinforced by worries over the Schengen II computer system, which is intended to provide detailed information on those crossing the border to member police forces.

"We were promised by the EU that we would only open borders if the Schengen II database had been established," said Mr Wendland. "But it's not running yet."
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EMPLOYMENT
100,000 lose out to migrants in hunt for work
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 18 December 2007

More than 100,000 young Britons may have been pushed into unemployment by the new wave of Eastern European immigrants, an economic analysis of the impact of migration reveals today.

The study, by the influential Ernst & Young ITEM Club, found that although the recent influx has boosted Britain's economy and kept inflation low, it may have increased unemployment for younger Britons and reduced pay increases for all. ...

Since 2004, the number of unemployed British 18 to 24 year olds has increased by 100,000, according to the study. "There is some evidence that the growth of immigrant employment seen in the last few years may have come at the expense of the domestic workforce," the report concludes. ...

Peter Spencer, the chief economic adviser to the Ernst & Young ITEM Club, said: "We have seen big increases in industrial costs and food prices which have not led to significantly higher wages.

"One of the main reasons for this is that workers have been in a very weak position with overseas workers in a position to take their jobs.

"Immigration has been unequivocally good economically in terms of the benefits for lower inflation and interest rates. However, the fact is that wage increases have been held down."
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ASYLUM – DEPORTATION
Immigration 'amnesty' for 160,000
Rosa Prince
Daily Telegraph, 18 December 2007

More than 160,000 illegal immigrants due for deportation may be given asylum and allowed to stay in Britain amid claims that the Government has embarked on a secret "stealth amnesty".

Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, disclosed last night that more than a third of the backlog of illegal immigrants reconsidered for deportation had actually been granted leave to remain since 2006.

Over the past 18 months, the Government has reassessed only the cases of 52,000 illegal immigrants out of a backlog of 450,000. Of that 52,000, 19,000 have been allowed to stay – sparking fears that asylum could finally be granted to 164,000 previously due to be deported if the present rate of "amnesty" continues.

The Conservatives said that despite previous Government plans to deport those here illegally, only 16,000 had so far been sent home – three per cent of the total backlog.

Miss Smith disclosed the damning figures in a letter to the Commons home affairs committee, sent on the eve of MPs' Christmas recess. ...

Many records covered people who had already left the UK, had died or were EU citizens with a right to reside here. Miss Smith said 900 caseworkers had been appointed to deal with the backlog.
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MULTICULTURALISM – EDUCATION
English is minority language in 1,300 schools
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 17 December 2007

Children with English as their first language are now in the minority in more than 1,300 schools, official figures disclosed yesterday.

The Daily Telegraph has obtained data from the Department for Children, Schools and Families illustrating the impact of high levels of immigration on the education system.

The figures show that in a total of 1,338 primary and secondary schools – more than one in 20 of all schools in England – children with English as their first language are in the minority.

In 600 of these schools, fewer than a third of pupils speak English as their first language.

The disclosure led to warnings yesterday that the rising number of foreign pupils without a decent grasp of English was putting intense pressure on teachers and undermining education standards. The figures have fuelled demands from teachers' leaders for more money to help meet the costs of teaching foreign-born children.

Teachers' unions said educating a single non-English-speaking pupil could cost as much as £30,000 a year.
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CRIME
Compensation for smuggled women
Daily Telegraph, 17 December 2007

Women smuggled into Britain and forced into prostitution could receive millions of pounds after a Government decision to compensate victims of people trafficking.

Last week four women received payouts totalling £140,000 for their "pain and trauma" after suffering a "sustained period of sexual abuse" – the first payments of their kind.

It is estimated that 10,000 women have been smuggled into Britain, all of whom now could be eligible for money from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

The authority told the women's lawyers that it agreed to payments for "false imprisonment and forced prostitution during the time of imprisonment", which have never existed as official categories for compensation.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – ASYLUM
Asylum seekers' £4,000 'bribe' row
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 16 December 2007

Thousands of failed asylum seekers have been flown out of Britain and set up in business back home in a £36 million taxpayer-funded scheme, it can be revealed.

The unwanted foreigners, who had no right to remain, were given free flights, handed £1,000 in cash at the airport, then paid a further £3,000 to start enterprises in their homelands.

More than 23,000 migrants have taken advantage of the scheme. ...

Ministers say that paying failed asylum seekers to leave is cheaper than forcibly deporting them, saving money for taxpayers. However, the Tories last night condemned the payouts as "bribes".

... Details of the scheme are shown in documents from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Geneva-based agency that administers the voluntary repatriation scheme on Britain's behalf. ...

The Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme has cost £36 million in total between 1999 and, when it was launched, and the end of last year, according to the most recent figures. The Home Office paid about two thirds of the money, with the rest from the EU.

Uptake was slow at first but numbers leapt after the maximum grant was raised from £1,000 to £4,000 at the start of 2006, and now totals 23,000 migrants.

While £4,000 is a modest sum for a British business, it is equivalent to more than 10 years' wages in some countries, such as Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, that accept returning migrants under the scheme.

By comparison, an assault victim in Britain who suffered a punctured lung and broken rib would qualify for £3,300 compensation. A British soldier who suffers non-career threatening, but still traumatising injuries such as shrapnel or bullet wounds might receive no more than £4,000 and this could take four years to come through.

The immigrants' repatriation scheme is open to all failed asylum seekers, as well as refugees who have been granted leave to remain in Britain and those whose claims are yet to be decided.

... Most of those returning have resettled successfully, although 300 have been caught trying to re-enter Britain. ...

It costs £11,000 on average to deport a foreign national who refuses to leave, so the voluntary returns scheme may have saved taxpayers more than £200 million since its launch, if all those who took part had otherwise been deported.
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IMMIGRATION
Brown fights dire opinion polls with border controls crackdown
Patrick Hennessy
Sunday Telegraph, 16 December 2007

Plans for a crackdown on foreign visitors to Britain are to be unveiled this week in a fresh attempt to tighten the country's borders.

Liam Byrne, the immigration minister, will propose restrictions on millions of people, including those who take advantage of a system of "sponsored family visits".

Families who "sponsor" visits, on temporary visas, from relatives abroad may have to put up a cash bond – possibly of £1,000 – before their visitors are allowed in.

The move is also set to see the ordinary tourist visa having its limit halved from six months to three. ...

The crackdown comes as Gordon Brown's Government seeks to regain the political initiative, following a series of crises over the past few months which have seen Labour's support plunge in the opinion polls. ...

The Prime Minister and senior ministers intend to use immigration and plans for stronger borders as part of a New Year initiative to outflank the Tories, who they claim are weak on the issue. ...

Earlier this year, Mr Byrne announced plans to streamline the system of allowing foreign visitors into Britain from outside the EU into just four categories of visas: tourist, business, student and sponsored family visit. Only the new student category has come into force. ...

Mr Byrne is now tightening the sponsored family visit option, proposing it should be available only to British citizens who have full residency in the UK. The sponsor would in effect be fined the amount of the bond, should family visitors overstay their time in Britain or breach the terms of their visas. Ministers originally proposed such a system in March but it was rejected after strong protests from immigration rights groups.

The Government is now proposing bringing the bond measure back as part of the wide-ranging consultation exercise Mr Byrne will unveil this week. ...

Home Office figures show some 12.9 million people came into Britain temporarily last year, up more than 2.5 million over 10 years.
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NATIONAL IDENTITY – MULTICULTURALISM, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Political correctness is threatening our national identity, warns Chief Rabbi
Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Sunday Telegraph, 16 December 2007

Britain is losing its identity because of over-zealous political correctness and a failure to deal with immigration, the Chief Rabbi has warned.

Sir Jonathan Sacks said that the drive for a multicultural society had left Britain increasingly intolerant and that too many people were embarrassed about their history. ...

The Chief Rabbi said that there was a climate of intolerance that threatened to destroy the country's identity and had pushed faith to the margins.

"I think we are seeing a new intolerance," he said. "There is an extravagant over-zealousness in trying not to offend anyone and little do these people realise that other faiths would like Britain to be a Christian country."

Sir Jonathan added: "A tolerant society is one that ignores difference and a multicultural one is one that highlights them. It is confidence in your own heritage that allows you to be generous to those of another heritage."

His new book, The Home We Build Together, argues that the experiment of multiculturalism has failed.
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ASYLUM – DEPORTATION
We can't buy our way out of asylum failure
Sunday Telegraph, 16 December 2007
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So since 1999 the Home Office has operated a scheme which today hands failed asylum seekers £1,000 to leave Britain, and then gives them a further £3,000 towards setting up a business in their own country. The Government may have been proud of the programme, but it evidently did not feel proud enough to inform the public of its workings: today, we report the details of some of the scheme's beneficiaries, and what they did with their money, for the first time. ...

The principal problem with any such scheme is that it rewards, and therefore provides an incentive for, bogus asylum claims – precisely the behaviour that it was meant to diminish. ...

The reward scheme itself has not worked and should be abandoned, not least because it would send a strong signal that law-breaking will not be tolerated. The money should be used to deport failed asylum seekers, not to reward them. Only a small fraction of those whose asylum claims have been refused since 1997 have actually left the country. Although the Government deports about 1,000 failed asylum-seekers every month, there is still a backlog of 240,000 people whose claims for asylum have been rejected. Because around 1,000 additional claimants are added to the "rejected" list every month, the Government's deportations have made no impact on the huge backlog.
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BORDER CONTROLS – EUROPE
On EU's new border, illegal immigrants 'are coming and coming and coming'
Gethin Chamberlain
Sunday Telegraph, 16 December 2007

Just one porous border will stand between most of Europe and tens of thousands of illegal immigrants under changes that take effect on Friday.

Hungary and Poland are among nine recent additions to the European Union who will join most other members in throwing open their EU frontiers to travel without a passport. ...

Border officials have already reported an upsurge in people trying to cross the EU's new outer frontier. Britain has not signed up to the Schengen zone, but many of those heading for the eastern frontier say they want to cross the Channel. ...

On its visit to the border between Hungary and the Ukraine, The Sunday Telegraph found evidence of serious weaknesses in controls over immigrants from outside the EU. Officials said that they caught fewer than a third of those attempting to cross illegally.




The intention is to make it easier for European citizens to move around, but word has spread quickly to those dreaming of a new life in the West. Somalis, Afghans, Iraqis, Mongolians, Georgians and Kosovan Serbs and Albanians are beating a path to the border, eager to try their luck.
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EMPLOYMENT
11,000 migrants working illegally as security guards
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 14 December 2007

As many as 11,000 foreign nationals could be working illegally in the security industry, the Home Secretary told MPs yesterday.

The figure is more than twice that admitted to by the Government previously. It also represents one in four of all the non-EEA (European Economic Area) nationals licensed to work as guards.

Jacqui Smith said checks had found that nearly 40,000 non-EEA citizens had been given licences by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), the government agency that checks whether employees have a criminal record.

Of these, 6,653 did not have a right to work in Britain and a further 4,447 had been unable to show that they were entitled to work.

Miss Smith said the licences of those who had no right to work would be revoked and their names would be handed over to the immigration authorities. Further checks were being made on those unable to show entitlement.

Some had subsequently produced documents showing they had rights to work, she said.

So far, 409 licences have been revoked and 10,000 letters have gone out threatening to withdraw licences.

The individuals had 42 days to appeal against revocation. ...

Miss Smith said it was for employers, and not the SIA, to check whether someone has a right to work in Britain. ...

Keith Vaz, the chairman of the home affairs select committee, said it was extraordinary that the application form for a security licence did not ask whether the would-be guard was entitled to work in the country.

Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrats' home affairs spokesman and leadership contender, said: "This latest belated revelation of Keystone Cops incompetence truly takes the breath away."
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POPULATION – HOUSING
'Empty-nesters' may lose council homes
Daily Telegraph, 13 December 2007

Middle-aged tenants may be moved out of large council houses to make way for young families, under controversial plans unveiled by the Government yesterday.

Yvette Cooper, the housing minister, said "empty-nester" residents whose children had left home would be "encouraged" to move to smaller properties to ease overcrowding.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – NETHERLANDS
Non Western Youth Now Form Majority in Amsterdam
Netherlands Info Services, 13 December 2007

Around 100,000 youngsters aged 12 to 23 live in Amsterdam. Of this number, only 38 percent are 'white' Dutch people, as figures by the municipal department for research and statistics reveal.

Over half of Amsterdam youths aged between 12 and 23 has a non-Western background (52 percent). This is over three times the national average for this age category (16 percent). 'White' Dutch youngsters make up 38 percent and Western immigrants 11 percent in Amsterdam.

The three largest ethnic groups among Amsterdam youngsters are 'white' Dutch natives (38 percent), Moroccans (15 percent) and Surinamese (14 percent). By 2030, the group of 'other non-Western immigrants', including Somalis, Iraqis and Afghans, will have risen in size from fourth to second position.
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IMMIGRATION – POPULATION
Migrant mothers fuel baby boom
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 12 December 2007

More than one in five births in Britain last year was to a woman from overseas, the first official analysis of the impact of immigration on fertility showed yesterday.

Immigrant mothers are having far more children than their British counterparts – fuelling the biggest rise in population since the 1960s baby boom.

The proportion of births to foreign mothers is up by a third since 2001 and by almost half since Labour came to power.

Fertility rates are at levels not seen for 25 years, with the highest found among Pakistani, Indian or Bangladeshi-born mothers. Those nationalities alone accounted for five per cent of all British babies last year.

A further four per cent were born to mothers from EU countries outside Britain and Ireland, with a growing number from eastern Europe – mainly Poland.

The Pakistani rate of 4.7 children per mother is almost three times the British-born rate of 1.7.

The study, by the Office for National Statistics, is the latest to chart the impact of record levels of immigration, which took off when Labour came to power in 1997.

It showed that 154,000 of the 749,000 births in 2006 – 21 per cent – were to immigrants. This compared to 12 per cent in 1996 and 15 per cent in 2001.

The study predicted that almost 70 per cent of the 10 million rise in population over the next 25 years would be down to immigration – either directly or via higher birth rates. ...

Karen Dunnell, the National Statistician, said that while an average of 1.7 children are born to UK mothers, among immigrant mothers the number averages 2.5.

However, while the birth rate is highest among immigrant mothers, it is also rising among British mothers, for the first time in years. ...

Sir Andrew Green, of Migrationwatch, said the figures showed how immigration was changing Britain against the wishes of the majority.

"It is time the Government took actual measures to address these concerns rather than pointing to new systems which will have very little effect on the numbers. Immigration is absolutely not the answer to an ageing population.

"They themselves would grow old and need even more immigrants to rebalance the numbers."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MULTICULTURALISM
Nation's first multilingual poll uncovers tensions among the largest ethnic groups in America
New America Media, 12 December 2007
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The nation's first multilingual poll of Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans has uncovered serious tensions among these ethnic groups, including mistrust and significant stereotyping, but a majority of each group also said they should put aside differences and work together to better their communities. ...

"This extraordinary poll reveals some unflattering realities that exist in America today," said Sandy Close, Executive Editor and Director of NAM, the nation's first and largest collaboration of ethnic news media. "The sponsors of the poll strongly believe the best way to move forward is by identifying the problems and initiating a dialogue that can bring ethnic groups closer together in their fight for equality and against discrimination."

Broadly, the poll of 1,105 African-American, Asian-American and Hispanic adults found that the predominantly immigrant populations - Hispanics and Asians - expressed far greater optimism about their lives in America, concluding that hard work is rewarded in this society. By contrast, more than 60% of the African Americans polled do not believe the American Dream works for them. Blacks also described themselves as more segregated from the rest of America than the other groups.

The poll found that friction between ethnic and racial groups, which at times has erupted into highly-publicized incidents around the country, is clearly rooted in the mistrust that the groups harbor towards each other, as well as the sentiment that other groups are mistreating them or are detrimental to their own future. For instance, 44% of Hispanics and 47% of Asians are "generally afraid of African Americans because they are responsible for most of the crime." Meanwhile, 46% of Hispanics and 52% of African Americans believe "most Asian business owners do not treat them with respect." And half of African Americans feel threatened by Latin American immigrants because "they are taking jobs, housing and political power away from the Black community."

Moreover, the three groups seem more trusting of whites than of each other. The poll found that 61% of Hispanics, 54% of Asians and 47% of African Americans would rather do business with whites than members of the other two groups.

"The poll reaffirms that while race relations between ethnic groups and whites grab the headlines, there are also serious racial problems between minority groups in America," said Sergio Bendixen, who is an expert on Hispanic and multilingual polling. "Blacks feel they are left out of the American Dream and are being displaced by newcomers, and each group buys into the negative stereotypes about the other two. What's clear is the need to dissolve this friction. The poll results show that the overwhelming majority of ethnic Americans want that positive outcome." ...

The poll of 1,105 African American, Asian American and Hispanic adults was conducted by telephone during the months of August and September 2007. The sample was designed to be representative of the adult population of the three major racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Hispanic respondents were interviewed in English or Spanish, and Asian American respondents were interviewed in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese or Tagalog.
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EMPLOYMENT
80pc of Labour's new jobs 'have gone to foreigners'
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 11 December 2007

More than 80 per cent of new jobs created by Labour over the last decade have gone to foreign-born workers, a new analysis of official figures claimed last night.

The Statistics Commission found in a study that 1.4 million of the 1.7 million jobs created since 1997 had been filled by those born overseas. ...

The Statistics Commission was asked to study the proportion of foreign workers filling new jobs in Britain following confusion over Government statistics released in the autumn.

After publishing incorrect data, ministers said that 2.1 million jobs had been created in the past decade – 54 per cent of which, or 1.1 million, had gone to foreign workers.

However, the Statistics Commission said the proportion of new jobs going to foreigners was as high as 81 per cent.

Firstly, it used a lower estimate – 1.7 million – for the number of new jobs created since Labour came to power. This figure is lower because it excludes jobs taken by people over pensionable age.

It also used a higher estimate of 1.4 million for the number of foreign workers who have taken these jobs. This includes the 1.1 million in the Government figures, plus an additional 300,000 workers who were born abroad but have British citizenship.

By using these estimates, it came up with the higher proportion of 81 per cent.

The Commission says that Government departments are discussing which one should become the standard measure. ... ...

Last night, the Department of Work and Pensions defended its use of the lowest figure.
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POLITICS – ISLAM
Labour donor's £300,000 secret
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 10 December 2007

Labour has failed to disclose that it has received more than £300,000 from a Scottish entrepreneur whose identity was not disclosed to electoral watchdogs.

Imran Khand is said to have sent the money to the party via a "secretive front organisation".

The party has only publicly declared that it received £312,000 from Muslim Friends for Labour this year, which was used to bankroll the Scottish elections. It has not revealed who is behind the group, which is an unincorporated association that does not disclose any financial information. ...

Yesterday, it was alleged that Mr Khand, who has declined to comment, had given more than £300,000. Mohammad Sarwar, the Labour MP for Glasgow Central, gave £4,000. Maq Rasul, who ran a chain of DVD shops donated £8,000.

Muslim Friends also donated £5,000 to Harriet Harman's campaign for the deputy leadership. ...

Mr Sarwar, who heads Muslim Friends, agreed yesterday to reveal its backers. He insisted that he had given most of the money to Miss Harman's deputy leadership campaign, which was registered in the name of Muslim Friends.
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EXTREMISM
Fundamentalism from every angle
A.N. Wilson
Daily Telegraph, 10 December 2007

You can probably imagine what Melanie Phillips's Londonistan (Gibson Square, £8.99) is like. She belongs to the Fanny Squeers school ("I am screaming out loud all the time I write"). But she has done her homework, and it is a rip-roaring bit of polemic.

The retiring head of MI5, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, estimated that 100,000 of our fellow citizens approved of the London bombings in July 2005, and there are more than 1,600 known terrorists at work in Britain at the moment.

Melanie sees it all as a sign of our terrible decadence as a society, etc, etc, that this has been allowed to happen. Even if you think she plugs this (and the Zionist) line a bit too loudly, it is a good book.

Then you need to read Ed Husain's The Islamist (Penguin, £8.99), which is an absolutely stunning account of a young man, brought up by religious Muslims in the East End, educated at a very good liberal primary school, and then – during his teenage years – radicalised, much to his good parents' horror, by Hizb ut-Tahrir. It is the inside story of what these fanatics are like. ...

Finally – and it deserves much more than a mention, Michael Burleigh's Sacred Causes: Religion and Politics from the European Dictators to Al Qaeda (Harper Perennial, £9.99) is a superbly sweeping read, very sane on Ireland, and excellent on the present set of horrors.

Do any of these books offer a solution? No, but having read them, I feel slightly better informed when I listen to yet more lunacy on the news.
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POPULATION – MULTICULTURALISM
Britain's highest birth rates are among migrants
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 9 December 2007

A baby boom among immigrant families is driving the population to a record high, government figures will show this week.

The figures, from the Office for National Statistics, will reveal that Britain's highest birth rates are in the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities, both predominantly Muslim.

The birth rate among women born in Pakistan but living in the UK is three times higher than that among British-born women, the figures will show. ...

Included in the tables will be figures relating to the country of birth of new parents. ...

Of the total 669,531 births last year, 146,956 were to mothers born outside the UK. ...

The figures do not reflect the total number of babies born in Britain's ethnic communities because they exclude those of British-born second-generation migrants.
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MULTICULTURALISM – EMPLOYMENT
Minister: No accent too thick for a job
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 9 December 2007

A Government minister has sparked a row over whether a strong foreign accent should ever be a barrier to working in Britain.

Meg Hillier, a Home Office minister, said that migrants who spoke English with strong accents had the same right to a job as anyone else. She warned companies that it would be "appalling" and "illegal" to reject candidates on the grounds of accent.

However, her comments brought a reaction from business leaders, who said that some jobs simply could not be done properly by people with very strong accents – because they would struggle to make themselves understood.

The clash turned a spotlight on to Britain's fast-growing army of migrant workers, with many service industries now dominated by staff whose grasp of English is imperfect.

Lawyers said that the question of accents and discrimination was a legal "grey area", with few test cases to clarify the situation.

A job applicant rejected for having a foreign accent would be entitled to bring a tribunal claim for illegal discrimination on the grounds of race or nationality. However, the employer would have a defence in law if they could prove that speaking clear English was a genuine job requirement.

By contrast, experts said, it would be perfectly legal for a boss to refuse to hire anyone with an English regional accent, such as Geordie or Cockney. ...

Later, Mrs Hillier said that her criticism had been aimed only at employers who used accent "as a proxy for race" when choosing between job applicants.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
A heavy cross to bear
Alasdair Palmer
Sunday Telegraph, 9 December 2007

Most leading Muslims in Britain are unequivocal in their denunciation of British Muslim parents who threaten to kill their children for leaving Islam. Ibrahim Mogra, of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), says that it is "absolutely disgraceful behaviour... In Britain, no Muslim has the right to harm one hair of someone who decides to leave Islam." Inayat Bunglawala, also a spokesman for the MCB, insists that such behaviour in Britain is "awful and quite wrong. The police should crack down on it."

And yet a significant portion of British Muslims think that such behaviour is not merely right, but a religious obligation: a survey by the think-tank Policy Exchange, for instance, revealed that 36 per cent of young Muslims believe that those who leave Islam should be killed. ...

Patrick Sookhdeo was born a Muslim, but later converted to Christianity. He is now international director of the Barnabas Fund, an organisation that aims to research and to ameliorate the conditions of Christians living in countries hostile to their religion. He notes that "all four schools of Sunni law, as well as the Shia variety, call for the death penalty for apostates. Most Muslim scholars say that Muslim religious law – sharia – requires the death penalty for apostasy.

"In 2004, Prince Charles called a meeting of leading Muslims to discuss the issue," adds Dr Sookhdeo. "I was there. All the Muslim leaders at that meeting agreed that the penalty in sharia is death. The hope was that they would issue a public declaration repudiating that doctrine, but not one of them did."
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MULTICULTURALISM – LANGUAGE
Stop translating and put up your signs in English, councils told
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 8 December 2007

Councils in England were told yesterday to stop spending so much on translating documents and signs into foreign languages.

Hazel Blears, the Communities Secretary, said English should be used wherever possible to make it easier for immigrants to integrate into society.

She complained that the routine translation of public information was reinforcing the "language barrier".

Local authorities are spending an estimated £100 million a year on translation.

In some parts of the country, even road signs are in Polish and most libraries have information in dozens of languages. Some councils translate documents into languages that are not even spoken in their area.

Annual reports can be translated into 10 different languages, though few want to read them - even in English.

There have been claims by public bodies that, under the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000, they have a legal duty to translate all material they publish.

But new guidance issued by the Government yesterday said this was a "myth".

It advised councils to translate only information relating to emergency medical treatment or vital public safety.
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POPULATION – SCOTLAND
Scottish birth rates fall as mothers opt to 'stop at two'
Auslan Cramb
Daily Telegraph, 7 December 2007

Birth rates in Scotland are below the average needed to maintain the country's population, a report claims.

Scottish women were likely to have fewer children than those in England, a study showed. They also left longer gaps between having babies, it discovered. ...

However, Scotland's demography research programme, carried out by academics from five universities, also discovered that Scottish mothers did not set out to have smaller families.

About 50 per cent have their first child before 27.4 years of age, compared with 28.1 in English women. Scottish parents also appeared to want more children than they actually had, with the average ideal family size put at 2.48 children. In practice, the average if 1.24.

Prof Elspeth Graham, a researcher from St Andrews University, said: "Differences in fertility behaviour may therefore be responses to immediate circumstances rather than longer-term intentions." ...

The report also says: "Scottish women with medium or high levels of education are significantly less likely than other groups - including English women - to have a third birth. Female employment seems to depress fertility generally, but well-educated Scottish women seem most likely to 'stop at two'."

A lower proportion of women from ethnic minorities in Scotland - who traditionally have larger families - was also cited as a factor in the results.

The report added: "In the last few years, Scotland has recorded clear net in-migration gains.

"Maintaining or improving this balance of migration could prove key to addressing the challenges posed by Scotland's ageing population and projected population decline."
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MULTICULTURALISM – IMMIGRATION
Migrants to be told: you must speak English
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 6 December 2007

Foreign spouses wanting to move to Britain with their husband or wife will have to show that they can speak English before being allowed into the country under new Home Office plans.

The test was among a package of immigration measures announced by ministers yesterday, which also included shutting the door to low-skilled workers from outside the European Union. Under a new points system they will not be able to come to Britain if there are enough home-grown and European Union workers able to fill vacancies. ...

Each year, nearly 50,000 foreigners are allowed into the country as a spouse or fiancée. Ministers believe that insisting upon proof that they can speak English before they are allowed in will make it easier for new arrivals to integrate.

But the plan, should it be introduced, will inevitably lead to court challenges. The Human Rights Act guarantees a right to family life which could be jeopardised if a husband moving to Britain must leave his bride behind.

The Government will also seek to refuse citizenship to people with a criminal record. Anyone with an unspent conviction will be unable to take British nationality.
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CRIME
Why it would cheaper to send jailed foreigners on a world cruise - than keep them in a UK prison at £43,000 a year
Evening Standard (London), 6 December 2007

Locking up foreign criminals and failed asylum seekers who should have been deported costs £43,435 a year for each one – making it cheaper to send them on a luxury world cruise.

The bill for holding the 2,550 foreign nationals in immigration centres while they fight their removal is £110million.

The taxpayer would save £9,125 a year for each of them if they were sent on a 21-country cruise on the P&O liner Oriana.

The £119-a-day cost of holding a detainee emerged in a written reply to Tory MP Damian Green. It compares to £90 for a prison cell or £97 a day to sail around the world on the Oriana.

Removal centres cost so much to run because they must follow rules to protect the 'dignity' of failed asylum seekers.

But the network of centres is increasingly used to house foreign criminals who have been freed but are fighting removal.

The centres must provide the detainees with activities and TVs and healthcare provision should be 'at least' NHS standard. Some are also often visited by dentists.

Immigration spokesman Mr Green said: 'This is one more price we pay for the chaos and delays in the immigration system.

Thousands of people locked up for months in detention centres, including foreign prisoners the Government can't deport, are costing the taxpayer more than £100million.

'For each of them it would be as cheap to send them on a round-the-world cruise. How can the Government justify this expenditure when we are leaving ports unmanned by immigration officers?

'Eighteen months after John Reid told us the Home Office was not fit for purpose, nothing much has changed.'

Matthew Elliott, of the Taxpayers' Alliance, said: 'It's astonishing. The Home Office must get their act together to remove these people swiftly. Taxpayers can't afford world cruises, with interest rates soaring and the tax burden increasing.

'Now we know where our money is being frittered away.' Between 1,200 and 1,500 foreign criminals are being held in removal centres in the wake of last year's mistaken release scandal, in which 1,000 were allowed to go free without being considered for deportation.

Now, despite finishing their sentences, they are detained alongside failed asylum seekers while cases are processed, often for more than a year.

One foreigner at Colnbrook Removal Centre, near Heathrow, has been detained for almost three years, a report by prisons' inspector Anne Owers says.

The bill for this individual alone would be £130,000. By contrast the Oriana cruise liner, which departs from Southampton in January next year, costs £7,899 for an 82-day trip, or £97 a day.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPE
Germany Cool on EU Immigration Plans
Constant Brand
Houston Chronicle, 6 December 2007

Germany and other countries poured cold water Thursday on proposals meant to lure educated migrants to the European Union while cracking down on illegal workers.

Doubts over granting European Union officials more say in immigration policy resurfaced at a combined meeting of justice, interior and employment ministers, who face increasing pressure to respond to migration and labor trends.

The union has a growing shortage of skilled and educated labor but faces increased flows of often uneducated migrants from Africa and Asia.

While all 27 EU governments have accepted the need to cooperate more closely on immigration, agreeing on specific plans is painfully slow.

Germany's employment minister, Olaf Scholz, said plans drafted by the European Commission to set up a common workers visa program to attract educated labor were not needed.

"We have 3.5 million unemployed and that means that companies can find workers within Germany," Scholz said. He said specific shortages should be addressed on a sector-by-sector basis on national level, without Brussels having a say.

Scholz suggested EU nations also look to new eastern European members of the union for professionals to fill gaps. ...

The plan to set up a European "Blue Card" workers visa program, styled after the U.S. "Green Card" permit, has raised doubts in several nations.

Austria, the Netherlands and Britain also voiced concerns over whether the EU should handle such a program, officials said.

Spain expressed fears the program would cause a "brain drain" from Africa. Greece and Malta called for more protection from illegal migrants on the EU's southern borders.

The EU plan calls for governments to institute a "one-stop-shop" visa application, offering qualified job seekers a simpler way to get jobs within the EU, doing away with 27 different, often complex, national procedures.

Franco Frattini, the EU's justice and interior affairs commissioner, who drafted the plan, argued an EU-wide system is needed to ensure Europe can compete with trade rivals like the United States, Canada or Australia, all of which use special work permits to attract professionals.

"I continue to be convinced that common rules to regulate people entering the EU are necessary," Frattini said. "I don't believe Germany is against this principle."

Germany also criticized Frattini's plans for an EU system of fines and other penalties for employers who hire illegal workers.

Frattini said, however, that such rules are needed to prevent the entry of illegal migrants who are often exploited and mistreated. European nations are struggling to cope with the arrival of up to half a million illegals a year, many brought in by human trafficking rings.

The EU nations have been haggling over how to draft a common asylum and immigration policy since 1999 and have set a 2010 deadline by which to approve common rules. A review of progress made to date is to be made by EU leaders at a summit in Brussels next week.
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IMMIGRATION
New points scheme for migrants to fast track high-fliers
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 5 December 2007

Young entrepreneurs, doctors and financial high-fliers will get a fast track into the UK under a new points-based immigration system that starts next year.

Minister will today set out in detail how the scheme will apply to the workers Britain is most keen to attract.

The announcement will herald a gradual introduction of the new five-tier scheme for non-EU migrants from the New Year.

Highly skilled workers with fluent English and top-drawer qualifications will be given priority. They will also be able to bring their families and to settle permanently within five years.

But the unskilled and low skilled will find it harder to obtain work and will have no rights to stay on or apply for citizenship. ...

Ministers hope the new system will restore public confidence in immigration policy, which polls show is one of the biggest concerns for voters.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Nurses must turn beds five times a day to face Mecca
Gary Cleland
Daily Telegraph, 5 December 2007

Nurses have been told to move Muslim patients' beds five times a day so that they face Mecca when they pray.

The measure by Dewsbury and District Hospital in West Yorkshire is one of several designed to meet the needs of Islamic patients. ...

Tracey McErlain-Burns, chief nurse and director of patient experience at Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said: ... ...

Staff working at the trust's hospitals have attended training sessions so that they can help Muslim patients uphold their faith daily. Halal menu options have been introduced and special shower facilities have been provided.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ROMANIA
Chinese fill the gap in the new Romanian revolution
Harry de Quetteville
Daily Telegraph, 5 December 2007

A huge chunk of Romania's workforce has already left. Of its 22 million people, an estimated two million have emigrated to save up a few lei, mostly in Italy and Spain. ...

The Romanian prime minister, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, who is in London today, is currently exhorting his fellow citizens to come home. "We are having a crisis of the labour force and we should make a common effort to try to attract Romanians who are working abroad to come back," he said last month.

A day earlier, his finance minister, Varujan Vosganian, had put a figure on the crisis, saying Romania lacked half a million workers. ...

Mr Tariceanu wants to lure Romanians back to Romania rather than open his country's doors to foreign workers.

But Romania needs many more able pairs of hands. Local reports say that within the next few weeks another 8,000 workers are due to arrive from China, India, Pakistan, Moldova and Turkey to fill long-empty vacancies on building sites and shop floors.
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TERRORISM – ESPIONAGE
Firms warned of growing terror threat
Yvette Essen
Daily Telegraph, 4 December 2007

British business was warned to raise its security level amid signs that the threats of terrorism and industrial espionage are increasing.

A major report warns that home-grown Islamist extremism "presents an unprecedented threat" to businesses, while at least two major UK companies have reportedly faced acts of espionage linked to the Chinese government.

Yesterday, a report from Lloyd's of London insurance market and the International Institute of Strategic Studies said the risk of major economic damage from terrorism had intensified. ...

The report came as warnings about the threat of Chinese industrial espionage reverberated around Britain's boardrooms. At the weekend it was disclosed that the head of MI5, Jonathan Richards, had written to 300 chief executives and heads of security at major companies about attack from "Chinese state organisations".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CANADA, MULTICULTURALISM
Language: Allophones on the rise
Kathryn Young
National Post, 4 December 2007
[The word "allophone" is used in this report in a sense which is particular to Canada]

For the first time ever, fully one-fifth of Canada's population has a mother tongue that's neither English nor French, Statistics Canada reported Tuesday.

The 2006 census report reaffirmed the Chinese languages as Canada's third most common mother tongue group, with more than one million people – a growth rate of 18.5% since 2001 – reporting their mother tongues as Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese or four other Chinese languages.

Growth in the number of allophones – people whose mother tongue is other than French or English – was the most significant in Quebec, where their numbers expanded by 25% between 2001 and 2006, said Jean-Pierre Corbeil, chief specialist on language statistics. ...

Overall, Italian remained the fourth largest mother-tongue language in Canada, although its numbers declined, while German held onto fifth and Punjabi claimed sixth place with a 34.4% increase. Spanish, Arabic, Tagalog – the language of the Philippines – and Portuguese followed.

Canadians reported speaking more than 200 languages. Of the 10 largest allophone groups in Canada, Urdu (a major language in Pakistan and India) grew the most, increasing by 80% to 156,000 people in 2006.

Some 68% of allophones use English or French on a regular basis while 40% use an official language exclusively at home.

The longer immigrants are in Canada, the more they use an official language. Overall, nine out of 10 Canadians speak French or English most often at home.

While the number of anglophones and francophones grew, their proportion in the population fell as allophones grew to 20.1 per cent of the population in 2006, up from 18 per cent in 2001.

"It really shifts the balance," Corbeil said.

The number of allophones increased at three times the growth rate of the population as a whole, mainly due to the fact that four-fifths of immigrants who arrived on Canada's shores between 2001 and 2006 during that period were allophone. ...

Since the mid-1980s, with increased immigration and the tendency of most immigrants to have a non-official mother tongue, the share of the allophone population has risen rapidly, from 13 per cent in 1986 to 17 per cent in 1996 and now to 20 per cent.

Most allophones – 87% – live in a major city. Toronto claimed the highest proportion of allophones, with 44% of the population, followed by Vancouver at 41%, Montreal at 22%, Calgary at 23%, Edmonton at 21% and Ottawa-Gatineau at 17%.

Although allophones tend to live in the central areas of cities, more are moving out to the suburbs, and in three large suburban areas, they represent a majority: the Toronto suburbs of Markham and Vaughan, and Burnaby, just outside Vancouver.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Translation bill tops £1 million
Daily Telegraph, 3 December 2007

Birmingham city council has spent more than £1 million on translators in three years to provide services for immigrants.

Most of the cash was used by the council's Adults and Communities Directorate which deals with care homes, adult education, mental health services and protecting vulnerable adults.
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MULTICULTURALISM – POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Curtain falls on school nativities
Julie Henry and Vikki Miller
Sunday Telegraph, 2 December 2007

Shepherds dressed in old sheets, Christmas carols and the competition to see who will play Mary and Joseph... nativity plays have been a feature of British primary-school life for generations.

But a survey has revealed that headteachers are watering down or ditching the centuries-old Christmas story in favour of secular tales to avoid upsetting pupils of other faiths.

Only one in five schools are planning to perform a traditional nativity play this year. They are now outnumbered by schools that say they will be either putting on a non-religious play, such as Scrooge or Snow White, or giving no performance at all.

Almost half the schools said they planned to put on modern reinterpretations of the Christmas story, with extra characters, new songs and modern themes, such as The Bossy King, Whoops-a-Daisy Angel or The Hoity-Toity Angel.

The findings will add to fears that Christian teachings are being abandoned by schools, despite the wishes of parents. Recent surveys show an overwhelming majority of families would like the nativity play, telling the story of Christ's birth, to live on in schools. ...

The Sunday Telegraph survey of 100 schools found that 36 per cent were staging religion-free Christmas plays or planning no event this winter. That compares with a similar survey in 2004 that found one in seven schools producing no nativity play.

Several of the schools surveyed said the nativity tableau was no longer a feature because the intake was ethnically mixed and staff had to be aware of "not offending anyone".
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CRIME
Migrants and the murder rate
Sean O'Neill
The Times, 1 December 2007

Most murders in London this year were committed by foreigners, according to Scotland Yard figures obtained by The Times.

Of 47 killings between April and September where the nationality of the accused is known, 26 of the suspects – 55 per cent – are not Britons. In 19 cases the killer is believed to be British. In a further 23 cases the nationality of the killer has not been determined. At least 23 of the victims were foreign, including Somali, Brazilian, Irish and Vietnamese citizens.

The killings over the six months are under investigation by Scotland Yard's Homicide Command and are subject to change as more cases are solved. But the raw data represents a stark illustration of the problems facing forces nationwide as communities change rapidly because of large-scale immigration.

The accused in the London sample hail from all corners of the world: Peru, China, Albania, Romania, Lithuania, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

All murder and manslaughter cases involving foreigners – as either victims or perpetrators – present detectives with difficulties in understanding motives and overcoming language barriers. Deep-rooted cultural differences also need to be resolved, involving, for example, "honour killings" and revenge murders stemming from Albanian village rivalries.

Increasingly, police have to travel overseas to trace suspects, liaise with foreign forces and speak to the families of people killed in Britain. The result is that murder cases are becoming more complicated for investigators, more expensive for police forces and more time-consuming for the courts. ...

The figures obtained by The Times relate only to Greater London. Other forces contacted said that they did not compile such data or would release figures only through the freedom of information process. But there is growing evidence that new immigrants to Britain are killing and being killed. ...

There is evidence in police budgets of the increased workload of dealing with crimes committed by foreigners. Chief constables are having to pay more for the services of interpreters and translators. With spending at £9.7 million, Scotland Yard is £1 million over budget for interpreters.

The figures from Scotland Yard cannot be presented with scientific certainty as proof of a definite trend. They exclude killings being investigated by the Metropolitan Police's Child Abuse Investigation Command and by the Operation Trident team which handles gun crime in the black community. Nor do the figures suggest any migrant-fuelled wave of killings.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
Jenny Barchfield and John Leicester
Associated Press, 30 November 2007

French officials point to a host of causes – poverty, unemployment, the influence of criminal gangs – for riots that erupted this week.

But there's one taboo issue that officially colorblind France has been unable to confront: race.

The violence, like riots that spread nationwide for three weeks in exposed how parts of France have divided along color lines, with blacks and Arabs trapped in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods – like Villiers-le-Bel, in the northern suburbs of Paris, where gangs attacked police and burned cars and buildings this week.

"Among the rioters, the very large majority come from immigrant backgrounds," said Douhane Mohamed, a police commander. "Why? We mustn't kid ourselves: there is a direct link between urban violence and ghettos, and the majority of people with immigrant roots live in ghettos."

France does not like to see its recurrent, and some say worsening, bouts of urban violence through the prism of race or color. Rioters are often described simply as "youths," while poor projects with large concentrations of immigrants are "sensitive urban zones."

In the name of equality, France has so idealized the melting pot that it has made its minorities invisible – on paper at least. The country does not compile statistics on the foreign-born or their French-born children. France, a nation of 60 million people, has the largest Muslim community in western Europe but does not know how many Muslims live here. The number is estimated at about 5 million – though some experts disagree. ...

Few residents condone the violence and many condemn it – but no one seems surprised that it broke out.

"Everyone is equal. That is what is written. But behind that is something else," said Hassan Ben M'Barek, spokesman for Suburbs Respect, a group that lobbies for those who live in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

In some such areas of the Paris region, "there are no white French people left in the streets. You can drive around for two or three hours and all you will see are North Africans and blacks. And these are neighborhoods with enormous problems," he added. "Those who have the means to leave the projects are white, and they leave. There's no more ethnic diversity." ...

The trigger for the rioting was the deaths last Sunday of two teens whose motorcycle crashed with a police car. Lakamy Samoura, 15 and Mohsin Sehhouli, 16, weren't wearing helmets and their bike was not authorized for public roads.

Police insisted the crash was accidental, but kids in the neighborhood didn't believe it. The deaths became an excuse for two nights of rioting in which more than 100 police officers were injured, some by shotgun rounds.

Tellingly, neither of the teens will be buried in France, although both were French. Mohsin's parents are taking his body to Morocco; Lakamy will be buried in Senegal, from where his parents emigrated in 1966. ...

Since the violence of 2005, France has earmarked billions of dollars for programs to improve housing and create jobs in tough neighborhoods. The government says that its newest "equal opportunities" program will be unveiled Jan. 22.

But it was hard to see among the burned out cars and blackened moods in Villiers that much has changed.

"The only thing they (the government) have done is build that police station," said Frank Dosso, a black 16-year-old, referring to a $7 million police station under construction in Villiers. "But that's not going to last long."
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MULTICULTURALISM – RELIGION
Writer's speech 'too Christian' for carol service
Jonathan Petre
Daily Telegraph, 29 November 2007

The Royal Commonwealth Society was at the centre of an embarrassing row yesterday after it barred a well-known Roman Catholic commentator from attacking intolerance towards Christians at its annual carol service.

Cristina Odone, the former deputy editor of the New Statesman, was to be one of the "celebrity readers" at the service in St Martin in the Fields church in central London next month, which is attended by diplomats and politicians.

But she has pulled out of the event, accusing the society of demonstrating exactly the kind of intolerance she had planned to criticise.

"I am incandescent," she said. "I was told that the words I had written were not appropriate because the congregation would include people of little or no faith who presumably would be upset. Even more insultingly, I was asked instead to read a passage from Bertrand Russell, a militant atheist."

Ms Odone was invited three months ago to take part in the service alongside George Alagiah, the broadcaster, Gareth Thomas, the Government minister, and Don McKinnon, the Commonwealth Secretary General.

As an experienced writer and broadcaster on religion, she was asked to write a short piece on the theme of "opportunities for all" that could be "political and controversial".

She developed the theme of secular intolerance towards believers of all faiths, from the British Airways workers suspended for wearing a cross to the Muslim schoolgirl banned from wearing the veil. ...

Stuart Mole, the director-general of the society, an educational charity that promotes the Commonwealth and whose patron is the Queen, told her the script was not acceptable. ...

Mr Mole said he was "deeply sorry" Ms Odone felt unable to participate in the service but the tone of her script was too polemical for a "multi-faith" carol service.
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NATIONAL IDENTITY
Anger over Morrissey's immigration comments
Aislinn Simpson
Daily Telegraph, 29 November 2007

Morrissey, the outspoken former Smiths singer, has found himself at the centre of a row after comments about immigration and its impact on British identity in a magazine interview.

The star reportedly told NME, the music magazine, that Britain had suffered an "immigration explosion", adding that "England is a memory now". He was reported as telling NME reporter Tim Jonze: "The gates are flooded and anybody can have access to England and join in."

According to the magazine, the singer - who lives in Rome - said while he didn't have anything against people from other countries, "the higher the influx into England, the more the British identity disappears". "Other countries have held on to their basic identity, yet it seems to me that England was thrown away."

He said while immigration does enrich British identity it meant saying goodbye to "the Britain you once knew". ...

Merck Mercuriadis, Morrissey's manager, accused NME of a "poorly thought out and terribly executed attempt at character assassination" of the 48-year-old.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
Immigration at Record Level, Analysis Finds
Julia Preston
New York Times, 29 November 2007

Immigration over the past seven years was the highest for any seven-year period in American history, bringing 10.3 million new immigrants, more than half of them without legal status, according to an analysis of census data released today by the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington.

One in eight people living in the United States is an immigrant, the survey found, for a total of 37.9 million people – the highest level since the 1920s. ...

A large proportion of recent immigrants, both legal and illegal, are low-skilled workers and about one-third of those have not completed high school, giving them significantly less education than Americans born in the United States, according to the study, which is based on census data as recent as March of this year. ...

About 30 percent of all immigrants and their children lack health insurance, Mr. Camarota reports, compared with 13 percent of native-born Americans. One of every three uninsured people in the country is an immigrant or a young American-born child with at least one immigrant parent, he found. Immigrant families account for almost three-quarters of the increase in the uninsured in the past 15 years, he concludes.

Immigrants are employed at higher rates than Americans, according to the survey. But because of their low educational levels, many work in low-paying, entry-level jobs that do not provide health insurance or other benefits.

"Immigrants have had an enormous impact on the lack of health insurance," Mr. Camarota said. "If we are going to have a debate about health insurance, we should recognize that most of the growth in the uninsured comes from recently arrived immigrants and their American-born kids." ...

Mr. Camarota's analysis suggests why illegal immigration has become the source of contention in many states. The majority of immigrants arriving in recent years are from Mexico and Central America, and more than half of them are illegal.

The states that have received the largest numbers of the new immigrants are also states where immigration has been hotly debated. After five states that have been high on the immigration list for decades – California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey and Texas – those receiving the most new immigrants included Arizona, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The analysis confirms earlier estimates of about 11.3 million illegal immigrants in this country. ...

Mr. Camarota found that about one-third of immigrant families receive some kind of public assistance. The services were mainly food stamps and Medicaid associated with care for their American children, he found. The majority of children in immigrant families, whether the parents are legal or illegal, were born in the United States and so are American citizens.




Report by the Center for Immigration Studies (pdf)

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/national/CIS1128ImmigStat
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POPULATION – IMMIGRATION
UK population could swell to 108m by 2081
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 28 November 2007

Britain's population could almost double to more than 100 million by 2081, figures showed yesterday.

The extraordinary estimate was issued by the Office for National Statistics as a House of Lords committee heard evidence of the growing impact of immigration on schools and hospitals. One teachers' leader said some schools were "struggling to cope" with the influx.

The ONS's central forecasts are that the population will rise to 71 million in 2031 and to 85 million in 2081, but if birth rates grow more quickly than expected, immigration remains high and people live longer this could reach 108 million - almost twice today's 60 million.

Sir Andrew Green, of Migrationwatch, said: "These projections are a sharp reminder of what could well happen if [ministers] continue to fail to bring a halt to the mass immigration which they have stimulated."
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EXTREMISM
Warning of college extremism
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 28 November 2007

Universities are in danger of becoming "breeding grounds for violent extremism" unless academics challenge hard-line views among students, the Government warned last night.

Students should be encouraged to debate controversial topics, such as the motives behind suicide bombers, to stop those with radical beliefs disappearing underground, said Bill Rammell, the higher education minister.

He also suggested that in the interests of free speech radical lecturers should be allowed to argue that suicide bombers are "justified".

Addressing the Fabian Society in London, he denied that dons were being asked to "spy" on Muslim students. But he claimed that universities which failed to confront extremism were effectively tolerating "those who incite or carry out violence in the name of abhorrent views".
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IMMIGRATION – POPULATION
Waking up to the reality of migration
Daily Mail, 27 November 2007

In 2004, when the EU was enlarged to include Poland, the Baltic states and six other countries, the Government gave a glib assurance that no more than 13,000 immigrants would settle in Britain each year.

They said the effect on our public services would be negligible.

Today new research obtained by the Daily Mail demonstrates what an absurd and smug underestimate it really was.

The Office for National Statistics estimates 13,000 as the number of babies born in UK hospitals this year to Polish mothers alone.

Figures compiled for the Institute for Public Policy Research show 240,000 Polish, Czech, Slovak and Lithuanian children have been registered at British schools since EU enlargement.

The total of Eastern European migrants who have settled here since enlargement is now put at between 700,000 and a million. It is not just schools but also housing, health and transport services which are creaking under the strain.

November has been a baleful month for the Government. The Northern Rock fiasco, followed by the news that Customs and Revenue had mislaid the personal details of 25 million people, has badly jolted Gordon Brown's reputation as a competent manager.

But Labour's failure to predict the dramatic population increase has not been due to incompetence. It has been due to a combination of complacency and reckless irresponsibility.

Britain could have delayed the rights of citizens from the Eastern Bloc to work in this country for up to seven years. Most other EU countries took this sensible measure to allow their labour markets and infrastructure time to adjust to the influx.

But Labour made a political decision to allow unhindered employment and settlement rights from the start.

The decision was rooted in a muddleheaded desire to avoid being seen as racist and a belief that the economy would benefit from an injection of new workers.

The Government is gradually realising the enormity of that error and has restricted the working rights of people from the two new EU accession countries - Romania and Bulgaria - until 2009.

While this is a welcome step, it does nothing to address the pressures being created by the immigrants already here.

It is time for the Government to stop hoping the problem will simply go away and start addressing it with honesty and urgency. They must first stop branding as racist anyone who debates the issue.

The East Europeans who have come here are overwhelmingly decent and hard- working but a population increase of a million in such a short time demands attention and planning.

Without it, health and education services in large areas of the country may soon find themselves at breaking point.
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MULTICULTURALISM – EDUCATION
Foreign children 'pushing schools to breaking point'
Victoria Thake
Daily Telegraph, 26 November 2007

An influx of migrant children is changing the culture of schools and pushing some to "breaking point", the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) will claim this week.

Some schools do not have the resources to cope with scores of school-age children arriving in the UK from eastern Europe with a poor grasp of the English language and customs, a Government inquiry will be told. ...

While head teachers emphasised that immigrant children should be welcomed into schools, the NAHT claims many head teachers are concerned they do not have the money to cope with such large numbers. ...

Figures compiled by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a think-tank, show that about 240,000 under-19s have moved to Britain from Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Slovakia in recent years.
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EXTREMISM – MULTICULTURALISM
An attack that displays a crucial lack of political skill
Damian Thompson
Daily Telegraph, 26 November 2007

One wonders what the millions of Christians persecuted by Islamic terrorists and governments will make of the Archbishop of Canterbury's interview with a Muslim lifestyle magazine. If they are looking for a condemnation of Islamic violence, they will be disappointed.

Dr Rowan Williams is "surprised" by the way Pakistani Muslims perceive local Christians as "deeply threatening". He feels that the Muslim world should be ready to acknowledge that "their present political solutions aren't always very impressive" and that they should consider learning from "classical liberal democracy". And that's it.

The rest of the interview is given over to attacking the United States and "Christian Zionists" - hardly a bold stance in a Muslim magazine. ...

If the Archbishop feels that America has lost the moral high ground since September 11, then he is entitled to say so; many churchgoers will agree, and warmly endorse his suggestion that the United States should recover that ground by launching "a generous and intelligent programme of aid". ...

What this interview also displays, however, is a much more worrying confusion about the nature of radical Islam. Christians in Indonesia, Africa and the Middle East are being beaten, imprisoned, tortured and killed in the name of Allah. Moderate Muslims in Britain desperately need to be made aware of this situation.

And what has the Archbishop of Canterbury given them? Yet another sermon on the evils of Yankee imperialism.
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IMMIGRATION – POPULATION
The Polish baby boom: Fears for NHS and schools as 1,000 Polish children are born EVERY month
James Slack
Daily Mail, 26 November 2007

Hospitals and schools are struggling to cope with a huge influx of Eastern European children, new figures show.

The number of Polish babies born in UK hospitals has almost quadrupled since the 2004 EU expansion.

On current trends, there will be more than 13,000 such births this year, costing the NHS more than £20million.

In addition, more than 240,000 Eastern European children have arrived in Britain's schools - with head teachers warning that some are now close to breaking point. ...

Figures compiled by the Institute for Public Policy Research think-tank show there are some 170,000 children from Poland, 30,400 from Lithuania, 28,700 from Slovakia and 12,900 from the Czech Republic.

The total is six times the Government's best estimate, which is based on the number of Eastern Europeans who arrive in the UK with dependent children.

But experts say parents who arrive alone are sending for their children once they are settled and see that free schooling is available.

The problem is being compounded by the surge in the number of Polish babies.

It is an inevitable consequence of the influx of up to a million Poles - the vast majority of them Roman Catholics in their 20s - since their former Soviet Bloc country joined the EU.

By living and working in the UK, they are fully entitled to free healthcare and an NHS birth.

Figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics reveal there were 1,392 births to Polish mothers in 2003, the year before EU expansion.

This rose to 1,830 the following year. It almost doubled to 3,403 in 2005 and jumped again to 6,620 in 2006. If the trend continues, the number of babies born this year will be around 13,000.

At an average cost per birth of £1,578, the bill to taxpayers will top £20million. ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch UK, said: 'This is proof of the extent of the pressure of immigration on our maternity wards.

"The Government keeps insisting Poles are young, healthy and single, but obviously that is not going to continue for ever, as these figures indicate."

The rising number of births to Eastern European migrants, not just Poles, compounds existing pressures on NHS maternity care.

A group of senior doctors warned last month that mothers and babies are dying as a direct result of staff shortages.

They called for the urgent appointment of thousands more midwives and consultants.
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BIAS
Mirror pays out over lobby group slur
Stephen Brook
The Guardian, 26 November 2007

The Daily Mirror has agreed to pay costs and damages to Migrationwatch UK, after star columnist Brian Reade compared the lobby group to the Nazi party and the Ku Klux Klan.

In today's paper the Mirror apologised to the organisation's head, Sir Andrew Green, and said it had agreed to pay damages after Reade's column on September 13. ...

"We accept that the allegations were untrue," the paper said in an apology on page 18 today.
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POPULATION – IMMIGRATION
Forecasters warn of 90m UK population
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 25 November 2007

The population of the United Kingdom could soar to 90 million by the middle of the century, Government statisticians will reveal this week.

Such an increase, driven by immigration and a rising birthrate, would add 50 per cent to today's population.

It would be the equivalent of building a city the size of Sheffield every year and would put extreme pressure on housing, transport and public services. ...

Earlier this month, the Government Actuary's Department (GAD) published data - first revealed in The Sunday Telegraph - showing how the population is likely to grow over coming decades. Its central forecast, known as the "principal projection", was that the number of residents could rise to 71.1 million by 2031 and 78.6 million by 2056.

This week the GAD will reveal "variant projections", including high and low figures, showing the range of possible outcomes if three key factors - net migration, birthrate and average lifespan - are higher or lower than anticipated.

Using calculations based on data already disclosed by the GAD, statisticians have been able to determine in advance the figures likely to be released on Tuesday.

In 2031, the GAD is expected to say, the UK population will be between 66 and 75 million. In 2056, it will be between 66 and 90 million. ...

The GAD's forecasts are used in Whitehall to plan public spending, but its previous projections have proved far too low.
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ENVIRONMENT
Green Belt disappearing under bricks and mortar
Patrick Sawer
Sunday Telegraph, 25 November 2007

An area of Green Belt land the size of central London has been concreted over the past 10 years.

Now major companies and institutions are lobbying for thousands more acres of countryside to be turned over to housing. ...

The Government has backed many of the proposals, to the alarm of rural campaigners.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) said the new figures, which are much higher than previously thought, revealed that the health of the Green Belt was under serious threat in some of the most congested parts of the country.

The data from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), show that four square miles of Green Belt has been lost to development each year since 1997. ...

South Bedfordshire District Council has been told by ministers to find space for 26,000 new homes in the Luton area by 2021 and a further 15,700 by 2031. About 75 per cent of these would need to be built on the Green Belt.
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MULTICULTURALISM – POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Oh no it isn't!
Chris Hastings and Stephanie Plentl
Sunday Telegraph, 25 November 2007

Welcome to British pantomime, 2007. The centuries-old tradition of a Christmas romp is transforming under pressure from political correctness.

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Traditional favourites, such as Robinson Crusoe and Sinbad, have been all but abandoned by producers who fear that the depiction of "natives" and "cannibals" will cause offence on race grounds. ...

Instead, audiences are being offered revamped versions of such favourites as Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk, which now carry loaded messages on school bullying, waste recycling and gay rights.

Cinderella is not the only festive favourite to be infected by political correctness. ... Those versions of Robinson Crusoe that have survived tend to have the eponymous hero befriended by the pirates, rather than politically incorrect natives. The character of Man Friday is more likely to be white than black. ...

The changes have infuriated panto veterans. Norman Robbins, an actor and director who was also Britain's most prolific contemporary writer of panto, quit the business in 2005 because of "undue interference". He said: "Political correctness, which, to my mind, is absolute stupidity, is doing a lot of damage. ..."

The consequence of this cautious climate is that audiences are left with a narrower range of productions to choose from. Tony Gibbs, the chief executive of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association, which has more than 2,500 members, said the ever-sensitive issue of race was encouraging the organisation's members to "play safe". ...

Many panto performers are now beginning to censor themselves. Tudor Davies, a veteran writer, director and actor, said: "Aladdin is becoming one of the hardest ones to do because of Abanazar's role as an Arab villain. I know some actors in the role are even wary of generating too many boos, because of the race issue."

Tommy Cannon, one half of the Cannon and Ball comedy duo, is appearing in Jack and the Beanstalk this year at Hull. "You are getting to the stage where you are frightened to do anything as a joke," he said. ...
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CRIME – EMPLOYMENT
Illegal immigrants still in security posts
Daily Telegraph, 24 November 2007

Illegal immigrants are not having their licences for security jobs withdrawn even after they have been identified, figures suggested yesterday.

Hundreds of known illegal workers have not yet been suspended or removed from the Security Industry Authority's [SIA] register. ...

On Nov 13 the Home Secretary said a review had identified 1,380 individuals who did not appear to have the right to work. However, updated figures released by the SIA on its website this week show that it has only revoked or suspended some 700 licences since it began operating in 2004.
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EMPLOYMENT
NEW MIGRANT JOBS MADNESS
Tom Whitehead
Sunday Express, 23 November 2007

Employers will break race relations laws if they refuse to consider foreigners for jobs, even if the candidates do not speak English, the Home Office warned yesterday.

And any job applicant, including British candidates, will be treated as a potential illegal immigrant and have to prove they have a right to work in the UK.

The warnings came as ministers announced that employers who hire illegal immigrants will face £10,000 fines for every unauthorised worker.

Critics fear that the penalties will hit small firms and families who employ nannies and do not have the experience to spot fake documents.

The warnings were contained in race relations guidance issued yesterday alongside the Government's new offensive to tackle illegal workers.

It comes two weeks after it emerged that 5,000 illegal migrants had been cleared to work as security guards.

The Home Office document said: "Indirect discrimination means imposing a condition or requirement which applies equally to everyone, but is harder for people from particular racial groups to satisfy and which cannot be justified.

"For example, it would be discriminatory to ask for a very high standard of English when the job does not require this, or to reject an applicant who has an unfamiliar accent."

Shane Brennan, spokesman for the Association of Convenience Stores, said: "Being able to communicate with customers in English is a vitally important requirement in business."

The document also suggested the safest way to avoid discrimination when checking if an applicant is an illegal immigrant is to check everyone.

It means British applicants will have to prove who they are by showing a passport or birth certificate.
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MULTICULTURALISM – POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Why did the police want to censor me?
David Henshaw
Daily Telegraph, 20 November 2007

... Twenty years ago, Avon and Somerset police were full of praise for our undercover exposé: at last, people could see what they were up against, that racism wasn't the invention of an oversensitive race relations industry. How naïve we were to imagine that such a sensible reaction would follow the broadcast of Dispatches: Undercover Mosque.

When the film was first shown, local politicians in the West Midlands were understandably horrified. The police went to court to obtain an order to go through our rushes, convinced there was enough to investigate a possible breach of the law, including the encouragement of terrorism. We said they were wasting their time - what we had filmed was offensive, but we couldn't see that it broke any laws. It was just plain nasty, and clearly at odds with Green Lane Mosque's supposed commitment to moderation. This was the job of investigate journalism - to expose what was really going on, rather than what we were told was going on.

So it was no great surprise that we heard nothing for months. We assumed it had all gone away. What we really didn't expect was a press statement out of the blue from West Midlands Police and the Crown Prosecution Service saying that not only did the featured imams have no case to answer, but that they had turned their attention on us. They had considered prosecuting us for inciting racial hatred, but decided that there wasn't quite enough evidence, so had referred the case to Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator.

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So what was the police's intervention about? Why did the police and the CPS feel entitled to act as television critics and, in effect, as potential censors of what we could watch? Clues to the motive, I think, lie in the slightly sinister phrase "community cohesion". Anil Patani, the Assistant Chief Constable who reported the programme to Ofcom, is in charge of "cohesion" in the West Midlands force. ... ...

The lingering suspicion must be that here was a police force over-anxious to placate local "community leaders" - and that those efforts took precedence over protecting free speech.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPE
Migrants gather for assault on EU's own iron curtain
Harry de Quetteville
Daily Telegraph, 19 November 2007

Ukraine has become the latest battleground for illegal migrants desperate to get to Britain as the European Union expands its borders ever eastward.

A military barracks in the town of Chop has become home to Lebanese, Iraqis, Moldovans, Russians and others desperate to cross the frontier into the EU.

For them, the promised land is agonisingly close.

The border with Hungary, and with it the EU, is just a few hundred yards to the south. To the west, the EU frontier between Ukraine and Slovakia is no more than a couple of miles away. Only a couple of dozen miles north, Ukraine borders Poland.

However, according to the authorities in Ukraine, the unwilling residents in Chop aren't aiming for Hungary, Slovakia or Poland as their final destination.

"They all want to get to Western Europe. Many want to go to England," said a senior officer at the camp, who requested anonymity because of military rules.

For the moment, that trip to Western Europe is a fraught journey across well guarded borders. On Dec 21 however, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland are all set to join the EU's borderless Schengen zone. Within its frontiers, border controls will be abolished. ...

While frontier posts are being torn down within the new Schengen zone, controls are being dramatically enhanced at its eastern edge.
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EMPLOYMENT
Mass migration 'forcing Britons to take less secure jobs'
Lewis Carter
Daily Telegraph, 19 November 2007

British workers are being forced to take less secure jobs because of mass migration, an influential economist has said.

An influx of foreign workers has damaged job security by increasing the number of temporary and short-term posts, said Professor David Blanchflower, a member of the interest-rate setting Monetary Policy Committee. He said the trend was leading to stagnation in long-term growth, with employers using migrants to avoid permanent contract costs such as pension contributions.

Shops, pubs, restaurants and other parts of the service sector are now almost entirely staffed by migrant workers, Prof Blanchflower claimed. ...

Employment figures reported yesterday show that the number of temporary workers in the UK has risen by 12 per cent in the past year, from 355,000 to 400,000. The number of permanent jobs created over the same period is a little over 1,000. The professor's concerns came to light as unemployment continues to rise, with official figures showing that the number of unemployed people increased by 6,000 between July and September to 1.67 million.
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EMPLOYMENT
Minister admits 'British' plan for job training is open to all
Stephen Adams
Daily Telegraph, 19 November 2007

Gordon Brown's pledge of "British jobs for British workers" appeared to be unravelling last night after a minister admitted that new training places intended to help the home-grown workforce will go to foreigners.

John Denham, the Skills Secretary, indicated that foreign workers would be eligible for schemes that had been publicised as a way to ensure British workers could compete better against immigrants.

Some of the seven and a half million training places - announced last Friday - would go to foreign nationals, Mr Denham conceded. ...

Mr Denham's admission came after the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills confirmed that many training places would be equally open to foreigners.

European Union citizens are entitled to take up Modern Apprenticeships, courses at further education colleges and a range of skills-based courses. Asylum seekers and those granted leave to remain are also able to take up Entry to Employment courses.
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IMMIGRATION
500,000: Record number of foreigners who settled here last year. 200,000: The number of Britons who decided to quit the country
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2007

Britain is experiencing unprecedented levels of immigration with more than half a million foreigners arriving to live here in a single year, figures showed yesterday.

Last year, 510,000 foreign migrants came to the UK to stay for at least 12 months, according to the Office for National Statistics. At the same time 400,000 people, more than half of whom were British, emigrated.

An exodus on this scale - amounting to one British citizen leaving the country every three minutes - has not been seen in the UK for almost 50 years.

Overall in 2006, there were a record 591,000 new arrivals. Only 14 per cent of these were Britons coming home.

It is the first time the number of foreign migrants has topped half a million and the statistics do not include hundreds of thousands of east Europeans who have arrived to work in Britain in the past two years. This is because most say they are coming for less than 12 months and do not show up as long-term immigrants. The figures suggest that only one sixth of the long term immigrants were from the states which joined the EU in 2004.

The biggest influx was from the New Commonwealth - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - with more than 200,000 migrants.

Since Labour came to power in 1997, nearly four million foreign nationals have come to Britain and 1.6 million have left. Over the same period, 1.8 million Britons have left, but only 979,000 have returned. ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the pressure group Migrationwatch, said: "Two thirds of yet another record level of arrivals come from outside the EU.

"They could and should be subject to much tighter controls." ...

The difference of around three million between the emigration of British nationals and immigration of foreigners represents a five per cent turnover of the population in 10 years.

Previous immigrations did not exceed one per cent over 50 years.

This significant turnaround in population has inevitably changed its ethnic composition.

Over the past 20 years, the white British population has decreased slightly while the number of ethnic-minority Britons has doubled.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
America's new citizens taking a tougher line on illegal immigrants
Toby Harnden
Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2007

Minutes after taking the Pledge of Allegiance, new American citizens are urged to register as voters by Democratic activists, who see them as natural party supporters who could hold the key to the presidential election next year.

But with increasing illegal immigration threatening the economy and security of the United States, many legal immigrants anxious to uphold the laws of their adopted country are moving towards the more hard-line immigration stance of Republicans. Even in California's Democrat-controlled San Diego, sizeable numbers of America's newly-minted potential voters said that illegal immigrants should be penalised rather than given an easy route to citizenship as most Democrats advocate. ...

With the number of illegal aliens in the US estimated at anything between eight and 20 million, out of a population of around 303 million, how to deal with the problem is becoming an explosive political issue in the campaign. ...

Previously new citizens could be relied upon to vote Democratic by a ratio of up to 10 to one. But in San Diego this week there were indications that this could be changing.
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MULTICULTURALISM – EDUCATION
Harry Mount
Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2007

The other big book in the news in America is The Closing of the American Mind, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. For a fairly dry work by a then unknown academic, Allan Bloom, it was a huge hit, selling millions and topping the bestseller lists for months.

Bloom's depressing argument was that relativism, grade inflation, minority rights, celebrity culture and fear of offending those who fail had brought an utter collapse in standards in American universities.

Reading the book now, it seems as true as ever. The only thing that jars is when Bloom compares American higher education unfavourably with its European counterpart.

In 1987, he thought that the old standards were still being preserved across the Atlantic - here, and on the Continent. ...

If Bloom were alive today, he'd be sorely disappointed by his old icons. All the diseases he had diagnosed in America are fully entrenched over here. The British mind is also shutting up shop.
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EMPLOYMENT
Immigrants push workers to record
Daily Telegraph, 15 November 2007

The number of people in work has risen to the highest level on record, due largely to the influx of immigrants.

Official figures showed total employment rose 69,000 over the quarter to September, to 29.2m, while the claimant count of unemployment fell 9,900 in October to 824,800.

But in a sign the labour market is expanding fast due to immigration, the number of unemployed also rose by 6,000 to 1.67m.
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IMMIGRATION – EMPLOYMENT
The right to sell labour: There can be a coherent strategy for immigration [1]
Peter Wilby
New Statesman, 15 November 2007

There is no longer, I think it is fair to say, a coherent left position on immigration. In principle, the left ought to favour it. Millions of people across the world - in Africa, eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent - own nothing of marketable value except their labour. Why should they be prohibited from selling it freely?

No matter how much we give to Oxfam, the most effective way of helping poor people in developing countries is to welcome them here. The life expectancy of a Ugandan baby who moves to London rises instantly by some 45 years. Remittances from migrant workers are worth far more to many developing countries than foreign aid or investment, with the bonus that the money reaches ordinary families rather than corrupt rulers. In Moldova, remittances account for 38 per cent of the economy.

But what of social justice in our own country? Employers demanding cheap and pliable labour are the biggest beneficiaries of inward migration. As the Labour MP and former Blair aide Jon Cruddas puts it, migration has become "a key driver in tacitly de-regulating the labour market" and creating a "flexible", low-wage economy. It's poor Britons who have to adjust to migrants, facing not only competition for jobs and houses but also pressure on public services, such as state schools, which are vital to disadvantaged families. All this has led to liberal fears, most cogently expressed by David Goodhart, editor of Prospect, that migration will damage the social solidarity and cohesion on which support for the welfare state depends.

The left pressure group Compass, with Migrants' Rights Network, has just published an attempt to grapple with these dilemmas (Towards a Progressive Immigration Policy, edited by Don Flynn and Zoe Williams). The contributors reach two broad conclusions. First, most attempts to restrict immigration lead only to further injustices. Second, most "problems" attributed to immigration are created by an anxious, insecure, unequal society. As Neal Lawson, the Compass chair, puts it, they will be cured "when we replace the market state with the social state".
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IMMIGRATION – EMPLOYMENT
The right to sell labour: There can be a coherent strategy for immigration [2]
Peter Wilby
New Statesman, 15 November 2007

The second point perhaps appears utopian; Cruddas's Dagenham constituents might observe they're not going to be living in a social state any time soon. The first point, however, is crucial. What no politician admits is that, in the 21st century, migration is nigh impossible to stop. It was difficult 20 years ago when east European states had armed guards and barbed wire to stop people leaving - and the west joyously welcomed asylum seekers as vindication for its way of life. Now there is too much legitimate movement of people and goods across borders for any state to have much hope of restricting what is deemed to be illegitimate. Poor people want work, rich employers want labour. One finds its way to the other as surely as the river finds its way to the sea. And if our welfare is the draw, why does America find it so hard to keep out Mexicans?

So trying to control borders leads to more illegal or undocumented migrants. They are unlikely to contact the authorities to complain about wages below the minimum, illegal working conditions, arbitrary dismissal or any of the things British workers wouldn't tolerate. They become a labour reserve that undercuts indigenous labour. Nor are they likely to pay taxes.

Controls and other measures to discourage immigration, far from protecting UK workers, compound the injustices done to them as well as to migrants themselves. As Bernard Ryan, a law lecturer at Kent University and a contributor to the Compass publication, points out, work permits inhibit a migrant's right to resign and seek alternative jobs while restrictions on access to social benefits leave migrants facing destitution if they don't accept whatever work is offered. No wonder employers prefer migrants to British workers.

Most proposals for controlling immigration are based on keeping out the riff-raff, but exempting those with valuable skills in, say, medicine. This leaves poorer countries with the expense of educating professionals but none of the benefits. According to the World Bank, Grenada has to train 22 doctors to keep just one. This policy, if successful, would trap the global poor in countries that would become more economically and socially impoverished than ever.

Regulated immigration - which nearly all politicians say they favour -is fine, as long as it doesn't mean heavily restricted immigration, which simply leads to more unregulated immigration. The best place for regulation is in the workplace. Migrants would not be so attractive to employers if minimum wages and conditions were enforced. Nor would migrants be so keen to come here if working conditions in their countries, often determined by multinationals and their suppliers, were improved. It is on those principles that the left should make its stand.
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CRIME – EMPLOYMENT
'10,000 working illegally' in security
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 14 November 2007

Up to 10,000 foreign nationals could be working illegally in the security industry, the Home Secretary indicated yesterday. The figure is double the previous estimate.

Jacqui Smith told MPs that officials were still trying to find out the scale of the fiasco but, despite accusations from the Conservatives of "blunder, panic and cover-up", she denied trying to conceal the problem.

The latest controversy to hit the Home Office centres on the disclosure that sensitive security installations were being guarded by illegal immigrants. They were licensed to work by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), a government agency that checks whether they have a criminal record.

Miss Smith said that 40,000 non-EEA (European Economic Area) nationals had been licensed since the SIA started work four years ago. Many work as doormen, bouncers and private security guards but some were even employed by contractors providing guards for the Metropolitan Police. So far, 6,000 have been checked and 77 per cent were entitled to work in Britain. ...

The SIA became aware of the problem in April when it found that 44 foreign nationals, including 12 guarding Metropolitan Police sites, were working illegally. ...

Further checks found more illegal workers and by July, Miss Smith was informed of the problem by officials. Instead of telling MPs, she called for further research and agreed to keep the matter under wraps.
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CRIME – EMPLOYMENT
Scandal rooted in the failure of border controls
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 14 November 2007

Labour, wittingly or not, lost control of the borders in 1997 and allowed hundreds of thousands of people into the country with no obvious right to be here. Many claimed asylum but at least 400,000 who were turned down are still here. There could be a similar number of illegals who arrived in the backs of lorries but nobody knows.

It is up to employers, not the SIA, whose sole job is to check criminal records, to discover a prospective employee's immigration status. If they give work to an illegal immigrant, it is then up to the Government to prosecute them.

But few cases are brought and ministerial promises to get on top of the problem are just so much bluster.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS
Politicians aren't making economic sense
Irwin Stelzer
Daily Telegraph, 14 November 2007

Immigration is another area of muddle. There are 600,000 known job vacancies, while millions of sensible potential British workers, the very ones for whom the Prime Minister wants to create British jobs, have become layabouts. Or, to use the technical jargon, economically inactive. Some are physically unable to work. But for millions who have joined the lists of the disabled during this era of increasing health and longevity, and many of those of the dole, it would be irrational to work when the pay for staying home is better. ...

So the first step in forging a sensible immigration policy is to reduce the demand for immigrant labour by increasing the supply of British workers.

...

The second step would be to meet the legitimate complaints of the native population that is bearing the high social costs of immigration - crowded schools, overloaded health facilities and the like. Employers are getting a free ride: they have the benefit of often-cheaper foreign labour and pass on the social costs. Solution: employers to pay a fee equal to those costs for every immigrant hired, the proceeds to go to the affected community. Supplement that by raising the cost of employing illegal immigrants further - by jailing employers who knowingly hire them - and economic reason will have replaced some of the populist posturing that dominates debate about immigration policy.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS
Immigration officials got £7m bonus despite errors
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 13 November 2007

Immigration officials involved in a string of fiascos have been paid £7 million in bonuses, it emerged yesterday.

Staff at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home Office got nearly £2 million in bonuses last year alone.

In that year, the division was described as "not fit for purpose" by John Reid, then Home Secretary, after a series of blunders including the failure to deport hundreds of foreign prisoners held in UK jails.

Flawed data from the IND, now the Border and Immigration Agency, were blamed for the Government omitting 300,000 foreign-born workers from immigration figures given to Parliament last month. ...

In 2005-06, IND staff were paid £1,951,276 on top of their salaries. The previous year, the total was £1,967,989. In 2003-04, it was £1,650,451. And in 2002-03, officials got £1,334,164. ...

The figures were released in response to Parliamentary questions from Danny Alexander, the Liberal Democrat spokesman on work and pensions, who said the situation "defies common sense".
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CRIME – EMPLOYMENT
Smith 'kept migrants blunder a secret'
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 13 November 2007

Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, was last night accused of trying to conceal the fact that thousands of illegal immigrants had been authorised to work in sensitive government security posts.

Leaked emails showed that Ms Smith was told about the latest immigration fiasco as long ago as July. ...

Instead of informing MPs or the public about the potential security risk caused by her department, Ms Smith chose to keep the situation quiet, apparently planning to admit the embarrassing events only after an internal inquiry.

She acted after being advised by Home Office media officials that disclosing the problem would bring "significant criticism".
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CRIME – EMPLOYMENT
Security failure as illegal immigrants given guard jobs
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 12 November 2007

A new immigration fiasco hit the Government yesterday after it emerged that thousands of security guards have been working illegally in Britain, including one allegedly guarding the Prime Minister's car.

The Security Industry Authority, set up by the Home Office to vet doormen and security personnel, has failed to include a check on whether applicants were entitled to work in Britain.

The checks meant that an estimated 5,000 illegal immigrants have been employed on nightclub doors and in sensitive security posts, including six people who were working for the Metropolitan Police. ...

Set up three years ago, the SIA has issued around 250,000 licences, for workers whose responsibilities include guarding Whitehall offices, ports and airports.

Yesterday, the Home Office said it had asked for a review of all the licences issued before the problem came to light in July.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – PUBLIC OPINION
Restrictions call
Daily Telegraph, 12 November 2007

Eighty-one per cent of the public believe immigration in Britain should be cut substantially, according to a poll today, while 54 per cent dispute the Government's assertion that those coming into the country have helped the economy.

The research, carried out by YouGov for pressure group Migrationwatch, found 85 per cent of people thought that immigration was putting too much pressure on public services.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – DEPORTATION, ITALY
One EU law for all, except the EU
Christopher Booker
Sunday Telegraph, 11 November 2007

Next time you meet anyone who is happy for the European Union to make most of the laws by which we are governed (which, oddly, includes most of the people we elect to Parliament), ask them why the EU seems so keen that the rest of us should obey its laws while being all to ready to break them itself.

One of several recent episodes to highlight this has been the drama in Italy where, in response to a violent crime wave involving Romanian immigrants, the prime minister, Romano Prodi, has rushed through an emergency decree authorising the deportation of thousands of Romanians.

As the Italian police began rounding them up, knocking down the shanty towns in which many live, various people, including the head of Italy's National Magistrates Association, pointed out that Prodi's decree was in flagrant breach of EU law. Directive 2004/38 makes clear the EU countries can only deport each other's citizens on an individual case-by-case basis. Mass deportations are illegal.

What makes this even more remarkable is that, at the time this directive was issued by the European Commission, its president was none other than Mr Prodi himself. Fortunately for him, however, the EU's justice commissioner is his friend Franco Frattini, who promptly weighed in on Prodi's behalf by saying "what has to be done is simple. Go into a nomad camp in Rome and ask them: 'Can you tell me where you live?' If they say they do not know, take them and send them home to Romania. That is how the European directive works."
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EMPLOYMENT – MEDICINE
Priority for UK medics is unlawful
Rebecca Smith
Daily Telegraph, 10 November 2007

British-trained doctors cannot be given priority for training posts in the NHS over foreign medics, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.

It means junior doctors, who each cost the British taxpayer £250,000 to put through medical school, could miss out on training posts to doctors from overseas.

The court said guidance from the Department of Health that junior doctor training posts should be offered to overseas applicants only if no UK or European doctor was suitable was unlawful.

British junior doctors will now face even tougher competition for posts next year, with three candidates expected for every job.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Britain 'should adopt aspects of Islamic culture'
Alice Thomson and Rachel Sylvester
Daily Telegraph, 10 November 2007

British society would benefit from adopting aspects of Islamic culture such as arranged marriage, modesty and sexual restraint, the head of the Muslim Council of Britain says today.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari says that instead of emphasising the threat from al-Qa'eda, politicians should adopt positive aspects of the Muslim faith.

Restrictions on alcohol, tighter abortion laws, stricter parenting, charity and discouraging debt are among the traditions he believes could make Britain more content.

Dr Bari says politicians are creating a climate of fear over terrorism which is alienating many Muslims and undermining social cohesion.
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MULTICULTURALISM – EMPLOYMENT
Religious holidays for civil servants
Daily Telegraph, 10 November 2007

Civil servants will be allowed to take bank holidays on Muslim, Hindu or Sikh holy days instead of Christmas, it emerged yesterday.

Staff at the Department for Children, Schools and Families will be given the right to take eight statutory days off each year on the dates of their choice under new "cultural flexitime" arrangements.

The department's offices will still close on days like Christmas Day and Easter Monday, but the arrangements will mean that its 2,600 employees can work from home on those days, and use the equivalent time off to mark their own religious festivals.
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TERRORISM – PRISONS
Number of jailed terrorists 'will rise tenfold'
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 8 November 2007

The number of terrorists in prison in Britain is expected to rise by more than tenfold over the next 10 years.

Internal projections by the Prison Service suggest that the number of inmates held on terrorist offences will rise from 131 today to 1,600 by 2017.

About 1,300 of them will be Category A inmates, who require the highest level of security.

The startling figure emerged in evidence to the Home Affairs committee in a Prison Service briefing paper just days after Jonathan Evans, the director-general of MI5, said 2,000 terror suspects are under surveillance.

Such a rise would cause huge problems for the Prison Service, which is already struggling with a record population.

More prisons would have to be converted at great expense to deal with prisoners who represented a high security risk.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Al-Qa'eda recruiting children, says head of MI5
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 6 November 2007

Muslim children as young as 15 are being recruited by al-Qa'eda to wag "a campaign of terror" in Britain, the head of MI5 said yesterday.

Jonathan Evans used his first speech since taking over the security service to issue a warning that Islamists were "radicalising, indoctrinating and grooming young, vulnerable people to carry out acts of terrorism".

He said that MI5 had identified 2,000 individuals who posed a direct threat to national security and public safety but warned that the number of potential terrorists living in this country could run to 4,000.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – PRISONS
'Bribe' offered to foreign inmates
Daily Telegraph, 6 November 2007

A financial package given to foreign prisoners if they return home has been increased from £800 to £1,500 in an attempt to alleviate prison overcrowding, the Government has disclosed.

The money is being offered to inmates who apply by Dec 7 and have left by Jan 1, as the Home Office aims to remove 4,000 foreign offenders by the end of the year.
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POPULATION – HOUSING
Brown to signal a house-building boom
Andrew Porter and Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 6 November 2007

Gordon Brown will today announce a house-building drive, creating a series of "eco towns" across Britain.

Ministers will pledge to "unblock the planning system" in a race to build an extra 100 houses a day for the next 13 years to meet the growing demand for new homes.

Local communities trying to block the plans will be warned that they will be "letting down" future generations by opposing development. ...

Today's 100-homes-a-day plan will be in addition to existing construction plans.

Officials have calculated that the figure is necessary to fill the 35,000-house gap between existing annual construction levels of 185,000 new houses and the 220,000 new households that will be formed every year due to increasing immigration and family breakdown.
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IMMIGRATION – POLITICS
They made me an offer I had to refuse
Nigel Hastilow
Nigel Hastilow's blog, 6 November 2007

Amazing how powerful some names can be. Last Friday I mentioned Enoch Powell and suddenly all hell broke loose.

In an article supporting Tory leader David Cameron's remarks on how uncontrolled immigration would change the country, I mentioned that many people say "Enoch was right". ...

A Sunday newspaper put it on the front page and said I was an embarrassment to Cameron. It quoted various people calling for me to be sacked as Conservative parliamentary candidate for Halesowen and Rowley Regis.

The story was duly followed up by the BBC on Sunday. ...

Then the Conservative Party press office came on to me, closely followed by Caroline Spelman herself.

Caroline, the Chairman of the party, didn't mince her words. She was not happy. My political career was on the line. ...

I had made no mention of race. I said Powell was right to warn that unlimited immigration would change the country dramatically.

But "The Observer" injected race into the article in such a way as to imply that I was a racist who endorsed Enoch Powell's racism.

Not true but, as some journalists say, never let the facts get in the way of a good story. ...

I explained I had not written about race but about numbers. That immigration was a problem because Britain could not accommodate more and more people from overseas.

Then she cut to the chase. My political career would survive if I signed a press release drawn up by the party's chief spin doctor, Andy Coulson.

It included this sentence: "Although I did not - and do not - support Enoch Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' comments, I accept that some of the wording of my column was incredibly stupid."

It went on to talk about the importance of choosing one's language with care and apologising for any upset.

I was also required to submit any future articles for the Express & Star (or anywhere else) to the Conservative campaign headquarters before submitting them to the editor.

It was this, even more than the "incredibly stupid" line, that I couldn't stomach. If I'd agreed to this I could have stayed on as the candidate for Halesowen and Rowley Regis.

I was sorely tempted. You don't lightly throw away all those years working for the party and an opportunity to become an MP.

But I felt that if I were to agree to these demands I would lose not just my honour and integrity but my credibility as both a journalist and politician.

That's why I resigned. We agreed the licence I have as a journalist to speak freely is not compatible with a politician's responsibility to stay "on message". ...

What has kept me going, though, and gratified me is the enormous number of messages of support I have received from the constituency, the Black Country, Britain and, indeed, from around the world.
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IMMIGRATION – RACISM
Tory candidate quits amid 'racism' storm
Brendan Carlin
Daily Telegraph, 5 November 2007

A race row broke out yesterday between Labour and the Conservatives after a Tory candidate endorsed Enoch Powell's "Rivers of Blood" warning on immigration.

Nigel Hastilow, a candidate in a West Midlands seat, quit last night after senior party figures distanced themselves from his comments.

But Cabinet ministers seized on the remarks as a way of denting the Tory offensive on immigration. ...

Mr Hastilow, who was standing in Halesowen and Rowley Regis, resigned after an hour-long meeting with Caroline Spelman, the Tory party chairman.

He wrote in a local newspaper article that he agreed with former Tory MP Enoch Powell's warning in 1968 that uncontrolled immigration "would change our country irrevocably". "He was right. It has changed dramatically," he wrote.
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ASYLUM – POLITICS
'Cover-up' over £35m asylum centres that were never built
Robert Watts
Sunday Telegraph, 4 November 2007

Botched plans to detain thousands of asylum seekers in the depths of the countryside have wasted £35 million of taxpayers' money.

Officials at the Home Office have also been accused of a cover-up after scores of documents about the proposed centre disappeared.

Labour ministers originally planned to build four holding centres in rural areas five years ago. But the plans were shelved three years later after opposition from the Refugee Council, the Red Cross and thousands of local residents.

A report this week by the National Audit Office, the public spending watchdog, will for the first time lay bare the full cost to taxpayers of the ditched policy. It will announce on Thursday that ministers spent around £35 million on a proposed asylum centre in Oxfordshire alone - £10 million more than initially thought.
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IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
Controlling immigration is no longer in our power
Christopher Booker
Sunday Telegraph, 4 November 2007

Under EU law, we can do little to restrict the right of residence of anyone from the other 26 member states. We also have no power to restrict the entry of asylum seekers, since this too is an EU competence.

In short, we no longer have any control over easily the greatest number of would-be immigrants. But, Mr Cameron claimed, at least a Conservative government would insist that spouses of British residents coming from non-EU countries would have to be 21 and able to speak basic English. Even this, however - as he would realise if he studied EU directive 2004/38 - would be illegal discrimination.

So there is really very little Mr Cameron can honestly promise in the way of controlling immigration. He might also bear in mind Article 62 of the new EU treaty. This proposes to abolish any remaining controls "on persons, whatever their nationality, when crossing internal borders." In other words, once someone had got into any part of the EU, from Africa, Asia or anywhere else, we would have no way to stop them coming to Britain. When it comes to immigration control, I am afraid Mr Cameron will have to accept that it is game, set and match to our real government - the one which now rules us from Brussels.
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DIVERSITY
Councils urged to move groups of ethnic families into all-white estates
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 4 November 2007

Ethnic minority families will be moved in large groups on to "unwelcoming" all-white council estates under controversial guidelines from a Government agency.

The Housing Corporation claims that Asian or black tenants may be less likely to face racism if they are transferred in numbers.

The recommendation is included in a book of guidelines for councils and housing associations on how to create racial harmony. ...

The Housing Corporation, which hands out £2 billion a year of public money for the construction of new social housing, endorses the "group lettings" policy in a book of guidelines published this month, Community cohesion and housing - a good practice guide.

The book, published with the Chartered Institute for Housing, says that such measures may be needed "when a 'white' estate is unwelcoming to newcomers but has larger properties that should be accessible to all those in need".

The solution, it suggests, is to make an exception to the normal rules in order to ensure that "households from a particular minority move to the same area at about the same time".

The recommendation comes despite an admission by the book's authors, John Perry and Bob Blackaby, that white people already feel that housing allocation is biased against them.
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IMMIGRATION
Networks help Romanians dodge immigration controls
Gethin Chamberlain
Sunday Telegraph, 4 November 2007

A network of fixers is helping thousands of Romanians get into Britain, and avoid immigration restrictions, to work across the land.

Agencies in the capital Bucharest have disclosed how measures introduced by the Government to prevent Britain being invaded by workers from Romania, and neighbouring Bulgaria, are failing.

One British employment agent based in Bucharest told The Sunday Telegraph that the Government had no way of controlling migrant workers from the two new EU states, nor any way of knowing how many migrant workers were entering Britain from these countries.

Dominic Ryan, who runs the Premier Global agency and is also a director of the Romanian-British chamber of commerce, said: "Realistically, it is a nonsense. There are no restrictions on me sending anyone anywhere. I don't see how you can tell who is coming in. My understanding is that the facility does not exist to monitor or implement it."

The disclosure undermines government claims that only 8,945 people have entered Britain from Romania and Bulgaria since they joined the EU at the start of the year.

According to Romanians who have worked in Britain, many who exercise their rights as EU citizens to enter the country simply disappear into the black economy. ... ...

Websites for Romanians in Britain advertise a range of vacancies for unskilled workers, along with offers of assistance in circumventing the rules.
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IMMIGRATION
Hold back the immigrant flood [1]
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch UK
Sunday Times, 4 November 2007

Just occasionally a series of events crystallises public opinion and transforms the political landscape. That is what has happened with immigration in the past fortnight. Three events stand out.

The crucial wake-up call was publication of the government's latest population forecasts. They were truly shocking. They showed that, if immigration continues at the level the government now assumes, the population of the UK will grow by more than 10m in the next 25 years - that is equivalent to 10 cities the size of Birmingham; 70% of the increase will be due to immigration.

The public were taken aback by these numbers. They are now beginning to realise that we face the most critical decision for a generation. Not since the referendum on the Common Market in the 1970s have we confronted a decision that will so greatly affect the lives of our children and grandchildren. Do we set about a massive building programme, constructing a virtual Birmingham every 2½ years and do we accept the fundamental changes to our society that will flow from immigration on this scale? Or do we take action now to cut immigration sharply?

Next was David Cameron's decision to speak about immigration for the first time in two years. His speech on Monday called for a "grown-up" debate, set out the dilemma in measured terms and outlined Conservative proposals for both an annual limit to immigration and, importantly, a substantial reduction in numbers.

He clearly struck a chord. It was not long before we had Labour and Conservatives competing to sound tough on immigration - an extraordinary transformation from the days when people hardly dared mention the topic for fear of being accused of racism.

The third event - if such it be - was the farcical episode when the government's count of the new jobs taken by foreigners changed three times in a day, ending up roughly double where it began. The outcome was another blow to confidence in the government's ability to manage immigration.

The genie is now well and truly out of the bottle. Public opinion is extremely strong - 80% disbelieve the government's honesty and competence; 75% want to see an annual limit; two-thirds fear that our culture is under threat. Only one in three believe that immigration brings economic benefit to Britain.

The immigration lobby claims there is little that the government can do. It is all down to some mysterious force called "globalisation". They are wrong. In fact, immigration to the UK took off in 1997. The prime cause was a series of policy errors by the present government. First, it abolished such border controls as it inherited. Then it trebled the number of work permits to 150,000 a year, plus dependants. Finally, it hopelessly miscalculated the inflow of east Europeans.

These policies can and should be reversed. The government could use its much-vaunted "points-based system" to throttle back sharply on work permits. The Australians, who have such a system, set a ceiling on immigration. So should we.
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IMMIGRATION
Hold back the immigrant flood [2]
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch UK
Sunday Times, 4 November 2007

A ceiling would not apply to European Union citizens, but that is not a long-term problem. Before the recent enlargement, migration to and from the EU was roughly in balance and arrivals from the new east European members are now fairly steady at about 200,000 a year. The net inflow will decline as other EU members open their labour markets. Holland and half a dozen others have done so. The key countries, Austria, Germany and France, have kept their markets closed but restrictions have to be lifted in May 2011.

Added to that, as the economic level of east European countries approaches ours, there will be much less incentive to migrate. There was a blip for a few years when Spain, Portugal and Greece joined the EU but the net level of immigration has now fallen back.

Furthermore, those here will be more likely to go home. Many intend to spend several years here, save some money and then return to their families. As they do so, their numbers will counterbalance those still arriving so net immigration will fall.

Meanwhile, the pool of young people in eastern Europe will grow only slowly. The population of 18-year-olds in the two most populous countries, Poland and Romania, is projected to fall by about 30% in the next 10 years.

What this adds up to is that, over a decade or so, net east European immigration to the UK is likely to decline substantially. The real long-term problem is immigration from outside the EU. Here populations are growing rapidly and huge numbers of young people are without work and prospects. It is vital that our immigration system should be a barrier to such people.

Failure to act now will mean that our society will be changed beyond recognition - and especially our cities. London is one-third immigrant and half of all babies born there have a foreign parent. Other large cities will follow. According to one academic study, the ethnic community in Britain will grow from 9% to 29% by mid-century.

There is every reason for concern. The Commission for Racial Equality's final report spoke frankly about growing segregation and of our society "fracturing", with bonds of solidarity across different groups weakening, and tensions between people increasing. These are serious warnings. The CRE was in denial about the role of mass immigration in all this but the rest of us can see it clearly.

We can now at last speak about the elephant in the room. But when will our political leaders respond to the deep anxieties that so many of us feel? And will they get down to some serious action before it is, indeed, too late?
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IMMIGRATION – NUMBERS
Migrants: the missing 500,000
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 3 November 2007

Fresh doubts over the Government's immigration figures emerged last night after new statistics showed that almost one million people from outside Europe have been given the right to work in Britain over the past three years.

The Daily Telegraph has obtained figures indicating that 896,000 non-EU citizens were allocated National Insurance numbers between Jan 1, 2004 and April 5 this year.

There is a vast discrepancy between this figure and the other principal method for measuring the number of immigrants with the right to work in Britain - the permits issued by the Home Office. Over the same period only 406,000 permits were issued to non-Europeans. ...

The Home Office attempted to explain the disparity by claiming that not every foreign worker needed a permit. A spokesman said some dependants, students, highly skilled migrants, graduates and working holidaymakers could be allocated an insurance number without a permit.

Chris Grayling, the Tory work and pensions spokesman, said this explanation was extraordinary. "It is more likely people are coming to Britain without permits."
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ENVIRONMENT
Trust challenges Green Belt plans
Charles Clover
Daily Telegraph, 3 November 2007

Britain faces an "irrevocable" loss of countryside and green spaces unless the pace of development is challenged, the Chairman of the National Trust will say today.

Sir William Proby will tell the annual meeting of trust members that protecting open spaces - not country houses - is now a "top priority". ...

Sir William will call on the Trust's 3.5 million members to submit their views on how to reconcile the need for three million new homes with the irreversible loss of open space. ...

"The statistics are terrifying - inch by inch, year by year, the redeeming, restorative qualities of our countryside and open spaces are being eroded."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME
Romanians face mass deportation after Italian murder
Malcolm Moore and Bruno Waterfield
Daily Telegraph, 3 November 2007

Italy began rounding up thousands of Romanian immigrants for deportation yesterday after passing a new "public order and security" law. ...

The law was rushed through the Italian cabinet on Wednesday after a huge public outcry following the savage murder of Giovanna Reggiani, a 47-year-old Italian woman, allegedly by a Romanian man.

The decree was officially published yesterday and came into force immediately. Police began combing immigrant ghettos and arresting Romanians without permits.

Government ministers have vowed to return 5,000 Romanians to their home country in the next few weeks. ...

The move has enormous public support. A survey on Sky television in Italy showed 83 per cent of people backed the deportations.

More than 550,000 Romanians, or 15 per cent of the immigrant population, have arrived in Italy since 2002.
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MULTICULTURALISM – IMMIGRATION
Mass immigration has created a Britain where no one feels at home
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 3 November 2007

Gordon Brown now says he wants "British jobs for British workers". ...

The Government Mr Brown now leads has presided over by far the largest immigration in our history. ... ...

Although the Government has lost control, people should not conclude that it did not intend what has happened. It does not know the figures because it did not really want to know them: it got rid of the system of counting people in and counting people out and noting the difference between the two. Its only current means of knowing is something called the International Passenger Survey, which is a mere random questionnaire.

As soon as Labour came into office in 1997, in deference to its voters of Indian and Pakistani origin, it relaxed the rules of immigration on grounds of marriage. It passed the Human Rights Act, which gives immigrants an effective automatic right to welfare benefits and makes it much harder to deport them, even when they are criminal.

Labour then accepted asylum-seekers, self-defined, in unprecedentedly large numbers. When the outcry against this became too great, the Government hugely increased the annual number of work permits instead. As David Cameron pointed out this week, fewer than 10 per cent of those applying for work permit extensions are refused, and grants of permanent settlement in this country have trebled since 1996.

So it would be fair to say, despite Mr Brown's recent almost BNP rhetoric about British workers, that what has happened is what the Government wanted.

You can tell this is the case, also, by the propaganda. Our entire social, charitable, cultural and educational policy has had built into it the idea that "diversity" is "vibrant" and to be "celebrated", and that ethnic minority status takes you to the top of the queue for public money. If you want a grant, make sure that black and brown faces smile out of your literature. ...

If we are decent people, we do not hate the idea that newcomers can join us. But we want the place we live in to be more than a populated space, especially an over-populated space. We want it to be home.

How can it easily be home - for us, or for them - when, as is now the case, 450,000 children in British primary schools do not have English as a first language? How can it, emotionally or even physically, be home for the indigenous poor if the newcomers move ahead of them in the council housing queue?
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HOUSING
Inquiry launched into migrant council housing
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 2 November 2007

A major independent inquiry to determine whether immigrants are given unfair access to council housing was announced yesterday by Britain's race watchdog and local authority leaders.

Trevor Phillips, the head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said there was a "widespread public perception" that new migrants had "unfair advantages to which they are not entitled".

He announced that his commission and the Local Government Association (LGA) would launch a study to determine whether the perception was correct, and would stop any abuse it uncovered. ...

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: "Trevor Phillips said ... he has never seen 'any reliable evidence' to back up claims that councils are unfairly allocating housing. While local government has always maintained they have operated allocations fairly, we agree it is important to deal with perception."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME
Italian anger over immigration rises after woman dies
Malcolm Moore
Daily Telegraph, 2 November 2007

Opposition to immigration in Italy was inflamed yesterday after the death of a woman last night who was robbed and left in a ditch by a Romanian. ...

The attack enraged Italians, who blame Romanian immigrants for a wave of crime since the country joined the European Union in January. ...

Tension in Italy over the high number of immigrants has been building for months. Figures show the country has the fastest-growing immigrant population in Europe.

Around 700,000 arrived last year, compared with 660,000 in Germany. Most of the immigrants to Italy came from the new members of the European Union, particularly Romania, Bulgaria and Albania.

Walter Veltroni, the mayor of Rome, said: "Before January 2007 Rome was the safest big city in the world. In the first seven months of the year, 75 per cent of arrests for murder, rape and robbery have been Romanians." More than 3,000 Romanians have been arrested in the past year. In response, there have been a series of vigilante attacks.
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IMMIGRATION
Britain seen as a 'soft touch'
Nigel Hastilow
Express & Star, 2 November 2007

When you ask most people in the Black Country what the single biggest problem facing the country is, most people say immigration. Many insist: "Enoch Powell was right".

Enoch, once MP for Wolverhampton South West, was sacked from the Conservative front bench and marginalised politically for his 1968 "rivers of blood" speech warning that uncontrolled immigration would change our country irrevocably.

He was right. It has changed dramatically. But his speech was political suicide. Enoch's successors in Parliament are desperate to avoid ever mentioning the issue.

It's too controversial and far too dangerous. Nobody wants to be labelled a racist. Immigration is the issue that dare not speak its name in public. ...

It's claimed we couldn't survive without immigrants to work in our hotels, pubs and restaurants, to pick our fruit and clean our hospitals.

But that's because we make life too easy for the five million or more people who could be working but enjoy life too much living off the state.

Why are 1.65 million people unemployed when it seems as if there's a job for more or less anyone who wants one? Why are 2.4 million people claiming incapacity benefit when society is getting healthier? ...

This is not about race; it's about numbers. I have been lectured on this, on separate occasions, by several Asian Britons. They argue that their families came to this country to work hard, get on, pay their taxes, earn a living.

Today, far too many immigrants - they tell me - wheedle their way into Britain in order to benefit from the generosity of our welfare state.

Asian Britons resent this as much as anyone.

And no wonder. Does anybody in the country really want to see our population grow by almost half a million every 12 months so that in 24 years' time it will have increased by almost 11 million?

Do we really want to see the country devastated by another three million houses or more over the next 12 years? Up to two thirds of these houses are only needed to cater for immigrants.

How on earth can we afford to meet other costs - council housing, roads, hospitals and schools - linked to this staggering increase in the population?

Do we really want increased taxes to meet the increased costs of an increasing population?

We must police our borders. Deport without debate bogus asylum-seekers and illegal immigrants. Abandon the "human rights" merry-go-round.

Tell the EU we won't take anyone from Bulgaria or Romania or any other country which wants to "join Europe". And get rid of the 11,000 foreigners in our jails.

Alas, the Government hasn't got a clue how many people it has let in already. ...

First we're told immigrants took 30 per cent of the 2.7 million jobs created in the past decade. Then the official figure was increased to 40 per cent. Now it's 52 per cent - making Gordon Brown's promise of "British jobs for British workers" look pretty silly.

It's all guesswork, and the Government has even less of a clue how many illegal immigrants there are.

Of course it's right that we share the international burden of caring for genuine refugees fleeing persecution and death. But we're being exploited. Britain is seen around the world as a soft touch.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS
Migrants may push up council tax
Toby Helm
Daily Telegraph, 1 November 2007

Millions of homeowners face higher council tax bills next year because of the Government's failure to keep track of the number of immigrants in Britain, local authorities warned yesterday.

Schools, hospitals and other services are struggling to cope with rapid and uncontrolled influxes of migrants, the Local Government Association (LGA) claimed. It says that because money allocated to local authorities is calculated by population figures, the government's inability to accurately assess migrant numbers means councils are receiving inadequate funding.

A spokesman for the LGA said that in areas where numbers had risen but statistics had not reflected the increase, councils would have two options: to put up council tax next year, or cut services.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Scrap Christmas says New Labour think tank
Sophie Borland
Daily Telegraph, 1 November 2007

Britain should only continue to celebrate Christmas if similar recognition is given to major religious festivals from other faiths, New Labour's favourite think tank has suggested.

"If we are going to continue to mark Christmas then public organisations should mark other major religious festivals too," the Institute of Public Policy Research said, although it admitted "it would be very hard to expunge [Christmas] from our national life".
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MULTICULTURALISM – POLITICS
Cameron praised for fresh thinking on immigration
Toby Helm
Daily Telegraph, 1 November 2007

David Cameron's approach to immigration received praise from unexpected quarters last night as Trevor Phillips, the head of the new equality quango, described it as a "turning point". ...

"For the first time in my adult life I heard a party leader clearly attempting to deracialise the issue of immigration and to treat it like any other question of political and economic management," Mr Phillips said.

"And given that Mr Cameron is speaking against a background in which his party's policy inheritance is defined by Howard, Hague, Thatcher and Powell, this seems to me like a turning point in our national debate about immigration - one that will make it possible for us to speak openly and sensibly about the subject, which most of the country sees as the single-most important in politics."

While Mr Phillips, who heads the Equality and Human Rights Commission, told delegates at a conference in Birmingham that Mr Cameron still had a "little way to go" on the issue, his comments will be welcomed by the Tory high command. ...

While praising his tone, Mr Phillips said Mr Cameron should not believe solutions lay only in capping numbers.

"Rather, we need to meet head-on the challenges of rapid and diverse population growth," he said.

"We need to find ways to capitalise on the injection of energy that new migrants bring, and bolster our infrastructure and public services to cope with the new demands."
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BENEFITS AND COSTS
No jobs for 4,000 UK junior doctors
Rebecca Smith
Daily Telegraph, 1 November 2007

Almost 4,000 UK medics have not got training posts in the disastrous junior doctors recruitment system, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

A second round of recruitment ended yesterday and of the 13,624 UK graduates, who cost the taxpayer £250,000 each to put through medical school, 3,687 have not been awarded posts to allow them to train towards becoming a consultant or GP.

Some may yet be allocated a post in one of the less popular specialties such as trauma, orthopaedics or psychiatry, and an extra 1,050 short-term posts that have not yet been allocated. But most face a choice between taking a non-training job, leaving medicine or practising abroad. ...

Officials have said that without the thousands of applicants from outside Europe, most of which were from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, there would not have been such oversubscription for training places.
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EMPLOYMENT
Foreigners fill half new jobs
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 31 October 2007

More than half of all new jobs created under Labour have gone to foreigners, the Government was forced to admit last night.

The revelation was the second embarrassment over immigration figures for ministers in the space of 24 hours. ...

However, in interviews yesterday morning, Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, insisted the majority of jobs created since 1997 had gone to British workers. Government officials briefed that immigrants had taken just 40.7 per cent. But last night it emerged that the 1.1 million migrant workers constituted 52 per cent of the 2.1 million new jobs created under Labour. ...

There was further speculation last night that the figure was higher still, after the Government admitted that it did not include immigrants in temporary accommodation.

Frank Field, a former cabinet minister, claimed the figure should be 1.6 million as the new estimate was based on figures from 2003, before the European Union was enlarged.
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EMPLOYMENT
No clue on migrants in UK
Graeme Wilson
The Sun, 31 October 2007

Labour were accused of being CLUELESS over immigration last night.

The charge was made as ministers admitted 1.5 million foreign workers have surged into Britain since 1997.

That's nearly DOUBLE their original estimate. And the figure - changed from 800,000 to 1.1 million on Monday night - was revised heavily upwards for the second time in 24 hours.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown was sent reeling by the shambles as it emerged the true total may be even HIGHER as it does not include migrants who live in hostels, boarding houses, caravan parks or hotels.

Ex-Labour minister Frank Field - whose questions exposed the errors - warned it could be 1.6 million. ...

The mayhem dates back to October 8, when Work and Pensions Secretary Peter Hain told the Commons 800,000 foreigners had taken jobs here over the last ten years.

On Monday he admitted the figure was 1.1million - and issued a formal apology.

Then yesterday it emerged that Britain's national statistician Karen Dunnell sent a letter to ministers in July revealing the total was 1.5 million. As the row exploded, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was forced to say sorry. ...

It was also disclosed yesterday that ministers were told they had underestimated the influx a YEAR ago.

Last October, the independent National Institute of Economic and Social Research put it at 1.2 million.

Yet despite this, the Government stuck to its original estimate of 800,000.

Institute director Martin Weale said: "Given the sensitivity of these figures, I would have hoped they would have checked them more thoroughly."

If Mr Field's 1.6 million figure is correct, it would mean only 1.1 million of the 2.7 million new jobs created in Labour's reign have gone to Brits - despite the PM's pledge to generate British work for British people.

Mr Field said: "There has been an explosion of people moving to this country to find work." ...

Whitehall's confusion grew last night as Department for Work and Pensions officials said 1.1 million foreigners had taken newly-created jobs since 1997.

They added that a further 400,000 from overseas had filled existing vacancies, bringing the total to 1.5 million.

But in yet another about-turn hours later, the same officials said the 400,000 were actually "UK citizens" who were born abroad.

As the furore deepened, the Government tried to regain lost ground by announcing that restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian workers WILL remain in force until the end of next year.
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IMMIGRATION – EMPLOYMENT
Immigration, Home Office statistics and a catastrophic cover-up of 300,000 foreign workers
Anthony Browne, director of Policy Exchange
Daily Mail, 31 October 2007

How do you accidentally lose a city the size of Nottingham? Or three cities the size of Cambridge? You might think it would be impossible to misplace 300,000 people; ...

But not if you are the Home Office, the guardian of our country's borders, whose institutional incompetence makes anything possible. ...

Just a few weeks ago, the Government said there were 800,000 more foreign workers in the UK than when Labour came to power in 1997. But yesterday it admitted there were actually 1.1 million and former Labour minister Frank Field claimed that the true figure was actually 1.6 million. ...

It is already widely believed that the Government has lost control of the immigration system - although in fact it never had any control to lose.

If the Government can't even count something as basic as the number of people it is letting in to work, what chance is there that anything else it says on immigration has more than a passing resemblance to reality?

What about far more complicated issues - such as the economic contribution of the 800,000 (whoops, 1.1 million) foreign workers it has let in?

A few weeks ago, the Home Office produced a paper claiming that immigrant workers contribute £6bn a year to the economy. This was widely reported as fact by those in many parts of the media who wished it to be true, despite the figure being as full of holes as Britain's borders. ...

This fits another pattern - the Government has consistently underestimated the scale of immigration, while downplaying its drawbacks and hyping its benefits.

A few years ago, I was accused on Newsnight of scaremongering when I said that at current rates of immigration Britain's population would swell from 60 million to 68 million.

Last week, the government statistical agency predicted immigration would swell the population to more than 70 million - ten new cities the size of Manchester to shoehorn into this island.

And yes, given past form, even that is likely to be an underestimate. ...

The Government's claim that immigrant workers are adding £6bn a year to the economy is an attempt to reassure the public that, while it may have lost control, there is nothing to worry about: it is all for the general good.

The report declared, to universal acclamation in the liberal media, that immigration has 'clear economic benefits' for Britain. But that study has the same credibility as all the other Home Office studies. Or indeed the Beano comic.

Read past the glowing summaries and in fact it is noticeable that the report fails to produce any evidence of the "clear economic benefits" of immigration.

Ministers have repeatedly said that we need young immigrants to do the work to pay the pensions of our ageing society, but the study concludes: "There are no published estimates of the direct impact of immigration on the shortfall in pension funding in the UK.'"

The report says immigration boosts economic growth by 0.5 per cent a year, which is where it gets the £6bn figure from. But it also admits that immigration is boosting the population by about 0.5 per cent a year. That means that GDP per capita - the measure of wealth that really matters - is pretty much unaffected by immigration.

Immigrants produce more, and they consume more, but the native population, on average, sees little overall benefit. The report coyly admits 'there is no quantitative evidence available of the impact of immigration on GDP per head'.
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MULTICULTURALISM – NETHERLANDS
A princess and a refugee stir national identity crisis in the Netherlands
Associated Press, 31 October 2007

One was a Somali refugee, the other an Argentine investment banker. Both are now high profile Dutch women challenging this country to rethink its national identity.

Princess Maxima, the Argentine-born wife of Crown Prince Willem Alexander triggered a round of national soul searching about what exactly it means to be Dutch in an age of globalization and mass migration with a speech last month.

"The Netherlands is too complex to sum up in one cliché," she said. "A typical Dutch person doesn't exist."

Her comments have tapped into an unsettled feeling among many Dutch who say traditional values have been eroded in a country roiled by a rise in Muslim extremism – a view espoused by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a conservative thinker who has turned her back on her Islamic roots.

Many in this nation of 16 million still identify with traditional images – seeing themselves as a nation of tolerant, hardworking, straight-talking individualists who bicycle around a flat landscape dotted with windmills and crisscrossed by dikes.

But the growing Muslim population – 850,000 and rising – is prompting a rethink.

"Unfortunately, the debate about Dutch identity is too often held at a very trite and trivial level – as if the discussion is between Brussels sprouts and wooden shoes on the one hand, and couscous and caftans on the other," said conservative commentator Bart Jan Spruyt.

Spruyt and other conservatives claim the long Dutch tradition – another key part of the country's identity – of welcoming immigrants and putting little or no pressure on them to integrate undermines Western values.

"What is really at stake, due to a frivolous immigration policies and decades of multicultural indifference, is the identity of the Dutch nation, Dutch history and culture as a part of the history of Western civilization," said Spruyt, founder of The Edmund Burke Foundation, a conservative think tank, and contributor to Opinio, a conservative weekly.

Hirsi Ali, the former Somali refugee turned prominent critic of radical Islam, is one of the success stories of Dutch immigration policy, but also one of its fiercest critics. She condemns the Dutch tradition of multiculturalism – saying tolerance for the intolerant has provided a dangerous breeding ground for Islamic radicalism. ...

Since the Van Gogh slaying, the conservative government has reversed course on multiculturalism, passing a raft of laws that emphasize integration over cultural tolerance – most notably forcing foreigners to take citizenship courses and learn Dutch.

It's within that context that Princess Maxima's speech created such a stir.

Conservatives seized on it as harking back to the days of laissez-faire liberalism, an invitation to roll back a growing consensus among Dutch that immigrants must assimilate into established Dutch norms if they want to stay. ...

Spruyt is one of those making the fifth column argument, saying that Islamic radicals "want to create enclaves of Muslim dominance and Shariah law, abolishing the rights and freedoms of liberal democracy. We cannot let that happen. We have to change them, they should not change us."
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EMPLOYMENT
300,000 migrants left out of figures
James Kirkup and Gary Cleland
Daily Telegraph, 30 October 2007

The Government was last night forced to apologise after admitting that false information about the number of immigrant workers was given to the Commons.

Peter Hain, the Work and Pensions Secretary, admitted that 300,000 foreign citizens working in Britain were left out of official statistics. Some 1.1 million people from abroad had taken jobs in Britain since 1997, the Government said. The previous figure was 800,000. The misleading figures had been given to MPs in written parliamentary answers.

This means foreign nationals have taken 40.7 per cent of the 2.7 million jobs created over the period and now account for about eight per cent of the 29.1 million people in work in the UK.

The DWP insisted that ministers had used the earlier estimate "in good faith" and attributed the rise to more detailed analysis of data.

"I apologise for having to make this revision. I am sure you will understand these calculations are not straightforward," Mr Hain wrote in a letter to the Speaker and the opposition parties.

Liam Byrne, the immigration minister, admitted that officials still did not know where the foreign workers had come from. He told Channel 4 News: "It's one of the reasons why we are introducing systems to count people in and out."
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
Many mosques 'continuing to spread messages of hate'
Toby Helm
Daily Telegraph, 30 October 2007

Extremist literature that encourages hatred of gays, Christians and Jews can be easily found at many of Britain's mosques, according to a new survey.

Researchers from the centre-Right think tank Policy Exchange claims it found the literature in a quarter of the 100 mosques and Islamic institutions they visited. Many of the publications allegedly called on British Muslims to segregate themselves from non-Muslims and for unbelievers to be treated as second-class citizens wherever possible.

The literature also allegedly contained repeated calls for gays to be thrown from mountains and tall buildings and for women to be subjugated. ...

Many of the institutions were among the best funded and most active of Britain's 1,500 or so Islamic establishments. In several cases they had received official visits from politicians and even members of the royal family.
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DISEASE
Aids was brought to the West in 1969, study claims
Roger Highfield
Daily Telegraph, 30 October 2007

A key theory of how Aids arrived in the West is overturned today by a study which found the epidemic was born two decades earlier than had been thought. Gaëtan Dugas, a gay Canadian flight attendant who died in 1984, was said to be the "Patient Zero" who spread HIV from Africa to his partners in the West.

But a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the virus entered Haiti first, and then was transmitted to the US in or around 1969.

It circulated in the US for years before the formal recognition of Aids by doctors in 1981. "[Patient Zero] was certainly an early victim, and one linked to many other early cases," said senior author Michael Worobey, of the University of Arizona.

... Scientists based their conclusion on analysis of blood from five of the first Aids patients identified in the US, all of whom were recent immigrants from Haiti, and evidence from another 117 patients worldwide.
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ENVIRONMENT – POPULATION
Country chief seeks review of green belt
Charles Clover
Daily Telegraph, 29 October 2007

The head of the official body set up to protect the English countryside will call for a review of laws protecting the green belt today, amid accusations from conservationists that he has been "toothless" in facing up to the Government's housing plans.

Sir Martin Doughty, the chairman of Natural England, will say in a speech to mark the body's first anniversary that the Government's determination to build three million new homes by 2020 means that "the sanctity of green belt land should be questioned".

He will say that the green belt was mapped out 70 years ago as a solution to development pressures of the time and "was certainly not intended to deal with the complex environmental challenges that face us today".

"Nobody could deny that the green belt has achieved its primary purpose in constraining urban sprawl," Sir Martin will say. "But the consequence of this is that development tends to leapfrog over the green belt and land in much more vulnerable parts of the natural environment. We must therefore review the green belt."

Sir Martin wants environmentally friendly developments to be allowed on the 4.2 million acres of green belt designed to prevent urban sprawl, so the more remote countryside can be protected.

However, conservationists accuse Natural England of failing to fulfil its remit as an "independent and powerful guardian of our natural landscape" by accepting Government projections that three million homes are needed and by going along with the proposed speeding up of the planning system. In a report, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) accuses Natural England of failing to recognise the outstanding quality of much green belt land - in the Chilterns and Surrey Hills, Delamere Forest in Cheshire or in parts of the Pennines.
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IMMIGRATION
Cameron wants immigration cut
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 29 October 2007

Immigration is too high and must be reduced, David Cameron will say today.

In his first major speech on the issue, the Tory leader will challenge Gordon Brown to a "grown-up" debate.

Effectively tackling Mr Brown on his slogan "British jobs for British workers", he will suggest that, if more British citizens work instead of claiming benefits, there will be fewer vacancies to attract immigrants. ...

"We must recognise that in an advanced, open economy there will be high levels of emigration and immigration," he will say.

"But what matters is the net figure, which I believe is currently too high. So we need policy to reduce the level of net immigration."

The speech effectively ends Mr Cameron's near silence on the issue since becoming leader in 2005. Aides say this was a vital part of shedding the Tory brand's negative image among centrist voters. ...

Mr Cameron will not offer new policies on immigration.

Instead he will explain the three "vital components" that will inform his approach. "First, a sober and forensic understanding of the facts: the scale and nature of this challenge. Second, action to ensure our population grows at a sustainable rate. Third, action to prepare properly for that sustainable level of growth." ...

Tories yesterday also accused Labour of failing to get to grips with the number of people claiming benefits.

More than 2.4 million people have been claiming benefits for more than five years - 600,000 higher than in 1999, figures for 2006 reveal.
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CRIME
Hundreds of victims of knife crimes each week
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 28 October 2007

The full extent of stabbings and robberies at knifepoint is made clear in the country's first census of knife crime.

Police recorded 5,023 serious knife crimes in England and Wales in the first three months after they began to count the offences as a separate crime category last spring. It is equivalent to about 400 offences per week.

The highest rate is in London, where every resident has a one-in-1,100 chance of falling victim over the course of a year.

Londoners stand more chance of being stabbed or robbed at knifepoint than of being killed or seriously injured in a road accident.

Manchester and Birmingham are near the top of the league with shire counties having much lower rates of knife crime. However, Bedfordshire, a predominantly rural county, reports the third-worst rate. ...

The new figures were obtained from 37 of the 43 forces in England and Wales under the Freedom of Information Act. The remaining six, mostly smaller forces, said they were unable to provide data. ...

Police in Bedfordshire said the figures were high because crime levels in Luton, the biggest town, were on a par with parts of London. Luton has the fourth-highest immigration rate of any town outside London, and a senior police officer claimed that the trend was fuelling crime.
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NATIONAL IDENTITY
Brown to set out his 'Britishness' ideal in New Year statement
Melissa Kite
Sunday Telegraph, 28 October 2007

Gordon Brown is to publish a controversial statement of British values in the New Year, despite Tory criticism that the idea is "bogus" and more New Labour spin.

The Prime Minister, who has said he wants a new relationship between government and citizens, has begun work on a draft statement setting out what he believes it means to be British, which he will launch in January.

It will be put out to consultation with members of the public invited to give their opinions on his definition of Britishness, said to include such words as "decency", "fairness" and "opportunity".

Insiders said the statement was intended to reflect "the ideals and principles that bind us together as a nation", and will include a list of "great British books" and historical documents that "constitute the essence of Britishness". ...

The Prime Minister is also preparing to give his backing to a new Institute of Britishness being set up by the historian David Cannadine, best known for his book The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy.
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POPULATION – HOUSING
3m new homes 'are not enough to avert crisis'
Nick Allen
Daily Telegraph, 27 October 2007

Government plans to build three million more homes by 2020 are nowhere near enough to avert a crisis that could see an entire generation unable to get on the property ladder, a report has warned.

Average house prices will reach nine-and-a-half times the average salary by 2026 unless the Government raises its target, according to the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit, an independent body set up to advise ministers. It said the Government should be building 270,000 new homes a year by 2016, instead of the current target of 240,000.

Prof Stephen Nickell, one of the study's authors, said yesterday: "If we fail to act then a generation of buyers will be unable to get a foothold on the housing ladder, not just in London, but across large swathes of England."

The report also warned that prices in the South-West, South-East and East of England could outstrip London by 2026. London prices would be 11 times average earnings compared with 11.3 times for the East of England, 12.4 times in the South-East and 12.9 times in the South-West.

However, the suggestion that the Government's housing targets might not be sufficient will be of concern to many who believe that too many are being built already.

Local authorities across the south-east have warned the Government not to begin a mass house-building programme without investing heavily in infrastructure to ensure it can cope. ...

Meanwhile, Yvette Cooper, the housing minister, announced that local councils that build the most new homes will get a £1,100 bonus for each one they deliver. The bonus could rise to £5,000 per house by 2010/11.
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IMMIGRATION
A country wrecked by unlimited immigration
Simon Heffer
Daily Telegraph, 27 October 2007

For decades, bare-faced lies have been told by our rulers about immigration. When Enoch Powell was vilified in the late 1960s for drawing attention to the problem, the then social services secretary, Dick Crossman, ordered officials to conceal what he and they knew to be the true figures. Is this deceit still going on?

Perhaps. But - and this may be ever worse - the difference between the statistics and reality may be down to sheer incompetence. The truth is that we have no idea how many people are in this country. That is a scandal. We have no idea because this Government decided, when it came to power in 1997, that it would be a good idea to stop proper enforcement of border controls. Jack Straw, our smug so-called Justice Secretary, was home secretary at the time, and was responsible for this. His successor, David Blunkett, boasted continually about getting tough on illegal immigrants, promising roundups and deportations of those with no right to be here. It never happened.

The result is that parts of the country, notably in and around London, are suffering from terrible overcrowding.
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NUMBERS
Migrant miscount 'leaves councils short'
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2007

Council taxpayers may face higher bills because the Government has underestimated the impact of immigration.

Some councils in the South East, where many immigrants have settled, say the faulty calculations have cost them millions, which will either have to be met through higher taxes or cuts in services.

A survey carried out by Slough council in Berkshire showed nine out of 10 chief executives of local authorities felt the Office of National Statistics (ONS) had failed to keep track of immigration. ...

The ONS responded yesterday by issuing its first set of data aimed at tracking short-term migrants, which showed there were about a quarter of a million last year.
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ENVIRONMENT – POPULATION
Primates face extinction threat
Nic Fleming
Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2007

Almost one in three of all non-human primates - including apes and monkeys - are in danger of extinction, according to a report to be published today.

The report from the World Conservation Union (IUCN) states that 114 of the world's 394 species could be lost because of the destruction of tropical forests, illegal wildlife trade, climate change and bushmeat hunting.
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POPULATION – ENVIRONMENT
Growing nightmare
Charles Clover
Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2007

No one could read this week's population forecasts for Britain - 85 million by 2081 - without realising that our children and grandchildren will live in a very different country to the one we have been used to. ...

There will be more bricks and mortar, more cars, more trains that don't work, more aircraft, more urbanisation and fewer wild species.

The issue most imminently felt will not be climate change, but the demand for land.

Yet again, we are reminded that there is not just one Inconvenient Truth but several, led by global population growth. This is an issue on which no single western government has a policy - so far as I am aware.

We have policies, of a kind, on immigration, which is likely to drive 70 per cent of population growth over the next 20 years. Yet immigration is just one aspect of a problem that has at present no official focus. Housing a population of 85 million would require more than 40 million homes - 15 million more than the 25 million we have now.

Where is the official forum for discussing whether we actually want all that urban growth - or all those people? It doesn't exist. All we have, as far as I can see, is "predict and provide" housing policies and a planning system regarded as "unnecessarily slow, unpredictable, expensive and bureaucratic" - in other words a tedious formality - by Gordon Brown's planning adviser, Kate Barker.

All Labour's craven agencies, including some which ought to know better, such as Natural England, have dedicated themselves to "delivering" the 3 million homes the Government says are needed.

What is needed is a kind of planning that the present system isn't delivering. ...

We need to quantify what the environmental carrying capacity of Britain actually is - and then try to keep below it.

The question politicians should be asking themselves is what is the right forum for having that delicate discussion in the most neutral, civilised and inclusive way - a Royal Commission perhaps? For few of us are any longer in doubt that it is needed.
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TERRORISM – MULTICULTURALISM
Cameron questions Iraq war rationale
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2007

David Cameron will today launch an attack on the intellectual basis behind Tony Blair's decision to go to war in Iraq.

The Conservative leader is to say Britain "must put its own national security first" and take a "sceptical attitude towards the ability of states to create utopias".

He will pledge that, if elected, his focus will be on improving community relations within this country as "the people who let off bombs on London's public transport system were not agents of Saddam Hussain, they were British citizens". He will add that Britain must ensure its citizens are safe before attempting to promote security in foreign countries. ...

Mr Cameron will set out how issues of community cohesion have been "dangerously neglected" to such an extent that British people are now facing threats from within their country.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – CRIME
Hardly any foreign prisoners sent home to serve sentences
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 25 October 2007

Hardly any foreign prisoners in British jails are ever repatriated to serve their sentence, despite laws specifically designed for the purpose.

Last year, just over 100 overseas nationals were sent home under agreements that allow for prisoner swaps. The main reason is that the consent of prisoners is required and most prefer to stay here.

The Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984 requires the consent of the sentencing state, the receiving state and the prisoner.

That means that a prisoner can in effect veto a transfer properly agreed between two governments. The Government is in the process of changing the law to allow transfers without consent.

But ministers have not even ratified a deal to allow prisoner exchanges within the EU - benefiting the UK, which has 2,300 Europeans in cells here.

The Government's failure to use the law came to light as ministers were accused of secretly planning foreigner-only jails to cope with overseas nationals. ...

The disclosure focused renewed attention on the rapid rise in the number of foreign prisoners. There are currently 11,000 - one in seven of the overall prison population in England and Wales. ...

In the Commons yesterday, Gordon Brown said he was seeking agreements with several overseas governments to take back their prisoners.

"We will do more by signing agreements with countries like Jamaica which have 1,400 foreign prisoners in British cells; Nigeria, which has more than 1,000 foreign prisoners in British cells; Vietnam and China - 400 and 300 prisoners in British cells," he said.

The annual cost of keeping the 11,000 foreign inmates from 164 countries is nearly £350 million.
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OFFICIAL DISCRIMINATION – POLICE
Adopt affirmative action, top black officer tells police
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 25 October 2007

Black and Asian police officers should benefit from positive discrimination to get promoted into top jobs, a conference heard yesterday.

Keith Jarrett, the president of the National Black Police Association (NBPA), said they should be appointed to senior roles even if they are less qualified than their white counterparts. ...

At the NBPA's annual conference in Bristol, he said the police should actively promote ethnic minorities to reflect the communities they serve. ...

Mr Jarrett said two forces had promoted black officers above the rank of Chief Inspector even though they had not gained their Senior Command Course qualification.

"The reason for this is that they are the right persons for the job," he said. "Affirmative action is having the right person for the job."
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IMMIGRATION
Population to hit 70 million
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 24 October 2007

Record immigration is fuelling the biggest rise in the population for almost 50 years, official figures showed yesterday.

Ten years from now, there will be 65 million people in the UK - an increase of five million - and by 2031, the population will be over 70 million, the Office for National Statistics said.

Within a generation, immigration will add the equivalent of a city the size of London to the population.

This is the fastest growth rate since the post-war baby boom - and is far more rapid than the Government forecast three years ago. ...

Statisticians said that at least 70 per cent of the population rise over the next 20 years would be attributable directly to immigration. The rest will be babies born to British mothers - many of whom are second-generation immigrants. ...

In the current financial year, officials expect net migration - the difference between those arriving and leaving - to be 240,000. Next year, projected net immigration is 230,000 - and not until 2012 does this figure fall to the long-term "assumption" of 190,000 a year. ...

Guy Goodwin, the ONS director of demography, said the country faced a combination of high immigration, rising fertility and better life expectancy that was "unique" in the nation's history. ...

Looking even further ahead, the projections suggest that by 2051 the population will be 77 million and will exceed 85 million by 2081. ...

Rosamund McDougall, of the Optimum Population Trust, which campaigns for a lower population, said: "There is no parallel in our history for population growth of this magnitude. The UK is sleep-walking into a population and environmental nightmare.

"The Government has already presided over the fastest growth in UK population since the baby-boom years of the mid-twentieth century.

"If it continues to countenance population increases on this scale, it will be embarking on a vast unplanned experiment with Britain's well-being."
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MULTICULTURALISM
Children
Daily Telegraph, 24 October 2007

Until a few years ago, the fertility rate in Britain was falling from the high point of the 1960s baby boom.

Immigration has seen the rate creep up again.

Out of 669,000 babies born last year in England and Wales, 147,000, or 22 per cent, were the children of foreign-born mothers.

A further six per cent had British-born mothers but foreign-born fathers.

Among the foreign mothers, a quarter were Asian, a quarter European, a quarter from Africa or the Caribbean, and a quarter from elsewhere. The figures show British-born women have, on average, 1.6 children. Foreign-born women in Britain have, on average, 2.2 children.
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IMMIGRATION
The rising wave that we were too afraid to discuss
Sir Andrew Green
Daily Telegraph, 24 October 2007

These population projections mark a turning point in the national dialogue. The public has at last become aware of the enormous impact of present levels of immigration on the future of our society.

Official figures now indicate that England's population will increase by nearly 16 million by mid century - that is twice the population of Greater London.

This increase will be 90 per cent due to immigration. These numbers are, frankly, alarming. Our schools and hospitals are already struggling and we have a major housing crisis.

The new projections imply that we will have to build 260 houses every day of the week for the next 20 years just to house new immigrants.

Put another way, of Gordon Brown's much vaunted three million new houses by 2020, one and a quarter million will be needed for new immigrants.

It is not only a matter of bricks and mortar.

The very glue of our society is being weakened under the impact of rapidly growing communities of very diverse cultures - some of whom have very little intention of integrating with us. ...

... Hard as it is to believe, we have stumbled into this situation.

It was completely unplanned - indeed, hardly discussed for fear of accusations of racism. It is, without doubt, the result of the Government losing control of our borders.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Cost of equality body soars
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 24 October 2007

A "streamlined" equalities watchdog will cost £20 million a year more than the agencies it replaced, it emerged last night.

The Government's Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was established at the start of this month with a budget of £70 million.

But figures obtained by the Conservatives show that the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Disability Rights Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality, which the EHRC replaces, cost £48 million to run in their last year of operation.
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EMPLOYMENT
Brown's 'British jobs for Britons' vow could break EU discrimination laws
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 22 October 2007

Gordon Brown's high-profile pledge to find "an extra 500,000 British jobs for British workers" is likely to be illegal under European law, according to a parliamentary study released today.

The promise was a key plank of the Prime Minister's "vision" to win over delegates at the Labour conference and Trades Union Congress.

However, a report by the impartial House of Commons library says that European law stipulates that workers from EU member countries must "enjoy equal treatment" when applying for jobs under European treaties signed by Labour.

"Both direct and indirect discrimination against migrant workers from the EU is prohibited," it adds.

The study, requested by the Conservatives, ...

The Government is intending to deliver on Mr Brown's pledge by allocating the extra jobs to British workers who are currently claiming benefits and are on state-sponsored schemes to gain employment. ...

Yesterday, a Downing Street source insisted that Mr Brown would be delivering on the pledge, which has formed the centrepiece of speeches over the past month designed to appeal to Conservative voters.

"I think they are misunderstanding how we are intending to deliver these jobs for people who are claiming jobseekers' allowance," he said.

"It is slightly ludicrous to say that anything we deliver to people on benefits might be a breach of EU law. There has been no suggestion from any other European countries or the Commission that it is remotely problematic."
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CRIME
Black police leader criticised after urging greater use of stop-and-search
John Steele
Daily Telegraph, 22 October 2007

A black police leader has reignited controversy in one of policing's most sensitive areas by suggesting that more black youths must be stopped and searched to tackle gun and knife crime.

Keith Jarrett, the president of the National Black Police Association (NBPA), will call on the Government and Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, to consider the move in a speech this week.

The NBPA has long raised questions about the disproportionately high number of black people who are stopped and searched. However, Mr Jarrett said he was not signalling a change in policy but reflecting views put to him by the black community. "A lot of black people want to stop these killings, these knife crimes," he said. "And, if it means their sons and daughters are going to be inconvenienced by being stopped by the police, so be it.

"I am hoping we go down that road. It's not going to go down very well with my audience - many of whom are going to be black." ...

Keith Vaz, the former minister and chairman of Labour's ethnic minority task force and the Commons home affairs committee, said Mr Jarrett's comments were unhelpful.
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POPULATION
Rising births will swell UK to 75m
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 21 October 2007

The number of people living in the UK will exceed 75 million by the middle of the century, population experts now believe.

Rising immigration, a higher birthrate among migrant families and longer lifespans are on course to lift the population by at least 15 million by 2051, from last year's 60 million total. There are fears it could even hit 77 million.

The increase will be the equivalent of building two new cities the size of London. It will place enormous demands on housing, transport and public services and will bring a dramatic change to the nation's ethnic mix.

The projection, expected to be confirmed by government population experts this week, represents a big increase from the last prediction, in 2005, which showed the UK's population rising to 69 million by 2051. ...

The "underlying assumptions" on which the new projection will be based were published last month by the Office for National Statistics.

David Coleman, professor of demography at Oxford University, said the new official projection was likely to show the UK's population reaching 69 million in 2031 and 75 million in 2051. His calculation, disclosed in a memo to the House of Lords economic affairs committee, factors in only the revised migration and birthrate figures. The revised longevity could push the 2051 forecast as high as 77 million.

Prof Coleman also told peers that the proportion of the population that is non-white was on course to grow from 9 per cent at the last census in 2001 to 29 per cent in 2051. ...

Prof Coleman told peers: "The absent-minded commitment into which we have drifted, to house a further 15 million people, must be the biggest unintended consequence of government policy of almost any century. As it is by no means unavoidable, being almost entirely dependent upon continued immigration, it might be thought worthy of discussion. In official circles, there has been none."
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BENEFITS AND COSTS
We need an honest immigration debate
Bob Rowthorn, professor of economics at Cambridge University
Daily Telegraph website, 21 October 2007

Immigration is a contentious topic. But there is widespread agreement in official circles to one proposition: immigrants contribute enormously to increasing the prosperity of the British people. The consensus that immigration has economically beneficial effects was on display last week, when the Government released a report by its own experts. "Migrants contribute £6 billion to the GDP" was the headline in many newspapers. And the report indeed confirmed the orthodoxy that "the Exchequer is better off with immigration than without it" - as Liam Byrne, the Home Office Minister, has insisted.

Such claims are profoundly misleading. What matters to the existing population is not how migration affects the "economy" as a whole, but how it affects them individually. Migration may increase the size of the national cake, but it also increases the number of people who are entitled to a slice of this cake.

There is a whole section of the report devoted to the contribution of migrants to GDP per capita. It claims that, since 1998, immigrants have added 3.1 per cent to Britain's GDP. That is true. But there is another, critical fact: during the same period, immigrants have added 3.8 per cent to the total British population. Put those two together and you get the result that the additional amount produced by immigrants has been smaller than the number of people they have added to the population.

The conclusion is inescapable: the result of immigration since 1998 has been to lower per capita GDP, or output per individual worker, not to increase it. The effect is very small, and within the margin of statistical error. But if you are willing to rely on the figures, the one thing you cannot conclude is that immigration has increased per capita GDP.

Yet this is precisely what is often meant by those who insist that "immigration has been enormously beneficial to the economy". Putting the GDP and population figures together is not complicated economics. But somehow the report never manages to do it, and so never manages to reach the obvious conclusion. I don't know whether that failure is deliberate or not - but it is certainly misleading. ...

Immigration, if it continues at the present rate of a net inflow of around 200,000 people a year, is going to add around 20 million to Britain's population over the next 50 years. Official press releases from the Office of National Statistics do not accurately report that fact, because they do not take account of the children that immigrants will have. It is not easy to see how the South East - which is where most immigrants settle, because that is where the jobs are - will be able to cope with so large an additional population. ...

But let's have an honest debate about the effects and consequences of immigration, not one based on misleading statistics or evasion of the truth. At the moment, the Government seems to want to conduct the discussion on the basis that it is better that people should not know what the truth is. I cannot believe that ignorance is a rational or ethical basis for making a decision on so important a topic. If we do not debate the effects of immigration honestly and truthfully, we will all come to regret it.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Muslim Tory group says Iran has 'legitimate' nuclear rights
Andrew Porter
Daily Telegraph, 19 October 2007

A body set up by David Cameron to advise the Conservatives on Muslim issues has criticised the Government's relationship with Israel and concluded that Iran has "legitimate" reasons for wanting nuclear weapons.

The Conservative Muslim Forum also wants the compulsory history curriculum in schools changed to give "full recognition to the massive contribution that Islam has made to the development of Western civilisation". It also argues that preachers who advocate a rejection of democracy and its institutions should not be denied entry into Britain.

The findings are in a response to this summer's report by the Tory National and International Security Policy Group chaired by new adviser, Dame Pauline Neville-Jones.

But the way it addresses certain key issues - completely at odds with Tory policy - will embarrass Mr Cameron. Its comments on Israel, in particular, will be seized on. ...

The forum works out of the Conservative headquarters in London. It is chaired by Lord Sheikh, a party donor who was given a peerage last year. His wife works in Tory HQ.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – IRISH REPUBLIC
Report finds evidence of 'white flight' from immigrants in northwest Dublin
International Herald Tribune, 19 October 2007

A government-commissioned report Friday into the impact of heavy immigration on Dublin's schools documented what it called a dramatic pattern of "white flight" from part of the capital city.

The study, titled "Inclusive Education, Primary Challenges," examined the rapid demographic changes in elementary schools in Dublin 15, a northwest district that lies largely outside the city's major ring highway and includes its biggest shopping mall.

It said Dublin was running the risk of creating banlieues - the French term for immigrant-dominated welfare housing projects, often on a city's edge - unless government officials committed themselves to "a degree of strategic planning that until now has proved unattainable."

Such planning of community development was needed, it said, "to avoid the emergence of banlieues and to prevent 'white flight.'"

Justice Minister Brian Lenihan, who unveiled the report Friday, said the government would consider its recommendations, which include a new system for tracking trends in student enrollments by issuing children taxpayer-identification numbers.

He called Dublin 15 "a unique case study" on how immigration has rapidly changed Ireland, a virtually all-white society before an economic boom began in the mid-1990s. Today more than 15 percent of the 4.2 million population was born outside Ireland.

The 2006 census found that Dublin 15's population grew nearly 27 percent in five years, triple the national rate, while about 27 percent of its approximately 90,000 residents do not categorize themselves as "white Irish." The newcomers include Eastern Europeans, Asians and Africans, chiefly asylum-seekers from Nigeria.

Friday's report, which surveyed enrollment patterns at 25 elementary schools in Dublin 15, said it found "quite a serious and significant trend of Irish moving out and immigrants moving in."

From 2003 to 2007, the report said, 79 percent of new students in Dublin 15 elementary schools were non-Irish. It called "astonishing" a finding that, since 2003, more than half of students were leaving Dublin 15 schools before reaching age 12, when they would normally transfer to secondary schools in the district.

The report was written by Enda McGorman, the principal of a Catholic elementary school in Dublin 15, and Ciaran Sugrue, director of postgraduate studies in education at St. Patrick's College in Dublin.
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RACISM
Nobel Prize scientist in race row over intelligence
Stephen Adams
Daily Telegraph, 18 October 2007

The Science Museum last night cancelled a talk by the Nobel Prize winning scientist Dr James Watson after he was accused of making racist comments implying Africans were not as intelligent as whites.

Dr Watson, who discovered DNA's double helix with Briton Francis Crick, has been condemned for saying he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa" because "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours - whereas all the testing says not really".

The 79-year-old American was due to talk at the Science Museum's Dana Centre on Friday but last night a spokesman said Dr Watson's comments had gone "beyond the point of acceptable debate" and as a result the museum was cancelling the sold-out event.

The eminent American, in Britain to promote a new book, also said the assumption that different racial groups shared "equal powers of reason" was backed by "no firm reason". However, he said that people should not discriminate racially, because "there are many people of colour who are very talented".

His comments have been attacked by fellow scientists, anti-racism campaigners and politicians. ...

Koku Adomdza, the director of the black equality pressure group The 1990 Trust, labelled Dr Watson a "complete dinosaur" and pressed him to apologise to "Africa and all people of African origin".
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BENEFITS AND COSTS
Migrant workers earn more than British
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 17 October 2007

Immigrant workers are both higher paid and more reliable than their British counterparts and contributed £6 billion to economic growth last year, a Government study said yesterday.

Migrants earn £424 a week on average, compared with £395 for UK workers, and paid more in tax than they consumed in services.

However, a separate paper issued together with the study by the Home Office admitted there were complaints about the impact of immigration on housing and other public services. Liam Byrne, the immigration minister, said the research showed that "in the long run, our country and Exchequer are better off with immigration rather than without it".

The report found that in 2006, record immigration pushed the number of foreign workers up to 12.5 per cent - or one eighth - of the labour force, compared to 7.4 per cent a decade ago.

Since average output growth over this period was 2.7 per cent a year and migration contributed an estimated 15 to 20 per cent of this, the study estimated a contribution of £6 billion from foreign workers - or £700,000 a day.

However, the figure does not take account of the costs of a growing population, for instance the impact on public services such as health, education and transport. But the overwhelmingly positive findings were last night challenged by academics.

Robert Rowthorn, an emeritus professor at Cambridge University, warned that as well as putting pressure on services, large-scale migration would "undermine the labour market position of the most vulnerable sections of the local workforce". The study, the first official attempt to establish the economic and fiscal impact of the record levels of immigration seen in recent years, states that "in the long run, it is likely that the net fiscal contribution of an immigrant will be greater than that of a non-immigrant".

It also claims there is no evidence of foreign workers pushing British people out of jobs, although it presents no firm evidence for this.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Realism is not racism in the immigration debate
David McWilliams
[Internet], 17 October 2007

Ireland is now an immigrant nation. But where do the immigrants work? The CSO produces numbers every quarter showing who works where (www.cso.ie/qnhs). ... One in three people working in tourism are foreigners and this figure is rising by 7pc per year. In our shops last year, the number of foreign workers increased by over 10pc, while the numbers of Irish workers in retail fell by 1.5pc. In construction, foreign workers account for one in six on the sites. ...

Immigration is the handmaiden of economic success and countries need to make decisions and policies to deal with immigration.

This is particularly relevant for Ireland, as we are now part of another unique experiment. Enhanced EU projects mean we have the free movement of labour from countries where the average annual wage is €4,000 and there is no social welfare system to speak of, to countries where the average annual wage is €40,000 and the social welfare system is open-ended. Child benefit alone in Ireland is worth more than the minimum wage in Lithuania. This is creating the biggest peacetime population movement Europe has ever seen, with hundreds of thousands of east Europeans on the move.

Like the widely-predicted "soft landing" in the property market, which no country has ever experienced before, we have replaced a proper discussion of immigration with platitudes and wishful thinking. The old ideological camps seem incapable of analysing the issue.

On the one hand, the right-wing view, best exemplified by IBEC, is that the only issue revolves around absorbing more and more immigrants to satisfy the appetite of the economy. This view states that mass immigration is kosher, so long as it serves to keep the price of labour low.

This framework was first adopted by German business circles when, in the early 1970s, Germany ran out of its own people. Fearing inflation from - excessive wage claims as the labour market tightened, Germany opened its door to two million Turks.

Integrating this community has taken Germany many tortuous years. The main problem with the business view is that you might import "workers", but what you actually get is "people".

If the right have a "workers-not-people" view, the left, on the other hand, have what can be best described as a "united colours of Benetton" approach, where the wisdom of mass immigration is overridden by sanctimony.

The right-on, soft-left view appears to be that it is our role to take in as many colours, creeds and peoples as possible and it is up to us to adapt to them. This approach leads to silly censorship, where any questioning of the appropriate level of immigration is immediately slapped down with accusations of racism. Such Orwellian double-think strangles debate.

This default position seems to have been formed in some 1970's prism, when Ireland was homogeneous and all things foreign were seen as progressive, simply because they were foreign. There was a time when the intelligentsia seemed to conclude that the more open you were to foreign influence, the more enlightened you were.

Now this "festival of world music" approach to immigration has led to a dialogue of the deaf. ...

The problem with the public debate on immigration is that it is articulated by people – journalists, academics and politicians – whose livelihood is not threatened by immigrants. In contrast, the people at the coal face are given the cold shoulder.
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ASYLUM
Asylum crisis getting worse say officials
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 14 October 2007

The asylum system is in turmoil, and claimants could now be offered a backdoor amnesty to remain in Britain, a leaked Home Office memo has revealed.

The document raises fears that a government target to speed up the processing of new claims could lead to existing cases being given "lower priority", potentially allowing thousands of claimants to stay in the country indefinitely.

The memo, seen by this newspaper, says unrest is spreading in detention centres, a growing number of claimants are going missing before cases are decided and the number of failed asylum seekers being deported is declining.

The concerns are highlighted in a "performance report" to ministers from the Border and Immigration Agency (BIA), which enforces the asylum system. ...

Home Office figures show that only 23,610 people claimed asylum last year, the lowest annual total since 1993. However, the Government missed its deportation target with only 6,780 failed asylum seekers removed in the first half of this year, down from 10,345 in the same period last year.

With fewer than 3,000 places in immigration detention centres, most asylum seekers are given free housing while their claims are processed, making it easy for them to abscond.
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RACISM – MULTICULTURALISM
Dame Vivienne gives 'racist' magazines a dressing down
Roya Nikkhah
Sunday Telegraph, 14 October 2007

Vivienne Westwood, the founder of punk style who has become the grand dame of British fashion, is no stranger to controversy.

She has now turned her fire on the magazine industry calling for a quota of black and ethnic-minority models to be used on front covers.

Describing the fashion industry as "racist", Dame Vivienne singled out magazines as particularly culpable.

Editors, she said, should be "forced" to use a certain proportion of black models even if it hit their circulation.

She recalled a conversation with a fashion magazine editor regarding the use of black models which had shocked her.

"She said that what you always have to have on a magazine cover is a face, that is what sells the magazine, and she told me that you could not put a black person on there because sales halve," she said.

Dame Vivienne said that magazine editors "must" use more black and Asian models if the culture of racial discrimination was to change. ...

Jo Elvin, the editor of Glamour magazine, said there was "no set agenda to exclude" ethnic-minority models. "There are fewer black women who are big enough stars to sell Glamour," she said.

But Michael Roberts, the fashion editor of Vanity Fair, said the industry was ignoring black models. "The industry, for all its airs of sophistication, has insular ideas of beauty," he said.

Claims that the fashion industry is racist have prompted a conference next year to be hosted by Dee Doocey, the Liberal Democrat culture spokesman for the London Assembly.

Dame Vivienne also spoke about her recent decision to abandon Labour and switch allegiance to the Tories. She described the Government as "the most autocratic we have ever had".
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IMMIGRATION – EMPLOYMENT
Almost one worker in four is a migrant
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 14 October 2007
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Britain has become a magnet for workers from almost every continent, with migrants now making up one in four of the workforce in parts of the country.

The impact of these new communities is measured for the first time today by figures showing the favoured destinations for each nationality, from Brazilians in Bournemouth to Nigerians in Aberdeen. ...

The new findings, based on National Insurance registrations since 2004, show that London is the biggest draw, attracting 650,000 migrants in three years. Across a swathe of the capital, at least one in six of the workforce is a recent immigrant. ... ...

According to the National Insurance data, 4.7 per cent of the workforce is now made up of migrants who have arrived since 2004. Children and non-working partners were not counted, and some of the new arrivals may have gone home.

Karen Dunnell, the chief statistician, told a House of Lords committee last week that an net rise of 1.4 million in the immigrant population over five years was balanced, in part, by emigration among Britons, giving a net population rise of 900,000 since 2001.

James Pleskitt, a junior work and pensions minister, told MPs that foreign workers now numbered 1.9 million, including those who had entered Britain before 2004, up 70 per cent since Labour took power in 1997.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, SWITZERLAND
Riots, rubber bullets and racism: democracy Swiss-style
Harry de Quetteville
Daily Telegraph, 13 October 2007

But a week before a general election, the political battle has become all too direct - complete with tear gas, burning barricades and street battles between police and anti-racist campaigners. ...

The descent into violence last week came as Switzerland's most powerful party, the Right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP), marched into the city centre to hold a rally.

Protestors blocked the route. They blame a handful of yobs for hijacking their peaceful demonstration. ...

The final surveys before the Oct 21 election suggest that the SVP - which won the 2003 vote with 27 per cent - will improve on its position next weekend.

It wants to eject foreign nationals who commit crimes in Switzerland once they have served their prison terms.

... pointing out that the foreign nationals who make up 20 per cent of Switzerland's 7.5 million population account for 70 per cent of its prison population is a successful tactic for the SVP and its leader, Christian Blocher.
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MULTICULTURALISM – RELIGION
In the name of all that's holy, this is not music
Damian Thompson
Daily Telegraph, 13 October 2007

For years, I've wondered who writes this stuff, and why churches insist on forcing it down our throats. In the past few weeks, I have begun to find out. ...

The music of Inwood and other "contemporary" Catholic composers sound like nothing else on earth. The tunes wander up and down the stave in cod-medieval whole tones seasoned with schmaltz: think Hildegard of Bingen meets Joan Baez in a 1970 cocktail lounge. ...

After I blogged about this subject, I started receiving surreptitious messages of support from Catholic masters of music and cathedral organists. They all said the same thing: we hate this stuff, too, but the bishops' liturgical advisers keep shunting commissions in the direction of ageing trendies. "Check out something called the Society of St Gregory," advised one leading musician.

So I did. The SSG was founded in 1928 as the official body for Catholic liturgists and musicians in the British Isles. Its website advertises a CD of its composers' music called Baptised with Fire. I defy anyone to listen to the extracts and keep a straight face: this music bears the same relation to a proper, rousing hymn as Attack of the Killer Tomatoes does to Vertigo. Yet this is the body favoured by the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, much to the dismay of some cathedral masters of music. The composers who attend the SSG summer schools may not know how to write music, but they hold the right "progressive" (c. 1968) political views and are fluent in the vocabulary of ethnic sensitivity and "empowerment". Last year, they ended their sessions by processing on to the lawn, "dancing, drumming and singing in African that 'Satan has had it'".
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IMMIGRATION – EMPLOYMENT
Immigrant workers in UK up by 70pc under Labour
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 12 October 2007

The number of immigrant workers in Britain has increased by 70 per cent since Labour came to power in 1997, and there are now 1.9 million overseas employees, according to figures released yesterday.

The rise has been attributed to the Government's "open door" policy to migrants from the European Union, which means skilled workers from countries such as Poland can work in Britain.

The figures were released as part of a written Commons reply by James Plaskitt, a junior minister at the Department for Work and Pensions.

In a statement read out to Parliament, Mr Pleskitt said the total of 1.9 million was a rise of 800,000 since 1997.

A separate set of figures released yesterday showed that migrant workers from eastern Europe have settled around the whole country and not just in London and the South East.

More than 700,000 have registered to work from the eight countries which joined the EU in 2004.

Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicates that they are more broadly spread across Britain than traditional migrant groups. ...

The study, published in Population Trends, showed a fairly even spread between London, the East and West Midlands, the East of England and Northern Ireland.
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POLITICS
Minister unveils £35m social study
Daily Telegraph, 12 October 2007

A £35.5 million study of how experiences, hopes and beliefs of households change over time, was announced by the Government yesterday.

Ian Pearson, the science and innovation minister, said the decade-long survey of 40,000 households will "revolutionise our capacity to study areas such as poverty, migration, labour market dynamics, crime and ageing".
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RACISM – MULTICULTURALISM
Student's 'English bash' deemed racist
Lucy Cockcroft
Daily Telegraph, 12 October 2007

A student at a university that prides itself on being the most multicultural in Britain has been branded "racist" after distributing invitations to an "English party".

Rugby captain Timothy McLellan has been forced to apologise after pinning up posters around the campus promising the event would have "no bongos, shisha pipes or Arabic music".

The 20-year-old law student had intended the flyer to be a joke poking fun at parties held at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, which typically have an ethnic theme.

But after suffering an angry backlash and accusations of racism he sent more than 3,000 emails to students apologising for his actions.

He wrote: "The aim of the poster was not to alienate or discriminate but rather to express that this party was, unlike most SOAS events, going to have a more mainstream vibe. The choice of the word 'English', which I now regret, was not intended to mean that it was a party for white English students but was rather intended to express that the party's vibe reflected England's mainstream culture, which in itself is not racially exclusive.

"Equally, the decision to use the examples of bongos, shisha pipes and Arabic music, which I also regret, was not designed as a slur on their respective cultures."
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MULTICULTURALISM – BURIAL SITES
Anger over plan to dig up 350,000 bodies in historic London cemetery for Muslim burial site
Beth Hale
Daily Mail, 12 October 2007

It is a peaceful resting place for 350,000 souls - an historic graveyard which now serves as a nature reserve.

But plans are afoot to dig up the ancient graves at Tower Hamlets Cemetery - and reopen it as a 21st century burial site.

Officially it would be known as a "multi-faith" cemetery but it is likely that it would principally answer calls for a Muslim graveyard in the largely-Asian East London borough.

The local newspaper has been bombarded with letters from historians and nature lovers declaring: "There is no way we'll allow them to dig up our ancestors."

But the Labour-controlled council's environment spokesman Abdal Ullah appeared to be in no doubt about the feasibility of the plan when he said: "To preserve the respect and dignity for everyone, I think most of the graves would have to be cleared out and we'd start afresh."

He said a corner of the cemetery would be reserved for Muslims who are buried in shrouds at a depth of 6ft and on their side facing Mecca.

By law, any graves more than 75 years old can be removed.

At the cemetery yesterday, liaison officer Ken Greenway - the only paid member of staff tending the 33-acre site - said he was astonished that anyone would even contemplate such a move. ...

The City of London and Tower Hamlets Cemetery was opened in 1841 by an Act of Parliament. ...

In 1986 ownership passed from the Greater London Council to Tower Hamlets and in 1990 the Friends of the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park was set up.

Seven years ago the park became the borough's first nature reserve and it is now tended by 1,600 volunteers.

It is home to 27 species of butterfly, a rare bumble bee, woodpeckers, sparrowhawks and the elusive firecrest. ...

Last night the council was insisting there were no plans to re-open the park as a cemetery. ...

However the council admitted it had been looking at "options" for burial sites.
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POPULATION – ECOLOGY, HOUSING
Green belt could be axed as buffer zone with countryside
Charles Clover
Daily Telegraph, 11 October 2007

A review that could end the green belt's role as a buffer zone between town and countryside was given the go-ahead yesterday by the Government's conservation advisers.

The review, called for by the board of Natural England, could see parts of the green belt - which takes up 13 per cent of the land in England - given over to solving the housing crisis. Meanwhile, a network of "green wedges" would be created to link urban areas to the countryside.

Sir Martin Doughty, the agency's chairman, said he had to accept the figure of three million homes that the Government says must be built in the next 20 years, but he added that Natural England wanted to put green spaces "at the heart of all new development". ...

The Campaign to Protect Rural England said the proposals risked "unleashing an American-style swathe of car-dependent sprawl that would change the face of the country, undermining the clear separation between town and country and efforts to secure urban renewal". ...

Sir Martin said that the review would probably be conducted within two months and presented to the board's next meeting.
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IMMIGRATION
Half a million Poles 'could stay in UK'
Daily Telegraph, 11 October 2007

Nearly half a million Polish immigrants could be planning a permanent new life in Britain, according to new research published yesterday.

A Polish study has found that 15 per cent or 150,000 of the estimated million Poles living and working in Britain do not want to return to Poland. Another 300,000 who came to the UK after the European Union's expansion in Eastern Europe three years ago, have not yet made up their minds.
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IMMIGRATION
2.2m immigrants arrive in five years
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 10 October 2007

More than 2.2 million immigrants arrived in the UK between 2001 and 2005, figures showed yesterday.

Over the same period 870,000 foreign-born people left the country, which meant that the foreign-born resident population grew by 1.4 million in a five-year period - by far the fastest rate of growth in history.

At the same time, the UK-born resident population fell by half a million, with 897,000 leaving the country for a year or more and 394,000 returning. One in 10 of the population was now foreign-born, compared to eight per cent in 2001.

The figures were published by the Office for National Statistics in a report to a House of Lords inquiry into the accuracy of migration data. They showed that migrants added 939,000 to the UK's population in the five years to last summer - an extra 515 people every day.

The overseas-born population of working age increased by 26 per cent to 947,000, while the British-born working population fell by 44,000.

About 40 per cent of long-term migrants to the UK in 2005 were aged 15 to 24, compared to 13 per cent for the UK population as a whole.

The ONS recently revised upwards by one third its assumptions for future immigration from 145,000 to 190,000 a year.
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RACISM
Tate Modern finds a gap for new work
Nigel Reynolds
Daily Telegraph, 9 October 2007

This huge crack - 548 ft long and 3 ft deep in places - in the concrete floor of Tate Modern was unveiled yesterday as a work of art costing about £300,000.

Constructed by Doris Salcedo, a Colombian artist, and titled Shibboleth, the fissure is the latest piece in the Unilever Series of commissions that has included a large, watery sun and spiral tubes for visitors to slide down. Salcedo explained that Shibboleth was a statement about racism and the gap between Europeans and the rest of mankind. "It represents the experience of immigrants. It is the experience of a Third World person coming to the heart of Europe," she said.
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EMPLOYMENT
Immigrants better workers, says Sainsbury's
Gary Cleland
Daily Telegraph, 9 October 2007

Immigrant workers have a "superior" work ethic to British employees, according to the supermarket giant Sainsbury's.

The company said it found immigrants to be more flexible and happier with their terms and conditions in employment.

It added that employing migrant workers in its stores often had a positive impact on the domestic staff. Sainsbury's was giving evidence to a House of Lords inquiry into the impact of immigration.

In a written submission, it said that it had greatly increased the number of immigrants it employed over the past two years and would likely continue to do so in future. ...

The company, which employs 150,000 people, said it did not specifically recruit migrant workers and looked for the "highest calibre recruit" for any vacancy. ...

Prof David Blanchflower, who sits on the Bank of England's monetary policy committee, told the peers that immigration had increased "fear of unemployment" in the UK and that increased competition for jobs was likely to "have a downward impact on pay". ...

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research said that 382,000 eastern Europeans had moved to the UK since their countries joined the EU in 2004.
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ASYLUM
Daily Telegraph, 9 October 2007

Britain is the top European destination for asylum seekers, according to figures released by the EU yesterday. In 2006, Britain received 27,850 applications for asylum, more than France (26,300), Sweden (24,300) and Germany (21,000).

Britain received 3,000 fewer applications than in 2005. The greatest number of asylum applicants came from Eritrea, with 2,725 applying to stay, followed by Iran (2,675) and Afghanistan (2,650).
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HOUSING
Public 'link immigrants to soaring house prices'
Andrew Porter
Daily Telegraph, 8 October 2007

Immigrants are being blamed for driving up house prices, according to a new survey.

The Conservatives immediately seized on the evidence to push their policy of putting annual limits on immigration. One in five people said controls on the number of foreigners coming to Britain was the best way to slowing demand and halting soaring property prices, the survey for propertyfinder.com found.

... New arrivals from abroad came second only to property investors as being responsible for fuelling the market.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Politicians fly to Britain in search of Polish votes
Harry de Quetteville
Daily Telegraph, 8 October 2007

Britain was sucked into the tooth and nail battle for power in Poland yesterday, as politicians for the first time flew from Warsaw for a showdown in London.

The debate involved politicians from five of Poland's political parties, exactly two weeks ahead of the country's election day.

They locked horns in a live debate on Polish Radio London, a station which has just begun broadcasting and is one of a host of outlets serving the burgeoning Polish community. ...

All were trying to woo the estimated one million Poles in Britain. ...

Such is the potential turnout among the Polish community abroad that 20 polling stations are being set up across the UK and Ireland. ...

Election rules mean that all votes cast abroad will count only towards the result in Warsaw, the Polish capital, rather than the nation as a whole.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Parents 'choosing segregated schools'
Julie Henry
Sunday Telegraph, 7 October 2007

Primary schools are becoming increasingly segregated because parents want their children to be educated with their own ethnic groups, new research has shown.

The study shows that the over-concentration of some ethnic groups in state schools cannot be explained by the social make-up of catchment areas alone. Instead, parents are actively choosing to segregate their children from other groups of pupils, sending them to predominantly "black" or "Asian" schools.

Researchers from Bristol University who analysed more than 300 primaries in Birmingham found that from the age of four, children in some schools are being taught in near isolation from pupils of different racial backgrounds.

The study, which will be presented to a major conference on school segregation in London this week, supports the warning by Trevor Phillips in 2005 that the country is "sleepwalking to segregation". According to Mr Phillips, who was then chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, the creation of "fully-fledged ghettos" in the UK is leading to "chronic cultural conflict".
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RACISM – MULTICULTURALISM
We don't need no condescension
Lesley Thomas
Sunday Telegraph, 7 October 2007

In the guidelines on school uniforms issued by the schools minister, Jim Knight, last week, headteachers are warned to think twice about banning "cornrow" hairstyles - tightly woven plaits - in case it is viewed as racist. ...

Cornrow, or "cane row" as it is usually pronounced in the UK, is an old-fashioned hairstyle traditionally adopted by small Caribbean or African girls, ironically, for school. It's a practical way to contain afro hair neatly. In recent years, it has been adopted as a style statement, mainly by teenage boys and young men, both black and white. David Beckham was a huge fan of the look a few years ago.

There's no denying that for some young lads the style has a touch of gangsta-rap about it, like wearing their trousers ludicrously low on the hips (which originated in US prisons, where belts are confiscated). Few black parents would think it racist to ban any of these looks for their boys, any more than white parents would be upset by a ban on skinhead style, which can look thuggish.
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IMMIGRATION – EMPLOYMENT
Immigrants head for the countryside
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 7 October 2007

Immigrants from eastern Europe have spread across rural England to make up as much as one in eight of the workforce, research shows.

The findings give the clearest picture yet of "hotspots" where the largest numbers of migrants choose to live and work. The research was conducted for town hall chiefs, who are preparing to launch a campaign for millions in extra funds to help them cope with the influx.

Almost 700,000 eastern Europeans, two-thirds from Poland, have moved to the United Kingdom since their countries joined the European Union in 2004, equivalent to 1.8 per cent of the UK working-age population. However, in some areas their concentration is much higher.

Unlike previous generations of immigrants, many have avoided big cities and industrial regions in favour of country towns. ...

In all, there are 18 council areas where east Europeans make up five per cent or more of the workforce. ...

... The figures are based on eastern European citizens who registered for national insurance numbers between April 2004 and March this year. Some may have returned home, but there is no record of how many.

The Local Government Association (LGA) commissioned research from the Institute for Community Cohesion amid concerns that official statistics were inadequate.
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EMPLOYMENT
Half of new jobs go to foreigners
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 6 October 2007

More than half of all new jobs have gone to foreigners since Labour came to power, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

The statistics put Britain at the bottom of a European league of countries for getting jobs for its own citizens.

The figures, compiled by the House of Commons library using data from the European Labour Force Survey, showed that, between 1997 and 2006, 54 per cent of all new jobs in Britain - 862,000 jobs - were taken by foreigners, compared to 731,000 jobs for Britons.

Over the same period, the number of British nationals in the workforce went up by 2.8 per cent, compared to a 90 per cent increase in the number of foreigners.
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IMMIGRATION
Ukip urges freeze on immigration
Daily Telegraph, 6 October 2007

All immigration to the UK should be halted for five years, the UK Independence Party (Ukip) said yesterday. It wants the freeze to remain until "proper controls" are put in place.

It also wants migrants to be fluent in English, have educational qualifications, demonstrate loyalty to the UK and be able to support themselves without recourse to state funds.

Party leader Nigel Farage said the Government's handling of immigration from the EU had been a "shambles" and claimed "millions" of migrants had come into Britain.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Immigrants to get cultural 'briefing packs'
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 6 October 2007

Cultural "briefing packs" giving tips on acceptable behaviour will be handed out to immigrants under Government plans to be announced today.

Immigrants will be given an information pack setting out their rights and responsibilities and telling them what to expect from national laws and traditions.

The packs are part of a £50 million "hearts and minds" drive aimed at building bridges between Britain's ethnic communities.

Hazel Blears, the Communities Secretary, will set out a 10-point action plan to promote "cohesion" and tackle community tensions ahead of a possible election announcement next week.

The Tories have already signalled that immigration will be a major issue in the campaign and ministers are keen to neutralise it.

Local councils are to be encouraged to promote "citizens' days" to emphasise the country's heritage and the importance of civic pride. The measures follow Gordon Brown's focus in his Labour conference speech on Britishness and the importance of integration. ...

Many of the ideas were recommended earlier this year by the Government's Commission on Integration and Cohesion chaired by Darra Singh, the chief executive of Ealing council in London.
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RACISM
Beware of banning braids - it could be classed as racist, heads are told
Laura Clout
Daily Telegraph, 5 October 2007

Schools are being warned that they could fall foul of race discrimination laws if they ban "cornrow" hairstyles.

New guidelines on school uniforms released yesterday say that head teachers who stop pupils wearing the tight braids - or other traditionally ethnic hairstyles - could be accused of indirect discrimination because the styles are more likely to be adopted by specific racial groups.

The guidance also says schools should "act reasonably" to accommodate religious requirements such as headscarves, and their uniform policy should have regard to human rights legislation concerning the right to manifest religion or beliefs.

However, some restrictions on religious dress may be justified, for example on grounds of health and safety or to protect the rights of other pupils. The advice, announced by Jim Knight, the schools minister, also gives heads the right to ban full-face veils.
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NATIONAL IDENTITY
Minorities 'feel stronger UK ties'
Daily Telegraph, 5 October 2007

People of Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani and black Caribbean origin living in Britain all feel a stronger tie to the country that white people.

The Government's 2007 Citizenship Survey also suggested the over-75s were most likely to feel a strong sense of belonging to Britain.

The study showed 91 per cent of Bangladeshis, 89 per cent of Indians, 87 per cent of Pakistanis and 85 per cent of Caribbeans felt strong ties to Britain.

This compared with 84 per cent of whites.
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CRIME
Foreign criminal gangs 'moving to rural areas'
John Steele
Daily Telegraph, 4 October 2007

Foreign criminals are moving out of big cities and infiltrating rural towns and villages.

The gangs include Jamaican "Yardies" selling crack in Hereford and Cambridgeshire, Chinese criminals called "Snakeheads" in Lancashire and Norfolk, Albanians running prostitution rings in Hampshire and Colombian cocaine networks in Chelmsford, Essex, a new television series claims.

The disclosures are featured in Crime Invasion - Britain's New Underworld, a new series for the Virgin 1 satellite channel, presented by Rageh Omaar, a journalist who has worked for the BBC. ...

Police chiefs have estimated there may be about 1,500 crime gangs in Britain but that as few as six per cent are being tackled at any time.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS
Migrants 'reliant' on benefits
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 1 October 2007

The degree to which new immigrants rely on benefits and council housing has been revealed by a survey that looks at how much foreigners contribute to the economy.

The league tables have been compiled by the Left-leaning Institute for Public Policy Research on behalf of Dispatches, to be shown on Channel 4 tonight. The figures come from the census and the quarterly Labour Force Survey.

Somalians rely heavily on benefits, according to the statistics - 80 per cent live in social housing and 39 per cent claim income support.

Nearly half of newly-arrived Turks - 49 per cent - rely on social housing and 39 per cent claim income support. However, 35 per cent are self-employed.

Other nationalities rely on sickness benefit - 10 per cent of those newly arrived from Pakistan claim it, along with nine per cent from Cyprus, and eight per cent from Kenya, Ireland and Jamaica.

Poles work longer hours for less pay and are paid less sickness benefit than almost any other group.

Nigerians are among the best educated, most likely to be working in the public sector and least likely to claim sickness benefit.

British-born workers score below average in most of the tables - they claim more sickness benefit and council housing and work shorter hours.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS
Migrants are a drain on Britain, says Left think-tank
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 30 September 2007

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants are a drain on Britain and its economy, says a Left-leaning think-tank.

Migrants from many developing nations fail to pay their way, while those from wealthy countries, such as the United States and Australia, provide a boost for the economy.

The report, published today by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), sets out to reveal which nationalities are "a debit on Britain's balance sheet".

It found that fewer than half of Britain's 650,000 Somalis, Bangladeshis, Turks and Pakistanis, have jobs and the four communities have the highest levels of benefit dependency.

Britain's fastest-growing migrant group, the Poles, score above-average for employment, but have the lowest hourly pay and make a below-average tax contribution.

Channel 4 commissioned the report for a Dispatches documentary, Immigrants: the Inconvenient Truth, to be shown tomorrow night.
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POPULATION – HOUSING
The towns where half of new homes are being built on 'beautiful' gardens
Roya Nikkhah
Sunday Telegraph, 30 September 2007

As many as eight in 10 homes are being built by demolishing existing houses and eating into gardens, government figures show.

Such developments, disguised as "brownfield" sites, account for more than half of all new houses in 28 council areas in England. In a further 25 districts, so-called "garden grabbing" accounts for more than 40 per cent of new development.

The scale of the problem has intensified calls for ministers to close a loophole that allows gardens to be treated as "previously developed land", or brownfield sites, the same classification as former industrial plots, enabling developers to buy older houses with mature gardens and replace them with flats. ...

The figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) show that 159,454 homes were built in England in 2005. Of these, 117,996 were built on previously developed land, including 28,700 on former residential sites.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Islamists 'urge young Muslims to use violence'
Tom Harper
Sunday Telegraph, 30 September 2007

An extremist Islamist group, which remains legal despite Government promises to ban it, has urged Muslim students at British universities to fight Allied troops in Iraq.

Hizb ut Tahrir, which wants to overthrow democracy and establish a worldwide Islamic theocracy, distributed leaflets to young Muslims inciting them to resist the occupation of Islamic lands, according to a TV documentary by a former group member. ...

Former Hizb ut Tahrir member Shiraz Maher presents his account of the group's activities in an edition of Panorama on BBC1 tomorrow night.

Tony Blair promised to ban the organisation after the July 7 London bombings but Labour has since claimed there is not enough evidence to demonstrate Hizb ut Tahrir is violent.

The Panorama documentary contains the first testimony indicating it has advocated the use of force. The group has been accused of fuelling terrorism in the past, but has always denied involvement in any form of violent activity.
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MULTICULTURALISM – EDUCATION
White British children outnumbered in almost a fifth of education areas
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 28 September 2007

White British children are now a minority in almost a fifth of education authorities in England, official figures showed yesterday.

They are outnumbered at primary and secondary schools in 29 of the 150 local education authority areas, including Birmingham, Leicester, Luton, Slough and most London boroughs.

In some parts of the capital children from ethnic minority families account for more than nine in 10 school places. ...

Figures from the Department for Children, Schools and Families showed that last year saw the biggest year-on-year increase in pupils from ethnic minorities.

Across the country, they accounted for almost 22 per cent of pupils at primary school compared to 20.6 per cent last year. At secondary school, numbers rose at a similar rate, to 17.7 per cent.

In all, about one-in-eight pupils - some 800,000 - do not speak English as a first language and numbers are thought to have doubled in the last decade. ...

Across inner and outer London, black and Asian pupils outnumber white British children by about six to four. ...

In Birmingham, which has around 300 schools, 57 per cent of primary and 52 per cent of secondary pupils are from non-white British families.
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IMMIGRATION
Immigration estimates out by 45,000 a year and 5m more are on the way
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 28 September 2007

Immigration will add almost five million people to the population over the next 25 years, according to official estimates published yesterday.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revised its long-term assumptions upwards by a third.

For the past few years, it assumed that they net migration figure - the difference between those leaving and arriving - would be 145,000 a year over the next two decades.

But the assumption now is for an annual addition to the population of 190,000 through direct immigration every year until 2031.

This means that the calculations on which recent public policy has been based have been out by 45,000 a year.

Next month, the ONS will revise the annual migration totals it has already published to take account of the increase.

The recalculation led to an admission from the Government that it had failed to control immigration.

Liam Byrne, the immigration minister, said: "This report shows what could happen unless we take action now.

"Frankly, it underlines the need for swift and sweeping changes to the immigration system in the next 12 months." ...

Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migrationwatch, said the impact of immigration on the population was even greater if children of new arrivals are included in the calculations.

He said: "Housing demands simply for new immigrants will increase from 200 a day to 260 a day throughout the next 20 years.

"Continued immigration on this scale is completely unacceptable to the vast majority of the public."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
France calls in riot squad to purge port's 'new Sangatte'
Peter Allen
Daily Telegraph, 27 September 2007

French riot police have begun a "war" in the port of Cherbourg against hundreds of migrants trying to enter Britain illegally by stowing away of ferries.

Officers from the CRS (Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité) moved in after local police complained that they were unable to cope with the huge numbers of migrants who test the port's defences on a nightly basis.

Up to 150 people are arrested every day in Cherbourg as they attempt to hide in and underneath lorries boarding ferries to Britain.

So great is their number, a migrant "shanty town" has been set up in the city.

"It's a war, and a very difficult one," said Jean-Louis Fargeas, Prefect of Le Manche district of France, which covers Cherbourg. ...

But police are fighting a relentless battle, said Michel LeCavorzin, the Cherbourg police commissioner, with many of the migrants arrested destined to return to try again. "They will be asked if they want to claim asylum, but if not there is very little we can do," he said. "Every single one of them says they want to go to England. Because they have no official papers which we can use to repatriate them, they end up getting released back into the community. Then, inevitably, they come back to the port to have another go at getting to England. It's a cycle which goes on and on."

There are now so many illegal immigrants living rough in Cherbourg that the city's legal department has applied to the administrative court in nearby Caen to have the "shanty town" destroyed. ...

But if the camp is torn down this week, the prospect of an official "welcome centre" being opened will come ever closer.
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MULTICULTURALISM – HISTORY
Call to rewrite British history
Daily Telegraph, 26 September 2007

Parts of British history need to be rewritten to emphasise the roles played by other races and religions, the chairman of the new Commission for Equalities and Human Rights said yesterday.

Trevor Phillips said the history of Britain did not properly reflect the contribution of other cultures.
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RACISM – MULTICULTURALISM
Harman wants all-black shortlists
Daily Telegraph, 26 September 2007

The law should be changed to allow all-black shortlists in parliamentary constituencies with large ethnic minorities, Harriet Harman said.

Labour's deputy leader also revealed that she had asked Operation Black Vote, an organisation which encourages black people to get involved in politics, to carry out a consultation exercise on the idea.

Miss Harman, who is also Commons Leader and party chairman, said that there were "not enough" ethnic minority MPs to ensure that politics was in tune with the ethnic make-up of the country.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS
Immigrants 'fuel rise in crashes'
Daily Telegraph, 25 September 2007

Immigrants motorists' attitudes to drink-driving and speeding is fuelling a surge in road crashes, a police chief warned yesterday.

Eastern European drivers struggling to understand signs is also thought to be a factor in the number of accidents.

Chief Insp Rick Dowell, the head of Dorset Police's traffic unit, said there had been an increase in the number of foreign nationals arrested for drink-driving and speeding.

"The number of fatal or serious injury collisions involving foreign nationals is also increasing," he said.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY
Migrants living in luxury while we stay poor, say angry islanders
Malcolm Moore
Daily Telegraph, 24 September 2007

The four gleaming white buildings that house hundreds of African migrants have already been dubbed "The Luxury Hotel" by locals.

Lampedusa, a tiny splinter of rock just a few hundred miles from the Libyan coast used to be famous as the home of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, the author of The Leopard.

Now it is the first point of call for the thousands of illegal immigrants trying to get into Europe each year, crossing the Mediterranean on makeshift rafts and overloaded fishing boats.

The buildings are part of a £9 million welcome centre, which has caused resentment and anger among the island's Italian residents since it opened this month.

The centre, which was partly funded by the European Union, boasts a fully equipped mini-hospital, with two doctors and two nurses on 24-hour duty. Its comfortable dormitories are all air-conditioned and immigrants are given free bottled water and cigarettes.

Up to 1,000 people can be housed within its walls while they are being identified and evaluated for asylum.

"There are telephones so that everyone can call home and reassure their family they are safe," said Sebastiano Maccheroni, the director. "And we cook all the food freshly, to order. Every person can eat a plate of spaghetti, and then perhaps a veal chop with some vegetables."

For the immigrants who have survived the dangers of crossing deserts and sea, it is paradise. ...

However, many of the locals resent the huge sums being spent on immigrants when their own needs are routinely ignored. "We should not be helping these poor people. We need help ourselves. There are not enough schools on Lampedusa, there is no facility at the hospital for women to give birth," said Angela Maraventano, the owner of Il Saraceno, a restaurant.

She is now planning a protest next month at the Italian parliament to highlight the plight of the impoverished islanders.

"I can see why they are upset," conceded Mr Maccheroni. "For them, this facility is like a five-star hotel. It is luxurious.

"They do not have any infrastructure. There is not enough clean water. So I can see why they are annoyed that this centre took priority."
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – PUBLIC SERVICES
Migrants 'should pay for our services'
Bonnie Malkin
Daily Telegraph, 24 September 2007

Economic migrants could be forced to make a bigger contribution to the cost of public services, under plans outlined by the head of Britain's new equality watchdog.

Trevor Phillips, who launches the Commission for Equality and Human Rights this week, said that some migrants who stay in the UK only for a short time should pay more for the use of schools and hospitals.

He said the current immigration system was not built to deal with "shuttle migrants", described as people who "virtually commute from Warsaw or Slovenia", and recommended a "two-track immigration system" instead.

He said: "It's not that we don't want them to come here. But they put a stress on infrastructure.

"You might say they are people who are basically here for work ... they and their employers might have to make a contribution, for social insurance for example." ...

Liam Byrne, the Immigration Minister, said yesterday that the suggestions would be taken seriously.
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CRIME
Daily Telegraph, 24 September 2007

A BBC investigation found last night that some Polish migrant workers are illegally claiming child benefit in Britain and Poland. Officials in six Polish regions believe at least a third of the child benefit applications are fraudulent.
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CRIME – FRAUD
Fines cancelled to boost figures
John Steele
Sunday Telegraph, 23 September 2007

Millions of pounds in court fines are being written off by the Government each year to make the figures look better.

Around £50 million of unpaid fines are simply being cancelled or discontinued, according to an analysis of official figures.

The practice has allowed ministers to claim a dramatic rise in the rate at which fines are being paid.

Where criminals give false names or disappear off the radar without paying anything for a year, the fine is "administratively cancelled" by civil servants without courts being consulted. Other fines are "legally discontinued" when the offender goes to jail for another crime. In both cases, the fines cease to be included in the total owed. As a result, the official proportion of "paid" fines has shot up from around 60 per cent a few years ago to 98 per cent now.
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CRIME
Foreigners commit one crime in every five in London, says the Met
Tom Harper and Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 23 September 2007

More than one crime in five in London is now committed by a foreign national, raising fresh fears over the impact of immigration.

Around a third of all sex offences and a half of all frauds in the capital are carried out by non-British citizens. ...

Criticism of the Government's immigration policy intensified last week when Julie Spence, the Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire, revealed how the steady flow of Eastern European migrants with "different standards" was placing a huge strain on her rural police force. ...

Last year, a leaked memo from the then Home Office minister Joan Ryan warned that an estimated 45,000 potential criminals from Romania and Bulgaria - which joined the EU in January this year - would travel to Britain.

Last night, Mrs Spence's comments drew support from officers across the country, suggesting that a link between immigration and crime is being made nationally.
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CRIME
Prosperous Romanians deny they are exporting criminals
Bojan Pancevski
Sunday Telegraph, 23 September 2007

Halfway between Bucharest and the Black Sea coast, the impoverished rural town of Tandarei is experiencing a startling renaissance. ...

The transformation comes just a year after Romania joined the European Union, transforming the fortunes of the town's 14,000 citizens.

But Tandarei's good fortune comes at the expense of Britain. Vast numbers of Romanians have moved to western Europe, including tens of thousands to the UK, and are now sending money home, a worrying percentage of which is earned from criminal activities in Britain and its neighbours. ...

But despite the evident need for international co-operation in cross-border crime, the mayor of Tandorei, Mr Vasile Sava, rejects the notion that his town has become an exporter of crime to countries such as Britain.

"We are certainly not exporting criminals," he said. "Lots of skilled workers from all professions have left to work abroad, and they are sending money back home. If a few among them are criminals, it doesn't mean that we can brand all of them as such."

Mr Sava admits that many offenders derive from the numerous Roma minority, but claims integration measures put in place by his administration are about to overcome the problem.

An estimated 1.5 million of Romania's 22 million inhabitants are Roma, most of them living in secluded and underprivileged communities.

Most in the Roma-populated outskirts of Tandarei have relatives living in the UK. Shellsuits and jewellery and gold teeth are the order of the day. They gave a friendly welcome. Then some of them admit to stealing and living off benefits.
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EMPLOYMENT – MULTICULTURALISM
Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson
Daily Telegraph, 22 September 2007
[Interview]

... Peter Hain, the Work and Pensions Secretary. ...

His other priority is getting people off benefit and into work - to "think the unthinkable on welfare", as Tony Blair promised to do in 1997. "I have been travelling around the country and I am convinced that there are hundreds of thousands more people who are on incapacity benefits or income support - lone parents and older workers - who with personal help could move off benefits and into jobs." One problem, according to the minister, is that British workers are too choosy. "There are some jobs that British workers don't want to do such as picking fruit and vegetables and the farmers have to fill the gaps in the Labour market with migrants."

Mr Hain said that the recruitment drive is, "explicitly a British jobs for British people campaign". Although he insists that he is proud of Britain's "multicultural society", he says: "If there were two people identically qualified, socially skilled and personable, one British and one not, of course it's better to recruit a British person. It's better for employees and employers - they're more likely to get loyalty and a long term relationship."

Mr Hain, who was brought up in South Africa and spent his teens fighting against apartheid, says: "I'm a passionate anti-racist and everybody knows that. This is about priorities and my priorities are to get British people into jobs." Immigration is the one area in which Labour is behind the Tories in private polling presented to the Cabinet this week. Mr Hain is determined to address that before the General Election.
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CRIME
Brown 'failing trafficked children'
Daily Telegraph, 21 September 2007

Gordon Brown is not doing enough to protect children smuggled into the country to work in the sex industry or as slave labour, two rights groups said in a report yesterday.

David Bull, one of the co-authors and the executive director of Unicef UK, said 1.2 million children fall victim to trafficking every year and that Britain was slow in stamping out the crime. He said: "They are secretly transported across borders and sold like commodities or trafficked within countries for the sole purpose of exploitation."

The report claimed that of 330 victims identified over 18 months by the Government, 183 went missing from social services care. It called for trafficked children to be given renewable residence permits so that they can stay in Britain to recover from abuses.
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IMMIGRATION – DOCTORS
Overseas doctors 'led to job shortage'
Rebecca Smith
Daily Telegraph, 21 September 2007

The Government's "muddled" immigration policy is to blame for the junior doctors recruitment fiasco which will see hundreds of British medics without a training post this year, it was claimed today.

Nearly a quarter of those given training jobs in England this year had qualified from medical schools outside Europe, while a half of all applicants considered for posts were from overseas.

This is why the medical training application service (MTAS) was so heavily oversubscribed, making disappointment inevitable, says Graham Winyard, a retired postgraduate dean in today's British Medical Journal.

Mr Winyard said Britain currently has the "worst of all worlds" and the issue of medical immigration had become "the elephant in the room".
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – MULTICULTURALISM
Police face growing bill for interpreters
Aislinn Simpson and Alison Stacey
Daily Telegraph, 21 September 2007

Police forces are spending millions of pounds on interpreters to meet the demands posed by immigrant workers. ...

... Thames Valley Police - which covers Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire - said it was spending £1 million a year on interpreters. Ten years ago the bill was about £80,000. ...

In London, the Metropolitan Police spent £9.9 million on interpreters last year - up almost £3 million in the past three years.
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CRIME
Migrant workers importing crime, says police chief
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 20 September 2007

Immigrant workers are importing their national feuds and criminal behaviour to rural England, a police chief said yesterday.

Julie Spence, the chief constable of Cambridgeshire, said they were arriving with "different standards" from the native population.

Some carried knives for personal protection and others did not have such strict views on drink-driving.

In the past year, drink-drive figures showed a 17-fold rise in arrests of foreigners.

Since 2004, 83,000 east Europeans have registered to work in Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties. Many more have arrived to join large groups of already-established workers from western EU countries, such as Portugal.

Mrs Spence said: "When they arrive they think they can do the same thing as in the country they have come from. ..." ...

She said Home Office grants to support manning levels had failed to keep pace with the rising population. ...

Mrs Spence said it could take three times longer to deal with a crime involving an offender, witness or victim who did not speak English.

It was more expensive because of the need for interpreters, with up to 90 languages being spoken. ...

"The profile of the county has changed dramatically and this simply isn't taken into account when Government allocates funding. ..."

Cambridgeshire Police has produced a guide to behaving in Britain that is available in 15 languages. It warns immigrants not to touch or fondle people without their permission; not to urinate or spit in public; and that people may find it intimidating to be stared at.

Mrs Spence's concerns are shared by neighbouring constabularies and also by local government leaders who say the whole public sector in the South and East is under strain. Their principal complaint is that official population figures substantially underestimate the number of immigrants.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Nation is fractured, says race watchdog
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 19 September 2007

Three decades of multi-culturalism have left Britain an unequal and segregated nation that is in danger of breaking up, race watchdogs say in a report published today.

The Commission for Racial Equality fears the country is "fracturing" and extremism is being fostered by the retreat of different groups behind their own ethnic walls.

The bleak analysis is contained in the final report of the CRE before it is absorbed into the new Equality and Human Rights Commission at the end of this month.

On the positive side, it says there has been significant progress since it was set up under the Race Relations Act in 1974. ...

But the policy paper - entitled A Lot Done, A Lot More To Do - adds: "Let's not kid ourselves.

"Britain, despite its status as the fifth largest economy in the world, is still a place of inequality, exclusion and isolation.

"Segregation - residentially, socially and in the workplace - is growing."

The CRE says priority needs to be given to improving "community cohesion and integration".
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CRIME
Gangs from Romania in crime spree
Daily Telegraph, 19 September 2007

Crimes committed by Romanians in Britain have increased eight-fold since the nation joined the EU at the start of this year, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Between January and the end of June last year 135 crimes were committed in Britain by known Romanians.

However in the same period this year the total was 1,080 crimes, according to research by More 4 News. Romanian police are now working in Britain to tackle the gangs.
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CRIME – AMNESTY
Plans for illegal immigrant amnesty approved despite fears it will cost £1bn
Brendan Carlin
Daily Telegraph, 19 September 2007

Plans for an amnesty for thousands of illegal immigrants were approved yesterday by the Liberal Democrats despite fears it will cost taxpayers almost £1 billion a year.

The move came after Nick Clegg, the home affairs spokesman, insisted that immigration into Britain was "not too high" and urged delegates to accept the amnesty plan.

He outlined plans for some of the estimated 600,000 illegal immigrants to stay if they had been here for 10 years and had no criminal convictions. ...

Asked whether there was too much immigration into Britain, Mr Clegg said yesterday: "In our view, it's not too high.

"If you have an immigration system where you have large numbers of people coming in to this country and you don't plan for the consequences, and you don't work to integrate people, then of course the numbers can seem too high."

He outlined plans for an amnesty for some of the illegal immigrants, starting with a 10-year qualifying period but indicating that that time frame should come down. ...

He also claimed that a selective amnesty would generate billions of pounds for the Treasury while Tory and Labour pledges to deport all illegal immigrants would cost billions of pounds.

Migrationwatch UK, citing research by the left-leaning Institute of Public Policy Research, claimed there would actually be £1.8 billion of additional costs.

That would include £220 million on housing and council tax benefit, £200 million in extra child support payments and £820 million in additional healthcare and education costs.

In other words, once the additional £1 billion of tax revenue was taken into account, the Lib Dem amnesty plans would cost about £800 million.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, said: "This is an absurd proposal.

"Claims that it will produce £1 billion of revenue completely ignores the extra costs from bringing low-paid workers and their families into the welfare state."
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CRIME – POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
When Bobbies are beating it, we're in trouble
PC David Copperfield, the nom de plume of Stuart Davidson
Daily Telegraph, 18 September 2007

Policing in Britain is about recording and risk assessing. Thousands of front-line officers are fighting a battle simply to get out of the office, before they even think about dealing with criminals.

Our police service is a means of social engineering, not a crime-fighting organisation. Consequently, the entry tests consist of little more than checking for a pulse, asking if the applicant is a racist and getting them to spell "diversity" correctly. ...

... Hundreds of British police officers are applying to join forces in Canada, Australia, New Zealand... just about anywhere that will have them. One Australian force is about to recruit 600 foreign officers, the vast majority British. ...

I think the Government needs to ponder this question very seriously: when even the police start leaving the country, is it time to admit we have problems?
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
Sarkozy faces battle on three fronts over reforms
Peter Allen
Daily Telegraph, 17 September 2007

Civil liberties groups are furious that a proposal will be brought before parliament this week to introduce £300 DNA tests for immigrants so that those suspected of providing false details about their familial links to relatives already in France can be refused entry. ...

The DNA plan, put forward by Thierry Mariani, an MP of the governing UMP party and a close confidant of Mr Sarkozy, envisages tests for applications for visas of more than three months when there are doubts about birth or marriage certificates provided.

It would allow immigration officials to "propose" to applicants that they take - at their own expense - a test to prove a biological link with family members.

Mr Sarkozy has pledged that France will deport 25,000 illegal immigrants this year - a policy which has earned him numerous enemies, many of whom are bracing themselves to take to the streets.
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IMMIGRATION – EDUCATION
Unequal exchanges of knowledge
Liam Halligan, Economics Editor
Sunday Telegraph, 16 September 2007

During a recent visit to one of our leading universities, a notice board caught my eye. Pinned on it was the student list for "Advanced Quantitative Techniques for Finance". Every single name was Chinese.

"Oh great," I said to the professor hosting me. "An exchange programme. How many British youngsters have gone to Beijing University in return?"

My academic friend gave me a grave, almost sorrowful look. "Oh no," he said. "It's no exchange. Only Asian students apply for that course. British students say it's too hard".

Last week, an official study found that fewer than one in three postgraduates studying "strategic" subjects in the UK are actually British.

No less than 71 per cent of those pursuing such advanced degrees in British universities - in areas like engineering, chemistry and computer sciences - are from overseas.
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CRIME – DRUGS
Reclassification of cannabis 'fuels youth crime wave'
Nina Lakhani
The Independent, 16 September 2007

Cannabis use among Britain's young offenders is "out of control", up by 75 per cent in some areas and fuelling a crime epidemic, with youngsters stealing to fund their addictions, according to two studies.

A national survey of Youth Offending Teams indicates that two-thirds of them have seen an increase in cannabis use of between 25 per cent and 75 per cent since David Blunkett, the then Home Secretary, downgraded the drug to class C in 2004. Some 90 per cent of all young offenders are using cannabis in some areas, a far greater proportion than the general youth population.

Research carried out by King's College London has indicated that 25 per cent of young offenders in Sheffield have turned to crime to fund their habit. This contrasts with previous government research which said that "cannabis use was unlikely to motivate crime".

A rise in young people smoking cannabis openly has led to a rise in the fear of crime in the community, leading Sheffield's police chief to warn of the threat that cannabis poses to the "fabric of society". ...

A detailed review in The Lancet concluded that the drug increases the risk of psychosis by 40 per cent – and younger users are most at risk. But Mr Blunkett's decision to reclassify the drug three years ago has had another, more sinister impact, with organised crime taking a much more active role in the production and distribution of cannabis.

Detectives say that the changing nature of cannabis – as imported cannabis gives way to the much more damaging skunk variety, grown in this country – has also played into the hands of criminals. Drugs experts and police also say that Britain for the first time is an exporter of the drug. ...

The number of cannabis factories closed down by the Metropolitan Police has more than doubled in the past two years as organised gangs invest more in cannabis production. In March, the charity DrugScope revealed that, on average, UK police were raiding three cannabis farms a day with 400 plants regularly recovered at raids. Around two-thirds to three-quarters of UK cannabis farms are now run by Vietnamese criminal gangs.
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MULTICULTURALISM
'Is our society broken? Yes I think it is'
Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson
Daily Telegraph, 15 September 2007
[Interview with Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury]

He says Britain is "in a mess about multiculturalism", although he believes people should be free to follow different religions. Even so, he thinks schools should teach children about the influence of Christianity on their country.

He also rejects the Prince of Wales's suggestion that as monarch he could become the "defender of faith" rather than "the defender of the faith". Defender of the Faith "is a title he will hold historically and constitutionally," he says. And although some bishops have proposed a multi-faith coronation, the Archbishop insists that Prince Charles should be crowned in the traditional way. "The Coronation will be a Holy Communion service in the course of which the monarch is anointed. I'm not a believer in multi-faith services."
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MULTICULTURALISM – NATIONAL IDENTITY
Cities will have white minorities 'within 30 years'
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 15 September 2007

Luton, Slough, Birmingham and Leicester will have minority white populations within 30 years, experts predict.

Research also shows that the proportion of white people in every region of Britain will fall between now and 2020.

Prof Ludi Simpson, from Manchester University, forecast that Leicester will become the first "plural" city within 12 years, by 2019, followed by Birmingham in 2024.

He also suggested that the next towns to "go plural" will be Luton and Slough some time in the 2030s. However, Bradford and Oldham, often thought to have larger ethnic populations, will stay white for the foreseeable future.

Prof Simpson made his predictions using detailed analysis of census and local authority data.

He said: "Britain's growing diversity is clear and measurable but it is not focused on a few cities as many people imagine. Diversity is apparent in suburban and rural neighbourhoods too." ...

A population map, prepared by experts at Leeds University, shows that the proportion of whites in all parts of the country will fall between 2001 and 2020. The biggest reduction, they say, will be in Greater London, where 64 per cent of people will be white by 2021, down from 71 per cent in 2001.

A spokesman for the Commission for Racial Equality said: "Because this prediction is just that, a prediction, there's no way of telling exactly when there will be a white minority in these towns and cities.

"Several cities are set to have a white minority within the next few years. This in itself is not a negative thing. The issue here is not one of percentages or numbers. What does matter is how well people interact."
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IMMIGRATION
Visitor surge, but will they leave?
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 15 September 2007

The number of Bulgarians and Romanians visiting Britain has soared by 77 per cent in only a year, and ministers have no idea how many of them will return home.

The big rise will fuel suspicions that many of the visitors are choosing to stay in Britain and work in the illegal economy even though working visas are strictly limited to a few thousand by the Government.

Romania and Bulgaria joined the European Union on Jan 1, and figures from the Office for National Statistics showed yesterday that 200,000 people from Bulgaria and Romania visited Britain in the year to the end of July. That compares with 113,000 visitors in the previous 12 months.
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IMMIGRATION – EUROPE
EU unveils plan to attract 20 million economic migrants
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 14 September 2007

A huge increase in economic migration into the EU is being proposed by the European Commission. It wants to relax controls and open the borders to an extra 20 million workers from Asia and Africa over the next two decades.

That would more than double the present non-EU resident population now living in the 27 member states. It now stands at about 18 million out of a total of around 490 million.

The Commission is drawing up a new "blue card" scheme - modelled on the American "green card" work permit - allowing qualified migrants the right to live, work and travel in the EU.

The plan marks a renewed push to convince member states to adopt a single fast-track immigration policy.

Despite greater harmonisation in recent years, EU countries still operate their own programmes and quotas.

Britain is not signed up to common EU borders - but would still be affected in the plans went ahead.

Under the commission's proposals, once overseas migrants had been in an EU state for five consecutive years they would be free to travel where they wished. ...

The new EU policy was outlined by Franco Frattini, the EU justice commissioner, at a conference of immigration ministers in Portugal yesterday.

He said Europe needed labour, both skilled and unskilled, because of a fall in the population of working age. America was also attracting more qualified workers than were coming to the EU, Mr Frattini added.

He said that while illegal immigration had to be curtailed, skilled migrants should be "actively encouraged".

"We have to look at immigration as an enrichment and as an inescapable phenomenon of today's world, not as a threat.

We should take more account of what statistics tell us: 85 per cent of unskilled labour goes to the EU and only five per cent to the USA, whereas 55 per cent of skilled labour goes to the USA and only five per cent to the EU. We have to reverse these figures with a new vision." ...

He said that immigration was still a far too negatively-loaded term in Europe, and that had to change. ...

Jose Socrates, the prime minister of Portugal, which currently holds the EU presidency, urged support for the proposal. He said it was crucial to meet labour shortages and curb illegal immigration and people trafficking.
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IMMIGRATION – EDUCATION
Number of Chinese students in UK soars
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 13 September 2007

The number of students from China studying in Britain has soared in the past decade, figures show.

Almost 51,000 are taking courses at universities in Britain - accounting for almost one in six of overseas students.

According to the study published today, the number of students from outside the European Union has more than doubled in the past decade. ...

According to the figures, 330,080 foreign students study in Britain.
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POPULATION – ECOLOGY
Red alert: world's species are disappearing fast
Paul Eccleston
Daily Telegraph, 13 September 2007

An increasing number of plants and animals, from the mountain gorilla to coral in the seas off the Galapagos Islands, are facing a global extinction crisis.

Types of dolphin, orang-utan, vulture and crocodile all feature on the latest Red List of endangered species that shows plants and wildlife are hurtling towards extinction at an unprecedented rate.

The extinction rate is up to 10,000 higher than expected, according to the World Conservation Union (also known as the IUCN), which draws up the annual list.

One in four mammals is now threatened as is one in eight birds, one third of all amphibians and 70 per cent of the world's assessed plants.

Human activity causing loss of habitat through urbanisation, agriculture and deforestation combined with climate change is the biggest threat to plants and animals. ...

The total number of extinct species has reached 785 and a further 65 are only found in captivity or in cultivation. ...

Dr Mark Wright, the chief scientist at the conservation organisation WWF-UK, said: "We're at code red. The plight of the world's species is a mirror on the state of the planet.

"We urgently need to reverse this trend and to start living within the planet's natural resources - not just for the well-being of threatened species but also for our own."
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MULTICULTURALISM – RELIGION
Ministers remove barriers to more faith-run schools
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 11 September 2007

Ministers paved the way for more State-funded Muslim, Sikh and Hindu schools yesterday with a pledge to remove "unnecessary barriers" to religious groups.

Ed Balls, the children's minister, said additional money would be made available to allow the hundreds of private religious schools to convert to the state sector.

It is thought the move will lead to a rise in the number of religious places for Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, Seventh Day Adventist and Greek Orthodox children.

In a speech yesterday, Mr Balls insisted the expansion would be tempered by new rules forcing all schools to promote better race relations and understanding between religious groups. ...

Some 7,000 of the 21,000 state schools in England are religious, with almost all linked to the Anglican and Catholic churches. ... ...

It is believed that there are 376,000 Muslim children aged between five and 15, but only 1,770 attend England's seven state-funded Muslim schools. Many more pay to attend England's 115 fee-charging private Muslim schools.
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POPULATION – ECOLOGY
One species in four 'could be gone in 50 years'
Gary Cleland
Daily Telegraph, 10 September 2007

One in four mammal species could be extinct within 50 years, largely as a result of human actions.

One in eight bird species also faces being wiped out along with a third of amphibians, according to the World Conservation Union, which monitors 41,000 species.

Its annual "Red List" of endangered plants and animals is published on Wednesday and will show an increase in the number under threat.

The union says that the rapid extinction rate is between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the expected, natural rate.

It warns that humans are to blame. Urbanisation, agriculture, deforestation and hunting all cause loss of habitat - the biggest danger to plants and animals.
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POPULATION – ECOLOGY
Unspoilt England will have vanished by 2100, says countryside lobby
Charles Clover
Daily Telegraph, 10 September 2007

Urban growth and the development of roads and airports could swallow up what is left of England's undisturbed countryside by the end of the century, campaigners warn today.

Already half the land in England is affected by urban intrusion, according to new maps published by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). And if development continues at current rates, a further area the size of Greater London will be affected every two years.

The South East is all but disappearing under development, with 70 per cent of the region affected and the remaining 30 per cent could be blighted within just 45 years, says the CPRE.

It adds that the region has lost 840 sq miles of undisturbed land since the 1990s - an area larger than West Sussex. ...

While the South East is the worst hit region, the East Midlands also has more than half its land disturbed by buildings and infrastructure (50.18 per cent), while the East of England, North West and West Midlands are now all close to 50 per cent. Even the rural South West has more than 40 per cent of its land affected.
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IMMIGRATION – MULTICULTURALISM
'Limit migrants, don't force them to learn English'
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 10 September 2007

Plans to make skilled migrant workers learn English before arriving in Britain were denounced last night as ineffective.

Conservatives said the proposal, to be announced by Gordon Brown at the Trades Union Congress today, was pointless without a limit on overall immigration.

Business leaders were also concerned that much-needed specialists will go elsewhere. They said the rules were unfair because overseas football stars will be exempt.

Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, said the measure - revealed yesterday by The Sunday Telegraph - would help migrants to integrate and benefit Britain.

Interviewed on the BBC, she was unable to say whether the condition would have an impact on numbers. It already applies to highly-skilled entrants such as doctors and academics. ...

There were nearly 100,000 workers from outside the European Union admitted under skilled workers programmes last year.

One estimate suggested 35,000 immigrants a year might be turned back because of the language requirement. However, with net immigration running close to 200,000 a year, this will have a limited impact. ...

Mr Brown's proposed new rules would only affect workers from outside the EU seeking to settle permanently in this country.
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IMMIGRATION
The 'lurch to the Right' is for losers and Cameron wants to win
Matthew d'Ancona
Sunday Telegraph, 9 September 2007

So has the Tory leader "lurched"? In my view, he did indeed goof by saying on Newsnight 11 days ago that immigration has been "too high", as if there was an acceptable quantum of immigrants (he should have confined himself to a statesmanlike attack on the Government's management of migration policy in the past decade, which has been shambolic).
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IMMIGRATION
Door opens for migration debate
Sunday Telegraph, 9 September 2007
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The refusal of an honest and open debate has, up until now, been the hallmark of Labour policy. There was next to nothing on the topic in the party's last two manifestos. Labour has followed a policy of encouraging immigration to Britain from countries outside the EU, but has rarely, if ever, owned up to that fact. The result - a net inflow of around 200,000 people into Britain every year - means that the British electorate are the subject of a massive social experiment. Neither its advocates nor anyone else knows what the consequences of that experiment will be. British voters, however, have never been given any opportunity to register their endorsement or dissent from it.

Mr Brown's decision to introduce a policy with the explicit intent of restricting the flow of immigrants should change that, and we welcome it.

A national debate on the issue poses a problem for David Cameron and the Conservative Party. Mr Cameron has been so eager to distance himself and the Conservatives from accusations of being fixated on an outdated vision of Britain that he has been very reluctant to make clear statements about immigration. It is notable that in his article "What makes me a Conservative", in yesterday's Daily Telegraph, there was nothing about immigration - a topic near the top of voters' concerns.
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IMMIGRATION – MULTICULTURALISM
Migrants will be forced to learn English
Patrick Hennessy
Sunday Telegraph, 9 September 2007

Tens of thousands more immigrant workers will be forced to learn English before they are allowed into the country, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

The controversial crackdown, which is expected to reduce the number of people entering Britain by at least 35,000-a-year, will be unveiled by Gordon Brown in a speech to the Trades Union Congress in Brighton tomorrow.

The rules will affect those seeking to work and settle permanently in Britain from countries outside the European Union. ...

Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, said: "Those who we welcome into the UK to work and settle here need to understand our traditions and feel that they are part of our shared national culture. They need to integrate into our country, learn English and use our language. Under the government's new "points" system, there are three main categories of immigrants coming to Britain from outside the EU to work: highly skilled, skilled and low-skilled workers. The first two groups can eventually settle permanently in Britain; the third cannot.

Highly skilled migrants have been forced to learn English as a condition of entry since last December. However, Mr Brown and Ms Smith will announce this week that the condition will be extended to all skilled migrants, who numbered 96,000 last year. According to government source, about 35,000 of them would not have passed an English-speaking test.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Hardline takeover of British mosques
Andrew Norfolk
The Times, 7 September 2007

Almost half of Britain's mosques are under the control of a hardline Islamic sect whose leading preacher loathes Western values and has called on Muslims to "shed blood" for Allah, an investigation by The Times has found.

Riyadh ul Haq, who supports armed jihad and preaches contempt for Jews, Christians and Hindus, is in line to become the spiritual leader of the Deobandi sect in Britain. The ultra-conservative movement, which gave birth to the Taleban in Afghanistan, now runs more than 600 of Britain's 1,350 mosques, according to a police report seen by The Times.

The Times investigation casts serious doubts on government statements that foreign preachers are to blame for spreading the creed of radical Islam in Britain's mosques and its policy of encouraging the recruitment of more "home-grown" preachers.

Mr ul Haq, 36, was educated and trained at an Islamic seminary in Britain and is part of a new generation of British imams who share a similar radical agenda. He heaps scorn on any Muslims who say they are "proud to be British" and argues that friendship with a Jew or a Christian makes "a mockery of Allah's religion".

Seventeen of Britain's 26 Islamic seminaries are run by Deobandis and they produce 80 per cent of home-trained Muslim clerics. Many had their studies funded by local education authority grants. The sect, which has significant representation on the Muslim Council of Britain, is at its strongest in the towns and cities of the Midlands and northern England. ...

It is not suggested that all British Muslims who worship at Deobandi mosques subscribe to the isolationist message preached by Mr ul Haq, and he himself suggests Muslims should only "shed blood" overseas.

But while some Deobandi preachers have a more cohesive approach to interfaith relations, Islamic theologians say that such bridge-building efforts do not represent mainstream Deobandi thinking in Britain.

The Times has gained access to numerous talks and sermons delivered in recent years by Mr ul Haq and other graduates of Britain's most influential Deobandi seminary near Bury, Greater Manchester.

Intended for a Muslim-only audience, they reveal a deep-rooted hatred of Western society, admiration for the Taleban and a passionate zeal for martyrdom "in the way of Allah". ...

Mr ul Haq, the most high-profile of the new generation of Deobandis, runs an Islamic academy in Leicester and is the former imam at the Birmingham Central Mosque. Revered by many young Muslims, he draws on his extensive knowledge of the Koran and the life and sayings of the prophet Muhammed to justify his hostility to the kuffar, or non-Muslims. ...

A commentator on religious radicalism in Pakistan, where Deobandis wield significant political influence, told The Times that "blind ignorance" on the part of the Government in Britain had allowed the Deobandis to become the dominant voice of Islam in Britain's mosques.

Khaled Ahmed said: "The UK has been ruined by the puritanism of the Deobandis. You've allowed the takeover of the mosques. You can't run multiculturalism like that, because that's a way of destroying yourself. In Britain, the Deobandi message has become even more extreme than it is in Pakistan. It's mind-boggling."

In some mosques the sect has wrested control from followers of the more moderate majority, the Barelwi movement.
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IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
Cherbourg calls for migrants action
Peter Allen
Daily Telegraph, 6 September 2007

Up to 160 migrants a night are attempting to jump on British-bound lorries in Cherbourg, it emerged yesterday.

The figures were revealed by the management of the northern French ferry port, who say urgent action is needed. ...

Although police guarding the port area are stretched to the limit, almost 300 people are still arrested each week. ... ...

Didier Omont, of the chamber of trade in Cherbourg, said about £1 million was needed for surveillance cameras and increased patrols to make the port secure.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Library shelves stuffed with Islamic books glorifying terror, says report
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 6 September 2007

Public libraries are stocking hundreds of Islamic books by advocates of "holy war", with many glorifying acts of terrorism, a report claims today.

Council taxpayers' money has been spent on the books, with one library stocking works by the convicted preachers Abu Hamza and Abdullah al-Faisal.

An investigation found extremist literature at six libraries, three in the London area, two in the Midlands and one in the North. ...

In the report, Hate on the State, published by the think-tanks Vigil and the Centre for Social Cohesion, the authors warn that some libraries have become "saturated with extremist Islamist books".

"Many of these books stocked in the Islamic section of libraries glorify acts of terrorism against followers of other religions, incite violence against anyone who rejects jihadist ideologies and endorse violence and discrimination against women," the report says.
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IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
Migrant centre plan stirs fears of another Sangatte
Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 5 September 2007

A reception centre similar to the notorious Sangatte camp could be built on the northern coast of France, after the mayor of Cherbourg called for a "welcome" facility for immigrants.

Bernard Cazeneuve yesterday urged the French government to build an official centre to replace a shanty town that has become home to a growing number of migrants, despite repeated attempts to deport or relocate them.

Many living in the makeshift camp in the centre of Cherbourg have attempted illegal trips to Britain, boarding lorries and ferry services bound for the south coast.

Mr Cazeneuve told the regional daily Ouest France that the camp should be torn down, saying that it "generates violence around the port and creates a situation which we are not able to control". The new centre should be "away from the port area, a long way from the ferries", he added. ...

Migrants regularly cut or pull down fences surrounding the port to try to jump onto ferries, while others try to board lorries secretly as they slow down on arrival at the port.

The 65 French frontier police currently guarding the port are hard-pushed to catch stowaways.
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RACISM
McGovern attacks 'racist' BBC
Daily Telegraph, 1 September 2007

A leading scriptwriter and playwright yesterday claimed the BBC is "one of the most racist institutions in England". Jimmy McGovern, who wrote the ITV series Cracker, said black people were employed "in the canteen" but not in positions of power.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, he told presenter Simon Mayo: "I love the BBC as an institution ... and you do see lots of black faces in the BBC. But you see them in the canteen. You do not see them in positions of power."
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IMMIGRATION – MULTICULTURALISM
Enoch was guilty of understatement
Simon Heffer
Daily Telegraph, 1 September 2007

A survey by academics predicts that, by 2027, the ethnic minority in Birmingham will be the English. This need not matter provided everybody is happy with that, all are getting on well and the local economy is booming. Sadly, it is not likely to be so simple. The cultural changes this is likely to inflict on the city may be hard for many there to swallow: nobody likes to be marginalised in his or her own ancestral home. The projection brings two other things to mind. It was in that same city almost 40 years ago that Enoch Powell made his so-called "rivers of blood" speech, in which he predicted a boom in the ethnic minority population that erred in its accuracy only by being understated: he was execrated for saying such things. Also, the recent immigration figures showed a white flight not just from cities, but from the country, of the sort of people on whose efforts the nation depends. It should make us wonder not just what Birmingham will be like in 20 years, but how everywhere else will be, too.
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NATIONAL IDENTITY – MULTICULTURALISM
The history of empire can reunite this divided nation
John O'Sullivan
Daily Telegraph, 1 September 2007

The devaluation of what remained of British patriotism was completed by multiculturalism, which went so far as to deny the validity of a common British culture and to describe the British identity as inherently "racist".

Mass immigration plays a part in this story, but the deconstruction of Britain was overwhelmingly the work of locals. Until the 1960s or thereabouts, immigrants arriving in Britain wanted to be British or, in the case of West Indians, thought they were already. It was a proud identity and one that invited assimilation. By 2005, however, the British "brand" was so weak that competing identities, such as a radical Islamist identity, could seduce even assimilated young people away from it and into a barbaric, self-confident alternative. ...

Going to Labour for lessons in patriotism, however, is a little like ordering a steak dinner in a restaurant run by vegetarians. You won't like what you get. Labour's official lessons in Britishness contain almost no history - and certainly no heroic history. As a result, the "British" values it celebrates, mainly tolerance, have nothing distinctively British about them. They are all abstract principles of political niceness that, among other disadvantages, have to be compatible with our continued absorption into a "European" destiny.

The Tories, who are supposed to know about national pride, proved disabled by their fear of racism and "nastiness". They responded to Brown's appeal for flag-waving with a superior sniff, arguing that such practices were vulgarly un-British.
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CRIME – MULTICULTURALISM
Who really knows how much crime goes on at the Notting Hill Carnival?
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 1 September 2007

It is Britain's most iconic festival, immediately signified by a number of iconic, not to say stereotypical, images: uncomfortable honky police officer, his hat slightly askew, held in the lascivious embrace of a fat black mama who is clearly intent on 'getting jiggy'. Leader of the Conservative opposition dressed like a moron pretending that hangin' with the brothers is how he really likes to spend his weekends. Senior copper from the Met, yellow braid on shoulders, telling the media that this year's carnival was extremely peaceable and that most people had a really lovely time. Asian stallholder with his right arm blown off by an Uzi, etc, etc.

Every carnival is slightly more peaceable than the one which preceded it, any problems simply a result of unforeseen troublemakers gatecrashing the event. That, at least, is what the authorities tell us, without fail, year after year. ... ...

You can never believe the figures they tell you, still less the spin and the gloss they put on them. Arrests down this year? Fewer crimes reported? ... In 1999, some 70 carnival attendees were arrested – the following year this had leapt to 129. So, when the Old Bill tells you that arrests were down this year to the minuscule figure of 206, that's the context in which you have to put such statistics: it is almost double the previous worst year in carnival history. ...

Back in 2000, the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) was forced, by public demand, to carry out a lengthy inquiry into the carnival. It accepted that the carnival was 'the scene of extreme and unacceptable levels of crime and violence and unacceptable disruption to the life of the local community'. That was the year, remember, when only 129 people were arrested, rather than the 206 who had their collars felt this year. ...

But, as I say, it is difficult to have much faith in any of the figures or the official pronouncements. The then boss of the Police Federation, the excellent Glen Smyth, said at the time: 'The level of reported crime is far below that which really happens'. He added that the police were instructed to ignore non-violent crimes. So who really knows how bad this year's carnival was? One of the truly iconic things about the Notting Hill Carnival is the level of chicanery adopted by the police and local politicians: you never get a straight answer to any question. The carnival organisers tell you that the whole event 'always embodied peace and harmony' and this patently stupid platitude is dutifully trotted out by the authorities, year after year. ...

Seven years ago, the police reported that the carnival had cost a total of £3 million. I don't know how much it cost this year. Last year the carnival utilised a total of 11,000 police shifts. It was presumably about the same this year, if not more. You, meanwhile, are paying for it – even if you didn't take up the opportunity to groove some bangin' choons and stab a couple of Asians, just for a laugh, afterwards. There is no other event in Britain which causes such mayhem and violence and which is waved through, on the nod, every year, with the taxpayer expected to pick up the tab. Nobody has been killed as a result of football hooliganism in Britain for a good few years, thank the Lord – but the football clubs nonetheless pay for every penny incurred through the cost of policing ...

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IMMIGRATION – MULTICULTURALISM
White people in Birmingham 'a minority by 2027'
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 31 August 2007

White people living in the UK's second biggest city are likely to find themselves in a minority in 20 years' time, according to researchers.

A team of demographers from Manchester University has claimed that the number of white people living in Birmingham will be overtaken by the number of those with other ethnic origins by 2027.

The news came as it emerged that 35 towns and cities in Britain have at least one ward which is "minority white".

And experts have already forecast that Leicester could become the first city in which white people are a minority in four years' time.

Ludi Simpson, a social statistician at Manchester University, said the Pakistani population in Birmingham was likely to double by 2026, but with two-thirds of this increase due to the relatively younger age profile of Pakistanis, rather than increased immigration.

Dr Simpson said: "The overall picture is one of rapid natural growth plus some immigration, mainly of young spouses.

"Birmingham is likely to become a minority white city in 2027, but a diverse one in which the white population remains more than twice the size of the Pakistani population which is predicted to become one fifth of the district's population by then."

But hopes that different ethnic groups could assimilate into a "common identity" in towns and cities were dismissed by Dr Sullivan as "utopian in quite a dangerous way" and "completely unrealistic".

He added that the suburbs, rather than town and city centres were the "sites of real tension".

"Lack of affordable housing, poor environments and anti-social behaviour are the issues, not ethnic composition nor segregation itself," he said.

Nissa Finney, also from Manchester University, told the Royal Geographical Society's annual conference that 35 towns and cities in Britain had at least one ward which was "minority white". These included Birmingham, Burnley, Slough, Peterborough, Bolton and Derby, as well as Brent, Tower Hamlets, Ealing and Newham within London.

Miss Finney said the increasing population of non-whites in these wards was more linked with "natural population dynamics" like moving areas to be nearer family or friends, than with immigration.

She told the conference: "Clustering is the result of benign and natural population dynamics. There is no evidence of self-segregation or exceptional 'white flight'."
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IMMIGRATION
Tories plan new curbs on migrants
Toby Helm
Daily Telegraph, 30 August 2007

David Cameron set out a tough new stance on immigration yesterday, promising curbs to limit the number of people coming in as a way of easing pressure on schools, hospitals and housing.

Swinging his party back on to more traditional Conservative territory, the Tory leader said the number of people arriving in Britain over a decade of Labour government had been "too high".

The "huge numbers" had placed "too great a burden" on public services, which were creaking under the pressure.

"There are benefits from immigration and I want Britain to capture the benefits from that immigration," he said on BBC2's Newsnight.

"But I think the levels of migration we've seen ... have put too great a burden on public services. It needs to be better controlled."

Mr Cameron made clear that he was not talking about sending immigrants home or unpicking existing accession agreements with European countries, such as Poland, that recently entered the EU.

... A Conservative government would push for "transitional periods" before people from future EU entrant nations could come and live and work in Britain.

As for those from outside the EU, a calculation should be made each year of what skills the country needed, the benefits migrants bring to Britain, and "the costs of pressures on public services".

After these calculations had been done, a Tory government would place a limit on the overall number of migrants from non-EU countries.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION
We have little power to deport dangerous aliens: if Brown gets his way, we'll have none
Christopher Booker
Sunday Telegraph, 26 August 2007

... the confusion that so many commentators got into last week over Britain's inability to deport Learco Chindamo, who murdered Philip Lawrence, a headmaster, outside his school gates in 1995. Most of the media (and the Tory party) rushed to blame this on the Human Rights Act, when careful study of the judge's ruling would have shown that the real cause of our Government's impotence was an EU directive, 2004/58, on the "free movement of peoples".

This EU law presents us with a wonderful Catch-22. We are allowed to deport a criminal such as Chindamo if he poses a continuing risk to the public, but he can only be deported once he has been let out of prison. And, in law, the very act of letting him out of prison means that he is no longer deemed to be a risk. Ergo, there is no way in which such a man can be deported.

In fact our powerlessness to decide who is or is not allowed to live in this country will become even more acute if Gordon Brown gets his way in railroading through the EU treaty he is so keen on. One of the many provisions of the treaty that have not yet attracted the notice they deserve is Article 69 (copied, like almost everything else in it, from the rejected constitution which Mr Brown insists was something totally different).

Article 69 obliges the EU to abolish "any controls on persons, whatever their nationality, when crossing internal borders". In other words, once someone has entered any of the 27 countries making up the EU, it will become illegal to prevent them from entering any other EU country, regardless of their nationality. So if millions of Turks or Russians or Somalis somehow manage to enter any part of the EU, the British government will no longer have any right to stop them entering Britain and staying here.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Social acid has burnt away at the heart of Britain: but it can be healed
John O'Sullivan
Sunday Telegraph, 26 August 2007

It didn't happen overnight. Breaking down a strong culture of civic self-control takes time and several social acids.

The first such acid was the cultural liberalism generally associated with the 1960s: the attempt to free people from irksome traditional moral customs and the laws that reflected them. ...

Assuredly, this revolution had its worthwhile side, especially for the educated and prosperous. ...

Combined with a welfare state that picked up the tab, however, cultural liberalism promoted social irresponsibility - more voluntary workless, more divorces, children with fewer opportunities because they live in homes without two parents, a growing underclass, a society that is cruder, more disordered, less gentle.

Less neighbourly, too, because of the second social acid: the ethnic and religious diversity introduced by mass immigration. ...

Instead, government promoted the third acid: a "multiculturalism" that encourages minorities to retain their culture and identity. Thus, our rulers set out, eager and well-intentioned, to maximise the differences and therefore the tensions inherent in diversity. ...

The result is a fractured and disorderly society. And because a diverse society lacks agreed values and standards, governments regulate the behaviour of all, including the law-abiding, to maintain social peace. Thus, we have more officials supervising us than in the 1950s, but they are anti-smoking social workers and ethnic diversity officers rather than park wardens.

The police have become little more than the paramilitary wing of The Guardian, sniffing out "racist" or "Islamophobic" attitudes rather than investigating serious crimes that have some "cultural" excuse. Society gradually becomes more governed and less self-governing.

Rebuilding a united democratic country that governs itself with decency will be a difficult task.
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DISEASE
World health experts warn of epidemics
Daily Telegraph, 24 August 2007

Infectious diseases are spreading faster and becoming harder to treat, the World Health Organisation said yesterday.

With billions of people moving around the planet every year, the UN agency said: "An epidemic in one part of the world is only hours away from becoming an imminent threat somewhere else."

It warned there was a strong possibility of a future scourge like Aids, Sars or Ebola fever with the potential to kill millions.
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EMIGRATION
Britons leave in record numbers
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 23 August 2007

More people are leaving Britain than at any time for a generation, official figures showed yesterday.

The number emigrating in the 12 months to July 2006 reached 385,000, the highest since present counting methods were introduced in 1991. ...

Almost 200,000 of those leaving for a year or more were British citizens and the rest were foreign nationals returning home or going elsewhere. ...

David Nicholson-Lord, of the Optimum Population Trust, said: "Evidence strongly suggests emigration is driven by a perceived decline in UK quality of life, with congestion, queues, overcrowding and general 'lack of space' a key element."
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IMMIGRATION – POPULATION
One in four babies is born to a foreign parent
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 23 August 2007

One in four babies born in the UK has a foreign mother or father, official figures showed yesterday.

Population data for the year to July 2006 showed the proportion of babies born to a foreign parent had risen to 25 per cent compared tom 20 per cent just six years ago.

The startling statistic reflected the impact of record levels of immigration on the population.

A spokesman for the Office for National Statistics said: "That reflects the cumulative effect of immigration over the last 40 years."

Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migrationwatch, said over the next 20 years one in three new households would be a result of immigration.
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IMMIGRATION – POPULATION
Immigration divides England into two zones
Andrew Green
Daily Telegraph, 23 August 2007

News today that one in four children born in Britain has a foreign parent is the clearest possible evidence of the effect of mass immigration on our society. ...

But the real reason is deliberate, if largely camouflaged, government policy.

Labour's 1997 manifesto said only that "every country must have firm control over immigration and Britain is no exception". The first hint, no more, came in the 2001 manifesto, which said: "As our economy changes and expands, so our rules on immigration need to reflect the need to meet skills shortages."

This turned out to be the trigger for a massive increase in work permits which have trebled under this government - a policy supported by the extreme Left for ideological reasons, by trades unions for politically correct reasons, and by employers for reasons of self-interest.

In 2004, the same forces argued for opening our borders to the east Europeans with results at least 10 times larger than the Government had foreseen.

This mass immigration is dividing England into two zones. In the countryside, life continues much as usual. In the cities, multi-culturalism is rapidly taking over. In London, one third of the population are immigrants and half of all children are born to foreign mothers.

In many city schools immigrant children can find little British culture to adhere to, even if they wished to do so. ... ...

The situation is now very serious but not hopeless. The first requirement is to get the numbers under control.
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ASYLUM – IMMIGRATION
Asylum backlog won't be cleared until 2011
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2007

In the second quarter of this year, the number of asylum applicants removed because they were not considered legitimate refugees fell by more than a third to 3,280, compared to the same period last year when 5,260 were deported.

This means that the Government's "priority" target to remove more failed asylum seekers than there are new applicants has been missed.

... Ministers said they will clear the backlog of 450,000 cases by 2011. But at current rates, it would take 30 years.

Separate figures published yesterday showed that the number of eastern Europeans who have registered to work in Britain since May 2004 is close to 700,000. More than 50,000 arrived in the three months to June this year, mainly from Poland. The figures do not include the self-employed or the families of workers, so the true total could be much higher.

In addition, 9,335 people arrived in the second quarter of the year from Romania and Bulgaria, which joined the European Union on January 1. Another 3,980 came under the agricultural workers scheme.
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IMMIGRATION
Let in the best, but keep out the rest
David Davis
Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2007

Yesterday, the Government published its annual immigration report, the Control of Immigration Statistics 2006, but the key figure for net migration was "unavailable". Labour claims it is controlling migration - but if you can't count it, you can't control it. ... In truth, the "open doors" approach to immigration was pioneered by Gordon Brown as Chancellor. He is directly culpable for the chaos he inherits as Prime Minister.

... Some immigration has benefited the economy, but Labour's handling has made it more painful than it should have been. There has been a catalogue of slip-ups. ... Non-EU immigration has doubled over a decade, to an annual figure of 300,000.

The Conservatives realise that immigration attracts some of the best people to this country - bringing expertise, economic dynamism and adding to the rich diversity of Britain. But we will not pretend there are no downsides.

...

A Conservative government would set criteria to ensure that we attract only those benefiting the economy, mindful of the social impact. Even then, a points system without an overall limit is useless. So, unlike Labour, we would set an annual cap on the numbers arriving.
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ASYLUM
£10m of Diana fund to help asylum seekers
Caroline Davies
Daily Telegraph, 20 August 2007

The Diana Memorial Fund is marking the 10th anniversary of the Princess's death by earmarking up to £10 million of its remaining £25 million funds on promoting the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

The money, to be spent over the next five years, will help fund organisations that support the plight of young asylum seekers in particular, and will lobby for the rights of those under 25.

... "We have been supporting the cause of refugees and asylum seekers right from the very start," said Paul Hensby, the fund's campaign manager. ...

The fund, which received up to £20 million in donations in the immediate aftermath of the princess's death, has sponsored Refugee Week for the past three years and intends to do so next year. ...

Fifty unaccompanied children seeking asylum arrive every week. ...

Critics of the scheme include Lord Tebbit, the former Conservative cabinet minister, who said: "We spend vast sums already on asylum seekers and Government figures show that 90 per cent are not genuine cases. ..."
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CRIME
Gang culture blamed as knife crime doubles
Brendan Carlin and David Sapsted
Daily Telegraph, 20 August 2007

Knife crime has more than doubled in the past two years across England and Wales, a damning report revealed yesterday.

The number of muggings involving knives soared from 25,500 in 2005 to 64,000 in the year up to April 2007, according to the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS) of King's College, London.

Last year there were an average of 175 knife-point robberies a day - up from 110 in 2005/6 and 69 the year before, the CCJS disclosed. Knives are now used in one in five muggings, twice the frequency of two years ago. ...

The survey forced the Government to concede yesterday that it had not done enough to tackle the "gang culture" of young people carrying knives.

John Denham, the Innovation, Universities and Skills Secretary, said he could not vouch for the accuracy of the CCJS's figures but added he could not deny there was a "serious problem". ...

The Home Office said crime and violent crime had both fallen by a third in the past ten years, while knife killings were "broadly stable".




Black military officers are to be called on to work with teenagers in a bid to stem the flow of violence in inner cities, it emerged last night.
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CRIME
Black army officers recruited to help stop gang violence
Hugh Muir
The Guardian, 20 August 2007

Black military officers are to be drafted in to work with youths at risk of being sucked into inner city teenage violence, the Guardian has learned.

Senior figures, including Air Commodore David Case, the highest ranking black officer in the forces, have been approached as part of a drive to tackle the gang problem. The initiative will also involve senior police officers, such as Tarique Ghaffur, the Met assistant commissioner and highest-ranked minority officer at Scotland Yard.

Their main role will be to identify more junior colleagues in the armed forces and police who can act as mentors, and to give the scheme credibility with donors.

The hope is that the experiences of those who have carved out successful careers in the "uniformed services" will impress young men whose horizons are often severely limited.

The approach comes amid growing concern about teenage gang violence. This year there has been an unprecedented wave of teenage killings, with 17 gang-related murders in London alone. Two weeks ago, a government-sponsored report urged the promotion of a wider variety of black role models. ...

Briefing papers suggest the effort is being backed by senior figures in and outside the government. Strategy discussions have involved Lady Amos, the former leader of the House of Commons who is now EU representative to the African Union, Lady Scotland, the attorney general, the culture minister David Lammy and the peer Lord Alli.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – EMPLOYMENT
One in four Britons is out of work
Graeme Wilson
Daily Telegraph, 16 August 2007

Nearly 10 million adults in Britain are currently out of work, one in four of the working population, the Government admitted yesterday.

Official figures showed there are 1.65 million people who are unemployed, with a further 7.9 million defined as "economically inactive".

The latter group includes more than two million people who are on long-term sickness benefits as well as students, people who have taken time off work to look after their family and those who have taken early retirement. ...

The scale of the figures overshadowed the fact that the official unemployment figure had dropped by 45,000 over the past three months to 1.65 million, the lowest figure for more than a year.

At the same time, the number of people in work rose by 93,000 to 29.07 million, the second highest figure on record.
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TERRORISM – USA
How to Look at Homegrown Terror
Amanda Ripley
Time, 16 August 2007
[This magazine is published more than a week before the date it carries]

The most sophisticated government analysis of the homegrown terrorism threat to be made public in the United States came out this week, and it didn't come from Washington – not from the FBI, the Director of National Intelligence or the Department of Homeland Security. It came from the New York City Police Department, and with any luck, its release will spur the federal government ostensibly leading the war on terror to show more faith in the general public's ability to digest serious intelligence.

The report, entitled "Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat," makes several important and underappreciated points.

– There is no useful profile to predict who will become radicalized. Most would-be terrorists are "unremarkable men" living "unremarkable lives." They don't have criminal histories, and they don't always gather at mosques.

– They do, however, follow remarkably similar behavior patterns. Participants in 11 anti-Western terrorism plots analyzed in the report all went through four stages on the path from unremarkable to violent: Pre-radicalization, Self-identification, Indoctrination and Jihadization.

The report isn't perfect. The phrase "Jihadization" is problematic, and has already alienated some of the Muslim-American leaders who should be included in this conversation. Nor is it all new. Some of these points have been made before by respected counterterrorism scholars. But the fact that it came from a government organization, not a think tank, and that it struggles mightily not to dumb down its content, makes it exceptional. ...

The authors, Mitchell D. Silber and Arvin Bhatt, of the NYPD's intelligence division, spent months traveling the world and systematically analyzing the facts: who has participated in foiled and realized plots against the West? Where did they meet? What motivated them? And how did they go from being regular people, often citizens of Western nations, to radical violent extremists? ...

The NYPD has, since 9/11, built up one of the most impressive intelligence organizations in the world. The Department has officers based in the U.K., Israel and Europe, among other places. It also has hundreds of linguists who speak Farsi, Arabic and Urdu. Its intelligence division is led by David Cohen, who spent 35 years at the CIA.

In the past, the NYPD has been criticized for not sharing its intelligence widely, and it could have easily kept this report private and still reached its primary audience of law-enforcement officials. But it chose not to.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HOUSING
Immigrants given 4 in 10 new homes
Tom Savage
Daily Star, 16 August 2007

Immigrants have taken 40% of all homes built in the UK in the past 10 years.

The number of properties available for Brits has been squeezed because of the record number of foreigners coming to live here, according to official figures released yesterday.

Nearly 600,000 properties have been needed to house immigrants since 1997 - three times the amount required under the last Tory Government. On average, 19,000 new homes were needed for migrants each year from 1992 to 1997.

But after Labour came to power, that figure rocketed to an average of 66,000 each year from 1997 to 2005 - the latest year figures are available for - making a total of 592,000 homes.

And experts say the figure is likely to have continued rising due to East European immigration since 2005.

Tory MP James Clappison, who requested the figures, said the extra homes also damage the countryside. ...

The Brown Government plans to build 3 million new houses in the UK by 2020, many tailored for firsttime buyers.

But projected levels of immigration suggest that 1.2m - or 40% - will be needed for migrants, though the Government claims the figure is 33%.
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IMMIGRATION
Huge rise in visitors from East Europe
Daily Telegraph, 15 August 2007

More than 8,000 Eastern Europeans a day visited Britain in the past year.

Official figures showed a 25 per cent increase in tourists from the 12 accession countries within the European Union. No figures are kept as to how many later returned home.
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IMMIGRATION
How to stop Britons feeling like strangers in their own land
Irwin Stelzer
Daily Telegraph, 15 August 2007

Housing shortages, pressure on the social services, queues at the hospitals, terrorist infiltration, a feeling by too many Britons that they are strangers in a strange land. Different problems, with a common cause: an unprecedented wave of immigration.

Gordon Brown is reluctant to interfere with the influx that has already brought the total of immigrants working in Britain to more than 1.5 million. After all, these workers help to paper over the skills shortages resulting from the under-performing education system and labour shortages created by a benefits system that makes work unattractive compared with the dole and other benefits, contribute to reducing wage pressures that might trigger inflation, and add to the ranks of potential Labour Party voters.

Nor does he have much to fear from the Tories, who rather wish the entire issue would go away. ... ...

Any sensible policy, whether it is to control pollution, traffic or immigration, must make those who create costs for society bear those costs. In the case of immigration, employers - what the Home Office identifies as "those who benefit from immigration" - should be required to reimburse society for the costs their decisions impose on it. That can be accomplished as part of a broader plan that will limit immigration to economically desirable levels without damaging the economy, and separate those who want to come to Britain to work from those attracted by its generous social benefits.
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TERRORISM – USA
New York Police study cites danger of homegrown terrorism
Al Baker and John Holusha
International Herald Tribune, 15 August 2007

The potential for homegrown terror, particularly among disaffected immigrants, was the focus of a new study by the New York Police Department. It concluded that there is some danger from unassimilated Muslims, but less so than in some European countries. ...

Mitchell Silver, a senior intelligence analyst who co-authored the 90-page report, said it highlights how the "threat has evolved since 9/11 and that many of these plots and cases that we perceived as being sort of an outside threat, really actually are more of an inside threat in the sense that radicalization drove them." ...

The report did note that the "radical and violent" parts of the Muslim population in western nations, including the United States, is expanding. But it said, "we assess that this internal Muslim terrorist threat is not likely to be as severe as it is in Europe."
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MULTICULTURALISM – EDUCATION
Chinese pupils boost school exam results
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 13 August 2007

Private schools may be inflating their exam results by filling their desks with high-achieving Chinese children, new figures show. ...

The number of pupils from mainland China has risen from a few hundred in 2000 to 2,345 this year. When pupils from Hong Kong are included the total rises to 8,652 - 40 per cent of all foreign pupils at private schools.

While some schools are actively recruiting Chinese pupils, others are cutting the numbers from overseas. Several leading independent schools have placed unofficial limits on overseas pupils to preserve their British ethos.
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CRIME
Revealed: 170 gangs on streets of London
Andrew Alderson
Sunday Telegraph, 12 August 2007

Scotland Yard has just completed the task of counting how many street gangs there are in London. The results are staggering: there are more than 170, some of them up to 100-strong. It means on any given night, several thousand gang members are roaming the capital, many of them thirsting for violence. In other British cities, notably Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Birmingham, there is a frighteningly similar picture. ...

On Wednesday, a year-long government study concluded that black teenagers urgently needed role models to divert them from the world of gangs and criminality. ...

Firearm discharges in Greater Manchester are running at a record 120 a year, with nearly a third of them gang-related. A recent Home Office study of south Manchester revealed that in 150 separate shooting incidents over a three-year period, only one witness came forward to testify. ...

The 9mm pistol, glamorised by American rappers and easy to conceal, has become the handgun of choice among gang members. Police say many of the weapons are smuggled in from Lithuania.

John Pitts, a professor of socio-legal studies at the University of Bedfordshire and the author of a report into gang culture called Reluctant Gangsters, warned that violence was spreading from the cities and gang members are getting younger, some even of primary school age.

"When the police launch campaigns to take out the drug dealers, people emigrate to places like Reading, Northampton, Peterborough and Preston," he said. "What you're seeing is a dispersal of this kind of activity and when drug territories move, violence goes with them."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
Whites becoming America's new ethnic minority
Catherine Elsworth
Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2007

Whites are now outnumbered by other ethnic groups in one in 10 of America's 3,141 counties, new census data has revealed.

The shift reflects the increasing ethnic diversity of the United States, the result of immigration largely from Central and South America and the higher birth rate among blacks and Hispanics.

In 2000, according to the Census Bureau, whites were in a minority in only 262 US counties. In 1990 the figure was just 183.

Nationally, the number of minority residents topped 100 million for the first time in 2006, to make up a third of the population. By 2050, minorities are expected to account for half of all US residents. ...

There have been notable changes in Chicago, which last year overtook Honolulu in its percentage of Asians, and in Washington DC, which now has more Hispanics than the Texas border town of El Paso. Houston, Texas, meanwhile, overtook Los Angeles in black population. ...

The census shows how ethnic diversity is spreading from the cities to the suburbs, as people move to take up service jobs created by whites moving away from crime-ridden metropolitan centres.
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IMMIGRATION – RULES, DEPORTATION
Immigration points rules 'are unfair'
George Jones
Daily Telegraph, 9 August 2007

Immigration rules must be changed urgently to remove the threat that thousands of highly skilled migrant workers could face deportation, a parliamentary committee said yesterday.

More than 49,000 people came to this country under the Government's Highly Skilled Migrants Programme, which was introduced in 2002 to encourage immigrants to fill skills gaps.

The programme offered them the prospect of the right to permanent residence.

However, a report yesterday from the joint Commons and Lords Human Rights Committee said that after the rules were tightened last year, many would no longer qualify for permanent residency.

They faced the prospect of deportation with their families because they would not be able to meet a new enhanced points test.

It said that this was a clear breach of the right to respect home and family life contained in Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

In a highly critical report, it described the Government's use of an "unconstrained power" in the Immigration Act to implement the regulations as "the very essence of arbitrariness". ...

As many as 90 per cent of the 49,000 admitted under the programme may not be eligible to stay when their leave expires.
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POPULATION
Birth rate soars in inner cities
Rebecca Smith
Daily Telegraph, 7 August 2007

Britain's ethnic inner cities are birth hot spots with almost three times as many babies born as in rural parts of the country, new figures show.

High birth rates and large families among immigrant populations vastly outnumber babies born in rural areas.

The east London borough of Newham - one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the UK - has the highest rate in the country with 90 births per 1,000 women.

Ceredigion in Wales, which has a far smaller immigrant population, has the lowest birth rate at 38 per 1,000 women, according to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
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MULTICULTURALISM – EUROPE
Europe's Immigration Superiority Complex
Soeren Kern
The Brussels Journal, 6 August 2007

But the European experience with immigration is very different from that of the United States. Part of the reason is that in Europe, many or most immigrants to the continent end up on welfare, while in the United States, almost all immigrants take one or more entry-level jobs and work their way up the economic ladder. Welfare is simply not the American way.

The result is that most immigrants to the United States, a country with no dominant ethnic group, are fully integrated into American society by the second generation, regardless of their country of origin. By contrast, most immigrants to Europe, where countries are built around a population base with a common ethnicity, are Muslims who are not easily integrated, no matter how long they have been living on the continent.

The challenge of integration is exacerbated by the fact that over the past 30 years, Europe's Muslim population has more than tripled. According to data compiled in the US State Department's Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, there are almost 25 million Muslims living in Europe today. And instead of assimilating into mainstream European society, Muslim immigrants tend to cluster in marginalized ghettos all across the continent. ...

In Europe, Muslims already make up more than 25 percent of the population of Marseilles, 15 percent of Brussels and Paris, and 10 percent of Amsterdam, for example. And these numbers are rising fast. Indeed, demographers predict that the number of Muslims living in Europe may double again by 2015. Thus Princeton University's Bernard Lewis, one of the world's most distinguished scholars of the Arab and Islamic cultures, recently told the German newspaper Die Welt that: "Europe will be Islamic by the end of the century."
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ASYLUM – AMNESTY
Amnesty plan for asylum seekers
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 5 August 2007

Hundreds of thousands of failed asylum seekers may be allowed to settle permanently in Britain under a "back-door amnesty" scheme.

The Government wants to clear a backlog of 450,000 "legacy" cases of immigrants turned down for refugee status but never expelled.

A 1,000-strong Home Office team has been set up to examine cases, giving priority to those who may now qualify for UK residency because such a long time has passed since their initial rejection.

The first 6,000 families on the list were sent questionnaires last month asking about their current circumstances. Insiders close to the scheme said those who gave the "right" answers would be granted "leave to remain".

Asylum seekers who cannot be traced are expected to be simply struck off the "legacy" list, giving the impression that officials have made progress in tackling the backlog. They would no longer be sought actively for removal, even though they would remain illegal migrants - liable for deportation if caught. ...

The Borders and Immigration Agency (BIA), a branch of the Home Office, aims to consider all "legacy" cases by 2011. It will not say how many it expects to be allowed to remain. Those granted leave-to-remain status will be able to live and work freely in the UK, and claim benefits. After five years they can apply for a British passport. ...

Liam Clifford, a former immigration officer and head of the consultancy globalvisas.com, said: "While the Home Office talks tough, it is preparing for one of the biggest mass grants of residency rights to asylum seekers in history. The word is out at street level that completing the questionnaire will result in the right to stay in the UK. The BIA simply does not have the resources to investigate each case properly, so it will grant all the applications it can in order to clear the backlog."

Ministers insist the scheme does not amount to an amnesty because decisions are being taken on a case-by-case basis.
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IMMIGRATION – HISTORY
PM feared threat of growing 'coloured population'
Sunday Telegraph, 5 August 2007

Winston Churchill considered blocking all immigration to Britain because he feared a growing "coloured population" was posing a threat to Britain's social stability.

Churchill, then 79, told Cabinet colleagues that he did not "want a parti-coloured UK". At a Cabinet meeting on February 3, 1954, the prime minister told colleagues: "Problems will arise if many coloured people settle here. Are we to saddle ourselves with colour problems in UK?"

Churchill said immigrants were attracted to Britain by the welfare state. "Public opinion in UK won't tolerate it once it gets beyond certain limits." The notebooks reveal that the Cabinet considered a total ban on non-white immigrants, a quota system and deporting anti-social elements from overseas.

David Maxwell Fyfe, later 1st Earl Kilmuir, the then home secretary, told colleagues there was evidence that more than a third of people convicted of living on immoral earnings were "coloured". He said the "coloured population are resented in Liverpool, Paddington and other areas by those who come into contact with them". The home secretary said people who had no social contact with ethnic minorities were "apt to take a liberal view". ...

Churchill thought the way round the issue would be to let "public opinion to develop a little more before taking action". The Tory leader thought that would be "politically wise".

Until the Commonwealth Immigrants Act of 1962, all Commonwealth citizens could enter and stay in the UK without restriction.
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IMMIGRATION
Like it or not, we must face up to the truth on immigration
Iain Martin
Sunday Telegraph, 5 August 2007

The numbers related to immigration are astonishing. In excess of 600,000 eastern Europeans have arrived since their countries acceded to the European Union. In London last year, 53 per cent of births were to mothers who were not born in Britain; across England and Wales it was 22 per cent. It does not take a genius to work out that in 18 years, the capital's adult population will be even more diverse than now. Even modest population projections, from the Government's own actuary, put the UK population up seven million at 67 million by 2031. Others say it is an underestimate.

Try imagining six Birminghams, or the combined population of Wales and Scotland, landing on us in the decades ahead, and ask yourself if Britain's housing market, transport network, education system and NHS are built to cope. ...

But there is one rather large problem. There is, under our current arrangements with our EU partners and lack of border controls, very little the Government can do to control the flow. Tony Blair stumbled into this enormous social experiment with no plan, equating open borders with friendliness and modernity, and controls with so-called nasty Toryism.

Mr Brown wants to prove he is strong. He would be better being honest and admitting to the public that without a redrawing of the rules he can do little. ...

Tony Blair wondered what his "legacy" would be, and it was in front of him all the time: a population explosion he did not plan for. Soon, we are all going to have to deal with the consequences.
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IMMIGRATION
The foreign fields of rural England
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 5 August 2007

Britain's face is changing. More than half of all babies born in London last year were the children of foreign-born mothers. Across England and Wales, the figure was approaching a quarter. Recent polls, including the Ipsos Mori political monitor, last month, have put immigration at number one in the public's list of concerns. ...

Perhaps the strongest criticism of this Government's policies is that they are being pursued in ignorance of what impact immigration at its present level is having on Britain's economy and demography. ...

The most remarkable impact of recent migration is shown in birth statistics, calculated by the Office for National Statistics and revealed today. These show that out of 669,000 babies born last year in England and Wales, 147,000, or 22 per cent, were the children of foreign-born mothers. A further six per cent had British-born mothers but foreign-born fathers.

Among the foreign mothers, roughly a quarter were Asian, a quarter European, a quarter from Africa or the Caribbean, and a quarter from elsewhere. ... The highest fertility rate is among women born in Pakistan but living in Britain, who have an average of 4.7 children.
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IMMIGRATION – POLITICS
Is ignoring the immigration issue a mistake?
John Curtice, Professor of Politics, Strathclyde University
Sunday Telegraph, 5 August 2007

In a Mori poll at the time of the last election, 47 per cent said they trusted Mr Howard most to deal with immigration and asylum, while only 29 per cent named Mr Blair. Equally, 36 per cent said that the Conservatives had the best policies on immigration, while only 18 per cent nominated Labour. More recently, a YouGov poll found that 84 per cent felt that the Government did not have immigration under control.

Yet, Mr Cameron has turned his face against making asylum and immigration one of his party's key lines of attack. ... ...

The public have noticed the change of Conservative tone. Just 16 per cent now think the Conservatives have the best policies on asylum and immigration, down 20 points on 2005. ...

Much as we might say we would like less immigration, we seem to accept that some is beneficial. While, according to Mori, 45 per cent do not feel immigration is good for Britain, 43 per cent believe it is. And according to Populus 59 per cent believe that immigrants make a positive contribution to the country's economy.
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CRIME
Thefts from fisheries blamed on immigrants
Daily Telegraph, 30 July 2007

Fisheries across the country are being threatened by immigrants from eastern Europe who are stealing thousands of freshwater fish to eat.

While British anglers throw coarse fish back, they are part of the staple diet in some areas of Europe. ...

Of the 60 fisheries in England and Wales questioned, 34 said they were regular victims of thefts and the problem had become worse in the past two years.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS
Counting the cost of immigration
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 30 July 2007

Immigration is, then, a numbers issue after all. Even the BBC now agrees. Last week, after studiously ignoring the subject for years, or finding it somewhat distasteful, the Beeb screened a Panorama programme entitled "How We Lost Count", which it advertised as though this were some sort of scoop.

These are facts that many of us have known for years, but it has been an uphill battle to get them seriously debated. The fact that they are now being discussed is largely due to the efforts of a small, independent research outfit called Migrationwatch, which came on to the scene exactly five years ago this week. It issued a report that was denounced as alarmist, scaremongering, even racist.

It was a prediction that Britain could expect to receive more than two million immigrants every 10 years for the foreseeable future unless curbs were introduced. It was absolutely spot on, but few thanked Sir Andrew Green, the retired diplomat who founded Migrationwatch, for pointing it out. More than that, efforts were made - including official ones - to traduce his motives and to trash his group's research.

You may or may not agree with Sir Andrew's view, which he articulated five years ago, that "the scale of inward migration is now so great as to be contrary to the best interests of every section of our community". But you can no longer ignore that scale nor its consequences. The big question now is what do we do about it?

In a recent parliamentary debate, important speeches on this subject were made by Nicholas Soames, the Tory MP for mid-Sussex, and Frank Field, the Labour MP for Birkenhead. Mr Soames proposed moving to zero net immigration from outside the EU; Mr Field, if anything, was more radical in his prescription. He also said: "The debate is of course about numbers, but it is also about what it means to create and maintain a community. If the Government do not change track very smartly on this issue, the sense of national identity might be lost, and then we are in totally new territory."
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ASYLUM
450,000 Asylum Seekers to be Allowed to Remain in UK
Press Dispensary, 30 July 2007
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It has come to the attention of leading immigration consultancy www.globalvisas.com that the Home Office is preparing to grant over 450,000 asylum seekers 'Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK (ILR)'.

All cases that were pending in the system before the Immigration and Nationality Directorate obtained agency status in April 2007 are to be considered for ILR to clear the backlog. The Home Office will begin with families, many of whom have had children since arriving in the UK, increasing the exact numbers to an unknown figure.

Director Liam Clifford, says: "The Borders and Immigration Agency or BIA simply does not have the resources to tackle the problem and cannot investigate each case properly so it is going to grant all the applications it can in order to clear the backlog.

"In another admission of its inability to cope, the Home Office has given current instructions to prosecute anyone claiming NAS (National Asylum Support) benefits and working illegally earning over £4,000. However, this cannot be achieved because of a lack of resources. In our experience, and from what we are being told, officers now only deal with cases where people are illegally earning in excess of £20,000 p.a. Even in these cases, the Home Office and Department of Work and Pensions can only afford to slap the person on the wrist as no other options are available to them.

"While the UK Home Office talks tough and claims that biometrics and joint agency co-operation will reduce immigration of low skilled migrants and terrorists, they are preparing for one of the UK's biggest mass grants of Leave to Remain for asylum seekers in history. The Home Office has said that this will not be called an amnesty as it may create the wrong impression. However, the word is out at street level that completing the questionnaire which the Home Office is about to send out to 450,000 people and families will result in the right to stay in the UK.

"With a record number of people emigrating overseas and UK PLC unable to attract the right skills it desperately requires, why does the government continue to present barriers for highly skilled people to come here, while being lenient on those immigrants who are of no benefit to our economy, and may actually burden the public purse and local council resources?

"In recent years, many of our corporate clients have been finding it more difficult to deal with the immigration process for highly skilled workers and work permits, which is about to get worse with commercial partnerships, biometrics, compliance audits and off-shore visa processing. In spite of this asylum seekers can arrive with no checks or controls and receive benefits and Leave to Remain."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Time has come to face up to the immigration dilemma
David McWilliams
[Internet], 29 July 2007

Immigration is not just an economic problem, it is cultural, and the Irish government has to make strong choices as to what direction it wants to take when it comes to policies. ...

In the years ahead, this will be one of the main economic questions facing the country, because the number of people wanting to come here from all over the world is increasing by the day. Let's just put the issue in context: this year, global migration has reached its highest ever level, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

The Geneva-based organisation says there are now about 150 million people on the move worldwide - just under 3 per cent of the world population. That is 30 million more than ten years ago and 37 times the population of Ireland.

Immigration is not just an economic conundrum that can be reduced to the needs of the economy and industry; immigration is cultural. Immigrants change the face and complexion of the host society and it is up to the hosts to decide the extent of this transformation. In addition, all immigration policies discriminate.

Host countries chose what type of people they want to let in and what type of people they want to keep out. This difficult but essential choice is something that Ireland will have to consider in the future.

Take countries like Canada and Australia. Both these societies base immigration on a points system and if a person has a certain qualification that is deemed lacking, then the potential immigrant has a chance to get in. This is discrimination. In recent years, the US has made it easier for immigrants from certain Asian countries to enter the US than European immigrants.

This is discrimination. With the Morrison visas, the US allowed thousands of Irish to get a green card - yet more discrimination. So immigration involves discrimination and that discrimination can be based on a variety of benchmarks.

In the case of the Morrison visa, the discrimination towards the Irish was purely racial. In the case of the Canadians wanting medics with certain qualifications, the discrimination was educational and also, as a result, likely to be class-based.

At the moment, Irish immigration policy is framed in London not Brussels. Because of the border with the North, whatever the British do, we follow. So when London said in 2004 that all people from the accession countries could work in Britain - in contrast to most EU countries - we followed suit.

When last year Downing Street decided that Bulgarians and Romanians could enter Britain on a more restrictive basis, we introduced the very same policy. In fact you could say that Gordon Brown sets Ireland's immigration policy. ...

In the years ahead, if we are to avoid the mistakes of other countries, we have to listen to all sides on immigration. Having listened, we then need to formulate an Irish solution to an Irish dilemma. Nobody else is going to do this for us.

Most importantly - and this might be difficult for some who believe that our own emigrant history should be a factor in our decision - we have to be rational. Being rational demands that Ireland will have to learn to discriminate and live with it.
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TERRORISM – HEALTH SERVICES
'Too late' for NHS security checks
Patrick Phelvin
Daily Telegraph, 27 July 2007

Hundreds of junior doctors, including overseas staff, will be employed by hospitals from next week, without undergoing proper security checks, it was disclosed last night.

Hospital trusts have been unable to investigate the criminal records of trainees because they have received their names only in the past two weeks - and checks take at least 28 days.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Pope's aide warns of 'threat by Islam'
Daily Telegraph, 27 July 2007

The Pope's private secretary has given warning of the Islamisation of Europe and stressed the need for the continent's Christian roots not to be ignored, in comments released yesterday.

"Attempts to Islamise the West cannot be denied," Monsignor Georg Gaenswein was quoted as saying in an advance copy of the weekly Sueddeutsche Magazin to be published today.

"The danger for the identity of Europe that is connected with it should not be ignored out of a wrongly understood respectfulness," the magazine quoted him as saying.
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RACISM – EDUCATION
'Racist teachers cause black children to fail'
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 27 July 2007

Racist attitudes among teachers may be condemning black schoolchildren to an inferior education, a Government-backed study said yesterday.

Staff may be guilty of "unintentional racism" by stereotyping black children as badly behaved - and underestimating their academic ability, said researchers from Warwick University who carried out the contentious study.

Their report said that black Caribbean pupils were more than twice as likely to be identified as having behavioural, social or emotional problems and twice as likely to be excluded from school. ...

Warwick's Centre for Educational Development Appraisal and Research analysed why certain ethnic groups do worse than others at school and found that while black schoolchildren are closing the gap, they are still far behind.

Last year, only 42 per cent of black Caribbean students and 48 per cent of black African students gained five or more good GCSEs, compared with 64 per cent nationally. In addition, 1,000 black pupils are permanently excluded and 30,000 more are suspended every year.

Black children are five times less likely to be registered as "gifted or talented".
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MULTICULTURALISM – EUROPE
In Europe, skylines reflect the rise of Islam
Isabelle de Pommereau
Christian Science Monitor, 26 July 2007

In the Rhine Valley city of Mannheim, the glittering minaret of Germany's biggest mosque overshadows what was once the region's most vibrant church, testifying to Muslims' new confidence as Christian churches are closing down.

... Every weekend, roughly 150 Roman Catholics attend mass at the Liebfrauen Church, while up to 3,000 Muslims throng the Yavuz-Sultan-Selim mosque. Since the mosque was opened in 1995, Muslim shops and youth centers have become a magnet for the Muslim community.

Mannheim is not unique. Across Europe, the Continent's fastest-growing religion is establishing its public presence after decades in basements and courtyards, changing not only the architectural look of cities, but also their social fabrics. ...

Major mosque projects from Cologne, Germany, to Amsterdam to Seville, Spain, have met with fierce opposition and fears that they will serve as breeding grounds for terrorists. Family members of two of the suspects in the Glasgow, Scotland, car bombings this month said the men had been radicalized by Tablighi Jamaat, an Islamic revivalist group with plans for an 18-acre complex near London's 2012 Olympic stadium that would house Europe's largest mosque. ...

And now, the third generation is building domed mosques with minarets. Only a handful existed 10 years ago, but today 159 mosques dot Germany today, with 184 under construction, according to the Central Institute for Islamic Archives in Söst. ...

"A mosque is never a religious place only," says Willi Schwend, head of the antimosque National Association of Citizens' Initiatives. "A mosque is a caldron of political agitation. The goal of Islam is to spread the principles of Islam into society, to change society, to bring about sharia [Islamic law]."
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NI papers given to 2 million migrants
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 25 July 2007

More than two million foreign nationals have been issued with National Insurance numbers to work in Britain in the past four years, new figures showed yesterday.

A third were allocated to the east European countries that joined the EU in 2004.

But 600,000 have been issued to workers from Asia and the Middle East and a further 300,000 to Africans.

Last year alone, there were 713,000 new NI registrations - double that in 2003-04. ...

About 16,000 were claiming out-of-work benefits within six months of registering for an NI number, at a cost of £80 million to the taxpayer.

For a NI number to be issued, documents must be provided. But there is thought to be a flourishing market in forged papers. ...

Despite the huge rise in the number of migrant workers, Jacqui Smith, the new Home Secretary, was unable to provide a specific figure for its scale yesterday when she appeared before MPs.
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POPULATION – GLOBAL WARMING
'We need fewer people, not greener ones'
Charles Clover
Daily Telegraph, 24 July 2007

Beware of increased noise next time you visit the Science Museum, temple to scientific reason since the Great Exhibition of 1851. Its new director is a confidant of Al Gore's, with a lifetime belief that if you have a big story to tell you should "tell it with a megaphone." Chris Rapley, 60, comes to the museum from the British Antarctic Survey. In his 10 years as a director, the institution that discovered the hole in the ozone layer in the 1980s, has taken its place in the front line of climate science. ... ...

Prof Rapley believes that there is an "unequivocal" link between mankind's fossil fuel emissions and the global temperature rise seen over the past few decades. However, it's not only this conviction that could strike fear into the hearts of the climate change sceptics. It is Rapley's view that the "jury is still out" on the prediction by Thomas Malthus, the 19th-century demographer, that the human race would exceed its food supply by having too many children.

Last year, Rapley wrote an article on the BBC website saying that "if we believe that the size of the human 'footprint' is a serious problem (and there is much evidence for this) then a rational view would be that, along with a raft of measures to reduce the footprint per person, the issue of population management must be addressed". ...

"My position on population is that I am disturbed that no one will talk about it," Rapley says. His proposal that the human population should be managed was met with two reactions: hundreds of emails from people around the world supporting him for standing up and being counted, and what he describes as a "daft response" from commentators including Dominic Lawson, warning that Rapley was out to curb our freedom to procreate.

He says people are not listening to what he is saying, which is that if there were a billion fewer people in 2050 there would be a big reduction in carbon emissions. Saving a gigaton of carbon that way, through education for women and birth control programmes, would cost 1,000 times less than any of the other technical options - nuclear power, renewables, or increased car efficiency. "You may decide it is so fraught with difficulty that you cannot actually discuss it. I'm saying, 'Have the discussion and then decide whether you can do anything about it or not'." ...

He says that there is still a possibility that Malthus's prediction that we will run out of food could come true - we are already struggling to feed all 6.5 billion of ourselves adequately, let alone to provide enough water and energy. But Rapley argues that it is on the discharge or waste side - which includes greenhouse gas emissions - that we are undoubtedly endangering ourselves.
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EMIGRATION – SLOVAKIA
Slovakia runs out of workers as they are lured by West
Harry de Quetteville
Daily Telegraph, 23 July 2007

Maria Hirschnerova, who runs an employment agency in Slovakia, has a problem: she is running out of people to employ. ...

According to Miss Hirschnerova, the problem is not a dearth of qualified Slovaks. On the contrary. The trouble is that they are not in Slovakia. Instead they have chased the comparative financial rewards that even menial jobs can bring in cities such as London and Dublin.

Some 75,000 Slovaks are thought to live in Britain. This emigration has caused an employment problem across Slovakia, with its population of 5.5 million, which is echoed across central Europe. ...

Today, worker drought is a real headache for new investors in Slovakia, lured to a region whose strategic central European position and good transport infrastructure once came with a plentiful supply of cheap, well- trained labour. ...

A new report from the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies found that so many skilled workers have left central Europe for "old" EU members states that labour shortages are blighting the region. ...

Poland and the Czech Republic have introduced new "qualified workers from abroad" schemes to attract labour - sometimes from as far afield as India or Tajikistan - in exchange for permanent residency permits.
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End of a schoolboy dream as foreign talent dominates football youth schemes
David Harrison
Sunday Telegraph, 22 July 2007

For thousands of schoolboy footballers, the goal has long been to rise through the junior ranks of the big clubs.

But their hopes of following players such as David Beckham and Steven Gerrard, who joined clubs as children, are turning into little more than dreams.

A new wave of foreign footballers are being recruited from the age of 16 as potential future stars, making it impossible for most English youngsters to make the grade.

Leading figures fear potentially catastrophic consequences for the English national team and grassroots sport.

Howard Wilkinson, the chairman of the League Managers Association, said foreign dominance will damage English football and jeopardise the national side's chances of winning, or even qualifying for, big tournaments.

He said that there is expected to be "a knock-on effect at grassroots level where young players would have even fewer role models".

One manager with 10 years' experience in youth football said it was "the end of the dream" for thousands of English boys who play football in the park and join amateur teams, desperate to become professional footballers.

A few years ago there was only a handful of foreign players in English youth academies. But at present almost half the academy "scholars" at some clubs are foreign and more than a third at others. ...

Some clubs are already setting up "feeder" academies in countries as far away as China and Nigeria to discover young talent. ...

Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA's head of youth development, who came through the junior ranks at West Ham and went on to play for England, said the crisis was "a serious concern". "Even a few years ago nobody foresaw this explosion of young foreign imports," he said.
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POPULATION – HOUSING
Targets for new homes 'will raise flood risk'
Jasper Copping
Sunday Telegraph, 22 July 2007

Gordon Brown's plans to build thousands of extra new homes will increase the risk of flash flooding, worsen traffic congestion and damage the green belt, according to the Government's own advisors.

The assessment is contained in a report, commissioned by ministers, that exposes the environmental damage which would result from raising building targets. It comes as large swathes of the country lie under several feet of floodwater, and just days after the Prime Minister pledged to protect the green belt. ...

Compiled by planning experts Roger Tym & Partners, the report says that the house-building plans in the southeast will increase the risk of flash flooding by concreting over areas that would otherwise soak up heavy rainfall and help with drainage. ...

The report details how trunk roads will fail to cope with predicted traffic demand, creating more congestion and pollution. Overcrowding on trains will increase, with "serious capacity problems" on commuter lines.

The study also says that the Government plans will have "a negative effect on the character of the countryside" and a "significant negative impact on the green belt". In addition, developments will bring a "severe deficit of water resources" and have "significant effects on water quality".

The £73,000 study was handed to ministers last year, but its findings were kept secret until they were obtained by the Conservatives through a parliamentary question.
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CRIME – RACISM
TV appeal over rapist cancelled after fears of racism
Patrick Phelvin
Daily Telegraph, 18 July 2007

A police force withdrew plans for a televised appeal to help catch an Afghan suspected of sexually assaulting women after a race watchdog warned that it might spark a violent backlash.

Detectives were due to appear on an episode of ITV's Manhunt to ask for help finding Noorullah Seddiqi, 34.

The Afghan had absconded from bail after being arrested in connection with the rape of one woman and the sexual assault of three others.

Officers working on the case believed the appeal, due to be shown in May, could have proved vital in the search for Seddiqi. They thought he might be working as an unlicensed taxi driver in the south of England.

But the Chief Constable of the Devon and Cornwall force, Stephen Otter, told officers not to go ahead with the programme after the Devon Racial Equality Council, funded by and affiliated to the Commission for Racial Equality, said the appeal could lead to a racist backlash.

Detectives had at first refused to pull the plug on the appeal but were overruled by Mr Otter. ...

The decision to cancel the appeal was criticised by victim support organisations. Yvonne Traynor, of the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, said the case set a dangerous precedent.

"I think that everybody is so afraid of being labelled a racist that no one's taking into consideration the crimes that have allegedly been committed here," she said.

"The fact that this man was originally from Afghanistan is beside the point. The police obviously need to be sensitive to issues of race, but they also need to be able to get on with their jobs." ...

Devon and Cornwall police confirmed that they were still searching for Seddiqi but declined to comment further.
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NATIONAL IDENTITY
We're British, Gordon, not panicky foreigners
Daniel Hannan
Daily Telegraph, 18 July 2007

Part of being British is that it would never occur to us to codify our beliefs, whether for the benefit of immigrants or anyone else. And if, for some reason, we did, we would come up with a series of attributes very different from Mr Brown's: we are morose, brave, law-abiding, diffident, drunk and belligerent; we have an unusually pronounced attachment to property and freedom; we bridle at injustice; we dislike bullying; we resent state interference.

What is Mr Brown's list? "Fairness and, eh, tolerance." Well, yes: but these values would do just as well for Ecuador or Finland. In seeking to praise his country, he inadvertently depreciates it, making it sound just like anywhere else.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – EMPLOYMENT
Rural migrant workers 'drive out young'
Graham Tibbetts
Daily Telegraph, 17 July 2007

Migrant workers from Eastern Europe are flooding the rural labour market and forcing young people to leave the countryside in search of work, a Government advisory body warns today.

The number of migrants working in the countryside has increased by 200 per cent in three years, with many seeking employment in agriculture, manufacturing, hotels and retail, according to a major report by the Commission for Rural Communities. This comes amid a long-term decline in the number of young people living in rural areas. ...

The report, entitled State of the Countryside 2007, found much to commend country life over urban life including full employment, less pollution, better diet and fewer cases of stress and mental illness.

But the researchers raised concerns that the influx of foreign workers, following the accession of eight former Soviet-bloc countries to the European Union, was placing a great strain on local schools and transport and posing problems for young country people.

About 120,000 migrant workers registered to work in rural areas between May 2004 and Sept 2006. ...

The commission said the money the Government gave town halls for supporting immigrants was based on statistics that were several years out of date.
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Soames calls for immigration cut
BBC, 17 July 2007

Immigration levels to the UK need to be cut to avoid "profound changes" in British society, MPs have been told.

Senior Conservative MP Nicholas Soames warned there were "dangerous shoals ahead" unless the UK took action. ...

Mid-Sussex MP Mr Soames, who initiated the debate, said numbers of immigrants entering the UK each year had quadrupled since 1997.

He added: "The present scale of immigration is absolutely without precedent in our history.

"This rate of migration cannot be sustained without the most profound changes taking place in our society."

He accused the government of failing to "get a grip" on the asylum system, trebling the number of work permits it issued since 1997, and changing the rules to make it easier for people to bring their husbands and wives in.

Mr Soames, a grandson of Winston Churchill and longtime friend of Prince Charles, said immigration from outside the EU should be limited to the numbers leaving the UK - about 100,000 a year.

He disputed government claims about the benefits to the general economy from immigration and said the public could "sense the falsehoods" in government claims.

Mr Soames proposed cutting work permits, tightening family reunion rules and also asylum applications.

He said any immigration system was only as good as its power to remove people, and if necessary human rights rules needed to be looked at again.

He said access to the welfare state should only come after people had contributed to it for five years to "defuse the very strong sense of grievance".

"Muddling on" would risk adding to the pressure building in society, he said.

Mr Soames stressed that his proposals were not racist, saying they would apply as much, say, to the US as to Uganda. ...

During the Westminster Hall debate, ex-Labour minister Frank Field, said the "political classes" had failed to listen to people's legitimate concerns about the level of immigration.

He added: "If we do not change tack very quickly, very smartly on this issue then the sense of our national identity may be lost."

He questioned the free movement of people around Europe and said one million people coming in from eastern Europe was "unsustainable". ...

But Lib Dem home affairs spokesman Nick Clegg said he did not see how it was possible to "turn off the tap" of people coming in to the UK.

He added that there should be a process for illegal immigrants to earn legal residence - saying it was "fanciful" to think that the estimated 600,000 illegal immigrants in the UK could be deported.
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Nicholas Soames, MP (Con)
Hansard - Commons, 17 July 2007
[House of Commons debate]

There have been many debates about asylum but it is no longer the main issue. The principle of asylum for genuine cases is not disputed in this House. In any case, those numbers are now, thankfully, coming down: asylum now accounts for only some 6 per cent. of net foreign immigration. Nor is the debate about our existing legal immigrant communities. They are a valued part of our society, and they have enriched and often greatly enhanced it.

The serious issue for this House and for our country is the sheer scale of immigration that is now taking place. It is utterly misleading to claim, as some do, that people became used to immigration in the past and will do so again. The present scale of immigration is absolutely without precedent in our history. There have been only two major waves of immigration since the Norman conquest in 1066: the Huguenots in the late 17th century, and the Jewish refugees in the 19th and 20th centuries. Both those migrations were spread over 50 years, and both amounted to less than 1 per cent. of the population of Britain at the time. With foreign immigration currently running at 300,000 a year, we are now receiving an additional 1 per cent. of our population every two years. In other words, annual net foreign immigration is now 25 times higher than it has ever been in the past, even at the two peaks.

Talk of Britain as a nation of immigrants is absurd. It would be much more accurate to describe us as a nation of emigrants. Indeed, the number of emigrants exceeded the number of immigrants until the 1980s. Net immigration is a new phenomenon and initially was quite small. Between the mid-1980s and the mid-1990s, it hardly exceeded 50,000 a year. Since 1997, however, it has quadrupled to some 200,000 a year. Even that number makes little allowance for immigration from eastern Europe. In 2005, it was assessed as a net inflow of 64,000 – a figure that today looks remarkably low. None of those numbers include any allowance for illegal immigrants, who are believed to comprise at least half a million people.

The sharp increase in immigration is no accident. To suggest, as Ministers do, that it is all a result of the fall of communism or of globalisation is, frankly, bizarre. The numbers point clearly to a massive increase since the present Government came to power in 1997. Part of the increase is due to their failure during their first five years in office to get a grip on asylum claims, of which more than 60 per cent. were eventually judged to be unfounded. Another part is due to their decision to allow a massive increase in work permits, which have trebled since 1997. At the same time, their decision in June 1997 to abolish the primary purpose rule has led to the number of spouses admitted to Britain doubling from 20,000 to 40,000 a year.

Those policy shifts have had a substantial impact on our population. Just over 1 million people have been granted British citizenship in the past 10 years. Net foreign immigration during that period was more than 2 million people, or 600 a day. That rate of immigration cannot be sustained without the most profound changes occurring in our society.

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Nicholas Soames, MP (Con)
Hansard - Commons, 17 July 2007
[House of Commons debate]

Looking ahead, the Government's projections anticipate that we will add 1 million to our population every five years. Of that increase, 83 per cent. will be due to new immigrants and their descendants. Even that forecast is based on the cautious assumption that immigration will fall by about 30 per cent. from its present level and remain flat. It is still too early to judge how many east Europeans will turn out to be temporary visitors and how many will stay on as immigrants. However, it is at least possible that they will sharply increase the pressure on our population. ...

Looking ahead, the Prime Minister trumpets his plan to build 3 million houses by 2020. Many of them will have to be on greenfield sites. What he omitted to mention was that 1 million of them will be not for existing immigrants, who are now a valuable part of our community, but for new immigrants, and that even that vast number depends on the Government's assumption that immigration will fall by 30 per cent. from present levels, and stay flat thereafter.

The public sense that there are falsehoods in the Government's arguments. Two thirds of people simply do not believe them, and 75 per cent. want an annual limit on immigration. That is the point to which I shall now turn. I believe that an annual limit is the key to restoring public confidence in our immigration system, which is now at rock bottom. My first proposal is that the level of net foreign immigration be managed downwards until it is close to the level of British emigration, which is running at about 100,000 a year and has doubled under this Government. Such a policy would mean that we were no longer adding to our population through immigration, and would relieve the pressure on our infrastructure and public services. That would require a reduction in the number of work permits, a tightening of the regulations on family reunion and much stronger efforts to remove failed asylum seekers.

It is important to recognise that limits cannot be applied to citizens of the European Union – which is not, as some allege, a matter of racism, but a consequence of treaties signed by British Governments of all political persuasions. The tough immigration policies that I advocate are not a matter of race. They would, for example, apply in the same way to Ukrainians and Ugandans, and to Americans and Indonesians. Fortunately, the omission of EU citizens from a new immigration regime would not be too serious. Migration to and from the EU14 is pretty well in balance. There was a blip when Spain, Portugal and Greece joined, but the numbers have now declined to a mere 22,000 a year. In the longer term, we can expect migration to and from the 10 new EU members to come into balance as their economies approximate to ours. Long-term pressure on immigration will come from the third world, where populations are rapidly expanding and employment opportunities for the young are sadly lagging well behind those in the EU. One measure of that is that visa applications have increased by 50 per cent. in the past five years.
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Nicholas Soames, MP (Con)
Hansard - Commons, 17 July 2007
[House of Commons debate]

Any immigration system is only as good as its ability to remove. We now find that the international human rights framework, which was established half a century ago and was brought into domestic legislation by the Human Rights Act 1998 nearly ten years ago, has many serious unintended consequences. For example, it is making it extremely difficult for the authorities to remove from Britain people who have no right to be here and who, frankly, are abusing the hospitality and good will of our country. My second suggestion, therefore, is that a fundamental review of our membership of the European Court of Human Rights must be part of a new approach to immigration control.

My third proposal concerns the entitlement of non-EU citizens to welfare benefits. Under the transitional arrangements for the accession of eight EU countries, the Government sharply curtailed access to the welfare state for the first 12 months, but that will fall by the wayside at the end of the seven-year transition period, if not before. However, I believe that we should adapt this principle for wider use. We should deny full benefits to anyone who has not become a British citizen, or who has not worked in the UK for five years and been granted indefinite leave to remain. In other words, to enjoy the full benefits of the welfare state, a migrant would have to contribute significantly to the welfare state before being entitled to all its benefits, and/or have shown a commitment to becoming a British citizen by learning English and passing the citizenship test. Such a regime would go some way toward defusing the very strong sense of unfairness felt by those who have paid into the system for many years, but seen others benefit more or less on arrival.

To sum up, we need a fundamental rethink of our immigration system. Muddling on as we are will only add to the pressures building up in our society. I have made three proposals: an annual limit to immigration close to the level of emigration, a fundamental review of our membership of the ECHR, and a restriction of welfare benefits for those who have not contributed for five years. Finally and very importantly, we need more of an effort in this House and more widely in Britain, and we need to have a cool, sustained and serious debate on immigration, which has been long-promised but is very overdue.
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Frank Field, MP (Lab)
Hansard - Commons, 17 July 2007
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The debate on immigration is rated by constituents as one of the most important. And yet look! Although I am grateful that the hon. Member for Mid-Sussex is being supported by three Back-Bench Conservative Members, no Liberal Democrat Member is here to support their spokesman, the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam (Mr. Clegg). I do not know whether the Parliamentary Private Secretary, my hon. Friend the Member for Wrexham (Ian Lucas), will be frog-marched into contributing to this debate, but no other Labour Member, besides the Minister, is present. Yet this is, for our constituents, one of the key issues that we are facing, and they think that we should represent their views more adequately. ...

However, I believe also that we are fighting, in the political classes, a frame of mind that is unwilling, perhaps, to suggest that it might have been mistaken in what it has prattled about for the last 30 years. Indeed, perhaps the Minister would take a message back to his Cabinet colleagues. In the statements of relief that the last bombing episode had not wrought the evil on innocent people that had been intended, Cabinet Ministers told us to be vigilant. The report back from my constituents in Birkenhead market was: "What a damned cheek that they should lecture us on vigilance!" If the political class had been a little more vigilant in the past, and responded to their regular doubts and worries about the level of immigration, we might not, they said, be listening to such statements from Cabinet Ministers. So a little less from the political leadership about those on the receiving end of that lack of vigilance from the political class would be much welcomed. ...

I thought that the hon. Member for Mid-Sussex was modest in the figures that he gave – they do not tally with the figures that I have tried to compute in this area – but he is right to say that we are at a loss to know the precise numbers of people coming and going. One would have thought that that would be a first requirement of those who have a duty to defend our borders. The rate is certainly speeding up, as the hon. Gentleman said. In the last three years for which we have data, the number of people coming to this country is about 2 million and the number leaving is about 1 million. I do not subtract one from the other and say, "Oh, there is a net increase of only this sum." Those figures are changing the stock of people in this country. Therefore, one has to bear in mind both those forces. ...

It is absurd for the Government to say that they are trying to increase significantly the amount of affordable housing for people here if we have an open-doors policy and are adding significantly to the number of people who, naturally, want to live in decent circumstances and whom we would wish to live in decent circumstances. There is clearly a conflict there.

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Frank Field, MP (Lab)
Hansard - Commons, 17 July 2007
[House of Commons debate]

My last proposal, which takes us back to one that has already been made, is that we should be much more serious about welfare, not because we want to crack down or be unpleasant to people, but because the feeling of having contributed to the building up of certain institutions and provisions and, therefore, the feeling of owning them are part of being English, Welsh or Scottish. We are undermining one of the cornerstones of our society by allowing Tom, Dick and Harry to qualify under certain conditions – perhaps for the best reasons in the world – when others believe that one should first make a significant contribution to the community and that they have done so either as individuals or through their families. Not requiring people to make a contribution strikes against other people's sense of fairness. In the long run, those with sharper elbows will not defend the institutions that are crucial to the poorest members of our society if they feel that those who come to this country are getting as good a deal as, or a better deal than, the English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish people who have been resident here for a long time and who – either as individuals or through their families – have contributed to those institutions. ...

I end by saying that I am appalled that the Chamber is not so full of people demanding to speak that there is standing room only.
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Andrew Pelling, MP (Con)
Hansard - Commons, 17 July 2007
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As a London Member of Parliament, it is important that I contribute to the debate because London receives more than double the total amount of inward migration into the rest of the UK. ...

It is important that Parliament should debate this issue. In other places, the approach has been weak and pusillanimous. Colleagues will know that I am also a member of the London assembly, and it is a great criticism of that organisation that it has felt unable during its seven years to conduct a proper investigation into what is such an important issue for London and that it has decided to have only a watching brief on it. ...

I strongly agree that it is time for us to consider constructively reducing the flows of migrants into the United Kingdom. Perhaps what is happening is the result of economic success; but economies go up and down, and it is quite reasonable for us, in our national interest, to be able to feel that we have some control over the amount of immigration into our country, and that that should be in the interest of our constituents.

More than a third of the present population of London were born outside the United Kingdom. It strikes me that the Government should have a view on what the percentage should be: does the Minister take the view that it should be the majority? The question whether the majority of residents of our capital city should have been born outside the UK strikes me as a fundamental aspect of public policy. It is important for us to regain control over our borders and reduce the rate of migration into the United Kingdom.
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Nick Clegg, MP (LD)
Hansard - Commons, 17 July 2007
[House of Commons debate]

To highlight the fact that there has been a quantitative shift in the scale of immigration into the United Kingdom, with massive knock-on effects on the public policy debate, seems to me to be stating the obvious. Other right hon. and hon. Members have claimed that the political class as whole has been living in denial of that fact, and I certainly join them in that view and acknowledge that when the facts around us change as radically as they have done a political response is required. ...

Perhaps I may take up a specific point with the right hon. Gentleman. He talked, and I agree, about the need for a debate about what it is to be British, or, more specifically, English. I could not agree more and I think that the challenges posed by large-scale immigration also throw up important questions about identity and integration and the values around which identity and integration are organised. I still happen to think, however, that openness to the outside world, tolerance towards others, acceptance of diversity, and an acknowledgement of the economic benefits brought about by economic immigration are part and parcel of a liberal identity that I cherish. It would be a crying shame if in our response to the new facts we were to throw the baby out with the bath water and not acknowledge that a liberal attitude to immigration is integral to what it is to be British. ...

I have not yet heard of a system that is sufficient in its watertight rigour to do what the hon. Gentleman suggests and somehow set an arbitrary limit and then pull up the drawbridge at the Dover coast. I challenge him to explain exactly how he would do that. We are dealing with a global phenomenon of a mass movement of people across borders, which is altogether more complex, but that process can be managed if we have an efficient, fair and effective system. My criticism of the Government is to ask why it has taken them 10 years to introduce a points-based system and the Border and Immigration Agency steps that I welcome. Why do they propose not to reintroduce the exit controls that were abolished in 1994, so that we at least know who comes in and goes out, until 2014? That seems a lackadaisical approach.
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Damian Green, MP (Con)
Hansard - Commons, 17 July 2007
[House of Commons debate]

That brings me to my first point numbers matter. One of the most absurd things that the Minister's predecessor did was to accuse me, in my early months of shadowing his job, of playing the numbers game. Immigration is essentially a numbers game; numbers absolutely matter in this field as much as they do in welfare and economic policy. That kind of unthinking response to the debate on immigration has given rise to a lack of public confidence. Therefore, Conservatives seek proper control of the numbers as the absolute basis for restoring public confidence in the immigration system. That confidence has been completely lost. ...

My hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Sussex said that he effectively wanted to manage this down to zero net immigration, but I must part company with him as I do not see the magic in that. If the economy benefits from immigration, rationally we should seek a level of immigration that maximises the benefit. At the same time, we should recognise that there will be strains on infrastructure and so on he mentioned that and thus we should seek an optimal level. It is not clear that the optimal level will be zero every year. There may be perverse periods for example, if the economy went into recession for several years that might increase the amount of emigration. At such a stage, it would seem perverse if that in itself permitted a higher degree of immigration when the labour market would be least able to provide the jobs for new immigrants.

Although I do not agree on the zero net figure, I agree with my hon. Friend that we need an explicit limit. He, like other hon. Members, will be aware that the Conservative party advocates an explicit limit. The hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam said that he does not see how that could work I can suggest only that he gets out more, because it works in other countries. Many other countries have such a system and it works perfectly well. There is a greater level of public confidence in their immigration systems than exists in this country. Our proposition is that there should be an explicit limit every year, taking into account the social and cohesion factors, the ability of the public infrastructure to cope and the needs of the economy at the time.

We would expect the current limit to be substantially less than the present level of immigration, because we observe all the strains and stresses that have been mentioned today and see that in certain parts of the country the public infrastructure simply cannot cope. We advocate extending the Government's points-based system so that we are trying to accept only people who are economically beneficial. On top of that there needs to be an explicit limit, because without one the points-based system will be meaningless; it will not increase public confidence or do what is necessary to ensure the radical change that we need.
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Liam Byrne, MP (Lab), The Minister of State, Home Department
Hansard - Commons, 17 July 2007
[House of Commons debate]

It is true that the level of immigration to this country has changed over the past 10 years, and that European economic area nationals have increased there were around 145,000 in 2005. The number of work permit holders has doubled, rather than tripled, up to 137,000. The point is that underneath that movement of people there is a degree of consensus that is worth sketching out. We agree that we should phase out low-skilled migration from outside Europe. We have introduced controls on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals coming to this country, and for the lifetime of that policy we shall phase out low-skilled migration from outside Europe. That is a matter on which we agree.

There is now a degree of consensus on refugees. In 2005, the Conservative party said:

We will set an overall annual limit on the numbers coming to Britain, including a fixed quota for the number of asylum seekers we accept.

That would have involved renegotiation of the Geneva convention, and was an unfortunate policy. The hon. Member for Ashford (Damian Green) was intelligent and wise to reverse it on 29 December when he said in The Guardian:

We will be looking at that again, and seeing what controls on asylum seekers are needed.

There is a degree of consensus on the level of EU migration. It does not include my right hon. Friend the Member for Birkenhead, but the position that both sides of the House have settled on is that we should accept free movement of people inside Europe. When the free movement of persons directive was laid on 4 April 2006 and then translated into immigration regulations, no party prayed against it, which signalled a degree of consensus. ...

Between 1990 and 2005, the United States gained 15 million migrants, and Spain and Germany both gained around 4 million migrants. That is in sharp contrast with the 1.6 migrants who have moved in and out of the UK. Italy's net immigration rate today is around three times higher than that in the UK. The pattern of the debate has changed over the past decade, but that is because the world is changing.

I am grateful to the hon. Member for Mid-Sussex for making, for the first time, some practical proposals for how an immigration limit could be introduced. That has been talked about on the Opposition Benches for some time and finally we have heard one practical way of doing that. There was a degree of support, and difference of opinion, in the Chamber this morning, but finally we have had a practical solution. I do not think the hon. Gentleman proposes a cap on the number of refugees as part of that limit, which is a change on the Conservative Benches. If the cap does not include EU migration, it may not be the cap that he thinks because around 48 per cent. of the UK's net migration is from within Europe. However, it was good to hear some practical proposals at last.
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IMMIGRATION
[part 2]
Liam Byrne, MP (Lab), The Minister of State, Home Department
Hansard - Commons, 17 July 2007
[House of Commons debate]

Our proposals are obviously different, and we are beginning the countdown to the points system, under which only people whom Britain needs will be able to come to work and study in this country. The system will be introduced in the new year, but with any new points system the important question is, How many points should someone need to be able to work and study in the UK? I have said repeatedly that we need a far more open and intelligent debate about what immigration is good for Britain and what is not. I absolutely agree with the hon. Member for Mid-Sussex and my right hon. Friend the Member for Birkenhead that the media must be part of that debate. I am sure that many hon. Members have had debates with colleagues in the media and dare I say it? the BBC where there is a sense that the matter is difficult to talk about and that it would be better not to. That attitude must go, and we must debate the matter more openly. It is not racist to talk about immigration, because this is the real world.

When we set the number of points that people need to come to Britain, we should have a debate that includes a much more open discussion of the evidence, which is why we propose to set up the migration advisory committee. It will be in place at the end of the year, and will advise transparently on where immigration is needed in the economy, and where it is not needed. Alongside that, it is not sufficient to set immigration policy simply with an eye on the economy. We must consider what is going on in Britain as a whole, and we are establishing the migration impact forum to take account of the wider evidence of social and other impacts of immigration on British life before setting the points threshold. ...

I reject the calls of the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam for regularisation, which would be an amnesty in any other name and would put illegal immigrants at the front of the jobs queue when they should leave the country. It would send the wrong signal, and we should reject it. ...

The technology that we have put in place is already beginning to work. We have made progress with biometric visas, and have already found 4,000 people who had applied for a visa to come to Britain but who were misleading us about their identity. Passenger screening systems have found around 1,000 people who were subsequently arrested at airports. That sort of technology will be vital in strengthening future border security. It must be used alongside the new powers in the UK Borders Bill which will be important in strengthening future enforcement.

I want to reflect on Britishness. I completely agree with my right hon. Friend the Member for Birkenhead and the hon. Member for Mid-Sussex that we must have that debate in earnest in the months to come. There must be a stronger relationship between what new citizens get and what they give. Exploring whether English should be required before permanent entry is important, and I hope that when we publish that consultation it will receive wide support.
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RACISM – MULTICULTURALISM
Equality chief threatened to quit over 'too white Cabinet'
Daily Telegraph, 16 July 2007

The head of Britain's equality watchdog has threatened to resign because of the lack of ethnic minority ministers in the Cabinet.

Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights, reportedly threatened to leave his position during a telephone call to No 10. Reports say Mr Phillips was "hopping mad" at the composition of the new Cabinet, and the way in which the issue of equality appeared to have been overlooked. He was also said to be angry that two new Muslim ministers, Shahid Malik and Sadiq Khan, would not be receiving ministerial salaries. ...

A Downing Street spokesman pointed out that Baroness Scotland, the new Attorney General, was black.
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MULTICULTURALISM – POLITICS
'Cohesion' Tory criticised
Graeme Wilson
Daily Telegraph, 16 July 2007

The Conservatives' new "cohesion" spokesman was criticised yesterday after being accused of issuing different leaflets aimed at different sections of the community.

The row involves Sayeeda Warsi, the new shadow minister for community cohesion, who stood as a Tory candidate in Dewsbury, West Yorks, in the 2005 general election.

During the campaign she produced two very different leaflets. One was festooned with images of the Union flag and focused on issues such as Europe and immigration, apparently in a bid to appeal to white voters.

The other leaflet - which appears to be aimed at Muslims - showed Ms Warsi wearing a head scarf, condemned the "illegal war" in Iraq and criticised Labour for "openly allowing homosexuality to be promoted in our schools".

Critics say her approach was designed to send different messages to different ethnic communities in the constituency.

Despite her campaign, Shahid Malik, the Labour candidate, won the seat with a majority of 4,615.

The Conservative Party last night rejected suggestions that Ms Warsi had adopted different campaign messages for different sections of the community. "The leaflets were distributed in every ward, so there is no question that they were tailored to different races," a spokesman said.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY
Amnesty fear as Italy closes immigrant ghetto
Malcolm Moore
Daily Telegraph, 16 July 2007

An Italian council estate ringed with a steel wall to keep its residents inside will be closed today and its African immigrant residents dispersed despite fears that a planned amnesty for thousands of new arrivals will have consequences for countries across Europe.

The Serenissima - or Very Tranquil - estate, Italy's last ghetto, became a symbol of the way Italy mismanaged its immigrants after the local council in Padua built the wall and set up a checkpoint at the exit last year.

The measures were designed to stop the criminal activities of some of its mainly Moroccan, Tunisian and Nigerian residents. However, the estate's notoriety attracted even larger numbers of drug dealers and addicts. ...

Italy's latest crime figures blamed "foreigners", who make up just four per cent of the population, for a third of all the offences committed in 2005.

The government said it was unable to process migrants and has proposed an amnesty which would issue them all with official papers. "The machinery of expulsion has not been working for some time," said Paolo Ferraro, the welfare minister.

"The mass of immigrants has in effect caused it to overheat and break down," he added.

However, the amnesty plan has been met with fierce opposition both within Italy and from the rest of Europe.

"A move to suddenly make 550,000 immigrants legal is very worrying," said one British diplomat.
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CRIME – IMMIGRATION
Ministers urged to give 500,000 illegals amnesty
Robert Watts and Tom Harper
Sunday Telegraph, 15 July 2007

Half a million immigrants working illegally in Britain should be allowed to stay, according to a thinktank with close links to Downing Street.

A report published today by the influential Institute for Public Policy Research argues that finding and forcibly deporting all Britain's illegal workers would cost £4.7 billion and take 30 years. The study says if these migrants were allowed to stay they would pay £1 billion a year in tax to the Treasury. ...

The IPPR's report threatens to divide ministers. Last week, Liam Byrne, the immigration minister, repeated earlier Government pledges not to allow an amnesty for illegal migrants, but some Cabinet ministers back the idea.

Danny Sriskandarajah, the IPPR's head of migration and equalities, called on Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, to support it. ...

The amnesty call comes as Home Office sources reveal that since the introduction of a sophisticated fingerprinting system last September more than 4,000 deported foreigners have been caught trying to re-enter Britain illegally.

Officials are "astonished" by the number of failed asylum seekers and bogus work permit applicants caught using the "biometric" visas system.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
4,000 trained at Afghan terror camps and returned to the UK
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 15 July 2007

Up to 4,000 Islamic extremists have attended training camps in Afghanistan then returned to Britain, security chiefs have revealed. The alarming figure raises fresh questions about UK border controls and the capacity of the intelligence and security services to keep the country safe. ...

Afghanistan was the centre for al-Qaeda terrorist training between 1996, when the Taliban came to power, and the end of 2001, when America and Britain invaded. Since then the focus has shifted to areas of Pakistan along the Afghan border. ...

A senior source said of the al-Qaeda camps: "There are 3,000 to 4,000 people who went from the UK to Afghanistan and came back. The important question is, where are they now?" ...

Estimates for the total number of extremists who have received weapons training and religious instruction at al-Qaeda camps, mostly in Afghanistan, have ranged from 20,000 to 70,000. Until now, intelligence sources have said that it was impossible to estimate how many of those were British residents.
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RACISM
Radio Times under fire for the colour of its covers
Chris Hastings
Sunday Telegraph, 15 July 2007

Its mix of wholesome entertainment, homely features and television listings has brought Radio Times millions of loyal readers. So they are likely to be surprised to find its editor at the centre of a racism row.

Gill Hudson has admitted that black and Asian people seldom feature on the magazine's front cover but insists that her hands are tied by commercial considerations.

Miss Hudson, who has edited the BBC-produced magazine for five years, told The Sunday Telegraph: "I do notice when we put an Asian or black figure on the copy and I think, 'Yippee', but it's not often you can do it. We have to sell almost a million copies a week and we have to go for the biggest programmes. I can't choose the cover by quota: it's about getting the right programme, not the right ethnic mix."

Miss Hudson's comments came after Noel Clarke, one of Britain's brightest young black actors, ... accused listings magazines, including Radio Times, of discriminating against ethnic minority stars.

At a seminar on diversity at the recent Cheltenham Screenwriters' Festival, Clarke, 31, said: "I could bring you every cover of the various TV guides for the last year and you'll see maybe one or two people of colour - Radio Times, TV Times, all of them. ... He began asking why his family had never been on the cover of anything. Eventually they said, 'Every time we put you forward, the people who run the magazines say, "If you put them on the cover, they won't sell"'."
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POPULATION – ENVIRONMENT
Extinction in the wild 'is danger to humans'
Roger Highfield
Daily Telegraph, 12 July 2007

Scientists have discovered that the high level of extinction among wild species is making human life more precarious than thought. ...

Now a study published in the journal Nature concludes that the loss of wildlife could have a more serious impact on food production, carbon dioxide levels and clean water supplies than previously believed.

As the globe warms, bands of habitat defined by temperature and rainfall will shift from the equator toward the poles. Scientists fear that 25 per cent of all species, plant and animal, could succumb to the rapid pace of change by the end of the century.
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POPULATION – HOUSING
Brown's 'priority' is millions of new homes
George Jones and Toby Helm
Daily Telegraph, 12 July 2007

Gordon Brown yesterday promised a new drive to help people get on the housing ladder by building three million new homes by 2020.

He put tackling the housing shortage at the top of his agenda as he broke with years of tradition by pre-empting the autumn's Queen's Speech setting out the Government's legislative programme for the next session of Parliament.

Mr Brown said he would make new house building a "national priority" ...

The Prime Minister promised three million new homes by 2020 - up 250,000 from the previous target, with the annual target for England raised from 200,000 to 240,000 a year by 2016.
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RACISM
Ban Tintin book that makes black people look like monkeys, says watchdog
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 12 July 2007

The comic book character Tintin was at the centre of a race row last night after Britain's equality watchdog accused one of the books of making black people "look like monkeys and talk like imbeciles".

The Commission for Racial Equality claimed Tintin in the Congo depicted "hideous racial prejudice" and that it should be removed from sale. ...

In Britain, Tintin in the Congo was for decades excluded from reprints because of its content. ...

The publisher Egmont issued a colour version of the book in 2005, but included a foreword which tried to explain the colonial attitudes prevalent at the time it was written.
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BORDER CONTROLS – TERRORISM
Too many loopholes in Britain's border security for terrorists
Steve Farrow
Daily Telegraph, 12 July 2007
[Letter to the Editor]

As an ex-entry clearance officer who worked in the High Commission's visa section in Islamabad for two years, I worked closely with representatives from bona fide colleges and universities from Britain. Most of them complained of the large numbers of overseas students, particularly from Pakistan, who failed to show up for their courses.

The Home Office proposal of closing one loophole by demanding that foreign students have a "sponsor" is risible. The majority of student visa applications that we processed in Islamabad had some form of bogus documentation supporting the application, much of which we were unable to verify due to work constraints. This "loophole closure" will not in any way stop the abuse.

The 379 Pakistani students who failed to show up at Portsmouth University is only the tip of the iceberg and we are now beginning to pay the price for the Government's immigration policy.
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ENVIRONMENT – POPULATION
Green belt comes under renewed pressure
Charles Clover
Daily Telegraph, 11 July 2007

The prospect of widespread construction on green belt land was raised last night as the Government said building more affordable homes was now the "priority".

Environmentalists were warned by Hazel Blears, the Communities Secretary, to prepare for a showdown on the issue. ...

Miss Blears refused to rule out redrawing green belt boundaries, which are designed to stop urban sprawl. She said solving the crisis in affordable housing had to be the Government's "priority" and it would move fast. ...

"I think we are going to have a tussle," she told the Commons communities and local government committee. "But I think the priority has to be to build those homes."
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TERRORISM
Europe's human rights rules 'make it easy for terrorists'
Daily Telegraph, 9 July 2007

Britain must withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights to protect the country from terrorism, it was said today.

Migrationwatch, which campaigns against mass immigration, said the treaty acts as a "positive encouragement" for terrorists to come to Britain.

Human rights law should be rewritten to become "appropriate to the new age of terrorism" by excluding convicted terrorists from its provisions, it said.
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TERRORISM
Brown's strategy on terror 'is fatally flawed'
Brendan Carlin, John Steele and Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 9 July 2007

The new crackdown on terrorism following the attempted car bomb attacks is "fatally flawed" amid fears of widespread failings on immigration checks, the Government was warned last night. ...

Many students from "hot spots" of Muslim unrest around the world are thought to obtain visas for study but "go under the wire" by failing to show up for their courses when they arrive in Britain.

The head of Interpol also accused the authorities of failing to check visitors to Britain against its global database of 11,000 suspected terrorists. ...

... a claim by Ronald K Noble, the Interpol secretary general, who said it had the passport numbers, fingerprints and photos of more than 11,000 suspected terrorists on its database.

But he said Britain does not check it against immigrants arriving or foreign nationals it has arrested.

"The guys arrested last week could be wanted, arrested or convicted anywhere in the world and the UK would not know," he said. ...

One report yesterday said that in Portsmouth University, hundreds of foreign students who were offered places failed to turn up. Of those, 379 were from Pakistan, 16 from Saudi Arabia and two from Iraq.

The Home Office said last night it had taken steps to close what it accepted was a "loophole" open to abuse.

Foreign students would now have to show details of a "sponsor" who will certify that they have been offered a place. The sponsors will have to report any who fail to show up.
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TERRORISM
Not in their name?
Alasdair Palmer
Sunday Telegraph, 8 July 2007

And yet, when the Government issued guidelines for tackling campus extremism, which included ways of identifying and tackling extremist behaviour, those guidelines were unanimously rejected by Universities UK, and the Universities and College Union, the umbrella organisations for Britain's universities. Teaching and administrative staff insisted they would not apply them.

"A monumental act of irresponsibility," is how Prof Anthony Glees, the director of Brunel University's Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, describes it. "The problem [of extremism on British campuses] is widespread and underestimated," Prof Glees says. He believes that universities will "come to regret" their "mindless rejection" of the Government's guidelines. "It sends out a signal to people who want to do us harm that universities will continue to be a safe bet from which to recruit: that they are safe areas for extremists to ply their trade. Academics are in a state of complete denial and confusion over what they should be doing: this is a huge hindrance to tackling the problem."
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POLITICS – FREE SPEECH
What would 'Our Enoch' say now?
James Delingpole
Sunday Telegraph, 8 July 2007

In a new survey on free speech, conducted by YouGov on behalf of Friction TV, only one in five people "feel they could safely voice their opinion on a sensitive issue".

Maybe I have an unduly rose-tinged view of our past, but I'm sure things never used to be this way. I don't recall my grandmother ever being particularly reticent in endorsing something "Our Enoch" had just said. I don't remember fellow Midlanders at the time of the Birmingham pub bombings tiptoeing around the subject of the IRA. "I can say what I like," people would add, if anyone disagreed. "It's a free country."

Not any more it isn't. While, according to the survey, 98 per cent of us believe in the right to free speech, only one third feel it exists in Britain - explaining why no more than half of us have ever dared to speak out on a sensitive issue. ...

But the main reason that we're so scared to speak our mind is the result of the prevailing cultural dialectic: thanks to organisations like the BBC and most of our schools and universities we have been brainwashed into thinking - and self-censoring - like some bearded sociology lecturer at a Sixties redbrick.
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UK 'fails to check immigrants on Interpol's list of suspects'
Tom Harper and Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 8 July 2007

Britain is failing to check would-be immigrants against a global database of suspected terrorists, the head of Interpol has revealed.

Ronald K Noble, the secretary general of the policing organisation, accused the Government of "putting UK citizens at risk" through the lapse.

At the same time, the Foreign Office came under fire from travel industry insiders for contracting-out vital security checks on immigrants to a private company based in India. ...

Mr Noble ... said: "We have the passport numbers, fingerprints and photos of more than 11,000 suspected terrorists on our database. But the UK does not check it against immigrants coming into the country or foreign nationals it has arrested.

"The guys detained last week could be wanted, arrested or convicted anywhere in the world and the UK would not know." He said that "the UK Government really needs to catch up and realise that unless it consults global databases for passports, names and photographs then it risks letting dangerous people roam free".

Mr Noble, in charge of the US secret service from 1993 to 1996, cited the recent case of Mohan Singh, an Indian national, who applied for a US visa in New Delhi last year. American authorities checked Mr Singh's fingerprints with Interpol and found that he was wanted for murder in Germany in 1995. The visa was refused and he was taken into custody. ...

In a little-noticed move this year, the Foreign Office transferred responsibility for security checks on immigrants from countries including India and Pakistan to VFS Global, a company based in India.

The business, which employs local staff, even carries out the critical task of taking applicants' fingerprints and storing them electronically.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Few imams in British mosques born in UK
Jonathan Petre
Daily Telegraph, 7 July 2007

Only eight per cent of imams preaching in British mosques were born in the United Kingdom, according to new research that will fuel fears that they are ill-equipped to counter extremism.

The study also found that just six per cent spoke English as a first language and nearly half had been living in Britain for less than five years.

It will raise concerns that they may struggle to compete with articulate, English-speaking activists who try to influence young Muslims.

Staff at 300 mosques were questioned earlier this year for the research, which was commissioned by the BBC and conducted by the University of Chester to examine the ability of imams to adapt to British culture.

The study painted a picture of a deeply conservative body of individuals wedded to traditional languages who are still largely recruited from the Indian sub-continent.
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IMMIGRATION – MULTICULTURALISM
'They come and go with ease'
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 7 July 2007

Even more cash will be needed if the intelligence agencies are to vet foreign doctors seeking work in the NHS. ... Australia managed to turn down two suspected bombers who applied for jobs because their references and qualifications did not pass muster, so serious questions must be raised over the almost "open door" policy that operates here.

Then again, if the scrutiny of medical staff were tightened, al-Qa'eda would merely seek supporters from other walks of life. There have long been fears that universities are a rich recruiting ground. ... Prof Glees was concerned that universities were so desperate to fill places with overseas students that they did not vet applicants properly or even require hard proof of identity.

... Pakistan is the command HQ, and that is where recruits are trained.

That is why the UK is so vulnerable: its large Pakistani community means the few who would cause the country harm can enter and leave without suspicion. More than 400,000 journeys are made between Pakistan and Britain each year.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
The textbook terrorists
Andrew Pierce
Daily Telegraph, 7 July 2007

Many of these young men have travelled far from home to study, which makes them particularly vulnerable to the influence of fundamentalist groups who actively seek to lure them in, and to the jihadist chat rooms on the net. Marc Sageman, a former CIA agent and author of Understanding Terror Networks, says: "They are much more vulnerable as they are away from their families and they are deliberately targeted for this reason." ...

So what was their motivation? After 9/11 we were told that the suicide bombers believed that their "sacrifice" would see them into paradise where they would be rewarded by the services of 72 young virgins. Prof Anthony Glees, the director of the Centre for Intelligence Studies at Brunel University, dismisses this as a factor in the latest attempted suicide bombing: "They will have believed that their deaths as martyrs would be the tipping point for the victory of the many. They would have been convinced that their deaths would have encouraged other young men and women to come forward. That is the whole point of being a martyr. I fear that if they had succeeded they might not have been wrong."

Marc Sageman agrees, describing suicide bombers as the "rock stars" of the militant Islamic community. "They think they will be revered as heroes after they have died - and they will be. They will be glorified on thousands of jihadist websites. They are willing to die and to kill to lead the vanguard for the creation of a universal Muslim community."

After a week of headlines dominated by the terror threat, moderate Muslims fought back yesterday with full-page advertisements in national newspapers making clear that the intended attacks were "not in our name".

However, Professor Glees estimates that there are up to 200,000 potential martyrs, at universities at home and abroad, who are susceptible to recruitment. "There are huge reservoirs to draw on," he warns - a potentially terrifying fact that the police and intelligence agencies must now ponder.
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NATIONAL IDENTITY
Flying the flag is only a first step on the road to victory
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 7 July 2007

Gordon Brown's order that all government buildings should fly the Union flag every day of the year shows how fast things are changing. ... ...

Values don't hover above the British Isles like this summer's rainclouds. They arise out of the choices made about who runs things and how they are run. You find them in a Church, or an army, or a police force, or a profession, or a legislature, or a school, or a family. In other words, you find them in institutions. And it is free institutions that modern politicians are so bad at understanding.

In the first week of the new administration, you can see the confusion about values already exhibited. What does our famed tolerance mean in the face of threat? ...

Across the floor of the House, you see a similar confusion. In his shadow appointments this week, David Cameron promoted tough-minded people like Pauline Neville-Jones and Paul Goodman to deal with the problems of terrorism, security and communal tension. But at the same time, he gave a post to Sayeeda Warsi, an Islamist who has defended terrorism in Kashmir and says that Britain is a police state.

Wouldn't it protect tolerance better to make the choice between citizenship and fanatical religious belief as stark as possible?

The most authentic British value we need today is a liberalism tough enough to defend itself. The first party to realise this will win the battle for Britishness that Mr Brown is so keen to join.
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IMMIGRATION
Bombs and doctors
Professor John Studd
Daily Telegraph, 6 July 2007
[Letter to the Editor]

The solution in the past to this lack of British-trained doctors was to steal young doctors from the Third World, who then stayed in the country because of better facilities and salaries. It is cheaper, but hardly ethical, and has devastating effects on the healthcare of developing countries.

It is also worth asking how trainee doctors from Africa and the Middle East find it so easy to obtain posts, when those from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have almost insurmountable obstacles put in their path?
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MULTICULTURALISM – DISCRIMINATION
Muslims may feel persecuted but the evidence says not
John Steele
Daily Telegraph, 6 July 2007

There is a powerful public perception that men of Asian, Middle Eastern or north African appearance, many of whom will be Muslims, are far more likely than white people to be stopped and questioned or searched by police under anti-terror legislation.

Many people in ethnic minority communities believe this amounts to an unofficial use of racial "profiling", targeting Muslims. ...

The suspicions have only been strengthened by some comments by leading police figures.

The former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Lord Stevens, declared that terrorism was a problem for the Muslim community and backed profiling.

Ian Johnston, the head of the British Transport Police, suggested that "we should not waste time searching old white ladies". ...

Department for Transport sources suggest airport security checks are "random" but no data is available on who is stopped and questioned to prove or disprove this assertion. ...

Are anti-terror stops used unfairly against Asian people? They are more likely to be stopped but a recent report by the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA), which rarely misses any evidence of discrimination by the force it governs, suggests the perception of significant unfairness is not supported by the statistics.
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MULTICULTURALISM – BORDER SECURITY
Ethnic border guards
Geoffrey Van Orden, MEP, Conservative Defence and Security Spokesman
Daily Telegraph, 6 July 2007
[Letter to the Editor]

There are certainly very serious questions to be asked about the manning, mission and effectiveness of the Border and Immigration Agency of the Home Office, previously the Immigration and Nationality Directorate ...

When I said to a previous Home Secretary that the controls at our ports of entry were "beacons of political correctness", he replied that I had made a demeaning remark. I therefore asked the Home Office what proportion of its staff in the various immigration, identity and passport services were from ethnic minorities. Given that ethnic minorities are estimated to form about 6.7 per cent of our total population of working age, I was alarmed to receive the reply that, of those staff whose ethnicity was recorded, 29 per cent of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, 30 per cent of the Immigration Service and 14 per cent of the Identity and Passport Service were from ethnic minorities.

While it is only right and proper that all law-abiding bona fide citizens, regardless of ethnicity, should have equal opportunities, the manning of our front-line immigration services is curiously disproportionate. It does not promote confidence in the agencies responsible for the control of our borders and therefore the security and integrity of our nation.
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IMMIGRATION – FROM POLAND
Poles 'happy to stay in Britain'
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2007

More than half of the hundreds of thousands of Poles who have emigrated to Britain plan to stay long-term, according to a report by a Warsaw-based market research agency.

Even though many Poles had yet to find work or places to stay, 55 per cent said they would not be returning home soon, the report said.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – EDUCATION
Britain's universities 'could lose world position within 10 years'
Caroline Davies
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2007

Britain's reputation as a world leader for university education could be lost within 10 years, the vice-chancellor of Cambridge warned yesterday.

Standards will plummet unless universities resist the temptation to take on poor-quality students in an attempt to plug funding gaps, Professor Alison Richard told MPs. ...

Prof Richard told the education select committee that standards could be seriously compromised by the Government's drive to increase student numbers.

In particular, the trend to recruit foreign students for their higher fees could lead to "a downward spiral", she said.
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IMMIGRATION – HEALTH SERVICES
Vetting of foreign health workers to be stepped up
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2007

Background checks on foreign doctors and other health workers migrating to Britain are to be stepped up after the bomb scares in London and the Glasgow airport attack.

Recruitment of overseas medical staff will also be reviewed and global watch lists for terrorists expanded. ...

Gordon Brown, during his first Prime Minister's Questions, said the Government would strengthen checks on skilled migrants. Sponsors could be asked to provide references and other information.

The NHS recruitment review will be carried out by Lord West, the new security minister and former defence chief.

It could result in a reappraisal of the need for foreign workers, who have been a mainstay of the NHS for a generation. Last night there was little detail of how any new arrangements might work.

Nearly 90,000 doctors in the UK qualified overseas at a time when domestically trained medics are finding it hard to get jobs.
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IMMIGRATION – DOCTORS
A vital contribution to Britain's health
Judith Woods
Daily Telegraph, 4 July 2007

Today, almost 90,000 of the 240,000 doctors approved to work in Britain gained their medical qualifications overseas. They are drawn from 150 countries, and include 27,558 who qualified in India, 8,188 in South Africa and 2,287 in Sri Lanka. Around 6,000 qualified in the Middle East, 1,985 in Iraq, 488 in Iran and 184 in Jordan.
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POPULATION – CHINA
Pollution in China kills 750,000 people every year, say scientists
Richard Spencer
Daily Telegraph, 4 July 2007

Pollution kills three quarters of a million people in China every year, according to previously unreleased World Bank statistics.

The figures, almost twice previous estimates, were calculated using a new statistical model. But they have been suppressed until now because the government feared they would cause social unrest, according to reports. ...

The new study, The Cost of Pollution in China, was conducted by international and Chinese government scientists and first revealed at a conference in March. But the state environmental protection administration and health ministry demanded that they key figures not be included for fear of causing "social instability" according to The Financial Times. One third of the report was omitted.

The missing figures revealed that 350,000-400,000 people died prematurely from outdoor air pollution. Previous World Bank figures said China had 16 of the 20 most polluted cities on earth.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HOUSING
200,000 'social homes' were given to immigrants last year
Gary Cleland
Daily Telegraph, 2 July 2007

Five times more immigrants are given social housing than previously claimed, the Government has admitted.

Just weeks ago ministers insisted that only one per cent of social housing is given to immigrants, in an attempt to quell widespread fears that they are treated better by local authorities than people born in Britain.

But after an investigation by ITV's Tonight with Trevor McDonald programme, the Government has admitted that 200,000 of Britain's social homes - five per cent of the total - were given to immigrants last year.

There is a waiting list of 1.5 million for the four million social houses in Britain.
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RACISM – INDIA
India's hue and cry over paler skin
Amrit Dhillon
Sunday Telegraph, 1 July 2007

As both an A-list Bollywood actor and the host of India's answer to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Shah Rukh Khan sets hearts aflutter for all manner of reasons. Now, however, he has been accused of peddling a dream too far - in an advertisement for skin cream.

Khan, 41, a heart-throb star likened to an Indian Tom Cruise, has agreed to promote Fair and Handsome, a skin-lightening cream which panders to a widespread Indian desire for fairer skin. While darker-hued Indians spend a total equivalent to £160 million a year on such products - despite doubts about their effectiveness - the sight of Khan's chiselled features endorsing the cream has angered campaigners, who say it is "racist" to promote lighter skin as superior.

"We are against the product," said Brinda Karat, the president of the All-India Democratic Women's Association. "It is downright racist to denigrate dark skin."

Protests by Miss Karat's group recently forced another company - Hindustan Lever, the Indian arm of Unilever - to withdraw television advertisements for its women's fairness cream, Fair and Lovely. The advertisements depicted dejected, dark-skinned women, who had been snubbed by employers and men, suddenly acquiring new boyfriends and glamorous careers after the cream had lightened their skin. ...

Yet most of India's 800 million population are puzzled to hear such creams described as symptomatic of an unhealthy self-image. In the matrimonials, the classified newspaper advertisements through which brides and bridegrooms are sought, a potential bride's porcelain skin is ranked as a more desirable attribute than a university degree. Film stars who are not naturally light-skinned are touched up to look paler on screen.

In everyday conversation, the ultimate compliment on someone's looks is to say someone is gora (fair). "I have no problem with people wanting to be lighter," said a Delhi beauty parlour owner, Saroj Nath. "It doesn't make you racist, any more than trying to make yourself look younger makes you ageist." ...

Mr Khan's face will adorn a slick new tube bearing a "before-and-after" photo. "He's a role model for young Indians, and now he'll be telling them that dark skin is unattractive and must be changed," said Renoukha Khandekar, an author and columnist. "It's irresponsible and stupid. We have skin tones of all hues in this country, and they're all wonderful."
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BENEFITS AND COSTS
Shortage of £50 notes blamed on immigrants
Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2007

The Bank of England has revealed that a shortage of £50 notes is the result of so many eastern European immigrants sending them back home.

Poles in Britain sent home almost £1 billion in the first three months of this year. Polish officials say two thirds of the Poles who have left the country are working in Britain and more than three quarters of the money flooding back to boost the Polish economy has been sent from this country.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
Bush legacy in tatters as immigrants bill fails
Alex Spillius
Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2007

The US Senate wrecked President George W Bush's final chance of securing a major domestic policy legacy before he leaves office when it killed off his immigration bill yesterday.

The bill failed to complete a procedural hurdle by seven votes, due to a rebellion by Republicans who refused to bow to pressure from the president.

Objectors said the provision of a path to citizenship for 12 million illegal immigrants working in the US was an effective amnesty. Others were unconvinced by promises to secure the 2,000-mile southern land border used by more than 50 per cent of unlawful workers.

Some Democrats said the proposal was too soft on law breakers or harmful to trade unions' efforts to maintain wages.

The defeat leaves Mr Bush as arguably an even lamer duck than most second-term presidents. ...

The last opinion poll before the vote showed 47 per cent of the public were against the bill. ...

Experts in immigration said the bill was muddled and concentrated too much on the unrealistic option of securing America's southern border when 42 per cent of illegal workers had arrived by other means and overstayed their visa.
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CRIME – MARRIAGE
Marriage rate hit by crackdown on immigrants
Jonathan Petre
Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2007

The number of Britons choosing to marry has fallen to its lowest level since records began after a government crackdown on bogus weddings.

The marriage rate fell by 10 per cent to 244,710 in 2005, down nearly 30,000 from the previous year, according to figures released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics. ...

The drop in the marriage rate was a return to the trend of long-term decline that had been interrupted by rises between 2002 and 2004.

It coincided with a Home Office initiative to halt sham marriages in which foreign nationals attempted to avoid immigration controls by gaining instant British citizenship.
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MULTICULTURALISM
One in 10 people living in Britain was born overseas
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 26 June 2007

One in 10 people living in Britain was born overseas - a far higher proportion than previously thought, an international study group said yesterday.

Record levels of immigration are rapidly changing the make-up of the population, figures released by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) confirmed.

The last census, six years ago, suggested 4.3 million people in Britain were born abroad. But the OECD's annual International Migration Outlook put the proportion in 2005 at 9.7 per cent - or about 5.8 million out of a total of 60 million. In recent years, about half a million people have come to live in Britain every 12 months.

Even though this is partly offset by people leaving, the foreign-born population is growing while the British-born population is declining. ...

The 4.3 million foreign-born Britons at the time of the 2001 census was itself an increase of about one million compared to 1991. The OECD said the total rose another 1.5 million in only five years - the fastest rate of growth in British history.
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MULTICULTURALISM
We do not need thought police
A.N. Wilson
Daily Telegraph, 25 June 2007

The cycle of Corpus Christi Plays from York are among the glories of medieval - what word do we now use? Literature, I suppose, since they are written, but like the great minster itself, they are a collective endeavour, the product of generations of human thinking and imagination about the central story of our culture. ...

But enter stage left Christian Vassie, a Liberal Democrat councillor in York. He is hoping to get National Lottery money for a scheme which sounds in principle excellent: namely, to stage the York Plays in 2008, 2010 and 2012 using local students from the ages of 16 to 25. Alas, to get the money, the council have to assure the Lottery Fund people that the event is "multicultural". Vassie is putting his mind to the question of how the event can be made "multicultural".
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Huge mosque stirs protests in Cologne
Harry de Quetteville
Daily Telegraph, 25 June 2007

The construction of one of Europe's biggest mosques near to a globally famous Christian landmark has sparked a furious row in Germany.

Immigration and integration are hugely sensitive questions in Germany, which is home to a Turkish community of several million. But almost within the shadow of Cologne Cathedral, political correctness has now been replaced by bitter confrontation as the city's Muslims begin to build a 2,000-capacity mosque with twin minarets that will reach 170ft.

"Muslims have been here for 40 years, yet people are praying in back rooms," said Seyda Can, an Islamic theologian at the Turkish Islamic Union in Cologne. "There are 120,000 Muslims in Cologne, that's 12 per cent of the population. We should not hide." ...

"With this mosque Muslims will no longer think of their old countries as their home, but of Germany," she said. ...

"It's not a popular plan," said Joerg Uckermann, the district's deputy mayor. "We don't want to build a Turkish ghetto in Ehrenfeld. I know about Londonistan and I don't want that here."

Mr Uckermann is part of a curious coalition of protest that has united Jewish intellectuals and neo-Nazis. Leading the charge is Ralph Giordano, a prominent Jewish author, who wrote recently that Germany was witnessing a "clash of two completely different cultures" and questioned whether they could ever be reconciled.

Stating that he had received death threats for his opinions, he added: "What kind of a state are we in that I can face a fatwa in Germany?"
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IMMIGRATION
The immigration horse has bolted
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 25 June 2007

One of the many vetoes that Tony Blair surrendered over the weekend was on migration policy. There are an estimated 6.5 million irregular migrants in the EU alone, and considerably more in other European countries, including between eight million and 10 million sans-papiers living in Russia.

How are we to deal with these people, many of whom are for the large part tolerated but do not have a legal status or a right to remain? Some countries - notably Spain, Italy and, recently, Greece - have "regularised" the position of their illegal immigrants and, although this does not bestow immediate citizenship, after a while they can apply for nationalisation and will then be free to settle anywhere in the EU. So one country's amnesty is everybody's amnesty.
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IMMIGRATION
Tell us where you stand on security, Mr Brown
David Davis, Shadow Home Secretary
Sunday Telegraph, 24 June 2007

Take immigration. I put it to Mr Brown that, as Chancellor, his "open door" policy allowed economic expediency to override sound social policy. We now have an acute shortage of housing and some councils in financial crisis. His policy allowed the Government to ignore the one million economically inactive under 25s and left Britain vulnerable to serious international crime through our porous borders. What answers does the next Prime Minister have? None he has shared with the country. The Conservative policy is crystal clear: we would place an annual limit on immigration and establish a border police force to control our borders.
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RACISM – DEFENCE
New Sikh regiment dumped over Army fears of 'racist' tag
Sean Rayment
Sunday Telegraph, 24 June 2007

Defence chiefs have abandoned plans to raise a regiment of British Sikhs amid fears that the move would be branded racist, writes Sean Rayment.

The proposal to create the regiment, reminiscent of those that fought for Britain in the two world wars, was dropped by the Ministry of Defence after discussions with the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE).

Sikh leaders had informed Army recruitment officers that they could easily find enough volunteers to form a 700-strong regiment. However, despite the infantry being under strength by 3,000 soldiers, the offer was rejected.

Lieutenant General Sir Freddie Viggers, the Adjutant General with responsibility for recruitment, is understood to have accepted the argument put forward by race commissioners at the CRE that creating a Sikh regiment would be divisive and amount to "segregation".

Leaders of Britain's 500,000 Sikhs were supportive of the idea of a new regiment, arguing that it would be no different from the Scots, Welsh and Irish Guards or the Royal Gurkha Rifles, which recruits exclusively from Nepal and which is regarded as a model infantry regiment.

The decision to shelve the plans was last night criticised by politicians, members of the Sikh community and soldiers, who claimed that the Army had fallen victim to political correctness.
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RACISM – MULTICULTURALISM
White working-class heroes are hard to find
Simon Heffer
Daily Telegraph, 23 June 2007

... the late Bernard Manning, ...

Manning was vilified in his life, and even in some of his obituaries, for the universal curse of "racism". I never met him, but I sense he was neither a stupid nor a wicked man. Indeed, he seems to have been smart enough to realise the hypocrisy of the fact that, to many in society, racism was quite an acceptable practice, provided its victims were white. That to me seemed to be one of the roots of his humour, rather than his having an instinctive dislike of foreigners simply on account of the fact that they were not like him. And it is such racism - often white-on-white, as part of our national fetish for self-hatred - that causes boys of 16 to leave school barely literate or numerate, and equipped only for a life of drudgery, unemployment or crime.

As any Marxist will tell you, our white working class has always been oppressed. First (according to Marx) it was by the owners of capital. Now, though, it is by the white liberals who sit in government, in local authorities and on quangos, and who have made it their crusade to divert the resources at their disposal to helping those with no historic claim on this country. Even Margaret Hodge, her seat in east London under threat from the BNP, has admitted this. The indigenous population gets a very rough deal from bureaucrats who see their job as mainly to atone for post-imperial guilt and pursue a crackpot agenda of multi-culturalism.
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MULTICULTURALISM – EDUCATION
White boys 'let down by the education system'
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 22 June 2007

White boys are being turned into an unemployable underclass - as they fall behind children from other racial groups at school, new research shows.

Almost half of all children leaving school without any good GCSEs are white British males, according to figures published today.

They outnumber white girls by two to one and have vastly inferior reading and writing skills at the age of 11.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation says that failure to improve literacy at primary school is fuelling an "anti-education culture" among boys, turning many towards a life of crime.

As part of the study, researchers focused on those pupils failing to get any good GCSEs at the age of 16.

In a damning indictment of the education system in England, they say that thousands of children - particularly boys, working class pupils and those with special needs - are being let down by primary schools.

After moving up many then remain at the bottom of the pile between the ages of 11 and 16 as the Government's secondary school reforms fail to have any significant impact. ...

White British pupils make up more than three quarters of low achievers in English schools and do worse than children from other ethnic groups with similar economic backgrounds, according to the study. The large majority of under-performers are boys.

Research shows that boys from Caribbean backgrounds actually do worse overall - 8.5 per cent get no GCSEs - but their results have been improving faster than the national average.

When allowance is made for the fact that more Caribbean boys come from working class homes, they actually do as well as white pupils.

By comparison, Chinese and Indian pupils are the most successful at avoiding poor results. ...

Researchers also warned that schools inadvertently discriminated against boys by failing to improve their literacy skills at an early age.

"If boys do worse than girls at early stages, this may be part of the explanation of their later worse performance," the study says.

"The anti-education culture may be something boys take refuge in, something that gives them an alternative identity, placing value and self-esteem in things other than those offered by school."
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MULTICULTURALISM – EDUCATION
Polish migrants creating need for new faith schools
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 22 June 2007

More Roman Catholic schools will be needed to cope with the increase in the number of Polish children settling in this country, John Reid said yesterday.

The Home Secretary highlighted growing pressure on faith school places as he launched a Government forum to consider the wider social impact of large-scale immigration.

For the first time, local government chiefs, health-care executives and other public service providers will have a say over how many should arrive. But they have no control over the settlers from eastern Europe, who can come in as EU citizens.

So far, 650,000 have registered to work, though many more have arrived as self-employed job seekers. ...

Earlier this year, Barbara Tuge-Erecinska, the Polish ambassador, said there are now so many Polish children in British schools that they should teach Polish history and culture.

Many schools are worried about coping with the sudden influx and are trying to recruit Polish teachers to help. Bradford city council is to build four primary schools to cope with the arrival of more than 600 children from Eastern Europe.

The council in Slough, Berks, says it has almost 900 school pupils from non English-speaking backgrounds.
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MULTICULTURALISM – EDUCATION
Chinese pupils are state schools' high achievers
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 21 June 2007

Chinese children are three times more likely to be considered bright than other pupils in English state schools.

Almost a third of school-children from Chinese families feature among the top 10 per cent of pupils ranked by GCSE results, new figures show.

This compares with just 10 per cent of children from white British backgrounds. ...

According to figures published yesterday by the Department for Education and Skills, 25.4 per cent of pupils from Chinese backgrounds were named among the top 10 per cent of pupils on test scores achieved at the age of 11. This compared with 10.5 per cent of white British pupils.

By the age of 16, the proportion of Chinese pupils named among the brightest hit 31 per cent. Among Indian children, almost 18 per cent were found to be part of the education elite. In comparison, just 10 per cent of British children were among the brightest at 16.
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IMMIGRATION
Refugees will flee 'arc of instability' for life in Europe
Mike Pflanz
Daily Telegraph, 21 June 2007

Fresh waves of migrants will attempt to reach Europe unless more is done to rebuild their war-torn homelands, the United Nations refugee chief has said.

The number of refugees running from a "boiling arc of instability" from Somalia through the Middle East to Afghanistan jumped 14 per cent to 9.9 million last year.

A further 24.5 million have become "internally displaced people" - refugees in their own countries - according to a report released by the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

"The over-riding instinct of these people is to return to their homes when it is safe to do so," said Antonio Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, during a visit to southern Sudan to mark World Refugee Day.

"But when they get home, unless we focus more on getting them services, schools, health care and jobs, they can become illegal immigrants who look outside their countries again for a better life."

In Sudan's south, 155,000 of the 400,000 people who fled Africa's longest civil war have returned since peace was signed in January 2005. A separate conflict still rages in the western Darfur province.

Agencies hope a further 102,000 will head home this year. But once they arrive back in their villages, they find an almost total lack of the services they came to expect in refugee camps and communities, where many have lived for two decades or more. ...

"There is happiness in my heart now that I am going home to my own country," Luku Joel, 30, said as the lorry carrying him and 35 others, aged from four months to 65, bounced into Sudan.

"But in the camps in Uganda, there is nursery schooling for the children, there are small jobs we can do to make money, there are qualified people if we get sick.

"In Sudan, look, there is nothing," he added, gesturing from the back of the lorry to the verdant emptiness of the countryside.

International agencies have built schools and refurbished hospitals, but that is not enough to keep people in Sudan after the initial joy of being home wears off, many recent arrivals said.
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MULTICULTURALISM – LONDON
Diversity
Tate Modern, 20 June 2007
[Undated but under the general heading Global Cities, 20 June - 27 August 2007]

Much of London's recent growth is due to international inward migration, which partially counterbalances the numbers of mostly British-born households leaving the city. 95% of those moving to London since 1995 were born outside the UK.

Nearly a third of London's residents are from non-white minority ethnic communities. Concentrations are found in three regions: south of the river Thames in Lambeth, Southwark and Croydon; along a corridor from the East End to East Ham; and to the west and north-west. In some areas, ethnic minorities make up over half the population.
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BIAS – BBC
The BBC can't kick its addiction to bias
Damian Thompson
Daily Telegraph, 19 June 2007

Yesterday the BBC Trust published From Seesaw to Wagon Wheel, an 81-page report with the subtitle "Safeguarding Impartiality in the 21st Century". That's a bit like the late Boris Yeltsin talking about safeguarding his sobriety. It is, however, the first time the corporation has attempted to address the question, so we should read the report carefully.

The first reaction is to sigh with relief. The report acknowledges that "mainstream opinion" was wrong to attack monetarism, to belittle Euro-sceptics as small-minded and blinkered, and to assume that multi-culturalism would solve the problems of immigration. ...

This report is a step in the right direction. But, as anyone who has ever dealt with an alcoholic will confirm, it is best not to get your hopes up. Nothing will happen without a desire to change; and I don't think Auntie is ready to come off the sauce.
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BIAS – BBC
BBC viewers angered by its 'innate liberal bias'
Nicole Martin
Daily Telegraph, 19 June 2007

The BBC is operating in a "leftleaning comfort zone" and has an "innate liberal bias" according to a report commissioned by the corporation.

The report, From Seesaw to Wagon Wheel, said that the BBC's drift towards a liberal-minded approach to programmes risked stifling originality and angering viewers.

Mark Byford, the BBC's deputy director-general, said: "Impartiality is a core value for the BBC, which is non-negotiable and central to its relationship with licence-fee payers.

"As audience behaviours change and the media landscape develops rapidly, the BBC has to keep asking itself how best to safeguard impartiality in this digital age."

Andrew Marr, the BBC's former political editor, said at a seminar last year that the BBC is "a publicly funded urban organisation with an abnormally large proportion of younger people, of people in ethnic minorities and almost certainly of gay people compared with the population at large." ...

A survey of viewers found that the corporation was generally seen as impartial.

However, some respondents felt it had gone "too far" in its representation of racial minorities and was too politically correct. ...

Most respondents outside south-east England believed that they were under-represented.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Mixed-race neighbours 'less trusting'
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 19 June 2007

People in ethnically mixed areas are less trusting of their neighbours and live in a more isolated existence, research from a New Labour "guru" has found.

The greater the diversity, the looser the community bonds and the more withdrawn local residents become, says Robert Putnam, an American academic based at Harvard.

Prof Putnam's research shows that people who live in such areas retreat into their shells. They spend more time watching television, volunteer less and take little part in community activity.

But where "social capital" is greater, children grow up healthier, safer and better educated. People in more homogeneous communities also have longer, happier lives and democracy and the economy work better. ...

Prof Putnam's latest findings are the outcome of a five-year study into the impact of immigration and diversity on America.

While he says that immigration in the long term has a positive impact, its short-term consequences should not be ignored.

"Diversity does not produce bad race relations or ethnically defined group hostility," Prof Putnam says in an article setting out his findings. "rather, inhabitants of diverse communities tend to withdraw from collective life, to distrust their neighbours regardless of the colour of their skin, to withdraw even from close friends, to expect the worst from their community and its leaders, to volunteer less, give less to charity and work on community projects less often, to register to vote less, to agitate for social reform more, but have less faith that they can make a difference."

He added: "The impact of diversity is definitely greater among whites, but is visible as well among non-whites." ...

He stressed the importance of "civil nationalism" of the sort invented in America at the end of the 19th century to replace ethnic nationalisms introduced by immigration.

"In a rapidly diversifying country, native-born citizens are unnerved by what they perceive as new and different," he said.

"In the long run, successful immigrant societies overcome fragmentation by creating new forms of social solidarity, and more encompassing identities. This has been done through popular culture, education, national symbols and common experiences."
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MULTICULTURALISM – DISCRIMINATION
Britain offers to share files on migrants with America
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 19 June 2007

Britain is ready to exchange information about immigrants and failed asylum seekers with the United States in an attempt to tighten transatlantic security, John Reid said yesterday.

On a visit to New York, the Home Secretary called for shared access to files on immigration offenders and other "travellers of interest".

It would be the first time the British authorities have shared such information outside the European Union.

Mr Reid, who will put the plan to Michael Chertoff, the US homeland security chief, in Washington this week, ... ...

The offer will be seen as a bid to forestall US attempts to impose travel restrictions on 800,000 British citizens of Pakistani origin.

Mr Chertoff is reported to have told the Government that British Pakistanis should apply for a visa before travelling to the United States. However, British officials said they would resist the plan, which was denounced as discriminatory.
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MULTICULTURALISM – LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Mayor's action over Fire Authority appointments reported to race and sex watchdogs
Liberty and Law, 19 June 2007

London mayor Ken Livingstone has blocked the appointment of every Conservative and Liberal Democrat white male nominated to the governing body of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. He has acted claiming that their nominations failed to tackle the under representation of women, black, Asian and ethnic minority Londoners. He has asked these parties to reconsider their nominations except for one Conservative female councillor acceptable to him.

At a press conference on Tuesday he confirmed that he had not sought advice from either the Equal Opportunities Commission or the Commission for Racial Equality and that there were contradictory legal views of his powers in this area.

These appointments are well paying with a basic allowance of £7,206 a year to every borough representative. Special responsibility allowances bumped up the average payment to over £11,000 in 2005/2006.

By discriminating in favour of Conservative Cllr Rebekah Gilbert in her appointment and against her white male colleagues it is thought that Mr Livingstone may be in breach of both the Sex Discrimination Act and the Race Relations Act.

Civil rights group Liberty and Law has asked the EOC and the CRE to investigate urgently the action of the Mayor to determine whether it conforms with equal opportunity legislation.

Director Gerald Hartup said: "This is not just a quarrel between the Mayor and the political parties. It raises important issues about the nature of our democracy. It is too important to be just left to them to sort out". ...

Lib Dem leader of the London Assembly Mike Tuffrey raises the fundamental question to be answered: "It is not for the Mayor to dictate to the other parties who they appoint."

This remains to be seen.
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CRIME
The four factors in a life of crime
Gary Cleland
Daily Telegraph, 18 June 2007

Children with black mothers are more likely to be involved in crime than their friends who have white or Asian mothers, the Government will claim today.

An investigation into "families at risk" concludes that problem children are most likely to come from single parent households, live on a council estate and be raised by a mother whose first language is not English.

They are more likely to get into trouble if their mother is black than if she is white or Asian. Hilary Armstrong, the Minister for Social Exclusion, will today publish the report, called Reaching Out: Think Family, which admits that the Government has failed to help the 140,000 most "at risk" families.

It suggests that the children of those families, who are more likely to get expelled from school, develop a drink problem and get in trouble with the police, have often experienced some or all of eight factors.

The top four factors, in order, are living in council accommodation, a lack of English in the home, being born to a single mother and being born in a home where "the mother's ethnicity is black".
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RACISM
Church of England 'institutionally racist'
Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Sunday Telegraph, 17 June 2007

The Church of England is "institutionally racist", a damning internal report has concluded.

Ethnic minorities are being marginalised in parishes and black and Asian clergy have little chance of reaching the Church's higher echelons, says the study, to be released this week. ...

The report, commissioned by the archbishops of Canterbury and York, is expected to spark a fierce debate at next month's General Synod in York. Delegates will be asked to examine the clergy's failure to "integrate and utilise" the gifts of ethnic minorities.

The report was drawn up by the 15-member Committee for Minority and Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC). The committee's chairman, the Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, said that the existence of racism in wider society was not an excuse for it within the Church. ...

Only 2.2 per cent of all clergy are from ethnic minority backgrounds, compared to 7.9 per cent of the working population in the 2001 census, and 3.2 per cent of all Church of England members.

The report, Present and Participating - A Place at the Table, acknowledges that some dioceses have tried to tackle the problem, but says the Church's structures still alienate black and Asian people. ...

The CMEAC includes Dean Govinder, Sonia Barron, the archbishops' adviser on ethnic minority matters, and representatives of the Association for Black Clergy.
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MULTICULTURALISM – TERRORISM
We cannot compromise with the cultures that are creating terrorism
Alasdair Palmer
Sunday Telegraph, 17 June 2007

Reading the Commission on Integration and Cohesion's Report ... The commission's remit was "to consider how local areas can respond to the tensions [increased diversity] can sometimes cause", and to "develop practical approaches... to prevent problems, including those caused by the dissemination of extremist ideologies".

And what is there in the report about that? Practically nothing. You search in vain for insights into the nature and dissemination of extremist ideologies, let alone for any form of practical solution to the dangers those ideologies present. There is just a lot of blather about the definitions of integration and cohesion, the difficulty of achieving either of them in practice, and the complexity of the various government agencies supposed to be involved in promoting them. ...

The commissioners decided to create a fantasy Britain, one in which there aren't any significant differences in the ways different groups believe it is acceptable to behave. Its vision of happily co-existing cultures whose problems mostly stem from the fact that they are not given the right help by Government officials, has about as much in common with the reality of community conflict in Britain as the films the Soviet Union used to make about the paradise of plenty created by communism.

In one way, you can't blame the commission for that: the fantasy has been the basis of our collective response to mass immigration for at least the past 30 years, and probably longer.
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IMMIGRATION
So are we the nastiest people in the world?
Simon Heffer
Daily Telegraph, 16 June 2007

We do seem to love hating ourselves - odd, since there are so many more deserving targets around for our odium - and the past few days have seen a lot of the phenomenon. ...

Tensions in urban areas caused by too many migrants are also nothing to do with incipiently unpleasant locals. They are to do with the white liberals who have run this country in recent years having no understanding of the inevitable failure of multi-culturalism, and the idiocy of this Government in particular in allowing unlimited immigration. When, 40 years ago, Enoch Powell said that even his black constituents in Wolverhampton thought there were too many immigrants, he was accused of lying. Yesterday, this newspaper reported that sentiment among older immigrants as a matter of uncontested fact. What is awesomely jaw-dropping is that the Government now admits there is a numbers problem - of course there is - without either admitting that it caused it, or offering any sort of solution.
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CRIME – DEPORTATION
Foreign criminals stay put
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 15 June 2007

Just one fifth of the foreign national prisoners who were released without being considered for deportation have been thrown out of the country, new figures show.

More than a year after the Government was rocked by a crisis that cost Charles Clarke his job as Home Secretary, only 214 of the 1,013 offenders have been deported or removed.

More than 300 have been told they can stay in the UK.

A further 263 cases are still going through the deportation system, while others are in jail or on bail awaiting decisions.

There are 149 offenders unaccounted for, including some who committed serious offences. Many of these are thought to have gone home voluntarily. ...

The team dealing with overseas prisoners is now 20 times the size it was four years ago and the budget is £10 million compared to the £2 million required previously.
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MULTICULTURALISM
These warnings must be heeded
Zia Haider Rahman
Daily Telegraph, 15 June 2007

The message from the Commission on Integration and Cohesion is loud and clear. Multiculturalism has not worked.

The commission breaks some taboos that have dominated social policy over the past decade, noting, for example, that diversity can have a negative impact on cohesion in some circumstances. It further identifies a real risk of ethnic tensions escalating into violence in rural areas as a result of recent immigration from eastern Europe. ...

For too long, local authorities have had a free hand to promote a multiculturalist agenda, wreaking untold harm on race relations. Making local authorities accountable for their activities would be an important step forward. ...

What emerged from yesterday's report are, on any sensible view, common sense ideas but they have been resisted for too long by governments and local authorities intoxicated by multiculturalism.

We are hearing the right sounds but we will have to watch closely to see whether the Government only pays lip service or actually introduces measures with real teeth.
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CRIME
Broken families 'fuelling black crime'
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 15 June 2007

Black boys in lone parent families develop a "father hunger" that can tip them into crime, MPs say today.

Six in 10 black Caribbean youngsters live in single parent households, invariably with their mothers, and this is three times the proportion in the white population.

The absence of a male role model is seen as a key factor in the "over-representation" of young black men in the criminal justice system.

A report from the Commons home affairs committee says they are far more likely to be stopped by police, arrested and convicted than their white counterparts. ...

Figures cited by the committee indicate that 59 per cent of black Caribbean children and 54 per cent of mixed race youngsters are looked after by a lone parent. In the white British population, the figure is 22 per cent. ...

Another problem is the high proportion of black children thrown out of school.
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IMMIGRATION
We have let in too many immigrants, say black and Asian Britons
Graeme Wilson
Daily Telegraph, 15 June 2007

Nearly half of people from ethnic minorities believe there are too many migrants in Britain, according to a Government-commissioned report published yesterday.

The far-reaching impact of waves of immigration from eastern Europe is laid bare in the report by the Commission on Integration and Cohesion which looked at how to bring the country's increasingly diverse communities closer together.

A MORI poll for the commission found that 68 per cent of those questioned thought there were "too many migrants in Britain," a view shared by 47 per cent of Asians and 45 per cent of Black respondents.

It also showed that 56 per cent of people believed that some groups - mainly immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees - receive unfair priority in the allocation of housing, health services and education.

The report said the findings showed that people "are very sensitive about perceived freeloading by other groups".

There were also deep divisions over whether immigration was beneficial - 36 per cent thought it was good for the economy but 36 per cent thought it was not. ...

Among its more controversial proposals, the commission argued that political parties should make "positive" steps to better reflect their ethnically diverse communities, a move critics fear is a step towards quotas.

Councils should also use "targeted recruitment" to increase the number of people from ethnic minorities on their staff.
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MULTICULTURALISM
'Violence' warning over immigration
Graeme Wilson
Daily Telegraph, 14 June 2007

Ethnic tensions could escalate into violence in market towns and rural areas following waves of immigration from eastern Europe, an official report warns today.

The Government's Commission on Integration and Cohesion will argue that the recent scale of migration has been "unsettling" for many communities and causes "tensions".

It calls for fresh thinking to tackle the "new and complex challenges" many places are facing. One proposal is that councils should do more to identify "hot spots" and respond with "local contracts" telling newcomers "what is and is not acceptable behaviour".

In a break with decades of multiculturalism, councils will be told to stop funding groups that cater only for people of one religion, nationality or race.

They will also be advised to cut the amount they spend on translating leaflets and information into different languages and use the money saved to encourage newcomers to learn English.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, AMNESTY, NETHERLANDS
Dutch declare amnesty for 30,000
David Charter
The Times, 14 June 2007

Up to 30,000 illegal immigrants will be allowed to remain in the Netherlands under an amnesty granted by MPs that marked a clear break from the hardline approach of the previous Government.

The former asylum-seekers had defied orders to leave the country when their applications failed. Their status became one of the main issues at last autumn's election, in which the right-wing Liberals (VVD) lost their place in the ruling coalition.

Voters rejected the tough approach of Rita Verdonk, the VVD Immigration Minister known as Iron Rita, who had started to expel long-term overstayers after growing tensions in the Netherlands over its high level of immigration. Under her direction, 4,200 were removed forcibly. ...

The Labour Party of Wouter Bos had made the idea of an amnesty a condition of joining the Christian Democrats of Jan Peter Balkenende, the Prime Minister, in his new coalition formed in February.

Under the deal, all failed asylum-seekers who have been in the country since before April 2001 will be allowed to stay, along with relatives who arrived up until December last year.

Mrs Verdonk had cautioned that an amnesty would send a signal that illegal migrants would find the Netherlands a soft touch, just as other European politicians had reservations about Spain's amnesty for 600,000 paperless immigrants in 2005. Both countries insist that the amnesties are one-off agreements that will mark the start of a general tightening of immigration rules.

The details of the Dutch agreement were drawn up by the new Immigration Minister, the Turkish-born Nebahat Albayrak. The deal excludes war criminals and those sentenced to more than a month without suspension in prison.

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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – NETHERLANDS
Dutch approve migrant amnesty
The Independent, 14 June 2007

Up to 30,000 illegal immigrants in The Netherlands have won a reprieve after the Dutch parliament approved an amnesty, allowing them to stay in the country and reversing the previous government's policy.

The amnesty applies to people who arrived before 1 April 2001 and was worked out by the Turkish-born Deputy Justice Minister, Nebahat Albayrak. The immigration minister of the previous administration, Rita Verdonk, had ordered the immigrants to be deported.
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RACISM
Why black defendants are likely to get a better deal in court
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 13 June 2007

Fears of being told that black defendants get a raw deal in court have made jurors more biased toward ethnic minority suspects, a new Government study has found.

Far from being discriminated against, black and other ethnic minority people facing criminal charges are likely to receive greater leniency than white defendants, it reported.

The research, the first into jury attitudes for more than 25 years, discovered that allegations of racial bias in the criminal justice system were a myth. ...

The study, carried out for the Ministry of Justice, showed black and minority ethnic jurors were "significantly less likely" to convict a black or Asian defendant than a white defendant in certain types of case.

Researchers said this "same-race leniency" appeared to reflect a belief among black and Asian jurors that the courts treat defendants more harshly if they are from an ethnic minority.

Jurors tried to compensate for this perceived bias in an attempt to provide a "level playing field", the report suggested. Such bias took place largely in cases where race was not a factor in the prosecution, it added.

"White jurors showed some same-race leniency towards white defendants, but again this was only present in cases where race was not an explicit element of the case.

"Both black and Asian jurors showed leniency for the black defendant but there was no evidence of leniency for the Asian defendant by either Asian or black jurors."

The study involved 27 simulated trials where the racial make-up of the defendant, victim and jurors was varied and the jury results analysed.

"Ethnic minority jurors showed same-race leniency towards ethnic minority defendants and were significantly less likely to vote to convict an ethnic minority defendant than a white defendant," it said. ...

The research, by Prof Cheryl Thomas, of University College London, did not look at how all-white juries treat ethnic minority defendants. This will be examined in a report due out next year.
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MULTICULTURALISM – LANGUAGE
Immigrants told: learn English to integrate
Brendan Carlin
Daily Telegraph, 11 June 2007

A crackdown on councils and other public bodies routinely translating documents into foreign languages was indicated yesterday, amid fears that it discourages immigrants from learning English.

Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary, said translation had been used too frequently and could become "a crutch" which acted as a barrier to integration.

The practice allowed new arrivals to avoid learning English and meant that many never did, Miss Kelly said. ...

Reports suggested yesterday that councils spend £500 million a year on translation.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Bosses may pay for migrants' English
Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Sunday Telegraph, 10 June 2007

Employers will be told to pay for language lessons for immigrant workers who have a poor grasp of English, under proposals to be unveiled this week. ...

The Commission on Integration and Cohesion, which was promised by Tony Blair in the wake of the July 7 bombings in 2005, says that moves to prevent immigrants from being marginalised will help to ease racial tensions and fight the appeal of extremist ideologies.

As the rate of overseas settlement in Britain runs at its highest ever, the commission will argue that many new immigrants are too poor to afford tuition and should have the costs covered by their employers. ...

The commission says the language barrier must be tackled to prevent newly arrived families from perpetuating the isolation of communities where English is hardly spoken.
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RACISM – EMPLOYMENT
Test to reveal the inner racism job applicants conceal
Julie Henry
Sunday Telegraph, 10 June 2007

A test is being developed to test "hidden" racism in job applicants.

It is intended to unmask negative associations that potential employees could have towards ethnic groups.

Candidates are asked to put images of black and white faces into categories of "good/positive" and "bad/negative" using arrow keys on the keyboard. By getting them to respond to prompts as quickly as possible, the test aims to side-step what is known as "cognitive control" - the brief, but significant time lapse needed to give an "acceptable" answer rather than an instinctive or "honest" one.

The programme then automatically calculates a "response-index" that indicates a level of racial bias.

The test is being developed at London Metropolitan University and is aimed at the public sector and multinational companies. Its developers say it is harder to deceive than many of the psychometric tests used to gauge personality type. ...

However, Nigel Marlow, the principal lecturer in psychology at London Metropolitan who is developing the test, defended its use and said that organisations should take practical steps to screen for subtle "implicit attitudes" and beliefs about racism.

"When implicit attitudes are applied, often unwittingly, they can become stereotypical attitudes; a belief that members of some groups have certain negative and positive attributes, often not based on truth or fact," he said.

"The test, which we hope will be available within the next 12 months, is a subtle way to catch racists out. It is based on the implicit attitude theory, which suggests that sometimes people are not even aware of some of their deep-seated biases."
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POPULATION – ECOLOGY
Gardens vanish under the concrete of 28,000 homes
Graeme Wilson
Daily Telegraph, 9 June 2007

One in three new homes is being built on a former garden in some parts of the country, figures show.

Worst affected is the South East, where housing demand and lack of space are leading builders to concrete over the sites of old homes.

The scale of "garden-grabbing" is certain to intensify calls for ministers to close the loophole that means gardens are judged as brownfield sites, the same classification as former industrial plots. ...

In the South East the proportion of new homes being built on gardens or residential land has almost doubled from 16 per cent to 30 per cent in the past decade. There is a similar picture in the South West, where the figure has risen 25 per cent over the same period.

In the East of England, 20 per cent of new homes are built on gardens, up from 13 per cent a decade ago, and in London it has risen from 13 per cent to 16 per cent.
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POPULATION – BIRTH RATE
Migrants push birth rate to highest in 26 years
Nicole Martin
Daily Telegraph, 8 June 2007

The birth rate has soared to a 26-year high because of a surge in immigration, experts said yesterday.

Their comments followed figures from the Office for National Statistics which showed that women had an average of 1.87 children last year compared with 1.8 children in 2005 and 1.63 in 2001.

While academics said the rise had been fuelled by an increase in the number of immigrants, who have far larger families, the statistics indicated that high earners, especially older women, were also driving up the birth rate. ...

Statistics also revealed that 146,944 children were born last year to mothers who did not come from Britain. In 1998 the total was 86,345. Babies born to mothers from overseas accounted for 21.9 per cent of all births last year, up from 20.8 per cent the year before.

Prof Danny Dorling, an expert in human geography at Sheffield University, said immigration had pushed the figures up.
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RACISM – EMPLOYMENT
Chancellor reported to race watchdog over jobs for Brits speech
Liberty and Law, 7 June 2007

Following Gordon Brown's speech to the GMB union on 5 June in which he indicated that he wanted a claimed 200,000 new jobs to go to what he called "British workers" civil liberties group Liberty and Law has reported him to the Commission for Racial Equality [CRE].

It has asked the CRE to make a statement explaining that any job discrimination based on nationality is against the Race Relations Act and to investigate the policy of the government to ensure that its employment policy is not designed to privilege British job seekers over any other people entitled to seek work in this country.

It has also asked the CRE to obtain a statement from Mr Brown clearly indicating that nothing he has said was intended to suggest that British workers were to be given any priority whatsoever in obtaining employment over foreigners seeking the same work. ...

Liberty and Law director Gerald Hartup stated "He must be aware that non- British citizens from the European union have an absolute right to live and work in this country without being subject to discrimination by employers. His speech appears to be xenophobic and gives reason for foreigners to fear for their safety in this country as well as for their employment rights, apparently facing a government under his leadership that will attempt to discriminate against them. The BNP website does not yet contain an article trumpeting the fact that the government is now belatedly following its lead. No doubt it will. Mr Brown is doing its job for it."
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Time to confront the Muslim conspiracists
Zia Haider Rahman
Daily Telegraph, 6 June 2007

Something is seriously wrong. A quarter of British Muslims believe the Government and security services were involved in the July 7 suicide bombings in London, according to a poll for Channel 4 News. ...

What yesterday's poll shows, if it wasn't already apparent, is that the task of bringing large numbers of British Muslims into mainstream Britain, is one of staggering proportions. ...

Government and establishment rhetoric that continually presents our current difficulties as emanating from a "small extremist fringe" does not help. It only provides cover for pernicious ideas which have very much wider currency, as the polls show.

The expression of conspiracy fantasies and sundry other nonsense ideas, in madrassas, mosques and homes, goes unchallenged since very few Muslims are likely to regard themselves or their circle as part of the extremist fringe.

Quite logically, if an idea is commonly held, it cannot be exclusive to an extremist fringe. In order not to cause offence, the Government, and the establishment generally, are preventing the vigorous challenges and debates that must take place within Muslim communities and also within Britain as a whole.
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MULTICULTURALISM – IMMIGRATION
British workers for British jobs says Brown as parties fight over flag
George Jones, Toby Helm and Graeme Wilson
Daily Telegraph, 6 June 2007

Gordon Brown promised yesterday to launch a drive to train thousands of unemployed workers for jobs currently being filled by immigrants flocking to Britain.

The Chancellor put a new emphasis on "Britishness" at the heart of his programme for government when he takes over from Tony Blair in three weeks' time. ...

Two senior Labour ministers called yesterday for a national "Britain Day" to be created to promote pride in our country and prevent communities fracturing under the weight of unprecedented immigration. The day of national celebration should be the centrepiece of plans to accelerate the "citizenship revolution" in Britain, said Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary, and Liam Byrne, the Home Office minister. ...

The ministers envisage immigrants being issued with "good neighbour contracts" which set out their rights and duties in their new home.

Foreigners applying to become British citizens would be required to "win" citizenship points - earning credits for civic or voluntary work and losing credits if they broke the law or spent too long abroad.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
7/7 staged by the State, say quarter of Muslims
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 5 June 2007

A quarter of Britain's two million Muslims believe Government agents staged the July 7 suicide bombings, a survey has found.

They think the four men named as the killers of 52 passengers on the London transport system were not responsible for the attacks.

The poll, for Channel 4 news, discovered that conspiracy theories about July 7 are rife among Muslims - similar to those about the 9/11 attacks in the United States. ...

However according to last night's poll, a significant proportion - six in 10 - of British Muslims say the Government has not told the whole truth about the 2005 bombings.

More than half of the 500 Muslims polled also felt the security services had made up evidence to convict terror suspects.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Islamic teaching at universities to be reformed
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 5 June 2007

Imams should be trained at British universities to help Muslims integrate into mainstream society, Tony Blair said yesterday.

The Prime Minister insisted that too many Islamic religious leaders were schooled overseas - entering Britain with little English language training and scant understanding of the country's traditions.

Speaking at a conference on Islam in London, he warned that this led to greater segregation between British Muslims and followers of other faiths.

His comments came as the Government moved to designate university Islamic studies courses as "strategically important" to national interests, allowing tighter official scrutiny of syllabuses.

Ministers warned that courses exposed students to narrow interpretations of Islam and must be reformed to combat violent extremism.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Islamic courses 'can breed radicals'
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 4 June 2007

Islamic studies departments at British universities may be fuelling extremism among students, according to a Government report.

In a major review of the way Islam is taught on campuses, ministers will today call for courses to be improved to stop students being exposed to teaching that condones terrorism. ...

Ataullah Siddiqui, the director of the Markfield Institute of Higher Education, a research body, was asked to review the standards of Islamic studies courses as well as the quality of religious teaching from student Islamic societies and chaplains. Today's report is expected to criticise courses for failing to present Islam as a faith that can co-exist with other religions.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
FBI thwarts 'Islamic plot' to blow up JFK
Tim Shipman
Daily Telegraph, 3 June 2007

A "chilling" Islamic terrorist plot to blow up New York's John F Kennedy Airport was thwarted yesterday, said US officials.

The suspects were said to have hoped for a more deadly attack than September 11.

Three men, one of them a former member of Guyana's parliament, Abdul Kadir, were arrested and a fourth was being sought in Trinidad. ...

Law enforcement officials said that the group was not linked to al-Qaeda but was part of an international network of Islamic terrorists operating in the US, Guyana, and Trinidad.
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RACISM – EDUCATION
Nasty questions lurk behind racial selection
(Prof) S F Bush
Sunday Telegraph, 3 June 2007
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The amazing suggestion by David Willetts, the Conservative education spokesman, that schools in multiracial areas should select their pupils by race (News & Comment, May 27), shows just where the current obsession with social engineering among some politicians can lead.

Actually the proposal is not so much to select as to restrict the admission of native English children into the schools desired by their parents in areas like Burnley where there is a heavy concentration of children of Pakistani descent. ... ...

By their policies of intermittent and incompetent immigration control over the past 50 years, politicians have inflicted race problems on our country, as David Blunkett has been honest enough to confess. The least we can expect is that they don't make things worse with schemes like Mr Willetts's.
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MULTICULTURALISM – BALLET
No British dancer to fill Darcey's pointe shoes as foreign talent takes over
Chris Hastings and Stephanie Plentl
Daily Telegraph, 3 June 2007

Darcey Bussell is an icon of ballet and the most famous British dancer since Dame Margot Fonteyn. But now, as she prepares to bow out after 20 years at the top, there are fears that there will be no other British dancer to fill her shoes.

Dozens of Britain's ballet hopefuls are being forced to find work abroad because the country's leading companies are "buying up" foreign talent for starring roles. ...

Upon her departure, just one of the Royal Ballet company's 16 principal dancers will be British-born.

None of English National Ballet's five principal dancers was born in Britain and only two of the seven principals are not from overseas. The situation is just as marked in the regions: only two of the Birmingham Royal Ballet's seven principal dancers were born in Britain.

David Nixon, the head of Northern Ballet in Leeds, which has four British-born soloists, claimed that home grown dancers were losing out because there was too narrow a view of what ballet should be.

"There has been a sea change in the last 10 to 15 years and the traditional English physique is not suited to the current aesthetic," he said. "The current obsession is with abstract, rather than character-driven pieces, and that means the leading companies now want a particular kind of physique: tall, skinny dancers with long arms and legs who can exaggerate their movements.

"This trend tends to favour dancers from eastern Europe and France rather than Britain... but I think there is also a danger that ballet is close to becoming too androgynous."

Bruce Marriott, who runs the ballet.co.uk website, said: "The aesthetic has changed and the search is now on for the very tall, the very long and the very lean."
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MULTICULTURALISM
Why legal manuals are too heavy for long arm of the law
John Steele
Daily Telegraph, 2 June 2007

Police manuals have become so heavy and unwieldy that they could be used as weapons, the Government has been warned.

An attempt to transfer the reams of text on to CD-roms has failed because the compact discs are classed as items which could be used by vulnerable people to harm themselves. ...

A review has now recommended that the heavily "legalistic" Codes of Practice are translated into a range of foreign languages for the tens of thousands of foreign suspects arrested in the UK, and into "plain English" for everyone else.

Police risk having cases thrown out by the courts if suspects do not understand their basic rights.
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POPULATION
Why home is a garden shed for immigrant workers
Nick Britten
Daily Telegraph, 2 June 2007

So many migrant workers are entering Britain that they are being housed in garden sheds.

Brick-built sheds have begun springing up in areas such as Slough, Berks, which attract high numbers of immigrants, predominantly Poles, because of the availability of jobs.

Council inspectors found that an "alarming number" of sheds began to be erected in the back gardens of landlords who were already renting the properties to immigrants.

With no running water, lavatory or cooking facilities they represent the most basic accommodation, yet such is the shortage of housing and willingness of workers to save every penny they earn that up to eight people are living in a shed at a time. ...

About 50 sheds have been found in Slough, either existing ones that have been adapted or purpose-built ones. It is a problem thought to be replicated around the London area where there is a high density of immigrants matched with a shortage of cheap and available housing. ...

Immigrants have to work for 12 months before they are eligible for housing benefit so when they first arrive they seek the cheapest accommodation they can find. ...

... around Slough. Inspectors have recently found more than 1,000 two-storey houses with multiple occupancy. Some three-bedroom houses had up to 30 people living in them.
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MULTICULTURALISM – SPORT
Football authorities in headscarves row
Daily Telegraph, 1 June 2007

A row has broken out in women's football over whether Muslim players can wear religious headgear during matches.

Officials from the Football Association say they want to encourage more people into the game - but under strict rules set by the International Football Association Board, scarves such as the hijab cannot be worn.

Referees are left to decide whether to let women wear the headgear or not. ...

In the IFAB rules, law four says a player must not "use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself/herself or another player." ...

In February, an 11-year-old Canadian Muslim girl was sent off during a match in Quebec for not removing her hijab, causing a nationwide debate. Muslim women wearing the hijab are now barred from matches in Quebec.
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IMMIGRATION – POPULATION
It's not racist to worry about an imported population boom
Jeff Randall
Daily Telegraph, 1 June 2007

Given the scale of new arrivals here and the extent to which they are changing our society, the quality of debate over the desirability of this upheaval is miserable. And we all know why.

Those who favour open borders have in effect gagged opponents by accusing them of "racism". You don't have to be against welcoming newcomers to be smeared as a Nazi sympathiser. You just have to argue that it's an important matter, with some serious downsides, that deserves proper analysis. ...

In December 2004, just as the wave of arrivals from eastern Europe was becoming too big to ignore, a survey for the Economist revealed that nearly three quarters of British people believed that too many immigrants were coming here. The Government refused to listen; it didn't want to know.

Labour encourage, in some cases by stealth, one of the most impactful challenges to British life without asking anyone for permission or approval. Unrestricted immigration did not feature in any of Tony Blair's election manifestos. We simply got it - whether we liked it or not. Since Labour came to power 10 years ago, British citizenship has been granted to one million foreign nationals. More than 150,000 were given a passport in 2006, four times the number who were awarded the privilege in 1997. The rate of overseas settlement in Britain is running at its highest ever. ...

I don't accept Labour's propaganda about ever more immigrants being needed to fuel economic growth. If an explosion in population is necessary for prosperity, how does Gordon Brown explain the success of Iceland, where fewer than 300,000 people, a tiny fraction of whom are immigrants, enjoy the sixth highest GDP per capita in the world? ...

Some of the costs cannot be counted in pounds and pence. It's no good dreamy demographers spouting the delights of a "melting pot" society, when in reality many Britons are discomfited by the prospect of their areas filling up with people who look, behave and speak differently. Few of us enjoy being made to feel like cultural aliens. ...

Amid the hype and hysteria, there is one unavoidable fact: if Britain continues to allow current levels of immigration, this country's population will grow dramatically in the next 50 years. This is the element that bothers me most. Never mind arguments over race, diversity and multiculturalism, England (where most immigrants want to settle) is horribly crowded. With 50 million people, it is the fourth-most densely populated country in the world, excluding city states such as Hong Kong and Dubai.

Seven out of 10 Britons believe that we are already over-crowded. They do not want to see a further sharp rise in numbers. But that's what they'll get if nothing is done.
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IMMIGRATION – AMNESTY
Brown urged by candidates to give immigrants amnesty
Brendan Carlin
Daily Telegraph, 1 June 2007

Gordon Brown faced mounting pressure yesterday from three of his potential deputies to consider an amnesty on illegal immigrants.

The Prime Minister-in-waiting was warned that once identity cards were introduced, ministers would no longer be able to ignore Britain's estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants.

Jon Cruddas, the back-bench MP bidding to be Mr Brown's number two, urged the Chancellor to seize the moment and "regularise" the status of people who are in Britain illegally. ...

This week, Alan Johnson, the Education Secretary and one of the frontrunners to win the contest, said he was "attracted" to the idea of an amnesty.

In a debate on BBC2's Newsnight, Harriet Harman, the justice minister and another of the candidates, signalled that illegal immigrants already working here and paying taxes should be allowed to stay.

In stark contrast, two other candidates - Hazel Blears, the Labour Party chairman, and Hilary Benn, the International Development Secretary - have raised fears that the move would would simply encourage more people to come to Britain.

Miss Blears said that it "sends out the worst possible message to people coming here". Mr Benn said: "I am not persuaded because I think in the end it might encourage more people [to come]."
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MULTICULTURALISM – EDUCATION
Expel fewer children and employ more Black teachers, say experts
The Londoner, June 2007
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Schools should expel fewer Black children and employ more Black teachers, educational experts and community workers say.

Only around 7 per cent of teachers in the capital are Black or mixed race, even though a fifth of pupils are Black.

Experts say Black children do not have enough Black role models in schools they can relate to and this can lead to them misbehaving and getting expelled.

Once expelled it is feared they are left with little support and low self-esteem - resulting in the growth of Black teenage males joining street gangs.

Professor Gus John, a fellow at the University of London's Institute of Education, said more support must be made available for schoolchildren in and outside the classroom to try and prevent them getting to this worrying and dangerous stage.

He added: 'Rather than excluding our children, schools should be offering them help with more Black teachers.

'I also feel it is important that more time and money is invested to give these children facilities such as youth clubs to keep them out of trouble.

'And they need more input from youth workers, community workers, mentors, counsellors and anyone who can help empower these boys to manage their lives better.

'This will help them with issues such as peer group pressure and other outside forces that can lead them towards youth gangs.

'Unfortunately, though, over the years different governments have all but wiped out youth services and youth clubs and facilities that help prepare our young people to be good citizens.' Prof John spoke out in the wake of a series of unrelated killings of Black teenage boys who have fallen victim to gang violence across London in recent months.

He said that according to a report by the Education Commission in 2004, Black Caribbean boys start school at the age of five at broadly the same level as other pupils.

But by the time they near the end of their schooling they have one of the lowest levels of achievement of any ethnic group.

Only around 30 per cent of Black pupils in London got five good GCSE grades or equivalent last year compared to 57 per cent of white pupils.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Lecturers oppose 'spy' tactics on extremism
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 31 May 2007

Academics yesterday voted to boycott a Government drive to tackle Islamic extremism in British universities.

The University and College Union will oppose official requests to "spy" on their own students to stop them falling under the influence of fanatics. ...

Sally Hunt, the joint general secretary of the UCU, said: "Delegates have made it clear that they will oppose Government attempts to restrict academic freedom or free speech on campus. Lecturers want to teach students; if they wanted to police them they would have joined the force.

"Lecturers have a pivotal role in building trust. These proposals, if implemented, would make that all but impossible."
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MULTICULTURALISM
Immigrants 'need more help to adjust to British way of life'
Stephanie Condron
Daily Telegraph, 29 May 2007

Immigrants should be integrated into the British way of life as soon as they arrive, even if they do not intend to settle, researchers say.

A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation examined the lives of a group of eastern Europeans who came to Britain before European Union enlargement.

Many who intended to come for just a short visit changed their minds and stayed, the study showed.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Lecturers call for Muslim 'witch hunt' at universities to be blocked
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 29 May 2007

Academics are threatening to derail a Government drive to root out Islamic extremists on university campuses.

The University and College Union, will ask its 120,000 members to refuse to take part in the Government-led "witch hunt".

It insists that Muslims are being "demonised" because of new guidance that asks staff to look out for students falling under the influence of radical preachers. ...

But at the UCU annual conference in Bournemouth, lecturers will warn of a "recent rise" in racism and its "apparent promotion by Government policies". ...

But the UCU will call on members to "oppose the ethnic profiling of students and staff for immigration control or security purposes".

The union represents lecturers, postgraduate students and support staff.
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MULTICULTURALISM – EDUCATION
Chinese intake to be limited
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 28 May 2007

Private schools are cutting the number of pupils admitted from China because of fears that British children are being marginalised.

Leading independent schools have placed unofficial limits on overseas pupils to preserve their ethos, and in case British parents are deterred from sending their own children.

The number of foreign pupils attending private schools has soared in recent years, and coincided with a fall in numbers from within the UK.

According to the Independent Schools Council, more than 8,600 pupils are from China and Hong Kong - 40 per cent of all children from overseas.

Ralph Lucas, editor of Good Schools Guide, said many schools did not want to take more than 10 per cent of their pupils from China.
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IMMIGRATION
1 in 4 Eastern Bloc migrants wants to stay here for good
James Slack
Daily Mail, 28 May 2007

A quarter of Eastern European migrants plan to stay in Britain permanently, a report suggested last night.

Most of them had originally intended to go home but have changed their minds after living here.

They told researchers from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation they were after better pensions and a "good education" for their children.

Based on estimates of migrant numbers, the report indicates that around 160,000 citizens of the former Eastern Bloc will settle for good - the equivalent of the population of Swindon.

The total is likely to climb higher still because 600 migrants arrive every day. ...

The Joseph Rowntree team questioned migrants six to eight months after Britain's borders were thrown open to Eastern Europe in 2004.

Only 6 per cent said they had originally intended to stay permanently. But many others changed their minds after arrival taking the number of would-be settlers to 25 per cent, or one in four.

Of those who were intending to leave, 90 per cent said they expected to return to the UK for further work.

The Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia joined the EU in May 2004, giving their citizens free access to Britain. Romania and Bulgaria joined in January.

The report makes clear that some migrants intend to make as much cash as possible and take it out of the country. ...

The study also found that many of the Eastern Europeans were living here illegally before May 2004.

They then acquired legal status overnight, with no attempt made to remove them for past immigration offences. ...

Figures released last week revealed that 640,000 Eastern Europeans, most of them Poles, have registered to work in Britain.

The true total is likely to be even higher as, in most cases, the Government keeps no record of the self-employed, spouses or children. Some estimates put the figure at 800,000.

Even based on the lower figure of 640,000, the Joseph Rowntree research would suggest that around 160,000 will settle in Britain for good.
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MULTICULTURALISM – EMPLOYMENT
Prison Service Directorate colour bar sinks Corby
Liberty and Law, 28 May 2007

Liberty and Law Journal has now been provided with the Prison Service's delayed draft Race Impact Assessment on the controversial proposed move of 65 jobs from the struggling town of Corby to Peat House, Leicester.

The document claims "the setting up of a Joint Midlands Procurement Service Unit is expected to result in efficiency gains in excess of £700k." It will "try and assist as many staff as possible to relocate to the new property in Leicester through the provision of excess fares and possibly a coach service."

Apart from the logistical advantages claimed for the move it makes clear the reason why Corby had to be disqualified as a contender from the start and has caused such outrage in the town among staff, residents, councillors, local MPs and Northants Race Equality Council.

The document boldly states: "Crown House is unable to meet Directorate (13%) or HMPS (6%) Race/Ethnicity targets. Race/Ethnicity targets to contribute to meeting HMPS' Race Equality Duty. This is a ministerial requirement."

It adds: "Leicester provides good recruitment prospects and in time (existing staff are likely to transfer) is likely to assist HMPS in meeting its staff race/ethnicity targets."

Liberty and Law director Gerald Hartup commented: "It looks hopeless for Corby. It seems there is nothing the town can do to persuade the Prison Service to stay. The demographics are against them. They are a black spot to be avoided by employers with government racial targets to meet."
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MULTICULTURALISM – EDUCATION
Now Tories consider letting schools select pupils by race
Melissa Kite
Sunday Telegraph, 27 May 2007

The Conservatives are drawing up plans to allow some schools to select pupils by race.

David Willetts, the shadow education secretary, has declared he wants to enable the most popular city academies to choose pupils not by ability but by a range of other criteria.

The most controversial of these will be allowing schools in ethnically diverse areas to take half black pupils and half white. ...

Mr Willetts said last night: "There are towns which have been divided into two where social, ethnic and religious divisions are all aligned and create enormous tensions. Schools in these towns are becoming more and more segregated. One way to tackle them is: if you're creating an academy, you set a target that it should take its students from both communities."
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MULTICULTURALISM – NATIONAL IDENTITY
Discord as Arts Council spurns Elgar celebrations
Chris Hastings and Stephanie Plentl
Sunday Telegraph, 27 May 2007

As the composer of Land of Hope and Glory, Sir Edward Elgar gave the country its unofficial second national anthem.

Yet, despite his huge popularity and influence, Arts Council England has refused to help fund a major celebration of his work to coincide with the 150th anniversary of his birth, which falls this coming Saturday.

Critics have accused the Government-funded arts quango of being "infested with political correctness" and of snubbing the world of classical music after it turned down an application form the Elgar Society for £174,000 towards a series of youth concerts. ...

Alan Tongue, the co-ordinator of the Elgar society who lodged the grant application, accused Arts Council England of being preoccupied with promoting social access rather than the arts. ...

Julian Lloyd-Webber, the acclaimed cellist and an Elgar devotee, said: "It seems extraordinary to me that over the last two or three years nobody raised the subject of these celebrations at a committee meeting of the Arts Council. It is a snub to classical music as a whole." ...

In 2003, Arts Council England paid a lecturer in the East Midlands £12,000 to kick an empty curry carton down a street. In 2005, The Sunday Telegraph revealed that the organisation had provided £65,000 to a homosexual club which was promoting drug use on its website.

A spokesman for the quango, which is responsible for distributing £1 billion in Lottery funding and taxpayers' money over three years, insisted there was no blanket ban on Elgar and said the bid had failed to meet any of the criteria by which applications are judged.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HOUSING
Open borders demand open debate
Sunday Telegraph, 27 May 2007
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Margaret Hodge, the Minister of Industry and the Regions, and MP for Barking in London, was therefore doing little more than stating the obvious when she noted that the basis on which the state allocates the scarce resource of council housing "needs to be transparent and it needs to be perceived as fair". She also said that it was not perceived as fair, particularly since there was a widespread perception that a recently-arrived family with children would get priority over people who had lived and paid taxes for most of the lives in Britain. Such a perception exists, as the polls show: around 70 per cent believe that long-term tax-paying Britons should have priority over just-arrived immigrants in the queue for social housing.

Yet the reaction of Margaret Hodge's Labour colleagues to her statement was hysterical. She was accused of "allowing the BNP to dictate Labour Party policies", of advocating changes which would have "catastrophic consequences for community relations", and advocating "discriminatory" housing policies. The tactic is only too familiar, because it is what Labour has done whenever any issue relating to immigration has come up for discussion: it has tried to close down debate by suggesting that even to talk about the topic is to be "racist" and to have views indistinguishable from the BNP. ...

Myths and outright falsehoods are quickly accepted as true when public discussion is suppressed. For instance: it is not generally true that immigrant families are given automatic preference over native-born Britons when it comes to allocating housing. But the refusal of the Government to allow an open and honest discussion of the subject means that many Britons waiting for council houses believe it. ...

We badly need and honest and open public debate about the costs and benefits of immigration to Britain, and on the extent and limits of our obligations to poor or destitute people who arrive in Britain in search of a better life. ...

There was not a word on the topic in any of Labour's election manifestos. Conservative attempts to put the issue on the agenda have been smeared and denigrated in exactly the same way as Margaret Hodge was last week.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HOUSING
Lady Hodge's days must be numbered
Simon Heffer
Daily Telegraph, 26 May 2007

It is hard to believe that one person who will not be sacked - and for whom it would be hard to find as appalling a replacement - will be the industry minister, Margaret Hodge. Mrs Hodge - or Lady Hodge, as she should more correctly be known, her husband being a knight - came out this week with the amazing statement that our indigenous population should be given preferential treatment in housing allocations to recent immigrants. I happen to agree with her, but it is only because the BNP threatens to unseat her in her constituency because of this issue that she has come out so cynically in favour of the policy. I won't ask what took her so long, just why even now she is still allowed to hold office.
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MULTICULTURALISM – NOISE
One in 10 suffering with noisy neighbours
Laura Clout
Daily Telegraph, 25 May 2007

Three million British families are affected by noisy neighbours and the majority are too frightened to report them to police, research shows.

The incidence of inconsiderate neighbours has increased by 31 per cent in the past five years, and one in 10 homeowners now suffers from the problem.

But 80 per cent of those who experience persistent neighbourhood noise do not report the matter to the police or local authority for fear of repercussions. ...

The survey of more than 2,300 adults showed that Liverpool was the worst place for neighbourhood noise, followed by Bradford, Leeds, London and Edinburgh.

Two-thirds of victims say that they have suffered physical or emotional harm as a result of problems with neighbours, with more than half deprived of sleep, and one in 10 becoming ill.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HOUSING
Johnson accuses Hodge of using 'language of BNP'
Brendan Carlin
Daily Telegraph, 25 May 2007

Labour's immigration row deepened last night after the Education Secretary, Alan Johnson, accused a fellow minister of language worthy of the British National Party.

Mr Johnson, one of the frontrunners to be Labour's deputy leader, condemned the industry minister, Margaret Hodge, for claiming that existing British families should have more right than immigrants to social housing.

Speaking on BBC's Question Time, Mr Johnson said: "The problem with that is that's the kind of language of the BNP.

"And it's grist to the mill of the BNP, particularly as there is no evidence that there's any problem in social housing - none whatsoever." ...

Earlier this week, Mrs Hodge was rebuked by two other contenders for the deputy leadership - Peter Hain, the Northern Ireland Secretary, and backbencher Jon Cruddas. ...

However, Mrs Hodge, who was born in Egypt, won some support from Hazel Blears, Labour's party chairman and also a deputy leadership candidate. She said that "you have got to look at allocations policies to show that they are fair".
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION – MARRIAGE
Rules to stop 'sham' marriages declared unlawful
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 24 May 2007

Tough rules to stop illegal immigrants using sham marriages to get in to the country were declared unlawful by the Appeal Court yesterday.

Judges said regulations brought in two years ago to block thousands of alleged "marriages of convenience" breached human rights laws. ...

One Whitehall estimate suggested 10,000 marriages a year were bogus. The official figure was around 3,700 in 2004.

Liam Byrne, the immigration minister, said he was considering an appeal. "Since we introduced these checks the number of suspicious marriage reports has collapsed from 3,740 to less than 300 by the end of May 2005," he said.
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ASYLUM – DEPORTATION
Big fall in number of deportations
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2007

The number of failed asylum seekers removed from the country has fallen by a third in a year - despite a promise from Tony Blair to speed up deportations, official figures showed yesterday.

In September 2004 he pledged to accelerate the removal of an estimated 250,000 asylum seekers who had exhausted all legal processes.

There was a surge in deportations after John Reid took over as home secretary and demanded better enforcement of the law.

But in the first quarter of this year, 3,370 asylum applicants were removed - 34 per cent fewer than in the same period last year.
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IMMIGRATION
Labour has welcomed one million new citizens since 1997
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2007

British citizenship has been granted to one million foreign nationals since Labour came to power in 1997, official figures showed yesterday.

More than 150,000 obtained a passport in 2006 - taking the total to around 1,020,000 since Tony Blair took office.

About half of the new citizens were people who qualified through being resident in the country for five years or more and 20 per cent became British through marriage. The remainder were mainly dependant children.

Although the number of new Britons last year was lower than in 2005, that year's figure of 161,000 was swelled by people trying to beat the new "Britishness tests" introduced in November 2005. ...

Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migrationwatch UK, said passing one million new citizens since 1997 was a watershed for government policy. "This total does not even include the latest wave of east Europeans," he said.

"Even so we already face a massive change in British society completely contrary to the wishes of the public and also contrary to Labour's 1997 election manifesto, which said that every country needs firm immigration control and Britain is no exception.

"It is hard to know whether this [increase] is incompetence or deliberate deceit. Either way we will pay a high price in terms of social harmony." ...

The figures showed that 46,000 of the new citizens last year were born in Africa and 30,000 were from the Indian sub-continent.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HOUSING
Shame on you, Margaret Hodge
Andrew O'Hagan
Daily Telegraph, 22 May 2007

Are modern politicians generally more disgusting than they used to be? I feel it is worth pondering the question as you go about trying to understand the latest statement by Margaret Hodge on the question of immigrants and public housing. ...

It was nauseatingly worded, in an article for the Observer, so as to seem fair to all parties, but nobody is fooled: Mrs Hodge wants to stop foreigners from taking our houses.

She hasn't the courage to present the matter so frankly, but this is what she means, and her idea is completely divisive. ...

Why do you think she did it? I'll give you three clues. One: she represents Barking. Two: her constituency used to be very white and now it's very mixed. And three: the BNP gained 11 seats on the local council last year. So there you have it, the simple moral arithmetic of modern British politics. Mrs Hodge is wooing those of her constituents who have lately found their concerns being represented most nakedly by the British National Party, and their sitting MP is keen enough to see that she'd better say something to appease their growing anger.

Shame on her. And shame on them. The notion that immigrants are hoisted on to the housing lists at the expense of true blue working-class English folk is a complete fallacy. It's more than a fallacy: it's a stupid, jingoistic fallacy, propagated by people who have their own reasons for feeling aggrieved at their lot in life.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HOUSING
A message to my fellow immigrants
Margaret Hodge, Industry Minister
The Observer, 20 May 2007

In our open, tolerant country, there are, thankfully, few issues that remain taboo. But, motivated by the fear of both legitimising racism and encouraging the extreme right, migration is one. Yet for many voters, it continues to be a top issue.

My constituency of Barking in east London has experienced rapid change, moving from predominantly white neighbourhoods to many multiracial neighbourhoods. ... ...

Unless we listen, we shall be unable to convince people that we are on their side as they learn to live with new neighbours in the tolerant and strong multiracial society we on the liberal left desire. This stifled debate means we have missed the opportunity to articulate more clearly the huge benefits to our economy, our culture and the evolving nature of our Britishness that migration brings. ...

We need just immigration policies that are fairly and efficiently administered. But we also need to acknowledge that population change is a feature of the modern world, of our globalisation. Yet the period of transition can be disturbing and painful. We all find change difficult and new neighbours, new shops and new habits in our street or on our estate do demand adjustment. As ever, the people who face the greatest changes tend to be those who live in the poorest communities where migrants can afford to settle.

So while we need strong leadership to promote the rewards migration offers, it is only fair to hear the resentments and fears it can arouse. Only by listening to those fears can we demonstrate understanding for the difficulties settled communities experience in adjusting and move beyond the fears to secure tolerance and harmony. ...

We prioritise the needs of an individual migrant family over the entitlement others feel they have. So a recently arrived family with four or five children living in a damp and overcrowded, privately rented flat with the children suffering from asthma will usually get priority over a family with less housing need who have lived in the area for three generations and are stuck at home with the grandparents.

We should look at policies where the legitimate sense of entitlement felt by the indigenous family overrides the legitimate need demonstrated by the new migrants.

We should also look at drawing up different rules based on, for instance, length of residence, citizenship or national insurance contributions which carry more weight in a transparent points system used to decide who is entitled to access social housing. There are a small number of confirmed refugees who, of course, would receive the same entitlements as British citizens. However, most new migrant families are economic migrants who choose to come to live and work here. If you choose to come to Britain, should you presume the right to access social housing? ...

As an immigrant myself, although I am white and middle class, I know how difficult it is to adapt in a new country. ... I know that striking the best balance in our approach to migration is fraught with huge difficulties. But if we don't dare to talk about it, we'll never get it right.

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POPULATION – ETHIOPIA
W.F. Deedes
Daily Telegraph, 18 May 2007

Africa stays poor partly because its soaring population is outstripping its ability to feed them. This will get worse as black land hunger leads to the steady displacement of white farmers. When I went to Abyssinia in 1935 the population was 15 million. It is now 65 million, at least 15 million more than it can feed.
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NATIONAL IDENTITY – EDUCATION
Multi-racial schools need British history, says archbishop
Jonathan Petre
Daily Telegraph, 17 May 2007

The Archbishop of Canterbury last night declared that schoolchildren in mixed communities should be taught British history and traditions in a bid to better understand the national identity.

Dr Rowan Williams said that children needed to understand how cultures evolved and the origins of the values and traditions which society now held.

A proper education "would enable a measure of literacy in respect of the language and the imagery of the majority", he said.

"Most importantly, it will set out an understanding of the way in which historical process shaped the culture."

He added: "Nothing is served by the kind of half-hearted relativism that is not prepared to deal with it.

"British society ought not to be easily panicked about its identity.

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The archbishop was speaking in a London lecture on multiculturalism, which has been criticised for giving equal weight to all traditions.
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RACISM – DISCRIMINATION
Citizens applying for jobs will have to prove they are British
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 16 May 2007

British job applicants will have to prove that they are entitled to be in their own country to prevent race discrimination in a Government clampdown on illegal workers.

Under plans published yesterday, everyone looking for work would have to produce their birth certificate or passport to prove their status. Employers who limit document checks to applicants who appear to be foreign or who are from ethnic minorities would risk prosecution for discrimination.

But if they end up employing an illegal worker they face a heavy fine. They might even be asked to cover the cost of deporting the individual, which could cost £10,000.

The new rules angered small business groups who said employers were being penalised "for the failure of the Government's immigration policy".

The CBI, which represents big business, said it welcomed "clarity" so that employers knew where they stood if they took on illegal workers. ...

"You should not make assumptions about a person's right to work or immigration status on the basis of their colour, nationality, race or ethnic or national origins or the length of time they have been resident in the UK," says the Home Office consultation paper. "The best way not to discriminate is to treat all applicants in the same way at each stage of the recruitment process."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
Town bans renting to illegal migrants
Catherine Elsworth
Daily Telegraph, 15 May 2007

Voters in a Texas suburb have become the first in the nation to approve a law aimed at prohibiting landlords from renting property to illegal immigrants.

The controversial ban was approved by 4,058 to 1,941 votes in Farmers Branch, a suburb of 28,500 people just outside Dallas.

Although a number of regional authorities in the US have adopted similar laws, the balloting marked the first public vote on a local government measure to crack down on illegal immigration. ...

The ordinance requires landlords to verify that rental applicants are legally allowed to be in the US before leasing housing to them. Violators would be charged $500 (£250) a day until they complied.

The ordinance is already the subject of four lawsuits brought by civil rights groups, residents, property owners and businesses who argue it is both discriminatory and unfair in that it requires landlords to act as immigration officers.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – STATISTICS
Whitehall immigration figures are too low, say councils
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 15 May 2007

The Government was accused yesterday of exaggerating the economic benefits of immigration as council leaders complained that official data about migrant numbers were flawed.

Liam Byrne, the Home Office minister, said immigrants were contributing half a billion pounds every working day to the economy, a figure later repeated by Downing Street.

This would amount to £125 billion a year - equivalent to 10 per cent of total GDP.

But critics said it did not take into account the fact that immigrants also added to the population, which meant that on a per head basis the addition was negligible.

Mr Byrne was responding to criticism from town hall bosses that official statistics underestimated the number of migrants in their areas.

This affects the grants they receive from Whitehall, which are based on population numbers. ...

Councils receive around £600 for every person in the borough from central government. ...

Sir Simon Milton, the leader of Westminster City Council, said 2,000 migrants were coming through Victorian coach station every week.
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POPULATION – REFUGEES
Climate change 'will make millions homeless'
Paul Eccleston
Daily Telegraph, 14 May 2007

Climate change will take then number of refugees worldwide to a billion by 2050, according to a report.

Global warming and its consequences will exacerbate a global crisis in which 155 million people have been displaced by wars, natural disasters and development projects, the study by Christian Aid warns.

Published to mark Christian Aid Week 2007, the report claims the numbers of displaced people will dwarf the refugee crisis which followed the Second World War.

The report, Human Tide: The Real Migration Crisis, says unless urgent action is taken, the added problems brought by environmental changes will spiral out of control. ...

The report cites men, women and children being forced from their homes by war, persecution, natural disasters and increasingly, to make room for development projects such as dams and roads.

The report quotes the Chief of the Defence Staff, Sir Jock Stirrup, who last year warned: "Climate change and growing competition for scarce resources are together likely to increase the incidence of humanitarian crises. The spread of desert regions, a scarcity of water, coastal erosion, declining arable land, damage to infrastructure from extreme weather: all this could undermine security."
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IMMIGRATION
Sarkozy to halt refugee centre
Daily Telegraph, 14 May 2007

Nicolas Sarkozy, France's president-elect, has promised to stop a controversial refugee centre from being built in Calais.

When asked whether he opposed the construction of "Sangatte 2" in the ferry port, from where illegal immigrants try to reach Britain, a leading Sarkozy aide told The Daily Telegraph: "For sure." ...

"I can assure you that the president is very much against this," he added.
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IMMIGRATION
Children of Slough
Sunday Telegraph, 13 May 2007

Almost 90 Romanian gypsy children have arrived unaccompanied in Slough, Berkshire, since their country joined the European Union on January 1 this year.

The 88 Roma children appear to have paid someone in Romania to send them specifically to Slough. The borough council does not know why it was singled out, but says that help for the children, including a special team, has so far cost it £150,000.
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MULTICULTURALISM – EDUCATION
Ban crucifixes but not lockets for Muslims, schools told
Julie Henry
Sunday Telegraph, 13 May 2007

Schools have been told that they should ban crosses and crucifixes, but allow Muslim children to wear symbols, even though they are not compulsory.

Jewellery in general should be forbidden, although there are "exceptional circumstances" where schools need to be sensitive towards those from other faiths, according to draft guidance sent out by one local education authority.

These are outlined as: rakhi, a cotton bracelet worn by Hindus; kara, a metal bracelet that is put on the arms of Sikh children when they are young and is impossible to remove; and taweez, religious lockets worn by some Muslim pupils on a string around the neck, arm or stomach. The latter item is not regarded as compulsory.

The document, sent out in Croydon, Surrey, makes no mention under "exceptional circumstances" of Christian symbols such as crosses or the chastity rings that some teenagers choose to wear.

It was condemned as another example of an emerging "double standard" in British society, where the wishes of some faiths are accommodated while Christian traditions are disregarded.
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CRIME
Ministers 'bury bad news' of foreign prisoners report
Tom Harper
Sunday Telegraph, 13 May 2007

Ministers have been accused of trying to "bury" a report into the foreign prisoners scandal that led to the dismissal of Charles Clarke as home secretary last year.

The internal inquiry into the failure to deport more than 1,000 prisoners at the end of their sentences was completed four months ago, but has not yet been published. ...

Critics suspect that the report was delayed to prevent it from affecting the local elections earlier this month.
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MULTICULTURALISM – EDUCATION
Fears over rise in foreign lecturers
Daily Telegraph, 12 May 2007

Foreign lecturers now make up more than a quarter of the academic workforce, prompting universities to put on English language courses for them.

The proportion of staff from overseas has risen from 14 per cent to 26 per cent over the past decade as lecturers leave for more lucrative professions. Authorities fear that students' education may suffer if lecturers' grasp of English is "less than excellent".
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
How the fanatic found peace
Mary Wakefield
Daily Telegraph, 12 May 2007
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The Islamist: Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw Inside and Why I Left by Ed Husain 288p, Penguin, £8.99 (pbk)




Say that you're a wimp like me: horrified by Iraq and allergic to Condoleezza Rice. Then, whatever your religious or cultural background, you'll probably have worked your way round to thinking that there's only a small minority of lethal fanatics, and that the most vocal fundamentalists are basically nice boys, depressed by Western spiritual apathy and radicalised by our foreign policy. You might, like me, once have laughed at Abu "Hooky" Hamza or the media-friendly Omar Bakri, thinking them ridiculous hams.

I won't laugh anymore. Mohamed "Ed" Husain, a former disciple of Bakri, makes it quite clear that militant Islamism is a growing problem, and isn't just a response to our actions abroad: Hamza, Bakri et al were genuinely murderous before Iraq, and are genuinely bent on world domination. ...

Though it's his political arguments that have attracted most attention, Husain's most profound and interesting point is that Islamic fundamentalism stems not from an excess of religious devotion, but rather a deficit of it, and that actively encouraging young British Muslims to take their religion more seriously might be one solution.
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MULTICULTURALISM – EDUCATION
Schools encouraged to put gipsy language on timetable
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 10 May 2007

Children will be allowed to take lessons in Romany under plans to put the traditional gipsy language on school timetables.

In a move designed to promote tolerance towards gipsy communities, schools will be encouraged to teach the language, culture and traditions practised by about 45,000 people in Britain.

The Government-backed initiative comes just days after ministers told schools they had a legal duty to promote greater race relations by celebrating cultural diversity across the curriculum.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Schools 'must promote race relations or face closure'
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 8 May 2007

Schools with large numbers of white pupils may be taken over or closed if they fail to promote race relations and links between different religious groups, according to Government guidance.

Those in rural areas or leafy suburbs should be twinned with ethnically mixed schools in the inner city, it suggests.

Christian faith schools should strike up partnerships with Muslim and Jewish institutions, while other community schools should organise more trips to churches, mosques and synagogues. In a move designed to stop children drifting toward extremism, all schools will have a legal duty from September to break down barriers and promote "community cohesion".

Jim Knight, the schools minister, said yesterday the rules would be enforced by Ofsted, which has the power to sack the governing body or recommend closure if schools fail to comply. ...

One in 20 primary schools have no ethnic minority pupils and 323 schools have more than half of pupils from Bangladeshi or Pakistani backgrounds.

Draft guidance, which is out to consultation before becoming law later this year, recommends field trips with a racial or faith angle, and inviting religious leaders to schools.
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TERRORISM
US 'needs better tools' to close visa gap for terrorists
Toby Harnden
Daily Telegraph, 8 May 2007

The United States needs "better tools" to prevent terrorists from Britain crossing the Atlantic under a visa waiver scheme, the country's Homeland Security Chief said yesterday.

Michael Chertoff, who recently held talks with John Reid, the Home Secretary, said that the waiver scheme needed to be improved.

It has been described as America's "soft underbelly".

The US plans to extend the scheme to other European countries but first it has to be strengthened by a requirement that the US authorities receive additional information about passengers before they arrive in America. ...

Under the scheme, about 15 million people from 27 countries, including Britain, visit the US every year for up to 90 days without a visa.

Mr Chertoff rejected the idea that the US proposed singling out Britons of Pakistani heritage for more rigorous screening.

"One of the problems with locking in a rigid set of rules based on someone's religion or origin - apart from the unfairness - is that it ignores that people of all kinds of ethnic groups have been recruited by terrorists," he said. "We have to focus on behaviour, not background."
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POPULATION – CHINA
China's rich flout one-child policy
David Eimer
Daily Telegraph, 8 May 2007

China's new rich are sparking a population crisis by disregarding the nation's one-child rule.

Under the controversial policy introduced in 1979, families face fines if they have two or more children. But rising incomes, especially in the affluent eastern and coastal regions, mean that more people can afford to pay to have as many offspring as they like.

According to a recent survey by China's National Population and Family Planning Commission, the number of wealthy people and celebrities deciding to have more than one child has increased rapidly, despite fines that can be as high as 200,000 yuan (£13,000) for each extra child.

Almost 10 per cent of high earners are now choosing to have three children because large families are associated with wealth, status and happiness in China.

The traditional preference for boys over girls is also fuelling the baby boom, as families try for a boy if their first child is female.
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IMMIGRATION – AMNESTY
Amnesty demanded for 500,000 immigrants
Daily Telegraph, 8 May 2007

A mass rally yesterday called for a one-off amnesty to allow hundreds of thousands of immigrants living in the UK to become full citizens.

The Strangers into Citizens campaign, which attracted thousands of supporters to Trafalgar Square, proposes that migrants who have been in Britain for more than four years should be given a two year work permit without access to benefits.

Then, at the end of the two years, they would be given indefinite leave to remain, subject to criteria such as an English test, criminal checks and employer references.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, who held a multilingual mass at Westminster Cathedral beforehand, told the rally that immigrants deserved to be treated with "fairness, with justice and with dignity".

Other high-profile figures joining the protest included Dr Tom Butler the Anglican Bishop of Southwark, Labour deputy leadership contender Jon Cruddas, Baroness Shirley Williams and Billy Bragg, the singer and political activist.

Some protesters carried banners reading: "Abolish all racist immigration controls" and "No one is illegal". However, with both Labour and the Tories now having rejected the idea of an amnesty, the campaign's proposals apparently appear doomed. ...

Addressing the rally, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said: "We know that there are up to half a million immigrants who are undocumented, and some way should be found for these people who work in our country and contribute to our economy so that their rights are respected."
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IMMIGRATION – AMNESTY
'This would only make a bad situation worse'
Andrew Green
Daily Telegraph, 8 May 2007

The immigration lobby and some church leaders are proposing that illegal immigrants who have been here for four or more years should be admitted to a "two-year pathway" to full legal rights. This would entitle them to access to the welfare state and to citizenship eventually. They could also bring over their families.

This is an amnesty in all but name.

There are somewhere between 500,000 and a million illegal immigrants here. Some arrived on the back of a truck and some overstayed their visas. Others are failed asylum seekers the Government has failed to remove. ... ...

An amnesty will be pointless if those who are legalised are simply replaced. Some 70 per cent of illegal immigrants are brought here by people-smugglers who will be the first to spot a new market.

Others will be tempted to overstay on visitor or student visas to work at less than the minimum wage but for more than they could earn at home.

Even now migrants are lining up in Sangatte for an opportunity to get to Britain. The prospect of an amnesty will attract even more. Italy and Spain have each granted five or six amnesties in the last 20 years and almost every time have faced even more applications.

An amnesty would be expensive for the taxpayer. The immigration lobby is claiming a net gain to the Exchequer of between £500 million to £1 billion. This takes no account of the cost of adding 500,000 people to the welfare state.

More immediate is the effect on housing. Once granted Leave to Remain, these migrants will become entitled to social housing. As single people they would join a waiting list. If their families arrived they would move up the priority list. ...

The prospect of an amnesty will only retain the illegals we have and attract more. It will shift the exploitation to another group of victims and will perpetuate the undercutting of honest employers and workers. In reality, it is foolishness. It would make a bad situation worse.
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POPULATION – ECOLOGY
Lower birth rate 'would cut carbon emissions'
Daily Telegraph, 7 May 2007

A lower birth rate would help cut greenhouse gas emissions, a report released today says.

Each Briton uses nearly 750 tonnes of CO2 in a lifetime, equivalent to 620 return flights between London and New York, the Optimum Population Trust warns.

Based on a cost of £42.50 per tonne of CO2, the report estimates that the price for the climate of each new person over their lifetime is roughly £30,000.

The bill for the extra 10 million people projected for the UK by 2074 would reach more than £300 billion.

The report, called A Population-Based Climate Strategy, says: "The most effective personal climate change strategy is limiting the number of children one has.

"The most effective national and global climate change strategy is limiting the size of the population.

"Population limitation should therefore be seen as the most cost effective carbon offsetting strategy available to individuals and nations."
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TERRORISM
4,000 terror suspects in UK, warns ex-Met chief
John Steele
Daily Telegraph, 7 May 2007

Up to 4,000 terrorism suspects and their supporters are active in Britain, the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens said yesterday.

Lord Stevens said the security service MI5 had recently suggested a figure of 2,000 but the true number was "probably nearer 4,000".

Police and MI5 were "still too underfunded and undermanned to cope with the task they face in the decades to come". "And that's how long this will last," he said. ...

Lord Stevens also gave warning that extremists linked to al-Qa'eda were already trying to infiltrate the police and the security services and that dozens so far had been weeded out.

He urged that known terrorism suspects and "hate clerics", such as Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada, should be deported, adding: "Our human rights come first. Yet, incredibly, our so-called Human Rights laws, and our enviable history of religious tolerance, mean that foreigners preaching death and destruction to our way of life are allowed to stay here because their own countries won't tolerate such evil."
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MULTICULTURALISM
An English GCSE for foreign pupils
Julie Henry
Sunday Telegraph, 6 May 2007

Pupils who speak English as their second language could sit a separate GCSE in the subject under plans being drawn up.

In a highly controversial move, the Government's exam watchdog has held discussions about the need for the English exam to accommodate the soaring number of ethnic minority students.

Figures released last week showed that one in eight pupils in England has a mother tongue other than English. In primary schools the figure is one in seven. It is not uncommon to find schools where more than 50 languages are spoken.
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RACISM – MULTICULTURALISM
Call for compulsory RE
Daily Telegraph, 5 May 2007

All children should be forced to take part in religious education lessons at school to stamp out extremism and racism at a young age, according to a delegation of faith groups.

The Religious Education Council of England and Wales claims that some parents are abusing their right to withdraw children from RE on grounds of "conscience" because they have an axe to grind against particular faiths.

In recent years, many children have been taken out of lessons because parents did not want them to learn about Islam. Other families have pulled children out of school trips to mosques.

The RE Council says the Government should consider stripping parents of the right to withdraw their children because it undermined attempts to "promote community cohesion, and combat racism and discrimination".
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TERRORISM
Douglas Carswell MP (Con)
Daily Telegraph, 4 May 2007
[Letter to the Editor]

News that America is to impose travel restrictions on Pakistanis who hold British passports should come as no surprise. Last summer, I got the Government to admit it had no clear idea about the number of passports given out each year in Pakistan.

Instead of complaining, the Foreign Office should stop the uncontrolled handout of British passports overseas. Their failure poses a threat not only to Americans, but also to us.
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NATIONAL IDENTITY
Defining the nation
William Pender
Daily Telegraph, 3 May 2007
[Letter to the Editor]

Jack Straw, in common with many other members of the cabinet, has little grasp of what nationhood means (report, May 1). A nation is defined as: "A large aggregate of people so closely associated with each other by factors such as common descent, language, culture, history, and occupation of the same territory as to be identified as a distinct people".

Few of these characteristics apply any longer to modern Britain, perhaps best described as a loose collection of widely differing communities, occupying the same territory, and with only a currency as the principal common factor.
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CRIME
Foreign prisoners clogging jails cost UK £400m a year
Daily Telegraph, 3 May 2007

Foreign prisoners now make up almost one in six of Britain's jail population and are costing the taxpayer almost £400 million a year to keep, new figures show.

The explosion in the number of overseas inmates has been the main driver behind the overcrowding crisis that has pushed the total above 80,000.

Figures published by the Home Office in a parliamentary written answer show there are now 12,122 foreign prisoners compared to around 10,000 just a year ago.

The prison population is now made up of people from 164 different countries, with the largest number from Jamaica (1,490), followed by Nigeria (1,070). ...

The Government's latest figures show that the annual cost per prisoner place was £32,888 in 2005-06.
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TERRORISM
US pushes for visa control on Pakistani Britons
Philip Johnston and Alex Spillius
Daily Telegraph, 3 May 2007

Travel restrictions could be imposed by America on 800,000 British citizens of Pakistani origin because of concerns about terrorism, it emerged yesterday.

The move has been prompted by fears that British Muslim men were behind several major bomb plots. ...

The Americans have been concerned that their principal security risk could actually come from Britain, with whom they operate a visa waiver scheme. Since 2004, Britons travelling to the US do not need a visa if they have a machine-readable passport issued since 2001.

Michael Chertoff, the US homeland security secretary, has reportedly told the Government that British Pakistanis should apply for a visa before travelling to America. ...

An estimated 400,000 trips a year are made by Britons of Pakistani origin to their ancestral homeland.

A Foreign Office spokesman said last night that any attempt to divide British citizens along ethnic lines would cause a massive diplomatic row.

"The Muslim community, including those of Pakistani origin, are an important part of our society and we would oppose strongly any proposal to single them out in response to the actions of terrorists," he said. ...

The visa talks, disclosed by the New York Times, are believed to have been under way for months.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
What exactly was it that made this man hate us?
Jan Moir
Daily Telegraph, 2 May 2007

The photograph of Omar Khyam tells us a lot about the 25-year-old leader of the jihadi "fertiliser bomb plot". Already in police custody, and perhaps knowing that he would spend the rest of his life behind bars, Khyam's expression show none of the regret and shame we might look for, or even hope to see. ... What did we do to Omar Khyam, to make him hate us so? ...

It has become horribly clear over recent years that a number of British-born Muslims, many of them from comfortable middle-class backgrounds, have somehow evolved into terrorists determined to perpetrate mass murder on their fellow citizens. ...

For Khyam grew up in integrated, happy affluence in Surrey, where he was the captain of his school cricket team, and the only Asian boy in a local football team. He was included and embraced in life, not excluded and ostracised because of his colour or religion. His back story smashes the cosy, old theory that radicalisation in the UK is a by-product of hardship, or a lack of education, or privations caused by racism or religious intolerance. No more can we comfort ourselves with the thought that atrocities such as the 7/7 bombings were somehow, somewhere, our fault. ...

Perhaps the most unsettling thing to emerge from the terror trial that ended this week is that Khyam was once just another bloke from the burbs, and that there are plenty more like him out there, full of hate and rage.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
I know how these terrorists are inspired
Ed Husain, author of 'The Islamist'
Daily Telegraph, 2 May 2007

As long as it remains legal for extremists in Britain to plan and finance Islamist attempts to mobilise the Muslim masses in the Middle East, and prepare an army for "jihad as foreign policy", there will always be a segment of this movement that will take jihad to its logical conclusion and act immediately, without leadership. ...

In 1991, Omar Bakri, then leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir, called for the assassination of John Major - we ignored it. In 1997, Osama bin Laden declared a jihad against the West - we ignored it. Today, in our midst, Hizb ut-Tahrir calls for an expansionist, violent, totalitarian Islamist state - and we continue to ignore it. There is no quick fix to the problem of home-grown terrorism, but banning Hizb ut-Tahrir would be an excellent first step, sending a strong signal to aspiring terrorists that Britain has not changed the rules of game. We no longer play that game.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
Poll: Americans Still See Controlling the Borders as Top Immigration Concern
Free Republic, 2 May 2007

When given a choice, 48% of Americans would opt for a Congressional candidate who "favors building a barrier along the Mexican border and forcing illegal aliens to leave the United States." A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 36% prefer a candidate promising to "expand legal opportunities for foreign workers to find jobs."

Sixty percent (60%) of Americans believe that immigration reform should include laws requiring that all government documents be printed in English. Just 29% disagree. ...

The latest survey also found that most Americans (56%) oppose granting citizenship to the child of an illegal alien born in the United States. Just 35% believe citizenship should be granted.

By a similar margin, 55% to 29%, American adults oppose granting citizenship to parents of children born in the United States.

Last year, the immigration debate caught America's political class completely off guard and most national politicians made an incorrect assessment concerning the nature of the debate. The initial discussions in Washington implied a debate that was either pro-immigration or anti-immigration. Those who favored some form of legalization or earned citizenship were pictured in official Washington as pro-immigrant while those who favored border control were thought to be anti-immigrant (or perhaps racist). However, Rasmussen Reports data showed an entirely different picture.

Most Americans who favored enforcement first policies also favored a welcoming policy for legal immigration. In other words, most Americans recognized that our nation is both a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws. They wanted to uphold both aspects of our national heritage. Just as important, they want political leaders to remember the second part of that heritage – that we're a nation of laws. ...

This national telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports April 30-May 1, 2007. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
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IMMIGRATION
Migrant numbers 'wildly underestimated'
Toby Helm
Daily Telegraph, 1 May 2007

Local councils are to carry out their own census-style checks on immigrant numbers because of glaring underestimates in official figures.

The councils, particularly in the South East, say that they do not get enough central government help with local services because the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is incapable of providing correct numbers. Because local immigrant populations are higher than the official estimates, Whitehall grants do not meet demands for housing, transport and other services and the councils are left struggling.

The ONS is updating its methods but the councils say it is still wildly underestimating arrivals, particularly those from European Union accession countries. ...

ONS figures have also been at odds with statistics circulating within government. Earlier this month, the ONS suggested that 56,000 Poles entered the country in 2005. However, the Department for Work and Pensions produced its own statistics showing that more than 170,000 Poles had applied for national insurance numbers in the same year.
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MULTICULTURALISM – TERRORISM
Londonistan Calling
Christopher Hitchens
Vanity Fair, June 2007
[This article was on Vanity Fair's website in May]

They say that the past is another country, but let me tell you that it's much more unsettling to find that the present has become another country, too. In my lost youth I lived in Finsbury Park, a shabby area of North London, roughly between the old Arsenal football ground and the Seven Sisters Road. It was a working-class neighborhood, with a good number of Irish and Cypriot immigrants. ...

Returning to the old place after a long absence, I found that it was the scent of Algeria that now predominated along the main thoroughfare of Blackstock Road. ...

The British have always been proud of their tradition of hospitality and asylum, which has benefited Huguenots escaping persecution, European Jewry, and many political dissidents from Marx to Mazzini. But the appellation "Londonistan," which apparently originated with a sarcastic remark by a French intelligence officer, has come to describe a city which became home to people wanted for terrorist crimes as far afield as Cairo and Karachi. The capital of the United Kingdom is, in the words of Steven Simon, a former White House counterterrorism official, "the Star Wars bar scene," catering promiscuously to all manner of Islamist recruiters and fund- raisers for, and actual practitioners of, holy war. ...

For the British mainstream, multiculturalism has been the official civic religion for so long that any criticism of any minority group has become the equivalent of profanity. And Islamic extremists have long understood that they need only suggest a racial bias - or a hint of the newly invented and meaningless term "Islamophobia" - in order to make the British cough and shuffle with embarrassment. ...

It was argued for a while that the 7/7 perpetrators were victims of unemployment and poverty, until their remains were identified and it became clear that most of them came from educated and reasonably well-off backgrounds. The excuses then abruptly switched, and we were asked to believe that it was Tony Blair's policy in Iraq and Afghanistan that motivated the killers. Suppose the latter to be true. It would still be the case that they belong to a movement that hates Jews and Indians and all kuffar, or "unbelievers": a fanatical sect that believes itself entitled to use deadly violence at any time. The roots of violence, that is to say, are in the preaching of it, and the sanctification of it. ...

Traditional Islamic law says that Muslims who live in non-Muslim societies must obey the law of the majority. But this does not restrain those who now believe that they can proselytize Islam by force, and need not obey kuffar law in the meantime. I find myself haunted by a challenge that was offered on the BBC by a Muslim activist named Anjem Choudary: a man who has praised the 9/11 murders as "magnificent" and proclaimed that "Britain belongs to Allah." When asked if he might prefer to move to a country which practices Shari'a, he replied: "Who says you own Britain anyway?" A question that will have to be answered one way or another.
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CRIME
Violent immigrants fuelling crime
BBC, 1 May 2007

Young immigrants from violent and war-torn countries are fuelling mayhem and murder on London's streets, according to a new report.

Research from Scotland Yard says increasing numbers of youths with significant post-traumatic stress are having a negative impact in the city.

There are currently 171 street gangs operating in London says the report. ...

Some 43% of gangs are estimated to have more than 20 members, while 18% have more than 50 members.

Although 90% of gang participants are male, there are believed to be three female gangs operating in London, and women are often used "to mind weapons" for brothers and partners.

The document states that half of gangs identified by police intelligence are based in the African-Caribbean community.

The report also warns more needs to be done to encourage gang members to leave their violent lifestyle behind.
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CRIME – USA
America's least wanted
Immigration's Human Cost, May 2007
[The date given here is nominal]

We often hear that "immigrants only come here to work" but that sentimental fluff ignores the obvious truth - that to a crime-minded foreigner, America is the full refrigerator of his dreams. The material riches, combined with many Americans' naivete when it comes to crime, make this nation easy pickings for the lowlifes of the world.

Making alien crime even easier is the refusal of some Americans to recognize national break-in as a problem worth pursuing. Some cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, have even given illegal immigration semi-legitimacy under the policy of sanctuary, under which police are not permitted to ask about a person's immigration status. Such foolishness hobbles normal police activity and ignores how serious criminals are sometimes found through traffic checks and other routine acts of everyday law enforcement.
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MULTICULTURALISM
As the Tories Court the Ethnic Media
New Black Magazine, undated

David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party in Britain is enjoying a prolonged honeymoon with the British media and has made an all-out bid to target the multicultural vote declaring the Conservatives to be "the party for all the people of Britain." ...

The interview for the website ethnicnow.com, comes a day before he marks his first year as leader of the Conservatives. ...

[Cameron said:]

Right now, we already have over 50 minority ethnic Prospective Parliamentary Candidates, but much more still needs to be done.

..., we have set up the Ethnic Diversity Council to address the need to better engage with minority ethnic groups in Britain. ...

We have also been working closely with Operation Black Vote to ensure that more people of African origin feel engaged with the political process and have their voices and opinions heard. ...

If I was to recommend any part of London to someone looking to see the best of London's diversity, it would have to be the Golborne Road and Portobello Road area. It is home to such vibrant North African, Iberian and African-Caribbean communities, and the markets here reflect that in the assortment of stuff they sell. ... With regards to cuisine, you cannot beat a curry at the Khas Tandoori on Chamberlayne Road, or curried goat from one of the street vendors during the Notting Hill Carnival.
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MULTICULTURALISM – NATIONAL IDENTITY
United by story of Britain's road to freedom
Ben Fenton
Daily Telegraph, 30 April 2007

Multi-racial Britain should unite behind a clear expression of the "British story", a common vision of the importance of freedom and democracy.

The rallying call comes from Jack Straw, the Leader of the Commons, who says Britain should mimic America, telling heroic stories of how the country came to be what it is today.

"We should do the same, bringing out the freedom that lies at the heart of the story," Mr Straw writes in The World Today, the journal of Chatham House, the foreign affairs think-tank. ...

Mr Straw says that growing integration increases the need for a national story of identity, one that should be expressed through the "core values of democracy: freedom, fairness, tolerance and plurality, for all to subscribe to".

He says that it would be wrong to present ourselves as a society that has always been homogenous, having ourselves previously been split by religious divides, but points out that we are today a very diverse society.

"Eight per cent of our population - 4.3 million - is from families which have come to these shores, mainly from south Asia, the Caribbean and Africa, but increasingly from other areas too. It will not be long before some cities and towns have half of their population from such backgrounds." ...

"We also have to convince those who may feel detached from the national community that they are a part of it.

"We need to assure them that nationality does not mean assimilation; that it does not require individuals to give up distinctive cultural attributes, such as their religion."
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TERRORISM
Al-Qaeda sympathisers are discovered working at strategic industrial sites
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 29 April 2007

Suspects linked to al-Qaeda have obtained sensitive jobs in vital industries that could be the target of terrorist attacks, it can be revealed.

The individuals were uncovered by police and the security services in operations designed to protect key British sites such as transport hubs, power stations and the water supply.

Security chiefs believe that they may have become radicalised while already in employment, thus evading the strict vetting procedure for applicants for security-sensitive posts. ...

A tactical manual published in 2004, The Management of Savagery by Abu Bakr Naji, urges al-Qaeda supporters to "infiltrate the police forces, the armies, the different political parties, the newspapers, the Islamic groups, the petroleum companies, private security companies, sensitive civil institutions."
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION
Fraud fear as millions of NI numbers are missing
Miles Goslett
Sunday Telegraph, 29 April 2007

Millions of National Insurance numbers have been "lost", the Government has admitted, raising fears that they are being misused by fraudsters and illegal immigrants.

The nine million numbers were issued by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and are registered on its database, but officials do not know if they are held legitimately.

National Insurance (NI) numbers can be used to claim benefits and tax credits, and are sometimes accepted by employers to prove the right to work legally in the UK. ...

The Government admitted in a recent parliamentary answer that there are now 76.7 million numbers on the database, well in excess of Britain's adult population of 49 million.

Some of the surplus numbers are legitimate. The DWP estimates that 16.5 million are registered in the names of dead people whose surviving spouses can lawfully claim a pension against their late spouse's NI contributions. Another 1.5 million are thought to belong to pensioners living abroad who can claim UK benefits.

However, a spokesman for the DWP said the remaining nine million had yet to be categorised. ...

It has also emerged that the Government only began recording the nationality of those issued an NI number on March 26 this year.

Last year, three fraudsters were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud HM Revenue and Customs after stealing dozens of numbers and attempting to obtain £357,000 in tax credits.

Adesola Adelana, Stephen Ayankoya and Adetutu Olowe stole 37 numbers in total and used them to help open 11 bank accounts, obtain eight forged driving licences and access nine credit cards. They were sentenced to between 30 months and four years.
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MULTICULTURALISM – SCHOOLS
Schools becoming ethnic & religious ghettos, says report
Nick Britten
Daily Telegraph, 25 April 2007

Cultural diversity in inner-city schools is failing with many becoming so polarised that they are dominated by one racial or religious group, a damning report will claim.

Race Equality Sandwell in the West Midlands, claims that schools in the region are becoming "all-white" or "all-Asian" despite drawing from multi-ethnic catchment areas.

Derrick Campbell, the chief executive of RES, said he was "extremely concerned" that children will leave school unable to fit into a diverse society. "My biggest worry is that schools and parents are propagating the notion of segregation," he said.

The report, to be published next week, covers schools across the West Midlands. It looked at admissions policies, catchment areas and wider socio-economic influences.

Mr Campbell said there were examples of neighbouring schools having an unnecessarily separate ethnic mix. It was caused by a range of factors, including parents wanting their children to be with those of a similar faith or background and schools failing to ensure a proper mix in their admissions policies.

He said: "Schools are becoming ghettos decided by race and it is having a negative effect on young people.

"The Government needs to restrict parental choice to ensure that the intake policy gives a fair chance and opportunities for schools to reflect the make up of the community."
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION – MARRIAGE
Church acts to stem rise of 'sham marriages'
Jonathan Petre
Daily Telegraph, 23 April 2007

New marriage guidelines are being drawn up by the Church of England amid fears that its clergy may be unwittingly conducting bogus weddings.

Officials have noticed a sharp rise in the number of migrants seeking church weddings since the Government imposed a crackdown on marriages of convenience at register offices.

The Government acted in 2005 to weed out sham marriages involving foreign nationals attempting to avoid immigration controls by gaining instant British citizenship.

All non-British or European Union citizens are now required to obtain a Home Office certificate of approval to marry - a lengthy and costly process.

However, Church of England marriages are exempt from this process, and the number of applications for "common licences" - a legal preliminary for church weddings - have shot up, particularly in London. ...

The Home Office has rejected suggestions that churches could be used for sham marriages, saying that clergy would get to know couples too well.

Yet clergy, who are required to marry almost anyone in their parish regardless of their background or religion, admit that it can be difficult to discern the motives of couples who approach them.
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IMMIGRATION – NATIONAL IDENTITY
Unparalleled levels of immigration threaten Britain's cohesion as a nation
Civitas: Institute for the Study of Civil Society, 23 April 2007
[Press release]

In A Nation of Immigrants? David Conway takes issue with those who minimise the threat posed by mass immigration by claiming that this is nothing new; that we are a 'mongrel nation'; and that, in the words of the Commission on Racial Equality, 'everyone who lives in Britain today is either an immigrant or the descendant of an immigrant'. ...

Since 1997, however, Tony Blair's Labour government has effectively abandoned even the goal of limiting immigration. As a result, by encouraging unending mass immigration as a permanent feature of the political landscape, there may result a disintegration of the bonds that hold together the group of people that constitutes a nation:

'The country may possibly have already reached a tipping point beyond which it can no longer be said to contain a single nation. Should that point have been reached, then ironically, in the course of Britain having become a nation of immigrants, it would have ceased to be a nation. Once such a point is reached, political disintegration may be predicted to be not long in following'. ... ...

Immigration now adds one per cent to the population every two years

As a direct result of the policies of the present government, which amount to a virtual abandonment of the control of our borders, immigration is now running at levels which have never been seen before in our history. In 2004 and 2005 net foreign immigration was 342,000 and 292,000 respectively, representing an increase in the population of one per cent in two years. Compared with earlier waves of immigration like the Huguenots and the Jews, who increased the population by one per cent or less over a period of decades, it is clear that we are in an unprecedented situation.

Stability, freedom and tolerance under threat from immigration

David Conway argues that current levels of immigration raise questions not only about numbers but about integration - although the second is related to the first. Until the last part of the twentieth century Britain's immigrant population comprised only a very small proportion of the total population. As a result, in order to flourish they had to adapt to the prevailing culture and integrate. This has given Britain an enviable record of social harmony combined with considerable ethnic and cultural plurality. However, the presence of large ethnic communities, for some of whom integration with the host culture is not an aim, is threatening this social harmony. ...

'A Nation of Immigrants? A brief demographic history of Britain' by David Conway is published by Civitas, 77 Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2EZ tel 020 7799 6677, www.civitas.org.uk, price £10.00 inc. pp.
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IMMIGRATION – NATIONAL IDENTITY
A nation of newcomers
David Conway
Sunday Telegraph, 22 April 2007

Liam Byrne, the Immigration Minister, noted last week that the mass influx of immigrants in recent years has left the country "deeply unsettled" and created problems for public services such as health and education. It was a statement of the obvious, but it was welcome for all that. ...

Labour remains committed to the view that immigration is good for the country, and the more there is, the better it will be. What is the evidence for that remarkable proposition? If you ask most ministers, they will tell you "Britain has always been a nation of immigrants". That claim is false. The evidence which refutes it is not very complicated: it consists simply in looking at the numbers. Between 1066 and 1945 Britain actually had very few waves of immigration. ...

Almost all immigrant groups never managed to reach 1 per cent of the population. The Normans, though they seized land and power, were a tiny elite. The Dutch who arrived in the 16th century were, in proportion to the whole population, a much smaller group. Even the 50,000 Huguenots from France only ever amounted to a hundredth of Britain's total population. And they arrived over a period of 50 years.

Immigration today adds 1 per cent to Britain's population every two years, or more than 5 per cent every decade. ...

Again and again you hear it repeated that the present levels of immigration are "nothing new", "nothing exceptional" and are in line with the proportions of immigrants who have, "throughout our history", come into Britain. The facts refute that claim so completely that I doubt any minister still believes it.

... The amount of immigration we have seen over the past decade has no parallel in British history. International migration into Britain now contributes around 80 per cent of Britain's annual population increase, and has done so since 1999. ... On present trends, by 2073, the majority population of this country will either have migrated here, or be the child or grandchild of parents who did so. No past wave of immigration has ever come anywhere near having that kind of consequence.
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CRIME
40 immigrant gangs taking over UK's crime
Michael Knapp
Sunday Express, 22 April 2007

British security services are covertly tailing more than 40 criminal cells run by recent immigrants from eastern Europe.

The gangs, operating across the country, are understood to be involved in people trafficking, prostitution, money-laundering, extortion and drugs.

A well-placed Home Office source told the Sunday Express that the cells have thrived since Christmas when the UK opened its borders to EU newcomers Bulgaria and Romania.

The Government was repeatedly warned of a likely influx of criminals - particularly from Bulgaria, renowned as the most lawless nation on the continent.

The Home Office source said: 'The biggest thing I am seeing at the moment is the new Eastern Bloc citizens who are a criminal element. Currently, the main security services are tailing over 40 cells of criminals. Many of the ringleaders are making themselves rich on the back of this - and our hospitality.

'Many of the criminal elements are now teaming up with their fellow countrymen who have been here for a couple of years.

'Many of the previous asylum seekers under suspicion, or those who have been convicted of crimes already, are now in cahoots with much bigger fish.'

In 2003 Scotland Yard launched Operation Maxim to fight immigration crime and last month it set up a human trafficking team to fight gangs who bring women to the UK to be sold as sex slaves.

been expressed for many months. ...

Steve Moxon, a Home Office whistleblower and author of the book The Great Immigration Scandal, said: 'The big problem of organised crime from Romania and Bulgaria was a key issue at the beginning of the unravelling of the immigration fiasco some three years ago.

'The then Immigration Minister, Beverley Hughes, had to resign after conveniently "forgetting" she had been repeatedly warned about proven criminals from these two countries and sent reply letters on the issue, yet still allowed the literal "rubber stamping" of all visa applications.

'I know, because I was one of the very officials forced to grant tens of thousands of obviously bogus visa forms without looking at them.

'The Home Office, of course, will not have the vaguest clue where all the Romanian and Bulgarian criminals are.

'We know they don't keep track of known illegal migrants including failed asylum seekers, let alone dodgy builders, and, now, legal fellow EU citizens.'

But the Home Office source revealed that a further 4,700 failed asylum seekers went 'missing' in the last six months.

The total now stands at around 180,000 - a figure that even Government ministers are unaware of.
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MULTICULTURALISM – USA
Inside the mind of America
Matt Frei
Daily Telegraph, 21 April 2007

Indeed, America is not so much a melting pot as an archipelago of thousands of homogenous, like-minded communities, separated by highways, interstates and Wal-Marts. They interact far less than we imagine, but they also leave each other alone.
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CRIME – CULTURE
More guns need not mean more murders
Dale McIntyre
Daily Telegraph, 21 April 2007
[Letter to the Editor]

Ukraine has almost total gun control, but the murder rate there is twice that of America. Mexico has more restrictive gun laws than the United States, but its murder rate is nearly three times as high. Switzerland, where every household has an army rifle, has a murder rate one third lower than that of Britain.

The seventh United Nations survey of crime trends puts the world population-weighted murder rate at 100 per million, making America and Britain well below average.

Murder rates are cultural. America's murder rate is higher than Britain's because, despite recent immigration into Britain, it has many more diverse sub-cultures, including some that accept and even glorify violence. Southern "death before dishonour" boys and urban drug cultures are two examples, with homicide rates resembling war zones.

By contrast, the New England descendants of English emigrants, whose culture is closest to the mother country, settle their differences at law and have homicide rates quite similar to those seen in Britain.
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IMMIGRATION – NATIONAL IDENTITY
New Labour's star on migration watch
Alice Thomson
Daily Telegraph, 21 April 2007
[Interview]

This was the week that Labour started apologising. First Des Browne produced a sort of sorry, then Gordon Brown attempted to explain why the pensions black hole wasn't his fault. Suddenly Liam Byrne, on a fact-finding trip to Australia, seemed to be saying that migration is "deeply unsettling" Britain and piling pressure on communities.

It is Mr Byrne, the Home Office minister, who has caught everyone by surprise. No one was forcing him to say sorry. Yet here was Tony Blair and Mr Brown's favourite junior minister, one of the rising stars of New Labour, performing a handbrake turn in the Australian outback. ...

By the time I caught up with him he was in China getting tips from the government on how it handles illegal migration.

He laughed when I suggested that he has now left both William Hague and Michael Howard way behind in discussions about immigration. The person he now cites most often is Sir Andrew Green from Migrationwatch, the think-tank once vilified by his party.

He insists he has not become Right-wing, he is just being pragmatic. In a pamphlet published by the Policy Network think-tank he says it is not "racist" to discuss immigration, indeed if Labour doesn't tackle the issue now it risks losing the election. ...

"I think immigration has been managed by Labour. Migration adds about £125 billion of value to our economy but a dangerous approach is now being proposed. The bishops and others are calling for an amnesty," Mr Byrne says.

"This would severely damage our country. At the moment local authorities are still coping with the pressure on schools and services but if we had the green light for unprecedented immigration they wouldn't be able to handle it."

He also thinks it would encourage illegal immigration. "I've come to China to try to do something about the highly organised criminal groups preying on families, forcing them to live a life of fear and to pay off their debts working in squalor, sometimes risking their lives." ...

So what will he do about the migrants already here? "The pace of change in some areas has been huge. We need to look again at how people can earn their citizenship and at the balance of privileges. It is essential that they integrate, it is crucial that they learn the language and that they become part of the wider community. It is vital not only that they gain from living in this country but that they give something back."

Mr Byrne wants to introduce a national day to celebrate what is best about Britain. "Everyone should sit down once a year and think how lucky they are to be British." ...

"The way the Tories used to talk about immigration was deeply irresponsible, it was all scaremongering. But now they barely talk about it at all. The polls show that immigration is the fourth most important concern to voters and it is much higher in some areas. Something needs to be done about that and I am determined to do it."
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IMMIGRATION – NATIONAL IDENTITY
'Immigration is a threat to Britain as a single nation'
Daily Telegraph, 21 April 2007

Immigration may be threatening Britain's status as a country, it has been claimed.

A pamphlet by social policy think-tank Civitas said the UK may have reached a "tipping point" where it can no longer be regarded as a single nation.

David Conway, the author, said that if Britain has become a "nation of immigrants" it could lead to political disintegration.

The 100-page booklet said: "Those for whom this country has been a model of tolerance and freedom cannot but have cause for deep concern about the seemingly reckless pace and scale on which immigration has recently been allowed to proceed.

"As a result of it, the country may possibly have reached a tipping point beyond which it can no longer be said to contain a single nation. Should that point have been reached, then, ironically in the course of Britain having become a nation of immigrants, it would have ceased to be a nation.

"Once such a point is reached, political disintegration may be predicted to be not long in following."

Mr Conway, a senior research fellow at Civitas, disputed a claim made by the Commission for Racial Equality in 1996 that "everyone who lives in Britain today is either an immigrant to the descendant of an immigrant".

The author said: "The view that Britain is a nation of immigrants suggests Britain has always experienced immigration on its present-day scale, which is not the case."
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OFFICIAL DISCRIMINATION – POLICE
Police race targets 'will take decades'
John Steele
Daily Telegraph, 20 April 2007

Police chiefs said yesterday that it will take decades to meet Home Office targets for numbers of ethnic minority officers.

The Association of Chief Police Officers in England and Wales called for a debate on possible changes in race legislation, including the introduction of US-style racial quotas which are illegal.

Acpo stopped short of championing affirmative action, in which black or Asian candidates are chosen over similarly qualified white rivals to meet quotas. ...

Police chiefs admit privately that changing the law to allow affirmative action, let alone positive discrimination, would be "politically unacceptable".

But Acpo warned that "positive action", which is lawful, is not working. Positive action is the encouragement of more ethnic minority applicants to come forward and to work to qualify for the minimum standards for the police.
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IMMIGRATION
Immigrants swell population by 500 people a day
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 20 April 2007

Britain's population is growing by 500 a day because of immigration, new figures showed yesterday.

While 1,000 leave to live and work abroad, often foreigners returning home, 1,500 are arriving daily.

New immigration is now the highest in the country's history. But there are also record numbers of British citizens leaving these shores, with fewer coming home.

The figures for 2005, released by the Office for National Statistics, indicate that 565,000 people came to live here for at least 12 months, slightly down on 2004, while 380,000 left. ...

In 2005, there was a net emigration of 107,000 British while net immigration of non-British people amounted to 292,000. In 1991, one third of all citizens entering the UK were British. By 2005, this dropped to 16 per cent.

Most of the departing British citizens were bound for France, Spain and Australia. The largest group of arrivals were people from the Indian sub-continent - who accounted for two-thirds of net immigration, mainly fuelled by family reunions - and from Poland. ...

Next year, the Government is introducing a points-based work permit system designed to limit the number of low-skilled immigrants able to settle in Britain, though this will not affect family reunion which remains the driver for the expansion.

The 2005 figure was down on 2004, which with net immigration running at 223,000 was the highest ever.
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ASYLUM – AUSTRALIA, USA
US to swap asylum seekers with Australia
Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 19 April 2007

Australia and the United States will swap asylum seekers under a contentious scheme to deter migrants from seeking asylum in either country.

Under the exchange scheme, asylum seekers will lose the chance of choosing their destination. The boat people held by Australia on the remote Pacific island of Nauru will be sent to the US, while Cuban and Haitian refugees held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba will be sent to Australia. ...

Under the agreement, the two countries would swap 400 asylum seekers - 200 from each country - this year and in 2008. The policy will be reviewed in 2009.
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CRIME – USA
No policy can outwit the Grim Reaper
David Frum
Daily Telegraph, 18 April 2007

Aliens increasingly drive the US crime problem: about one third of California's prison population is first- or second-generation immigrant, as is 29 per cent of the federal prison population. Salvadoran and other Central American gangs commit the worst violence in many American cities.
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IMMIGRATION – ELECTORATE
Record immigration is big worry for many voters, minister admits
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 18 April 2007

Labour's immigration minister has conceded that the record inflow of immigrants could be harming the worse off and has "deeply unsettled the country".

Liam Byrne admits in an article today that the issue is now near the top of the list of voter worries - and could cost Labour power.

He says it is "not racist" to debate immigration - even though Labour attacked the Tories for raising it during the 2001 general election.

Mr Byrne's comments, in a pamphlet published by the Policy Network think-tank, marks the latest milestone in a staged Labour retreat from the immigration policy it has embraced since 1997. A few years ago, David Blunkett, the former home secretary, said there was "no obvious upper limit" to the numbers that could come legally to Britain.

But Mr Byrne says: "We have to accept that laissez faire migration risks damaging communities where parts of our anti-poverty strategy come under pressure.

"When a junior school, such as the school in Hodge Hill in my own constituency in Birmingham, sees its population of children with English as a second language rise from five per cent to 20 per cent in a year, then boosting standards in some poorer communities gets harder."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – BELGIUM
"Quick Citizenship" Act: Population Replacement in the Capital of Europe
Paul Belien, editor-in-chief of The Brussels Journal
Canada Free Press, 18 April 2007

In 2000, the Belgian authorities voted a so-called "Quick Citizenship" Act, bestowing Belgian nationality on foreigners as a simple procedure. Everyone who has lived in the country for a number of years (usually seven, but in some cases barely three, and sometimes even only two years) is entitled to Belgian citizenship. One does not have to speak the language nor prove one's will to integrate in the host country.

So far the Quick Citizenship Act created 337,904 "new Belgians" – an average of 4,277 per month. Belgium has only 10 million inhabitants. One million of them live in Brussels, Belgium's as well as the EU's (and NATO's) capital. While in 1960 7.3% of the Brussels population was foreign, today the figure has risen to 56.5%. The latter figure refers to non-Belgians (26.3% of the Brussels population) and to foreigners who have acquired Belgian citizenship since 1980 and their children (30.2%).

According to Jan Hertogen, a Marxist sociologist, the Brussels population replacement "is an impressive and unique development from a European, or even a world perspective." Hertogen's figures show that in 1991 28.5% of the Brussels residents held a foreign nationality and 4.5% were naturalized or "new" Belgians. In 2005 the number of foreigners had stabilized at 26.3%, but the number of "new Belgians" had grown to 30.2%. Hertogen expects that by 2020 75% of the Brussels population will be of non-Belgian origin.

Belgium is an artificial country, consisting of 6 million Dutch-speaking Flemings and 4 million French-speaking Walloons. The Francophile Belgian authorities reckon that foreigners will not feel much loyalty to Flanders because most of them speak French. Brussels, which used to be Dutch-speaking, has become a French-speaking enclave in Flanders.

Today, 589 of the 661 elected local councillors in Brussels are French-speaking. 170 of the 661 Brussels councillors are "new Belgians" or foreigners. Most of them are Muslims. 168 of the 170 foreign councillors are registered as Francophones. Foreigners make up 28.5% of the French-speaking and 3% of the Dutch-speaking councillors.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Universities 'are being targeted' by Islamic extremists
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 17 April 2007

British universities will be warned this week that they are being targeted by Islamic extremist groups looking for recruits.

A conference of chief security officers will hear that religious radicals remain active on campuses and have infiltrated at least 20 institutions.

Prof Anthony Glees, of the Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies at Brunel University, will say the threat must be "urgently addressed". ...

Prof Glees was concerned that universities were so desperate to fill places with overseas students that they no longer vetted foreign applicants properly or even required hard proof of identity.

Muslim organisations and some student groups challenged his claims.

Student organisations maintain that radicalism was not widespread and voiced concern that singling out Muslim students could "jeopardise trust and confidence between staff and students".
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MULTICULTURALISM
Dubious benefits of gay polygamy
Celia Walden
Daily Telegraph, 17 April 2007

Monmouth Tory MP David Davies was astonished to discover recently that the Department for Work and Pensions recognises polygamous marriages that were conducted overseas.

In a guide to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit, the department states that claimants in polygamous unions are entitled to "additional allowances for each additional partner".

"Polygamy is both demeaning to women and alien to this country's culture," Davies tells me. ...

"Foreigners who come to Britain should be prepared to fit in with British cultural attitudes - and they do not include acceptance of polygamy."

He adds: "I shouldn't think that gay civil partners from here who go to a strict Muslim country would be entitled to many privileges, so why should we go out of our way to accommodate those who come here with practices which are alien to us?"
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MULTICULTURALISM – ELECTORATE
Foreign voters 'could decide next election'
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 16 April 2007

Nearly one million Commonwealth citizens could swing the result of a close general election unless voting eligibility is restricted, a think-tank says today.

About 988,000 non-British citizens from 50 Commonwealth countries are entitled to vote under a 90-year-old convention as long as they are resident in Britain.

Migrationwatch calls this a "hangover from the past" that was never intended to bestow voting rights on so many people.

The think-tank believes they should lose their right to vote in British elections.

In a report today it also says no checks are made on the immigration status of those who register to vote, which increases the chances of illegal participation.

People from Commonwealth countries, including those with large communities here, such as Australia, Nigeria and Pakistan, can vote in local and general elections.

But Migrationwatch says the right to vote should be confined to UK citizens and those whose countries provide reciprocal rights, such as Ireland and half a dozen Caribbean islands.

Proof of citizenship should be required on first registration on the electoral roll.

Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migrationwatch, said: ""A fair, honest and equitable electoral system in the bedrock of a democratic society. Few people realise how many non-citizens have the right to vote and how feeble are the safeguards against illegal voting."
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MULTICULTURALISM
Muslims will not waver over veils
Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Sunday Telegraph, 15 April 2007

Britain's Muslim community overwhelmingly believes that women should be allowed to wear the veil, despite fears that it presents a barrier to integration, a study has found. Almost nine in 10 Muslims think that any government moves to ban the veil would hurt social cohesion. ...

There have been calls for a wider debate on whether it is appropriate for the full veil to be worn in public at all. But a Gallup Poll to be published this week found most Muslims firm in the belief that Islamic women should be free to wear it.

While 55 per cent of all those polled thought that removing the veil was vital for integration, only 13 per cent of Muslims agreed. ...

The poll found that the Muslim community was largely willing to see fuller integration and trusted major British institutions more than the typical member of the public did. ...

Nearly three in four said they were loyal to the UK and 82 per cent said they were respectful of other religions.
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IMMIGRATION
French go ahead with 'Sangatte 2' despite warnings
Peter Allen and Martin Banks
Daily Telegraph, 14 April 2007

A new refugee centre is being built in Calais despite warnings that it will become "Sangatte 2" and lead to a fresh build-up of migrants seeking to enter Britain illegally.

The centre, taking shape on wasteland close to the town's main ferry port, is being built by charities to offer free meals, showers and advice to hundreds of refugees camping out in woodland and living rough in the town.

Although the centre will not provide overnight accommodation, it has already drawn protests from within Britain, with Opposition politicians saying it will become a stop-off point for thousands more immigrants attempting to enter England.

Comparisons are already being made to the infamous Sangatte Red Cross Centre, which finally closed in 2002 following an agreement between the French and British governments. ...

The Home Office said the number of refugees caught entering Britain illegally from Calais fell to 1,500 last year from 10,000 in 2002, when Sangatte closed.
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IMMIGRATION
We must regain control of our borders - now
Daily Telegraph, 14 April 2007
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John Reid, the Home Secretary, has described mass migration as "the greatest challenge facing all European governments". He's right. This is by no means an exclusively British problem, and the fact that our country is such a desirable destination for illegal immigrants is partly an accident of geography. But has any government in Europe so comprehensively failed to meet this challenge?

We do not know how many people are entering Britain every year, or who they are. Why? Not because such information is unobtainable, but because the Government does not have the will to obtain it.
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POPULATION
'Learn to live in crowded world'
Charles Clover
Daily Telegraph, 12 April 2007

This generation's greatest challenge is not a war on terrorism, it is learning to live in an extraordinarily crowded world, Prof Jeffrey Sachs, this year's BBC Reith lecturer, said yesterday.

We are, he said, the first generation living in the "anthropocene" - a geological era in which man affects all the world's physical systems and biodiversity.
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CRIME
Black community must take on the gangs, says Blair
John Steele
Daily Telegraph, 12 April 2007

Black communities must speak out against the gang culture that leads to gun and knife crime "killing black kids", Tone Blair said yesterday, as he promised toughened laws to tackle the ringleaders of the violence. ...

Mr Blair's assertion that the problem is primarily within the black communities in London and other cities accords with the view of senior police officers but is in sharp contrast to one of his own Home Office ministers, Lady Scotland.

She recently told the home affairs select committee: "We accept there is an increasing problem of the use of guns and we are trying to address it. We have not had any evidence that this issue is solely or disproportionately an issue for black young men."
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CRIME – KNIFE CRIME, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Blair blames spate of murders on black culture
Patrick Wintour and Vikram Dodd
The Guardian, 12 April 2007

Tony Blair yesterday claimed the spate of knife and gun murders in London was not being caused by poverty, but a distinctive black culture. ... ...

Black community leaders reacted after Mr Blair said the recent violence should not be treated as part of a general crime wave, but as specific to black youth. He said people had to drop their political correctness and recognise that the violence would not be stopped "by pretending it is not young black kids doing it".

It needed to be addressed by a tailored counter-attack in the same way as football hooliganism was reined in by producing measures aimed at the specific problem, rather than general lawlessness. ...

Giving the Callaghan lecture in Cardiff, the prime minister admitted he had been "lurching into total frankness" in the final weeks of his premiership. He called on black people to lead the fight against knife crime. He said that "the black community - the vast majority of whom in these communities are decent, law abiding people horrified at what is happening - need to be mobilised in denunciation of this gang culture that is killing innocent young black kids".

Mr Blair said he had been moved to make his controversial remarks after speaking to a black pastor of a London church at a Downing Street knife crime summit, who said: "When are we going to start saying this is a problem amongst a section of the black community and not, for reasons of political correctness, pretend that this is nothing to do with it?" Mr Blair said there needed to be an "intense police focus" on the minority of young black Britons behind the gun and knife attacks. The laws on knife and gun gangs needed to be toughened and the ringleaders "taken out of circulation".

Last night, British African-Caribbean figures leading the fight against gang culture condemned Mr Blair's speech. The Rev Nims Obunge, chief executive of the Peace Alliance, one of the main organisations working against gang crime, denounced the prime minister.

Mr Obunge, who attended the Downing Street summit chaired by Mr Blair in February, said he had been cited by the prime minister: "He makes it look like I said it's the black community doing it. What I said is it's making the black community more vulnerable and they need more support and funding for the work they're doing. ... He has taken what I said out of context. We came for support and he has failed and has come back with more police powers to use against our black children." ...

Answering questions later Mr Blair said: "Economic inequality is a factor and we should deal with that, but I don't think it's the thing that is producing the most violent expression of this social alienation.

"I think that is to do with the fact that particular youngsters are being brought up in a setting that has no rules, no discipline, no proper framework around them."

Some people working with children knew at the age of five whether they were going to be in "real trouble" later, he said. ...

He said: "We need to stop thinking of this as a society that has gone wrong - it has not - but of specific groups that for specific reasons have gone outside of the proper lines of respect and good conduct towards others and need by specific measures to be brought back into the fold."
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CRIME – KNIFE CRIME, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Face the facts on knife crime, Blair tells black families
Kristy Walker
Daily Mail, 12 April 2007

Tony Blair has urged the black community to 'stop pretending' and act against the knife crime epidemic.

The Prime Minister called on community leaders to take a tougher public stance following the recent wave of fatal stabbings and gun violence.

He said: "We won't stop this by pretending it isn't young black kids doing it." ...

Senior politicians have been reluctant to lay the blame at the door of black youngsters for fear of a backlash from race campaigners.

Mr Blair insisted, however, that the recent wave of "severe disorder" was caused by individuals who needed to be "taken out of circulation".

The Prime Minister said during a speech in Cardiff: "The black community - the vast majority of whom are decent, law-abiding people horrified at what is happening - need to be mobilised in denunciation of this gang culture that is killing innocent young black kids.

"But we won't stop this by pretending it isn't young black kids doing it."

His comments put him at odds with black cabinet minister Baroness Scotland who last month insisted there was no evidence to suggest that young black men were more responsible for gun crime than white youths in deprived areas.

Mr Blair added that tougher laws and intensive police work were needed to crack down on the perpetrators of violence.

"The ringleaders need to be identified and taken out of circulation -if very young, as some are, put in secure accommodation," he said.

"Economic inequality is a factor but I don't think it's the thing that is producing the most violent expression of this social alienation.

"That is to do with the fact that particular youngsters are being brought up in a setting that has no rules, no discipline, no proper framework around them."

Liberal Democrat President Simon Hughes said: "The Prime Minister is just plain wrong and over simplistic. Some of us live in the sorts of places where these attacks happen and we know that the picture is much more complicated.

"It is absolutely not limited to black youngsters. Many young people now getting caught up in gangs and violence on our streets are white, mixed race and Asian as well."

Mr Blair's comments were backed by the Commission for Racial Equality. A spokesman said: "The Prime Minister is right - this is a serious problem and it isn't going away. We shouldn't be afraid to talk about this issue for fear of sounding prejudiced.

"Action needs to be taken now to prevent the needless deaths of more young black boys on Britain's streets.

"It comes as no surprise some young black men are becoming involved in gang cultures and criminal activities.

"They do so because they feel that they have no choice and no future. As a society we are failing young black kids. We mustn't place blame but ask why black children are more likely to live in poverty, be excluded from school and be stopped and searched by the police."

Shadow home secretary David Davis said: "We welcome the Prime Minister's sentiment that gang leaders need to be targeted but after ten years in power, the public will wonder why it has taken so long for him to speak up.

"The Prime Minister needs to recognise that it is his Government's failing policies that are responsible for soaring violent crime. He talked about tackling the causes of crime and then utterly failed to do so."
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POPULATION – NOISE POLLUTION
Why Britain is no longer a nation at peace with itself
Sarah Womack
Daily Telegraph, 11 April 2007

Complaints about noise and noisy neighbours have reached unprecedented levels as Britain becomes an overcrowded and fractious nation, according to an official report published today.

So many people are having to live cheek by jowl, especially in large cities, that noise pollution is a blight on many lives, it says. ...

Today's report, a major study of social trends by the Office for National Statistics, ... ...

The Noise Abatement Society reported a 28 per cent increase in complaints of garden noise last summer while councils recorded a rise in complaints about noisy neighbours of between 10 per cent and 100 per cent. ...

The majority of councils say the rise in complaints is down to "selfish attitudes" by those making the noise followed by "incompatible lifestyles with neighbours", inadequate sound insulation and more powerful sound equipment. ...

Deborah Withington, a professor of auditory neuroscience at Leeds University, said: "The level of noise in cities is sometimes so high it's hard to have a conversation. It's to do with the density of population, the density of traffic and that there are more and more electronic-type sounds like car alarms, burglar alarms and sirens."
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MULTICULTURALISM
Break out the Bolly
Celia Walden
Daily Telegraph, 10 April 2007

He masterminded the visit of Bollywood star and Big Brother housemate Shilpa Shetty to the Commons. And now Labour MP Keith Vaz has decided to campaign for a Bollywood breakthrough in Britain. "I want to see more Bollywood films in the cinemas and more Indian actors appearing in British films," he tells me.
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IMMIGRATION – ADOPTION
India opens way to more adoptions by couples from Britain
Sarah Womack
Daily Telegraph, 9 April 2007

Barriers to adopting the thousands of children abandoned every year in India could soon be lifted for British families.

The Indian government intends to increase the number of children available to overseas families and place thousands more in homes in Europe and the United States. ...

Campaigners welcomed the news yesterday. "This is fantastic as far as it goes," said Stevan Whitehead of Oasis, a group which supports those wanting to adopt from abroad.

He said Britain was a good country for Indian children to thrive in because there was a "better infrastructure here than in many other countries to support that child, and his or her ethnicity. In Hounslow for example, where I live, there are more Indian festivals than Christian ones". ...

Britain trails behind other countries in the number of children adopted from overseas. Last year the figure was around 350, against 8,400 by Spain and 5,000 by France.

Most of the children come to Britain from China, followed by Guatemala and Russia. At present, only 20 to 30 come from India, and they are usually adopted by relatives.

Yet there are more than 11 million abandoned children in India, where a growing number of babies are dumped in cots outside orphanages in an initiative to deter infanticide.

About 90 per cent of those abandoned are girls whose mothers cannot afford to keep them.
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CRIME
Black fathers urged to be 'better role models'
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 9 April 2007

Black fathers must take greater responsibility for their children's education to stop teenage boys turning to gun crime and gang culture, according to Britain's biggest teaching union.

The National Union of Teachers said parents in Afro-Caribbean communities, particularly fathers, must become better role models to stop their children being "engulfed" by damaging influences.

The warning is contained in a report to be launched today at the union's annual conference in Harrogate. One of the report's authors described the poor academic performance of black boys as "nothing short of a national scandal".

Today's report, Born to be Great, comes amid escalating fears over the extent of gun crime in Britain's inner-cities. In the report, the NUT warns that the poor academic performance of Afro-Caribbean boys at school is pushing hundreds towards a life of crime.
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EMIGRATION
Migration tally reveals British brain drain
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 8 April 2007

International migration is eroding Britain's skills base, with an exodus of professionals matching the arrival of low-skilled foreign migrants, the Government is to be warned.

The number of Britons emigrating has jumped in recent years, with a growing proportion leaving professional or managerial jobs to work overseas.

Meanwhile, the number of immigrant workers - many of them manual labourers - has risen sharply.

The extent of the problem will be revealed in the annual report on international migration from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), to be published this summer.

The section on Britain has been written by John Salt of University College London, an expert on migration and an adviser to the OECD and the European Union.

In it, he says: "The evidence suggests that migration flows are tending towards a de-skilling of the UK labour market, which is gaining manual and clerical workers but losing professionals and managers." ...

Prof Salt's report is also critical of the new points-based system for assessing the skills of would-be migrant workers, due to be launched by the Home Office later this year. ...

Until recently, business leaders were broadly supportive of the Government's position on migration.

However, a report last month by the British Chambers of Commerce revealed that seven out of 10 of its members are now opposed to unchecked immigration. ...

Between 2000 and 2005, a net total of 272,000 Britons emigrated, while a net total of 639,000 non-Britons moved to the UK.
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MULTICULTURALISM
No lessons on the Holocaust 'in case pupils are offended'
Daily Telegraph, 2 April 2007

Schools are dropping controversial subjects from history lessons - such as the Holocaust and the Crusades - because teachers do not want to cause offence, Government research has discovered.

The way the slave trade is taught can lead white children as well as black pupils to feel alienated, according to a study by the Historical Association.

A lack of knowledge among teachers, particularly in primary schools, is also leading to "shallow" lessons on emotive and difficult subjects.

Some teachers dropped the Holocaust completely from lessons because of fears that Muslim pupils might express anti-semitic reactions. One school avoided teaching the Crusades because its "balanced" handling of the topic would directly contradict what was taught in local mosques.

The report, funded by the Department for Education and Skills, said: "... ...

"In particular settings, teachers of history are unwilling to challenge highly contentious or charged versions of history in which pupils are steeped at home, in their community or in a place of worship."
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NATIONAL IDENTITY
Everyone needs to be given a strong sense of national identity
Janet Daley
Daily Telegraph, 2 April 2007

Patriotism has been deeply suspect in Europe ever since the blood-and-soil nationalism of the Fascists brought it into contempt. Indeed the whole rationale of the European Union was based on the downgrading of national pride in favour of transnational fellowship.

But the elite class who so despised the love of country had little understanding of its importance for ordinary people. It is not deracinated, cosmopolitan intellectuals - at home anywhere universal ideas are discussed - who need to identify with a homeland or a romantic ideal of a country. Because the Left has always been international for ideological reasons - it was class to which one was supposed to be loyal not nationality ("workers of the world unite") - this has been a particularly hard lesson for Left-wing parties to accept.
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ASYLUM – IMMIGRATION
200,000 'lost' asylum seekers may be allowed indefinite stay
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 2 April 2007

More than 200,000 failed asylum seekers may stay in Britain indefinitely because they cannot be traced.

Officials have conceded that nearly half of the 450,000 "legacy cases" in which the applicants are left in limbo may never be cleared.

Ministers have flatly ruled out an amnesty and have pledged to remove everyone not entitled to be here within five years.

Some "legacy" cases date back 15 years and experts believe the Government will not be able to fulfil its pledge to clear the backlog by July 2011. Officials attending a recent meeting to discuss the legacy policy were told that half of the 450,000 are "untraceable".

They were also told that 18,000 foreign nationals who have committed crimes in Britain were earmarked for deportation, the first time an official figure has been given.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM, MULTICULTURALISM
Muslim leaders to get help in tackling extremists
Patrick Hennessy
Sunday Telegraph, 1 April 2007

Muslim "opinion formers", including imams, are to be given lessons in civic leadership under a new plan to tackle Islamic extremism in Britain.

Ruth Kelly, the Communities and Local Government Secretary, will this week announce details of a £6 million "hearts and minds" drive to deal with growing radicalism among young British Muslims which can fuel terrorist plots.

Also part of the plan are school-twinning projects, in which pupils from mainly Muslim schools will undertake joint projects, such as music and drama, with pupils from predominantly white establishments.

The schools could go on trips together, while groups of pupils could spend days in each other's classrooms.

Miss Kelly will announce a major increase in the number of "forums against extremism" - regional groups which meet regularly and which were set up in the wake of the July 7 London bombings to discuss ways of tackling extremism. Eight have been established in troubled areas including Redbridge, Leicester, Preston and Dudley and the number could rise to 40 nationally.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Doctor Who writer says rival show is 'too white'
Daily Telegraph, 30 March 2007

It is a clash of television's science-fiction titans.

Russell T Davies, the writer behind the popular revival of Doctor Who, has accused Primeval, ITV's rival about time-travelling dinosaurs, of being "too white".

The £6 million Primeval series, which began last month, could be taken as a compliment, Mr Davies said. But he told the trade magazine, Broadcast: "Its (lack of) ethnic casting is shameful. I've never seen such a white show in all my born days." However, he added: "Apart from that I think it's excellent ... I absolutely love it."

The third series of the new Doctor Who, beginning tomorrow, features the first ethnic minority companion in the show's 43-year history with Freema Agyeman, who has an Iranian mother and Ghanaian father, as the Doctor's sidekick, Martha Jones.

The first and second series also had a prominent black character with Noel Clarke playing Mickey Smith, Billie Piper's boyfriend.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Don't confuse terrorism with Islam, says EU
Bruno Waterfield
Daily Telegraph, 30 March 2007

The European Union has drawn up guidelines advising government spokesmen to refrain from linking Islam with terrorism in their statements.

Brussels officials have confirmed the existence of a classified handbook which offers "non-offensive" phrases to use when announcing ant-terrorist operations or dealing with terrorist attacks.

Banned terms are said to include "jihad", "Islamic" or "fundamentalist".

The word "jihad" is to be avoided altogether, according to some sources, because for Muslims the word can mean a personal struggle to live a moral life.

One alternative, suggested publicly last year, is for the term "Islamic terrorism" to be replaced by "terrorists who abusively invoke Islam".

An EU official said that the secret guidebook, or, "common lexicon", is aimed at preventing the distortion of the Muslim faith and the alienation of Muslims in Europe.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – ASSESSMENT
Forum to assess impact of record immigration
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 29 March 2007

Ministers are to set up a forum to assess the impact of immigration on communities, the Home Office announced yesterday.

The new body, which follows 10 years of record immigration under Labour, will consider evidence that schools, hospitals, housing and transport infrastructure are all feeling the strain of a growing population. ...

The creation of the Migration Impacts Forum (MIF), alongside another body advising on skills shortages that immigrants might be able to fill, marks a significant change of approach by Labour, which has justified the four-fold increase in immigration since 1997 almost entirely on economic grounds. ...

Yesterday's announcement was part of a package of measures that included the prospect of a £1,000 fine on families whose relatives failed to go home when their visas expired. It is already an offence punishable by a £5,000 fine to retain a nanny who has overstayed.

It also envisaged further curbs on forced marriage by raising the minimum age for bringing a spouse into the country from 18 to 21. It will be a requirement for spouses to learn English before they can join they wife or husband. ...

Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migrationwatch, said: "It is high time that the wider picture was considered, including the widespread public concern that we are losing our own culture.

"But this forum will be useless if it includes only the usual suspects from the immigration industry and employers who stand to gain from immigration."
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NATIONAL IDENTITY – FRANCE
A certain idea of France
Daily Telegraph, 28 March 2007
[Leading article]

However heated the debate about immigration and multiculturalism might have become in this country, it is hard to imagine a party at a general election advocating the creation of a ministry of immigration and national identity to try to regulate the questions. That, however, is exactly what Nicolas Sarkozy, the right-of-centre candidate for the French presidency, offered to his electorate a fortnight ago. In a country with a Muslim population now estimated at 13 per cent, the idea has gone down remarkably well: so much so that Sarkozy's socialist opponent, Ségolène Royal, has sought to jump on the bandwagon in her own way. Her adherents would never entertain the idea of such a ministry, so she has settled, instead, for the suggestion that all French citizens should have a Tricolour displayed in their homes on Bastille Day, and should not hesitate to sing the Marseillaise. ...

At some point, this question is one that other western European nations, our among them, will have to broach. On this, as on much else, we will watch developments in France with interest.
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POPULATION – HEALTHCARE
NHS hit by 'fit and fertile' EU arrivals
Celia Hall
Daily Telegraph, 27 March 2007

The influx of young women from eastern Europe is stretching to breaking point NHS services for pregnancy, maternity, babies and abortion, health professionals said yesterday. ...

Dr Nina Pearson, a Luton GP, said 400 new patients were registering every month and 80 per cent were from eastern Europe. ...

Dr Pearson, whose Lea Vale practice has taken on three new interpreting staff - fluent in Polish, Lithuanian and Russian - added: "It's having an enormous impact on the workload for the midwives - and then of course there's the postnatal work, and the baby checks, babies that are needing immunisations.

"It's an area of work that we are struggling to keep up with at the moment."

The pressure on abortion services is also growing. There is no hard data but the British Pregnancy Advisory Service said that one woman in four seeking an abortion was from eastern Europe. ...

The Department of Health said it was up to local areas to make their own decisions about the needs of their populations.
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POPULATION – HOUSING
Home shortage worsens as new households soar
Charles Clover
Daily Telegraph, 19 March 2007

Higher than expected numbers of European Union immigrants and more people living alone will make the shortage of new homes in England worse over the next 20 years, according to the latest Government figures.

Department of Communities and Local Government statistics show that 4.8 million new households are expected to form in England between 2004 and 2006, requiring 223,000 new homes a year to accommodate them.

This is an increase of 24,000 a year on previous estimates and brings to 64,000 the annual shortfall in home completions.

The increase is mainly because of unexpectedly high immigration from the rest of Europe, particularly Poland and seven other new EU member states. Immigration represented 31 per cent of the reason for all household growth in England the last time projections were published in 2003. It now represents 33 per cent.
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION
Mystery of asylum charity's missing Lottery fund grants
Ben Leapman and Tom Harper
Sunday Telegraph, 18 March 2007

A charity was unable to account for more than £100,000 of National Lottery money, according to a damning report by the Charity Commission.

The Detainee Support and Help Unit (DSHU), run by Comfort Afolabi, received £390,000 in grants over a five-year period.

Yet an inquiry found it had suffered from "serious mismanagement" and appeared to do little charitable work.

The Community Fund, a lottery funding body, failed to detect any problems and continued to dole out cash to the charity between 1999 and 2004.

Payments were only frozen after an investigation by BBC Radio Five Live in 2005 accused Mrs Afolabi, the charity's co-ordinator, of offering to help an undercover reporter to buy a fake passport - a charge she strenuously denies.

Watchdogs launched a two-year investigation of the charity's finances. Mrs Afolabi was arrested on suspicion of fraud last May, but three months later the Metropolitan Police called off the investigation after taking informal advice from the Crown Prosecution Service. Now it is unlikely that the money will ever be recovered, or accounted for, or that anyone will be brought to justice over the affair.

The Charity Commission inquiry found that some of the grant was used to pay rent, council tax and credit card bills for Mrs Afolabi and her family. ...

The report reveals an extraordinary situation where Mrs Afolabi, the paid co-ordinator, took over control from the charity's trustees and ran the finances. Records were in disarray and bore little relationship to the actual movement of money. ...

Every month, more money left the charity's bank account than was explained by invoices. In 2002/3, the total unaccounted for was £103,984.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – ASYLUM
Taxpayers get bill for asylum seekers
Daily Telegraph, 16 March 2007

Taxpayers will have to pick up the bill for looking after failed asylum seekers after a council lost a legal test case yesterday.

Hillingdon borough in west London is adding £10 to its average tax bill to cover the cost because the Government refuses to provide the funds.

The Tory-run council, which covers Heathrow, spends £1 million a year looking after people who arrive as unaccompanied children and remains legally responsible for them until they are 21.
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MULTICULTURALISM
And these little piggies might offend Muslims ...
Paul Stokes
Daily Telegraph, 16 March 2007
[It seems that this decision was later reversed]

A school production of Roald Dahl's Three Little Pigs has turned the heroes into three little puppies for fear of offending Muslims.

Dahl's play, in which he reworks Little Red Riding Hood to include the pigs, is being put on by Honley Church of England School, in Huddersfield, with 250 primary pupils from other schools singing along. Gill Goodswen, who is one of the organisers of the Kirklees Primary Music festival behind the changes, said: "We have to be sensitive if we want to be multi- cultural. It was felt it would be more responsible not to use the three little pigs."
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IMMIGRATION
To the grievance community, it's always someone else's fault
Jeff Randall
Daily Telegraph, 16 March 2007

As Colonel Patrick Mercer, the Conservative Party's spokesman on homeland security, discovered last week, the race issue has become so distorted that honest analysis is almost impossible. Grievances, even imaginary ones - in fact, especially imaginary ones - take precedence over rational debate. Mr Mercer's crime was to suggest that some "useless" black soldiers employ allegations of racism as a cover for their shortcomings. It's probably true. Just as some idle white soldiers fake ill-health to hide their misdemeanours.

But so terrified was Tory leader David Cameron of a backlash from "The grievance community" that Mercer was immediately axed. Headlines screamed: "Tory sacked for attack on black soldiers". Mr Mercer did nothing of the sort. He simply denounced skivers who try to use race as a way of wriggling out of trouble. Black soldiers who had served with Mr Mercer rushed to defend him, but it was too late. In grievance-culture Britain, you tackle race issues at your peril. Trevor Phillips, the black chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, was accused by London mayor Ken Livingstone of heading towards the BNP, simply for warning that rigid multiculturalism was sleepwalking Britain into a deeply segregated society. Livingstone's smear was classic grievance politics. Stand and deliver, or we'll brand you a racist. ... ...

The tendency to play the race card as a reaction to disappointment, difficulty or misfortune is corroding Britain from within.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Debate on Muslim extremism is being stifled, says academic
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 16 March 2007

An academic at the centre of a row over censorship last night accused Britain of being the worst country for stifling debate on Muslim extremism.

Matthias Küntzel, a German author and political scientist, was due to give a lecture at Leeds University on Islamic anti-Semitism but it was cancelled after complaints from Muslim students. ...

Dr Küntzel said: "It is a worrying trend. ... I am very concerned about this - it is an attack on academic freedom. We are seeing it more and more, particularly in the UK."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
Bush woos southern neighbours with a promise to ease rules for foreign workers
Alex Spillius
Daily Telegraph, 15 March 2007

George W Bush ended a seven-day tour of South America yesterday vowing to introduce reform on immigration, the issue that most alienates the US president from his dwindling band of supporters in the region and from his own party at home. ...

Mr Bush is promoting a combination of more liberal immigration law, including a guest-worker programme and the long-term opportunity for illegal workers to gain some form of citizenship, combined with tougher security, chiefly in the shape of a border fence hundreds of miles long.
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MULTICULTURALISM – FREE SPEECH
Freedom of speech row as talk on Islamic extremists is banned
John Steele
Daily Telegraph, 15 March 2007

A leading university has been accused of "selling out" academic freedom of speech by scrapping a talk on links between the Nazis and Islamic anti-semitism after allegedly receiving emails from Muslims protesting about the event.

Matthias Küntzel, a German author and political scientist who specialises in the threat of Islamic fundamentalism, was told yesterday by Leeds University that a talk scheduled for yesterday evening, and a two-day workshop, on Hitler's Legacy: Islamic Anti-semitism in the Middle East, had been cancelled because of security fears.

In a statement yesterday, two academics in the Leeds German department, which had organised the event, claimed the university had bowed "to Muslim protests". Dr Küntzel said he had given similar addresses around the world and there had been no problems.
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IMMIGRATION
UN predicts huge migration to rich countries
David Blair
Daily Telegraph, 15 March 2007

At least 2.2 million migrants will arrive in the developed world every year from now until 2050, the United Nations said yesterday.

The latest figures from the UN's population division predict a global upheaval without parallel in human history over the next four decades.

There will be billions more people in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Of these, tens of millions will migrate to Europe and America, while the indigenous populations of most countries in the developed world will either stagnate or decline.

In total, the world's population will grow by 2.5 billion and reach about 9.2 billion by 2050.

This increase - almost all of which will occur in Africa, Asia and the Middle East - is the equivalent of the global population in 1950.

While some countries will grow exponentially, others will shrink dramatically.

The UN predicts the steady depopulation of vast areas of eastern Europe and the former Communist world, as a result of high levels of emigration and birth rates running persistently below replacement levels. ...

But the flow of migrants across borders will dramatically increase the populations of other developed countries. Britain's population will rise from 60 million to approaching 69 million by 2050 - almost entirely because of immigration. ...

By 2050, India will have the highest population in the world, totalling almost 1.7 billion people. There will be 292 million Pakistanis, giving their country the fifth biggest population. Nigeria will have 289 million people ...

This massive population growth will lead to land degradation on a huge scale and place an immense strain on the limited water resources of poor countries. Malawi cannot feed its present population of 13 million - and every year its soil become more degraded and yields steadily fewer crops.

By 2050, the UN forecasts that it will have almost 32 million people - more than twice as many as today. ...

The UN's population predictions have proved largely accurate in the past. While the margin of error for these figures runs into the millions, the broad trends they disclose are undisputed.
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MULTICULTURALISM – LANGUAGE
Welcome to Britain. Now let's have a word about your Hinglish
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 15 March 2007

New arrivals in Britain should not be taught English but cultural mixes such as Hinglish, Spanglish and Chinglish, a report says today.

The Demos think-tank considers "Imperial" English outdated and believes it needs to adapt to the global reach of the language.

It argues that Government calls for newcomers to learn standard English are misplaced. Instead, they should be encouraged to learn blends such as Hinglish (Hindi/Punjabi/Urdu-English), Chinglish (Chinese-English) and Spanglish (Spanish-English) which is widespread in America, where it is also called Tex-Mex. ...

The report maintains that the British attitude to English "is better suited to the days of the British Empire than the modern world.

"Far from being corruptions of English, new forms of the language such as 'Chinglish' have values that we must learn to accommodate and relate to," it adds. It proposes that immigrants, who are required to learn English if they want to be citizens, should be able to do so "in ways which best allow them to contribute to British culture on their own terms".
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CRIME
Blaming black youths for gun crime is a mistake, says Lady Scotland
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 14 March 2007

Blaming young black men for rising gun crime would be a "profound mistake", a Home Office minister said yesterday.

Lady Scotland clashed with the Commons home affairs committee over its inquiry into the treatment of Afro-Caribbean youths by the criminal justice system.

The MPs have heard evidence from police and community leaders of a crime "crisis" among young black people.

Recent shootings in London, in which black teenagers have been killed, led to further concern.

But Lady Scotland said while she accepted there was a problem with gun crime, there was no evidence that it was specifically a black issue. ...

John Denham, the committee chairman, said while it was accepted that people did not offend because of the colour of their skin, there was evidence of a particular problem of violent crime within the black community.
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CRIME
Growing problem of cannabis farms
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 13 March 2007

Cannabis cultivation is booming behind the closed doors of suburban Britain, a study published today has found.

Police are raiding three indoor production sites a day and have closed down 1,500 cannabis farms in London alone since 2005, a threefold increase over the previous two years.

But their success in the capital means quiet residential streets elsewhere in the country now harbour foreign drugs gangs making hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.

Research by the charity DrugScope suggests that nearly two thirds of the cannabis sold in the UK is now grown here compared to just 10 per cent a decade ago. ...

Drugscope's analysis of nationwide police raids shows that up to three-quarters of the farms were run by Vietnamese criminal gangs, and they are no longer confined to Greater London. In the past year, Vietnamese-run farms have been found in south Wales, Birmingham, East Anglia, Yorkshire and the North-East.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CANADA
Immigration critical to Canadian population growth: census
CBC News, 13 March 2007

Immigrants made up the vast majority of the 1.6 million new Canadians between 2001 and 2006, giving the country the highest population growth rate among G8 countries, new census data released Tuesday suggests. ...

Roughly 1.2 million new immigrants made up the bulk of the population growth outlined in the latest census, while the country's native-born population increased by 400,000. ...

The fertility rate for Canadian women between 15 and 49 remained an average of 1.5 children, the same rate as in the previous census period. The fertility rate in the U.S. is 2.0.

An average 240,000 newcomers per year more than compensated for Canada's flat fertility rate. ...

Half of the new immigrants who came to Canada during the latest census period settled in Ontario.
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MULTICULTURALISM – NETHERLANDS
Native Dutch unhappy with neighbourhoods
Expatica News, 12 March 2007

Native Dutch residents in neighbourhoods where the majority of the population is from non-western background are less pleased about the population composition than their neighbours of immigrant background.

Figures published by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) on Monday indicate that 44 percent of native Dutch in these neighbourhoods were satisfied in 2006 with the ethnic composition of their neighbourhood. Some 62 percent of the residents of non-western background were pleased.

Ninety-one percent of native Dutch living in neighbourhoods where less than five percent of the population are of non-western background were pleased with the composition of the neighbourhood, while 78 percent of these non-westerners themselves were pleased with the composition in these areas.
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RACISM – POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Nigel Farndale
Sunday Telegraph, 11 March 2007

Political correctness as a concept first emerged on US campuses in the mid 1980s. By September 12, 2001, it had reached such a fevered pitch that airport security personnel were instructed not to discriminate against young men of Middle Eastern origin. They had to make a point of "shaking down" Caucasian women of retirement age as well. They still do.
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IMMIGRATION
Britain let in a million foreign workers over three years
Ben Leapman and Tom Harper
Sunday Telegraph, 11 March 2007

More than a million foreigners have been allowed to come to work in Britain in just three years - and given the right to remain indefinitely.

The number of migrants, who are also entitled to bring their families and settle, have been revealed in new figures released to MPs by the Home Office. They reveal for the first time the full impact of officially sanctioned immigration on the work force.

They show that the issuing of work permits to people from non-European Union countries continued to accelerate even after the expansion of the EU in 2004, which has already brought an unprecedented number of eastern European workers to Britain.

Between 2004 and last year, a record 309,000 non-EU citizens were granted long-term work permits carrying potential entitlement to settle.

In the same period, 555,000 eastern Europeans have also joined the UK's Worker Registration Scheme, while the Home Office estimates that a further 150,000 eastern Europeans have come to Britain as self-employed.

The figures total slightly more than a million - but they do not even include the workers' dependants, migrants on short-term work permits, workers from "old EU" countries such as Italy and Portugal, asylum-seekers or illegal immigrants.

It is not know how many of the million migrants have exercised their right to stay in Britain, or how many have returned to their home countries. Overall, according to the Home Office, one-tenth of Britain's adult population - about five million people - is now foreign-born.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Islamic extremists 'infiltrate Oxbridge'
Roya Nikkhah
Sunday Telegraph, 11 March 2007

Leading universities including Oxford and Cambridge have been targeted by Islamic extremists who remain widely active on campuses, a prominent academic is warning.

Up to 48 British universities have been infiltrated by fundamentalists and the threat posed by radical groups must be "urgently addressed", according to Prof Anthony Glees. ...

Prof Glees, the director of Brunel University's Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, said: "We must accept this problem is widespread and underestimated. Unless clear and decisive action against campus extremism is taken, the security situation in the UK can only deteriorate." ...

Prof Glees called on the Government to provide extra investment in campus security and urged university officials to interview undergraduates to ensure that they were bona fide students.
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IMMIGRATION
We demand control of immigration
Alasdair Palmer
Sunday Telegraph, 11 March 2007

... the real issue surrounding immigration, which is not asylum seekers, but the level at which people are, perfectly legally and with the encouragement of the Government, moving to the UK.

The numbers are breathtaking. Each year 223,000 more people settle in the UK than leave it. If immigration continues at the same rate, it will, given the children they will have, add 16 million people in the next 45 years. That means adding two cities the size of Cambridge every year. Most migrants will settle in the South, because that is where the jobs are. It is difficult to imagine how another 16 million people can be squashed into the area without making it uninhabitable.

The Government's policy of favouring mass immigration has the potential to change British society radically. And yet the British people have never been consulted: Labour has fought the last three elections without putting anything in its manifesto about immigration. The subject is rarely discussed, for the simple reason that to raise it is to risk being branded a racist. ...

The economists are nearly unanimous that the economic benefits of immigration are marginal. And yet ministers still claim that large-scale migration will solve the pensions crisis (it won't: migrants grow old like everyone else), and that immigration benefits the economy enormously.

No one, least of all any minister, has the slightest idea of what the social consequences will be. They might turn out to be beneficial - but they might not. Academics who have studied high-immigration societies have noted that, as immigration increases, different groups don't trust each other, and they don't trust the existing political or legal institutions either. They are reluctant to mix with people not in their own group. ...

The Government has committed itself to facilitating mass immigration in total ignorance of the consequences. It is a profoundly irrational and dangerous way to proceed. But if we, the people, do not wrest control of immigration policy back from the Government, we will only have ourselves to blame should it all go horribly wrong.
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MULTICULTURALISM – JUDGES
Top judge tells Lord Falconer to mind his own business
Joshua Rozenberg
Daily Telegraph, 10 March 2007

The row between the Lord Chief Justice and the Government over sentencing entered a new dimension yesterday when Lord Phillips warned the Lord Chancellor not to damage judicial independence by interfering with the judges' responsibilities.

In an attempt to recruit more women and minorities to the judiciary, Lord Falconer announced last September that he would be lifting restrictions that currently prevent retired judges from returning to legal practice.

But the Judges' Council regards this restriction as "a matter for the judiciary" rather than for the Government, Lord Phillips said in a letter released yesterday.

And in an extraordinary snub, the senior judge in England and Wales told Lord Falconer that his plans were unworkable, possibly unlawful, counterproductive and damaging to judicial independence.
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POPULATION – POLLUTION
Pollution in cities 'causes thousands of deaths every year'
David Derbyshire
Daily Telegraph, 7 March 2007

The Government was accused yesterday of not doing enough to tackle the growing levels of pollution in towns and cities.

The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, an environmental watchdog, said it was "astonished" that the Government had no overarching plan to deal with the environmental impacts of housing, transport and energy use in the urban areas where four out of five people live.

It said thousands of deaths each year were linked to urban environmental problems, such as poorer air quality, greater risk of traffic accidents, higher incidence of obesity and increased mental strain.

Sir John Lawton, the chairman of the commission, said ministers' rhetoric about protecting the environment was not reflected in the lives of most British people. ...

Sir John said he was "very fearful" the Government was not taking the environmental aspects of the planned large-scale house building in the South East seriously enough.

The report said air pollution caused about 24,000 premature deaths in Britain, while urbanites were more likely to suffer from psychiatric disorders and infectious diseases.
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION
Taxpayers' cash funding fight to sack academic
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 6 March 2007

Taxpayers are helping to fund the national body of a student organisation trying to get an academic sacked because of his links to an immigration think-tank.

Student Action for Refugees (Star) has been granted more than £150,000 over three years through the Department for Education's national voluntary youth organisation programme. It was also given a grant of £428,000 last year from the Big Lottery Fund. The Oxford branch of Star has circulated a petition seeking the removal of Prof David Coleman, a demographer and a co-founder of Migrationwatch UK. The students say Prof Coleman is lending academic credibility to an organisation that has a racist agenda. He has denounced their action as an attack "on academic independence and freedom of speech".
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION
The censors of Oxford
Daily Telegraph, 6 March 2007
[Leading article]

David Coleman is a professor of demography at the University of Oxford and a highly regarded one at that. He also happens to be a co-founder of the pressure group MigrationWatch, which monitors immigration statistics with the intention of informing public debate on the issue. Should the latter disqualify him from the former? For the self-appointed thought police of Oxford Student Action for Refugees (Star), it should. They have urged Oxford's vice-chancellor, Dr John Hood, to "consider the suitability of Coleman's continued tenure as professor of the university". In other words, they want him out.

The reason given for the witch-hunt is that MigrationWatch "stirs up hostility" towards immigrants. In fact, MigrationWatch has been punctilious in the way it has carried out its remit, in the process uncovering invaluable information about the true scale of immigration to this country. These sinister busybodies evidently regard the disclosure of such inconvenient facts as dangerously subversive. ...

What gives this worrying affair an added piquancy is the fact that Star receives generous public funding. ... If these young zealots are determined to make life unpleasant for Prof Coleman, nothing, we suspect, is going to stop them. What is not acceptable is that the public should be funding their intolerance. Both the Big Lottery Fund and the DfES should make clear that, when they hand over these large sums of money, the recipients have certain responsibilities - such as respecting the opinions of others, no matter how much they may disagree with them.
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POPULATION – HOUSING SHORTAGE
Stuck on the ground, bungalow prices soar
Graham Norwood
Sunday Telegraph, 4 March 2007

The bungalow is the quintessentially British home. Conceived by Indian builders in Bengal in the 18th century, copies first appeared in south London in 1860. ... Yet the irony is that while the bungalow thrives and multiplies elsewhere, here it is on the verge of extinction.

Government housing policy insists that at least 30 homes are built on every hectare of developed land. This makes it almost impossible to include space-hungry, single-storey buildings in a scheme and win planning permission. ...

The rush to high-density development has pushed the number of flats built in Britain from 16 per cent of new homes in 1996 to 47 per cent last year. A scant one per cent were detached bungalows, down from four per cent a decade earlier. The latest figures do not mark the end of the decline: of the 164,000 proposals for new homes submitted for planning permission across Britain in 2006, to be built this year and next, just 324 were for bungalows.

Yet this is the type of home that makes British people happier than any other, according to a survey by the Social Issues Research Centre conducted on behalf of Halifax Insurance. ...

Many older bungalows are sold off explicitly to be knocked down and replaced by larger houses or, more often, blocks of flats.
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OFFICIAL DISCRIMINATION – MULTICULTURALISM
Town loses prison jobs for being 'too white'
Philip Johnston and Richard Alleyne
Daily Telegraph, 2 March 2007

Scores of public sector workers are being relocated from a town because its residents are "too white and British", it was claimed yesterday.

The Prison Service has decided to move 80 administrative staff next month from the predominantly white Corby, Northants, to Leicester, a city with a more ethnically diverse workforce.

The development is the most startling example of a renewed drive by the Government to employ more blacks and Asians.

Although positive discrimination to benefit one race over another is illegal under the Race Relations Act, public bodies can take "positive action" to meet recruitment targets. There are now moves to take the policy further by introducing American-style "contract compliance". This makes the award of public contracts conditional on companies setting goals and timetables for increasing ethnic employment.

The idea was recommended in a recent study commissioned by the Government and welcomed by Jim Murphy, the minister for employment and welfare reform.

But employers fear that it is a back-door way of introducing positive discrimination.
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OFFICIAL DISCRIMINATION – MULTICULTURALISM
Ordered to discriminate
Daily Telegraph, 2 March 2007
[Leading article]

Corby in Northamptonshire has become the first town in the country to be deemed too white for its own good. The Prison Service has decided to transfer one of its offices (and 80 jobs) from the town to nearby Leicester. One of the reasons for the move, according to a leaked letter from the Prison Service's finance director, Ann Beasley, is that this will make it easier for the service to hit its target for employing ethnic-minority workers - or, in New Labour Orwell-speak, to "attract a more diverse workforce". With refreshing candour, Mrs Beasley points out that "93.7 per cent of the population of Corby are white British, compared to 59.6 per cent in Leicester". How very remiss of Corby to be so insular.

Mrs Beasley deserves some sympathy. This is not some clumsy aberration by an over-zealous official. She is simply obeying orders. The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 ... imposes a statutory obligation ... on all public bodies to take active steps to promote racial equality. While it outlaws discrimination against people on grounds of race, it also encourages the public sector to take "positive action" to help meet ethnic targets. Mrs Beasley was just ticking this box.
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MULTICULTURALISM – NETHERLANDS
Stop Islam from taking over Europe, says Dutch politician
Bruno Waterfield
Daily Telegraph, 1 March 2007

An anti-immigrant politician is making a meteoric rise with his call on the Dutch - once one of the most tolerant nations in the world - to stop Islam taking over Europe.

Geert Wilders, the 43-year-old leader of the Freedom Party, is convinced that governments are being forced to accommodate a "tsunami of Islamisation" that is fundamentally incompatible with European social values. ...

The Freedom Party has jumped from six to 10 per cent in opinion polls since November. ...

Allowing Muslims to wear the burqa in the Netherlands, or to have segregated swimming sessions so as not to offend religious sensitivities, amounts to "religious apartheid" he says. ...

Mr Wilders is convinced there is growing support for his views across Europe but its political leaders, particularly in Britain, are too obsessed with being politically correct. ...

Mr Wilders split from the Dutch liberals in September 2004 over their support for EU membership for Turkey.

Two months later he was living in fear after police arrested suspected terrorists, armed with grenades, accused of planning to kill him. The Dutch politician says he and his wife have received more than 600 death threats.

Mr Wilders, who is always surrounded by plain clothes police guards, said: "I lost my freedom and privacy because of my opposition to Islam."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
Royal chases votes in problem Paris suburbs
Peter Allen
Daily Telegraph, 28 February 2007

Ségolène Royal yesterday told immigrant youths that they were not part of France's problems but part of the solution as she toured run-down areas of Paris which erupted in violence two years ago.

The comments came as Miss Royal, the Socialist presidential candidate, spoke to dozens of young people in Clichy-sous-Bois, the epicentre of the riots which spread across the country.

"You are an integral part of the nation," Miss Royal told them. "You are not the problem. You are part of the solution to our problems.

"I need you in this new France which is rising up. I have confidence in your talent, your generosity. You can do a great deal for France."

The secular French state bans official statistics based on religion or race, but it is thought that some eight million voters from ethnic minorities will take part in the elections. ...

Immigration is a key concern for many native French, some of whom believe rough estates such as Clichy require urgent attention while others see them as religious ghettoes that threaten the peace and stability of the country.

Police reports point to growing numbers of Muslim extremists, including those ready to take up arms against the West, living in the neglected banlieue.

While in Clichy, Miss Royal signed a charter compiled by the AC-Le Feu pressure group making a variety of demands including improved education, housing, and employment for immigrants.
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EMPLOYMENT
Surprise surge appears to be a Polish phenomenon
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 28 February 2007

Barbara Tuge-Erecinska, Poland's ambassador to London, estimated last month that there are 600,000 Poles in the UK. There are only four cities in Poland - Warsaw, Lodz, Cracow and Wroclaw - with a bigger population.

The Government and employers have hailed this influx as a godsend for a runaway economy crying out for labour. ...

Research carried out by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research concluded that between 60,000 and 90,000 of the rise in joblessness since 2004 can be directly attributed to competition for jobs from foreigners.

Unemployment is rising faster in Britain than at any time in the past 15 years, with nearly 1.7 million out of work.
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OFFICIAL DISCRIMINATION – POLICE
Police chief says forces may have to bring in race quotas
John Steele
Daily Telegraph, 28 February 2007

Imposing US-style race recruitment quotas on police forces may be the only way to meet Government ethnic minority targets, a chief constable said yesterday.

Peter Fahy, of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), said that at the current recruitment rate it would take at least 17 years to achieve a service that was fully representative of the racial make-up of modern Britain. "A lot of people feel that is too long," he added.

Mr Fahy, the chief constable of Cheshire, told MPs on the home affairs select committee that Acpo wanted to start a debate on the highly controversial issue.

Affirmative action has been used in the US but the law in Britain would have to be changed to allow it.

Mr Fahy told MPs that the speed at which the ethnic make-up of the population was changing meant "there is no way we can catch up ... unless we consider some special measures". ...

After the committee meeting, Mr Fahy said Acpo had sounded out the Government and it had been made clear that affirmative action involving quotas was "not politically acceptable". He added: "I don't detect a political appetite for it."

The Government had, instead, urged greater "positive action", the policy allowed in law which involves greater encouragement of ethnic minority recruitment. "But we are saying positive action won't do it," he said.

Mr Fahy conceded that in some areas white potential recruits were unhappy that they were not getting on to the force when ethnic minority people were and added that a danger of quota-based affirmative action would be even greater resentment among white officers and recruits.

However, he said politicians should consider the issue before they criticised police for not meeting ethnic targets.
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IMMIGRATION
East Europeans flood in as 579,000 register for work
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 28 February 2007

Workers from eastern Europe are flooding to Britain in unprecedented numbers nearly two years after the eight former Soviet countries joined the European Union.

Official figures published yesterday showed that a total of 579,000 people have registered to work in the UK since April 2004.

They include 128,000 who arrived in the last six months alone - a higher rate than in the same period last year.

The Home Office figures do not cover self-employed people or those who have declined to register.

It is likely that hundreds of thousands more have come to Britain but are not included in the official statistics. ...

The majority of workers - 65 per cent - are from Poland, with 375,000 registered. ... ...

Separate Home Office figures showed a continuing fall in asylum seekers coming to Britain. Last year, just under 28,000 people applied, including dependants - a nine per cent fall on the previous year and the lowest annual total since before Labour took office.

The number of claimants has fallen steadily since more than 100,000 applied in 2002.

The three countries with the most claimants in 2006 were Eritrea, Afghanistan and Iran.
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OFFICIAL DISCRIMINATION – DIVERSITY
Equality chief says firms 'should have race quotas for workers'
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 28 February 2007

The head of the new equality commission yesterday called for race quota laws that will allow employers to favour minorities.

Trevor Phillips demanded that 30-year-old rules, which forbid discrimination on grounds of race or sex, should be scrapped.

He said a sweeping new equality law should allow public sector organisations and private firms to choose workers on race grounds to end 'immovable, persistent, disadvantage'.

It should also allow the introduction of quotas to ensure firms employ set numbers of women, mothers, disabled people, the elderly, homosexuals, or members of other minority groups.

Mr Phillips, chairman of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights, called for the radical 'positive action' law in his Equalities Review, drawn up for Tony Blair at a cost of £400,000.

It said the new rules should make it compulsory for the civil service, the NHS, councils, quangos and other public sector organisations to show bias in favour of some minority groups when hiring workers.

Many private companies supplying goods or services to the state sector would also be forced to copy their employment policies.

Mr Phillips said the rules should be policed by his quango. ...

The call for discrimination in favour of workers from selected minority groups echoes the 'affirmative action' schemes introduced in America in the 1980s.

Many become intensely unpopular - in some cases incompetent workers were recruited, in others competent workers from minority backgrounds suffered because colleagues regarded them as 'quota hoppers'.

Ministers gave the recommendations a guarded welcome.

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NATIONAL IDENTITY
Brown: make immigrants do community jobs
Graeme Wilson
Daily Telegraph, 28 February 2007

Immigrants should be required to take part in community work before they are allowed to become British citizens, Gordon Brown said yesterday.

The Chancellor said he wanted to create a new "kind of contract" to make clear that those who want to become British citizens must show they are ready to contribute to their new home. Such a step would help foster a "stronger sense of national purpose" among newcomers settling in the UK, he argued.

In the latest of a series of speeches on Britishness - a key element of Mr Brown's drive to present himself as a Prime Minister-in-waiting - he said the community work requirement should sit alongside the need to learn English and have a good understanding of Britain's history and culture.
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MULTICULTURALISM – EUROPE
The many faces of Europe
Jumana Farouky
Time, 26 February 2007

Two middle-aged women wearing hijabs chat to each other in Arabic as they walk down the street. Ahead of them is a Muslim bookstore, displaying DVDs by imams and books with titles like Scientific Miracles in the Koran. On one corner there's a halal butcher shop; around another, a music store that sells only Arab music. Someone has plastered posters advertising a concert by the Moroccan musician Daoudi. But this isn't Morocco. This is France.

...

Three years ago, Princeton University Middle East scholar Bernard Lewis said that, thanks to immigration and Europe's low birthrate, Western Europe will have Muslim majorities by the end of the century: "Europe will be part of the Arab West, the Maghreb." He's not alone. The fear of a Eurabia (capital: Londonistan) populated by poor, angry, fervent Muslims is gaining ground. Islamists are "determined to subdue and colonize Europe," claims American essayist Bruce Bawer, in his book, While Europe Slept. "Now, nearly the whole of Western Europe is practically within their grasp." ...

It's time for a reality check. Muslims make up about 3% of the E.U. population today, and that figure will reach no more than 10% by 2025. But the fear that radical Islam will sweep through the old Continent is symptomatic of something bigger: Europe's identity crisis. Thanks, in part, to immigration, the relatively high Muslim birthrate and the rising number of mixed-race marriages, Europe is getting more diverse by the day. Once homogeneous communities are now a jumble of cultures. Inevitably, some of them clash. And, as Europe struggles to figure out what it means to be European, many of its citizens are left feeling alienated and frustrated.

Forget Eurabia. The real issue facing Europe is multiculturalism–using that word not as a policy option, but as a fact. ... Since the immigrant waves in the '50s and '60s, European nations have been looking for different ways to blend different people of different cultures into successful, peaceful societies. All had the same goal: a society that gives equal opportunity and equal respect, regardless of race, creed, color or faith. Forty years on, that society still doesn't exist. But multiculturalism is with us to stay. So the question is how to make it work for Europe. ... Here are five ways in which Europe can turn its multicultural reality into something that enriches the Continent–rather than tears it apart. ...

European governments need to recognize that Islam–like all religions–is an integral part of the European identity, while Muslims should be willing to bend to certain laws that are in place for the common good, with no exceptions.

... Sweden ... a country where 16% of the population are immigrants or the children of immigrants, ... ...

Some countries don't collect ethnic data in their census and those that do are often behind the curve. Britain introduced a mixed-race category to its census in 2001, only to discover that it was already the country's fastest- growing ethnic minority group. It's illegal to collect data on ethnicity or religion in France, Belgium, Denmark, Italy and Spain, mainly on the grounds that identifying people by their race or faith is, in itself, a form of discrimination. ...

For some ideas, Europe could look to Canada, where immigrants make up 18% of the general population. ... Immigrants are selected using a system that awards each applicant a series of points ...

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POPULATION – HOUSE PRICES
Immigration influx adds to surprise house price rise
Daily Telegraph, 26 February 2007

House prices have unexpectedly taken off again, amid evidence that too few new properties are being built, and that the influx of immigrants is boosting the market.

Prices jumped by 0.7pc in February - the biggest monthly increase since May 2004, according to research by Hometrack.

The figures coincided with a study from website propertyfinder.com showing that immigration was one of the key reasons for recent increases in house prices. It said this included both the hundreds of thousands of newly-arrived workers from Eastern Europe and the 11pc of the British population that migrates within the UK each year.

The website found a 73pc correlation between regional population growth and increases in house prices, meaning the areas with the highest inward migration have the biggest rises.
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TERRORISM
Secret report: terror threat to UK worst since 9/11
Sean Rayment
Sunday Telegraph, 25 February 2007

The terrorist threat facing Britain from home-grown al-Qaeda agents is higher than at any time since the September 11 attacks of 2001, secret intelligence documents reveal.

The number of British-based Islamic terrorists plotting suicide attacks against "soft" targets in this country is far greater than the security services had previously believed, the government paperwork discloses. It is now thought the plotters could number more than 2,000.

Under the heading "International Terrorism in the UK", the document - seen by The Sunday Telegraph - states: "The scale of al-Qaeda's ambitions towards attacking the UK and the number of UK extremists prepared to participate in attacks are even greater than we had previously judged."
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MULTICULTURALISM – RACISM
English for migrants
Alan Waters
Daily Telegraph, 24 February 2007
[Letter to the Editor]

Your report ("Foreign spouses face English test", February 22) caused me a wry smile.

I was Head of Immigration at the British High Commission in Islamabad from 1996 to 1998. Nearly 10 years ago, my colleagues in the immigration section in Islamabad tried to introduce basic tests in English run by the local office of the British Council but we were deemed to be racist for even making the suggestion.

It is perfectly easy to learn English in Pakistan - the language is widely used and spoken, and daily newspapers are even published in the language. But we continued to issue "Settlement" visas to spouses who had hardly any knowledge, and no incentive to learn because they were all sucked into ghettoes in the larger towns in Britain.

The consequences are there for all to see: a needless alienation from this country.

The response of the Commission on Integration is too late in the day.
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NATIONAL IDENTITY – RACISM
The pernicious politics of 'identity'
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 24 February 2007

Why do black people keep shooting one another? And is there anything the rest of us can do to remedy the situation, or should we just leave them to get on with it? These are the crucial questions which need to be answered following the murder of three young black males in south London - apparently by other young black males - in the last fortnight. ...

There's a possible, unexpected answer to those callous questions I asked in my first paragraph. Let me run it by you and see what you think: black people are shooting each other because we don't discriminate against them enough. Back in the days when there were signs saying 'No Blacks!' all over the place and young black males could be arrested in the street for being in possession of dreadlocks, they didn't shoot each other. Now we've tackled institutional racism, the black community has been robbed of its identity and solidarity - and out come the guns. This is not my thesis, but that of a black criminologist, Suzella Palmer, expounded in her dissertation 'Made in the Ghetto: Black Identity, Resistance and Criminality'. It is reported, admiringly, on one of Britain's biggest websites for black people, Black Britain. It seems that black youths in the 1980s were deeply 'influenced by broader political currents of the time' - black consciousness movements, civil rights and so forth, and thus united in their oppression. And so if they were going to kill anyone, I suppose, it would be whitey. Those days, sadly, are gone. And incidentally, the inclusion of the word 'Resistance' (a good thing, of course) in Ms Palmer's dissertation should tell you all you should possibly need to know. ...

... you realise once again how deeply corrupting is racism and its negatively charged twin brother, anti-racism. How it twists and warps the most straightforward of debates, or imposes silence where debate should be. The current debate over the killing of these black youngsters, for example, has been couched in terms of 'black-on-black violence' - the occasionally voiced implication being that such violence is somehow worse than black-on-white violence. And you can understand why the 'black community' (something seen as distinct from the 'white community') might take that view, so relentlessly has it been bombarded with injunctions about identity and solidarity, the perfidy of the oppressive white ruling class, the need for resistance and so on. And yet these injunctions help to perpetuate both the gun crimes which have scared us so much these last couple of weeks and indeed racism, both black-on-white and white-on-black. There is altogether too much talk of identity, too much insistence upon taking pride in being born with black skin, upon consolidating black values and black culture. ...

And the racial element of these violent crimes is the direct result of too conspicuous identification with certain aspects of black culture. Instead of Stokey Carmichael and Martin Luther King, these days the black kids admire the more pragmatic rebellions of 50 Cent and Ice T and the Yardie ganglords with their abundant wealth and strings of bitches. Keep insisting to black kids that they should be proud of their blackness and their black culture and, these days, those are the values to which they will gleefully aspire, having been given licence to do so in the name of racial awareness: nihilistic violence, criminality, machismo, misogyny, homophobia, stupidity and hard drugs. And they will carry along with them a substantial portion of those who sit next to them at the bottom of the education barrel and who live alongside them in their low-rise social-housing projects in families identically structured (i.e., dad left home not long after they were born): the white working-class boys.

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CRIME
Crime chiefs told of eight-year-olds left minding guns for the gangsters
John Steele and George Jones
Daily Telegraph, 23 February 2007

Children as young as eight are being used to "mind" guns for gangsters, it was claimed yesterday.

Peter Herbert, a London barrister, told a meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority that the problem of young children and guns was "significantly worse" than even the darkest picture painted by the media.

As a member of the Operation Trident Independent Advisory Group that works with Scotland Yard to tackle gun crime in the black community, Mr Herbert said he had heard from police of primary school age children carrying weapons. ...

Mr Herbert's worries about the involvement of youngsters were underlined at the summit by Michael Todd, the Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable. He said: "We have got 14- and 15-year-olds walking around with body armour. And we have 13-year-olds arrested for minor offences, where we do house searches we find illegal firearms in their houses because they are being used to hold them."
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POPULATION – EUROPE
France giving birth to economic mastery
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Daily Telegraph, 22 February 2007

A study for the German government by the IW institute in Koln said the difference in birth rates between France and Germany had put the two countries on dramatically different growth trajectories, with the switch gathering pace between 2025 and 2035.

"The French economy will grow twice as fast as German's over these years," said Axel Plünnecke, author of the study, published by Die Welt. ...

In 2005, the French had 831,000 registered births compared to 675,000 in Germany, though France has 21m fewer people. ...

Germany's population is expected to shrink gradually from 81.9m to 71.4m by the middle of the decade.

By then, a third of the population will be older than 60, weighing down the economy with medical and pension costs.

France has avoided such a fate by pursuing a pro-child policy with remarkable tenacity since the 1960s - helped by five million Muslims of north African origin with a higher birth rate.
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CRIME
£55,000 for foreign criminals in Home Office blunder
Daily Telegraph, 21 February 2007

Nine criminals facing deportation have been paid £55,500 in compensation because Home Office officials bungled the legal process in detaining them.

It was also disclosed yesterday that nearly 30 dangerous foreign prisoners are still missing, 10 months after the Home Office admitted that more than 1,000 foreign nationals had been released from jail without being considered for deportation.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Ethnic diversity 'not valued by UK firms'
Sarah Womack
Daily Telegraph, 21 February 2007

British business is not convinced of the value of having a multi-cultural workforce, according to a study based on interviews with nearly 300 small and medium sized UK businesses.

While a third agreed that ethnic diversity contributed to performance, slightly more disagreed.

The CBI-backed survey by the Policy Research Institute on Ageing and Ethnicity also found that although 45 per cent said their management had policies for making older workers feel more included and 42 per cent ran similar practices for female staff, only 25 per cent did so for ethnic minority staff. ...

More than three quarters of the companies surveyed by the institute had workforces with less than 10 per cent from ethnic minorities and 35 per cent had no such workers.
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CRIME – RACISM
BBC and John Simpson are racist, say ANC
Stephen Bevan
Daily Telegraph, 20 February 2007

South Africa's ruling party yesterday likened the BBC to "the most die-hard racists in our country" after a television report exposed the escalating crime problem.

The African National Congress responded to John Simpson, the BBC World Affairs Editor, who painted a damning picture of a country struggling to tackle violent crime.

Simpson went to Johannesburg's crime-ridden suburbs, where many of the 50 murders committed each day in South Africa occur.

The ANC statement said the SABC, South Africa's equivalent of the BBC, "would have absolutely no difficulty in focusing on particular areas of London, such as Brixton, to communicate the message that the UK is sinking under the weight of crime."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – TIBET
Stealthy invasion is forcing Tibetans to bend to Chinese rule
Richard Spencer
Daily Telegraph, 19 February 2007

High on the Himalayan plateau in Tibet's capital, Lhasa, today's Chinese have Sunny Island.

This development zone, overlooked by the Potala Palace, the former residence of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, houses thousands of Chinese immigrants. They have Sichuanese restaurants, karaoke bars and brothels to suit every businessman's taste.

To enforce its rule over Tibet, the Communist Party has linked Lhasa to the rest of China with the world's highest railway and encouraged a wave of settlement. In the five months after its completion, the railway carried 650,000 people into Lhasa, an influx equal to one quarter of Tibet's population that the Dalai Lama describes as a "second invasion of Tibet". ...

China's official media makes clear that changing Tibet's traditional way of life is not the consequence but the goal of its policy.
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NATIONAL IDENTITY
Whites lose sense of British identity
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 19 February 2007

More black and Asian people regard themselves as British than whites, a survey has found.

The study also discovered that fewer people in general see themselves as British as they identify with England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland.

The Institute for Public Policy Research, a Left-wing think tank, found 51 per cent of ethnic minority respondents describe themselves as British, compared with 29 per cent of white people.

In 1996, 52 per cent of total respondents said British was the best term to describe their identity, from a choice that included English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh or European. By 2005 that figure had fallen to 44 per cent.

The IPPR's report, entitled Who Are We? Identities in Britain 2007, found 52 per cent of white people consider themselves English, compared with just 11 per cent of black and Asian respondents. ...

The report says: "Britain's national identity crisis looks set to continue and the implications for community cohesion remain unclear."
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CRIME
It is time for politicians to be honest about black crime
Janet Daley
Daily Telegraph, 19 February 2007

Mr Blair is clearly correct when he says that most teenagers are not members of armed gangs, and that the majority of young people in Britain are not even involved in low-level anti-social behaviour. The problem of gun crime is, as he says, almost entirely limited to what he calls a specific small sub-culture. ...

The sub-culture to which Mr Blair alludes in his coded way is that of black delinquency (the mores of which have drawn in quite a few non-black participants).

That neither he nor Mr Cameron will say precisely this (although they both go so far as to refer to the influence of rap music) is central to our failure to cope with it. Just as using the word "black" in this context is to lay oneself open to the smear of racism, any perceptible targeting of black youths for particular attention by the police lays officers open to career-ending disciplinary procedures. The "sus" laws, which allowed officers to stop and search people on suspicion of carrying weapons or drugs, were scrapped because they were said to be a form of racial harassment.

That was the beginning of what became a systematic programme of denial, the ultimate consequence of which was that blameless black people were left unprotected in effectively unpoliced neighbourhoods, and that many black mothers were left to grieve for their sons.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – ASYLUM
Bounce-back deportation trick revealed
Tom Harper and Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 18 February 2007

Failed asylum-seekers are taking advantage of a loophole in the immigration system to return to Britain within hours of being deported.

A deportee can use a simple "bounce-back" trick after being flown back to his homeland. He can tell officials there that he is of a different nationality and has been sent to the wrong place. He may then be refused entry and put on the next flight back to Britain.

The scam is possible because deportees are often sent home with temporary documents known as "EU letters" that do not provide firm proof of nationality.

Details of the loophole emerged following the trials of two failed asylum-seekers who were deported, but then flew back to Britain and allegedly went on to commit crimes here.

About 15,000 failed asylum-seekers are removed from Britain each year, involving legal battles and large sum in lawyers' fees. ...

British Airways was paid £4.3 million by taxpayers last year to fly failed asylum-seekers to their homelands, the Home Office said last week. ...

EU letters, also known as "one-way travel documents", may be issued to deportees who have lost or destroyed their original passports.
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POPULATION – HOUSE PRICES
Only one woman in 10 does not have a job
Sarah Womack
Daily Telegraph, 16 February 2007

Just one in 10 women of working age is staying at home full-time, according to official figures that demonstrate the onward march of working women and particularly "career mothers".

About 13.4 million women of all ages - the highest number recorded - have jobs, with more than 55 per cent of them working full-time. ...

The figure reflects the rising cost of property, which forces many couples to work full-time to pay the mortgage. High council tax bills, energy costs, school fees and women's fears of falling down the career ladder if they go part-time are also a factor.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPE
EU debates 'blue card' for migrant workers
Bruno Waterfield
Daily Telegraph, 15 February 2007

A "European Union" blue card system for legal migrants, combined with stiff penalties for employers of illegal immigrants, is to be discussed by Europe's justice ministers today.

The European Commission will use the meeting to raise the idea of an EU version of the famous United States green card scheme that allows residency rights linked to work opportunities. ...

The number of illegals working in Europe is estimated to be between four million and seven million, with many employed in southern Europe's agriculture sector.
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CRIME – DEPORTATION
Judge is powerless to deport teenage double killer
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 15 February 2007

A judge said yesterday he was powerless to deport a youth who shot dead a woman at a christening party and stabbed to death a pastor's daughter while he was on the run.

Robert Malasi was only 16 when he shot Zainab Kolokoh in the head as she cradled her baby niece. He and three other teenagers, who are all illegal immigrants, went into the Wood Dene Community Centre in Peckham to rob guests at the christening.

Just 15 days later Malasi dragged Ruth Okechukwu from a car in nearby Walworth and knifed her in the heart for "disrespecting" him, the Old Bailey heard.

Nigerian brothers Timy and Diamond Babamuboni, 14 and 16 respectively at the time, along with Jude Odigie, then 15, were all convicted of manslaughter. Malasi was found guilty of murder.

Mr Justice Gross recommended that Diamond Babamuboni be deported, ...

The judge was not allowed to recommend the deportation of the other three killers as Malasi was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK and Odigie and Timy Babamuboni are too young. ...

The Babamuboni brothers say they are now 15 and 17 but police believe they may be lying about their ages to avoid longer sentences. Their Nigerian birth certificates are crude forgeries and the authorities have been unable to force the brothers to undergo dental tests to prove their ages.

Malasi is the son of an illegal immigrant from Angola who had an asylum application rejected but was allowed to stay in the UK after appealing.
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RACISM
Opera expert says Puccini's Butterfly is 'racist and outmoded'
Amy Iggulden
Daily Telegraph, 14 February 2007
[The words "the" and "is" are also missing in the report as printed]

One of world's most popular operas opens in Covent Garden today amid fresh claims of racism, colonial misadventure and outmoded, "sordid" morals.

Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly, the tale of an American naval lieutenant who takes and discards a Japanese wife, has become accustomed to political criticism.

But yesterday's attack, from a renowned opera scholar intending to cause mischief, stirred the soul of opera fans across the country.

Professor Roger Parker, a teacher of music at King's College London and a Puccini specialist, suggested that opera audiences could be unwitting participants in racism because of the stereotypes Madama Butterfly contains.

He said: "An authentic production [of the opera] is a racist production. It has a lot of ideas within it that would be seen in any other circumstances as racist. It is not just a question of the words, it also Puccini's music."

Prof Parker said his remarks would be regarded as heresy by some people, but that the popularity of "authentic" productions meant he had to speak out. ...

However, a source in the Japanese embassy in London, said: "I don't think it is racist at all. The story could have happened in Vietnam or even London. It is about the time it was set in, we don't feel offended because it is about Japan."
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MULTICULTURALISM – DIVERSITY
Why the Arts Council must go
Ivan Hewett
Daily Telegraph, 14 February 2007

Revolutions don't always have to involve riots and smashed windows and declarations from a balcony. There are quiet revolutions, that take place only in our heads. The revolution brought about by the New Labour arts agenda, and specifically the Arts Council of England, is one of these. One day - when exactly is hard to say - we all awoke and found part of our mental space had been colonised.

Like all successful ideological revolutions, this one came by stealth.

It's partly been a matter of capturing certain key words, cutting away their old meanings, and replacing them with new ones that are more "fit for purpose". "Diversity" is the most obvious. ...

... A new swagger, mingled with staggering hubris, is the hallmark of the ACE's first policy document. This contains a set of six priorities for developing all the different art-forms over the next five to 10 years. It wants to widen participation, and involve youth (with much emphasis on young offenders). It wants to boost the creative economy, and build vibrant communities. And it wants to foster internationalism and celebrate diversity. ...

The idea of art's intrinsic value isn't merely downgraded in this document. It's removed entirely. Remember all those discussions the ACE used to have about originality and quality? Forget them. They're surplus to requirements. ... ...

There can hardly be anyone beyond the corridors of the ACE who's unaware that the multi-cultural agenda is a deeply problematic one. But the Institute of Public Policy Studies paper "Multi-cultural arts" (which I suspect is one inspiration behind the ACE's new policy) states doggedly that "Cultural policy should be at the heart of managing the transition to a multi-cultural Britain".
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – JOBS
'Learn English or lose benefits'
George Jones
Daily Telegraph, 13 February 2007

Unemployed immigrants will have to show they are learning English or risk losing benefits from April, Jim Murphy, the welfare minister, announced yesterday.

About 40,000 jobless people from ethnic minorities say their poor English is a barrier to finding employment - and £4.5m is spent on translators in job centres.

The Government believes that this money would be better spent on teaching them English so they could get jobs rather than claim benefit. Mr Murphy told a Work Foundation seminar that it was "unacceptable" that ethnic minorities in Britain earned on average a third less than their white counterparts.

While 15 per cent of members of ethnic minorities cited language difficulties as a barrier to work, not enough of the language-learning opportunities at job centres were being taken up.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPE
EU will open African job centres in an effort to control migration
Mike Pflanz
Daily Telegraph, 13 February 2007

The European Union is to open "job centres" in West Africa to advertise vacancies for would-be immigrants looking for work in Europe.

The move, announced by Louis Michel, the EU development commissioner, is aimed at cutting illegal migration and helping European employers fill gaps with temporary staff. An office opens in Mali's capital, Bamako, this year. Others are planned for Senegal and Mauritania. Workers offered jobs would be monitored to ensure they returned home once their contract was complete. ...

The EU scheme, which will cost £25 million this year and be paid from EU and members states' budgets, seeks to legitimise employment and thus protect migrant workers.

Mr Michel said that this "positive approach" was aimed at countering the impression that migration was an "insoluble problem".

"It frightens Europeans pointlessly and sometimes fuels unpleasant feelings like racism and xenophobia, while migration is a natural phenomenon which is as old as the history of the world.

"We are proposing to find realistic and humane solutions to migration problems".

Amadeu Altafaj Tardio, spokesman for the EU's development commissioner, said "tens of thousands" of migrants could use the service. Successful candidates would get average wages and be entitled to social benefits.

... African countries involved are expected to try to clamp down on illegal migration.
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CRIME
Four arrested in citizenship test sale inquiry
Paul Stokes
Daily Telegraph, 13 February 2007

Detectives are examining up to 1,000 cases where immigrants may have "bought" tests results to give them British citizenship.

Four men have been arrested after a raid on a community training centre in South Yorkshire which conducts the Life In the UK tests which are a legal requirement for applicants. ...

It is believed that test passes may have been offered for sale from the City Wide Learning Centre in Broomhall Street, Sheffield.

The centre has arranged for more than 4,000 of the online tests to be taken at its offices since the system was introduced by the Government in November 2005.

Monitoring revealed that applications to take the test in Sheffield were being received from across the country and that around 1,000 have been taken since the autumn. ...

The centre has been closed indefinitely.
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CRIME – RACE RELATIONS
Police state? More like a criminals' paradise
Simon Heffer
Daily Telegraph, 10 February 2007

As we reported yesterday, the police - and, indeed, every other public service - are legally obliged to promote good race relations. This is not a recent insanity. It was written into our law in the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, in that gentler age before fanatics started flying airliners into skyscrapers, and blowing up people on the London transport system. Understandably, we are now worried about such things, and therefore like our police to keep an eye on anyone who looks as if he might want to repeat the trick.

This leads to accusations, such as those made by a man arrested in Birmingham last week, that Muslims in Britain live in "a police state". But, far worse than that, it also leads to an intolerable amount of pressure being put on the police - for if a case can be made that a specific "community" is being "targeted", then the cry can go up that the police are failing in their duty (since 2000, their legal duty, of course) to promote good race relations.

Just as for years it was compulsory to pretend that certain self-evident facts about our society were not facts at all - such as multiculturalism being a failure - so it is unacceptable to talk about the "profiling" that the police engage in when it comes to tracking certain sorts of criminal. It has generally been true (as any policeman will tell you, privately and off the record for fear of losing his job) that if you fall victim to a burglary or an armed robbery, the culprit is likely to be from the white underclass. If you are mugged, the man responsible is more likely to be from the black equivalent. And empirical evidence has shown that if you are blown to bits on a Tube train, the suicide bomber is, on balance, likely to be a Muslim.

... ...

All most of us want, whatever our religion or race, is to live peacefully under the law. A strong and fair police force is essential to that. But if it is to be brainwashed that its main job is not to prevent crime, but to see that there is racial harmony, then a golden age for terrorists and criminals is only just beginning.
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MULTICULTURALISM – CANADA
Herouxville, Canada
Immigration Watch Canada, 9 February 2007

The tumultuous entry (now broadcast around the world) of Herouxville, Quebec into Canada's immigration debate demonstrates the great divide that exists in Canada on the immigration issue.

On one side are the majority of Canadians who instinctively feel something is wrong with Canada's mass immigration policy (currently about 250,000 per year, the highest per capita in the world). On the other side are Canada's mass immigration industry and its supporters (often described as a fifth column) who tell Canadians that mass immigration is wonderful. ...

In fact, the little town's virtual "Declaration of the Rights of Canadians", which bravely contradicts official multicultural policies, sounds almost like a call to revolution. ...

Clearly, recent immigrants have felt empowered by their high numbers. And they have been encouraged by Canada's immigration industry to assert their power.

And that is precisely what Herouxville is reacting to. In the opinion of many Canadians, the little town is saying now what the country's federal government has been too timid to say, but should have said many years ago: that the interests of the country (in this case, Canada's cultural practices) are paramount. Cultural practices that conflict with those in Canada have to be left behind in immigrants' countries of origin.

The councillors clearly point out that, like most Canadians, they are willing to accept some immigrants, but that a long-established society exists in Quebec. This society has developed its own culture and it is tired of hearing recent multiple demands (particularly in the Montreal area) that Canadians should adjust to the cultural wishes of new arrivals.

As public reaction across the country has subsequently shown, Herouxville's frustration is shared by the majority of the country's population. For years, most Canadians have disapproved while Canada's "officialdom" has either not spoken up against or subserviently bowed to demand after demand. ...

..., like the rest of Canada, Herouxville was never asked if it wanted a mass immigration policy. Nor was it asked if it wanted the major demographic transformation which has occurred in the country since this policy was implemented in 1990. ...

Many Canadians are aware that the CBC has shamelessly promoted mass immigration, abused its position as a publicly-funded institution to cater to every whim of Canada's immigration industry (often reaching new depths of sycophancy in the process), and intimidated anyone who opposes mass immigration. There is a huge amount of evidence to back up these claims.

The like-minded in a number of other media outlets (as well as a number of politicians) have mocked and patronizingly dismissed Herouxville and the many Canadians who agree with the Quebec town. Neither they nor the CBC want to admit that mass immigration policies have spawned what many Canadians would call a cultural, environmental and economic disaster-in-progress.
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MULTICULTURALISM – EDUCATION
Timetables ditched for week-long projects
Liz Lightfoot
Daily Telegraph, 6 February 2007

Schools are being told to tear up their timetables and teach subjects together in a new project based approach to the curriculum.

Children will be taught by teams of teachers for whole mornings or afternoons under the proposals unveiled by the Government's curriculum advisers yesterday. ...

The changes, which apply mainly to lessons for pupils aged 11 to 14 in the first stage of secondary education, are designed to "show students the link between the subjects so that learning makes better sense", said the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. ...

History now includes "cultural, ethnic and religious diversity and racial equality" and cultural understanding to be developed through questions such as "Were all peasants the same?"

Students must look at colonisation, the British Empire and the slave trade.
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MULTICULTURALISM – LAW
Judges to decide on wearing of veils in court on a case-by-case basis
Joshua Rozenberg
Daily Telegraph, 6 February 2007

Judges and magistrates will decide in individual cases whether Muslim women may wear the veil in court, The Daily Telegraph has learned.

Senior judges have decided not to prevent advocates or witnesses from addressing the court while veiled, fearing that an inflexible policy would run into criticism from either women's groups or Muslims.
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IMMIGRATION – DETENTION
Leaks reveal critical lack of immigrant detention places
Daily Telegraph, 6 February 2007

The Home Office is running out of immigration detention places, leaked Whitehall emails have revealed.

Over the past three weeks, officials have been battling against overcrowding in the system.

One recent email said: "We have a backlog of cases still in police stations due to no beds being available..."

There are about 2,600 immigration detention places in Britain but the riots at Harmondsworth, near Heathrow, two months ago took hundreds out of the system.
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POLITICS – VOTING
Watchdog criticises internet voting plan
Toby Helm
Daily Telegraph, 5 February 2007

Britain's sleaze watchdog has accused ministers of creating a "potent threat to our democracy" by experimenting with voting by post, telephone and on the internet.

Sir Alistair Graham, the Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, was dismayed that the Department for Constitutional Affairs was embarking on pilot projects for polls on May 3 despite fears that one in seven postal votes in last year's election in the London borough of Tower Hamlets may have been fraudulent.

The experiments involve voting on the internet and by phone - and advance voting. Writing in The Sunday Times, Sir Alistair suggested that the need to guarantee a "free, fair and secure" voting system for the sake of democracy was being overlooked in the rush for greater convenience.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CANADA
Canada is bringing in skilled immigrants for jobs that don't exist
Martin Collacott
National Post / Ottawa Citizen, 5 February 2007

In recent years, newcomers to Canada have brought with them a greater level of education, on average, than previous immigrant cohorts. Yet according to Statistics Canada figures released on Jan. 30, their economic performance remains far below that of the Canadian-born population. Why are today's highly qualified immigrants doing so poorly? The answer is obvious: We don't need the services of many of the skilled people coming to Canada. The jobs they hoped to find here do not exist. ...

Canadians may find this hard to understand given all we hear about the shortage of skilled labour in Canada. Yet immigration is an effective means of dealing with simply labour shortages only in rare cases.

Alan Green, emeritus professor of economics at Queen's University and one of Canada's most distinguished specialists on the economics of immigration, has pointed out that while Canada did not have the educational infrastructure in place to meet all of our skilled-labour needs back in the 1960s, when we launched programs to attract skilled immigrants to Canada, these educational facilities now exist. We should, therefore, be able to meet our skills needs from within Canada's existing population.

This does not mean that we don't experience shortages of skilled workers from time to time in some areas, particularly where there is rapid economic expansion – as in the case of the Alberta oil sands. In these cases, however, normal market forces will kick in as wages rise and more Canadians are encouraged to acquire the training necessary to enter the field in question. ...

While governments and immigration advocates continue to tell us about the economic benefits we get from the high influx of newcomers, some recent analyses tell a different story. In a September, 2005 study, for example, former economics professor Herbert Grubel calculated that, given the poor economic performance of immigrants in recent decades, the cost to Canadian taxpayers amounted to tens of billions of dollars per year. Our high immigration levels may have a negative economic impact in other ways as well. Canada's failure to keep pace with countries such as the United States in productivity growth could be linked to the ease with which immigration has made it possible for Canadian employers to substitute cheap labour for investments in capital and new technology.

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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Security forces 'foil another terrorist plot every six weeks'
Sean Rayment
Sunday Telegraph, 4 February 2007

Twice as many Islamist terror plots have been disrupted since the July 7 suicide bombings as have previously been made public, the security services insist.

A further six plots, which have been kept secret until now for security reasons, had been planned by groups across Britain since the Tube and bus bombings in 2005. Whitehall sources refused to provide precise details on security grounds.

The revelation demonstrates the scale of the task facing MI5 and the police, who are now discovering or disrupting some kind of terrorist plot in the United Kingdom every six weeks. Up to 12 plots of all kinds have been unearthed in the past year and a half. ...

Nine suspects were arrested in the Birmingham area ... ... The nine suspects, eight British men of Pakistani descent and one Pakistani, ...

It has emerged that as many as four of those in custody are believed to have recently returned from a trip to Pakistan, giving rise to the belief that the plot may have been ordered by al-Qaeda. Pakistani officials have given warning that with up to 400,000 Britons travelling to their country every year - the majority of those to visit family and friends - the monitoring of every terror suspect is impossible.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAMISM
Sleepwalking with the enemy
Ruth Dudley Edwards
Daily Telegraph, 3 February 2007

I take Islam - a religion which, at its best, greatly improves the lives of its adherents - and Islamism - its pernicious fringe - very seriously. ...

There is much in my personal and working life that, early on, put me in the camp of those who believe Islamism is a totalitarian threat that could destroy our civilisation within a few decades with the help of the West- loathing Left, the wimpish Right, the political and diplomatic wishful thinkers, the massed ranks of risk-averse politically correct bien-pensants and the cowards who want to avoid confrontation at all costs - not to speak of the innumerable peaceable British Muslims who allow bullies and bigots to represent them in the media and who buy into the comfort blanket of victimhood. ...

And then there is academia, which I know well: my new crime novel centres on the degradation of the humanities by politically correct moral relativists who collude with those who seek to destroy a dangerously apologetic civilisation. ...

The Ireland from which I fled in 1965 taught me how a powerful religion can get its way by bullying and frightening politicians and influencing a susceptible electorate. Still, it would be unfair to compare the Irish version of Rome Rule with what Islamists wish to impose on us: even our most reactionary bishops were educated; the Enlightenment had not passed them by. Islamists would burn our books, indoctrinate our children into thinking like seventh-century nomads and outlaw joy. "An Islamic regime must be serious in every field," explained Ayatollah Khomeini. "There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humour in Islam. There is no fun in Islam." Roman Catholics might believe in an after-life but they do not yearn to get there: IRA terrorists - even the hunger-strikers- hoped to live. The Islamist brainwashing of the vulnerable - combined with what Bernard Lewis, author of The Crisis of Islam, describes as "the minutely described delights of paradise" - has given us the suicide bombers.

As early as 1988, when the Thatcher government showed itself too nervous to arrest Muslims screaming publicly for the murder of Salman Rushdie, MPs such as Roy Hattersley - who called for the suppression of the paperback version of The Satanic Verses - showed us all that Muslim votes mattered more than principle. The Labour MP Ann Cryer, who has spoken out valiantly for years about such issues as forced marriages and honour killings, has been almost a lone voice in Parliament in warning of the dark side of the Muslim community and has been consistently threatened and abused by their self-appointed spokesmen.

As a British civil servant in the 1970s, I learnt how easily a policy can become so institutionalised that it is irreversible, how quickly empires are built and how hard it is to destroy them. Once, politicians decided that diversity and multiculturalism were to be embraced, the Sir Humphreys of central and local government turned the policy into a process and gave us our present nightmare of fractured cities and competing minorities. Official policy fuels extremism.
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RACISM
War in Lebanon sent attacks on UK Jews soaring
John Steele
Daily Telegraph, 2 February 2007

Attacks on Jewish people rose to record levels last year, fuelled by the war between Israel and Lebanon, a report said yesterday.

There were 594 anti-Semitic incidents in Britain last year, up 31 per cent on 2005, according to the Community Security Trust, the Jewish security organisation.

More than one fifth of the incidents took place during the 34-day war in July and August. The figure is the highest since the trust began collecting anti-Semitic incidents in 1984 and 12 per cent higher than the previous record in 2004.

The total included 112 violent assaults (up 37 per cent on 2005), 70 incidents of damage to Jewish property (up 46 per cent), 365 incidents of abusive behaviour (up 34 per cent) and 27 threats (up eight per cent).
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POPULATION – TRAFFIC, HEALTH
How a tide of noise is drowning out the quiet life
Tim Hall
Daily Telegraph, 2 February 2007

Life in Newcastle is 100 times noisier than life in Torquay, according to a noise map of England that warns of a growing health problem.

Academics found street noise in Newcastle measured more than 80 decibels - a level the World Health Organisation lists as "unsuitable for human habitation".

Not far behind Newcastle are London and Birmingham, where noise levels are high enough to cause severe stress, a weakened immune system, heart problems and tinnitus.

Further down the list are "black spots" such as Coventry, Brighton and Plymouth, where noise levels - approaching 75 decibels - are sufficient to cause sleepless nights and lowered productivity at work.

Of 41 urban areas, only Torquay comes close to tranquil, with an average decibel count of 60.2 - calculated as 100 times quieter than Newcastle because decibels are a logarithmic index. But even 60 decibels is above the limit health experts recommend for residential areas.

Deepak Prasher, the professor of audiology at University College London, drew up the map using traffic noise, which he says has become the number one noise pollutant.
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POPULATION – HEALTH
Heart deaths are blamed on pollution
Nic Fleming
Daily Telegraph, 1 February 2007

People who live in heavily polluted cities are substantially more likely to die from a heart attack or stroke than those whose homes are in the countryside.

American researchers found the higher the concentration of fine sooty particles produced by vehicles and factories in the air around women's homes, the greater the risk of both developing and dying from cardiovascular illness. ...

The new research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests fine particulates are far more hazardous than was previously thought.

It shows that people living in the most polluted areas were more than two-and-a-half times more likely to be killed by a heart attack or stroke.
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IMMIGRATION
Migrants 'are better workers'
Richard Alleyne
Daily Telegraph, 31 January 2007

Migrant workers are not so much taking our jobs as doing them better, a survey found yesterday.

In a poll of 500 firms for the Institute of Directors, employers rated workers from abroad as significantly harder working, more reliable and more skilled than British ones.

Migrants were rated better by a "large margin" on their work ethic, reliability, education and attendance, while British workers were not rated above their foreign counterparts on any of the criteria used in the survey.

Only 16 per cent of those surveyed said they took on foreign workers because they were cheaper.

More than three quarters said that immigrants contributed to the economy.

But 73 per cent felt that the Government's immigration policy was ineffective and called for limits on numbers allowed to work from the new EU member states such as Romania and Bulgaria.
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MULTICULTURALISM – NATIONAL IDENTITY
Tories lay bare the perils of multi-culturalism
Daily Telegraph, 31 January 2007
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The Conservative policy group on community cohesion has issued an interim report that places the question of national identity starkly at the centre of the party's concerns for the future. The report's title, Uniting the Country, constitutes a frank acceptance of the fact that Britain is now disunited in ways that endanger both our security and our social order. Policy group chairman Dame Pauline Neville-Jones has made it clear that, while this report was not principally concerned with the problem of terrorism, its basic premise was that social cohesion - and the integration of ethnic minorities - is a necessary condition for preventing the sort of cultural alienation that breeds potential terrorists. ...

The policy group has not flinched from the difficult admission that there is no straightforward contemporary answer to the question of what defines British national identity. Indeed, its own view on whether Britain should see itself as a secular state with which all religions must make their peace, or a Judaeo-Christian one that accepts dissident faiths, is rather unclear. And it occasionally seems in danger of falling into the multi-culturalism trap itself by advocating a rewriting of the school history syllabus to include "all ethnicities". But it is coherent enough on some significant issues, pointing elegantly to the fatal confusion between the "right to difference", which leads to cultural apartheid, and the right to "equal treatment despite difference", which is essential to a liberal philosophy.
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IMMIGRATION
Muslim extremists are like the BNP, says Cameron
Graeme Wilson and Jonathan Petre
Daily Telegraph, 30 January 2007

David Cameron compared Muslim extremists to the British National Party yesterday as he warned that there could never be "proper integration" unless ministers tackled uncontrolled immigration. ...

There was no hope of breaking down barriers when immigrants were entering the country "at a faster rate than we can cope with," he said.

Today Mr Cameron will attend the launch of a report on community cohesion by a party policy group.

Uniting the Country attacks multi-culturalism and says that a "significant number" of Muslim organisations are "keener to promote ideology than the totality of the communities they claim to represent".
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MULTICULTURALISM – DIVERSITY
Let us celebrate diversity by all means, but only in the home
Zia Haider Rahman
Daily Telegraph, 30 January 2007

An important and timely study published by the Policy Exchange think tank yesterday finds that young British Muslims are much more likely to be drawn to radical Islam than their parents. ...

For what it's worth, the authors, Munira Mirza, Abi Senthilkumaran and Zein Ja'far, are, well, not quite white supremacists. They indicate, rather, a growing number of British Asians, such as myself, who are critical of multiculturalism, the race relations industry and the peculiar culture of celebrating diversity. ...

Anyone who has worked in the field of international development, as I have, will tell you that nation-building in states that are ethnically homogeneous, all other things being equal, is an easier task than nation-building where there is diversity. Iraq is a case in point. We have our work cut out in Britain but the task of bringing about integration is not impossible. Calling attention to differences does not help.

This has been one of the worst effects of the pernicious doctrine of multiculturalism. The fetish of celebrating differences found champions in the radical Left in Britain in the Eighties among people who regarded themselves as counter-cultural or subversive, particularly many employed in local government, and who projected their own fixation with difference on to others. Successive British governments have taken up and promoted multiculturalism so that even today we hear it in the rhetoric of politicians.

... We need to question the value of a vast race relations industry that churns out with every passing fad of public policy some initiative that only reinforces our differences. We need to question - there are no sacred cows - whether diversity awareness training is doing more harm than good. ...

Let's be clear about something. Ceasing to "celebrate difference" does not mean that an immigrant cannot hold on to his heritage. It is not a zero-sum game. The key point is that difference is not something we should be revelling in within the public sphere.

What you do in your own home, barring egregious violations of the rights of others (such as the abuse of women), is your own business. We need to move towards a culture in which celebrating diversity beyond the home is widely seen as divisive. To this end, the role of government must be limited. First, it must ensure that taxpayers money is not being spent in ways that promote difference. ...

Second, the rhetoric of politicians and opinion-formers must move away from focusing on our differences.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Young British Muslims 'get more radical'
Graeme Wilson
Daily Telegraph, 29 January 2007

A bleak picture of a generation of young British Muslims radicalised by anti-Western views and misplaced multi-cultural policies is shown in a survey published today.

The study found disturbing evidence of young Muslims adopting more fundamentalist beliefs on key social and political issues than their parents or grandparents.

Forty per cent of Muslims between the ages of 16 and 24 said they would prefer to live under sharia law in Britain, a legal system based on the teachings of the Koran. The figure among over-55s, in contrast, was only 17 per cent. ...

The study, by the Right-wing think-tank Policy Exchange, also found a significant minority who expressed backing for Islamic terrorism.

One in eight young Muslims said they admired groups such as al-Qa'eda that "are prepared to fight the West". ...

Support was also strong for Islamic schools, according to the Populus survey of 1,000 people commissioned by Policy Exchange. ...

The Policy Exchange report, Living Together Apart: British Muslims and the Paradox of Multiculturalism - says there is strong evidence of a "growing religiosity" among young Muslims, with an increasing minority firmly rejecting Western life.

Munira Mirza, the broadcaster and one of the authors of the report, argued that multicultural policies pursued by the Government had succeeded in making things worse, rather than better. ...

Shahid Malik, the Muslim Labour MP for Dewsbury, said: "This report makes very disturbing reading and it vindicates the concern many of us have that we're not doing enough to confront this issue."
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MULTICULTURALISM
Multi-culturalism damages UK, says Cameron
Melissa Kite
Sunday Telegraph, 28 January 2007

David Cameron last night launched his most outspoken attack on the doctrine of multi-culturalism, which he said had undermined Britain. ...

In an article for The Observer, he said: "The doctrine of multi-culturalism has undermined our nation's sense of cohesion because it emphasis what divides us rather than what brings us together. It has been manipulated to entrench the right to difference, a unifying concept." Mr Cameron promised to address "alienation and division". ...

"Inspiring as well as demanding loyalty from every citizen will require a new crusade for fairness."

A spokesman for Mr Cameron said his reference to a "crusade" had not been intended to cause offence.
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MULTICULTURALISM – DIVERSITY
Fear at plans for history revamp
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 27 January 2007

Lessons about slavery and the British Empire should be made compulsory in a new history curriculum, the Government's exams watchdog is set to recommend.

But the move, by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, has some academics fearing that huge swathes of British history will be marginalised in favour of more politically-correct lessons. ...

The details emerged as Alan Johnson, the Education Secretary, this week said schools should promote core British values and cultural diversity amid fears that many children are being pushed towards extremism. Mr Johnson said "diversity" lessons should be added to every subject in the curriculum.
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MULTICULTURALISM – EDUCATION
Whites get better degrees, says study
Daily Telegraph, 27 January 2007

Black and Chinese students are less likely to get top university degrees than their white contemporaries, a Government report has found. ...

The Department for Education and Skills report ... The Government researchers analysed data for 65,000 students.

The report says: "Although the participation of students from minority ethnic communities in higher education is higher than for students from white communities, the attainment of those who complete a first-degree programme (as measured by class of degree) is markedly lower than that of their white peers."
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IMMIGRATION
How new foreign workers affect our housing market
Edmund Conway
Daily Telegraph, 27 January 2007

A study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research shows that a massive 0.8pc of the population of Poland and the Baltic states has migrated to Britain since accession to the EU. ...

There is nothing to suggest Polish immigrants will stay in the country for more than a couple of years. ...
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POPULATION – HEALTH
Growing up near a major road 'harms children's lungs'
Nic Fleming
Daily Telegraph, 26 January 2007

Children who grow up near major roads are more likely to develop asthma and other respiratory diseases, according to research published today.

A large study in California found 10-year-olds who lived within 550 yards of a motorway suffered significant loss of lung function by the age of 18.

Previous studies have suggested reduced lung function is second only to smoking as a potential cause of respiratory illnesses including bronchitis and emphysema. It has also been linked to heart attacks, asthma and a higher risk of early death.

Dr James Gauderman, of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, said: "It's a mystery why illnesses like asthma have increased so much and one of the hypotheses is that it is related to increased traffic pollution.

"We have demonstrated links between traffic exposure and impaired lung function in the largest and longest study of its kind, which certainly lends weight to that hypothesis.

"Otherwise-healthy children who were non-asthmatic and non-smokers experienced a significant decrease in lung function from traffic pollution. This suggests that all children, not just susceptible sub-groups, are potentially affected by traffic exposure.

"Since lung function is nearly complete by age 18 years, an individual with a deficit at this time will probably continue to have less than healthy lung function for the remainder of his or her life."
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MULTICULTURALISM
Asian dominated schools 'a risk'
Daily Telegraph, 23 January 2007

Schools dominated by large numbers of Asian pupils may pose a security risk, according to a leading Downing Street adviser.

They should be replaced by a new generation of "multi-faith" academies to integrate children of different cultures in the country's most divided towns and cities, said Sir Cyril Taylor, the chairman of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – IRISH REPUBLIC
Kenny seeks debate on immigration issue (Ireland)
RTE News, 23 January 2007

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has called for 'a genuine national debate' on immigration issues.

Speaking at a meeting of his Parliamentary Party in Clontarf this afternoon, Mr Kenny said it was time for a debate on immigration so that Ireland could ensure that the mistakes made in other countries were avoided.

Mr Kenny went on to say that the recent dramatic growth in the rate of immigration into Ireland was resulting in what was arguably the greatest economic and social transformation of the country since independence.

However, the Fine Gael leader stressed that immigrants to Ireland have the responsibility to integrate into the community, comply with laws and respect cultural traditions.

He added that he did not want to see a situation developing in which immigrant populations led separate lives.

Speaking to all 88 Fine Gael candidates for the forthcoming General Election, Mr Kenny said that Irish jobs and the rights of those who come to work in Ireland must be protected.

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MULTICULTURALISM
Meet BBC local radio's ideal audience. If you are any older, they don't want to know
Stewart Payne
Daily Telegraph, 22 January 2007

The BBC faced accusations of "ageism" from its own employees yesterday as a Daily Telegraph inquiry revealed mounting anger from local radio staff who claim they have been told to keep old people off the air.

At the heart of their resentment is an imaginary couple created by Corporation bosses called Dave and Sue, to whom all presenters are told to aim programming. ...

Literature distributed to local radio stations said: Dave and Sue live in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural England". Dave is a self-employed plumber, Sue a school secretary, and both have children from previous marriages. They shop at Asda, wear T-shirts and fleeces, and grew up in the Beatles generation. They have lived through a period of change. One of their children has entered a mixed-race marriage, although the BBC calls this "mixed heritage".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – IRISH REPUBLIC
TCD announces immigration project
Aoife Carr
Irish Times, 22 January 2007

The largest immigration research programme ever undertaken in Ireland was unveiled this morning in Trinity College Dublin.

The €6 million project will run for four years and will address the key challenges of immigration in Ireland and help develop policies in relation to these issues.

It will focus on employment, social policy, culture and language and will provide a detailed picture of immigrants living in Ireland. Immigrants will be asked about their career aspirations, integration into Irish communities, educational needs as well as their cultural and religious activities.

A language-immersion programme for immigrant students at post-primary level will also be provided.

Prof James Wickham of Trinity's Department of Sociology said the country had a narrow window of opportunity to plan for and maximise the benefits of the economic, social and cultural contribution of immigrants to Irish society.

"There is currently a paucity of information on immigration in Ireland, and one of the key issues for this research is generating quality data and making it public fast as the situation is evolving rapidly," he said.

Data generated will be made publicly available on a regular basis in quarterly reports and by other means during the four-year project.

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MULTICULTURALISM
Muslim Majority Schools "pose security threat and should be closed"
Evening Standard (London), 22 January 2007

An influential government education adviser said today that schools dominated by Muslim children should be closed and replaced with "multi-faith" academies to integrate pupils.

Sir Cyril Taylor, chairman of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, said the concentration of ethnic minorities and religious groups in certain schools had created a "strategic security problem".

He said that allowing significant numbers of ethnic minority children to lead virtually separate lives was fuelling extremism and harming academic standards.

The call for forced integration came as a Government commissioned report is this week set to recommend that values such as justice and tolerance should be at the centre of citizenship classes for secondary pupils.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Muslims in police will rise up one day, Bakri insists
Mike Hirst and Adam Lusher
Sunday Telegraph, 21 January 2007

Moderate British Muslims in the police, Armed Forces and Civil Service will one day revolt against the system to "crush it from within", according to Omar Bakri Mohammed, the notorious Islamic extremist.

In claims condemned as a cynical attempt to create division, the co-founder of the extremist al-Muhajiroun group said that Britain was "digging a deep hole" for itself by allowing Muslims into the Services and Whitehall.
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NATIONAL IDENTITY – MULTICULTURALISM
Britishness and the class system
Julie Henry
Sunday Telegraph, 21 January 2007

Schools are failing to foster a sense of Britishness and to teach children about British values, according to a government report to be published this week, ...

The review of school citizenship by Sir Keith Ajegbo, a former headmaster and Home Office adviser, was commissioned by Bill Rammell, the higher education minister, after the London bombings of July 7, 2005, and amid fears that extremism was rife in universities.

The investigation has found that the British identity is hardly touched upon in the curriculum and that much more needs to be done to provide the "essential glue that binds people together".

Sir Keith's report will be regarded as a damning assessment of the Government's citizenship programme, introduced in 2002. The lessons were supposed to instil a sense of national pride and to teach pupils about democracy, tolerance and duty. An Ofsted report published last year found that it was inadequately taught in more than a quarter of secondaries.

Teachers complained that they had little time to cover citizenship because they had to concentrate on exam subjects. Some staff were reluctant to discuss British history and immigration for fear of offending minorities.
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TERRORISM
Britain open to terror suspects in EU loophole
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 21 January 2007

Foreign terrorist suspects are free to enter Britain because an EU "wanted" list cannot be checked by British immigration officers.

Police chiefs have warned Parliament that the loophole is putting national security at risk. Ministers have asked Brussels to grant Britain access to the list, but the request has been blocked by a legal wrangle. ...

The new row centres on a 15-country database which holds 15 million entries for suspected criminals including terrorists, individuals wanted for extradition, missing persons, crime witnesses and stolen cars and passports.

If a terrorist suspect wanted by French police arrived on a long-haul flight at a German, Spanish or Italian airport, for example, immigration officials could match his details to the database and he could be detained or turned away. But if the same individual landed in Britain, there would be no check on the database and he could walk undetected into the country. ...

The database, known as the Schengen Information System (SIS), was introduced in 1995 as part of the Schengen treaty agreement, which also led to most EU countries dropping border controls for travel within the union. The countries participating are the pre-2004 EU members excluding Britain and Ireland, plus Norway and Iceland. ...

A Home Office spokesman said negotiations over SIS were "ongoing".
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IMMIGRATION – CORRUPTION?
Brown, Labour's billionaire and the curious case of a tax loophole
Andrew Alderson and Jasper Copping
Sunday Telegraph, 21 January 2007

Gordon Brown has been accused of doing favours for Lakshmi Mittal, the Indian billionaire who has helped to bail the Labour Party out of its cash crisis.

Mr Mittal, Britain's richest man with a personal fortune estimated at £14.8 billion, last week gave £2 million to the Labour Party, which recently reported debts of more than £23 million. Mr Mittal, a steel tycoon, has given more than £4 million to the party since 2001.

The Chancellor was in India where he attended a meeting on Friday of leading bankers in Mumbai organised by ICICI Bank. Mr Mittal is a director and substantial shareholder in the bank.

Norman Baker, the Liberal Democrat MP who has been scrutinising the relationship between Mr Mittal and New Labour, also discovered last week that the Treasury had sidelined a pledge that it would close a loophole which allows wealthy businessmen to operate elaborate, but legal, tax avoidance schemes while living in Britain. ...

Mr Mittal is an Indian passport holder whose company does not pay tax in Britain. He is believed to pay a modest tax bill as a resident. He was at the centre of one of Labour's biggest financial controversies in 2001, when Tony Blair allegedly intervened to help him buy a steelworks in Romania after the businessman gave the party a £125,000 donation.
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ASYLUM
Failed asylum seekers allowed to reapply
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 19 January 2007

Hundreds of failed asylum seekers who have exhausted all avenues of appeal have been allowed to reapply, new figures show.

They include 80 repeat applications from Afghanistan and 30 from Turkey.

A Commons written answer disclosed that in the past two years, 520 applications had been received from people who had previously been rejected both in the initial stage and at appeal.

Liam Byrne, the immigration minister, conceded that the figures were not normally published and were based on "internal management information".

Under the 1951 Refugee Convention, signatory countries are obliged to consider the asylum application of anyone to assess whether they have a "well-founded fear of being persecuted", even if the individual had previously been turned down. ...

According to the National Audit office, in 2003 the average cost of processing an initial asylum application was just over £3,000. An appeal costs another £4,500.

This includes support and accommodation costs of around £147 for each week an application is in process, or more if the applicant has dependants. The annual cost of running the asylum system is more than £1.5 billion.
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ASYLUM – IRISH REPUBLIC
Ireland bars Romanians, other EU nationals from claiming asylum
Associated Press, 18 January 2007

Ireland will no longer process asylum applications from citizens of Romania or other European Union members, the government announced Thursday in a further tightening of the country's immigration laws.

Justice Minister Michael McDowell said he had decided to end Ireland's practice of permitting citizens of other EU states to access Ireland's support system for asylum-seekers because his department received 220 applications from Romanians over the past week.

He said the Romanian asylum-seekers were all deemed to have been trying to settle in Ireland in hopes of finding jobs, medical care and housing, not to escape persecution.

"I am taking this firm action now in order to prevent the institution of asylum and our asylum determination process being resorted to for purposes other than those for which they are intended," he said.

The decision means that asylum-seekers who are citizens of the other 26 EU nations will be refused permission to stay in state accommodation for asylum seekers. They also will not receive welfare payments specified for asylum-seekers.

Until now, asylum-seekers from other EU states often were permitted to receive benefits until their claim could be considered – and in almost all cases rejected – by the government-appointed Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner. ...

Ireland used to grant citizenship to any child born in Ireland – a policy similar to United States citizenship law but at odds with the European norm. Irish voters tightened the right to citizenship in a 2004 referendum, permitting Irish-born children the right to an Irish passport only if at least one of their parents has been resident here for a minimum of two years.

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MULTICULTURALISM – GERMANY
Germany: Sharp Rise in Muslim Converts
ynetnews.com, 18 January 2007

A report prepared at the request of the German Interior Ministry revealed that 5,000 Germans converted to Islam between July 2004 and June 2005, a figure that is four times higher than that of the previous year. In previous years the average number of Germans who converted to Islam stood at only 300.

The researchers said that while in the past most of those who converted were women who married Muslims, today many university graduates and high-wage earners are joining Prophet Mohammad's religion.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Immigration 'out of control and harming our culture'
Lizzie Murphy
Yorkshire Post, 15 January 2007

The influx of immigrants into Britain is damaging its culture and corroding community relations, a damning new survey warns.

Exclusively revealed by the Yorkshire Post, the YouGov poll of more than 1,000 people across the region shows that politicians have lost voters' trust on immigration and an overwhelming number believe the recent rush of foreigners is having a detrimental effect on our already overcrowded country.

MPs say the survey, commissioned by the Speakout Campaign, which is calling for a referendum on returning key powers from Brussels to Britain, shows the strength of feeling in the region and should be "an absolute wake-up call" to politicians.

An alarming 72 per cent of the 1,225 people surveyed think Britain is losing its identity, while 72 per cent believe current levels of immigration are making community relations more difficult. ...

An overwhelming 89 per cent said Britain should be able to control who comes in from new EU member states, including Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Hungary.

Seventy two per cent said a referendum should be held to scrap the principle of free movement and restore Britain's control of its own borders.

The Government was criticised for not listening to people on the issue of immigration by 66 per cent of people and just one per cent believe the Government's statistics on immigration from eastern European countries are accurate and tell the full story.

Just 16 per cent believe the Conservatives are listening to people on immigration. Sixty two per cent said they would like the Tories to

take a tougher stance on the issue. ...

Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, said politicians now needed to wake up to the reality of immigration.
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MULTICULTURALISM – CANADA
How Canadian are you? Visible-minority immigrants and their children identify less and less with the country, report says
Marina Jiménez
The Globe and Mail, 12 January 2007

Visible-minority immigrants are slower to integrate into Canadian society than their white, European counterparts, and feel less Canadian, suggesting multiculturalism doesn't work as well for non-whites, according to a landmark report.

The study, based on an analysis of 2002 Statistics Canada data, found that the children of visible-minority immigrants exhibited a more profound sense of exclusion than their parents.

Visible-minority newcomers, and their offspring, identify themselves less as Canadians, trust their fellow citizens less and are less likely to vote than white immigrants from Europe.

The findings suggest that multiculturalism, Canada's official policy on interethnic relations since 1971, is not working as well for newer immigrants or for their children, who hail largely from China, South Asia and the Caribbean, conclude co-authors Jeffrey Reitz, a University of Toronto sociologist, and Rupa Banerjee, a doctoral candidate.

It is also a warning that Canada, long considered a model of integration, won't be forever immune from the kind of social disruption that has plagued Europe, where marginalized immigrant communities have erupted in discontent, with riots in the Paris suburbs in the fall of 2005.

"We need to address the racial divide," Prof. Reitz said. "Otherwise there is a danger of social breakdown. The principle of multiculturalism was equal participation of minorities in mainstream institutions. That is no longer happening." ...

The study, released yesterday by the Montreal-based Institute for Research on Public Policy, was based on the Ethnic Diversity Survey, which asked seven specific questions about integration. It is considered the best source of information on the topic because of the huge sample size (more than 40,000 respondents).

The study's authors found that only 33 per cent of first-generation visible-minority immigrants identified as Canadians, compared with 64 per cent of white immigrants, while 70 per cent voted in the last federal election, compared with 82 per cent of white immigrants. Seventy-nine per cent of visible-minority immigrants had Canadian citizenship, compared with 97 per cent of white immigrants.

Regarding interpersonal trust – trust of one's fellow citizens – the response of blacks was markedly lower. Thirty per cent of blacks trusted their fellow citizens, compared with 50 per cent of white immigrants and 60 per cent of Chinese immigrants.

As for the children of visible-minority immigrants, 44 per cent of them felt a sense of belonging, compared with about 60 per cent of their parents. In contrast, 57 per cent of the children of white immigrants felt a sense of belonging, compared with 47 per cent of their parents.

While Canadians in general remain supportive of immigration, they also maintain a "social distance" from minorities, reflected in the study's findings, the authors noted.

"When you study the trend over time, visible minorities who were born here feel less like they belong than their parents," Prof. Reitz said.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Army recruitment 'crisis' as campaign for Muslims fails
Daily Telegraph, 8 January 2007

The Army is facing fresh claims of a recruitment crisis after the failure of a high-profile campaign to get Muslims to join up.

Only a handful of the 200,000-strong Islamic community in the Midlands have joined the Army since the first recruitment drive aimed specifically at Muslims last year, it emerged yesterday.

... There are just 330 Muslims in the entire Armed Forces.

More than 14,000 personnel left the service last year, while there were 12,730 recruits, ...
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CRIME
Car vandals let off because they are foreign and jobless
David Sapsted
Daily Telegraph, 8 January 2007

Motorists whose parked cars were vandalised by two drunks have been told that the culprits will not be prosecuted because they are foreign and unemployed.

The decision only to caution the two immigrants, aged 19 and 29, has appalled the five Norwich car owners whose wing mirrors were smashed. ...

The two men had been arrested minutes after their rampage was recorded on CCTV cameras and later admitted causing hundreds of pounds of damage. ...

Norman Brennan, the director and founder of the Victims of Crime Trust, said: "There are a huge number of foreign nationals who commit crimes and seem to get away with it.

"It is only right and proper that anyone who carries out any type of anti- social behaviour should face court."

Dr Ian Gibson, the Labour MP for Norwich North, said: "There is no excuse for any kind of vandalism, whether committed by a foreign national or anyone else. [CCTV] footage helps get people convicted. To ignore it will make people cynical."
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IMMIGRATION – EMPLOYMENT, INCOMES
Immigration 'far higher' than the official figures say
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 5 January 2007

Far more immigrants are coming to Britain than official figures would suggest, according to new research.

A report by the City forecaster Capital Economics also predicted that unemployment would rise over the next two years as foreign workers continued to flock to the UK.

The study, which included the arrivals from the new EU member states in its calculations, estimated that net migration soared by 400,000 rather than the government figure of 185,000 in 2005.

It also forecast that 50,000 workers from Romania and Bulgaria would head to Britain this year. ...

It also anticipated that the arrival of more than 600,000 migrants from eight former Soviet bloc states since 2004 would continue to encourage others to travel to seek work. In the short term this would lead to the workforce growing more rapidly than unemployment, with a consequent rise in jobless rates - though these would remain below those elsewhere in Europe.

The impact of immigration on the size of the population would also hit national wealth.

The forecasters reckoned that the population had risen by 2.5 million over the past 10 years, of which 1.7 million - or almost 70 per cent - was due to net immigration. More than one third of this increase occurred in the last two years alone.

But while the population was increasing by 0.8 per cent a year, the economy was growing by only half that rate. ...

However, a report yesterday from the Bank of England said it had found "little evidence" that immigrants from eastern Europe had significantly affected the wages or employment chances of British workers. The paper found that the 0.8 per cent rise in unemployment rates over the past 18 months had "little to do with" immigration. ...

... The last official figures suggested net migration had peaked and had fallen from 223,000 in 2004 to 185,000 in 2005.

But the Capital Economics report said it was unwise for business and policy-makers to rely on these statistics.

When it included workers from the eight former Soviet bloc states, the overall level of immigration rose to 780,000 in 2005 compared with a government figure of 524,000.

When those who left were subtracted from those who arrived, the report estimated net immigration for 2005 of about 400,000 - up from 295,000 a year earlier.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS
Little to show from tide of migrants
Sir Andrew Green
Daily Telegraph, 3 January 2007

It is amazing what the Government's spin doctors have been getting away with. For years they have trumpeted the economic benefits of immigration but now we find that they are, in fact, very small.

The Government recently put a figure on it for the first time. Ministers told Parliament that immigrants add "at least £4 billion to production". What they did not say is that they also add almost exactly the equivalent percentage to our population, so the extra wealth per head is barely positive. We calculate it is 4p per week per head. Another claim - that immigrants contribute 10-15 per cent of trend growth - gives a slightly better result of 12p a week. Both are trivial.

We shouldn't be surprised. Major studies in America, Canada and Australia found similarly small benefit - typically a tenth of one per cent of GDP. ...

But the key issue is scale. We need to balance any economic benefit against the social cost of immigration ...
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BENEFITS AND COSTS
Migrants 'add 4p a week' to your pocket
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 3 January 2007

The alleged economic benefit to Britain of record levels of immigration are a myth, new figures suggest.

They show a "very slight" gain of around 4p a week for each member of the native population - not enough to buy a Mars bar a month.

An analysis carried out by Migrationwatch UK used the Government's own claim that immigrants contribute a net £4 billion a year to Britain's gross domestic product.

The study said this amounted to £2.10 a year for each of Britain's 60 million inhabitants.

It concluded: "The much vaunted contribution of immigrants to the economy is very slight indeed." ...

Migrationwatch examined a range of British and international studies on the economic value of mass immigration, all of which indicate that, on a per capita basis, the financial benefits are minimal.

In addition, high levels of immigration place huge pressure on housing, health and schools and have an increasing impact on employment.
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IMMIGRATION – BUSINESS
'Set migrant quotas'
Sunday Telegraph, 31 December 2006

Business leaders believe that the Government should set quotas for EU immigrants seeking work in Britain. A new survey of members of the Institute of Directors shows that 63 per cent want quotas or criteria allowing those with certain skills to work here. Almost two thirds said the Government should give priority to skilled workers.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Don't think al-Qaeda is on the back foot, it will be on the march in 2007
Ahmed Rashid
Sunday Telegraph, 31 December 2006

Every dismissive assumption made about al-Qaeda before September 11 was wrong. So is the assumption that it is in any way receding today: it is still the most dangerous international security threat to both the Western and Islamic worlds. ...

In 2007, al-Qaeda will continue to develop its original aims of trying to defeat the West, carry out regime change in the Muslim world and increase its armies of supporters worldwide, to hasten the advent of its dream of a worldwide caliphate - Muslim state - ruled by al-Qaeda. ...

Its main task is to train, organise and motivate armies of terrorists and fighters to capture and hold territory. ...

... The bomb attack by British Muslims on the London Underground in July 2005 and the airports alarm this year had their origins in Pakistan.

MI5's director general, Eliza Manningham-Buller, says that of the 1,600 militants and 200 networks it is monitoring, a "substantial" number have connections to Pakistan.

But the most carefully nurtured al-Qaeda cells are in Europe. Al-Qaeda knows that one blast in Paris or London is worth 10 in Riyadh or Delhi. The aim is to recruit estranged Muslim youth, the product of three decades of failed integrationist policies by European governments. ...

Today, the danger of a civilisational war - between Dhia and Sunni within the Islamic world, and between the West and the Islamic world - grows ever closer.
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MULTICULTURALISM
English Heritage thinks Ignatius Sancho means more to you than Eric Morecambe
Chris Hastings
Sunday Telegraph, 31 December 2006

They were introduced in the 1860s so that the public could honour figures "instantly recognisable to the well-informed passerby" who "deserved national recognition".

Now, 140 years after the first one was erected to the memory of Lord Byron, there are more than 800 blue plaques across London and other major British cities.

However, English Heritage, which is responsible for the scheme, is lobbying - contrary to its own remit - to ensure that the tributes are more socially "diverse" and inclusive. ...

Although the public are supposed to nominate individuals for the honour, English Heritage, together with the Government, is actively pushing for the inclusion of people who it believes are more representative of a modern, multicultural Britain.

The change of emphasis is detailed in confidential communications obtained by The Sunday Telegraph.

One email from English Heritage to the Department for Culture, Media and

Sport in January and headed "Plaques highlighting black historical figures" states: "This is an area of priority for us, and we have worked hard in recent years to ensure that we maximise the number of suggestions received."

... Another internal document sent in October refers to English Heritage's "new ways of working" and the need to "acknowledge, respect and celebrate the cultural diversity of England's heritage in all its diversity".

The papers show that the number of plaques marking the achievements of black and Asian figures has increased dramatically since Labour was elected. ...

Many of the figures who have recently been chosen, such as Kwame Nkrumah, the former president of Ghana, and Sri Aurobindo, the Indian spiritual leader, will not be instantly recognisable to many "well-informed" members of the public. ...

English Heritage last night declined to comment further. Adam Hart-Davis, the historian and broadcaster, said English Heritage was going "over the top for the sake of political correctness".
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION – CRIME
For £470, forged diplomas to help win a job in Britain
Ben Leapman and Olga Craig
Sunday Telegraph, 31 December 2006

Counterfeit work documents and qualifications are being traded on the black market in eastern Europe in an illegal scam for new immigrants to get jobs in the UK.

As Bulgaria and Romania prepare to join the European Union tomorrow, an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has found fake certificates and paperwork readily available for a range of jobs, including nurses, engineers and HGV drivers. For just £470, Bulgarians in the country's crime-hit capital Sofia can buy bogus degree and language qualification certificates needed to set them on the road to a work permit and a nursing job with the NHS. ...

A report from America's Central Intelligence Agency has revealed that both Bulgaria and Romania have failed to crack down on corruption and organised crime, and remain staging posts for gangs smuggling heroin and cocaine into western Europe. ...

One senior British law enforcement source said that foreign criminals were now expected to transfer their illegal operations to the UK.
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ASYLUM – COST
£40m annual bill for keeping failed asylum seekers here
Toby Helm
Daily Telegraph, 30 December 2006

Taxpayers are footing a £40 million-a-year bill to house and feed almost 6,000 asylum seekers the courts have ruled should not be allowed to stay in this country, Government figures show.

The admission by ministers that so many are receiving state help has led to claims that John Reid has failed to bring the asylum system under control - having promised to get tough on immigration when he became Home Secretary in the spring.

In a written parliamentary answer to Damian Green, the Tory immigration spokesman, the Home Office admitted it cost £129 a week to keep each of 5,980 asylum seekers whose applications were rejected by the courts but who had subsequently asked for help.

Of these, 2,375 are from Iraq, which Tony Blair and ministers insist is now largely safe.

Last night the Home Office said those allowed to stay with state support were either "destitute" or had some other legitimate reason preventing them returning home. ...

The 5,980 receiving state help form only a small part of an estimated 280,000 failed asylum seekers in this country. The vast majority are not in touch with the authorities.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Row over ethnic minority only swimming sessions for women and children
Dan Newling
Daily Mail, 28 December 2006

A council has been fiercely criticised for holding ethnic-minority only swimming sessions.

Wolverhampton City Council employs special life-guards and instructors for the sessions, which are open to the city's black and Asian residents only.

It claims the weekly periods are for women and children with "religious or cultural issues which would otherwise prevent them from taking part."

But furious pool-users say they amount to racial segregation and claim they are being prevented from using the pool - simply because they may be white.

The hour-long, Thursday evening sessions at Wolverhampton's Central Baths replace an aqua-aerobics session that was previously open to all.

They are financially supported by Kellogg's Swim Active programme, which has funded the installation of special blinds around the pool, designed to protect swimmers' privacy. ...

Yesterday, swimmer Leslie Waugh, from Walsall, said: "It's wrong. The council bangs on about integration but then does something like this. The women even have their own instructor and lifeguard brought in for the sessions and the regular workers have to leave."

Local councillor Malcolm Gwinnett said: "It's one thing to have an all- women session, that's fine. But it should be all women of whatever religion, not just one religion, which leaves everyone else out in the cold." ...

The Wolverhampton ethnic-minority swim sessions come after leisure centre in Croydon, South London, opened its pool to Muslims only for two hours every week.

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IMMIGRATION
'One immigrant a minute enters UK'
Daily Telegraph, 27 December 2006

A campaign group that opposes mass immigration called for tougher measures yesterday after government figures showed immigrants were entering Britain at the rate of nearly one a minute.

Government data published last month showed more than 1,500 foreigners, who were intending to stay for at least a year, arrived in Britain every day last year.

Migrationwatch said the figures were probably an underestimate - particularly as only 65,000 Eastern Europeans who arrived here in 2005 were classed as immigrants.

It said immigration from Eastern Europe accounted for just over one in five foreign immigrants last year - the majority of the others were from Asia and Africa.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) data showed that 565,000 people came to live here for at least a year during the course of 2005. Meanwhile, more than 1,000 people a day left Britain to live abroad - an estimated 380,000 - half of whom were British citizens.

It means that the country's net population rose by 500 a day, or 185,000 during the year.
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MULTICULTURALISM – NATIONAL IDENTITY
Church leaders stress value of shared beliefs
Jonathan Petre
Daily Telegraph, 26 December 2006

Britain must talk less of multi-culturalism and more of what made it great, was one of the messages from Christmas sermons yesterday. ...

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said that national cohesion arose from shared beliefs.

Speaking at York Minster, he said: "The history of this great nation and the experience of two world wars teaches us that nationhood is made of the contributions of all and not claims; active participation and engagement, not rights. What we offer willingly and not what we demand."

He added: "Together we can make a Britain in which many minority ethnic people will feel it is their dwelling tent too, without making the indigenous population feel that this is no longer the Britain of their fathers.

"Today, there is a great deal of talk about social inclusion and community cohesion. But surely we must go beyond inclusion and cohesion to a vision of true humanity.

"I believe we should talk more about the common good and the values that have shaped this nation and less and less about multi-culturalism and cultural diversity."
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IMMIGRATION – FROM SOMALIA
Fleeing into more strife
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 24 December 2006

Hundreds of thousands of Somalis have fled their homeland, with many turning up in Britain as refugees. According to the Home Office, more than 42,000 Somalis - excluding dependants - have applied for asylum since 1997. Two-thirds have been given permission to stay; even among the third whose applications were rejected, few have gone home.

In the past 10 years only 490 Somali asylum-seekers are known to have left Britain, most voluntarily. Last year only five were deported to Somalia.

Groups working with asylum-seekers claim that violence in Somalia has spilled over into Britain, with criminal gangs recruiting young exiles to their ranks.
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MULTICULTURALISM – LANGUAGE
'Thousands' of foreign doctors, but no English test
Karyn Miller
Sunday Telegraph, 24 December 2006

Thousands of overseas doctors have been approved to work in Britain without passing English-language tests.

Figures obtained from the General Medical Council (GMC) show that as of this month, 15,952 doctors had gained their qualifications from other European countries, but were not required to demonstrate proficiency in English before working here. ...

A spokesman for the council said: "The GMC has consistently pointed out the risk of patient safety and wants to see the law changed. We would like to be able to language-test doctors from Europe." ...

A spokesman for the Patients' Association said that doctors' language difficulties had been raised by many callers to its helpline.
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MULTICULTURALISM – VEILS
Veils should be banned in public, says Asian bishop
Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Sunday Telegraph, 24 December 2006

Muslim women should be banned from wearing the veil, to improve security and cohesion in Britain, the Church of England's only Asian bishop has said.

The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester, urged the Government to introduce legislation that would force Muslims to remove the veil when they are at work or travelling. ...

His call for new laws to control the wearing of the veil in public comes only days after it was revealed that Mustaf Jama, the Somali suspected of murdering Pc Sharon Beshenivsky, is thought to have fled the country by dressing in the niqab, which covers the whole face except the eyes.
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IMMIGRATION
We've lost control of our borders, warns Met chief
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 23 December 2006

Britain's top police officer stepped into the deepening row over immigration policy yesterday by conceding that the Government had lost control of the country's borders.

Sir Ian Blair, the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said he was particularly concerned about the spate of serious crimes - including the murder of Pc Sharon Beshenivsky - committed by people who should not have been in the country.

He told Radio 4's Today programme: "The Government must in due course, and as quickly as it can, get greater control of the borders.

"I know that we stopped our monitoring of people leaving and coming into the country, and in the end we must have a better system than we have." ...

"In general I just think people who come from other countries and carry out terrible crimes should be deported."
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MULTICULTURALISM – LANGUAGE
Doctors who can't speak English 'should be banned'
Daily Telegraph, 22 December 2006

European doctors who speak poor English should be banned from practising in Britain, a coroner said yesterday.

Dr Paul Knapman called for new laws after an inquest heard that a man died as his French private doctor struggled to make himself understood in a 10-minute call to the ambulance service.

Dr Knapman, the Westminster coroner, was told that the General Medical Council, the doctors' watchdog, does not have the power to force doctors to take a language test. ...

Dr Knapman said that Dr Delvigne had problems with the nuances of the language, including using the word "sleeping" to describe being unconscious. ...

Doctors from Europe have not had to prove reasonable English since 1981, when the then government abolished a language test as part of getting on to the medical register.

Doctors from outside the European Economic Area, such as those from South East Asia, must still take the test.
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CRIME
Immigration fury over killer gangs
Philip Johnston and Sally Pook
Daily Telegraph, 22 December 2006

The argument over immigration controls deepened last night after teenage robbers who were in the country illegally were convicted of killing a woman as she held a six-month-old baby at a christening party.

It was the second time this week that immigrants who had been allowed to remain in Britain despite committing a string of offences were found guilty of a killing. ...

At the Old Bailey yesterday, Diamond Babamuboni, 17, his brother Timy, 15, and Jude Odigie, 16, all from Nigeria, were convicted of the manslaughter of Zainab Kalokoh, 31, a mother of two from war-ravaged Sierra Leone.

A fourth, who cannot be named, was found guilty of her murder at the party at Peckham, south London, in August last year.

The Babamuboni brothers - whose mother had been refused leave to remain in the country - were in Britain illegally. Odigie had also been told he could not stay. Yet despite this, they carried on a life of crime with apparent impunity other than occasional court appearances. ...

Sir Andrew Green, of Migrationwatch, said the Government was either not deporting those it could or was unable to remove them because of human rights laws.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Mohammed overtakes George in list of most popular names
Sarah Womack
Daily Telegraph, 21 December 2006

Mohammed, and its most common alternative spelling Muhammed, are now more popular babies' names in England and Wales than George, reflecting the diverse ethnic mix of the population.

The Office for National Statistics said there were 2,833 baby boys called Mohammed in 2006.

The name is 22nd in the list of most popular boys' names, moving up a place from last year.

Spelled Muhammed, it is the 44th most popular name and enters the top 50 for the first time along with Noah, Oscar, Lucas and Rhys.

There were 2,833 babies called Mohammed born in 2006 and 1,422 called Muhammed. The total exceeds the number of Georges (3,386) or Josephs (3,755).
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Daily Telegraph, 19 December 2006

Muslims must "do more to engage with wider society and take greater responsibility for integration", according to the European Union's Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia.

In a study involving some 58 representatives of Muslim groups in 10 EU countries, including Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France and Britain, the EU body also found that insistence on Islamic dress had fuelled conflict.
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TERRORISM
Ministers take leaf out of Tory's book
Andrew Pierce
Daily Telegraph, 18 December 2006

A book by a Conservative MP has become an unlikely Christmas stocking filler for Labour ministers.

Celsius 7/7, a study of the roots of Islamic terrorism by Surrey Heath MP Michael Gove, has been read in 10 and 11 Downing Street and by a clutch of Cabinet ministers.

The book, published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, has been attacked by the noted anti-Israel writer William Dalrymple, but won rave reviews in academic journals such as the TLS and the Literary Review from terrorism experts Prof Walter Laquer and Prof Michael Burleigh.

... Mr Gove's work criticises the Government for turning a blind eye to, or actively courting, extremists. Ministers, it appears, have got the message.
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EMIGRATION
Bored and bitchy – the Brits who settle for Costa living
Neil Tweedie
Daily Telegraph, 18 December 2006

There is a certain irony to the lifestyle of many British people in Spain. While many cite excessive immigration and a refusal of Muslims and others to integrate into British society as reasons for quitting the UK, they are often no better when it comes to their host nation.

The self-sustaining scale of the British community, combined with ready access to British television via cable or satellite, means that life can be lived largely in isolation from Spanish culture.

Joan Critchley helps to run a newcomers' organisation on the Costa Blanca. "A lot of people come over here and try to turn it into England in the sun. The British can be very hypocritical about integrating," she said.
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CRIME – FAITH-HATE CRIME
Jews far more likely to be victims of faith hatred than Muslims
Tom Harper and Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 17 December 2006

Jewish people are four times more likely to be attacked because of their religion than Muslims, according to figures compiled by the police.

One in 400 Jews compared to one in 1,700 Muslims are likely to be victims of "faith hate" attacks every year. The figure is based on data collected over three months in police areas accounting for half the Muslim and Jewish populations of England and Wales. The crimes range from assault and verbal abuse to criminal damage at places of worship.

Police forces started recording the religion of faith-hate crime victims only this year. ...

... Those figures include any crime that is reported to police which the victim believes is motivated by hatred of his or her religion.

... The figures do not record the faith of the offenders.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Ministers compared to Nazis over Islam stigma
Tom Harper
Sunday Telegraph, 17 December 2006

A senior Muslim invoked Hitler's 1930s Nazi regime while attacking the Government over its treatment of British Muslims.

Muhammed Abdul Bari accused ministers of stigmatising Britain's Islamic community and fuelling xenophobia.

Mr Bari, the head of the Muslim Council of Britain, criticised the Government for "unfairly targeting" Muslims, and said that it was undermining their status as "equal citizens". He warned that blaming extremism on "a small, largely deprived community" leads to a "deterioration of community cohesion and fuels xenophobia".

In a presentation to MPs, Mr Bari went so far as to ask: "What is the degree of xenophobia that tipped Germany in the 1930s towards a murderous ethnic and cultural racism?"

His comments have drawn criticism from Jewish leaders, angry at what they believe is a "crass" comparison. ...

Mr Bari also rejected Mr Blair's call for Muslims to do more to fight terrorism. He put the responsibility squarely at the door of the Government. ...

Mr Bari said later: "Politicians have failed to consider underlying causes of Muslim disaffection and have reacted hastily by over-legislating.

"By appealing direct to the Right-wing voter, the Government has polarised much of the [Muslim] community."
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IMMIGRATION – STATISTICS
Britain to improve migrant statistics
Edmund Conway
Daily Telegraph, 16 December 2006

The Office for National Statistics has warned that it might take years before its migration statistics are up to an adequate standard.

The department unveiled a plan to improve immigration figures in the wake of the revelation that it had dramatically underestimated the number of people coming to the UK from Eastern Europe in recent years.

National statistician Karen Dunnell, who admitted earlier this year that the data was inadequate, said she had previously set up a taskforce.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS
£100m translation bill for migrants who can't or won't speak English
Amy Iggulden
Daily Telegraph, 14 December 2006

Public spending on interpreters and translation for immigrants is to be reviewed after figures revealed the yearly bill is more than £100 million.

Police forces, councils and hospitals are each spending hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money on translating services that include recycling and anti-smoking advice, it emerged yesterday. ...

The Government yesterday ordered a review after figures showed that NHS trusts spend at least £55 million a year on translating and interpretation, the courts and police spend £31.3 million and local authorities spend £25 million a year.

The costs, obtained by the BBC, are likely to be an underestimate because not all public bodies are taken into account.

The details show how the Metropolitan Police spends £8.4 million a year, Barts and the London NHS Trust spends £1 million a year, and the Department of Work and Pensions spends £3 million on a telephone interpreting service.

Overall, the interpretation market for business and the public sector is thought to be worth about £400 million and growing to reflect the increasingly diverse population, according to the Institute of Translation and Interpreting.

The increase in the courts service bill alone - now £10 million a year - has trebled over five years. ...

Phil Woolas, the local government minister, admitted that the situation needed to be examined. He said that more than £1 billion is already being spent on teaching English.
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CRIME
Man guilty of trying to kill Pc
Nick Britten
Daily Telegraph, 13 December 2006

An illegal immigrant who shot a probationary policewoman while trying to evade arrest was convicted yesterday of attempted murder. Trevon Thomas, 24, who should have been deported six years ago, shot Rachael Bown in the stomach from three yards after her partner had sprayed CS gas in his face as they tried to arrest him. ...

Thomas arrived in Britain from Trinidad in February 2000 on a six-month visitor's visa. After it expired he resisted attempts by the courts to have him deported by refusing to sign the relevant papers. He settled in Bilbrough, Nottingham.
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RACISM – CHILDREN
More brain used to recognise faces
Roger Highfield
Daily Telegraph, 12 December 2006

Brain cells that are selectively tuned to identify gender and ethnicity have been found by scientists in an area not previously thought to be associated with the process of face recognition. ...

"When looking at a face, its gender and ethnicity tends to be the first thing we notice," says Ione Fine of the University of Southern California, who led the research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"We become sensitive to these cues remarkably early in life.

"If you look at how pre-school children classify faces you find that these very young children pay attention to gender, ethnicity and age. In contrast, small children barely notice if a person is wearing glasses. We wanted to see what was happening in the brain."
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EMIGRATION
One in 10 Britons is now living abroad
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 12 December 2006

One in 10 British nationals now lives abroad, with Australia and Spain the two favourite destinations, a study has found. Last year, nearly 200,000 moved overseas to settle - the equivalent of one every three minutes - bringing the total number to more than 5.5 million.

Another one million are set to pack their bags for good over the next five years and a further 500,000 live abroad for part of the year - either because they work in other countries or have second homes.

The research form the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows that the British are the most footloose people in the world. Not only do more British live abroad than any other nationality, they are also more spread out.

There are 41 countries with more than 10,000 British living there and another 71 countries with more than 1,000. ...

The latest research shows that far from being pensioners looking for a retirement in the sun, many leaving today are young and highly skilled.

Four in 10 emigrating in 2004 were in managerial or professional occupations. ...

Around the world, the number of people who claim British ancestry or ethnicity total 58 million. ...

Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah and Catherine Drew, the authors of the IPPR report, said the strong economy in Britain was one of the drivers of emigration. ...

Top destinations

1 Australia 1.3 million

2 Spain 760,000

3 USA 680,000

4 Canada 600,000

5 Ireland 290,000

6 New Zealand 215,000

7 South Africa 212,000

8 France 200,000

9 Germany 115,000

10 Cyprus 59,000
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IMMIGRATION – PROFESSIONALS
Migration of skilled workers still low
Daily Telegraph, 11 December 2006

Skilled workers are not moving about Europe as much as intended under the EU's 2000 Lisbon Strategy, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report. With the exception of the Nordic countries, Ireland and the UK, mobility of skilled professionals remains "disappointingly low".

Barriers include the different languages, as well as healthcare, benefits and tax systems.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Christmas terror strike 'highly likely'
John Steele
Daily Telegraph, 11 December 2006

The risk from terrorists in the Christmas period is "very high indeed" and the struggle against Muslim terrorism will last at least 30 years, John Reid, the Home Secretary, said yesterday.

Mr Reid echoed the view of MI5 that there are around 30 major terrorist plots under way and the terrorists only "have to be lucky once".
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EMPLOYMENT
New immigrants' wages falling behind
Caroline Muspratt
Daily Telegraph, 11 December 2006

A wage gap is emerging between new immigrants and UK-born workers, according to the Bank of England's latest quarterly report.

Immigrants who have entered the country in the past two years appear to be more educated than both workers who were born in the UK and previous waves of overseas workers, according to the report. ...

The report said that 17pc of the UK-born population has a degree compared with 45pc of new immigrants. According to the Labour Force Survey, around 10pc of all managers in the UK last year were foreign born.
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RACISM – EDUCATION
Institutional madness
Daily Telegraph, 11 December 2006
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Tony Blair signalled in a speech last week that he has lost patience with the grievance mongers of the race-relations industry. What the Wanless report suggests is that those same grievance mongers have a firm grip on the Department for Education and Skills. To read the leaked sections of the document is to enter a politically correct alternative universe in which the fact that Afro-Caribbean pupils are three times more likely to be excluded from school than other pupils is blamed on racism. And not just any old form of racism, but - you've guessed it - institutional racism.
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RACISM – EDUCATION
Black British pupils suffer 'school racism'
Liz Lightfoot
Daily Telegraph, 11 December 2006

Afro-Caribbean children are three times more likely to be excluded from school because of "systematic racial discrimination" against them, according to an official report from the Department for Education.

The discrimination is "largely unwitting" on the part of teachers but is a cause of the exclusions gap, says the director of school performance at the department, who was asked by ministers to examine the causes of black underachievement.

The report was shown to ministers in the autumn but remained unpublished because Lord Adonis, the schools minister, thought it unfair and incendiary to brand schools "institutionally racist" over a complex issue. ...

The report, which was the work of Peter Wanless, the director of the unit in charge of school performance and reform, was leaked to The Independent on Sunday. ...

The report states that 1,000 black pupils are permanently excluded from school each year and 30,000 for fixed periods.

But a leading figure on projects to improve the achievements of Afro-Caribbean boys dismissed the racism theory as "confused rubbish".

Tony Sewell, a former lecturer at Leeds University, said: "The boys complain that there is very little discipline because teachers seem afraid to challenge them. These boys are not in an environment where there are consequences for their actions and we should be asking questions about the lack of ethos, expectations and discipline in some schools."
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EMPLOYMENT
Four years after Sangatte, most of the rescued migrants are out of work
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 10 December 2006

Most of the 1,000 immigrants allowed into Britain from the Sangatte Red Cross centre are now jobless, an investigation has found.

Four-fifths have claimed Job Seekers' allowance at some time since entering the UK in December 2002 as part of a deal with France to shut the hostel. A third has never been in work.

The group, mainly young men from northern Iraq and Afghanistan, were invited to Britain by David Blunkett when he was home secretary. He promised they would work and pay taxes.

"We will ensure that those who might have reached Britain clandestinely will not be subject to continuing support from the British taxpayer," he said, announcing the Sangatte deal to MPs. The men were treated as economic migrants rather than refugees and were granted free accommodation, English lessons, training and help with finding employment.

Yet according to figures obtained from the Department for Work and Pensions, only 42 per cent were known to be in work at the most recent count, in April. Up to 25 per cent were on benefits. The rest had disappeared.

... Last week the men's four-year permits to live here expired, although most are expected to get extensions. None is likely to be sent home.
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EMIGRATION
Why three million will flee Britain to retire abroad
Karyn Miller
Sunday Telegraph, 10 December 2006

... more than three million British pensioners will have left the UK and be living abroad by the year 2050, according to a study.

The number of expatriate pensioners is expected to soar to one in five in a phenomenon researchers have named "silver flight".

In 1981, just a quarter of a million pensioners lived overseas. Their number had swollen to more than one million by last year.

Sunshine was found to be the biggest lure, with a third of interviewees giving it as their reason for leaving. However, the researchers have also cited other reasons, including a "new notion" of retirement as a beginning in life, rather than an end.

Australia is the most popular country among expatriate pensioners, with 245,000 - nearly one in four - living there. Other popular destinations are North America, with 190,000 expatriates of pension age; Ireland, with 105,000; and Spain, with 75,000.

The report, Brits Abroad, is published today by the Institute for Public Policy Research.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
£350,000 trips to boost the image of British Muslims
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 10 December 2006

Taxpayers are funding a £350,000 globetrotting tour that is intended to improve the "image of British Muslims" around the world.

The Foreign Office has dispatched parties of up to eight Muslims as far afield as Indonesia, Nigeria and Pakistan, so they can "share their experiences" with locals.

The groups have been staying in exclusive hotels and even flown business class on some legs, with all accommodation and travel expenses met from the public purse.

Officials claim that the visits - to 18 countries including 12 Islamic nations such as Morocco, Egypt and Bahrain - have helped to promote a positive image of what life is like for Muslims in Britain.

However, some of the visits appear to have backfired, with participants using them as a platform to criticise Britain and its government. ...

Critics claim that the programme of visits, called Projecting British Muslims, are a waste of taxpayers' money.

Ben Wallace, the Conservative MP for Lancaster and Wyre, who uncovered the cost using Parliamentary questions, ... ...

The initiative was suggested by a Muslim panel set up following the July 2005 London bombings. ...

Each delegation includes between four and eight British Muslims, including women and young people. Since the first visit in late 2005, they have gone to Bahrain, Qatar, Sudan, Egypt, Nigeria, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Morocco, Algeria, Bosnia, Spain, Germany, France and Holland. The next trip will be to the United States. ...

The visits are funded under a Foreign Office programme called Engaging with the Islamic World Group, which has an £8.5 million annual budget and a staff of 26.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Integration precludes pandering to minorities
Simon Heffer
Daily Telegraph, 9 December 2006

I know we should be used to politicians speaking with forked tongues, but I do fume when the Prime Minister does it in a way that blatantly insults our intelligence. Just as I prepared to give him three cheers for saying yesterday that immigrants had a "duty" to integrate, he then qualified this sensible observation with the quite preposterous remark that "it is not that we need to dispense with multi-cultural Britain. On the contrary, we should continue celebrating it." What planet is he on? ... Saying you want people to integrate but remain multi-cultural is like saying you want them to stay sober but still drink a bottle of vodka each night. What is stronger - the duty to integrate, or the duty to suck up to every minority going?
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MULTICULTURALISM
The 'What have we done?' moment when Labour faced its multicultural monster
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 9 December 2006

It was fitting that Tony Blair should read the last rites over multiculturalism at a conference organised by the Runnymede Trust.

Six years ago, it issued a report that marked the apogee of a phenomenon once enthusiastically embraced by New Labour, but from which it has since run a mile.

After a three-year inquiry, the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain issued a set of findings that would shake the Government - and the country - out of its multiculturalist complacency. ...

But when the commission's findings became widely known, there was uproar. It said Britain should be recognised as a multi-cultural society whose history needs to be "revised, rethought or jettisoned". It defined the UK as "a community of communities" rather than a nation. Sensing the dangers, the Government's big guns disowned it. Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, ditched a planned speech praising multiculturalism and launched into an encomium on being British.

It was a "what have we done?" moment. ...

"No distinctive culture or religion supersedes our duty to be part of an integrated United Kingdom," Mr Blair said yesterday.

But that was not what his government was saying in the late 1990s when many of the problems about which he spoke yesterday were taking root. Then, the view was that ethnic minority groups should be allowed to do what they like so long as they did not break the law. Perhaps Mr Blair had forgotten that he was one of its most ardent proponents.

A few months after becoming Prime Minister, he said that the single most important thing for the nation was to embrace multiculturalism, to recognise that "it's a good thing, not something to be frightened of".
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MULTICULTURALISM
Has Blair seen the light on multi-culturalism?
Daily Telegraph, 9 December 2006
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The Prime Minister has long hinted that he harbours doubts about the ideology of multi-culturalism that has done so much to divide one British person from another. Yesterday, he finally expressed those doubts - plainly enough to infuriate both professional multi-culturalists in the public sector and the Muslim Association of Britain, which described his remarks as "alarming".

The most important feature of Tony Blair's speech was an admission for which we have waited far too long: that there is a connection between Islamic extremism and political correctness, Muslims who hate this country are nourished by the constant assertions that our nation's history is a catalogue of shame; indeed, many of them will have been taught this since their first history lessons in a British primary school. (It is, sadly, a common experience now for state-educated children to be instructed, at some stage, to write essays based on the assumption that they are slaves on a British plantation.)

Multi-culturalism portrays itself as a means of celebration: in fact, it is an invitation to all minorities to complain, loudly and persistently, about their victimhood. And, when this self-pitying worldview comes into contact with religious fanaticism, the results can be - literally - explosive. That is presumably what Mr Blair means when he says that the events of July 7 last year threw the whole concept of multi-cultural Britain "into sharp relief".
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MULTICULTURALISM
Adopt our values or stay away, Blair tells migrants
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 9 December 2006

Tony Blair formally declared Britain's multicultural experiment over yesterday as he told immigrants they had "a duty" to integrate with the mainstream of society.

In a speech that overturned more than three decades of Labour support for the idea, he set out a series of requirements that were now expected from ethnic minority groups if they wished to call themselves British.

These included "equality of respect" - especially better treatment of women by Muslim men - allegiance to the rule of law and a command of English.

If outsiders wishing to settle in Britain were not prepared to conform to the virtues of tolerance then they should stay away. ...

Mr Blair's volte face - just eight years ago he championed multiculturalism - was the culmination of a long Labour retreat from the cause. In recent weeks, Jack Straw, Ruth Kelly, John Reid and Gordon Brown have all played their part in a concerted revision of the Cabinet's stand which began in earnest after the July 7 suicide bombings in London last year.

Mr Blair, speaking in Downing Street, said the diversity of cultures in Britain should still be celebrated but the tone of his speech was against the ideology that became known as multiculturalism. ...

"When it comes to our essential values, the belief in democracy, the rule of law, tolerance, equal treatment for all, respect for this country and its shared heritage - then that is where we come together, it is what we hold in common; it is what gives us the right to call ourselves British," said Mr Blair. "At that point no distinctive culture or religion supersedes our duty to be part of an integrated United Kingdom."

The Muslim Association of Britain called the speech "concerning and alarming". ...

Mr Blair also suggested that Muslim women were not treated well and should be allowed access to mosques. He also signalled a tougher line on giving taxpayers' money to community groups.

"In a sense, very good intentions got the better of us," he said. "Money was too often freely awarded to groups that were tightly bonded around religious, racial or ethnic identities."

In future, bids would be tested for promoting cohesion and integration.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Christmas is being crucified by white, middle-class do-gooders
Jeff Randall
Daily Telegraph, 8 December 2006

The paradox of the dreadful campaign to create a culture of resentment against conventional Christmases is that it's being led neither by ethnic minorities nor leaders from other religions. ...

No, it's not the Muslims, Jews or Hindus who are behind the drive to secularise Christmas. They are not the culprits. ... The demons in this horror story of crucifying Christmas are white, middle-class do-gooders whose assumption of a superior morality is as disgraceful as it is disgusting. They are busybodies, obsessed with forcing on us their vacuous "ethical" code. ... ...

It wasn't meant to be like this. Somewhere along the line, a loose federation of diversity champions, equality campaigners and human-rights activists has metamorphosed into a tyrannical minority for whom Christmas is an abomination.
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IMMIGRATION
Labour refuses to estimate migrant influx
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 8 December 2006

The Home Office has no idea how many people might come to Britain from Romania and Bulgaria when they join the European Union on Jan 1, the Minister in charge admitted yesterday.

No estimates of the potential migration have been produced because the last official forecasts about the influx of migrants from eastern Europe proved so spectacularly wrong, MPs were told.

Liam Byrne, the immigration minister, said it would be "very unwise" to make predictions about the next wave of arrivals in view of that. ...

Mr Byrne, giving evidence to a joint session of two Commons select committees, concede that the wider impact on services such as education, health and housing was never fully examined before the last migration and had not been considered for this one.

MPs voiced concern that the Home Office was operating in what one called an "evidence vacuum" which it was only now trying to fill by setting up an advisory committee to look at the impact of immigration. ...

Karen Buck, the Labour MP for Regent's Park and Kensington North in London, said children were not getting school places because of the pressure of numbers. ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch UK, said: "The government seem to be flying blind on immigration with no clear policy and no means of achieving it if they had one."
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MULTICULTURALISM
Christmas is no longer in the shop window
David Derbyshire
Daily Telegraph, 7 December 2006

Press your nose against the windows of some high street stores and you could be forgiven for thinking that Betjeman's Christmas has been banished.

In an era when the traditions of Christmas are increasingly under fire, many shops appear to have abandoned their traditional displays in favour of less "culturally specific" images.

Instead of wise men, Santas and reindeer, shoppers are being enticed with topiary, skeletons and suspenders. ...

Karl McKeever, a shop display consultant with the company Visual Thinking, believes too many retailers are "dumbing down" and turning their backs on conventional Christmas displays. "They are trying to be as polite and inoffensive as they can and they've abandoned the notion of Yuletide," he says. "The most Christmassy it gets for many shops is the odd snowflake. The one store we found that had any real evidence of Christmas was Ted baker - and that had a reindeer."
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POPULATION – HOUSING
Thousands of homes to be built on Green Belt
Charles Clover
Daily Telegraph, 6 December 2006

Tens of thousands of homes and offices could be built on protected Green Belt land across England, a Government-backed report said yesterday.

It called for local and regional authorities to conduct a wholesale review of Green Belt boundaries, which have prevented the sprawl of towns and cities since the 1950s, as part of the biggest shake-up of planning policies for decades.

Kate Barker, a member of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee and the report's author, said the population was set to rise to 55 million by 2026 - partly as a result of record immigration.

She called for more land to be released for housing, particularly in areas where house prices were the highest.

In her report on the future of land planning Miss Barker called for new taxes to encourage empty property in towns and cities to be put into use and vacant brownfield sites to be developed.

But she emphasised the importance of ensuring a supply of land for development that could not be accommodated in towns and cities by relaxing controls on the girdle of Green Belt land that surrounds major towns and cities. These belts of land on which development is heavily restricted are designated by each planning authority. She called for the protection of green space in urban areas and for new accessible parkland and woodland to be created on Green Belt land that was left.
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MULTICULTURALISM
No Christmas decorations, please, it might cause offence
Amy Iggulden
Daily Telegraph, 6 December 2006

Three out of four employers have banned Christmas decorations from their offices for fear of offending other faiths, a report claimed yesterday.

Law firm Peninsula said the workplace was becoming caught up in the "wave" of political correctness affecting festive traditions.

A survey of 2,300 employers found that 74 per cent had banned decorations because they were worried about offending other faiths, while half thought they made offices look unprofessional.

Peter Done, managing director of Peninsula, said the findings followed a number of cases involving local authorities banning festive activities and decorations in high streets and shopping centres.

"Christmas trees and decorations may well be a thing of the past in many workplaces this Christmas as political correctness culture has spread to the workplace.

"Although employers who are enforcing the ban are sceptical and dismayed by this trend, they feel that they have little choice in the matter due to the threat of litigation; as they have to protect themselves, their reputation and their livelihood."
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IMMIGRATION
Migrants face new test in 'Britishness'
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 5 December 2006

Tests in the English language and the British way of life will be compulsory from next year for foreigners wanting to settle here, the Government said yesterday.

It will bring long-term immigrants into line with people who seek UK citizenship, who already have to sit the tests.

Last year 180,000 people were granted settlement to stay. Some go on to seek British nationality but others may choose to retain their own while staying permanently. ...

Applicants who already possess a good standard of English will take the existing Life in the UK exam. ...

Those less accomplished in English can attend a combined language and citizenship class instead. They will be expected to complete the course "successfully" but do not have to pass the exam to gain citizenship.
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CRIME – RACISM
Race crime charges in England rise by 28%
BBC, 4 December 2006

The number of people charged by police with racially aggravated offences rose by 28% last year, figures have shown.

Out of a total of 7,430 cases, 6,123 defendants were taken to court between April 2005 and April 2006, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Statistics also showed 43 people were charged with religiously-aggravated offences, a rise of almost 27%.

Ken Macdonald QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, said fears of a backlash after the London bombs were unfounded.

He said: "After the 7 July bombings it was feared that there would be a significant backlash against the Muslim community and that we would see a large rise in religiously-aggravated offences.

"The fears of a large rise in offences appear to be unfounded." ...

The figures showed that the actual or perceived religion of the victim was known in 22 out of 43 religiously-motivated offences.

Of those, 18 were identified as Muslim, three as Christian and one as Sikh.

In race offences, the number of defendants pleading guilty rose by 2% to 71%. Overall 87% of race cases resulted in a conviction, while for religiously-aggravated charges, 98% of defendants were convicted.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
The hidden truth of the veil: it's all politics
Jenny McCartney
Sunday Telegraph, 3 December 2006

Britain, for all its faults, is not a society in which women are pestered or harassed as a matter of course. When we walk outside we have to contend with a tuneless wolf whistle at worst. For a woman here to argue that simply uncovering her face will automatically inflame the men around her to dangerous levels of lust is absurd: indeed, it is ostentatious modesty inflated to the point of vanity. To feel compelled to wear the full veil in Britain is the sexual equivalent of attending a Quaker meeting accompanied by three heavily-armed bodyguards.

Behind this absurdity lurks something rather more worrying, however: the persistent agenda of a minority of Islamic fundamentalists to emphasise difference and push the boundaries of secular society. The arguments over Muslim women's clothing have really been thinly disguised political battles, ...
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MULTICULTURALISM – WHITE FLIGHT
White flight is a fact of British life
George Walden
Daily Telegraph, 1 December 2006
[George Walden's book is published by Gibson Square Books at £8.99.]

In my new book, Time To Emigrate?, written as a letter, I explain to an imaginary, liberal-minded daughter-in-law that she is wrong to deny the existence of white flight from inner-city areas, and to ignore the dangers of ethnic mini-states forming around us. Days later, at a conference on race organised by the Commission for Racial Equality, which he chairs, a real-life Trevor Phillips spoke of a crisis as white minorities bolt from ethnic areas, and warned of the emergence of separate and isolated communities. ...

A few days ago, I found myself debating immigration on a call-in show with the Bishop of Hulme, Stephen Lowe, an experience that confirmed all we hear about the intellectual decline of the C of E.

Not that you have to be very clever to realise that, while insisting on decent treatment for immigrants already here, and understanding why many felt driven to come, it is wise to recognise that, for many indigenous folk lower down the social scale, mass immigration has brought severe problems.

Such was my Bishop's spiritual pride in being a migrants' champion (he suggested that, unlike him, I had never set foot on an estate: I spent years on one, in the East End after the War) that nothing would budge him.

Impervious to non-racist callers who had lost their jobs or suffered from huge pressures on social services, at no point would he concede that there was, or could be, a problem. Attempts to elicit his suggestion as to where we would locate a second London (the population is due to grow by seven million, the equivalent of another capital, in a couple of decades) went unanswered. ...

Yet we must recognise that a sentimental attachment to multiculturalism persists in public opinion. Ethnic or otherwise, the nation has got it into its head that the warm feelings it induces are the fount of human virtue, on a par with Alan Bennett and the NHS. The very word makes people feel good about themselves.

Then along comes the chairman of the CRE, who happens to be black, and explains that their preferred, oblivion-inducing narcotic on race relations can in real life lead to a kind of de facto apartheid, because, if all cultures are equal and no over-arching concept of Britishness is allowed, people drift into ghettos. The fact that the opposite to multiculturalism is integration, which in its state-enforced French version doesn't appear to work either, hardly helps in getting Phillips's message across.

So is there no solution? The ideal solution is not to have the problem, but we have. A certain level of immigration is natural and desirable. But when things get so out of hand that the Governor of the Bank of England complains that he cannot oversee an economy when no one knows how many people are in the country, then there is a problem. In essence, the Governor, Trevor Phillips and Time To Emigrate? are saying the same thing: that for social, economic and security reasons, a public reappraisal of where we stand on mass immigration - and so far as it has already happened, where we go from here - is dangerously overdue.

The trouble is that, so delicate is the situation the British have got themselves into - a white society on eggshells - that neither Government nor Opposition dares tell the country the fix it is in. ...

The moral, it will surprise no one to learn, lies in my book, where after doing her honest best to adapt to the sudden and massive changes around her, my daughter-in-law, like so many true-life versions of herself, ends up joining the white flight she denied existed.
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CRIME
Exposé of fake EU passports delivered within 24 hours
John Steele
Daily Telegraph, 1 December 2006

Fake European Union passports are now so easy to obtain in Europe that an investigator was able to buy false passports for 20 EU countries and twice enter Britain with a bogus document, the BBC's Panorama programme will claim next week.

An undercover reporter for the programme will say that the dealers in false documents with whom she dealt were all confident about the quality of the passports and predicted that they would get her into Britain.

One dealer, when asked if other clients had got into the UK successfully, said: "There were no failures."

The dealer was so confident that he did not want to be paid until the reporter was in Britain. Another dealer said that if the passport failed, "the next one is on us".

A fake EU passport is valuable, as it not only ensures entry to Britain but also access to benefits, banks accounts and health care.

Panorama will say that counterfeit passports were delivered within 24 hours. The reporter was offered stolen passports with her photograph inserted and genuine passports applied for by women who resembled her and used pictures of her.

The programme will claim that security is so lax in some nations that "look-alikes" applying for passports with other people's pictures did not even have to sign the document.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – MULTICULTURALISM
Winning Muslim hearts and minds
Michael Burleigh, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford
Daily Telegraph, 30 November 2006

We are entitled to have accurate information about immigration, with open discussion of its cultural, as well as economic, merits and demerits. Clear lines need to be established about what the majority of people here are prepared to tolerate, for toleration is not some open-ended, one-way arrangement. It's all very well to say you are against the formation of inner-city ghettos potentially subtracted from common law, but how, precisely, do Conservatives imagine dispersing them or preventing their formation?
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
1 in 3 backs ban on wearing veils in public, says BBC
Daily Telegraph, 30 November 2006

One in three people would support a ban on Moslem women wearing veils which cover their faces in all public places, according to a survey carried out for the BBC.

Members of the public were asked whether they would back the introduction by the Government of a new law imposing such a ban.

A third of respondents said they would approve, compared with just over half - 56 per cent - who said they would not and just under one in 10 said they did not know.

The survey also asked if they would support prohibition in specific circumstances. Sixty one per cent said they would approve a ban in airports and at passport control, 53 per cent said they would back it in court rooms and 53 per cent in schools. Forty one per cent said they would support a work place ban, but 56 per cent said they would oppose a ban on Muslim women wearing veils while travelling on public transport.
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IMMIGRATION – DIVERSITY
Middle-class flight
Georgina Porter
Daily Telegraph, 30 November 2006
[Letter to the Editor]

Before my young family and I became part of the exodus three years ago, we lived in Kilburn, not far from where Mr ap Rhys Price was murdered. Among our friends locally, everyone knew someone who had been mugged; my husband was thrown to the ground, kicked and punched for a laptop computer.

Even the most liberal of the middle classes draw the line somewhere, and allowing oneself or one's loved ones to become sacrificial lambs at the altar of diversity seems to be that place. For the white middle classes, diverse communities don't always feel safe. The widespread myth peddled by the race relations industry that white people are racist and ethnic minorities their victims only fuels the resentment that underlies these violent incidents.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Sharia law is spreading as the authority of British justice wanes
Joshua Rozenberg
Daily Telegraph, 29 November 2006

Islamic sharia law is gaining an increasing foothold in parts of Britain, a report claims.

Sharia, derived from several sources including the Koran, is applied to varying degrees in predominantly Muslim countries but it has no binding status in Britain.

However, the BBC Radio 4 programme Law in Action produced evidence yesterday that it was being used by some Muslims as an alternative to English criminal law. Aydarus Yusuf, 29, a youth worker from Somalia, recalled a stabbing case that was decided by an unofficial Somali "court" sitting in Woolwich, south-east London. ...

Mr Yusuf told the programme he felt more bound by the traditional law of his birth than by the laws of his adopted country. "Us Somalis, wherever we are in the world, we have our own law," he said. "It's not sharia, it's not religious - it's just a cultural thing."

Sharia's great strength was the effectiveness of its penalties, he said. Those who appeared before religious courts would avoid reoffending so as not to bring shame on their families.

Some lawyers welcomed the advance of what has become known as "legal pluralism".
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CRIME – RACISM
MP denies black crime remarks were 'racist'
George Jones
Daily Telegraph, 28 November 2006

A Conservative MP yesterday denied he was racist for highlighting statistics showing that a high proportion of young criminals were black.

Bob Spink, MP for Castle Point, became embroiled in a race row after email exchanges with an Essex constituent were leaked. ...

According to the Daily Mirror, which published details of the exchanges,

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Mr Spink said yesterday that the way the comments had been portrayed was "disingenuous" and "politically mischievous" and said he was simply repeating answers from the Home Secretary. "I asked a range of questions of the Home Secretary to establish the facts about crime. He told the House of Commons that, pro rata, many more young black men are known to the criminal justice system than young white men."
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MULTICULTURALISM – WHITE FLIGHT
Middle-class exodus from inner cities 'increasing segregation'
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 28 November 2006

The flight of the middle classes from the inner cities is threatening to undo 30 years of progress that has made Britain the best place in Europe for ethnic minorities, the country's race equality chief said yesterday.

Trevor Phillips, the outgoing chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), said increased polarisation and segregation in areas deserted by the better-off was "the great threat" to the development of a diverse and harmonious society.

Speaking at a conference in London to mark the 30th anniversary of the Race Relations Act, which set up the CRE, he said: "Britain is by far the best place in Europe to live if you are not white."

But he said that trends unforeseen in the 1970s were placing this in jeopardy. ...

Research commissioned by the CRE for the convention showed that despite the greater number of ethnic minorities in Britain, few mixed. Two out of three people hardly ever choose to meet someone of a different ethnicity in their own homes.

A quarter of Britons want to live in an all-white area and more than half - including those from ethnic minorities - think there is too much immigration. More and more communities were "shut off" and vulnerable to political and religious extremism.

Mr Phillips said the public education system should be teaching children to live together but appeared to be doing the opposite. Nine of the country's best universities did not have more than 30 African Caribbean students. ...

He said that the ethnic changes taking place in parts of our country were the most rapid ever known.

"But the change isn't just one of sheer numbers. It is also characterised by a new fierceness with which people express the aspects of their identity - heritage, ethnicity, faith - that make them different from their neighbours."

Official internal migration figures show that white and ethnic minority communities are becoming increasingly separated by growing levels of population movement.

A study last year based on the 2001 census found evidence for the first time in Britain of what is known in America as "white flight", as middle-class families - including those of Asian background in some parts of England - leave areas of high ethnic minority populations.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
We are in a war to the death – craven concessions won't win it
Janet Daley
Daily Telegraph, 27 November 2006

What Islamic fundamentalism plans to achieve (and it has made no secret of it) is a righting of the great wrong of 1492, when the Muslims were expelled from Spain: a return of the Caliphate, the destruction of corrupt Western values, and the establishment of Sharia law in all countries where Muslims reside. That is what we are up against. ...

What is being demanded is the surrender of everything that Western democracy regards as sacred: even, ironically, the freedom to practise one's own religion, which, at the moment, is so useful to Muslim activists.

...

How are we to deal with this? There is only one way: we must, with the co-operation of the Muslim majority, separate the faith from its violent exponents. ... As Caroline Cox and John Marx argue in their book The West, Islam and Islamism, republished in a new edition by Civitas this week, it is imperative that we distinguish between the Islamic faith and Islamist ideology. If we accept - or even countenance - the view that the two are indistinguishable, we will either be paralysed by our own democratic commitment to religious freedom or forced to engage in all-out religious war.

If a majority of the Muslim community is prepared to separate itself, clearly and explicitly, from the terrorist faction, then we have a chance. If it is not, if it is swept up in the glamour of international victim status and the dark victory of glorious death, then we face generations of bloodshed.
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IMMIGRATION
'No figures' on illegals caught at Home Office
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 26 November 2006

The Home Office has confessed it does not know how many illegal immigrants have been caught in its own workforce.

The admission sparked anger from business leaders, who face fines or even imprisonment if they employ illegal migrants from next year under a clampdown introduced by John Reid, the Home Secretary. Public sector employers are exempt from the new law.

In May, five illegal immigrants from Nigeria were found working as Home Office cleaners.

The failure by ministers to keep a count of such cases will fuel suspicions that others have been dealt with quietly, to avoid political embarrassment.

Asked in Parliament how many migrants had been caught working illegally for the Home Office since 2001, Liam Byrne, the Immigration Minister, said he could not give a figure. The Home Office, which has 70,000 employees, later said each of its units, including the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and the Prison Service, kept separate records which were not submitted to ministers.
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IMMIGRATION – ASYLUM
Half a million east Europeans come to UK seeking jobs
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 22 November 2006

More than half a million east Europeans have come to work in Britain over the past two years in what has become the biggest inward migration in the nation's history. Official figures yesterday showed that 510,000 people from the eight former Soviet bloc countries that joined the EU in May 2004 have registered for jobs here.

But this does not include thousands more who have chosen not to register or who are self-employed and do not have to. ...

The data were published as asylum figures showed a big drop in the number of failed applicants being removed, even though this is meant to be a government priority.

In the quarter from July to September, 3,635 people left the country, a 28 per cent fall on the previous three months - and 800 of them were given financial incentives to go home.

This was the lowest removal figure since 2004 and compares to more than 5,000 in the previous quarter.

It also meant the Government failed to achieve its much-trumpeted "tipping point" target to eject more failed asylum seekers than the number of new unfounded applications.
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IMMIGRATION
Police may recruit Polish immigrants
Anil Dawar
Daily Telegraph, 21 November 2006

A police force is considering recruiting Poles to serve the booming population of Polish immigrants now living under its jurisdiction.

North Wales Police said it is considering taking on Polish-speaking officers to cope with the changing face of the local community. ...

The force recently launched a scheme in Flintshire to provide help and advice for the Polish community on matters such as personal safety and driving in the UK.
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TERRORISM – MULTICULTURALISM
Holland to ban burqa as 'terror threat'
Joan Clements
Daily Telegraph, 18 November 2006

Holland is to become the first country in Europe to ban the burqa after the government announced plans to introduce legislation outlawing the head-to-toe Islamic garment "within days".

The cabinet decreed yesterday that it posed a "terrorist threat" because it prevented the wearer's face being identified. The ban is likely to extend to all face-covering veils and prevent anyone "appearing in public with covered facial features".
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Islamic fanatics 'grooming students at 25 universities'
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 18 November 2006

The threat posed by Islamic extremists "grooming" students at British universities has been drastically underestimated by ministers, a leading academic warned last night.

Prof Anthony Glees, the director of Brunel University's centre for intelligence and security studies, warned that more than 25 campuses had been infiltrated by fanatics recruiting for so-called jihad (holy war).

His comments came as the Department for Education urged lecturers to be on the look out for impressionable youngsters who could fall under the influence of radical preachers.

In a 20-page report the department warns of "serious, but not widespread, Islamic extremist activity in higher education institutions". ... ...

But Prof Glees said: "The guidance is a step in the right direction, but I don't think the threat has been taken seriously enough.

"From my research I would say this issue probably affects more than 25 universities, not the small handful they talk of. ..." ...

The report said universities - which are often rife with "ethically segregated communities" - provided opportunities for extremists to "form new networks, and extend existing ones".
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Lecturers urged to inform on Muslims
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 17 November 2006

Lecturers will be asked to report on Muslim students suspected of involvement in extremism under Government guidance expected today.

The document, drawn up by the Department for Education and Skills, comes amid continuing concerns that universities are a breeding ground for Islamic terrorists. ...

Today, the DfES is expected to release the guidance which, according to an earlier draft, urges all university staff with concerns about "Asian-looking" or Muslim students to report them to the Special Branch.

The move has been condemned by Islamic groups and the National Union of Students (NUS), who said it amounted to "McCarthyism". ...

Universities have expressed concerns about the guidance, saying there were "dangers" in targeting particular groups.

Prof Drummond Bone, the president of Universities UK, said: "Not only is this unreasonable but it could be counterproductive."
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IMMIGRATION
Migration is a bigger worry than terrorism
Sarah Womack
Daily Telegraph, 17 November 2006

Record immigration to Britain worries more people than terrorism or the state of the NHS, according to the Commission for Racial Equality.

The race relations watchdog said today that, for the first time in any major poll, immigration and the impact on race relations were even bigger concerns to people than education.

One in four people spontaneously cited immigration as the "most important issue faced by Britain" compared with one in five who saw defence, foreign affairs, or terrorism as the most vital.

The Ipsos Mori poll was carried out ahead of the CRE's Race Convention 2006, to be held in London on Nov 27-28, which will include provocative seminars entitled "Rivers of blood: did Enoch Powell get it right?" and "Sleepwalking to segregation: are we stirring from our slumber?"
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DISEASE
7 out of 10 new cases of TB, Aids and malaria are migrants
Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2006

Almost three quarters of new cases of major infectious diseases occur in migrants, watchdogs said yesterday. About seven out of 10 diagnoses of tuberculosis, HIV and malaria in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2004 occurred in immigrants.

... The Health Protection Agency said there was little risk of the UK-born population catching infectious diseases from new arrivals but suggested that GPs could provide extra screening for those arriving from high-risk countries.

Dr Jane Jones, one of the authors of the HPA's first report on migrant health, said: "Many migrants come from countries with no higher risk of infectious diseases than in the UK but some do and they will have additional health needs.

"The majority of cases of TB, HIV and malaria are in people who were no born here, but it is important that this be seen in context. Most migrants do not have infectious diseases."
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Hate videos of Muslim group they failed to ban
Duncan Gardham and Matt Barnwell
Daily Telegraph, 15 November 2006

A Muslim organisation which the government chose not to ban is preaching hatred and has infiltrated the Home Office, an investigation has revealed.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is showing inflammatory videos to small groups of followers then encouraging them to attack non-believers.

A HuT member has gained a job as an information technology worker in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home Office and been given a grant to organise an event for the radical group, it has been claimed in an undercover investigation by Vigil, a group campaigning against religious extremism. ...

... the investigation, screened last night on BBC2's Newsnight ... ...

Last night the group said in a statement: "We do not advocate or otherwise promote the use of violence or any criminal activity against civilians in the UK or anywhere else."
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MULTICULTURALISM – DISCRIMINATION
In defence of the white working class
Leo McKinstry
Daily Telegraph, 15 November 2006

If the experience of poor urban whites were happening to other groups, there would be an outcry, followed by official enquiries, commissions, reports, and positive action plans. But nothing of the sort will occur. The entire thrust of the state machine is to address the needs of ethnic minorities, not the hard-pressed indigenous population.

The public sector is now filled with initiatives geared towards blacks and Asians, whether they be special housing, positive action training schemes, or community grants. No less than 10 per cent of all Arts Council funding, for instance, is explicitly given to ethnic minority groups, while the BBC makes a fetish of minority recruitment, reflected in the famous comment of the former director general Greg Dyke that the corporation is "hideously white". That is the attitude that prevails in our civic institutions. The celebration of diversity is a one-way street, with every culture treated with reverence except the traditional British one. ...

Where the white working class were once admired for their patriotism, respectability, and sense of community, now these values have been turned against them. Once the bulwark of our society, now they are left on the margins.
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BIAS – ADOPTIONS
The improved lot of Romanian orphans
Lady Nicholson of Winterbourne, MEP
Daily Telegraph, 14 November 2006

There have been protests about Romania's decision to ban international adoptions, coming from individual politicians in France and America, but these are the result of the multi-million-dollar lobby for international adoptions - a lobby that represents a shadowy, unaccountable and deeply unethical industry.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Muslims are not doing enough to help this country fight terror, says Met Chief
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 12 November 2006

Muslims are not doing enough to help police crack terrorist plots, says Britain's top policeman.

Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Force Commissioner, says Muslims initially went into denial over the problem of terrorism. He believes that encouraging greater co-operation will be a "slow" and "delicate" process. ...

Sir Ian was speaking during a visit in Berlin, where he delivered a speech calling for an extension to the 28-day limit for the detention without charge of terrorist suspects. In an interview with the German newspaper, Der Tagesspiel, Sir Ian was asked how much help Muslims were giving to police anti-terrorist investigations. He replied: "We're getting more, but we're not getting enough."

He added: "The first reaction of the Muslim communities, as with almost every other immigrant community, is to withdraw and say, 'This is nothing to do with us.' This will be a slow process. It's an extremely delicate one."
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POPULATION – HOUSING
Two million homes needed to cope with immigration
Ben Leapman
Sunday Telegraph, 12 November 2006

Ministers' forecasts that 1.5 million homes will need to be built to house the influx of immigrants are too low, the Government has admitted, ...

Despite unveiling the estimate for the growth in household numbers expected by 2026 only eight months ago, Whitehall statisticians are already recalculating the figure.

The new total, expected to be closer to two million, will be used by officials to lay down bigger targets for house building in towns, cities and the countryside.

Critics said the need for the recalculation provided further evidence that the Government was failing to measure immigration properly or take full account of its impact.

James Clappison, a Conservative member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, who used parliamentary questions to uncover the review of the household projections, said: "The Government never seems to take into account in its policy-making that there is a link between immigration and housing. There has been a failure to get to grips with the scale of immigration which has taken place since 1997, a large part of which has come about as a result of government policy." ...

A spokesman for the Department of Communities and Local Government, ..., confirmed: "We are working to update the household projections to take into account the latest population projections. They should be available early in 2007."

Later this month, the ONS will publish the findings of an inquiry by Peter Goldblatt, head of the its centre for demography, into shortcomings in the way migrants are counted. When the inquiry was launched, Karen Dunnell, the National Statistician, declared: "There is recognition that available estimates of migrant numbers are inadequate for managing the economy, policies and services."
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Blair backs MI5 warning over increasing threat of terrorism
Graeme Wilson
Daily Telegraph, 11 November 2006

The war against Islamic terrorism will "be with us for a generation", Tony Blair said yesterday after the head of MI5 warned that militants posed an increasingly grave threat to Britain.

The Prime Minister said he fully endorsed Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller's warning and said the country faced a "long and deep struggle" to win the battle against al-Qa'eda. He urged people to confront the "poisonous propaganda" that was warping the minds of young Muslims.

His message was echoed by Gordon Brown, the Chancellor, who described Dame Eliza's intervention as a "wake-up call for the British people".

But Baroness Udin, a Muslim Labour peer, voiced concern that the head of MI5 was trying to "up the ante" on the threat posed by terrorism.
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NATIONAL IDENTITY
Woe to a nation that idolises Beckham and ignores Auden
Michael Henderson
Daily Telegraph, 11 November 2006

"It is lack of confidence, more than anything else, that kills a civilisation," wrote Kenneth Clark, who devoted much of his life to a famous study of the subject. "We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs." Or, he might have said, by wilful neglect of what our civilisation has given us, which is a form of cynicism; the most deadly form of all. ...

Next February sees the centenary of the birth of one of our greatest poets, Wystan Auden, and the BBC confessed this week that it had made no plans to honour him.

... Its negligence in this matter, as in so many others, shames a national broadcasting organisation that is supposedly committed to making programmes of high quality. ...

Consider how much this country has given to European civilisation, and how greatly European civilisation has enriched the world, and then consider how so many people, in positions of trust and influence, trivialise it, apologise for it, and often hold it in contempt.

... No wonder that some people, who come here from different cultures, observe how little use the modern British appear to have for the institutions and values that made this country great, and conclude that they are not obliged to play their part in civic life because there is not much that is worth celebrating, or even preserving.

If you undermine the people whose achievements have helped to shape our history (in the case of Auden, a writer who helped to add a glorious chapter to English literature, which is this country's greatest gift to the world), and if instead you exalt the here-and-now because it is easier to digest, and because - in that horrible modern phrase - it "ticks all the right boxes", then in effect you disinherit every generation that follows.
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IMMIGRATION – STATISTICS
Counting chickens
Daily Telegraph, 10 November 2006
[Leading article]

Last year, according to the Office for National Statistics, 565,000 immigrants arrived: or thereabouts. The truth is that many social scientists now treat ONS figures as only the roughest of estimates, while others discount them altogether.

Every discussion about immigration, whether in a Whitehall office or down the pub, should be prefaced by the following statements:

  • We do not know how many economic migrants arrive at our ports and airports during the year.

  • We do not know how many economic migrants there are already in this country.

  • The only reason the number of asylum seekers has fallen sharply is because refugees have been reclassified as economic migrants.

  • We do not know how many failed asylum seekers have left the country (though we do know that most of them do not leave at all).

  • We do not have enough information to produce a breakdown of immigrants by country of origin (though we do know that the majority of immigrants are Muslims, not Polish Roman Catholics).


Imagine a Chancellor of the Exchequer attempting to formulate economic policy without knowing the rate of inflation. Yet that is the position in which the Government now finds itself; and the same is true of the Conservatives.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Terrorists are recruiting in our schools, says MI5 boss
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 10 November 2006

MI5 is fighting to contain a rapidly-growing terrorist threat, with at least 30 top-priority plots under investigation, the head of the security service said yesterday.

Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller said Islamic militants linked to al-Qa'eda were recruiting teenagers to carry our suicide attacks and will use chemical, biological or nuclear weapons if they get the chance.

In a rare public speech, she gave a frank and sobering insight into the challenge facing the counter-terrorist agency, which has seen an 80 per cent rise in its casework since January.

Dame Eliza told an invited audience at Queen Mary College, London, that MI5 was monitoring some 200 groupings or networks comprising more than 1,600 individuals "who are actively engaged in plotting or facilitating, terrorist acts here and overseas".

The nature and gravity of the threat was deepening, fuelled by the rapid radicalisation of young British Muslims - some still at school, yet prepared to join the ranks of suicide bombers. She said the country faced a sustained and growing threat that "would last a generation". ...

Dame Eliza said surveys among Muslims suggested there could be as many as 100,000 people who considered that the July 7 atrocities were justified. But finding those who were prepared to cause us harm was difficult "given the scale and speed of radicalisation and the age of some being radicalised even while still at school". ...

A similar message was being delivered on the other side of London yesterday by Margaret Beckett, the Foreign Secretary.

In a speech to the Royal United Services Institute think-tank, she called on mainstream Muslims to "stand up and be counted" in the struggle against terrorism.
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IMMIGRATION
'I'm no Enoch Powell'
Cassandra Jardine
Daily Telegraph, 10 November 2006

George Walden has written a provocative new book about the perils of mass immigration and 'white flight' – but, he tells Cassandra Jardine, he is prepared for the flak. ...

"My generation has had it very good. But life is much harder for my children's generation, and as for the next one..."

With that in mind he has written a 230-page letter, supposedly to a son who is contemplating joining the white flight (for the record, neither of Walden's two sons are). ...

..., he is asking serious questions about how this country will cope when there will virtually be standing room only in the south-east. "We have the biggest underclass in Europe and it is growing because of immigration," he explains. "By underclass, I mean people with poor education, living in poor circumstances who because of marriage break-ups and other reasons tend to behave very badly. If we can't deal with our own underclass, how will we deal with poorly educated immigrants who don't share our fundamental values of fairness and decency?"

Even without an influx of foreign criminals and terrorists, he fears that life is not fair or decent for