Can you prove you're not a racist?
The Spectator, 31 March 2018
Someone can call you 'stupid', and that's just one person's
opinion. It doesn't seem true because a single childish naysayer has
impugned your intellectual prowess. Yet hitherto, the tag 'racist' has
tended to stick. And it's self-verifying. Why ever would anyone call you a
racist if you weren't one? ...
Not for nothing is describing
someone as 'sounding defensive' a charge of strategic malfeasance. It's a
wonder that anyone ever establishes innocence, given how guilty we all
appear when we claim we didn't do something. ...
For you cannot
prove a negative. Try this exercise: prove you're not a racist.
Interestingly, the more you go on about your laudable colour-blindness, the
dodgier you'll sound. Thus, forcing people to repudiate this epithet is
inviting them to hang themselves.
In our age of denunciation,
calling others racists offers tempting cover from having the same
rhetorical cudgel land on the detractor, just as writhing in pain absolves
accusers in The Crucible of being witches. That immunity is
precious, since a racist has become the very worst thing that anyone can
The term has gone woolly. Racism now carries with it the
stink of bias against groups unrelated to race, like the disabled, gays and
Muslims. In Britain, white Leave voters have been repeatedly smeared as
'racist', when the issue of EU freedom of movement largely involves an
influx of other white people. The slur neatly casts Remain voters as pure
Often an ad hominem attack substituting for proper
argument, 'racist' has become a cheap shot a crafty but
below-the-belt putdown that frequently reduces to 'I disagree with you' or
'I don't like your face'. Accordingly, the indiscriminate lynch-mob
pejorative is beginning to assume all the unthinking prejudice of the
... This commonplace code for 'not one of us' is
morphing into a meaningless playground taunt, just as forgettable as
A culture of secrecy is undermining our police and criminal justice system
Daily Telegraph, 30 March 2018
[The author is Head of Criminal Justice, The Centre for Social Justice]
If nothing else is learnt from the Worboys debacle, let it be
the need for less secrecy across policing, the criminal justice system and
public services generally. There is a bias against sharing information even
between public bodies, never mind with the public itself. ...
is it right that those living in high-crime areas have the Data Protection
or Human Rights Acts cited as reasons they cannot find out what happened on
their steet the night before. ...
Secrecy breeds mistrust. Even as
knife crime rises, most stabbings go unreported: the lack of transparency,
in part, preventing the issue from becoming one of widespread and public
It's not just the public who find themselves shut out
from knowing what is going on. The judiciary rarely if ever
discover what happened to those they sentence, having little or no insight
into the effectiveness of the punishments they dish out, or whether
deportation orders for serious foreign national offenders are ultimately
BORDER CONTROLS EXIT CHECKS
No UK border exit records for 600,000 people, says watchdog
The Guardian, 29 March 2018
Theresa May's long-promised system of "100% exit checks" at
Britain's borders is so unreliable that it contains no departure records
for more than 600,000 people who should have left the country in the past
two years, a watchdog has revealed.
A report by David Bolt, the
chief inspector of borders and immigration, said that the system also
contains a growing "unmatched pot" of more than 201,000 records of
departures of people for whom there is no Home Office record that they ever
entered the country.
Bolt quoted Home Office staff complaining that
they had been "mis-sold the programme", that it was "rushed" and "flawed"
and that inside the department there had been no comprehension of the vast
and complicated nature of the data and the patterns it showed.
"Because it was not possible to to be certain about a person's
movements they could not rely on it as evidence of immigration (non)
compliance," the chief inspector said.
quoted by Bolt were far more scathing, describing the introduction of the
exit check programme as "shambolic" with persistent issues about data
quality, gaps and threats of sanctions against airlines that didn't comply.
May, during her time as home secretary, had repeatedly promised
to introduce a full exit check programme through the e-borders system by
the 2015 general election on the pledge of keeping track of everybody
coming in and going out of Britain.
The chief inspector said that
by June 2017, despite the promise of 100% coverage, gaps still remained in
collecting data on those arriving by sea, ferries, for rail journeys in and
out of Britain and travel to and from Ireland within the common travel
However, Bolt's investigation has established that as of
March 2017 there were 88,134 visa nationals from outside Europe
whose visas had expired within the previous two years but there was
no record of departure. "At the same time, there was no record of departure
for 513,000 identified non-visa nationals," he added. ...
inspector noted that the system relies on airline records as passports are
not swiped on departure from Britain. ...
The Home Office said it
had rejected Bolt's key recommendation to re-establish the exit check
programme, which oversaw its introduction to drive the needed improvements.
POLITICS FREE SPEECH
Why can't we speak plainly about migrant crime?
Spectator blog, 29 March 2018
Most of us are intensely happy about actual incitement
whether it be from the far-right, Islamist groups or anyone else
being subjected to the existing strictures of the law. But Rowleyism, as
applied to social media, has a different type of effect. Among other things
it appears to equate violent groups with violent facts.
this year, the former founder of the English Defence League, Tommy
Robinson, was suspended from Twitter for tweeting a statistic about
rape-gangs something that has been much in the news of late. ...
As it happens, Tommy Robinson's stats were those put out by the
admirable Muslim-run think-tank Quilliam. Their landmark report from
December found that:
'84 per cent of
'grooming gang' offenders were (South) Asian, while they only make up seven
per cent of total UK population and that the majority of these offenders
are of Pakistani origin with Muslim heritage.'
So the suspension of Tommy Robinson from Twitter for saying this
raises a fascinating modern conundrum. Is it possible that there are facts
which one person is allowed to say, but another is not? ...
Wednesday, Robinson (who had almost half a million followers on the
platform) has been suspended from Twitter for good, without explanation.
In this situation how are we to deal with issues like that of
grooming gangs? The communities from which the culprits come don't seem to
want to address the issue. Mainstream society and politics has shown itself
repeatedly unwilling and unable to do more than commission further, endless
inquiries into these issues. And passing around what facts are known
appears to have become difficult (and perhaps in the near future wholly
impossible). The social media platforms will say that the facts are passed
around in a hateful manner. But it is hard to see how exactly one might
frame the mass gang-rape of children in an un-abashedly upbeat fashion.
Britain's immigration system isn't fit for purpose
CapX, 29 March 2018
[Philippe Legrain is a senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics' European Institute]
Britain's immigration system isn't fit for purpose. Its
political targets are perverse. Its guiding philosophy is reminiscent of
Soviet-style central planning. The resulting rules are unworkably complex.
Their administration by the Home Office mixes incompetence with malice.
The upshot is heavy-handed controls that still leave voters feeling
that things are out of control. That's bad economics and bad politics. ...
In Parliament, the Liberal Democrats are small in number, but
reliably pro-immigration. The Scottish National Party is very positive
about migration too; a proposal to allow regional visas for the likes of
Scotland and London could win their support. On the Labour side, shadow
Home Secretary Diane Abbott remains extremely pro-immigration, although
Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have tempered their previous enthusiasm
for free movement to appease immigration-sceptic Labour voters in Northern
Crucially, many politicians on both sides of the House
favour tighter immigration controls out of expediency rather than
conviction. If they feel that the wind is blowing in the other direction
or at least that the storm about migration has abated they
may be more open to a more open approach.
What they need is a
blueprint to rally around. That's why I'm fundraising to write one for
OPEN, the think-tank that I founded.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IDENTITY DOCUMENTS
ID cards needed to tackle illegal migration, says Blair
The National, 29 March 2018
Identity cards are needed to address the problem of illegal
migration, according to Tony Blair, former prime minister of the UK.
A new report on Thursday from his Institute for Global Change
recommends "a system of digital identity verification" which could help
manage the flow of new arrivals and pick out those who have entered
However, the debate about identity cards has now
moved on thanks to advances in technology, argues Harvey Redgrave, senior
policy fellow for immigration at Renewing the Centre, who authored the
"Frankly, it's a very different debate compared with ten
years ago," Mr Redgrave, who is also managing director of Crest Advisory,
told The National. ...
"Many of the things that people were worried
about last time, about having a giant centralised government database where
all of your data gets stored, no longer needs to be worried about. In a
digital world, this stuff could be stored on a phone, in an app, in a
digital wallet. ...
... Mr Redgrave points out that 25 out of 28
European Union countries already have some sort of ID scheme. ...
Mr Redgrave also pointed out that the scheme wouldn't necessarily
involve physical ID cards at all, thanks to new technology. ...
With the flow of people across borders steadily increasing and now
at record levels, the paper says it is critical for governments to develop
a credible policy agenda on immigration.
"Most people... want
reassurance that the flow of new arrivals is properly planned for and
managed, and that the laws are fairly enforced, with illegal migration
tackled rather than tolerated. These are not unreasonable demands," Mr
IMMIGRATION MIGRATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPORT
Immigration: how much is too much?
BBC, 28 March 2018
So when the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) speaks, it needs
close attention. Amid all the claims, counter-claims, petty prejudices
about Johnny Foreigner and justifiable concerns about jobs and wages, this
is the outfit that feeds real hard evidence into government thinking - or
so you would hope.
It was commissioned last July by the Home
Secretary, Amber Rudd, to take an in-depth and wide-ranging look at the
UK's continuing economic and demographic requirement to attract a continued
flow of European Union immigrants after Brexiting.
This is to help
shape the UK's new immigration policy from 2021, though being commissioned
by Ms Rudd it could also be seen as a helpful source of evidence to back up
the soft Brexit end of Cabinet divisions on Brexit.
report, published on Tuesday, is big on the opinion of business,
acknowledging that the final report will have to balance that with other
"What is best for an employer is not necessarily what is
best for the resident population, which is the criterion the MAC uses when
evaluating migration policy," it states.
In general, but
particularly in London and Scotland, business told the MAC that it likes to
recruit from the biggest possible pool of labour. No surprise there. ...
The interim report also dips a toe into the controversial question
of whether migrant workers depress wages.
They've got more work to
do on that, says the MAC. But for now, they note very different stories for
those born in older EU members (such as France and Germany), who on average
earn 12% above the British-born average. They tend to do more highly
Those born in the newer EU members (from the Baltic
states to Bulgaria) are typically in lower skilled, lower-paid roles and
paid 27% less than the British-born average (note: that is not for the same
The evidence is patchy, but suggests that average pay has
not been much depressed by migrant workers. ...
clearer about is that employers are getting a higher level of skill and
qualification for the same money that will buy an hour of native British
worker's time. ...
When employers say they simply can't get
home-grown Brits to come and work at some jobs, the Committee has another
unsympathetic response: of course they will - you just have to offer them
enough pay to make it worthwhile. ...
It highlights the huge
differences between most of the country and London. The capital's
population is 37% foreign-born. Some 11% of the total are from EU
The West Midlands has the next highest share, at one in
eight, and for Scotland, it's one in 12. For north-east England and Wales,
it is one in 18. ...
"Migration is rarely the only policy available
to deal with a problem and always needs to be compared with alternatives,"
writes the MAC chairman, Sir Alan Manning.
The final report will
have more to say on those alternative.
POLITICS PUBLIC OPINION
Australian envoy warns of UK elite's 'obsession' with identity politics
BT, 28 March 2018
Britain's handling of immigration has created a "serious
disconnect" between the nation's "elites" and mainstream public opinion,
Australia outgoing high commissioner to the UK has warned.
valedictory address to the Policy Exchange think tank in London, Alexander
Downer said there was a "near obsession with identity politics" at
expense of helping migrants to integrate into UK society which
"grated" with much of the population. ...
"My travels around the UK
made me wonder whether there wasn't some kind of serious disconnect between
the opinions of the mainstream of British society and the elites who
dominated the nation's major institutions the Parliament, the Civil
Service, the BBC, the media, academia and even parts of the professions,"
he said. ...
"What seems to have happened in Britain, as in other
English speaking countries, is that generations of leaders have played down
the country's national identity and replaced it with a near obsession with
"Instead of building on an existing national
identity by working to integrate migrants into the mainstream of society,
the elite have salami-sliced society with an ideology of identity
MULTICULTURALISM NATIONAL IDENTITY
Fake British Citizens
The Salisbury Review, 28 March 2018
When the BBC smugly announced that two 'British' Jihadists with
Arabic names accused of torturing, crucifying and beheading unarmed
civilians had been captured in Syria, many British listeners were enraged.
What could be less British? What would foreigners think we as a nation had
This type of slap in the face is intentional, frequent and
part of the left's postmodern project to deconstruct our way of life. If
you tell a people they no longer have any say in who lives in their
country, you will destroy their idea of nationhood. A country that does not
feel itself to be a nation has no borders.
... Patriotism burns
deeply in many an Englishman's heart, and to be told a medieval killer with
an Arab name who spits on the idea of our country is British is the
equivalent to a blow in the face.
The problem of hyper-liberalism [part 1]
TLS / The Times Literary Supplement, 27 March 2018
For liberals the recent transformation of universities into
institutions devoted to the eradication of thought crime must seem
paradoxical. In the past higher education was avowedly shaped by an ideal
of unfettered inquiry. Varieties of social democrats and conservatives,
liberals and Marxists taught and researched alongside scholars with no
strong political views. Academic disciplines cherished their orthodoxies,
and dissenters could face difficulties in being heard. But visiting
lecturers were rarely disinvited because their views were deemed
unspeakable, course readings were not routinely screened in case they
contained material that students might find discomforting, and faculty
members who departed from the prevailing consensus did not face attempts to
silence them or terminate their careers. An inquisitorial culture had not
yet taken over.
It would be easy to say that liberalism has now
been abandoned. Practices of toleration that used to be seen as essential
to freedom are being deconstructed and dismissed as structures of
repression, and any ideas or beliefs that stand in the way of this process
banned from public discourse. Judged by old-fashioned standards, this is
the opposite of what liberals have stood for. But what has happened in
higher education is not that liberalism has been supplanted by some other
ruling philosophy. Instead, a hyper-liberal ideology has developed that
aims to purge society of any trace of other views of the world. If a regime
of censorship prevails in universities, it is because they have become
vehicles for this project. /.../ In institutions that proclaim their
commitment to critical inquiry, censorship is most effective when it is
self-imposed. A defining feature of tyranny, the policing of opinion is now
established practice in societies that believe themselves to be freer than
they have ever been. ...
However, indifference to facts is not
confined to the alt-right and the hyper-liberal Left. It is pervasive among
liberals who came of age at the end of the Cold War. ...
who rail at populist movements are adamant that voters who support them are
deluded or deceived. The possibility that these movements are exploiting
needs that highly individualist societies cannot satisfy is not seriously
considered. In the liberalism that has prevailed over the past generation
such needs have been dismissed as atavistic prejudices, which must be swept
away wherever they stand in the way of schemes for transnational government
or an expanding global market. This stance is one reason why anti-liberal
movements continue to advance. Liberalism and empiricism have parted
company, and nothing has been learnt. Some of the strongest evidence
against the liberal belief that we learn from our errors and follies comes
from the behaviour of liberals themselves. ...
The problem of hyper-liberalism [part 2]
TLS / The Times Literary Supplement, 27 March 2018
That modern politics has been shaped by secular religions is
widely recognized in the case of totalitarian regimes. ...
liberals have been ready to acknowledge that totalitarian movements have
functioned as corrupt religions, they resist any claim that the same has
been true in their own case. ...
Hyper-liberals will reject any
idea that what they are promoting is an exorbitant version of the
liberalism they incessantly attack. Yet the belief persists that a new
society will appear once we have been stripped of our historic identities,
and switched to a system in which all are deemed different and yet somehow
the same. In this view, all identities are equal in being cultural
constructions. In practice some identities are more equal than others.
Those of practitioners of historic nationalities and religions, for
example, are marked out for deconstruction, while those of ethnic and
sexual minorities that have been or are being oppressed are valorized. How
this distinction can be maintained is unclear. ...
... In the past,
liberals have struggled to reconcile their commitment to liberty with a
recognition that people need a sense of collective belonging as well. In
other writings Mill balanced the individualism of On Liberty with an
understanding that a common culture is necessary if freedom is to be
secure, while Isaiah Berlin acknowledged that for most people being part of
a community in which they can recognize themselves is an integral part of a
worthwhile life. These insights were lost, or suppressed, in the liberalism
that prevailed after the end of the Cold War. If it was not dismissed as
atavistic, the need for a common identity was regarded as one that could be
satisfied in private life. A global space was coming into being that would
recognize only universal humanity. Any artefact that embodied the
achievements of a particular state or country could only be an obstacle to
this notional realm. The hyper-liberal demand that public spaces be purged
of symbols of past oppression continues a post-Cold War fantasy of the end
Liberals who are dismayed at the rise of the new
intolerance have not noticed how much they have in common with those who
are imposing it. Hyper-liberal "snowflakes", who demand safe spaces where
they cannot be troubled by disturbing facts and ideas, are what their
elders have made them. Possessed by faith in an imaginary humanity, both
seek to weaken or destroy the national and religious traditions that have
supported freedom and toleration in the past. Insignificant in itself and
often comically absurd, the current spate of campus frenzies may come to be
remembered for the part it played in the undoing of what is still described
as the liberal West.
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Andrew Green: The Government has lost its way on immigration and the Home Secretary shows no interest in reducing it
Conservative Home, 26 March 2018
It is now clear that the Government have dropped the ball on
immigration. An urgent rethink is needed if they are to avoid paying a
heavy price at the next election. There is no doubt about public concern.
Immigration remains one of the top three issues on which voters say they
will base their choice in 2022 or before, while nearly two-thirds want to
see a major reduction in immigration levels.
It is also clear that
immigration was a major factor in the outcome of the referendum. Indeed, it
was the top issue of voter concern on the eve of polling day in June 2016,
according to Ipsos MORI. Some suggest that voters' main motivation was
about control of immigration rather than its reduction, but that ignores
many years of consistent concern about the number of immigrants and their
impact on all our public services.
The Government has clearly lost
its way. The transition agreement is useless from the point of view of
reducing immigration. Free movement for EU citizens is to continue for
nearly three years from now. Worse, all those who come in that period will
have the right to claim permanent residence here. Even less acceptable, it
appears that they will have rights to bring in partners, and possibly
future partners, that are greater than the rights enjoyed by British
... Meanwhile, net migration from outside the European
Union has risen to over 200,000 per annum, /.../ The present Government
have done nothing to reduce it despite a number of useful recommendations
from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).
It seems that the
Government feels under very little pressure on immigration. Certainly, the
Home Secretary has shown no interest at all in concrete steps to reduce
immigration. /.../ Meanwhile, in 2014/15, the working age benefit bill for
EU migrants in the UK was over £4 billion or about £12 million
per day a huge sum. ...
... Overall, net migration still
stands at around a quarter of a million a year close to the average
of the last ten years, and enough to ensure that the UK's population grows
by the equivalent of Birmingham every two to three years. ...
Meanwhile, the public have been repeatedly promised control over
immigration which they have rightly interpreted as a reduction. The
public have had enough of excuses. Failure to deliver will severely shake
public confidence, certainly in the Conservative Party, but also in our
political system as a whole.
POLITICS CONSERVATIVE PARTY
After Brexit, We Must Address Voters' Immigration Concerns With A Bespoke
Sir Gerald Howarth, Conservative MP for Aldershot
26 March 2018
Communities across the UK are protesting at the demand for more
housing which this dramatic growth in population has generated. ...
... At Leave Means Leave, we believe the UK should have a bespoke
British work permit system, its eventual aim being to reduce net migration
to around the levels last seen in the mid-1990s, i.e. less than 50,000.
The public understands that highly-skilled migration is beneficial
to Britain. Therefore, there should be no cap on the most highly skilled
and entrepreneurial who wish to come to this country. ...
allow us to place greater emphasis on the training, education and
employment of the over 800,000 16-24 year old British citizens who are
currently unemployed or inactive (as of December 2016). ...
those who are granted permanent residence should be eligible for social
benefits, housing benefits and social housing, in keeping with the
principle of fairness that we should all have to pay in to the system. ...
In this essential debate about migration and the EU, we should not
forget that half of net annual migration into the UK is represented by
non-EU migrants, something over which we have had control. There is
therefore much work to be done to fashion a system which benefits the
economy but reassures a concerned public.
CRIME SLAVERY, PEOPLE-SMUGGLING
From child drug mules to migrant smuggling, reports of slavery soar in Britain
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 26 March 2018
From children being forced by gangs to carry illegal drugs, to
migrants smuggled into Britain and trapped in exploitative work, reports of
slavery in Britain have surged as authorities crack down on the crime,
according to data released on Monday.
The National Crime Agency
(NCA) said it received 5,145 reports of suspected slavery victims in 2017
across Britain, an increase of more than a third from 3,804 in 2016.
Those involved were commonly British, Albanian and Vietnamese, said
the NCA, which is dubbed Britain's FBI, warning that criminal networks were
heading online to sexually exploit people, especially through adult
"What this report reinforces is that we are now
dealing with an evolving threat," NCA director Will Kerr said in a
statement. "Particularly concerning to us is the rise in young people being
exploited for sexual purposes or drug trafficking." ...
also increased crossovers between smuggling rings, that transport
vulnerable migrants into Britain, and slavemasters, who force them into
exploitative work, Kerr said.
Kerr said the figures "almost
certainly" represent an underestimate of the true scale of slavery and
trafficking in Britain.
At least 13,000 people across Britain are
estimated by the government to be victims of modern slavery - trapped in
forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude - but police say
the true figure is likely to be in the tens of thousands.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION LANDLORDS
Landlords still house illegal immigrants with impunity
Conservative Woman, 26 March 2018
The government says it wants to be tough on illegal
immigration. /.../ As a part of this, the Immigration Act 2014 brought in
the 'Right to Rent' regulations. These oblige anyone renting out a home or
part of their home to make sure their tenant has a legal right to live in
Landlords aren't expected to be immigration experts and the
checks they should make on a prospective tenant are straightforward.
There's official advice online and a genuinely useful helpline if support
is needed. ...
... However the problem is that the regulations seem
to be barely enforced. There are large areas of the country with high
populations of illegal immigrants where arrests and detentions may be
happening, but no prosecutions or punitive action of any sort is being
taken against those who deliberately and illegally provide them with
... It should then be easy to establish that the
owner of that accommodation didn't take the right steps to comply with
'Right to Rent' rules and should be considered for prosecution.
that just isn't happening. According to the leading trade organisation, the
Residential Landlords Association, only 91 landlords were prosecuted in the
first year that the rules were in fully in place. It's difficult to match
this figure precisely against the number of people arrested for immigration
offences who have been in the country longer than the few days necessary to
procure at least some sort of roof over their heads. People you can
therefore assume have a landlord who is acting illegally. There must be
thousands in this category. Surely there should be some sort of correlation
between the number of people detained and the numbers of landlords
prosecuted for housing them? But there isn't.
CRIME SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN
Child sex gang of seven 'predatory' men who abused girls as young as 13 in a 's*** wagon' with number plate ending 'SHG' are convicted after jury took 24 DAYS to reach their
MailOnline, 25 March 2018
A sex gang of seven 'predatory' men have been convicted of
abusing young girls.
The group of seven men aged between 37 and 47
were described as 'predatory and cynical' by a judge after being convicted
on Friday following a five-month trial, at Oxford Crown Court. ...
A jury of four women and seven men took a record-breaking 107 hours
and 31 minutes, over the course of 24 days, to reach their verdict. ...
During the trial, Oxford Crown Court heard accounts from the
victims, all of whom were aged between 13 and 15 at the time, who said they
were plied with drink and drugs and took part in sex parties. ...
The lengthy trial saw seven defendants convicted - Raheem Ahmed,
Moinul Islam, Kamran Khan, Kameer Iqbal, Khalid Hussain, Alladitta Yousaf
and Assad Hussain.
TERRORISM CHILD REFUGEES
Parsons Green terrorist is jailed for at least 34 years after the judge rules he lied about only being 18
Daily Telegraph, 24 March 2018
The Parsons Green bomber lied about his age in order to remain
in the UK sparking renewed questions over the screening of child migrants.
Iraqi born, Ahmed Hassan, entered Britain illegally three years ago
and then applied for asylum, claiming to be a 16-year orphan, who had keen
kidnapped by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil). ...
the case raises serious questions over the ability of officials to weed out
asylum seekers who try to take advantage of the system by claiming to be
Mr Justice Haddon-Cave told Hassan: "I note that your
tutor at college thought you were physically and mentally older than you
claimed to be. I am satisfied that that you lied about your date of birth
on arrival in order to glean the special privileges accorded to children
entering the UK."
IMMIGRATION EUROPE, PUBLIC OPINION
Why do politicians refuse to tell it how it is on immigration?
The Spectator, 24 March 2018
One of the presumptions of democracy is that leaders listen to
the public. But as poll after poll in Europe shows, this presumption breaks
down around the subject of migration. On that and the numerous
issues surrounding it mainstream politicians consistently ignore the
public. And not only ignore them but berate them and act against their
This month sees the publication of the latest poll by
Project 28, whose 2017 poll of public opinion I wrote about here last
summer. Once again, the Századvég Foundation has polled
opinion from 1,000 respondents in each of the 28 countries of the EU. And
once again, the findings are startling. Any politician should consider
them; a wise politician would listen to them.
What is most striking
once again is that there is such extraordinary unanimity around the
question of immigration. ...
For instance, in response to the
question of EU border protection, more than three-quarters (78 per cent) of
EU citizens believe that the external borders of Europe should be better
protected. /.../ Not only do 78 per cent of all Europeans think that
illegal immigration into their countries is a problem, in every single
European country more people think that it is a serious problem than think
it is not a problem or not a very serious problem.
whether immigration brings problems including crime and terrorism, the
majority of Europeans believe that it does. While 82 per cent think it is
very or somewhat likely that a terrorist attack could happen in their
country, 62 per cent also think that immigrants bring an increase in crime.
Of course this remains a subject which, if uttered by a mainstream
politician, could end their political career. And yet it is not only a
majority opinion, but provable. Research commissioned by the German
government and published in January found that there had been a large
increase in crime in Germany in recent years and that more than 90 per cent
of that crime could be attributed to young male migrants. ...
81 per cent of the European public agree that immigrants should be helped
in their own countries, with almost half (48 per cent) saying that the EU
should provide 'substantial financial support' to the countries where they
are currently residing, like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. The public are
also supportive of temporary migration, with two-thirds of Europeans
agreeing that immigrants should be sent back to their home countries after
the war in Syria ends. ...
Crucially, the public are aware of
something about which their politicians have been blithe. Which is that
migration on the scale Europe has seen in recent years is not just a
problem for this generation but for succeeding ones. A frightening 50 per
cent of Europeans believe that their children will have a worse life than
them. /.../ Specifically, 70 per cent of the European public believe that
the 'rapid population growth of Muslims' is either a 'somewhat serious' or
'very serious' threat to Europe.
CRIME DRUG GANGS, ALBANIANS
Surge in drug gangs triples number of Albanians in our jails with 726 offenders from the Balkan state behind bars last year
Daily Mail, 23
Drugs gangs from Albania have fuelled a tripling in the number
of criminals from the country in British prisons.
Justice figures reveal there were 726 offenders from the Balkan state
behind bars last year up from 267 in 2013.
Many have been
convicted of murder, drug dealing, sex offences, money laundering, people
smuggling and death threats. ...
The National Crime Agency (NCA)
has warned that gangs of Albanian drug dealers are now 'a significant
threat', using increasingly ruthless tactics to protect their business.
Organised crime groups from the country, which has a population of
just 2.9 million, now have huge influence on supplying cocaine around the
But thousands of Albanians allowed into the UK are
suspected of adopting bogus identities from neighbouring Kosovo, claiming
persecution during the regional conflict 18 years ago. Imposters are
suspected to be fronting drugs and prostitution rings.
TERROR WARNING: 30,000 people in Europe may be in terrorist networks, Europol chief warns
Daily Express, 22 March 2018
Tens of thousands of people living in Europe could be part of
terrorist networks, the European Union's law enforcement boss has warned on
the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Westminster terror attack.
Up to 30,000 people have been radicalised and are part of terror
cells or communities which could be inspired by groups such as Islamic
State (ISIS), Europol director Rob Wainwright said.
In an interview
with Bulgarian television, the Briton warned of an "explosion of terrorist
activity in recent years", adding there is "very complex" range of threats
facing the EU. ...
Mr Wainwright also warned Europe was facing a
new generation of threats, including cyber attacks and danger posed by
"many groups that resemble mafias in many countries". ...
separate report by Bulgarian media, a study was presented to the country's
parliament today which revealed 800 people had travelled from the Western
Balkans to Syria and Iraq to fight for ISIS.
The Western Balkans
include several nations being considered for European Union membership,
such as Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
IMMIGRATION SUB-SAHARAN AFRICANS
At Least a Million Sub-Saharan Africans Moved to Europe Since 2010
Pew Research Center, 22 March 2018
International migration from countries in sub-Saharan Africa
has grown dramatically over the past decade, including to Europe and the
United States. Indeed, most years since 2010 have witnessed a rising inflow
of sub-Saharan asylum applicants in Europe, and lawful permanent residents
and refugees in the U.S.
... In the case of Europe, the population
of sub-Saharan migrants has been boosted by the influx of nearly 1 million
asylum applicants (970,000) between 2010 and 2017, according to a Pew
Research Center analysis of data from Eurostat, Europe's statistical
agency. Sub-Saharan Africans also moved to European Union countries, Norway
and Switzerland as international students and resettled refugees, through
family reunification and by other means.
In the U.S., those fleeing
conflict also make up a portion of the more than 400,000 sub-Saharan
migrants who moved to the States between 2010 and 2016. According to data
from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. State Department,
110,000 individuals from sub-Saharan countries were resettled as refugees
over this seven-year period. An additional 190,000 were granted lawful
permanent residence by virtue of family ties; nearly 110,000 more entered
the U.S. through the diversity visa program.
... According to a
2017 Pew Research Center survey in six sub-Saharan countries that have
supplied many of the region's migrants to the U.S. and Europe, many say
they would move to another country if the means and opportunity presented
themselves. And in Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria, more than a third say they
actually plan to migrate in the next five years. ...
In terms of
destinations, as of 2017, nearly three-quarters (72%) of Europe's
sub-Saharan immigrant population was concentrated in just four countries:
the UK (1.27 million), France (980,000), Italy (370,000) and Portugal
Between February and April 2017, Pew Research Center
surveyed in six of the 10 countries that have supplied many of the
sub-Saharan immigrants now living in the U.S. ...
The survey asked
respondents whether they would go to live in another country, if they had
the means and opportunity. At least four-in-ten in each sub-Saharan country
surveyed answered yes, including roughly three-quarters of those surveyed
in Ghana (75%) and Nigeria (74%). ...
... People planning to
migrate in the next five years tended to identify destinations where they
already had friends or family. This finding is generally consistent with
studies showing that personal connections influence the decision and
likelihood of migrating.
About 420,000 more
sub-Saharan African migrants lived in Europe in 2017 (4.15 million) than in
2010 (3.73 million). And an estimated 1.55 million sub-Saharan African
migrants lived in the U.S in 2017, an increase of about a 325,000 from
2010, when an estimated 1.22 million sub-Saharan African migrants lived in
the country, according to the United Nations.
Hate-speech laws help only the powerful
Spiked, 22 March 2018
Offensive behaviour is one of the crimes of immorality, such as
offence against public morality, action against the state,
counter-revolutionary activity and other catch-all terms, that have always
been used to suppress dissent (reasonable and unreasonable). ...
Laws against speech which are advanced under the guise of defending
the weak are actually designed to protect the dominant elite. Laws against
harassment, threats of violence, incitement to commit crime, and so forth,
are all already on the statute. They protect all people equally. Hate
crimes are different. They are crimes against public morality, as defined
by lawmakers. The offences are crafted not to protect 'marginalised groups'
but to demonstrate the virtue of the ruling class and to demonstrate its
power. They use minorities as shields to protect their own interests.
Christianity, patriotism, monarchy and the family were once
society-wide emblems of the moral consensus. But as they were diminished by
a new multiculturalism, a crisis of values developed. With so many
differing perspectives and traditions at play in society, it became hard to
find moral totems around which the nation could gather. One unifying idea
today is that racism is wrong. It is a moral value that appeals broadly to
liberals and conservatives, relying on the innate human moral values of
fairness, and individuals being treated according to their actions.
The problem is that racism can be manifest both in action and
thought. Racial discrimination of action can be limited through legislation
that bans racially determined pay, employment, accommodation and so on. It
is largely a transparent, fair and workable system. The problem is that
racist beliefs, casual prejudices and in-group preferences what we
might call racial discrimination of thought, mild or extreme have
become the focus of legislation to prevent even offensive (but non-racist)
speech in order to eradicate racist thought.
What we see now in
British hate-crime legislation is an attempt to control speech and thought.
The existence of 'offensive thought', which finds expression in a joke,
offhand slur or a casual slip, is now something for which our moral
superiors can prosecute us. This is a profoundly troubling situation. What
is more troubling is that no major British political party has opposed the
spread of hate-crime legislation. ...
... We must begin to treat
all people fairly, and according to their actions. We must abolish
hate-speech laws, and stop travelling down the road to censorship.
EXTREMISM POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Our lawmakers' fear of 'racism' has put the rights of terrorists before the lives of innocents
Daily Telegraph, 21
If Ahmed Hassan had got his way, September 15 2017 would be the
date of one of the worst massacres in British history. About 50 people
sustained burns or minor injuries ...
An asylum seeker who actually
told Home Office officials he had been "trained to kill" by Islamic State
in Iraq was not only allowed to enter our country. He was given generous
financial aid and a foster place ...
You will have to forgive my
tone of mild incredulity, but there has been ample evidence in the past
fortnight that the Home Office is perfectly capable of keeping out
undesirables. Lauren Southern, a far-right Canadian journalist, was
detained in Calais and banned from entering the UK. /.../ A Home Office
spokesman said: "Border Force has the power to refuse entry to an
individual if it is considered that his or her presence in the UK is not
conducive to the public good." ...
Personally, I wouldn't choose to
have Ms Southern round for Easter lunch, but at least nothing in her
history suggests she might try to detonate a bomb on a train carrying
children to school. The same goes for Martin Sellner, the Austrian leader
of the Generation Identity white nationalist movement, and his girlfriend,
Brittany Pettibone, an American writer who calls immigration "white
genocide", who were also denied entry. ...
Are we to deduce that
our government believes ultra-conservative provocateurs are "not conducive
to the public good" whilst Islamist asylum seekers are perfectly fine? ...
After the grotesque revelations last week from Telford of yet more
mass rape, even murder, committed by men of mainly Pakistani origin, are
the authorities perhaps scared they are losing control of the multicultural
"narrative"? Do they privately fear that the views of Sellner and his ilk
might chime with members of the population who have lost faith in a liberal
elite that appears to put political correctness and enforced "tolerance"
before the safety of white working-class girls? ...
And what if our
instincts tell us it's wrong to keep out far-Right speakers, who can do us
no physical harm, while admitting aggrieved Muslim teenagers from war-torn
areas who well might?
Let me tell you what is "not conducive to the
public good". It's having a Home Office whose moral sense is so perverted
that it puts the human rights of jihadist Hassan before the right to life
of British men, women and children on the District Line.
Britain's flawed definition of extremism is storing up trouble
Spectator blog, 21 March 2018
Can anyone else see the problem here? The British state
currently has to find a reason to explain why saying 'Allah is gay' is a
fundamental assault on British values, but admitting to being a trained
member of Isis is not. It has to explain why approaching the borders
legally can lead to expulsion but breaking into the country illegally
Of course what this is is the enforcement of what one might
call 'Rowley-ism', after the Metropolitan Police's former assistant
commissioner Mark Rowley. It was he who last month embedded the idea that
the UK faces an equally balanced challenge: Islamist extremism on the one
side, far-right extremism on the other. In order to sustain this equation
it appears that for the time-being one must draw a moral equivalence
between Muslims who blow things up and non-Muslims who do not, but have
mean views. And an equivalence between Muslims who call for murder and
non-Muslims who do not. Officials (retired and serving) at the borders, in
the police force or in Parliament, who think that this will prove a formula
for societal security and harmony can have no idea of the trouble they are
storing up for some later date.
Almost 29 per cent of 15-year-olds in Britain now come from immigrant backgrounds, international think tank reveals
MailOnline, 20 March
Almost 29 per cent of 15-year-olds in Britain now come from an
immigrant background, new data from an international think tank reveals
The figure is higher than the EU average of 21 per cent but
similar to both France, at 26 per cent, and Germany, at 28 per cent. The
figure is higher in Ireland and Belgium.
It includes second
generation immigrants, natives of mixed heritage, first generation
immigrants and people returning after being born abroad.
by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), also
shows immigrant children who arrive in the UK aged 12 or older are less
likely to do well at school and to feel like they belong, according to a
The study is based on an analysis of the OECD's 2015
PISA tests which are taken by 15-year-olds across 35 nations and economies.
Compared with PISA tests taken in 2003, the percentage of immigrant
students in the UK rose by nine percentage points, compared with an OECD
average of around six percentage points and an EU average of around seven
Albanian police arrests 39 suspected human traffickers for illegally smuggling 1,000 people into Britain and the United States
MailOnline, 18 March 2018
Albanian police have arrested 39 people in a crackdown in crime
rings illegally sending around 1,000 Albanians into the UK, the United
States and Canada.
National police chief Ardi Veliu confirmed
authorities had identified seven criminal rings in ten different countries
which allowed Albanians to move illegally by 'falsifying travel and
identity documents of European Union countries'. ...
Despite the 39
arrests, 12 wanted fugitives are still at large, including two Bulgarians.
'Every person paid at least 7,000 pounds ($9,764) to get to the
United Kingdom and from $24,000 to $30,000 to reach the U.S. and Canada,'
Veliu told reporters.
Each of the people smuggled paid between
$9,750 to $30,000 for the forgeries.
He said the gang forged
passports for those travelling and helped them reach their destinations
travelling through other European countries, or through the Dominican
Republic or other countries in South America.
RACISM SCHOOL SPORTS
Now PE is RACIST says taxpayer-funded study that claims that teaching children to play football, rugby, cricket and netball favours 'white
Mail on Sunday, 18 March 2018
School PE lessons are racist, according to an astonishing
Teaching children to play football, rugby,
cricket, netball and rounders favours 'privileged' white students, the
politically correct 20-page report claims.
The research, which was
criticised last night as 'ludicrous' and 'patronising' by a top black
footballer, says sports that have been taught in schools for generations
hark back to Britain's colonial past and make 'whiteness' the norm.
Its authors, who were given a grant of nearly £10,000 to
examine PE classes in England and Norway, suggest that learning dances from
different cultures should be given greater prominence. ...
Ouseley, who chairs the anti-racism football campaign Kick It Out, said it
was 'crazy' to put such sports in 'a context of ethnicity and racism' as
they were played all over the world.
He added: 'This research is an
irrelevance and also patronising because people make their own decisions
about their involvement in sport.'
The report called A
Whitewashed Curriculum? The Construction of Race in Contemporary PE
Curriculum Policy says traditional games were developed in the
Victorian era by 'white privileged males' at elite public schools that
often discriminated against minorities.
The study, written in often
baffling jargon and published in the journal Sport, Education and Society,
says the games have been used by the British as 'part of a civilising
process' and transported around the world 'as an extension of nationalism
and the Empire'. ...
The study was conducted by Anne Flintoff,
Professor of Physical Education and Sport at Leeds Beckett University, and
Fiona Dowling from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo. They
received a grant of £9,940 from the largely taxpayer-funded British
Academy to support their work. ...
Bizarrely, they say that by
focusing on the need for 'healthy, active lives' there is 'a danger PE
lessons can contribute to a recolonisation of ethnic minorities'
The report also states that PE is 'constructed as
a predominantly white, unmarked space'.
EXTREMISM NATIONALISTS, FREE SPEECH
Even those with the vilest of views have the right to be heard
The Guardian, 18 March 2018
Martin Sellner is a nasty piece of work. The Austrian is a
leader of the Generation Identity white nationalist movement and of Defend
Europe, an organisation that tries to stop NGO boats from saving migrants
drowning in the Med. His partner, the American Brittany Pettibone, is a
writer and vlogger who sees immigration as "white genocide". Lauren
Southern is a Canadian journalist who moves in far-right circles. Hitler,
according to Southern, "was just an SJW [social justice warrior] who
happened to get freaky amounts of power".
Over the past two weeks,
all three have been barred from entering Britain. Their views, they were
told, were unacceptable and their presence in Britain not "conducive to the
Sellner, Pettibone and Southern are all odious
characters. I loathe their anti-immigrant rhetoric. I despair of their
tirades against Muslims. But I also think that all three have the right to
be as loathsome and obnoxious as they wish to be. Even scumbags should not
be barred for thought crimes.
Anti-racists in particular should be
wary of such bans. Censorious laws that some applaud when applied to the
far right inevitably get turned on to the left and anti-racists. The 1965
Race Relations Act introduced Britain's first legal ban on the incitement
of racial hatred. Among the first people convicted under its provisions was
the black power activist Michael X.
The 1936 Public Order Act,
brought in to control Oswald Mosley's fascists, became used after the war
to target trade unionists most notoriously during the miners' strike
of 1984-85 and anti-fascist demonstrations in the 1970s and 1980s.
If we allow the state to define the limits of acceptable speech, it
will not just be speech to which we object that gets curtailed.
TERRORISM ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, ASYLUM
Ahmed Hassan found guilty of attempted murder on Parsons Green Tube
Sky News, 16 March 2018
A teenage asylum-seeker who set off a bomb on a rush hour Tube
train is facing life in jail.
Iraqi-born Ahmed Hassan, 18, built a
bomb in his bedroom at his foster parents' home over the summer holidays.
A jury found him guilty of the attempted murder of 93 people, who
escaped with their lives when a fireball engulfed a Tube carriage at
Parsons Green on 15 September last year. ...
The District Line
train was packed with commuters when the bomb partially detonated at the
height of the morning rush. ...
When he was searched, he was
carrying £2,320 in cash and claimed to police that he was waiting for
The teenager arrived in Britain illegally in October
2015, in the back of a lorry from Calais.
He claimed asylum,
telling officials that he was in fear of ISIS, who he said had kidnapped
him and other youngsters and trained them to kill. ...
trial, he told the court he had made up the story, because he actually came
from a safe area of northern Iraq and feared he would have been refused
permission to stay.
POPULATION PRESSURE SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Secondary school pupil numbers will rise by more than 600,000 by 2023 due to baby boom driven by migration
Daily Mail, 16 March 2018
Senior school pupil numbers will rise by more than 600,000 by
2023 following a baby boom fuelled by high migration.
The number of
secondary-age pupils is expected to increase by 21 per cent in the next
five years, a Government projection states.
The rise originates
from a surge in births which began in the 2000s following a period of
sustained high immigration under New Labour. ...
The bulge in the
population has already created huge problems for primary schools, with many
having to expand classes or add classrooms.
Now that problem is set
to transfer to secondary schools as the children grow older. ...
The forecast was released by the Government yesterday.
showed that in 2016/17, the last year for which figures are available,
there were about 3.14 million pupils of secondary school age in England.
This is predicted to rise to 3.8 million by 2023/24 meaning
there will be about 660,000 extra secondary-age pupils. ...
week it was reported that almost two-thirds of secondary schools had
increased class sizes in the last two years amid growing demand for places.
POLITICS HATE CRIME, HATE INCIDENT, THOUGHT CRIME
London Police Issue 'Hate Crime' Guidelines. Think Twice Before You Open Your Mouth.
Dailywire, 16 March 2018
The London Metropolitan Police have issued their guidelines for
what constitutes a "hate crime," and the parameters they delineate are wide
enough to cause real concern. ...
The guidelines get even dicier
If someone commits a criminal offence
and the victim, or anyone else, believes it was motivated by prejudice or
hate, we class this as a "hate crime." It means the offender can be charged
for the crime itself and also their reasons for doing it. If someone does
something that isn't a criminal offence but the victim, or anyone else,
believes it was motivated by prejudice or hate, we would class this as a
'hate incident'. Though what the perpetrator has done may not be against
the law, their reasons for doing it are. This means it may be possible to
charge them with an offence.
In an age
where the snowflake mentality is pervasive, does it help when the force of
the law is brought to bear in such a heavy-handed way?
the British think so.
POPULATION PRESSURE HOUSING
How mass immigration drives the housing crisis
The Spectator, 17 March 2018
It took half a century for the UK population to rise from 50.3
million in 1950 to 59.1 million in 2000. During that period, the
foreign-born population rose from 4.3 per cent to 8.8 per cent so a
measure of that increase was already accounted for by newcomers. After an
inflow historically unprecedented for this country, this brief century
alone has seen the UK population shoot up to 65.6 million (as of January
2017), 14 per cent of whom were foreign-born as of 2016. ...
demographer David Coleman estimates that 85 per cent of the UK's population
increase from 2000 to 2015 is explained by migrants and their children. All
these new people have to live somewhere. The pressure on housing, among
many other social provisions, is intensified by the fact that on average
foreign-born mothers have more children (2.06 in 2016) than women born in
Britain (only 1.75). ...
... As of 2011, mothers born in Poland
averaged 2.1 children while mothers born in Pakistan had 3.8, and
mothers born in Somalia had 4.2. ...
The housing crunch is further
complicated by the fact that so many immigrants settle in the southeast,
where residential shortages are keenest. The population of Greater London
in 2017 was 8.8 million, a rise of 400,000 over the previous five years.
Greater London housed only 7.1 million people in 1997, when Blair opened
the gates to permanent visitors. That's 1.7 million more residents in two
decades an increase of over a quarter, two-thirds of which occurred
in only the last ten years.
As of 2016, only 45 per cent of the
capital was white British. An astonishing 58.2 per cent of births in London
were to foreign-born mothers. /.../ While over a third of the babies born
in England and Wales had at least one parent born outside the UK, in London
that figure was 66.6 per cent: two-thirds.
Indeed, most immigration
statistics are untrustworthy because they're too low. London
Councils chairman Merrick Cockell told the BBC back in 2008, 'London's
population is growing at an even faster rate than these figures suggest
because official data has failed to properly account for the complexities
of migration and population churn.' ...
... The UK's housing crisis
rests hand-in-glove with mass immigration.
TERRORISM ISLAM, ASIA, EUROPE
Islamic radicalization in Pakistan poses threat to world, say experts
The Hans India, 15 March 2018
Pakistan continues to remain an epicenter of Islamic
radicalization, said a group of international experts while speaking on a
side event titled "Growing Extremism in South Asia; Repercussions for the
West" held during the 37th session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Organised by Brussels based European Foundation for South Asian
Studies (EFSAS), the event sheds light on the cross-over of extremist
elements between South Asia and the West.
Prof. Paul Stott of
University of Leicester said, "Historically, this unfortunately being a
very strong cross over between the Indian sub-continent and the UK in terms
of terrorism and certainly in the 1990s not enough attention was paid to
the fact that so many young Britons were coming to Kashmir, for example
them entering Pakistan and attending training camps and going to
Afghanistan and joining Taliban there and getting involved in political and
religious activities which proven to be very problematic indeed. People
like Masood Azhar, some quite problematic clerical speakers, who were able
to organize in the UK in the 1990s again in a way that authorities rather
The experts laid emphasis on the growing nexus between
Islamic fundamentalists and terrorists, based in Pakistan, with those
settled in UK, Bosnia and other countries in the 1990s. Some of them,
including Lashkar-e-Taiba Chief Hafiz Saeed are still remain powerful with
support of the state. ...
Junaid Qureshi, Director of European
Foundation for South Asian Studies said, "Radicalization and terrorism is
growing in South Asia from the past so many years. If you look, for
example, in Pakistan there is a movement going on to mainstream Hafiz
Saeed, who actually has a 10 million bounty on him." ...
Bolhuis, a researcher and lecturer at the Criminal Law and Criminology
Department of the UV University in Amsterdam spoke about the nexus between
asylum, immigration and jihadism.
MULTICULTURALISM ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Sajid Javid: 770,000 people in England unable to speak English well
The Guardian, 14 March 2018
Sajid Javid has revealed that 770,000 people living in England
speak no English or hardly any, in a personal interview in which he
described his own experience as a "six-year-old interpreter" for his
The communities secretary promised to expand the
teaching of English for immigrants as he warned that up to 70% of those
unable to speak the language were women, and most of them were from
Pakistani or Bangladeshi communities. ...
He said the government
wanted to use Wednesday's consultation document to tackle segregation by
also: acting against cultural practices "not compatible with the British
way of life" such as polygamy; tackling disproportionately low take-up
rates of free childcare by Asian women; and using the roll-out of universal
credit to help target ethnic minorities and help them to integrate better.
In the green paper, the government says that over three quarters of
a million people in England speak the language poorly or not at all. ...
The paper is, in part, a response to the review of social
integration by Dame Louise Casey. who criticised successive governments for
failing to keep up with the "unprecedented pace and scale of immigration"
that had left some communities increasingly divided.
highlighted "deeply regressive religious and cultural practices, especially
when it comes to women".
IMMIGRATION ABROAD AUSTRALIA
Australia's immigration jobs myth: Population expert says migrants aren't fixing skill shortages and are making it HARDER for people to get jobs and he has the numbers to
Daily Mail Australia, 14 March 2018
One of Australia's most respected population experts has busted
the myth that immigrants are filling skills shortages.
who heads the Melbourne-based Australian Population Research Institute,
said the nation was importing migrants who couldn't find work as engineers,
accountants and IT technicians.
However, few skilled migrants with
trades qualifications were moving to Australia despite the shortage of
plumbers, builders and electricians.
'The claim that it is
attracting scarce skills is a myth,' Dr Birrell said in a research paper
published on Tuesday, called Scarce Skills Not Required. ...
sociologist, who has researched population growth since the 1960s, said
both sides of politics had relied on the flawed advice of big business and
public service bureaucrats, who cared more about economic growth than
'The Treasury, Reserve Bank and much of the big end
of town understands that population growth is the most important overall
factor in driving our GDP,' he said.
'The Coalition, Labor and
Greens effectively have prioritised these ends above the concerns of
Australians living in the metropolitan areas.
'They have been left
to put up with the loss of urban amenity, high dwelling prices and the
costs of providing the additional infrastructure needed to accommodate
population growth in their cities.'
CRIME SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, HYPOCRISY
Telford girls: the wrong kind of victims
Spiked, 13 March 2018
It's been six months since the #MeToo movement first took off.
For half a year now we've had a regular drip-feed of stories drawing
attention to the apparent suffering of women at the hands of men. So when
this weekend's Sunday Mirror revealed the shocking abuse experienced
by hundreds of women and girls in Telford we might have expected the
outrage to find a new focus. The news that girls, some as young as 11, were
drugged, beaten and raped by gangs of mainly Muslim, Asian-heritage men
could have provided further fuel to campaigners. We might have expected
shows of solidarity, reminders of the importance of believing the victim,
and offers of financial support.
But no. The abuse in Telford is
estimated to have involved over 1,000 girls stretching over 40 years. Young
girls in the town were groomed, fed drugs and raped. They were passed
between abusers like commodities. Some got pregnant, had abortions and were
raped again on multiple occasions. Three women were murdered and two others
died in tragedies linked to the abuse. Yet these shocking events have
received relatively little coverage. ...
The very same newspapers
that covered, at length and over many days, news that Kate Maltby's knee
may or may not have been touched by Damian Green or that Michael Fallon
attempted to kiss Jane Merrick, were unable to muster up the same level of
outrage for young women in Telford.
The lack of comment on the
Telford abuse scandal exposes the hypocrisy at the heart of the #MeToo
movement. High-profile campaigners announce time and again that they are
not driven by self-interest, but from a desire to help women less fortunate
than themselves. ...
Time's Up, the celebrity #MeToo spin-off,
launched a fundraiser to pay legal fees for victims of sexual harassment
and assault seeking justice. /.../ More than $16.7 million was raised in
less than a month. /.../ Only, it seems, some women are more deserving of
solidarity than others; ...
So why have there been no outpourings
of sympathy or expressions of outrage for the girls of Telford? ...
Or perhaps the Asian men accused of grooming, rape, drug-dealing,
murder and paedophilia are simply the wrong kind of perpetrator. ...
Celebrities and journalists speaking for the #MeToo movement talk
of believing the victim and helping other women find a voice. But,
tragically, as far as working-class girls in Oxford, Rotherham, Newcastle
and now Telford are concerned, not all women are equal. The #MeToo movement
demonstrates a nauseating degree of hypocrisy. Worse, it distracts time and
resources away from genuine victims of abuse. Last week the MP for Grimsby,
Melanie Onn, led a debate in parliament calling for wolf-whistling and
catcalling to be classified as misogyny and punished as hate crime.
Crusaders like Onn prefer to focus on random whistlers than confront the
more difficult issue of gangs of Muslim men targeting working-class girls.
CRIME SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, TELFORD
Britain's 'worst ever' child grooming scandal exposed: Hundreds of young girls raped, beaten, sold for sex and some even KILLED
Nick Sommerlad and
Sunday Mirror, 11 March 2018
Up to 1,000 children could have suffered in Britain's worst
known abuse scandal - where sex gangs targeted girls as young as 11.
The rape hell of vulnerable young girls in one town - Telford -
went on for a shocking 40 years, the Sunday Mirror can reveal. ...
Girls as young as 11 have been lured from their families to be
drugged, beaten and raped in an epidemic that, say victims, is still
THREE people were murdered and two others died in
tragedies linked to the scandal. ...
The Mirror's 18-month
investigation reveals abuse on unprecedented levels. We found:
Social workers knew of abuse in the 1990s but police took a
decade to launch a probe
Council staff viewed abused and
trafficked children as "prostitutes" instead of victims, according to
previously unseen files
Authorities failed to keep details
of abusers from Asian communities for fear of "racism"
Police failed to investigate one recent case five times until an MP
One victim said cops tried to stop her finding
out why her abusers had not been prosecuted because they feared she would
talk to us
The scale of the abuse uncovered in Telford
population 170,000 is feared to be the most brutal and long-running
of all. ...
Specialist child abuse solicitor Dino Nocivelli, of
Bolt Burdon Kemp, said: "These children were treated as sexual commodities
by men who inflicted despicable acts of abuse.
deserve an inquiry. They need to know how abuse took place for so long and
why so many perpetrators have never been brought to justice." ...
Documents which will be passed to the Home Office reveals
authorities knew of the horrors a decade before investigating and
shows how they tried to hamper our probe.
We presented our findings
to Professor Liz Kelly, from the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at
London Metropolitan University.
She helped estimate the number of
victims based on figures gathered by our investigators.
said: "We are acting as if we didn't know about child sex abuse rings. We
have an unfortunate capacity to choose to forget."
BENEFITS AND COSTS EU MIGRANTS' BENEFITS
Migrants claim £4bn a year in benefits, new report claims
Telegraph, 11 March 2018
EU migrants claim more than £4 billion a year in benefits,
according to a new report.
The amount, in a paper produced by
former Conservative Party leader and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain
Duncan Smith, came as Mr Duncan Smith set out proposals for post-Brexit
rules preventing EU migrants from entering Britain unless they have already
secured a job, and imposing a five-year delay before they are allowed to
claim income, family or housing benefits.
BENEFITS AND COSTS EU MIGRANTS' BENEFITS
EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4bn a year in benefits
The Sun, 11 March 2018
EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4 billion a year
Those from Eastern Europe received more in welfare
than the average UK citizen and paid less income tax.
run-up to the Brexit referendum, ministers had insisted the figures were
But the cost of open doors migration has now been
Data from the Department for Work and Pensions, taxman
and Treasury shows EU workers received more than £2.2 billion in tax
credits and housing benefits, £1.1 billion in out-of-work payments and
£700 million in child benefit.
There is a stark contrast
between Western and Eastern Europeans.
Nearly half the personal
taxes paid by migrants from countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and Poland
went straight back in tax credits and child benefit.
were not broken down by country.
But if they followed a similar
distribution, then almost all of the taxes went back in working-age
Just one in ten asylum seekers who come to Britain are sent back to the country they first arrived in due to 'completely useless' EU rules
Daily Mail, 9 March 2018
Britain is benefiting 'very little' from a Brussels deal to
send asylum-seekers back to the country where they first set foot in
A damning report says the rules known as the Dublin
Regulation are 'virtually useless' amid concerns that other members of the
bloc are exploiting Britain.
Migrants are supposed to claim asylum
in the first member state they arrive in. Those who fail to do so can be
returned there if they later travel on to another EU country.
analysis by the Migrationwatch think-tank shows Britain asked its European
partners to take back 4,237 asylum-seekers in 2016 on the grounds they had
arrived elsewhere in Europe. But just 355 were transferred that year
fewer than one in ten.
The figures also reveal that for the whole
of 2016 and 2017, only 676 asylum-seekers were sent back to Europe under
the rules, fewer than one a day.
This is despite thousands making
their way here via Calais. Over the same period, the UK accepted 1,019
asylum-seekers from other countries under the Dublin Regulations.
Migrationwatch, which campaigns for tighter borders, says the UK is
gaining little advantage from the agreement. ...
In the last year,
26,350 people claimed asylum in Britain while thousands a month are being
detected at ports on both sides of the Channel, indicating that huge
numbers are trying to sneak in. ...
These regulations have been
especially exploited by France, which claims it is not responsible for
migrants coming to the UK from Calais.
Home Office officials say
their hands are tied if a country refuses to take back asylum-seekers as it
is difficult to establish exactly where an individual first arrived in
Europe. EU countries have also been accused of failing to fingerprint
stowaways they seize at their border so the asylum problem passes onto
Under the convention, any country which
fingerprints an immigrant has to take responsibility for them.
POPULATION PRESSURE SCHOOLS
Class sizes increase at nearly two thirds of secondary schools in the past two years as teachers feel the impact of a baby boom
Mail, 8 March 2018
Almost two-thirds of secondary schools have increased their
class sizes in the past two years amid a growing crisis over places, union
leaders say today.
A survey by three major teaching unions suggests
62 per cent of schools have had to expand classes from 2014/15 to 2016/17.
Today's research was conducted by the National Education Union,
National Association of Head Teachers, the schools leaders' union ASCL and
three other non-teaching unions. ...
It is estimated there will be
an extra 540,000 more secondary school pupils by 2025, up 19 per cent.
Around 65,000 more youngsters are expected to join secondary schools this
The cauliflower-picking robot funded by the EU that is set to replace migrant workers for short-staffed farmers in Cornwall
The vegetables you eat with your Sunday roast may soon be
picked by a robot.
Farmers in Cornwall are testing a machine
invented using European funding that picks cauliflowers from the field
without bruising them. ...
The GummiArm robot is believed to be a
answer to any migrant staff shortages that may arise when the UK leaves the
The robotic cauliflower-picking arm is the work of Dr Martin
Stoelen at the University of Plymouth. ...
harvest fields all at once, in a practice known as slaughter harvesting.
But this method leads to up to 60 per cent of the crop being
wasted, because it is either wonky or inedible. ...
said: 'Harvesting costs can be up to 40 per cent of the costs of production
of brassicas and skilled labour to do the harvesting is getting
increasingly difficult to obtain, especially with Brexit fast approaching.
'In a very competitive market place where our customers demand
cheap food, the cost of harvesting is continually rising.
harvesting has the potential to increase productivity and control the
Immigration: Who should we let in after Brexit?
BBC, 7 March 2018
Amidst all the talk about Brexit - about borders and about
trade - ministers have said almost nothing about how immigration will be
controlled after the UK leaves the EU. They have not yet come up with the
answer to a fundamental question - who should we let in?
promise to take back control of our borders was the headline of the leave
campaign. Yet almost two years on, there has been little public debate
about how that will be done, or what our immigration system should look
like once free movement of EU citizens in and out of Britain has ended.
The Home Office originally promised to publish its plans for a new
immigration policy before Christmas. Then it said the spring. Now ministers
say it'll be in the autumn. ...
Why the delay? Very likely it's
because they're caught in the middle, between the demands of British
business and the expectations of many of the voters who backed Brexit.
Pressure is now mounting on Theresa May from a growing number of
businesses who fear that they will not be able to find the workers they
need after we leave the EU. ...
But the Shadow Home Secretary Diane
Abbott told me that the government's target was "completely bogus". She
says, "it's just a way of the Tories talking an anti-immigrant narrative".
When asked twice whether immigration could go up under Labour, she
did not rule it out.
"We can't say what is going to happen to
levels of migration, because migration flows are subject to all sorts of
international pressures. With increased emphasis on training and skills,
the need for people's specific skills from overseas may well decline." ...
It is thought the Cabinet has had only one high-level discussion
about immigration recently, and it is said to have argued about whether
preference should in future be given to workers from the EU - Poles,
Spanish and French - or whether there should be a level playing field for
immigrants wherever they come from.
Brexiteers like Jacob Rees Mogg
back the latter approach.
"I can see no reason to give preference
to people from the EU after we've left. Why should we discriminate against
our Commonwealth friends, against our American friends, the very large
Indian population in this country? Surely we should prioritise members of
their family against people from the EU with whom we have no connection?"
But this is one more subject that looks set to get included in
those endless complex Brexit negotiations. The more trade we want, the more
open our borders may have to be.
One well-placed source told me
that the first thing countries want to export is their people. That,
incidentally, applies to India or China as well. ...
The truth is
the debate on immigration has scarcely begun.
POPULATION PRESSURE HOUSING
Hesitant housing reforms 'lack ambition'
David Coleman, Professor emeritus of demography, University of Oxford
The Times, 7 March 2018
[Letter to the Editor]
It is certainly true that in the short and medium term many
more homes must be built for those in need, and at a moderate price. But we
will get nowhere until we consider where demand is coming from and do
something about it.
More than three quarters of additional new
households in recent years have been headed by people born abroad. Unless
that inflow, which adds about a quarter of a million people to the
population every year, is moderated we shall remain trapped on a
Perhaps those employers who press so hard
for the freedom to recruit immigrant workers should be required to provide
the housing for them.
Hundreds of foreign criminals waiting to be deported fall off the radar: Home Office loses track of 500 offenders after they are let out of prison
Daily Mail, 5 March 2018
The Home Office has lost track of hundreds of dangerous foreign
criminals awaiting deportation from Britain.
Instead of being
locked up until they are thrown out of the UK, the offenders, including
rapists, robbers and paedophiles, vanished after being let out of prison.
Immigration chiefs lost track of the foreign national offenders
(FNOs) after they completed their sentences and were released into the
community meaning they could still pose a threat.
obtained using freedom of information laws revealed that 494 criminals
absconded between January 2014 and March 2016.
As of last month,
211 were still missing up to four years after contact with officials
However, the numbers could be even higher.
November, a report by David Bolt, chief inspector of borders and
immigration, found that in April last year 753 FNOs were missing after
being freed from jail.
Guidelines say offenders who complete
sentences should be detained only if there is a realistic prospect of
deporting them immediately. ...
Offenders are recorded as
absconders if their whereabouts are unknown and attempts to re-establish
contact have failed.
Figures just released by the Home Office
after it spent nearly two years trying to wriggle out of publishing
them revealed that 169 FNOs absconded in 2014, followed by 250 in
2015, and 75 in the first three months of 2016.
Of the total, 196
men and at least 15 women had not been found by February 9 this year.
Foreign criminals with convictions for violence, rape and other
sexual crimes, fraud, money laundering, possession of weapons, burglary and
forgery were among those missing. ...
Mr Bolt's report warned that
there was 'little evidence' effective action was being taken to find the
vast bulk of absconders FNOs can fail to attend meetings up to 19
times before the alarm is raised.
A third of planned removals of
criminals failed 7,772 out of 24,289 dating back to 2014-15. ...
The Home Office said more than 41,000 foreign offenders have been
removed from the UK since 2010, including a record 6,346 in 2016-17.
Praised asylum activist came face to face with Muslim behavior wants to stop Islam
Free West Media, 5 March 2018
After witnessing a female aid worker being dragged by her hair
to a toilet by so-called refugees, and herself being attacked five times by
Arab men, the celebrated asylum activist gave up. /.../ Filled with regret,
she is now fighting for a Europe free from Islam. "I have been forced to
realize that the Muslims despise us, and that is something that won't
change. The hatred is too strong", she says.
It's not one isolated
incident. It's not one rotten egg. It's time and again facing the same kind
of contempt from Muslim asylum seekers, that made well-known asylum
activist Rebecca Sommer understand that Islam is a political ideology for
ruling nations. ...
Rebecca Sommer is a well-known German asylum
activist, and a familiar face in German media. Among other actions, she
created an organization with 300 members which welcomed asylum seekers
during the migrant crisis in 2015-2016. She is also an artist and
film-maker whose works were repeatedly praised in leftist media all over
the world until she recently shocked mainstream journalists across
the globe. ...
It is her personal experience that has led to her
political U-turn. After years of working with Muslim asylum seekers she has
realized that their attitude is completely different from what she first
... They view themselves as superior, they laugh at
European men and think western women are whores. And the more we adapt to
them, the more convinced they become that they are right.
she has not changed her opinions on human rights. She is still a deeply
engaged activist, and considers herself a "world citizen". She has helped
people in Central America and Asia, as well as tribes in Africa. But after
meeting the Arab men, who during the migrant storm flooded Europe, claiming
to be refugees fleeing for their lives, she has had to "make an exception
in her humanism". She emphasizes that that she doesn't think that all
Muslims are bad, only "most of them".
In this interview she tells
about the painful awakening, the incidents that changed her mind, and her
fight to warn Europe about islamization and mass-immigration things
she used to welcome. "We wanted to get to know them and we did". ...
In what way is that a problem?
I am a human
rights activist and I still want to help refugees. My problem is Islam, and
people who are brainwashed by this ideology. It is called a religion, but
it is really a political ideology to rule over nations, in which they
[Muslims] are seen as higher beings, and we as lower. I have always known
that it's a different culture, but I thought that they, just like the rest
of us, can change their values and ideas when met with hospitality. But
through the years I've learned that apart from very few individuals,
they're impossible to change. In most of them "the hijab in the head" is
impossible to remove.
Integration is doing the exact opposite to
what people imagine Muslims are often open and humble in the
beginning, but later turn dominant and arrogant when they start feeling
safe and at home.
MULTICULTURALISM UNIVERSITY COURSES
University ditches course on the British countryside after claiming black and ethnic minority students are 'less likely to visit rural areas'
Mail on Sunday, 4 March 2018
A university has ditched a degree course on rural Britain
because it says black and ethnic minority students are 'less likely' to
visit the English countryside.
Academics feared their teaching
'normalised white experiences', while 'disadvantaged' undergraduates from
other backgrounds struggled to grasp concepts such as the 'rural idyll'
so scored lower grades.
Undergraduates now study rural areas
around the world, with an emphasis on Africa and Asia, so teenagers from
ethnic minorities can 'more readily see themselves and their backgrounds'
Kingston University is the latest institution to try
to boost 'diversity' while 'decolonising' their degrees amid criticism they
are too white and Western.
The Mail on Sunday last year revealed
that activists at the School of Oriental and African Studies were calling
for more African and Asian philosophers to be taught at the expense of
white, European thinkers.
But critics said universities were
pandering to 'political correctness' and were 'stupid' if they let down
students by dumbing down degrees.
EMPLOYMENT WAGES, RACISM, POLITICS
Memo to Jericho: Lower UK immigration boosts wages
Leith van Onselen
Macrobusiness, 2 March 2018
Back in November, Robert Skidelsky, Professor Emeritus of
Political Economy at Warwick University, penned an excellent article in
Project Syndicate which, among other things, explained why
never-ending mass immigration pushes down wages growth: ...
analysis followed an empirical study by the Bank of England, which
found that immigration into the UK had pulled down average wages: ...
With the above analysis in mind, The Telegraph in January
reported that UK wages were expected to lift following curbs on
immigration, which have tightened the labour market: ...
the Financial Times has reported that UK wages are finally rising as
employers try to fill so-called labour shortages ...
It is basic economics that if you stem the
flow of foreign workers, then workers' bargaining power will increase. This
was explained beautifully by The Australia Institute's chief
economist, Richard Denniss, last year when he noted that the very purpose
of foreign worker visas is to "suppress wage growth by allowing
employers to recruit from a global pool of labour to compete with
Australian workers". That is, in a normal functioning labour market,
"when demand for workers rises, employers would need to bid against each
other for the available scarce talent". But this mechanism has been
bypassed by enabling employers to recruit labour globally. "It is only
in recent years that the wage rises that accompany the normal functioning
of the labour market have been rebranded as a 'skills shortage'".
Sadly, Australian economic commentators like The Guardian's
Greg Jericho cannot bring themselves to even acknowledge these basic facts
when discussing wages, because to do so would somehow be 'racist':
Immigration because there are many
desperate to hate must be treated with extreme care by politicians
and journalists, and certainly with more care than Abbott seems capable.
The inherently racist parties will seek to use any discussion and any
seeming evidence of the negative impact of migrants as fuel to burn their
fires of hate.
When will the Fake Left
(including Labor and The Greens) stand up for ordinary Australian workers
and commit to lowering Australia's reckless 'Big Australia' immigration
program, which is not only lowering workers' wages but also raising their
cost of living via housing as well?
It's precisely because of the
Fake Left's failure to rationally discuss immigration that ordinary
Australians are being pushed to "the inherently racist parties" that
Jericho hates so much.
MULTICULTURALISM BIAS, LANGUAGE, COURTS OF LAW
Guilty of PC waffle! Top judge tells colleagues to not say 'postman', 'lady' or 'immigrant' in court because it might upset defendants and witnesses
Daily Mail, 1 March 2018
Judges have been told what they can and cannot say in an effort
to make all those who come before their courts feel they have been treated
They have been banned from using phrases and words
including 'ethnic minority'; 'afro-Caribbean' and 'transsexual'
while a postman should become a 'postal operative'.
guidance for judges and magistrates says real equality means favouring
women and minorities to make up for the disadvantage they suffer.
Part of this equality drive includes a fresh list of terms and
expressions that judges should no longer use. ...
the 422-page Equal Treatment Bench Book is published by the
Judicial College, the body in charge of training judges, which is led by an
Appeal judge, Dame Anne Rafferty.
It is the latest update to
equality rules that were first produced under Tony Blair's Lord Chancellor
Lord Irvine in 1999, and ran into controversy after recommending that the
courts should show leniency to Rastafarians because they regard smoking
cannabis as a religious rite.
'True equal treatment may not always
mean treating everyone in the same way,' the new version says. Fair
treatment, judges are told, means that 'steps can be taken, where
appropriate, to redress any inequality arising from difference or
It quoted a former liberal US Supreme Court
judge, Justice Blackmun, on why people should be treated differently on
race grounds. The US judge said: 'In order to get beyond racism, we must
first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat
some persons equally, we must treat them differently.'
Immigration is the cause of our problems not the solution
Daily Express, 26 February 2018
The metropolitan elite likes to claim that mass immigration is
an engine of social progress, bringing vibrancy to our culture and
prosperity to our economy. In reality, the vast annual foreign influx
achieves the opposite.
Profoundly reactionary in its consequences,
this demographic revolution has weakened solidarity, worsened living
standards, and intensified pressure on our public services. As cohesion
frays, our once gentle, well-ordered society is awash with violent crime
and poisonous identity politics.
A classic example of liberal
doublethink on immigration came yesterday from Justin Welby, the Archbishop
of Canterbury. In a newspaper article, he trumpeted the need for a
"generous" border policy.
"Welcoming strangers to our country and
integrating them is important," he declared, adding stridently that "we
must never crush the new diversity".
The prattling prelate has
certainly had his wish in recent years.
"Generous" might be one
word for the Government's approach to immigration.
and "institutionalised suicide" might well be others.
latest figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed that
578,000 migrants settled here in the year to September 2017. ...
... He wails that "the most important building blocks of our nation
have been undermined", but refuses to admit that the cause is the
systematic demolition of our national identity and heritage by the
obsession with diversity.
In the same contradictory vein, he moans
about a lack of "common values" in Britain. Well that's due to the
pro-immigration doctrine he so blindly espouses. ...
swathes of urban England, Britons are now aliens in their own land.
Welby's hollow contribution is so typical of the dishonesty that
grips British progressives.
Instead of facing up to the heavy
economic costs of mass immigration, including rising welfare bills and
strains on the civic infrastructure, they pretend that Britain could not
possibly survive without the import of millions of foreigners.
attitude was summed up by former diplomat Lord Kerr, who said recently that
"native Britons are so bloody stupid" that we "need an injection of
intelligent people from overseas".
That kind of self-loathing is
absurd, given Britain's historic record as a powerhouse of industry,
democracy and invention. But it is also based on the fallacy that migrants
are far more diligent and dynamic than British people.
here to work," is the favourite mantra of the progressives.
According to last week's ONS report, less than half of all
immigrants arrived here to work, and just 32 per cent had definite jobs to
go to. ...
The negative impact of immigration can be seen all
around us, bringing sharia courts, ballot box fraud, primitive misogyny,
racial divisions and the erosion of free speech.
Amid a surge in
violent crime, almost a quarter of the entire prison population belongs to
ethnic minorities, with the figure rising to 47 per cent in young offender
IMMIGRATION BORDER CONTROLS
Immigration from non-EU countries is out of control
Sunday Express, 25 February 2018
You will no doubt have seen the latest immigration figures.
They show that in the year to September 2017 net immigration from the EU to
the UK was down to 90,000. ...
But that's just one side of the
Because at the very same time net migration from non-EU
countries rose sharply by 40,000 to 205,000.
Around half of that
number are students and there is an argument as to whether they should be
included in the immigration figures since the vast majority leave after
But even taking that into account, along with the
fall in EU migration, we are left with an official figure for net annual
migration of 244,000.
In other words, last year alone saw the
equivalent of an entire new city the size of Wolverhampton arriving in
As has happened year after year after year after year
after year... you get the picture. ...
The need to take control of
our borders again was one of the key factors behind the Brexit vote in June
But as these latest figures show, it's not just EU
immigration that matters.
Even after we regain control of migration
policy when we leave the EU we will still need to deal with the numbers of
immigrants from outside the EU.
Because in theory we already have
control over them today. ...
I should point out now that according
to Diane Abbott, Labour's shadow home secretary, the very fact that I have
mentioned any of this marks me and, if you also think that
immigration needs to be controlled, you as racist. ...
Let's simply consider the outrageous slur and contempt in which she
clearly holds many of her own Labour voters, who voted en masse for Brexit,
driven in large measure by the feeling that the political establishment was
ignoring their concerns.
Because even if you put to one side the
sheer scale of immigration and the burden that the annual influx of the
equivalent of vast new cities puts on housing, schools and hospitals, the
immediate concern is surely the scale of illegal immigration. ...
We do not yet have a clue what immigration policy the Government
intends to implement after we leave the EU.
And as for illegal
immigration: the situation is getting worse, not better.
using the figure of 40,000 for annual illegal immigration but that's simply
a commonly accepted estimate.
The Home Office has its own estimate
but won't even admit it has such a figure, let alone publish it.
Last summer David Wood, the former director general of immigration
enforcement, revealed that the Home Office estimate (based on a raft of
sensible measures) shows 150,000 illegal immigrants arriving every year.
The sheer scale demands action but instead the authorities are
doing next to nothing.
According to Mr Wood, the chance of a
migrant being detained and deported for overstaying their visa is just one
in 1,000. ...
The idea we are now in control of our non-EU borders
is a fantasy.
And the idea that we will regain control of our EU
borders when we leave is a fantasy.
What we need is honesty about
the true figures of both legal and illegal immigrants.
to ensure that border control means precisely what it says.
EXTREMISM CHARITIES, ISLAM
Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: How Islamist Extremists Exploit the UK Charitable Sector
Henry Jackson Society, 25 February 2018
The British taxpayer has handed over more than £6 million
to charities that are currently, or have been in the past, used by
extremists to further their radical agenda, according to a new report from
the Henry Jackson Society.
The report's case studies are
illustrative so £6 million is likely the tip of the iceberg.
The money is enough to fund 27,328 hospital beds per day, the
annual salary of 234 infantry soldiers, or the salary of 264 new teachers
but instead, it is being handed over to individuals some of whose
involvement in extremism can be traced back to the Islamist scene in the
Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: How Islamist Extremists
Exploit the UK Charitable Sector finds that, despite more than a decade
of attempts to improve regulations, a concerning number of UK-registered
charities continue to fund and support extremism.
across the Islamist spectrum, including the Muslim Brotherhood, form a
network which seeks to delegitimise and push out moderate voices, while
masquerading as representatives of 'true' Islam.
CRIME SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, CHILDREN, ADULTS
Grooming is still rife in Britain: Warning as major report says police gave gangs the 'green light' to sexually abuse 700 girls and women - and reveals one attacker would have been
BEHEADED in his homeland for his crime
Chris Brooke And Josh White
Daily Mail, 24 February 2018
Grooming gangs are still sexually abusing girls and young women
across the country despite repeated warnings and prosecutions, a shocking
report revealed yesterday.
Efforts to stop the exploitation have
been hampered by the authorities' failure to understand why abusers target
vulnerable white girls, the investigation found.
The author of a
report into the latest abuse scandal yesterday urged the Government to
order a national study into the 'cultural influences' on the offenders,
predominantly from an 'Asian British' background.
The inquiry into
gangs who groomed 700 girls and women in the North-East came four years
after more than a thousand victims were found to have been abused in
Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The new report revealed:
authorities effectively gave grooming gangs the green light to sexually
abuse by failing to prosecute, instead locking up victims;
abuser an illegal immigrant granted indefinite leave to remain
denounced British girls' 'lack of morals' and praised the
availability of sex and drugs;
. The abuse of vulnerable victims is
still 'taking place across the country' and 'all children and vulnerable
adults are at risk'
The serious case review by barrister David
Spicer examined the actions of agencies involved in Operation Sanctuary,
which was launched by Northumbria Police. ...
promised to 'look carefully' at Mr Spicer's 33 recommendations. He said
more powers were also needed to protect adults who were 'being targeted,
groomed and exploited'.
His report also highlighted that the men
responsible for 'this particular model of abuse' were from a predominantly
'Asian British' minority background. Significantly, their 'beliefs are not
Mr Spicer said professionals interviewed for his inquiry
'emphasised the lack of information about the profile and motivation for
abusing' that continued to hamper understanding how to stop it. ...
Although good recent practice by detectives was identified, their
previous negligent approach was laid bare. Police failed to consistently
investigate, formally interview and check the backgrounds of suspects, the
There were also 'no effective inquiries' about why
girls were found with older, unrelated men. ...
criticised the 'lack of professional curiosity' by agencies and highlighted
the failure to collect physical evidence. ...
The report also
detailed the failure of the criminal justice system and the Crown
Prosecution Service to bring offenders to court. ...
have admitted their approach to the credibility of witnesses was
'inappropriately cautious', the report states. It concluded: 'Unless there
is change, which requires national debate, sexual exploitation is not
likely to be prevented and early identification will remain difficult.'
MULTICULTURALISM ISLAM, SHARIA LAW
Archbishop of Canterbury says Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain's laws which have Christian values
Daily Mail, 24 February 2018
Sharia law should never become part of the British legal
system, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday.
said the Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain's laws, which have
developed over 500 years on the principles of a different culture.
He added that high levels of immigration from Muslim countries can
'have an impact on the accepted pattern for choosing a partner, on assumed
ages of maturity and sexual activity, and especially on issues of
Archbishop Welby's comments follow the release earlier
this month of a highly critical Home Office report that said all couples
marrying in mosques should also have to go through a legally-binding civil
marriage ceremony to shield wives from injustices under sharia.
They also reverse the position taken by his predecessor Lord
Williams, who backed incorporating sharia into the British legal system.
Archbishop Welby set out his reasons why sharia should not win official
status in a book, Reimagining Britain. ...
The Archbishop said in
his book that the arrival of large numbers of Muslims in Britain
there are thought to be 3.3 million here has led many to challenge
the values of the majority population. Among these are the right of people
to choose their own husband or wife, and the need for monogamous
IMMIGRATION ABROAD REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Irish Govt 'Paid Press' to Promote Plan to Grow Population by One Million With Mass Migration
Breitbart, 24 February 2018
The Irish government has been slammed for paying journalists to
write good news stories about Project Ireland 2040.
Unveiled by the
government last week with a commitment to spend 116 billion, the
document outlines plans to boost the Irish nation's 4.7 million population
by another million using mass migration.
The government's strategic
communications unit paid for sponsored "news pieces" to appear in national
and regional newspapers promoting Ireland 2040, which "could not include
negative or critical content", The Times reported on Friday.
Speaking in the Irish parliament, or Dáil, opposition leader
Micheál Martin branded the government's use of the media to promote
its scheme "ethically dubious".
"The blurring of the lines is
genuinely worrying from a parliamentary democracy point of view," he said.
"The Taoiseach will say he is promoting the government, but the
dogs on the street know he is using taxpayers' money to promote Fine Gael
Project Ireland 2040 has been slammed on social media
as a "pyramid scheme" to enrich investors by adding consumers at taxpayers'
expense, and as a globalist programme to "replace" the native population.
Mass migration from the third world has been a controversial
topic in recent months, with reports that gangs of teenagers of African
origin are terrorising locals across Dublin.
The criminal youths
are "wreaking havoc" throughout the capital, according to police, who say
the offences "[range] from shouting and intimidating old people in large
groups to assaulting and robbing people of all ages, often with deadly
weapons such as large knives." ...
Opposition Fianna Fail TD Jack
Chambers said the behaviour of African gangs is a "major problem" that has
left many of his constituents "living in fear" and "scared to leave their
Putting the gang members' anti-social attitudes down to
"cultural differences", Independent Councillor Tony Murphy reported that
police risk causing "a mini riot" any time they try to arrest one of the
CRIME SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Operation Sanctuary review finds adult abuse 'extensive'
BBC, 23 February 2018
Vulnerable women are most likely being "extensively" abused
across the UK and ministers need to urgently review sex exploitation laws,
a report says.
David Spicer led a review in the wake of Operation
Sanctuary which saw 18 people jailed for the sexual abuse of young women
groomed in Newcastle.
He said exploitation was not being recognised
The operation identified about 700 victims in total
across the Northumbria Police area, 108 in Newcastle. ...
Newcastle case, most of the men were British-born but all came from
Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian or Turkish communities.
Migration figures: Record numbers of EU nationals leaving UK
BBC, 22 February 2018
The number of EU citizens leaving the UK is at its highest
level for a decade, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.
It estimates that 130,000 EU nationals emigrated in the year to
September, the highest number since 2008.
Meanwhile, 220,000 EU
nationals came to live in the UK - 47,000 fewer than the previous year.
Net EU migration - the difference between arrivals and departures -
was 90,000, the lowest for five years.
The figures also show that
more British people are emigrating than are returning to live in the UK.
Of those EU nationals arriving in the UK, fewer were coming for
"work-related reasons", in particular to "look for work". ...
contrast, immigration from countries outside the European Union is going up
which means the UK population is continuing to grow at a similar level to
Some 285,000 non-EU citizens arrived in the UK in the
12-month period to September, and 80,000 departed.
This gives a net
increase of 205,000, the highest for six years.
migration is estimated to have fallen by 29,000 to 244,000 in the same
This includes 73,000 British people coming back to the UK
and 125,000 Britons leaving. ...
The ONS figures also show that in
2017, the UK granted asylum, alternative forms of protection or
resettlement to almost 15,000 people, 40% of whom were under 18.
Civil servants are 'refusing to probe illegal immigrants' with some cases taking as long as EIGHT years
Daily Mail, 19 February 2018
Civil servants are refusing to help the Home Office investigate
immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally, a report reveals.
Some Whitehall ministries outright 'refused requests' for
information while others asked for a fee, according to the study by
immigration watchdog David Bolt.
The Chief Inspector of Borders and
Immigration exposed the farce in a review of the Home Office's processes
for reviewing and revoking a person's immigration, refugee or citizenship
Gaining indefinite leave to remain, asylum or British
nationality gives a person the right to live in the country lawfully, but
it can be withdrawn in several circumstances, including if they have
obtained it fraudulently, been convicted of a serious crime or pose a
threat to national security. Checks are mainly carried out by the Home
Office's Status Review Unit (SRU).
At the end of March last year,
it was dealing with 2,906 cases an increase of 202 in six months. Of
these, 864 were more than two years old and a further 875 had been in the
in-tray for more than a year. ...
Mr Bolt found the Home Office's
efforts to investigate suspected illegal immigrants was being thwarted by
bureaucrats in other departments. ...
... It is understood the
most obstructive departments were the Department for Work and Pensions and
HM Revenue and Customs which hold information on employment and tax
records and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Diversity: A Managerial Ideology
Darel E. Paul
Quillette, 19 February 2018
[Darel E. Paul is Professor of Political Science at Williams College]
Diversity is the reigning social and political ideal of our
age. It is the public ideology of the country's most powerful state and
business institutions. To many it is the essence of American national
identity and, in one of the favorite phrases of President Barack Obama,
'who we are' as a country.
Rather than simply a recognition of
difference, diversity is a cultural, economic, and political project to
both generate difference and to manage it. ...
While the rapid
spread of affirmative action policies met a backlash in the late 1970s,
this resistance was largely a white middle class revolt. Support never
flagged among elites. ...
Justice Powell argued that "a diverse
student body" was a worthy goal of any university which allowed the
consideration of race in admissions. He justified this neither on the
grounds of racial justice nor the amelioration of past or present
discrimination, but on the grounds of diversity. Powell claimed that racial
and ethnic diversity advanced the core intellectual mission of American
higher education, namely "speculation, experiment and creation," "the
interplay of ideas and the exchange of views," and an encounter of
differing "ideas and mores of students as diverse as this Nation of many
Powell's endorsement of the so-called 'Harvard plan'
as a constitutionally permissible and even preferable equal opportunity
practice spread diversity throughout American higher education and the
elite business sector. /.../ By the early 1990s, diversity had conquered
The country's managerial elite now rarely misses
an opportunity to demonstrate commitment to diversity. ...
2012 and again in 2015, 45 Fortune 100 firms argued that diversity is
essential both for individual "success in the corporate world" as well as
"business success" in "country and world economies that are increasingly
Business would have us believe its embrace of
diversity is a straightforward matter of efficiency, productivity, and
But is there really a business case for
diversity? While most corporations claim to be true believers, social
science gives a decidedly mixed answer. That being said, the academic
debate over diversity's impact on the bottom line is largely, well,
academic. Managers embraced diversity long before any meaningful evidence
existed for its positive effects. /.../ Whether diversity admissions
practices even help their targets remains a matter of controversy. Despite
all this uncertainty, higher education displayed total unity of purpose ...
... As an ideology and associated set of practices, diversity
is attractive to managers and administrators because it is a particular
version of the broader ideology of managerialism. ...
managerial elites, whether in the private or public sector, have embraced
diversity because it is a managerial ideology.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD JEWS, MUSLIMS, FRANCE
Islamic Anti-Semitism in France: Toward Ethnic Cleansing
Gatestone Institute, 16 February 2018
In France, anti-Semitic attacks have been multiplying.
Most are committed in broad daylight; Jews know they have to be
street-smart. Some attackers break into Jewish homes. ...
on Jewish-owned homes warn the owners to "flee immediately" if they want to
live. Anonymous letters with live bullets are dropped into mailboxes of
Jews, and state that the next bullet will be fired into the recipient's
... On the third anniversary of an attack on a kosher
supermarket in Paris, another kosher store was torched and destroyed. ...
Those French Jews who can leave the country, leave.
who have not yet decided to leave or who do not have the financial means,
move to safer neighborhoods. ...
The French Jewish community may
still be the largest in Europe, but it is shrinking rapidly. In 2000, it
was estimated at 500,000, but the number now is less than 400,000, and
sinking. Jewish districts that once were thriving are now on the verge of
Without the Jews of France, France would no longer
be France, said Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls in 2016. But he did not
Recently he said that he had done his best, that he
could not have done more. ...
He added that in France, for at least
two decades, all attacks against Jews in which the perpetrator has been
identified have come from Muslims, and that the most recent attacks were no
In France, telling the truth about Islamic
anti-Semitism is dangerous. For a politician, it is suicidal.
French politicians, right or left, know that political correctness
reigns, and that transgressing its unwritten rules leads to being excluded
from the media and effectively ostracized. They know that some words cannot
be used any more in France, and that "anti-racist" organizations ensure
that no one can criticize Islam.
A new edition of a public school
history textbook for the eighth grade explicitly states that in France it
is forbidden to criticize Islam, and quotes a court decision to back up the
Politicians also see that the country's 600 "no-go
zones" are growing; that radicalized Muslims may kill, and that violent
riots can break out at any time. In France, more than 500 people were
murdered or maimed by Islamic terrorists in less than four years. ...
Although synagogues in France have not been attacked since 2014,
they all are guarded around the clock by armed soldiers in bulletproof
vests who are protected behind sandbags, as are Jewish schools and cultural
Meanwhile, laws meant to punish anti-Semitic threats are
now used to punish those who denounce the threats. ...
journalist Éric Zemmour observed that in Muslim neighborhoods,
Muslims are now living "according to their own laws" and forcing non-Muslim
people to leave. He was found guilty of "incitement" and fined. ...
Anti-Israel demonstrations support terrorism. People shout, "Death
to the Jews," but those people are never arrested for "hate speech".
MULTICULTURALISM ISLAM, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Ministers too 'politically correct' to enforce hijab policy in schools, former Ofsted boss warns
Daily Telegraph, 15 February 2018
The Government is too politically correct to enforce rules on
hijabs in schools, leaving teachers "alone, isolated and vulnerable", the
former head of Ofsted has warned.
Sir Michael Wilshaw said a lack
of formal policy from the Department for Education on whether children
should be allowed to cover their heads in lessons has led to angry clashes.
He also highlighted concerns that there are 150 schools around the
country which make it compulsory for children to wear hijabs, adding that
"the country has enormously changed" and some communities hold very
conservative views which cannot easily be challenged.
It follows a
public outcry after a primary school in east London announced it was
banning children from wearing hijabs but was forced to reverse the decision
after complaints from parents. ...
Asked if a fear of being
politically incorrect was stopping the Government from developing a
national policy on hijabs in schools, he said: "Yes absolutely. There is a
reticence, and it's leaving headteachers alone, isolated and vulnerable."
TERRORISM JIHADISTS, ISLAM
Europe will see increase in terror in 2018, as foreign Isil fighters 'return home with high-tech skills'
Josie Ensor and Raf Sanchez
Daily Telegraph, 14
The terror threat to Europe will only increase this year,
experts have warned, as growing numbers of foreign fighters return home
with "high tech" weapons knowledge learned on the battlefield.
Scores of jihadists are expected to trickle back to the UK and the
continent, bringing with them skills acquired in Syria and Iraq, such as
the weaponising of drones and the industrialised manufacture of car bombs
and IEDs, according to a new report from defence analysts Jane's Terrorism
and Insurgency Centre (JTIC).
"Foreign fighters returning to Europe
will provide critical skills that will help an increasing number of
operational Islamist networks conduct more complex attacks," Otso Iho, the
report's author, said. ...
Several recent attacks on European soil
have involved crude "low-capability" weapons, but the successful use of
drones or car bombs by Islamist militants would mark a notable increase in
the threat level, they say. ...
In addition to the immediate and
direct security threat posed by returning foreign fighters, the report
concluded that significant risk is likely to emerge through their potential
to transform and radicalise existing Europe-based Islamist networks.
TERRORISM JIHADISTS, ISLAM
MI5 faces being overrun by dangerous Islamist radicals within two years when Britain's streets are hit by a perfect storm, report finds
The Sun, 14 February 2018
MI5 faces being overrun by dangerous Islamist radicals within
two years when Britain's streets are hit by a perfect storm, an alarming
report has found.
Many extremists who are currently in jail across
Europe for supporting and fighting for Daesh will be released between 2019
At the same time, the number of British jihadis returning
home from Syria and Iraq will spiral as the terror movement is finally
squeezed out of its remaining homelands.
On their return, jihadis
are predicted to mushroom the threat again by going on to radicalise
existing but currently non-violent Islamist networks here.
disturbing analysis comes from Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre and
IHS Markit. ...
Britain is particularly at risk from jihadis,
Jane's also found, having the highest number of returned militants in
IMMIGRATION POPULATION GROWTH, AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST
The Oxfam scandal should not lead us into the blunder of cutting aid
Daily Telegraph, 13 February 2018
... over the next 30 years more than half the growth in the
world's population is expected to be on just one continent - Africa. On
average, African countries look like doubling their populations very
quickly indeed. Some will grow even faster - Nigeria's 190 million
population today is expected to rise to 410 million by 2050.
this a similar trend in many Middle Eastern nations, even while birth rates
elsewhere in the world have fallen, and the net result is that we are
entering an age in which most of the youngest and poorest people in the
world will live close to Europe. When you consider that Germany's current
political paralysis was largely caused by the reaction to the arrival of a
million refugees, and that there are about to be 1.5 billion extra people
in Africa and the Middle East, you can begin to imagine the implications.
If we don't think ahead, this will be a century of rising nationalism and
ethnic tensions across Europe in response to what is potentially the
greatest migration humanity has ever known. That would severely affect
Britain, even after we leave the EU.
Effective development aid is
not the whole answer to this coming crisis but it is definitely a crucial
part of it. The near-universal truth is that where standards of healthcare,
vaccination, and nutrition are improved, people have fewer children. Good
education and a strong role for women in work and society can have a
similar effect. These are all objectives of our overseas aid.
BENEFITS AND COSTS NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
The Immigration Health Surcharge must be revised or abolished not tinkered with
J Meirion Thomas
Conservative Home, 9 February
[J. Meirion Thomas is a former Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]
I have previously described the Immigration Health Surcharge
(IHS) on this site as "a rotten deal for the NHS, patients and taxpayers".
This week, the Department of Health has announced a desperate last-minute
rescue plan in an attempt to avoid an embarrassing, if inevitable failure
of its Cost Recovery Programme.
... a report commissioned by the
Government in 2013 /.../ estimated the cost of treating non-EU citizens in
the NHS as £736 per person per year. ...
But, of even greater
risk to the taxpayer, the IHS did not exclude pre-existing illnesses, as
would happen in any application for a commercial travel or health insurance
I argued at the time that the IHS was creating an
obvious loophole for health tourists to exploit, and this has happened. It
has become the legal way for health tourists from outside the EU to access
NHS care. ...
In response to this policy failure, last June's
Conservative Manifesto promised that the IHS would be trebled to
£600/£450 if the party was re-elected: a promise the new
Governmenr was forced to drop. And his week, the Department of Health
announced that the IHS will be doubled to £400/£300 from "later
this year". They have recalculated the spend on surcharge payers as
£470 per person per year, down from £736 as predicted by PREDERI
in 2013. Really?
In truth, neither of these estimates is
By April, the IHS will have been law for three
years, and about 1.4 million non-EU migrants and students will have been
given unlimited access to the NHS for a pittance. The real risk to the
taxpayer is that the IHS does not exclude pre-exiting illnesses and that
must change as a matter of urgency. Otherwise this flawed policy should be
abolished and replaced by compulsory travel insurance as is expected of
British citizens travelling abroad.
MULTICULTURALISM CIVILISATION, IDEOLOGY, ISLAM
'The Fight of Our Lives': New Documentary Examines the Threats Facing the West
Truth Revolt, 9 February 2018
"Civilizations, empires, great powers, can fall apart very
fast. Collapse can come suddenly, like a thief in the night. And we should
be very wary of assuming that our civilization, the civilization of
the early 21st century West, will oblige us by declining gradually."
That warning from noted historian Niall Ferguson is the opening and
the theme of the vital new documentary The Fight of Our Lives: Defeating
the Ideological War Against the West from filmmaker Gloria Z.
... her latest documentary, which features
compelling observations and insights from well-known historians,
journalists, and thinkers such as Niall Ferguson, Victor Davis Hanson,
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Alan Dershowitz, Melanie Phillips, Bruce Thornton, Raymond
Ibrahim, Brooke Goldstein, Ibn Warraq, Alan West, and many more respected
commentators from academia, human rights organizations, and think tanks.
The Fight of Our Lives addresses the various internal
and external threats facing Western civilization today, and cautions that
if we don't recognize these grave dangers now and rouse ourselves to resist
and overcome them, then it is no hyperbole to say that the West as we know
it will come to as Ferguson warned a swift and inexorable
The film groups topics into seven "chapters": "Utopian Masks"
(about the subversive internal threats of cultural relativism and
multiculturalism), "Crumbling Towers" (on the political radicalization of
the university), "Weaponizing Identity" (on the gender and race conflicts
that have sprung up with the rise of identity politics), "Breaching the
Gates" (on the threat of global Islamic supremacism in the West, whether
through terrorism or subversion), "People of the Book" (regarding the
Islamic persecution and genocide of Christians and Jews), and "Durable
Values" (on the assaults against the values that have made the West great,
such as the freedom of speech). It concludes with a chapter on "Standing
Up," which exhorts us, the heirs of the Western tradition, to push back
against our enemies and defend our heritage and our future.
Ferguson speaks on the cultural consequences of the recent tsunami of
migrants and purported refugees from Muslim countries into Europe, the
heart of what used to be called Christendom. That civilization, he claims,
may not be around by the end of the century or it may have changed
so much that it's unrecognizable. ...
But we are facing a more
significant threat by way of a subversive ideological assault. "The threat
from within comes from the people who want to undermine the basis of
Western civilization," says journalist Melanie Phillips. ...
influence of multiculturalism, as historian Victor Davis Hanson and The
Lawfare Project's Brooke Goldstein point out, has resulted in a moral
relativism and a chilling effect on free speech, as any criticism of
non-Western cultures is now deemed to be hate speech. ...
Hoover Institution's Ayaan Hirsi Ali and TBN host and terrorism expert
Erick Stakelbeck, among others, discuss the danger of refusing to identify
Islam as a supremacist ideology intent on destroying the West and
establishing a worldwide caliphate in its place.
MULTICULTURALISM BIRTH DEFECTS
Muslim inbreeding dragging Britain back to the 19th century
Cowger Nation, 8 February 2018
Britain is seeing an alarming spike in birth defects, defects
they have not seen since the end of the 19th century. There is a one-word
The resurgence of these birth defects is due to
the prevalence of first cousin marriages in the Muslim community,
particularly among immigrants from Pakistan. Such marriages are legal in
Britain, to be sure, but by the late 1800s the risk of birth defects in the
children of such unions had become so common and so widely known that the
practice virtually vanished. ...
Pakistani parents in Britain are
responsible for 3.4% of all births in England, yet shockingly account for
30% of all children born with recessive gene disorders. This is because the
acceptability of first-cousin marriages is engrained in Muslim culture. In
Bradford, 55% of all Pakistanis are married to their first cousins.
Even though Pakistanis represent just 15% of Bradford's population,
Bradford has the second highest number of infant deaths in England, and
Pakistani parents are 13 times more likely than the general population to
have children with birth disorders. (This according to a study by St.
Luke's Hospital in Bradford.) ...
There are no quick fixes, which
means the U.K. will continue to labor under this burden for decades to
In the worldwide Muslim community, first-cousin marriage
rates routinely run as high as 50%, while the rate is about 1% in Europe
and 0.2% in the U.S.
Death of Democracy? - Part I
Gatestone Institute, 7 February 2018
For many complex reasons, Europe is in an advanced state of
decline. In recent years, several important studies of this condition have
appeared, advancing a variety of reasons for it: Douglas Murray's The
Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, James Kirchik's
The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age,
as well as Christopher Caldwell's ground-breaking 2010 study,
Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the
Countless polls and investigations reveal that
refusal to integrate is no figment of the supposedly "Islamophobic"
political "right". A 2006 poll carried out by ICM Research on behalf of the
Sunday Telegraph, for example, presented worrying findings: 40% of
British Muslims polled said they backed introducing shari'a law in parts of
Britain, and only 41% opposed it, leaving another 20% unclear. ...
Polls carried out in other countries across Europe showed similar
or worse results.
Those are only one half of a more complicated and
disturbing picture. While Muslims find it hard to abandon the prejudices,
doctrines, and outright hatreds (for Jews, for example) that they have
imported from their home countries or developed as young men and
women while living in European states where they were born and raised
vast numbers of non-Muslims, including politicians, church leaders,
civil servants, policemen and women, and many well-meaning people bend over
backwards to accommodate them and the demands they make on their host
It would take a book to summarize all the episodes in
which Western officialdom, notably in Europe, has abandoned its own
historical values in order to protect Islam and radical Muslims from
criticism and rebuke. ...
Last October, it was reported that
Queen's Counsel Max Hill, who acts as the British government's independent
reviewer of terrorism legislation, argued that British fighters for Islamic
State, who had returned or planned to return to the UK, should not be
prosecuted but reintegrated into society on the grounds that they had acted
"naively". This lenience extended to hate preachers who had given sermons
and lectures exhorting Muslims to take direct action that has in the past
led to actual terrorist attacks. ...
We now therefore use double
standards: one for Muslims and one for the rest of our population. On
January 16, 2018, in England, Daniel Grundy, was jailed for six months on a
charge of bigamy. However, Muslim men in polygamous marriages are rewarded
by the state: ...
Actually, British Muslim men do not even have to
go abroad to find wives. At least one Muslim dating site run from the UK
offers contact with Muslim women who are eager to enter into polygamous
marriages. It has not been closed down. The British government has shown
itself incapable of enforcing its own laws when it comes to its Muslim
citizens or new immigrants. ...
Rather than stand up to our
enemies, both external and internal, are we now so afraid of being called
"Islamophobes" that we will sacrifice even our own cultural, political, and
religious strengths and aspirations?
Robert Putnam Distorts His Own Diversity Research
National Review, 6 February 2018
In last week's column arguing against restricting immigration,
David Brooks writes:
What about the rise of
social distrust? Restrictionists often cite a 2007 Robert Putnam study
finding that more diversity leads to less trust. But Putnam tells me they
are distorting his research. He found that diversity's benefits outweigh
its disadvantages, that trust declines over the short term as places grow
more diverse, but that over the long term Americans find new ways to boost
Putnam made the same
"distortion" claim in a letter to the Wall Street Journal last year.
It was just as disingenuous then as it is now. In fact, Putnam himself is
the one distorting his research, by attempting to elevate his personal
speculation (that diversity brings long-term net benefits) to the level of
his data analysis (that shows diversity causes significant present-day
To elaborate, the substance of Putnam's 2007 paper is an
analysis of his Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey. He shows that
ethnic diversity is associated with reduced trust even after controlling
for a long list of socioeconomic variables. The analysis is thorough and
valuable, but it captures just one moment in time. It cannot tell us
whether the effect on trust occurs only "over the short term," or whether
we will "find new ways to boost social solidarity." Furthermore, Putnam
never identifies positive effects of diversity from his own data
although an arguable exception is greater interest in politics and
he certainly never uses his data to address the question of whether
"diversity's benefits outweigh its disadvantages." Indeed, Putnam's data
analysis section reads as a relentless, unsparing critique of diversity,
with no promise of a long-run turnaround. Uncomfortable with the
implications of the data analysis, Putnam sandwiches it between
misdirection and speculation. The misdirection comes at the beginning, in
the form of a short list of reasons he believes ethnic diversity is a
"valuable national asset." Almost nothing on his list is about ethnic
diversity per se. /.../ The speculation comes at the end, when Putnam
offers his hope that U.S. Army integration, megachurches, and intermarriage
among European ethnics are signs that the U.S. will eventually overcome the
challenges of diversity. That's it for the long-term no hard
evidence, just speculation.
BENEFITS AND COSTS NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
Charges for migrants to use NHS will double to raise millions for the health service
Daily Telegraph, 5 February 2018
Charges for migrants to use the NHS will be doubled, under
plans which ministers say will raise hundreds of millions of pounds for the
Currently those seeking to live in the UK for six
months or more are charged a £200 annual surcharge, exempting them
from charges paid by temporary overseas visitors.
today announce plans to increase this to £400 a year, which they say
more closely matches the amount such patients actually cost the NHS. ...
"By increasing the surcharge so that it better reflects the actual
costs of using health services, this Government is providing an extra
£220 million a year to support the NHS."
pledged to recoup £500m a year from overseas patients by 2017/18.
Recent measures include pledges to enforce "upfront" charges for
temporary visitors, after efforts to chase bills after treatment had
Latest figures show £358 million was
collected from overseas patients in 2016/17, including £210m from the
immigration health surcharge.
The surcharge is paid when
immigration applications are made. Those paying it are then exempt from NHS
charges for treatment which temporary visitors have to pay. ...
The Department of Health and Social Care estimates that the NHS
spends £470 on average per person per year on treating surcharge
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION, ANGLICANS
Majority of Anglicans want immigration levels 'reduced'
Christian Today, 4 February 2018
Regular churchgoers have more a positive opinion of immigration
than the general population.
But those who describe themselves as
Anglican overall, including those who do not necessarily attend regularly,
are more negative about the current levels of immigration.
research on attitudes to immigration reported on BBC Breakfast and BBC
Radio 4's Sunday programme, found that nearly nine in ten people, 87 per
cent, who describe themselves as Anglicans believe immigration to the UK
should be reduced.
According to the research, from an analysis of
British Social Atttudes surveys by researchers at the University of
Bristol, 66 per cent of Anglicans who go to church regularly oppose current
levels of immigration. Among Christians who do not go to church, the number
is 86 per cent.
This compares to just 77 per cent of people with no
religion who think immigration should be cut.
Why "Open Borders" is a Dangerous Idea
Quillette, 3 February 2018
From my point-of-view, mass migration is the singular challenge
of the 21st century. This is because it is a meta-issue that will affect
our response to every other challenge. This is due to the fact that as mass
migrations change demography, they may also affect changes in host nations'
cultures and political economies. ...
While we do not yet know the
vector, the titanic, high velocity migration the West is currently
experiencing will cause profound changes. ...
The open borders
philosophy is wrong, because, like the failed ideologies of the past
century, it doesn't account for unpleasant facts about human nature and
society. The truth Communism missed is that human beings prefer
self-interest to compelled altruism. The truth open borders advocates miss
is that human societies are tribal.
The fundamental human social
skill is the formation of groups that act with shared intentionality. The
skill to coordinate intentions is what enabled our ancestors to form
sophisticated social coalitions that outcompeted lower primates. ...
The challenge of heterogeneity is that it pre-loads divisions into
society. Sometimes those differences can be overcome through inter-communal
dialogue and good government. But, all too often when intentions differ,
and tribes inevitably rise, differences in religion, language, and custom
are the contours around which factions organize.
This is not to say
that ethno-racial or cultural difference is the sole cause of factionalism.
Since human beings are so quick to form factions, it should be
the goal of government policy to ameliorate division and ward off for as
long as possible the demon of sectarianism. Our current public policies and
cultural products seem aimed at doing the exact opposite. I think this is
because the designers of these policies hold at least two mistaken
assumptions about diversity and migration.
Many elite Westerners
have a passionate belief in diversity because they have lived it. Not
always in their neighborhoods, but quite often at university. ...
There is also a faulty assumption that diverse societies become
more tolerant and inclusive over time. ...
demonstrated innumerable times that at-scale diversity doesn't create
utopia but tension. ...
Of the top ten most diverse countries in
the world, every single one has suffered major, lethal political violence
since 2001. Diversity is not some holy sacrament, it is a deadly serious
socio-political challenge that needs to be prudently managed. It is a
mistake to believe that unregulated mass migration will bring about
redemption for guilty Westerners. For whatever economic benefits it may
bring, it will also bring tribalism, disunity, and violence. And for those
of you who think this isn't a major issue or that the worst has passed,
please note we are just in the opening act of this drama.
Top counter terror officer warns of threat posed by jihadi children returning to UK
Justin Davenport and Allan Hall
Evening Standard, 2 February 2018
A leading counter-terrorist police officer today warned of the
threat of children trained by Islamic State coming back to Britain to carry
Commander Dean Haydon, the head of the Met's
counter-terrorism command, said police and other services had a duty to
safeguard children returning from Iraq and Syria.
"A child in a war
zone would have seen some pretty horrendous things," he told the Standard.
But he warned: "Some terror groups are training children to commit
atrocities. We need to not just understand the risk the mother poses but
the risk that any child poses as well. We look at them on a case-by-case
basis and they may be arrested."
Commander Haydon added: "We have
no intelligence to suggest children are coming back from conflict zones to
commit atrocities in the UK."
He also revealed that police are
DNA-testing children who have been brought to the UK after being born in
the so-called IS caliphate to establish their identity and whether they
have the right to live here. ...
Hans-Georg Maassen said: "We have
to consider that these children could be living timebombs. There is a
danger that these children come back brainwashed with a mission to carry
Children carried out three of five Islamist attacks
in Germany in 2016. A 12-year-old boy was also detained after trying to
bomb a Christmas market. ...
Mr Haydon said police had identified
all 850 or so Britons who travelled to Syria in the past three years.
About half have returned and 15 per cent were killed in the
EXTREMISM ISLAM, EUROPE
Lessons from the East for the West
Breitbart, 2 February 2018
Last weekend, I was in Hungary for the presentation of the
Hungarian translation of my book Marked for Death; Islam's War Against
the West and Me. ...
... In Hungary, there are barely any signs
of Islamization. The Hungarians make no secret of their resolve to keep it
that way. The attitude in Hungary and, for that matter, in Central Europe
in general, is entirely different from that in the West. ...
originally published my book in English in the United States. I did so
because America has a First Amendment, which allows people to speak out,
even when a message is politically incorrect. The Hungarian translation is
the first translation of the book. In my own country, no publisher has the
courage to publish it.
A German publisher, who was interested,
backed out when it proved impossible to translate it into German without
transgressing Germany's stringent speech laws. ...
Islamism but Islam itself preaches the political submission of the
whole world to Allah. Muhammad left no doubt about this: "I was ordered to
fight all men until they say 'There is no god but Allah,'" he said.
The Qu'ran is equally unambiguous about it. "Fight them until there
is no more dissension and the religion is entirely Allah's," it says in
verse 8:39. The Qu'ran also contains the permission to kill Jews and
Christians in verse 9:29, the command to terrorize non-Muslims in verse
8:12, the obligation to make war on the infidels in verse 9:123, and the
order to subjugate the entire world to Allah in verse 9:33. ...
... Recently, the Pew Research Center warned that, if present
trends continue, France, Germany, Belgium and Austria, will be almost 20%
Islamic by 2050. Britain and the Netherlands are closely behind, while
Sweden will even be more than 30% Islamic by the turn of the century.
This is extremely dangerous. Because, while most Muslims may be
moderate and non-violent, the Islamic ideology is not. It has indoctrinated
many of Islam's followers, who take the belligerent commands of Muhammad
and the Koran very seriously. Just last month, it was revealed in Germany
that 30% of Muslim students in the State of Lower Saxony can imagine
themselves fighting and dying for Islam. In my own country, the
Netherlands, research from Amsterdam University showed that 11% of the
Muslims find it acceptable to use violence in the name of Islam. That is
more than 100,000 people, which is twice the number of soldiers in our
One in ten families who get social housing are from abroad despite efforts to give long-term local residents a better chance of getting a property
Daily Mail, 31 January 2018
A record one in 10 families given council or housing
association homes last year were foreign nationals, according to new
The numbers showed that of just under 200,000
heavily subsidised family homes in England allocated to new tenants, 19,197
went to a household headed by a non-British citizen.
The share of
social housing going to foreign families has been rising since the
mid-2000s, when foreign nationals took up around six in 100 new lettings,
and Labour MPs in some cities began to register concern over discontent
among long-established local voters. ...
Among people moving into
social housing for the first time as opposed to those moving from
another council or housing association home 12 per cent were foreign
There were 1,155,285 families on waiting lists for
social housing in England last year, according to official figures.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD USA
The important FACTS completely missing from the immigration debate
Conservative Review, 29 January 2018
If you didn't know anything about our immigration system
an accurate description of our political class you'd think that we
take in few immigrants from the Third World or from anywhere outside Europe
and that our "racist president" wants to stamp out the last vestiges of the
few brave and unique immigrants coming from subpar conditions, yearning for
freedom and American values. This distortion could not be farther from the
Here is a list of the top 30 countries of origin among the
immigrants who received green cards in 2016. These 30 countries supplied 76
percent of our immigration pool: ...
A couple of immediate
observations are in order:
Notice how Mexico dominates our
legal immigration system in addition to sending us most of our illegal
immigrants. Mexican nationals were the recipient of twice as many green
cards as the second country on the list. And this has been the case pretty
much for every year over the past few decades. Indeed, since 1965, 50
percent of all immigrants came from Mexico and Latin America, 29 percent
from Mexico alone. ...
Not a single European or western
country is among the top 20. ...
Seven Islamic countries,
several of which are on Trump's moratorium list, are on this list, and
they've been moving higher every year.
From watching the
trends over the years and having some background on this issue rather than
solely from the chart numbers, it's clear that the top source countries of
our immigration are not dictated by merit, but primarily by chain
migration, diversity lottery, refugees, asylum, and quasi-amnesty policies
that allow certain illegal immigrants to obtain green cards. This is not
the immigration system America voted for; nor is it the one that was
promised to us in 1965, 1980, and 1990. ...
If nothing is changed,
our country will be flooded with millions of chain migrants that are coming
here solely based on family ties, doubling down on the existing backward
system. As of November 2017, there were 4.367 million people on the visa
waiting list, 97.5 percent of whom are applying based on family ties to
existing immigrants, who themselves largely came here based on family ties.
The solution to all of this is to immediately move to a
merit-based system in which we bring in only people who love America, won't
be a security problem, speak English, and will not be on welfare
irrespective of country of origin. ...
This used to be part of the
commonsense, mature discussion we could have as a nation. Sadly,
demagoguery and ignorance are preventing us from having a much-needed
discussion about one of the most important, if not the most important,
policy issue of our time.
IMMIGRATION POLITICS, PUBLIC OPINION
Why Culture Trumps Skills: Public opinion on immigration
David Goodhart and Eric Kaufmann
Policy Exchange, 28 January 2018
The report of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee,
Immigration Policy: basis for building consensus, was released
earlier this week. It makes many helpful suggestions, including the idea of
an annual migration report, streamlined immigration processing and the
importance of balancing competing interests. However, it draws misleading
conclusions about public opinion and policy due to its reliance on
focus-groups, which suffer from social acceptability bias.
result, it makes two assumptions. First, that citizens who oppose
immigration do so mainly because of their perceptions of its effects on
prosperity or public services. If so, immigration is an issue that can be
addressed by the traditional approach of directing financial resources to
areas affected by migration and detailing the economic contribution
immigrants make. The second assumption is that voters are primarily
concerned about control, not numbers. If they are reassured that things are
under control, and migration is being connected to economic needs, they
will be content with higher numbers.
Yet, as behavioural economists
repeatedly caution, 'people aren't rational, they rationalise'. So too with
immigration attitudes. The reasons people say they oppose immigration are
those they are aware of, or they feel to be socially acceptable. This is
doubly the case in focus groups, where peer pressure is strong. ...
Now, however, work by British Future, which is widely cited in the
Committee's report, indicate that skills are the most important
consideration for people when they think of a desirable immigrant. ...
... As we show, people are sensitive to the skill level of the
immigrant intake, but this is trumped by their concern for the cultural
impact of a larger inflow.
To illustrate, we draw on data from a
new Yougov-Birkbeck-Policy Exchange survey of 1,643 individuals from 5-6
November 2017, of which 1,450 are of White British ethnicity. ...
This shows that a majority of White British respondents want
reduced immigration even if skill levels fall, but when the question is
worded, /.../ as new skilled immigrants coming from 'outside Europe' and
when the decline in White British share is not mentioned, it's possible to
get almost 45 percent of White Britons to back the high skill mix-with-high
levels of immigration option. Mention 'Asia and Africa' as the source for
new skilled immigrants and support slips ten points to 35 percent. More
importantly, mentioning the ethno-cultural impact of higher numbers on the
long-term share of White Britons in the population drops support for
current immigration levels by 17-22 points to just 18-25 percent. ...
To repeat: opposition to immigration is largely cultural and
psychological. Appealing to voter economic interest as the Committee
suggests is therefore unlikely to create the new consensus it seeks.
POLITICS BREXIT, EU MIGRANTS
EU immigration to continue until 2021 reveals David Davis - despite Downing Street claims that free movement will end when Britain leaves the EU
Daily Mail, 27 January 2018
The free movement of EU citizens in Britain will continue in
all but name until at least 2021, David Davis said yesterday as he set out
details of a two-year Brexit transition.
Downing Street has
repeatedly insisted free movement will end when Britain leaves the EU in
March next year, saying European citizens arriving after that date will
have to register.
But Mr Davis said yesterday the registration
scheme would have 'no bearing on people's ability to work or visit' and
that it would simply 'allow us to better plan for our future public
services and prepare for our future immigration system'.
CRIME ACID ATTACKS, LONDON
Acid attack epidemic: RECORD number of incidents in London last year, data reveals
Daily Express, 27 January 2018
There has been a record number of acid attacks in London in
2017, Metropolitan Police data has revealed after a freedom of information
request, as street gangs are increasingly using acid to target people.
Acid attacks have increased six-fold in the capital over six years.
The figures show that there were 465 acid attacks in London
recorded in 2017, up from 395 the previous year. ...
from the first 11 months of 2017 also shows that the acid attacks are
predominantly a problem among young males.
More than 75% of
suspected attackers and around 60% of victims were between the ages of 10
CRIME BIAS, POLITICS, RACISM, POLICE
Theresa May ignored the evidence on stop-and-search. The effect has been criminal
Daily Telegraph, 26 January 2018
A few years ago, Theresa May set out to make a hard-hitting
speech about how too many law-abiding black men were being stopped and
searched by the police. Her officials got to work on it, but soon hit a
problem: the only in-depth study showed that, if anything, white men were
the ones being singled out. There was no evidence to suggest any kind of
It was all a bit embarrassing, so reference
to this study was removed from the draft of the speech and the then
home secretary went ahead anyway with her spirited j'accuse. Black men, she
said, are up to seven times more likely to be stopped and searched. It
Politically, the speech was a great success. It
was a potent charge, and it helped to establish Mrs May as a reformer with
a social conscience. Her figure was technically correct: when compared with
the general population, young black men are far more likely to be searched.
It's just that if you look at those on streets of an evening (as the Home
Office had done), the bias vanishes.
Not that the police dared
point this out: they heard and obeyed. The number of stop-and-searches
conducted by police more than halved, but this raised an awkward question:
what effect would this have on knife crime?
The latest figures
arrived yesterday. Recorded knife crime rose 21 per cent in the last year
across England; the number of murders in London rose 19 per cent. Cressida
Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, has admitted that her officers
might have become fearful of stopping and searching suspects. They wonder
whether, if accused of racism, they'd be supported by their bosses. ...
Peter Neyroud, a former chief constable now at Cambridge
University, has been working with officers in 40 forces to develop a "harm
index". The aim is to judge crime by the harm done, rather than adding up
all kinds of offences to make a misleading total. He says this index, now
being used by forces to help focus on the worst crimes, has been rising
fairly steeply for the past two years in many forces. ...
again, out politicians talk about "evidence-based policymaking" where
facts, not ideology, shape the agenda. But Tories are beginning to look
guilty of policy-based evidence-making: using whatever statistics suit them
It was wrong of Mrs May to pretend that the police
were singling out ethnic minorities for stop-and-search and it would
be wrong for Mrs Rudd to be in denial about rising crime now.
MULTICULTURALISM ISLAM, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, UK
Mohammed is rapidly becoming one of the most popular names in Germany, figures show
MailOnline, 26 January 2018
The name Mohammed is fast-becoming one of the most popular baby
boy names in Germany. ...
Within three years, Mohammed could rank
in the top ten, according to the head of the Society for German Language.
According to the latest data from the society (Gesellschaft
für Deutsche Sprache - GfdS), statistics for 2016 reveal that Mohammed
(or Muhammed) rose from 41st place in 2015 to 26th position the following
However, this does not take into account all the
variant spellings, including Mohamad, Mohamed, Mehmet, and more.
it did, Mohammed would be far higher up the ranking.
newspaper, Kronen Zeitung, recently compiled data using all of the variants
and discovered that Mohammed rocketed from 5th overall to 3rd most popular
name among baby boys born in Vienna, Die Welt reported. ...
Ewels, GfdS managing director, said: 'The development is, of course,
related to the wave of immigration.'
She expects Mohammed to be in
the top 10 names by 2021 or 2022.
Muhammed was the most popular
baby boy name in London, a UK survey revealed last May.
It was also
the second most popular nationwide in Britain.
RACISM POLICE, HATE CRIME
Khan Blames Crime Wave on Cuts, But Fall in Police Numbers Could Be Plugged by Redeploying 'Hate Crime' Officers
Breitbart, 26 January 2018
Sadiq Khan is blaming the surge in recorded crime on falling
police numbers but figures show the annual decline could be plugged
by redeploying 'hate crime' officers from London alone.
mayor has suggested that the crime wave overtaking England and Wales
and Britain's multicultural capital, in particular is a consequence
of falling police numbers, in an opinion piece published by the
Figures reported elsewhere in the newspaper
do show a fall of some 930 officers over the last 12 months, to 121,929
overall but this represents a reduction in total manpower of less
than 1 per cent.
Meanwhile, recorded crime rose by 14 per cent
overall across 44 police force areas in England and Wales including
a 32 per cent rise in domestic burglary, a 29 per cent rise in robbery, a
23 per cent rise in sex offences, a 21 per cent rise in knife crime, and a
20 per cent rise in gun crime.
In fact, with London alone boasting
over 900 police officers "dedicated to investigating hate crime" one
of Khan's top priorities as mayor it seems likely that the annual
fall could be more than adequately compensated by redeploying existing
Evidence suggests that pressure from Khan and
politically correct police chiefs is leading to significant resources being
redirected towards offences most members of the public would not consider
priorities in a time of rising violent crime.
For example, figures
obtained through Freedom of Information requests revealed that some 3,395
people across 29 police force areas 13 refused the requests, two
released unusable data were arrested under section 127 of the
Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally "cause
annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another", in 2016.
This represented a massive increase from previous years, with
police forces increasing arrests for "offensive" communications
largely social media posts by up to 877 per cent compared to 2014.
The authorities' determination to focus on such crimes
despite a fall in actual prosecutions suggesting the arrests are largely
fruitless shows no sign of letting up, with Khan setting aside
millions of pounds for an "online hate crime hub".
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ISLAM, OSLO, NORWAY
The Islamization of Oslo
City Journal, 24 January 2018
... Groruddalen is home to more than a quarter of Oslo's
population. /.../ For a few decades now, the valley has been associated in
the Norwegian mind with Islam. ...
... From 2008 to 2010, more than
6,000 ethnic Norwegians moved out of Groruddalen, while almost twice that
number of immigrants mostly Muslims moved in. In 2009, fully
67 percent of the children born in Stovner, a borough at the far eastern
end of the valley, had non-Western mothers. ...
Aftenposten broke the prevailing media silence on the topic by reporting on
the experiences of ethnic Norwegians living in Groruddalen. "It has been
difficult to be an ethnic Norwegian in Groruddalen," ... a schoolteacher
who had lived in the valley all his life, told the newspaper. "It's about
huge language problems, plus a pressure to adapt to norms that feel totally
alien to those of us who have a Western lifestyle and mind- set."
Åserud said that at some schools in the valley, "children are
threatened with beating for having salami in their packed lunches. Girls
are harassed for being blond, and dye their hair to fit in. ...
years later, in 2013, a remarkably candid SSB report acknowledged that
1,000 ethnic Norwegians were leaving Groruddalen annually, with an equal
number of non-Western immigrants moving in to replace them. During that
year alone, muggings in Groruddalen rose by nearly 80 percent. The great
majority of perpetrators arrested were teenagers with immigrant backgrounds
and Muslim names ...
In 2015, sociologist Halvor Fosli published
Fremmed i eget land (A Stranger in One's Own Country), a book based on
interviews with 20 ethnic Norwegian residents of Groruddalen. /.../ In
short, a place where people had once lived without fear and treated one
another with respect and friendliness had become charged with tension,
dread, and bigotry not anti-Muslim bigotry, mind you, but
anti-Norwegian bigotry. ...
On March 11, 2017, to many viewers'
surprise, the nightly news program on government-run NRK television ran an
honest segment on the dramatic rise in crime in East Oslo, with a focus
principally on Groruddalen where, as journalist Anders Magnus
reported, about 50 percent of the population now had non-Western immigrant
backgrounds. Twelve-year-olds were selling drugs; 15-year-olds were
carrying guns, knives, and baseball bats; Muslim youth gangs were
assaulting adults in the open street; ...
... But the fundamental
problem remains the traditional Scandinavian approach to crime: seeking out
root causes, treating offenders as victims of society, and seeing
compassion as a cure for criminality. This approach may work with some
wayward ethnic Norwegian youths, but it makes no headway with their Muslim
counterparts, whose cultural conditioning leads them to see such kid-glove
treatment as a sign of weakness and to exploit it. ...
August 2017, Hege Storhaug of HRS took note of a promotional poster for the
new library in Stovner. It depicted three dark-skinned girls, two wearing
hijabs, happily reading books together. "Here," commented Storhaug, "is the
future." Thorbjørn Berntsen saw it coming 16 years ago. Others did,
too, but most stayed silent. Even now, as Groruddalen plunges toward
anarchy and full Islamization, few dare to speak up. Meantime, beyond the
hills and mountains that surround Groruddalen, the shadow that has fallen
upon the valley is slowly darkening the rest of Norway.
Panorama White Fright: Divided Britain review the people let down by a decade of policy failure
The Guardian, 23 January
Blackburn, Lancashire: a town with about 100,000 white British
people and 40,000 Asian or British Asian people, many of whom are Muslim.
Ten years ago, Panorama went to find out how Blackburn's two biggest ethnic
groups were getting along. The answer, in short: they weren't. ...
The experts and the numbers say it. Prof Ted Cantle who wrote the
report on the race riots of northern England in 2001, and who featured in
the original programme, returns. "Segregation in Blackburn is increasing,
in residential terms, in school terms, probably in social terms as well,"
he says. ...
And, of course, it's not just about Blackburn. The
polarisation of populations is increasing in towns all over the country.
The government hasn't helped much either. Dame Louise Casey was
commissioned to write a review of integration policy. The government
ignored it because it mentioned immigration; the pace and scale of it. "Too
difficult ... too hot to handle," says the Labour MP Chuka Umunna.
House of Commons Library, 23 January 2018
Asylum seekers were around 6.0% of immigrants to the UK in
The number of asylum applications to the UK peaked in 2002 at
84,132. After that the number fell sharply to reach a twenty year low point
of 17,916 in 2010, before rising again to reach 32,733 in 2015. The number
fell in 2016, to 30,747.
The percentage of asylum applicants
refused at initial decision reached its highest point at 88% in 2004. After
that, the percentage of applicants refused at initial decision fell to 59%
in 2014, before increasing to 66% in 2016.
In the period from 2004
to 2016, around three-quarters of applicants refused asylum at initial
decision lodged an appeal, but only around one quarter of those appeals was
In 2016, 37% of asylum applicants were nationals of Asian
countries, 29% were nationals of Middle Eastern countries, 23% were
nationals of African countries, and 7% were from Europe.
IMMIGRATION UK, FRANCE
Migrants in Calais will be fast-tracked to the UK after PM bows to the French: Visa applications will now take just one month after May and Macron agree 'Sandhurst Treaty' shake
Daily Mail, 19 January 2018
Migrants at Calais will be fast-tracked into Britain under new
plans agreed by Theresa May as she bowed to further pressure from the
Adult migrants seeking to come to the UK via Calais will
have their applications processed within one month, rather than have to
wait for six months.
Children will see their waiting time slashed
from six months to just 25 days, it was announced yesterday. ...
Downing Street source insisted the plans would reduce the 'pull factor' and
by speeding up the process, cases would be thrown out quicker. ...
France also wants Britain to take in more migrants from Calais,
especially unaccompanied children.
BORDER CONTROLS COST
Calais migrant crisis has already cost UK taxpayers over £360m
Daily Express, 19 January 2018
British taxpayers have forked out more than £360 million
since 2010 tackling the migrant crisis in Calais, it can be revealed today.
The £850,000 every week has been spent trying to stop tens of
thousands sneaking into the UK from northern France.
eye-watering total includes the £44.5 million Prime Minister Theresa
May yesterday gifted French President Emmanuel Macron to beef up security
at UK border controls on the Continent.
But critics said the figure
was actually a gross underestimate of the UK's financial contribution to
solving a problem created by the EU's open border Schengen zone.
Independent MEP Steven Woolfe said: "This is an absolute disgrace.
The UK has gifted £360 million but this is just the tip of the
"The real cost of the UK's contribution to protect the
EU's borders is much higher.
"We have contributed millions of
pounds to programmes in Greece and Italy to protect the borders there, and
we have given millions more to Turkey to resettle economic migrants."
The overall cost to the UK is likely to be double or even quadruple
the £850,000-a-week on the Calais crisis, he said.
figures obtained by this newspaper reveal Britain stumped up £111.7
million to secure the border at the height of the chaos in Calais in
2015-16, up from £48.8 million in 2014-15. ...
since October 2015, the UK has allocated more than £175 million of
humanitarian assistance, including a three-year £75 million programme
to meet the "urgent humanitarian needs of migrants".
IMMIGRATION EU MIGRANTS, BREXIT
'EU demand is ABSURD' May urged to stand strong over unlimited free movement post-Brexit
Daily Express, 18 January 2018
Up to a million more EU citizens could get the right to settle
in Britain if Theresa May gives in to the EU's latest negotiation demands,
a report warned last night.
Research from the population pressure
group Migration Watch estimated that accepting a Brussels demand for
unlimited free movement to continue for a transitional period of up two
year after Brexit could lead to a significant increase in the numbers
allowed to come into the country before new border controls are imposed.
A draft document leaked from Brussels earlier this week showed that
EU negotiators will make the demand in the next phase of talks about the
UK's departure from the bloc.
They want EU citizens to continue to
be able to claims full permanent residency rights in Britain throughout the
The status would give European migrants the
right to be joined by direct family members, including elderly dependent
relatives, future children and partners who were not EU citizens. ...
Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch, said: "This
EU demand is absolutely absurd.
"We will have left the EU - that
must mean that EU citizens who arrive after our departure should no longer
enjoy treaty rights that derive from our membership." ...
past, some of the applicants have been temporary migrants who stayed for
less than a year but a larger proportion of them might well stay on if the
prize was a right to permanent settlement in the UK.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD PUBLIC OPINION, BELGIUM
Migrant Crisis: 77 Per Cent of Belgians 'No Longer Feel at Home'
Breitbart, 18 January 2018
The massive rise in the proportion of Muslim migrants in the
country has resulted in two-thirds of Belgians feeling their nation is
being "increasingly invaded", according to a new study.
sentiment was especially marked among respondents to the detailed survey
aged 65 and over, 84 per cent of whom likened the influx of migrants and
refugees to an invasion.
Overall, two-thirds of the 4,734 people
polled believe there are "too many immigrants in Belgium", while 77 per
cent agreed with the statement, "Today we no longer feel at home as we did
before [mass migration]".
Entitled Black Yellow Blues 2017,
the research was an initiative of public broadcaster RTBF and liberal
newspaper Le Soir, carried out by sociology research institute
Survey and Action and the globalist 'This is Not a Crisis' foundation.
Reporting on the study, which looked at the attitudes of
French-speaking Belgians and how they have changed since a similar survey
was taken in 1997, RTBF laments that it depicts a population which is
growing "increasingly xenophobic".
"The results raise many
questions, but they revealed a society that is filled with fear and the
rejection of otherness," writes the taxpayer-funded broadcaster.
Produced by This is Not a Crisis, an organisation which seeks to
tackle populism at a time it says societies in the West must undergo
"permanent transformations", the report claims researchers "observed the
development of a true anti-Muslim paranoia [among Belgians], which has
taken on a pathological dimension".
According to 74 per cent of
people surveyed, Islam is "not a tolerant religion", while 60 per cent said
the presence of so many Muslims in their nation presents a threat to its
identity. Just 12 per cent said they believe the religion is "a source of
enrichment" for Belgium. ...
"Seven out of 10 Belgians think that
immigrants want to impose their way of life," the article notes
disapprovingly, nowhere mentioning any of the attitudes disclosed by the
400 Muslims surveyed in the study.
These included 33 per cent of
Muslim respondents revealing they "don't like Western culture", 29 per cent
asserting they believe the laws of Islam to be superior to Belgian law, and
34 per cent admitting they "would definitely prefer a political system
inspired by the Quran".
MULTICULTURALISM LIBERALISM, NATIONALISM
Why liberal societies need moderate nationalism
Washington Post, 17 January 2018
The return of the discussion of tribes is a metaphorical
recognition of the shallowness of much of modern liberalism, with its
awkwardness about the human need for recognition, belonging and group
attachment, along with its implicit claim that society is just a random
collection of individuals. ...
Value tribes are an unavoidable but
often fragmenting reality of the modern world. A gulf has opened between
the two big, loose value tribes that dominate western liberal societies.
"Anywhere" people, about 25 percent of the population, tend to
be educated and mobile; they value openness, autonomy and individual
self-realization. They tend to have careers rather than jobs and "achieved
identities" based on academic and professional success.
"Somewheres," about half of the population, are by contrast more
rooted and less well-educated; they tend to value security, familiarity and
group attachments (national or local) that Anywheres often don't feel or
respect. Somewheres generally have "ascribed identities" their sense
of themselves is more likely to come from the place they come from and the
local ways of life they are attached to, which means that they are more
likely to be discomforted by rapid social change.
... In real life,
the story is less binary than it sounds, and there is a big group of about
25 percent of the population who share almost equally the two loose
It is also important to remember that both of these
worldviews are, at least in mainstream form, perfectly decent and
... most forms of group attachment are compatible
with the main liberal values of individual rights and human moral equality.
To put it another way: the human desire to belong does not require
hostility to outsiders. ...
Neither militant liberals, who fear the
masses are always teetering on the edge of new forms of authoritarianism,
nor militant populists, who are hostile to diversity, find it easy to
accept that many people live according to different norms. And, of course,
it is possible to have too much fragmentation, which is why moderate
nationalism remains such an important glue for liberal societies,
reinforcing shared norms and social solidarity.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION NUMBER, PUBLIC OPINION
Government's failure to identify the number of illegal immigrants is fuelling anxiety about how many live in Britain, report warns
Mail, 15 January 2018
The Government's failure to identify the number of illegal
immigrants in the UK is fuelling widespread anxiety about numbers in the
country, a report claimed last night.
MPs said fears about the
impact of those here unlawfully is able to 'grow unchecked' because of a
lack of official information.
They said many perceive the
'long-standing paucity' of figures as representing official 'indifference'
on a matter of huge public interest.
Members of the Home Affairs
Select Committee said Ministers must do more to 'reassure' voters that the
issue is being taken seriously.
In a wide-ranging report, they said
illegal migration can only be tackled effectively if the true 'scale and
nature' of the problem is identified.
And they called for exit data
and other sources to be used to produce an annual estimate of the numbers
who have breached immigration rules.
They also stressed the
importance of effective enforcement, highlighting how large numbers of
foreign nationals, including convicted criminals, have disappeared.
FRAUD AND CORRUPTION HEALTH TOURISM
NHS stung for £200m in health tourism scam using European insurance cards
The Sun, 15 January 2018
A huge health tourism scam is costing the NHS £20 million
Millions have taken advantage of a loophole to claim free
healthcare across Europe with Britain picking up the bill.
probe by The Sun reveals how easy it is to get a fake European Health
Insurance Card giving unlimited access to treatment. EU hospitals then
claim the cost back from the UK government.
The NHS has paid out
more than £1 billion over the past decade an average of
£20 for every card issued.
Around £200 million, the cost
of 8,600 extra nurses, is thought to be fraudulent.
service has reclaimed just £145 million over the past five years.
We used fake national insurance numbers to get EHIC cards issued in
the names of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, PM Theresa May, US President
Donald Trump and EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker.
Figures show that
the NHS issued 57 million new EHIC cards over the past decade.
according to a whistleblower at the NHS Business Services Authority, based
in Newcastle, one in five applications are fraudulent.
He said he
had issued more than 20 cards to the same address after bosses told him not
to waste time on checks. ...
Tory MP Sarah Wollaston, chairman of
the Commons health committee, said: "I'm shocked. It exposes a serious
loophole, which needs to be closed immediately."
secretary Jon Ashworth said: "This looks like serious abuse of a system
that is to ensure Brits on holiday or working in Europe get their
healthcare covered. It's clear we need a full inquiry."
IMMIGRATION ABROAD FREE SPEECH, GERMANY
Germany is silencing "hate speech", but cannot define it
The Economist, 11 January 2018
Germany's memories of the Gestapo and the Stasi undergird its
commitment to free speech. "There shall be no censorship," decrees the
constitution. Even marches by Pegida, an Islamophobic and anti-immigrant
movement founded in 2014, receive police protection. But the country of
Kristallnacht and the Holocaust also takes a punitive attitude to what it
deems "hate speech". ...
Reconciling these two convictions
for free speech and against hate speech is becoming harder,
particularly since Angela Merkel's refugee gambit in 2015. Opening
Germany's borders to some 1.2m mostly Muslim migrants has fuelled the rise
of nativist outfits like the AfD and Pegida. Racist propaganda and
sensationalist reports (some, though not all, fake) of criminal and rapist
immigrants have rippled across social media. In 2016, for example, the
number of criminal investigations into online hate speech in Berlin rose by
50%. A number of the newcomers from the Middle East and Africa are
anti-Semitic. Confronting such ills without encroaching too much on freedom
of expression is tricky.
The most prominent example of the
balancing act is the new Net Enforcement Law (NetzDG) /.../ It sets out 20
things defining a comment as "clearly illegal", such as incitement to
hatred or showing the swastika. Once posts are flagged by users, a
social-media firm has 24 hours extended to a week in complex cases
to check and remove those that contravene the rules, or face a
50m ($60m) fine. ...
Overwhelmed by the volume and wary of
incurring such huge fines, social-media firms are erring on the side of
Criticism is mounting. The AfD has been joined by
the liberal Free Democrats, the Greens and the socialist Left party in
calling for its repeal. The Federal Association of German Newspaper
Publishers is also opposed. ...
All of which points to a broader
truth: regulating speech was easier in the past, when Germany was a more
settled, homogeneous and conformist place. The wave of new arrivals since
2015 has accelerated its long-term evolution into a more plural, fragmented
RACISM NUMBERS, STATISTICS, WHITE RACIAL INTERESTS
Scholars claim that statistics 'serve white racial interests'
Campus Reform, 11 January 2018
Three British professors recently promulgated the theory that
statistics "serve white racial interests" because "numbers are neither
objective nor color-blind." ...
Led by David Gillborn, a professor
at the University of Birmingham, the professors argue that math serves
white interests because it can "frequently encode racist perspectives
beneath the facade of supposed quantitative objectivity."
to popular belief, and the assertions of many quantitative researchers,
numbers are neither objective nor color-blind," Gillborn and his team
assert in their article for the journal Race, Ethnicity, and
To address the racism numbers reinforce, the
professors advocate for the adoption of "QuantCrit" a portmanteau
for "quantitative analysis" and "critical race theory." Quantcrit, they
say, has five key tenets, including that "numbers are not neutral." ...
In the postmodern tradition, Gillborn and his team also argue that
racism can be reinforced through numbers because they are social
"Numbers are social constructs and likely to embody the
dominant (racist) assumptions that shape contemporary society," they write.
As a consequence, they assert that "in many cases, numbers speak for White
racial interests." ...
Despite the purported danger of statistics
being used to reinforce white privilege, they predict that if used
properly, statistics can "expose and delegitimize the racist (and sexist,
classist, hetero-normative, and ableist) assumptions, policies, and
practices that are currently supported by the uncritical use of
The article was co-authored by Paul Warmington,
who teaches at the University of Warwick, and Sean Demack, a Senior
Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. The article was published in the
latest issue of Race, Ethnicity, and Education, which Gillborn
As Campus Reform has reported, Gillborn is also the managing
editor for the journal Whiteness in Education, ...
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CALAIS, FRANCE
'It hasn't stopped!' Lorry drivers are ATTACKED by Calais migrants EVERY DAY, haulage boss
Daily Express, 10 January 2018
Lorry drivers are being attacked on a daily basis in Calais,
Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association said.
There are still five or six reported attacks on lorry drivers in
Calais a day despite the migrant camp being closed down in October 2016,
Burnett said, but that number could be higher. ...
He said: "What
we're still seeing, we're seeing attacks by traffickers, who, their modus
operandi is to throw bricks, stones, put concrete boulders in the road,
even lie in the road, to effectively stop drivers.
"In order to
create a queue and to jump on vehicles so as an industry we're still facing
this issue, this issue has not gone away." ...
"We set up a
helpline so that we could actually get information on a daily basis so for
those that are reporting it, we're getting daily reports of probably five
or six attacks.
"We know the numbers are far higher than that and
the attempts to get on vehicles are far higher than that on a daily basis
Around 700 migrants are living rough again in the area
where the Calais Jungle once stood, charities estimate.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD EUROPEAN UNION
No, the EU isn't militarizing Africa to halt migration but simply to organize it
GEFIRA, 9 January 2018
Last summer, when the news that NGOs were shipping migrants to
Italy and cooperating with traffickers surfaced, the newly elected Emmanuel
Macron quickly came up with a solution: hotspots in Africa where people
seeking protection could go to and apply for the status of refugee, and, if
granted such a status, could be moved to Europe in an official way.
The plan has been operational for a few weeks now: the first
batches of positively-verified asylum seekers have been moved to France and
Italy, while European governments are sending their troops to Africa to
help manage the flow. ...
The process is referred to as
"humanitarian corridors" and is lobbied heavily by the open borders
civil society. Asylum seekers whose request is accepted are transferred to
their destination, while those whose request was rejected are moved back to
their home country. ...
The plan resembles the one adopted by
Merkel with the agreement with Erdogan. While the human wave stopped,
hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have been flown to Germany since
then. Liberal leaders are convinced that immigration is not a problem if
managed orderly, and that anxieties of European citizens will go away if
the media covers the topic correctly. ...
Merkel's attempt to
quell dissent by enacting a number of censorship laws on social media has
not worked either. The problem isn't the media, nor the allegedly
unjustified criticism by Europeans; the problem is her policy.
Half of UK's Isil jihadists unaccounted for, minister admits
Daily Telegraph, 6 January 2018
Hundreds of British jihadists who travelled to the Middle East
to fight for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and other
terrorist groups have fallen off the radar, the security minsiter has
Ben Wallace said that around half of the estimated 850
people from the UK who went to Syria and Iraq have returned home, but
ministers "don't know where" the rest of them have ended up. Up to one in
five are thought to have been killed in the fighting, with a small number
crossing the border into Turkey, but a "significant number" remain
IMMIGRATION SOCIETAL CATASTROPHE
How Europe Built It's Own Funeral Pyre, Then Leapt In
Robert W. Merry
The American Conservative, 4 January 2018
[Review of "The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam" by Douglas Murray]
No, the defining issue of our day is mass immigration into the
nations of Western heritage. This growing inflow threatens to remake those
nations and overwhelm their cultural identity. ...
central battlefront in the immigration wars is Europe, which accepted a
trickle of immigrants in the immediate postwar era due to labor shortages.
But over the years the trickle became a stream, then a growing river, and
finally a torrent to the extent that ethnic Britons are now a
minority in their own capital city, refugee flows into Germany went from
48,589 in 2010 to 1.5 million in 2015, and Italy, a key entry point,
received at one point an average of 6,500 new arrivals a day.
Throughout all this, the European elites celebrated the change and
imposed a kind of thought enforcement regime against those who raised
questions. The in-migration was initially hailed as an economic boon; then
as a necessary corrective to an aging population; then as a means of
spicing up society through "diversity"; and finally as a fait accompli, an
unstoppable wave wrought by the world's gathering globalization. Besides,
argued the elites, the new arrivals would all become assimilated into the
European culture eventually, so what's the problem? Meanwhile, public
opinion surveys over decades showed that large majorities of Europeans
harbored powerful misgivings about these changes.
journalist and author Douglas Murray writes, "Promised throughout their
lifetimes that the changes were temporary, that the changes were not real,
or that the changes did not signify anything, Europeans discovered that in
the lifespan of people now alive they would become minorities in their own
A key point of the book, reinforced through
anecdote and abundant documentation, is that Muslim immigrants have not
assimilated into their European host countries to any meaningful extent.
Consider also the significance of this fact: By 2015 more
British Muslims were fighting for ISIS than for the British armed forces.
There was nothing hidden about the resolve of many European Muslims to
retain their own culture while overwhelming the European one. At a rally in
Cologne in 2008, then-Turkish prime minister (later president) Recep Tayyip
Erdogan told a crowd of 20,000 Turks living in Germany, Belgium, France,
and the Netherlands that assimilation in Europe would constitute "a crime
against humanity." ...
Reading Murray's book, one gets an
understanding of why he characterizes Europe's demise as "strange." The
continent's embrace of its own cultural death is indeed historically
aberrational. Civilizations normally fight for the preservation of their
cultures, unite to expel invaders, revere their identities and the
fundamental elements of their heritage. But the West today is engaged in an
extensive and progressive extravagance of civilizational self-abnegation.
Murray calls this the "tyranny of guilt" and identifies it as a
Murray sums up: "So Europeans are blamed for what
is happening to them, are denied any legitimate way to object, and the
views of the majority are made to appear not just dangerous but marginal."
... "To say that in the long run this heralds the makings of a
societal catastrophe is to understate matters."
ASYLUM CHILDREN, COSTS
Lone child refugees are costing British councils £70,000 a year EACH with bills continuing until they reach 25
Ian Drury and Claire Duffin
Mail, 3 January 2018
Each lone child refugee costs councils in Britain nearly
£70,000 a year with the bills continuing to land until they
The migration crisis meant there were at least 4,560
unaccompanied youngsters seeking asylum at the end of last March a
rise of 134 per cent from 1,950 in 2013.
Costs to local authorities
for every 100 unaccompanied children are estimated at £6.75 million a
year. The Home Office provides £3.35 million leaving a
shortfall of £3.4 million.
When a child claims asylum in the
UK they become the legal responsibility of the local authority in which
they came forward. ...
It costs £67,634 per year to care for
each of them, according to the Association of Directors of Children's
That includes £50,716 for residential placement and
linked care costs, £4,805 for education, £3,915 for healthcare
and £3,826 for social workers.
For each lone child migrant,
councils also typically pay £440 for interpreters and child advocates,
£480 on English language lessons, £70 on dentists and £20 on
BENEFITS AND COSTS HEALTH TOURISM
Health tourists are costing Britain £10 million as foreign mums rip off the NHS to get free treatment
The Sun, 3 January 2018
Record numbers of health tourists are flying into Britain to
have their babies delivered for free on the NHS, a Sun investigation has
At least 2,631 ineligible women gave birth on English
maternity wards last year then failed to pay, leaving a bill of £10
Cases are up more than a fifth in the past 12 months, from
Only 84 trusts that provide maternity services responded to
our Freedom of Information request around two in three. It means the
real figure may be closer to 4,500 and NHS losses £16 million. ...
Ministers claim stricter checks are helping to detect more
ineligible patients. ...
The biggest NHS trust, Barts in London,
is seeking 438 mothers for unpaid maternity care totalling £1.75
million. Trusts admitted most would be written off.
from Patient Concern, said: "These figures prove the NHS is clearly seen as
a soft touch."
BENEFITS AND COSTS HEALTH TOURISM
The new rules aimed at preventing health tourism are toothless, and leave the NHS wide open to abuse
J Meirion Thomas
Home, 3 January 2018
[J. Meirion Thomas is a former Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]
The true cost of health tourism is unknown, but on 1st February
2016, during a House of Lords debate, Lord Bates, then Secretary of State
at the Home Office, estimated that according to 2013 figures, the total
cost to the NHS of treating visitors and migrants in England alone was
£2 billion per year.
The Government's flagship Cost Recovery
Programme, effective from April 2015, was meant to collect a modest
£500 million annually from health tourists by 2017-2018, but the
National Audit Office report to the Public Accounts Committee in October
2016 predicted that only £346 million would be recovered by this
This deficit prompted the Department of Health to
issue a revised policy. /.../ As of 23rd October 2017, all NHS Trusts in
England would have a statutory obligation to identify health tourists and
to demand payment upfront before any investigation or treatment was
... Vital infrastructure is not in place to support
the new policy.
Despite these facts, the lack of intent by the
Department of Health is best displayed in paragraph 13.80 of the Guidance:
"If a patient does not have sufficient funds, can they pay by instalments?"
The answer given is "yes", despite confirmation from previous research
commissioned by DH that of invoices raised to health tourists, only 16 per
cent are paid.
The new 2017 policy, however, does have some good
points. For the first time NHS staff, including doctors, will have the
responsibility to report patients they think may not be entitled to free
NHS care. Also of great importance, the guidance makes it clear that NHS
staff facilitating health tourism may be committing fraud. Nevertheless,
overall, the policy is flawed.
The British taxpayer continues to
contribute to an International, not a National, Health Service and, despite
powerful representations, three Conservative (or Conservative-led)
governments since 2010 have failed to take effective steps to protect the
NHS from health tourism abuse.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ITALY, EUROPE
Revealed: Royal Navy sailors have rescued 18,000 migrants from the Med and dropped them off in Europe
Daily Mail, 3 January 2018
In the last year alone, the Navy has rescued about 3,000
migrants and taken them to Italy. Sailors also helped a further 1,400 who
were transferred to a Navy ship from other vessels. ...
rescued the migrants as part of a wider £15.2 million EU mission
codenamed Operation Sophia. Since April 2015, the Navy has deployed six
ships to rescue migrants. ...
Commenting on the latest figures,
Air Chief Marshal Lord Stirrup, on the committee, praised the work of the
navy but said Operation Sophia was a 'failure'.
The former Chief of
the Defence staff added: 'This is not because it has failed to rescue
people in danger.
'The Royal Navy, along with its partners, has
done sterling work in this respect, and we should all be proud of their
efforts, which must continue.
'But the aim of Operation Sophia was
to break the people smugglers' business model, and this it has failed to
He added: 'In some ways it has even made life easier for the
smugglers, who no longer need even to pretend to transport people to the
southern coast of Europe.
'They can now just push them out to sea
in the flimsiest and most dangerous of craft, confident that the ships will
rescue them and take then onwards.'
IMMIGRATION FRAUD, CHILDREN, DEPORTATION
Just one in five fake child migrants caught lying about their age in the last six years was sent home
MailOnline, 2 January 2018
Just one in five young asylum seekers who lied about their age
in a bid to enter the UK is ever forced out of the country, it has been
Home Office records reveal that 2,644 adults were caught
trying to cross the border into Britain from 2010 to 2016 as an
'unaccompanied asylum seeking' child.
However, only 580 of these
people were kicked out after being caught posing as a vulnerable child in a
bid to cheat their way into the UK.
Statistics for 2017, from
January to September, showed that two-thirds of the 692 people whose date
of birth was challenged by the Home Office were over 18.
investigation, carried out by the Daily Express, also revealed how the
amount of asylum applications for vulnerable children jumped after the
infamous Calais refugee camp was demolished in October 2016.
Statistics for the final quarter of that year disclosed how 1,006
males and 170 females made such applications.
Figures for 2016
showed that 575 of the total number of 3,290 claimants were discovered to
be over 18, while just 37 of those were kicked out of the UK.
Smith, former director general of UK Border Force, told the Express that
the low risk of being forced back out of the UK made lying a risk worth
taking for migrants.