BENEFITS AND COSTS TRANSLATIONS
Translators for foreign criminals have cost £63.8 million in three years, figures show
The Sun, 30 June 2019
Translators for foreign criminals have cost £63.8 million
in three years, figures show.
Non-English speakers need legal
papers translated and require an interpreter for trial proceedings.
Experts were called to help with 253 languages and dialects.
There was £21.6 million spent from April 2018 to March 2019,
£23.6 million the year before and £18.6 million in 2016-17.
Polish (£9.6m) and Romanian (£6.2m) topped the list, then
Urdu (£4m). Next were the five Arabic tongues, Lithuanian and Bengali.
A total of £14,000 was spent on Bravanese, a language spoken
in Somalia, and £16,000 on Acholi, from Uganda. Welsh speakers led to
a £23,000 spend.
The Ministry of Justice has to provide
interpreters by law.
But Alp Mehmet, of Migration Watch UK, blasted
the inefficiency and cost of the service.
He said: "Greater care at
the border over who is admitted, and a drop in immigration levels would in
turn see the cost of translators and interpreters fall."
The people have lost patience with an immigration system built on lies
Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2019
Britain's status quo isn't so much a "broken system" as a
self-justifying swindle. This week was a blistering reminder /.../ Two
other potent national symbols of the managerial scamming that now passes
for modern government have been in the spotlight over recent days: namely,
bogus recycling and uncontrolled mass immigration.
are two very different governmental controversies, they have a lot in
What's more, in both areas basic reality has long been
crushed under the weight of bureaucratic chaos and self-delusional orthodox
thinking our administrative overlords have spent years trying to
convince us and themselves that the country's future depends on baffling,
opaque procedures that they have painstakingly devised.
turns out as most people suspected long ago that their grand
solutions are shams, which seek to manipulate us into a false sense of
enlightened progress while aggravating the very problems they seek to
solve: /.../ in spurned areas of the country, the mass immigration that we
are told fuels our economy and enriches our culture stokes social tensions
and prevents us tackling our economic shortcomings. ...
proposal is certainly a step forward, nonetheless. The prospective PM
intuitively grasps the nation's desire for a tough, tightly controlled and
highly selective system. That said, his deliberately squishy proposal
eschews any kind of target setting, and could lead to an increase, rather
than a decrease, in overall numbers migrating to Britain.
is Boris's game plan, he should really think twice. ...
the next PM must tear down our whole immigration apparatus, which is built
on lies and bureaucratic obliqueness. The question of what replaces it
should be founded on one simple thing: basic honesty. The current scale of
immigration to Britain is unsustainable.
This is not prejudice (or
even hypocrisy in my case, as the daughter of a Nigerian immigrant); it is
just fact. So is the uncomfortable reality, swept under the plush, Polish
builder-laid office carpets of our ruling class, that migration will not
generate the tax receipts needed to finance the new infrastructure we
require to accommodate the scale of population growth. Any immigration
reform worth its salt must, therefore, involve a reduction in numbers.
Some say that an overly strict visa system is incompatible with
having an open economy and outward-looking society. What rot. It is not a
question of possibility, but of will.
politicians are too stricken with prejudice and intellectual laziness. To
bureaucrats who view reality through the prism of graphs and figures,
immigrants are "labour" rather than human beings, and the North is a land
of worker shortage "hotspots", rather than troubled post-industrial towns.
All those soft-palmed parliamentarians who so love to theorise about the
academic merits of immigration in their after-dinner speeches have no
desire to dirty their hands grappling the on-the-ground challenges. ...
... But as long as the metropolitan elite continue to dodge the
issue, our "woke" society will carry on sleepwalking into a perfect storm.
Police admit failing to prosecute Islamists for membership of UK's 'most dangerous extremist group'
Independent, 29 June 2019
No one has ever been prosecuted for membership of the UK's
'most dangerous Islamist group' despite followers launching numerous terror
attacks, it can be revealed.
Supporters of Anjem Choudary's
al-Muhajiroun (ALM) organisation carried out atrocities including the
London Bridge attack, 7/7 bombings and murder of Lee Rigby, while others
fought for Isis, al-Qaeda and the Taliban abroad.
banned ALM as a terrorist group in 2006, making membership a criminal
offence punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
But a senior
counterterror officer admitted that despite police identifying 600 current
or former associates, none of them have been prosecuted for membership.
The Metropolitan Police officer, who is codenamed Witness M because
of an anonymity order, told inquests into the London Bridge attack that
suspects had been arrested but not charged. ...
The admission that
no one has been prosecuted for membership of the group comes after more
than a dozen people were prosecuted for membership of the neo-Nazi
terrorist group National Action, despite setting up new factions under
different names to evade the ban.
Witness M insisted that police
would act on evidence of someone being a member of ALM but the "nature of
that group doesn't necessarily present us with those evidential
Theresa May had banned ALM's latest incarnation
Muslims Against Crusades the month before but the same
extremists were able to continue their activism by calling themselves
A recent report hailed ALM as Britain's "most
prolific and dangerous extremist group" because of its role in radicalising
terrorists who have committed or plotted numerous atrocities.
London Bridge ringleader Khuram Butt was a member, Westminster
attacker Khalid Masood had links to cells, and ALM supporters committed a
quarter of all Islamist-related offences in the UK between 1998 and 2015.
There are fears that the group is regenerating following the
release of several activists from prison. ...
extremists are under restrictions or probation supervision, but authorities
could be powerless to stop ALM restarting its old tactics of incendiary
protests and street preaching. ...
Michael Kenney, who was in
contact with ALM activists for his book The Islamic State in Britain, said
they went to lengths to hamper potential prosecutions.
now moved away from platform names entirely so I'm not sure what the police
would do," he told The Independent.
"They're being very careful at
this point they want to see what they can get away with."
Kenney, a University of Pittsburgh professor, said ALM had not changed its
ideology or efforts to "prepare British society for the coming of the
caliphate and living under Sharia".
UK: Islamic Center Leicester says "an apostate does not have right to life," mosque trustee is Assistant City Mayor
Jihad Watch, 29 June
What will Humanists UK and the Leicester City Council do when
they find out that this is just standard, Qur'anic Islam? The death penalty
for apostasy is part of Islamic law. ...
This is still the position
of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi'ite. Sheikh
Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the
world, has stated: "The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be
punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be
inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools
of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i, and Hanbali) as well as the
other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of
Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-'ashriyyah, Al-Ja'fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree
that apostates must be executed."
Qaradawi also once famously said:
"If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment, Islam wouldn't exist
"Humanists UK calls for Leicester Assistant City Mayor to
be investigated after revealing links to extremist and anti-apostate
Islamic Centre," Humanists UK, June 28, 2019 ...:
Humanists UK has exposed Cllr Mustafa Malik, Assistant City Mayor
at Leicester City Council, as a trustee and member of the Management
Council of the Islamic Centre Leicester, which shares dangerous
anti-apostate and homophobic rhetoric, following a tip off from a
whistle-blower. It is calling on Leicester City Council to investigate
The Islamic Centre Leicester's website alarmingly
includes content stating that 'an apostate does not have the right to
life'. This is stated in a section on its website on the Sociology of
Education and is originally taken from the Risale-i Nur Collection. It
disregards international human rights to freedom of religion or belief.
Dalai Lama warns that the whole of Europe could become 'Muslim or African' if migrants are not returned to their home countries
28 June 2019
The Dalai Lama has warned that Europe could become 'Muslim or
African' if refugees who have been taken in are not then sent back to their
The Buddhist spiritual leader, who has been living
as a refugee in India since fleeing Tibet in 1959, said only a 'limited
number' of migrants should be allowed to remain.
interview with the BBC, the Dalai Lama added that refugees who have fled to
Europe should be given skills before being returned.
He said Europe
was under an obligation to take in those who needed help, but ultimately
they should be returned to their homelands.
The 83-year-old said:
'European countries should take these refugees and give them education and
training, and the aim is - return to their own land with certain skills.'
When asked what should happen to those who want to stay in their
adopted countries, he replied: 'A limited number is OK. But the whole of
Europe [will] eventually become Muslim country - impossible. Or African
country, also impossible.'
The interviewer asked about his own
refugee status, the Dalai Lama repeated his previous claims that 'Europe is
He added: 'They themselves, I think [are] better in
their own land. Better [to] keep Europe for Europeans.'
TERRORISM JIHADI FIGHTERS
Britain has 'by far the highest rate of returning jihadi fighters in Europe'
Daily Telegraph, 28 June 2019
Britain has by far the highest rate of "exceptionally
dangerous" returning jihadis in Europe, police chiefs have warned.
A report from Europol revealed that of hundreds of Britons who
travelled to Syria and Iraq amid the rise of Isil, nearly half have been
able to return safely.
It comes amid widespread concern at the low
number of returning fighters and so-called jihadi brides successfully
prosecuted in British courts.
According to the annual Europol
report, roughly 45% of Britons who travelled to Syria and Iraq have already
come back to their home country.
The country with the next highest
proportion was Germany, where 33% have returned, while in the Netherlands
and Spain the return rate is thought to be just 18%.
warned that returning jihadis and their supporters pose a serious ongoing
threat to national security.
"Those that have returned garner kudos
with like-minded individuals," it said.
"Their training and
experience such as handling weapons and explosives makes them
"Furthermore, EU Member States' ongoing
concern is that these individuals can perpetuate and strengthen their
networks both nationally and internationally."
Out of around 400
jihadists who have returned to the UK, just 40 have been prosecuted. Most
have been placed in rehabilitation schemes instead.
Organised crime hits record levels as watchdog warns of 'significant shortcomings' in Government's strategy
Daily Telegraph, 28 June 2019
Serious and organised crime is at record levels amid a growing
threat from county lines gangs and new types of crime, says an official
watchdog, as it warned of "shortcomings" in the UK's strategy to combat it.
The National Audit Office (NAO) said there were some "significant
shortcomings" despite organised crime evolving at a "rapid rate" and
It warned the fight against it was being undermined by
uncertainties over funding, bureaucracy and a failure to get to grips with
new "high priority" threats such as child sex exploitation, modern slavery,
human trafficking, cyber crime.
It said 4,500 organised crime
groups now operated in the UK, at an estimated cost to the economy of
£37 billion. The number of potential victims of slavery and
trafficking had risen by 36 per cent to 6,993 victims in a year, including
exploitation of children as drug runners by county lines gangs.
crimes against under-16s was up 9 per cent to 61,646 in a year. Fraud rose
12 per cent to 3.6 million incidents and there was a 7 per cent rise in
drug offences to 145,000.
RACISM HEALTH TOURISM
It's not racist to charge health tourists. It's the only way our NHS can survive
Professor J. Meirion Thomas
Daily Mail, 27 June 2019
[J. Meirion Thomas is a retired consultant surgeon who worked in the NHS for 30 years]
The patient sitting in my consulting room at the Royal Marsden
Hospital in London was clearly a fraud, and quite unashamed about it.
He didn't live in Britain, he said with a smile. He had flown to
this country solely for free treatment on the NHS. ...
though he was a UK national, those living outside the European Economic
Area or in a country without a bilateral healthcare agreement with the UK
are not entitled to free NHS treatment unless they meet certain conditions,
which this man did not. ...
I challenged my managers, telling them
what I considered to be a blatant health tourist had confessed to
deliberately defrauding the NHS and British taxpayers.
But, not at
all to my surprise, I was informed that I had no choice but to treat the
I tell this story because this week, at the annual
conference of the British Medical Association (BMA), doctors voted
overwhelmingly to stop charging foreign patients for NHS care. To send a
bill to foreigners made medical staff 'complicit in racism', they said.
This is madness. Racism has nothing to do with it.
brutal fact is that so-called health tourism is believed to cost between
£200 million and £2 billion a year. It is hard to know precisely
because keeping track of these cases is extremely difficult.
patient I described is perfect proof of this scandal and of how the NHS and
British taxpayers are being cynically taken for a ride. ...
argument against the NHS becoming an international free-for-all is simply
about economics. ...
Lone voices that bravely tried to oppose the
motion were booed and heckled.
'We are doctors, not border guards,'
said Dr Omar Risk. 'Charging migrants for accessing NHS services is a
fundamentally racist endeavour.' ...
Sadly, our system is one that
is already simple to manipulate. It is easy to book a GP appointment. Once
you have a GP number, you're in, and it is nearly impossible to weed out
the impostors even if they confess.
Not every hospital has
an overseas visitor manager (OVM) to pursue patients from abroad for
payment, and those that do are often lax.
It is so easy to avoid
paying that attempts to prevent these frauds are effectively a waste of
Health chiefs continually complain that they don't have
enough resources to combat long waiting lists and delays for investigations
and treatment. Surely the priority should be to treat patients who are
entitled to care on the NHS and to ensure that people from overseas pay
their way. We can't have it both ways.
And, of course, if we stop
charging foreign patients for NHS care, it will only encourage even more
health tourism. ...
... The problem is not patients who have
accidents or suffer from unforeseen illnesses while visiting the UK. It is
those looking for specialist and expensive treatment who travel to the UK
to receive it without having to pay for it.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CRIME, NIGERIANS, ITALY
A foreign mafia has come to Italy and further polarized the migration debate
Chico Harlan and Stefano Pitrelli
Washington Post, 25 June 2019
In a country that has fought for decades to weaken its
homegrown mafia, a foreign crime group is gathering strength.
group's members are Nigerian. They hold territory from the north in Turin
to the south in Palermo. They smuggle drugs and traffic women, deploying
them as prostitutes on Italy's streets. They find new members among the
caste of wayward migrants, illicitly recruiting at Italian government-run
Investigators and justice officials say the
Nigerian mafia, as it's called here, has capitalized on half a decade of
historic migration a scenario merging crime and migrants in a manner
that nationalist politicians in Europe and beyond have long warned about.
There are no reliable estimates of how many members of the
Ngeran mafia operate in Italy. But interviews with detectives, prosecutors,
aid workers and human-trafficking victims, and a review of hundreds of
pages of investigative documents, show that the Nigerian mafia has built
Italy into a European hub, smuggling cocaine from South America, heroin
from Asia, and trafficking women by the tens of thousands. ...
Although perhaps lesser known than organized-crime syndicates of
Japan, Russia and China, the Nigerian group has become "the most structured
and dynamic" of any foreign crime entity operating in Italy, the Italian
intelligence agency said this year. Some Nigerian members sneak their way
into Italy with the intention of joining the criminal group. Others are
recruited after arriving. ...
Some experts say that as many as
20,000 Nigerian women, some of them minors, arrived in Sicily between 2016
and 2018, trafficked in cooperation with Nigerians in Italy and back home.
Everyone loses from the desperate attempt to paint Britain as an Islamophobic country
Daily Telegraph, 22 June 2019
This week, the Tory leadership candidates all committed to
launching an independent inquiry into "Islamophobia" within their party.
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt must be careful not to walk into a trap.
Islam is now the second largest religion in Britain and the fastest
growing faith in many of our cities. With nearly four million Muslims
living across the country, what happens inside Islam and to its adherents
has an impact on every one of us, religious or not. To ensure an easy
integration of Muslims into British society and secular co-existence, we
must be free to talk about Islam, indeed even be critical of certain Muslim
practices. Such free discussion must not in any way be prevented because it
has been labelled "Islamophobia". ...
... "Islamophobia", as it is
defined by those promoting the concept, is distinct from the sort of
prejudice you or I would recognise. It is a grievance industry
popularised by Muslim Brotherhood-linked organisations to mobilise Muslims
as a group against the West. It also seeks to shut down debate, within
Islam and beyond it. ...
Let us be honest: from the book-burnings
in Bradford against Salman Rushdie, to the rise of extremism in the
Nineties on university campuses, to suicide bombers from Dewsbury killing
52 people on the London Underground, to the mass murder at the Ariana
Grande concert in Manchester, there is something going wrong within
sections of the British Muslim community. This cannot be ignored. ...
... If in Britain we forbid constructive criticism of Islam and
Muslims under the blasphemy law of "Islamophobia", future generations will
not forgive our cowardice. ...
In reality, it is the rise of
Islamist extremism in and against the West from the Eughties onwards that
is the true cause of anti-Muslim sentiment.
Almost 700,000 European citizens have been granted leave to remain in the UK after Brexit, new figures show
Daily Mail, 21 June 2019
Almost 700,000 people have been granted leave to remain in the
UK after Brexit, the Home Office said.
Some 166,900 people applied
to the Government's EU settlement scheme in May to secure their post-Brexit
status, statistics released on Thursday show.
As of May 31, the
total number of applications since the scheme was opened was 788,200, with
668,000 applications concluded, according to the Home Office release.
Of these, 66 per cent were granted settled status and 34 per cent
were granted pre-settled status.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid told
Parliament on June 10 that the number had risen to more than 800,000, and
that almost 700,000 people had been successful. ...
majority of applications were made in England (726,700), with 33,600 from
Scotland, 17,600 from Wales and 9,000 from Northern Ireland.
Home Office figures show that Poles continue to apply more than any other
nationality, with 132,400 Polish applications.
There were 110,900
Romanian and 91,400 Italian applications.
POLITICS CONSERVATIVE PARTY, GOVERNMENT
Consultation? No, a rubber stamp for more immigration
Conservative Woman, 21 June 2019
A few days ago the Home Office released a list of some 130
organisations with which it is currently engaging on a year-long
consultation over the future immigration system.
You could be
forgiven for thinking that the exercise was intended to gather the views of
a range of bodies to reflect as wide a spectrum of expert and public
opinion as possible on the post-Brexit border and visa arrangements.
If only. A cursory glance at the 130 assorted bodies reveals that,
in the main, the list is replete with pro-mass-immigration business
lobbyists and NGOs of one form or other.
Incredibly, in the face of
all evidence, one fervent pro-immigration activist took the opportunity to
claim that the Home Office announcement showed that Sajid Javid was
'refus[ing] to consult migrants on his plans for changes to the system'.
This was blatantly contradicted by the fact that bodies on the list of
consultees include the fervently pro-immigration lobby groups the Joint
Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and Migrant Voice, among others.
On the contrary, there is not one organisation that seems to have
been selected to express the views of ordinary people, let alone that I can
recall ever pressing for a reduction in immigration or questioning the
regularity with which so many foreign nationals enter the country,
ostensibly for a limited time, and end up staying indefinitely, often
It seems that our future immigration legislation is to
be shaped in accordance with the needs and wishes of business, academia and
high migration pressure groups. Yet again, as I have often said in recent
years, the government have shown little interest in what the great majority
of the public wish to see, and which they themselves have promised in three
consecutive manifestos a significant reduction in net migration
levels from the average of nearly 300,000 per year since 2014.
worrying is the clear risk that if the White Paper proposals are
implemented or made even laxer as a result of pressure from so many
organisations keen to loosen controls further, there is a serious risk that
immigration will spin out of control, as it did in the Blair/Brown Labour
years, or indeed in 2015 and 2016 when it hit all-time record levels. ...
Whatever one might say about Mrs May /.../ her failure as Home
Secretary to bring net migration down to anything like tens of thousands is
pretty damning. ...
Not that efforts to reduce immigration can be
ascribed to her successors, the first of whom all but ignored the issue
while the present incumbent has appeared systematically to hamper the
enforcement regime intended to deal with illegal immigration. ...
Most of the mechanisms meant to identify and locate illegal
immigrants have been suspended despite between 70 per cent and 80
per cent of the public (polled by YouGov in April 2018) supporting such
Meanwhile, in the course of the Conservative Party
leadership contest, Mr Javid made clear that there will no longer be any
attempt to reduce net migration and he has openly abandoned the tens of
thousands target, stating in interviews that 'it is not about numbers or
Astonishingly, Mr Javid claimed on LBC on 10
June that, when it comes to immigration, people were 'not concerned about
the overall . . . number'.
EMPLOYMENT SALARY RULE
The U.K.'s £30,000 salary rule for migrants is not all it seems
Forbes, 21 June 2019
An infamous minimum salary threshold for migrant workers in the
U.K. is not as strict as commonly thought. According to the Migration
Observatory at Oxford University, around a quarter of people working in the
U.K. on Tier 2 visas earn less than the £30,000 threshold generally
required by the Home Office, thanks to exemptions offered to sectors
suffering labor shortages. The exemptions offer some hope for a
business-friendly migration regime after Brexit.
Tier 2 visas are
those given to skilled migrants who have been offered a job in the U.K. As
a general rule, someone wanting to come to the country will need to make at
least £30,000 per year to earn a visa, though it can be slightly lower
if the migrant is a new entrant to the labor market. But if a job is on the
'shortage occupation list', which covers around 9% of the U.K. jobs market,
the salary threshold is lowered. ...
The Migration Observatory
obtained the figures on Tier 2 visas via Freedom of Information Requests to
the U.K. government. According to Madeleine Sumption, the Director of the
Observatory, the purpose was simply to find out how many exemptions there
were to the £30k rule. "The data show that the exemptions are
significant and they admit a substantial number of people (under the
threshold)," she said.
RACISM ISLAMOPHOBIA, FREE SPEECH
New Islamophobia definition could be 'bully's charter,' warns former equalities chief
Daily Telegraph, 20 June 2019
A proposed new definition of Islamophobia could be used as a
"bully's charter" by Muslims to silence critics and promote intolerant
views, a former equalities chief has warned.
Trevor Phillips, who
chaired the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (ECHR), also claimed the
row over Boris Johnson's comments on Muslims was "pure dirty politics" and
was being used to "get" the Tory leadership frontrunner to scupper his
His comments follow yesterday's declaration by the five
remaining leadership candidates backing Sajid Javid's call for an
independent investigation into alleged Islamophobia in the Conservative
The new definition of Islamophobia, which could, in effect,
make it racist to criticise Islam or "Muslimness," was lodged by an
all-party group last year and was backed by Labour, the Liberal Democrats,
the SNP, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and some local councils.
immediate introduction was, however, rejected by the Government, which said
the issue needed more consideration. ...
... Officials from the
Government's Equalities Office have advised ministers that the law "defines
'race' as comprising colour, nationality and national or ethnic origins,
none of which would encompass a Muslim or an Islamic practice."
think tank Policy Exchange warned that it could have a chilling effect on
free speech, saying sections of the media were beginning to fight shy of
covering "Muslim" stories because of fears of complaints under formal media
watchdog procedures. ...
More than 750 British Muslim
organisations, 80 academics and 50 MPs support the definition, ...
However, Mr Phillips said: "What's actually happening here is that
the definition is the foundation of a bully's charter. You get a university
or a local authority to adopt this extremely vague, wide-ranging
definition. Anyone who says something that could be presented as, in any
way, related to Muslims can then be shouted down.
are told they are Islamophobic, that they are bringing the institution,
council or Government department into disrepute under their employment
contract. That makes them sackable."
RACISM ISLAMOPHOBIA, FREE SPEECH
Conservatives must not empower the hardliners with a needless inquiry into Islamophobia
Daily Telegraph, 20 June 2019
It is bad enough that, during their leadership debate, the BBC
selected questions from a former Labour staffer and an anti-Semitic imam.
But far worse was the attempt to bounce the candidates into an independent
inquiry into Tory "Islamophobia".
There are many examples of Tory
activists and councillors being rude about Islam. Some have been
deliberately offensive about Muslim people. Some might have broken the law
by inciting religious hatred. The next Tory leader should investigate these
cases and decide whether the party has an institutional problem. But they
must not play the Islamophobia game, and not just because opponents are
trying to create a false equivalence with Labour's endemic anti-Semitism.
The real problem here is the concerted effort to create a
one-religion blasphemy law for Islam. The device campaigners are using for
this is a new definition of Islamophobia, produced by the all-party
parliamentary group on British Muslims.
There are many issues with
this definition, not least that it has been influenced by Muslim Engagement
and Development (MEND), a campaign group accused of promoting extremism.
According to Sir John Jenkins, who reviewed the role of the Muslim
brotherhood in Britain, MEND has "exerted an important intellectual
influence" on the definition. It is an organisation that worries the police
and security services. ...
The all-party group's solution is for
the state and other organisations to accept its definition of Islamophobia.
This claims "Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that
targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness".
fatuous. Muslims are not a racial group. /.../ It is racist to judge a
black man because of what he inescapably is. It cannot be racist to judge
somebody because of what they have chosen to believe.
And this is
the problem. Islam is a body of ideas. Those ideas are not above the law of
the land or above debate. There is not even a single body of ideas about
which all Muslims agree. ...
The attempt to define Islamophobia
and ultimately criminalise it is an attempt to define
normative Islam in a hard-line way. ...
And they are trying to
marginalise and criminalise legitimate debate about Islam. ...
all-party group says it accepts "free and fair criticism or debate" about
Islam. But it also says "the notion of free speech and a supposed right to
criticise Islam" often "humiliates, marginalises, and stigmatises Muslims"
and amounts to "anti-Muslim racism". Criticism of Islamism, ir argues, is a
"constitutive part" of Islamophobia. ...
No religion Islam
included is above criticism, debate, satire and scrutiny. /.../ The
Islamophobia game is a sinister attempt to limit free speech, marginalise
moderate Muslims, and boost Islamism. We must not fall for it.
Belgium: Just 6.5 Per Cent of Failed Asylum Seekers Are Deported
Breitbart, 20 June 2019
A new study by Dutch authorities on the rate of deportations of
failed asylum seekers across Europe has found that only 6.5 per cent of
illegal migrants in Belgium are actually sent back home.
which was released this week, is based on figures from the European Union
statistics agency Eurostat and covers a period from 2013 to 2017,
French-language Belgian magazine Le Vif reports.
seekers from countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Somalia, and
Eritrea are the main focus of the study which found other countries across
Europe to have much higher rates of deportation but none that approached
even half of the failed asylum seekers.
Norway stands out as one of
the highest with 25 per cent of illegals being returned to their home
country, followed by the United Kingdom at 19.4 per cent and the
Netherlands at 18.2 per cent. ...
Germany, which bore the brunt of
the migrants in the 2015 migrant crisis, has had immense problems with the
deportation of failed asylum seekers to the point where the German Federal
Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) reported last year that the vast
majority of failed asylum seekers from Africa would likely be able to
remain in the country.
BAMF reported that in the first half of
2018, 27,250 African migrants had been denied residency or asylum but of
those only a mere 3,164 were actually deported.
Later that year,
German parliament president Wolfgang Schäuble also admitted that it
was unlikely failed asylum seekers would ever leave the country saying that
they should instead stay and integrate into society.
REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION PAKISTANIS, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
UK wants Pakistan to take back thousands of migrants: Qureshi
Murtaza Ali Shah
The News International, 19 June 2019
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that
Britain wants Pakistan to take back thousands of Pakistanis who have
overstayed their visit visa in the UK and have no status but cannot be sent
back to Pakistan without a proper treaty.
At a press conference at
the Pakistan High Commission here, the foreign minister said that the UK
govt wants Pakistan to sign re-admission treaty so that the overstayers and
others living illegally could be sent back to Pakistan. Qureshi said
signing this treaty will be helpful for those Pakistanis who apply for the
visit but their visas are rejected because Britain is cautious of visa
"We have initiated dialogue on this. This will help
those who are genuine visa applicants. This will help Pakistan more," said
Qureshi. It's understood that nearly four million illegals currently live
in the United Kingdom. Of these, more than 30,000 are believed to be
Pakistanis. More than 70,000 are from India, 25,000 are from Bangladesh and
the rest from other parts of the world. ...
He said around 1.5
million strong Pakistani Diaspora in the UK is a vital link between the two
countries and gives strength to our bilateral relations.
ASYLUM CHILDREN, COST
Kent County Council faces £6.1m shortfall in cost of looking after asylum-seeking children
KentOnline, 19 June 2019
Kent County Council is facing a £6.1m shortfall in the
costs of looking after vulnerable asylum-seeking children, blaming
A report says the financial hole covers
the last two years and points out a series of factors that have left it
without sufficient money to meet escalating costs. ...
services chiefs say while the number of unaccompanied asylum seeking
children - known as UASCs - is significantly down compared to what it was
in 2015, there is evidence of a rising trend.
The report says 2018
saw 172 arrivals compared to 948 in 2015 but "it is of note there have
already been 87 referrals between January and May 2019 compared to just 45
during the same period last year".
At present, the council looks
after 267 UASCs and a further 895 who are classed as care leavers. ...
One of the biggest pressures is attributed to a government
requirement on councils to offer all care leavers support up to the age of
ASYLUM REFUGEES, GOVERNMENT SCHEME
UK to resettle 5,000 more refugees in expanded scheme
Independent, 18 June 2019
At least 5,000 more refugees will be resettled in the UK under
a renewed government initiative.
The Home Office said the "most
vulnerable" asylum seekers identified by the United Nations would be
transferred from 2020 onwards.
A programme that started in 2015
focused on Syria, but the government will now take refugees from beyond the
Middle East and North Africa and provide emergency resettlement where lives
are at risk.
The government said that although it had agreed to
welcome between 5,000 and 6,000 refugees in 2020-21, the actual number will
depend on factors including the amount of suitable accommodation provided
The home secretary said Britain has resettled more
refugees from outside Europe than any other EU state since 2016.
Sajid Javid, who is running to be the next Conservative leader and
prime minister, added: "It's vital we continue to do all we can to help the
world's most vulnerable.
"Under our new scheme, thousands more
people fleeing conflict and persecution will have the opportunity to build
a new life in the UK.
"I'm proud of the world-leading work we have
done in the Middle East and Africa so far but there is so much more
to do." ...
The government said it was on track to deliver on its
pledge to have taken 20,000 Syrian refugees by May 2020, and thousands of
people had been resettled through other routes. ...
commitment to resettling 5,000 more refugees will be separate to a
community sponsorship scheme, which allows groups to directly support
asylum seekers. ...
Reset, a charity leading community sponsorship
schemes, said around 300 refugees had been resettled by 60 local groups so
MULTICULTURALISM SCHOOLS, TEACHERS SCARED
Teachers are 'too scared' to discuss Empire, director says
Daily Telegraph, 18 June 2019
Children are no longer taught about Empire because well-meaning
educationalists are "frightened" of discussing the subject, Gurinder Chadha
The British-Indian director of Bend It Like Beckham
was talking in the run-up to the launch of her new ITV series. ...
Chadha's last project, Viceroy's House, explored Partition and the
end of Empire through the eyes of Lord and Lady Mountbatten. But she
worries that the history is unknown to schoolchildren today.
children in British schools aren't even told now that there was an Empire,
that the British ruled India," she told Radio Times. "Of course,
it's wrong." Asked if that was because educationalists wanted to avoid
giving offence in multicultural classrooms, Chadha replied: "Yes, they're
frightened of telling the truth."
Home Office 'loses' 750 foreign criminals including rapists and killers on the run to dodge deportation
Mail on Sunday, 16 June 2019
Tory leadership hopeful Sajid Javid is facing criticism over
the Home Office's failure to find hundreds of foreign criminals who have
gone on the run to dodge deportation.
Figures obtained by The Mail
on Sunday reveal 747 offenders from overseas, including convicted rapists
and killers, have vanished after being released into the community.
A senior immigration source last night gave a grim assessment of
the likelihood of the fugitives ever being caught.
usually something we like to publish, but once you vanish you will only get
caught by luck,' he admitted. 'There are no resources any more.'
Foreign citizens including asylum seekers, those caught
entering the UK unlawfully and those overstaying their visa are
meant to report regularly to immigration centres or police stations if
there are potential grounds to deport them.
But the figures,
released under Freedom of Information laws, reveal that as of last
September, 49,381 foreign nationals have disappeared.
an additional 747 foreign criminals 681 men and 66 women have
also gone missing. ...
Under Home Office rules, all foreign
nationals given a jail sentence are considered for removal from the UK.
But in a damning report in June 2017, Chief Inspector of Borders
David Bolt revealed officials had lost track of 753 foreign criminals who
faced deportation and that the team trying to find them had only 11 staff.
Campaigners expressed shock that the number of foreign criminals
'on the run' has shrunk by only six since Mr Bolt's report.
is clear evidence of the continued failure of the Home Office to ensure the
prompt removal of foreign offenders,' said Alp Mehmet, vice-chairman of
Migration Watch UK. 'Resources are clearly stretched, but there also seems
to be a lack of political commitment.' ...
A Home Office spokesman
said 48,000 foreign offenders had been removed since 2010, adding: 'We have
a dedicated team working with the police and others to track down, arrest
and return absconders to custody. Since the team was formed in 2009 it has
traced 2,250 absconders'.
Four Rochdale grooming gang members are STILL in Britain with one living back at home again a decade after abusing girls as young as 12
MailOnline, 16 June 2019
The victims of a notorious Rochdale grooming gang have been
'failed again' after it emerged four men have still not been deported a
decade after preying on girls as young as 12.
Shabir Ahmed, 66,
Qari Abdul Rauf, 50, Abdul Aziz, 48 and Adil Khan, 49, were among nine men
convicted in 2012 of a catalogue of serious sex offences against vulnerable
victims in Rochdale.
As the only groomers to have dual UK-Pakistani
citizenship, they were at risk of being deported back to Pakistan - but
none of the four appear to have been deported or be facing deportation.
Ahmed, known as 'Daddy' in the gang, is still serving a 22-year
jail term for rape but Rauf is back living at his home address in Rochdale
and Aziz has also been seen in the town, locals say.
whereabouts are not known. ...
The Home Office will not say whether
a decision has been made to deport any of the four.
said: 'We do not routinely comment on individual cases.'
Oliver, the detective who resigned from Greater Manchester Police and
turned whistle-blower over the botched Rochdale inquiry, said: 'It doesn't
surprise me they won't be straight with their answers after all this time
because they don't want a public backlash.
'Ultimately the truth
does have a way of coming out. The process most of these girls have been
through has led them to expect very, very little from the authorities.
'They expect nothing and are not disappointed. They have been
failed again and again and again.
'They do see some of these men
around Rochdale on a fairly regular basis.
'It is really
distressing for them, there's nothing that the girls can do. It's actually
In 2016, then-home secretary Theresa May ruled it
would be 'conducive to the public good' to deprive the four of the right to
remain in the UK.
They then fought, and lost, a long legal battle
against deprivation of UK citizenship, losing a final Court of Appeal
ruling in July last year. ...
Lawyers said it is probable the four
will invoke the European Convention on Human Rights to argue their right to
a family life would be impinged if they were removed from the UK. ...
Nazir Afzal, the lawyer credited with pursuing the groomers,
overturning an earlier decision not to prosecute, said: 'I am concerned
that despite the efforts that have been made to ensure they are no longer a
threat to women and girls in this country, that they remain in this country
and the process continues and is prolonged.'
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ENGLSIH CHANNEL
More migrants intercepted after crossing Channel in first six months of this year than in whole of 2018
Sunday Telegraph, 16 June 2019
More suspected migrants have crossed the Channel and entered
the UK in the first half of this year than in the whole of 2018.
With the arrival of more than 150 people since the end of May, the
number of suspected migrants intercepted by border force in 2019 has soared
to 511, according to Telegraph research, with dozens more collected by
In the whole of 2018, some 312 people reached the
UK in small boats after crossing the Channel, with 227 more stopped by the
Dover MP Charlie Elphike has said the crisis "now threatens
to turn into a Summer of chaos on the Channel."
morning, 40 people who claimed to be from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan,
were intercepted in two boats just off the Kent coast and taken to shore by
Border Force agents. ...
On May 31, Britain saw a record number of
boats and people trying to enter the UK illegally, as some 74 people were
intercepted in eight separate vessels.
POLITICS CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Don't mention the i-word
Conservative Woman, 13 June 2019
All ten Tory leader candidates have now launched their
leadership campaigns. ...
If they got bottom marks for consistency
and vision (no telling us our island nation's story and its real moment in
history and so its political social and economic challenges) they really
did get top marks for avoiding the real issues. Not least the i-word one. I
don't pretend to have digested every detail of the various leadership
launches of this 'conceit' of contenders, but by my count between them the
word immigration was mentioned once. Just once.
And Boris might as
well not have bothered. Yesterday afternoon he dextrously managed to
include it only to dismiss its import as fast as he introduced it. Brexit,
he told us, 'wasn't just about immigration though people were entirely
reasonable in wanting national control.' /.../ That was it. ...
From another podium somewhere else in London, Sajid Javid was
focusing on his 'back story', making no reference at all to the global
millions who seem only too keen to replicate his family's pattern. ...
So there we have it not just one but ten potential leaders
who either think immigration is not a problem or don't dare mention it. It
is, as Sir Andrew Green said on Tuesday, astonishing.
Or is it?
Aren't the Tories just like the BBC quite happy to delude themselves
and us that immigration is not a worry, just a matter of overcoming
irrational anxiety?. ...
The truth is, as Sir Andrew writes, that
the country has reached a crossroads on immigration, and so has clearly has
the Conservative Party. It will bring the Tories to the parting of the ways
with the people unless they have something serious to say about it and face
the facts for once.
These are that annual net migration into the UK
has averaged nearly 300,000 over the past five years that is roughly
the population of Newcastle. Yet until Labour came to power in 1997, Sir
Andrew reminds us, net migration was never more than 50,000 a year and was
sometimes negative. Nine years of Conservative government and they have
failed to get a grip on it.
Today the UK's official population is
just under 67 million, up 9 million since 2001 and 5 million since 2009.
The dangers to the fabric of our society are already there to
see. Already 71 per cent of Britons believe that immigration has made
communities more divided, rising to 78 per cent in areas that have
experienced large-scale immigration in recent years. The problem is one of
scale and speed, not of individual migrants. David Goodhart has pointed out
that too many people coming too quickly into a society makes it difficult
to retain a sense of cohesion and stability and we risk becoming an
increasingly segregated country. ...
But so far there is no
Conservative leadership candidate who appears to have the courage or
determination to take his or her head out of the sand on this fundamentally
important issue for the country.
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION IN 8 COUNTRIES
What's the impact of immigration, according to Europeans and Americans?
YouGov, 13 June 2019
With immigration becoming a more pressing national issue in
recent years, a new YouGov survey conducted in seven European nations and
the United States has sought to find out exactly what citizens believe to
be the impact of migrants on their country for good and ill.
In all countries except France, the most commonly agreed benefit of
immigration has been better food. This figure was highest in the US, Norway
and Britain, where around half of people (between 47% and 50%) think
migrants have had a positive impact on cuisine.
contribution to the national culture is also widely acknowledged, being the
second most frequently mentioned benefit of immigration in most nations
(and third in the US and fourth in Germany). Again Americans, Britons and
Norwegians are the most likely to feel their nations have benefitted in
this way at between 39% and 42%, along with 38% of Swedes.
contrast to the other nations, the French are most likely to see the
biggest benefit of immigration to have been on sport at 32%. Alongside the
Germans, they are, however, the least likely to be able to name any
benefits of immigration, with only half (between 51% and 52%) being able to
put their finger on anything that migration has made better in their
The most commonly given downside of immigration is
increased crime, coming top of the list in five of the countries we
surveyed and second or third in the others. It is especially likely to be
cited in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Norway (at between 62% and 68%).
People are also consistently worried about the impact immigrants
have on national security (between 31% and 62%) and their country's welfare
systems (between 33% and 48%).
In Britain and Sweden people are
more likely than those in other nations to see a negative impact on housing
(between 44% and 45%) and healthcare (between 36% and 37%, alongside 39% of
The impact on jobs is also a bigger concern in
Britain and France (29% each) and the US (32%) than elsewhere.
proportion of people who gave at least one negative impact of immigration
is higher in all countries than the number who were able to give a positive
one except in the US where 71% could name something good that
immigrants have done, compared to 65% who could point at something bad.
Looking at combined answers to the positive and negative aspects of
immigration reveals that one in four Americans (27%) believe it only brings
benefits, making them the most pro-immigration nation. Britain comes a
distant second in this regard, on 18%.
By contrast, 33% of Germans
were only able to name negative consequences of immigration, making them
the most sceptical of the countries. They are followed by France, Finland
and Denmark where a quarter (between 24% and 27%) likewise have nothing
good to say about immigration. ...
... In Britain 39% think
immigration's impact has been more bad than good compared to 37% who think
it has been more good than bad.
IMMIGRATION POLITICS, PUBLIC OPINION, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Andrew Green: Debating immigration has been marginal to this leadership election. That should change.
The Conservative Party is clearly struggling after disastrous
results in the European elections and the Peterborough by-election. So it
is astonishing that we are now well into a leadership contest with barely a
peep from the candidates on an issue that is crucial to our country's
future and therefore of real importance to the membership. I refer, of
course, to immigration.
... In ten years time, Brexit will be
sorted one way or the other. But, if we are not careful we might find
ourselves set on an immigration policy that will change the whole nature of
our society against the wishes of a strong majority of our people.
In short, our country has reached a crossroads on immigration, and
so has the Conservative Party. The current massive levels of immigration
could be reduced without serious damage to our economy, were there
sufficient political will. The forthcoming leadership election will
therefore be the moment to decide whether to go for a leader who is
prepared to tackle immigration or for one who has failed to heed the
public's repeated calls to reduce it.
The situation is certainly
serious. Annual net migration into the UK has averaged nearly 300,000 over
the past five years that is roughly the population of Newcastle.
Yet, until Labour came to power in 1997, net migration was never more than
50,000 a year and was sometimes negative. Since 2010, nine years of
Conservative Government have failed to get a grip on it, ...
implications and consequences for our future are stark. A level of net
migration continuing at present levels would take our population from about
66 million today to 100 million by the end of the century. ...
have already suggested, the character and nature of our society are already
being changed without the consent of the majority of our population, three
quarters of whom support the reduction of net migration levels to the 'tens
It is not just about numbers. I was struck by a
recent article in Prospect by Tom Smail. He lives in Haringey in North
London, and he wrote: "Immigration has become not, as I once thought, a
welcome addition to the English way of life, but a source of disquiet." He
continued "I speak four languages .... but the multiplicity of languages
outside my front door and the almost total absence of English leaves me
feeling like a stranger in a once familiar land".
later that "it is not that I prefer English people to other people.
Frequently I do not. It is that, in order to have a functioning, cohesive
society, there needs to be some shared sense of what that society is."
There is indeed evidence that mass immigration is damaging the
bonds that bind our community together. Demos found in 2018 that 71 per
cent of Britons believe that immigration has made communities more divided.
This reached 78 per cent in areas that had experienced large-scale
immigration in recent years.
CRIME DRUGS, ADULTS' CLAIM TO BE CHILDREN
Foreign drug dealers use slavery laws to be TREATED AS CHILDREN - police powerless
Daily Express, 10 June 2019
Police are being forced to treat hardened drug lords as
children and even offer them foster care as criminals twist Theresa May's
anti-slavery laws to their advantage it emerged today.
slavery laws, enacted when she was Home Secretary in 2015, give trafficked
children freedom from prosecution under section 45 of the Human
Trafficking, Smuggling and Slavery laws, even if they have committed
serious criminal offences. The National Referal Mechanism (NRM) then gives
the youngsters foster care in a scheme aimed to transform the lives of
vulnerable youngsters. But the policy is open to exploitation, with police
given just 24 hours to prove that a criminal is an adult before UK law
states that they must be placed in care, something police chiefs say is
"impossible" in such a short time span.
Speaking to The Sunday
Times which uncovered the loophole, Detective Sergeant Stuart Peall, Head
of Lancashire constabulary's exploitation team, said: "How do you prove the
age of a foreign national inside 24 hours who won't even tell you their
"In most cases it is simply impossible. Age assessments
take weeks. There is no way of doing it inside that timescale. The law
means there is a presumption they are under 18 unless we can prove
otherwise within hours of arrest." ...
The Crown Prosecution
Service (CPS) is so concerned at the levels of abuse in the system that it
has passed evidence to the Cabinet Office involving four criminals who have
abused modern slavery laws.
CRIME CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Council apologises to girls who were 'let down' as report says opportunity to stop groomers was missed
Telegraph & Argus, 10 June 2019
The independent expert running a review into a sex grooming
scandal has published his report.
And Dr Mark Peel said officers
with Kirklees Children's Services DID know that young girls were being
sexually abused and that an opportunity to smash the grooming ring
was missed. ...
This was despite one case file referring
specifically to "sexual exploitation" by Asian males who gave one victim
known as 'Girl 8' drugs and alcohol.
reviewing two case files he wrote: "It is my contention that Children's
Services officers knew at the time that these young women [were] most
likely to have been engaged in inappropriate, exploitative and illegal
sexual activity to the extent that they had sufficient evidence to conclude
these vulnerable young women were at risk of 'serious harm'.
both instances however it would appear that, other than recording this
information, no subsequent preventative safeguarding action was taken, and
that thus an opportunity to break the child sexual exploitation (CSE) ring
operating in Kirklees, and protect these girls directly and others more
generally, was lost."
Kirklees Council has apologised to girls that
were "let down". ...
Dr Peel, who is chair of Leeds Safeguarding
Children Partnership, worked entirely from social work case files.
He did not review police files or those held by schools. ...
He said the limited four-month time-frame of his investigation
meant adopting a "least worst" approach and not interviewing any of the
young victims or former staff of Kirklees Children's Services. ...
He said in two cases which included clear evidence of child sexual
exploitation (CSE) crucial information had been completely omitted.
"It would appear that no action of any kind was taken in both these
"No discussion with senior officers and managers, no
checking of facts or communication with colleagues from other agencies and
no direct engagement with the young people and their families in order to
protect them." ...
He describes "the seeming lack of concern and
remedial action" as being "almost alien" in 2019 but that in 2007 it was
common across the UK "both professionally and organisationally". ...
Dr Peel suggested that there should be "a comprehensive review" of
all target historic CSE case files held by Kirklees Children's Services
beyond the 22 girls featured in the court case.
And he said that
his independent review "should in no way be seen as an alternative to a
public inquiry". ...
The council acted following the imprisonment
of 20 men who were found guilty of child sex offences including rape,
inciting child prostitution and abduction of a child. The group was
sentenced to more than 200 years in prison.
Among those jailed was
ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal, who was convicted of 54 offences against
CRIME SMUGGLING, CHIMPANZEE MEAT
Chimpanzee meat being eaten in UK as border force urged to bring in DNA testing
Sunday Telegraph, 9 June 2019
Chimpanzee meat is being served as a delicacy at British
weddings and sold as 'bush meat' on market stalls, it has emerged. ...
Leading primate scientist Dr Ben Garrod has said he was told by
customs officials just weeks ago that a ton of bush meat from West Africa
had been confiscated on a flight bound for the US.
He said it was
routinely smuggled into Europe and the UK - which could cause the spread of
serious disease as the meat is unsanitary and chimpanzees are very
genetically similar to humans.
The University of East Anglia
professor has called for DNA testing to be used on meat imports, and for
more resources to be put into research in order to stop the trade.
"It's rife. It's in all the major cities across Europe and the US.
We have seen bush meat confiscated in the UK in checkpoints at borders," he
told The Sunday Telegraph. ...
In 2011, chimpanzee meat was
understood to have been detected during a Trading Standards raid in the
West Midlands. A year previously, the first research on the import of bush
meat into Europe found more than 270 tons passing through the Charles de
Gaulle airport in Paris alone. ...
The professor /.../ warned that
the "next big pandemic" could be spread through illegally smuggled
chimpanzee meat. He said: "HIV originally came from primates. We are so
similar, so the potential is there for various pathogens and viruses to be
transmitted or mutate."
POLITICS CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Sajid Javid: make it easier for overseas students to work in UK
The Guardian, 7 June 2019
Sajid Javid has said he wants to see an end to tough rules on
overseas students being allowed to stay in the UK to work, arguing for what
he called a more "flexible, sensible attitude" to immigration.
comments that go against Theresa May's longstanding approach, the home
secretary, who is among a crowded field hoping to succeed her, said he
would loosen the current rules, which restrict overseas students to six
months of work after finishing their studies.
"I want to see more
international students come to our country," Javid told an event in London
organised by the thinktank British Future.
"If they're coming here,
studying in our great universities, if they want to work afterwards we
should make it easier for them to stay and work, and not say, you've got to
go back home, just for the sake of it. We need a more positive attitude to
this. I think the country would welcome this." ...
has been welcomed by Jo Johnson, the former universities minister who is
seeking to amend the immigration bill to change the six-month limit back to
its previous timeline of two years. ...
At the British Future
event, Javid reiterated his intention to scrap the Conservatives'
long-standing and never met official target to limit annual
net migration into the UK to the tens of thousands. ...
more broadly about the benefits of immigration, and how he felt that the
control over numbers following Brexit could change public attitudes.
"I think it's been fantastic for Britain," Javid said. "I think
we'd be a much worse society today I don't just mean economically,
but I include that, and culturally, every way if we didn't have the
approach to immigration we've had of successive governments over the last
DIVERSITY ADVERTISEMENTS, TELEVISION
Advertisers are 'trying too hard' to demonstrate diversity by shoehorning in minorities, study finds, as it reveals third of commercials now feature black
MailOnline, 7 June 2019
Advertisers have today been accused of 'tokenism' by
'shoehorning ethnic minorities' into TV commercials.
claims brands are 'over representing' the black and minority ethnic (BAME)
community by including 'one black friend within a group of white people.'
A study of 1,000 adverts shown in the UK over two months found 37
per cent featured black people, though they make up about 3 per cent of the
The study undertaken by YouGov for Channel 4's
sales arm found that advertisers 'shoehorn' in ethnic minorities in a bid
to appeal to as many consumers as possible.
'Many minorities criticise brands for 'trying too hard' to show diversity
through shallow representation of different groups.
many criticise how Bame characters are still shown as the 'one black
friend' within a group of white people.'
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CRIME, DEPORTATION, DENMARK
Denmark Admits Country Has 'Big Problem' With Criminal Migrants
Breitbart, 5 June 2019
Danish Justice Minister Søren Pape Poulsen has admitted
that his country has a "big problem" with migrant criminals and has
defended new measures from the government designed to make deportations
The minister's statements come in reaction to a study by
Danish media that discovered Somalis were by far the largest foreign
nationality in Denmark to be convicted for violence with 916 convictions
between 2014 and 2018, Danish tabloid B.T. reports.
data clearly shows that there is a big problem with criminal foreigners
that we should not have in our society," Poulsen said and went on to defend
the Danish government's migration policies saying, "we have tightened the
expulsion rules so that we can more easily expel foreigners."
Poulsen also added that he had recently tabled another bill that
will allow judges to order the deportation of migrants who refuse to turn
up for their court dates.
Peter Kofod of the populist Danish
People's party (DF) also commented on the figures that revealed that
Somalians had been convicted of a total of 1,111 crimes in the last five
years saying, "It's pretty wild numbers that B.T. has uncovered. It
supports, as we in the Danish People's Party have pointed out for years,
that we in Denmark have a challenge with immigration from a number of
countries in Africa and the Middle East."
"It's tragic, and we have
to respond to that. We must do this by sending people back home and not
taking new ones in. It must be the lesson that for too many years, in
Denmark and the rest of Western Europe we have had too much from
immigration from certain areas," he added. ...
Earlier this year,
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen also commented on the issue
saying that while he would prefer that Somalis left the country
voluntarily, he would not rule out forced deportations.
NATIONAL IDENTITY ENGLISHNESS, LONDON
Just how English is London?
UnHerd, 5 June 2019
John Cleese's recent tweet about London "not really an
English city any more" has been the subject of vigorous subsequent
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, amid the furore, tweeted
his own view: "Londoners know that our diversity is our greatest strength.
We are proudly the English capital, a European city and a global hub."
So how English is London? Well that depends very much on what is
meant by 'English'. A significant problem with the word is that its ethnic
and national meanings are often confused or blurred.
for instance, are large-scale communities which consider themselves to be
descended from common ancestors, are attached to a particular 'homeland'
and are distinguished from other ethnic groups by cultural markers such as
religion, language or appearance. Nations, on the other hand, are
territorial-historical communities with a degree of political aspiration.
They are different things, though the same word is used to describe them.
'English' is both an ethnic and national designation. The English,
for example, are the largest ethnic group in most of the more populated
parts of English-speaking Canada, in the American state of Utah and in
northern New England /.../. They are also an overwhelming majority
around 70% of the population of England. In London, however, they
make up no more than 45% of the total.
Cleese, then, was right
if he was talking about ethnicity.
Equally, those of English
national identity are also a majority in England, but not in London. Of
England's residents, 60% said they were 'English Only' in the 2011 census.
In London, this was only 37%. This is because more than any other groups,
ethnically English people also claim their national identity to be
And while ethnically English people tend to claim
Englishness as a nationality, minorities lean towards a British identity.
But was it ever thus?
No. In fact, over the course of
Cleese's lifetime, there has been considerable change in London's ethnic
and national composition. While it's true that London has always received
immigration, this has typically been on a small scale. Jewish immigration,
for example, was only about 5,000-10,000 per year at its height in the late
And while no ethnicity question on White Britishness
was asked until 2001, we can use the ONS LS to track 2001 and 2011 London
residents back to the 1971 census. This method finds that London was around
86% White British in 1971: an ethnically-English city with a modest
minority. By 2011, the ethnic English were in the minority. ...
in these strict terms, it seems Cleese is on pretty solid ground in making
his claim that London "isn't an English city any more". It is only English
in the sense that it is located in England. But if we were to follow that
to its conclusion, then all accents heard in London must be English ones,
which would be an absurd thing to say.
Can we, therefore, dismiss
Cleese's critics as overreacting? Well, not necessarily.
nuance to this story. There is a sense in which London is still English:
the majority of its population is native-born. The UK-born (nearly all
English-born) formed nearly 80% of the city into the 1980s, and while this
had dipped to 60% by 2011, natives remain a majority.
Cambridge University discriminates against white, conservative men, Oxford academic says
Evening Standard, 1 June 2019
Cambridge University discriminates against white, conservative
men, an Oxford academic has claimed.
Professor Nigel Biggar said
Cambridge has done "serious damage" to its reputation as well as
A spokesman for the university said it
utterly refuted the claims. ...
The University of Oxford academic
incited fresh anger on Friday after comparing Cambridge's handling of
Professor Jordan Peterson with that of one of its own academics, Dr
Writing in the Oxford Magazine, Prof Biggar said
the Canadian psychologist was treated in a "grossly discourteous" and
Prof Peterson was awarded a visiting fellowship
by Cambridge before having it rescinded in April.
At the time, the
psychologist accused Cambridge of being "unprofessional" after he found out
he was being stripped of his fellowship due to complaints from the student
Prof Biggar, who is head of Oxford's McDonald Centre for
Theology, Ethics and Public Life, is currently leading a study on "Ethics
and the Empire" which analyses the impact of Britain's imperial past.
He said that he complained to the Master of Churchill College about
Dr Gopal's attacking of the project on social media.
said the university stood by her right to make the remarks on social media.
Prof Biggar then compared the two episodes, claiming it showed that
Cambridge "does in fact discriminate on the unjustifiable grounds of race,
gender, and above all morals and politics".
He said: "If you're
non-white, female, and aggressively 'woke', then you'll be accorded maximal
benefit of doubt, given a pass on official norms of civility, and let free
to spit hatred and contempt on social media.
"However, if you're
white, male, culturally conservative, and given to expressing reasoned
doubt about prevailing mores, you'll be given no benefit of doubt at all.
"And, should you do so much as appear to transgress ill-conceived
norms of inclusiveness, you'll be summarily and rudely excluded."
OFFICIAL DISCRIMINATION POLICE, DIVERSITY
Physics graduate, 25, who was turned down by police force where his detective inspector father works for not being disabled, black, transgender or gay finally gets officer
MailOnline, 31 May 2019
A police applicant who was rejected for being a white
heterosexual male is now set to join the force after it was found to have
discriminated against him.
Matthew Furlong, 25, wanted to follow in
the footsteps of his detective inspector father Liam, 52, when he applied
for a job with Cheshire Police - where his father still works - in 2017.
Now police forces across the country are reviewing their
policies regarding so-called 'positive action' and diversity.
employment tribunal found Cheshire Constabulary discriminated against Mr
Furlong on the grounds of sexual orientation, race and sex.
for Mr Furlong said a settlement had been reached with the force and he
would be joining as a student officer in September. ...
Furlong's employment tribunal in Liverpool heard that in 2015 chief
officers at Cheshire Police launched an 'action plan' to recruit more
black, Asian and female officers. ...
Mr Furlong had been among
about 675 candidates who applied to join Cheshire Police in September 2017
and was shortlisted a month later.
He was invited for interview,
along with 182 others, in November, and although the interview went well,
with an inspector on the panel telling Mr Furlong he had been 'refreshingly
well-prepared', he was rejected six days later.
Mr Furlong had been
among 34 white male non-disabled candidates who were unsuccessful.
All the black candidates were offered roles.
In feedback Mr
Furlong was told there were not enough vacancies for all the 127 candidates
who had passed the interview stage, but Judge Grundy found the force had
set the interview pass threshold 'artificially low' and candidates were
awarded a simple pass or fail - meaning substantial numbers were 'deemed
The judge said the force did this so it could appoint
officers from minority groups ahead of the best scoring people, concluding
that Mr Furlong would have been offered a position had the force not
applied 'positive action', and so he had been discriminated against.
POLITICS BREXIT, DIVERSITY, POPULATION GROWTH
What the UK population will look like by 2061 under hard, soft or no Brexit scenarios
Nik Lomax, Paul Norman, Philip Rees and Pia
The Conversation, 30 May 2019
In a new study, we produced a range of population projections
for the UK to the year 2061, based on assumptions about what would happen
to international migration under three Brexit scenarios: no Brexit, a soft
Brexit and a hard Brexit. ...
Population growth is a key driver of
demand for housing, infrastructure, school places, health care and
consumption, and so population projections are essential for the effective
planning of these services. Of the components which make up these
projections, international migration is the least predictable, yet has a
large impact on the size and composition of the population. Our scenarios
therefore used different assumptions about future immigration policy.
For the no Brexit scenario we extrapolated trends seen in UK total
immigration and emigration flows between 1991 and 2014. According to our
model, this scenario would see population growth for the next few decades,
with a population in 2061 of 86.9m.
For soft Brexit, we took the
long-term assumption for net international migration in the national
population projections of the Office for National Statistics, based on the
population at the end of June 2014. Our model assumed that the free
movement of EU citizens would continue, but that a combination of factors
would make the UK less attractive to migrants. Under this scenario, the UK
population would continue to grow, but at a slower rate than the no Brexit
scenario, and by 2061 the total population is projected to be 82.9m.
Under the hard Brexit scenario, we translated the 2010 Conservative
Party pledge to reduce net international migration to "fewer than tens of
thousands" into assumptions about immigration and emigration flows. Under
this scenario, population growth would be slower, reaching 78.1m in 2061.
Taken together, this means that the UK population would be 8.8m
people smaller by 2061 under a hard Brexit, compared to if the UK did not
leave the EU. ...
Our results also showed that the different
scenarios would have an impact on the ethnic composition of the population.
Understanding the ethnic composition of the population is important for
ensuring equality of opportunity and in reducing discrimination. The
breakdown is also required for effective planning, because different ethnic
groups have varying needs for health care and social care, particularly
through the provision of informal care and education through language
provision. These differences in need for different services were
highlighted by a 2017 comprehensive audit of all UK government data, which
revealed that disparities aren't uniform across all domains for all
As a crude measure, we were able to assess the
proportion of the population who aren't white British or Irish. Under all
three of our scenarios, this proportion rises. The 2016 figure was around
17.5%. Under a no Brexit scenario, this rises to 41.9% in 2061. A soft
Brexit would see the figure rise to 40.4%, and a hard Brexit to 35.6%. Part
of the reason for this rise, no matter what assumptions are made about
international migration, is due to demographic momentum, as ethnic minority
populations who are relatively young continue to grow as they form families
and have children.
EMPLOYMENT WAGES, PRODUCTIVITY
Calls for UK to boost immigration to lower wages
Leith van Onselen
Macrobusiness, 30 May 2019
The decline in EU immigration into the UK in the wake of the
Brexit Turmoil has proven to be a massive boon for workers, with
unemployment falling to the lowest level since the 1970s and UK wages
Meanwhile, with the UK's unemployment rate cratering,
and wages rising, the government is being urged to open the immigration
spigots to "help businesses access the skills they need" (read lower
their wage costs):
The list of occupations
eligible for the UK's non-European skilled work visas should be expanded
"as soon as possible", with the uncertainty caused by Brexit a major
consideration, government advisers have said...
In a review
published on Wednesday, the [migration advisory] committee said its
recommendations would mean putting about 2.5 million workers, or 9% of the
total workforce, on the list, whereas the current figure was fewer than 1%.
It said the expansion would come mainly from the inclusion of more health
and IT jobs. ...
Jane Gratton, the head of people policy at the
British Chambers of Commerce, said: "Expanding the shortage occupation list
will help businesses access the skills they need"...
in a profession on the SOL also grants exemption from the £35,000
minimum income threshold and incurs lower visa fees.
... It is basic economics that if you stem the flow of foreign
workers, then workers' bargaining power will increase. This was explained
by The Australia Institute's chief economist, Richard Denniss, 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
Except in very limited circumstances, there
is no such thing as a shortage of labour. There is only a "shortage" of
labour at the price/ wages firms are generally willing to pay.
Given faster wage growth: a) the least productive businesses would
lose people, shrink and go bust, transferring workers, land and capital to
more productive businesses, raising average productivity across the
economy; and b) all businesses, observing higher wages, would invest more
in labour saving technologies, training and restructuring to raise
IMMIGRATION RESIDENCE, EU CITIZENS
More Than 750,000 EU Citizens Apply To Stay In UK After Brexit
HuffPost, 30 May 2019
More than 750,000 applications from EU citizens wishing to
continue living and working in the UK post-Brexit have been received by the
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the first figures
released on applications to the EU Settlement Scheme were "hugely
The scheme allows millions of EU nationals in the UK
to secure their right to stay in the country post-Brexit. More than three
million people are eligible to apply to carry on living and working in the
A report by the Home Office, also out today, found that
two-thirds of people who were given their status by the end of April had
received settled status, while a third were granted pre-settled status.
Around 570,000 applications had been received from EU citizens in
England, 30,000 from Scotland, 9,000 from Wales and 6,000 from Northern
Ireland, with the the highest number of applications coming from Polish,
Romanian and Italian citizens. ...
EU nationals and their family
members who have lived continuously in the UK for five years can obtain
settled status, meaning they are free to go on living and working in the UK
People with less than five years' residence can apply
for pre-settled status, which can later be converted into settled status.
EXTREMISM PATRIOTISM, BRITISH ARMY
According to the British Army, it's extremist to be a patriot
Spiked, 30 May 2019
According to the British Army it is extremist to be patriotic.
In a startling confirmation that political correctness is no longer the
sole preserve of woke students and Corbyn-loving trustafarians and now has
virtually every institution in the land in its deathly, censorious grip,
the army the actual army has decreed that loving one's nation
too much is a sign of a warped, diseased mind. When soldiers the
people expected to give their lives to defend the nation are being
instructed that fondness for your nation is an iffy attribute, you know
modern Britain is in serious moral trouble.
The 'patriotism as
extremism' decree came in an internal army document on the giveaway signs
for right-wing extremism. Army chiefs are told to look out for certain
'indicators and warnings' that an individual soldier might be leaning
towards an 'extreme right-wing' outlook. These indicators include referring
to oneself as a 'patriot', becoming 'increasingly angry' about 'perceived
injustices and threats to so-called "national identity"', using the word
'Islamofascism', and describing political correctness as a 'left-wing or
What is bizarre, if not outright perverse, about
these indicators of 'right-wing extremism' is that just a few years ago
such outlooks would have been seen as essential attributes for every
aspiring soldier. ...
As for labelling the use of phrases like
'Islamofascism' or 'PC is a left-wing plot' as warning signs of right-wing
extremism, that is just a transparent and deeply sinister attempt to
thought-police soldiers and punish them for holding certain views. Views,
it should be noted, that a great many people hold. I'm not a fan of the
term 'Islamofacism' and I think it's far too simplistic to refer to the
culture of PC as a 'communist plot', but many good, normal people do refer
to Islamist terrorists' mass slaughter of their fellow citizens as a form
of fascism and do believe that PC is the handiwork of left-wing cliques.
There's nothing wrong with these views. They certainly aren't proof that
someone is descending into a skinhead-style nutty extremism. ...
There is nothing extreme or evil in love for one's nation. There is
nothing wrong with calling oneself a patriot. There is nothing bad in
wanting to stand up for a sense of national identity. Many people feel
these things. And soldiers are trained to feel these things. An army
that views patriotism as dangerous and standing up for Britain as suspect
is an army that will soon be incapable of defending the country from
Increase in skilled migration from outside EU needed to plug jobs gap amid Brexit uncertainty, says Home Office review
A big increase in skilled immigration from outside the EU is
needed to plug gaps in key jobs amid considerable Brexit uncertainty,
according to an official review for the Home Office.
from the influential Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) calls on ministers
to significantly expand the UK's list of understaffed occupations.
It recommends adding roles such as architects, web designers,
psychologists and veterinarians, for the first time to the list.
Other occupations that are already listed should be extended to
cover all roles within the category, including medical practitioners,
artists and civil engineers, MAC's report added.
It calls on
ministers to increase the shortage list from one per cent of jobs in
Britain's labour market to nine per cent - placing around 2.5m workers on
the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).
Jobs that fall under the SOL
entail certain benefits, such as applicants and their families facing lower
visa application fees, and no requirement to meet the £35,800 salary
threshold required for settlement in the UK after five years.
Commissioned by the home secretary Sajid Javid, the report makes
clear employers are finding it increasingly difficult to fill crucial roles
in Britain's labour market.
MAC report on the shortage occupation list
Migration Watch UK, 29 May 2019
Commenting, Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK,
"An initial analysis of this long report shows its main
proposal to be to increase the shortage occupation list from covering less
than 1% of total employment to 9% - or about 2.5m workers. This is
astonishing. The MAC seems to have turned 180 degrees from its previous
emphasis on encouraging employers to recruit domestically through improved
wages, better conditions and boosted training. What a pity.
If these recommendations were accepted, it
would amount to a turning point in immigration policy. The control of
numbers would, in effect, be abandoned and the incentive for UK employers
to train UK workers would be even further reduced. Employers would be happy
but many people would be aghast at this disregard for public concern about
the present massive level of immigration."
IMMIGRATION ABROAD MASS KILLINGS, RACE, USA
The Lie That Will Not Die and the Truth about Black Mass Shooters
American Thinker, 29 May 2019
The lie that will not die: Most mass shooters are white.
Just Google "white mass shooters," and you will find hundreds and
hundreds of stories from The Grio, Root, Salon, CNN, PBS, and Newsweek,
right up to the Washington Post, with headlines likes this, from Vice: "Why
are so many mass shootings committed by young white men?"
accompanied with fairy tales like this from the Washington Post: "a
consistent pattern: Young, white men with demonstrable backgrounds of
mental instability or violence against women taking the lives of as many
people as possible."
At least one legacy media outfit figured out,
however painful it was to report (and bury in the middle of the jump), that
three quarters of mass shooters are black. That was the New York Times.
You read that right: mass shootings are a black thing. And we find
them almost every day. Often more than one. In Philadelphia alone, they
report one every eleven days. ...
No matter: I have documented tons
and tons more examples of recent black mass shootings, prior to May 20.
Easy to find at minds.com/ColinFlaherty.
CRIME FORCED MARRIAGE
UK dealing with more Indian 'forced marriages'
Hindustan Times, 28 May 2019
A dedicated unit dealing with forced marriages in which at
least one spouse is a British citizen has reported an increase in the
number of cases linked to India during 2018: 110, compared to 82 in 2017.
The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) of the Home and Foreign Office said
it dealt with the most cases linked to Pakistan in 2018: 769, followed by
Bangladesh (157) and India (110). Overall, 1,764 cases were reported to it.
Forced marriage when one or both spouses do not consent
to marriage is not a problem specific to one country or culture.
Since 2011, FMU has handled cases relating to over 110 countries across
Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America.
involving forced marriages often involve immigration issues, in which one
potential spouse is a UK citizen and the other is a foreign citizen.
CRIME KNIFE CRIME, POLICE, LONDON
Number of Met Police officers on long-term sick doubles after knife crime surge
Evening Standard, 28 May 2019
The number of Met officers on sick leave is soaring as a police
leader warns that they are dealing with a "war zone" on London's streets.
Figures show that the number of Met staff on long-term sick leave
has nearly doubled in the past four years. In 2014, 1,399 officers and
staff were recorded as off sick for more than a month, rising to 2,731 in
Ken Marsh, chairman of the Met Police Federation, which
represents rank and file officers, said: "There has been an increase in
long-term sickness, rather than short-term sick leave.
are facing more traumatic situations than ever faced before. They are
regularly being called to serious stabbings and are the first to attend.
You can equate it to a war zone.
"They have to deal with these
situations and then before they can recover, they are back out there
He said there had been a big rise in the number of officers
suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health
The figures, obtained by the London Assembly Tory group,
emerged as police have faced record levels of knife crime.
Immigration is not the answer to the productivity puzzle
Migration Watch UK, 28 May 2019
An analysis issued by Migration Watch UK today focuses on the
serious productivity problem which the UK has faced, particularly over the
last ten years - a period which has been one of very high net migration.
UK productivity is now 9% below Italy, 22% lower than the USA and
France, and 25% less than Germany. Furthermore, growth in productivity in
the UK since 2008 has been half that in France, less than a third of that
in Germany, and less than a fifth of that in the USA. This suggests that it
is a very serious problem which cannot be attributed only to the economic
crash of 2008, so answers must be found elsewhere.
From 2008 until
the middle of 2018 the growth in migrant workers outpaced growth in UK born
workers by two to one and the migrant share of workers increased enormously
yet there seems to have been no increase in productivity of the sort that
the immigration lobby's claims say that there should have been. ...
The paper reviews other recent research and concludes that the
admission of relatively small numbers of highly skilled workers to highly
skilled jobs might be productivity enhancing.
However, since 2006,
despite the number of immigrant workers in the UK growing by over two
million and the migrant share of the workforce nearly doubling,
productivity growth has been extraordinarily low compared to previous
Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of
Migration Watch UK, said:
productivity may sound technical but it is the absolute key to our future
prosperity. It is time that the immigration lobby explained why
productivity in the UK has been as flat as a pancake for the last ten years
despite massive levels of immigration which they claim increases it."
IMMIGRATION ABROAD REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Ireland Sought to Give Thousands of Migrants 'Amnesty Under Another Name'
Breitbart, 26 May 2019
Authorities in Ireland "tried very much to introduce something
like an amnesty" for thousands of asylum seekers, but "did not dare" call
it that because politicians knew such a move would be electoral poison, it
Former High Court judge Dr Bryan McMahon made the
revelation while giving evidence to the Oireachtas (legislature of Ireland)
Committee on Justice and Equality this week, as the United Nations ordered
politicians to improve the quality of life for asylum seekers in the
He said: "With regard to an amnesty for those who have
been in the system for more than five years, we tried very much in our
discussions to introduce something that was like an amnesty but we did not
dare call it an amnesty.
"To some extent, the word is taboo in the
discussion because it will not fly [so] the administrators tried to do it
in another way," Dr McMahon added, stressing that the move "had to be done
without using the word 'amnesty'." ...
In September, Ireland
announced an amnesty to regularise the status of an estimated 3,500 to
5,500 illegal immigrants who arrived in the country as international
students between 2005 and 2010 a move hailed by open borders groups
such as Right to Remain.
The Britain-based NGO, which works to
dismantle immigration restrictions in Britain, lauded the decision,
alleging that "support for amnesty schemes is mainstream in Ireland". ...
The gap in attitudes between Ireland's elite and the people who
they are supposed to represent was exposed in a survey earlier this year,
which found that not one of the country's TDs (the equivalent of British
MPs) wanted to reduce immigration.
Despite half the respondents
admitting that mass migration was regularly brought up on the doorstep as a
topic of concern, 65 per cent said they were happy to see immigration
remain at its current level while 35 per cent stated they would like to see
it increased further.
600,000 Migrants Enter Britain in One Year
Breitbart, 25 May 2019
More than 600,000 migrants arrived in the United Kingdom in
2018 akin to the population of a city the size of Belfast.
The data, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS),
said that over a quarter of a million more people arrived with the
intention of staying 12 months than left in 2018.
In total over the
previous 12 months, 602,000 new people migrated to Britian, while 343,000
emigrated showing a continued strong trend towards overall net
migration, totalling 258,000 people.
The UK also granted asylum,
alternative forms of leave, or resettlement to 17,304 people in the year
ending March 2019 an increase on the previous year.
of protection reached their highest number since 2003. ...
Conservative Chancellor George Osborne infamously wrote in an article for
the Evening Standard that the Tory leadership never had any
intention of honouring their manifesto pledge to cut net migration to the
tens of thousands.
"[N]one of [the Cabinet's] senior members
supports the pledge in private and all would be glad to see the back of
something that has caused the Conservative Party such public grief," he
UK government misses net migration target for 37th time in a row
The Guardian, 24 May 2019
Migrants continue to add to the UK population as official
figures show the government has missed its target of reducing net migration
to tens of thousands for the 37th time in a row.
The last official
migration figures released under Theresa May's premiership reveal that
258,000 more people moved to the UK than left in 2018, with 602,000
arriving and 343,000 people emigrating.
Looking deeper into the
data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), EU long-term
immigration has fallen since 2016 and is at its lowest since 2013, with
201,000 people from EU nations arriving and 127,000 leaving.
statistics also show, however, that non-EU net migration has gradually
increased over the last five years, with 232,000 more non-EU citizens
arriving than leaving last year.
The figures jar with pro-Brexit
arguments of "taking back control of migration" by ending freedom of
movement, because growth in net migration is driven by non-EU migration,
which the UK is already able to control.
FRAUD AND CORRUPTION STUDENT VISAS
Revealed: Home Office allowed 7,500 migrants accused of cheating the student visa system to stay in Britain
Daily Mail, 24 May 2019
Thousands of migrants accused of cheating the student visa
system have been allowed to stay in Britain, a report has warned.
Around 56,000 foreign citizens were implicated in a scam to fake
English language tests to beat UK border controls, said the National Audit
The spending watchdog said bogus students had
exploited the lax system in a racket run by criminal gangs.
about 7,500 had been given permission to remain in the UK rather than being
thrown out often challenging the decision on human rights grounds.
The NAO said there had been 'widespread cheating' in English
language tests. Those claiming to be students needed to pass them before
they were granted a visa.
However, the NAO also acknowledged that a
'small proportion' of innocent people may have been removed from the UK
after being embroiled in the fiasco.
Each year, around 100,000
non-EU students get their visas to stay in the UK extended. Since 2011
foreign students have had to prove they can speak English.
involved corrupt invigilators reading out answers or allowing gangs of
imposters to sit speaking tests so the candidates could be awarded an
English language certificate. ...
The NAO report said it revealed
'organised cheating' in two language test centres run by third parties on
behalf of ETS. An investigation by ETS, using voice recognition technology
and human listeners to establish who had cheated by having someone else sit
their test, identified 97 per cent as 'suspicious'.
33,663 UK tests, 58 per cent, were classed as 'invalid' while another
22,476 results, or 39 per cent, were considered 'questionable'. The report
said 92 per cent of those found to have falsified tests were fluent English
speakers suggesting a stand-in had sat the exam. The Government
responded by cancelling thousands of visas. But the watchdog found 7,467
migrants accused of deception were allowed to stay in Britain
despite trying to dupe the system.
Of these around 4,000 were
granted leave to remain and 2,600 had successfully appealed against
immigration decisions, often arguing that removing them would breach their
That opened the door to British citizenship, allowing
them access to a full range of benefits.
After the scandal was
exposed, the National Crime Agency was called in to assist the
investigation. The NAO revealed 25 criminals were convicted for their role
in the scam, 21 of them being jailed for a total of 70 years. Four
offenders are still awaiting sentence, said the report.
also stripped 75 colleges of the right to admit foreign students.
At least 11,000 people accused of cheating the language tests have
left the country about one in five of all suspicious candidates,
said the NAO.
Sir Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, acknowledged
cheating had happened on a 'large scale'.
Oxbridge can force old professors to retire in order to boost diversity, tribunal ruling suggests
Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2019
Oxford and Cambridge universities can force old professors to
retire in order to boost diversity, a tribunal ruling suggests.
Prof John Pitcher, a leading Shakespeare scholar and fellow at St
John's College at Oxford, claimed that he had been unfairly pushed out at
age 67 to make way for younger and more ethnically diverse academics.
He sued the College and university for age discrimination and
unfair dismissal, claiming loss of earnings of £100,000 - but Judge
Bedeau dismissed both claims.
Prof Pitcher, an authority on
Elizabethan and Jacobean drama and poetry, had worked at the College for
over three decades and wanted to continue beyond the university's
self-imposed retirement age, which at the time was 67.
academic, now aged 70, claimed that he was "forcibly retired" under the
university's Employer Justified Retirement Age (EJRA) policy. ...
But legal experts have said that other universities may now follow
suit and impose retirement ages, following the judgement in Oxford's
... Cambridge and St Andrew's are the only other major
British universities to have EJRA policies in place currently. ...
Oxford carried out an equality impact assessment before bringing in
the EJRA in 2011, according to the judgement.
retirement age would cut down the number of old, white and male staff and
boost the number of young, female and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic
(BAME) academics, it said.
MULTICULTURALISM CULTURES, LANGUAGES
Recognise the UK as a multilingual society, say politicians and academics
University of Manchester, 22 May 2019
University researchers, teachers and leading politicians came
together at the House of Commons on Wednesday 22 May, to call on
policymakers to develop a comprehensive policy that recognises the UK as a
multilingual society, and to ensure that provisions are made to protect the
languages of all citizens.
The event, organised by The University
of Manchester's Multilingual Manchester research unit, highlighted that
languages other than English are a vital part of the cultural heritage of
many British citizens and residents. For many, they are an important skill,
and an asset in developing professional careers.
In cities in
particular, recognition of language diversity is key to ensure equal access
to services, celebration of culture and traditions, and workforce skills to
support development. Languages offer important channels through which to
build bridges among communities and between nations.
leading the way in this area, with Manchester City Council working towards
a City Language Strategy, and Manchester Museum transforming itself into
the country's first 'multilingual museum'. ...
strengthen our society," said Shadow Immigration Minister Afzal Khan MP,
whose Manchester Gorton constituency is one of the most linguistically
diverse in the country. "We need more support for supplementary schools,
which provide an important service to promote skills and protect cultural
IMMIGRATION ABROAD REFUGEES, COST, GERMANY
Germany spends record 23 billion euros on refugees - document
Reuters, 20 May 2019
Germany spent a record 23 billion euros (20 billion pounds)
last year on helping to integrate more than one million refugees and
fighting the root causes of migration abroad, a government document seen by
Reuters showed on Monday.
That marks an increase of nearly 11
percent on the 20.8 billion euros that Germany spent in the previous year,
the document prepared by the Finance Ministry showed. ...
has repeatedly defended her 2015 decision to leave German borders open to
hundreds of thousands of war refugees, mainly from Muslim countries, as a
humanitarian necessity, but has since vowed to prevent a repeat of such
mass migration by tackling its causes.
The government spent a total
of 7.9 billion euros in 2018 on measures aimed at keeping migrants outside
the European Union and improving living conditions in their home countries
- a 16 percent increase compared with 2017.
Germany's 16 states,
which are mainly in charge of housing and integrating the arrivals from
countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, received 7.5 billion euros
from the federal government last year, according to the report. This marked
an increase of 14 percent on the year.
CRIME HUMAN TRAFFICKING, SLAVERY, SCOTLAND
Sex slaves in almost every Scottish town as gangs force trafficked women into prostitution
Daily Record, 19 May 2019
Trafficked women are being sexually exploited in almost every
town in the country, a Scottish Government-backed group has claimed.
Campaigners say organised crime groups are branching out of major
cities and setting up secret brothels in rural areas.
Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA) helps women who have been freed from
gangs and receives referrals from local authorities all around the country.
Counsellors dealt with 44 women who were identified as new victims
of sexual slavery between April 2018 and March 2019 a rise of 42 per
cent in the previous 12 months. ...
Sexual exploitation is part of
a wider trafficking problem in which men and women are used as forced
labour or domestic servants.
Figures from the National Crime Agency
(NCA) show that 82 men and women were found to be working as slaves in
Scotland in the first three months of this year, compared with 53 in the
same period last year, an increase of almost 40 per cent.
the women forced to work as prostitutes can be held captive for years
before they escape.
TARA's operations manager, Bronagh Andrew,
said: "There are hardly any areas of Scotland that have not had reports of
trafficked women being sexually exploited.
"It's not just a problem
in cities, we're seeing it in rural areas as well. Our concern is that no
one knows the real scale of the problem." ...
The victims can come
from as many as 25 countries, with the most common being Albania, Vietnam,
Romania, China, Nigeria and Namibia. ...
According to the NCA,
there were 150 Scottish trafficking cases in 2016, up 3.4 per cent up on
2015. In 2017, the number of cases rose to 207.
There were a record
222 cases north of the Border last year. ...
Victims are usually
from extreme poverty and have been promised a new life in Britain by the
traffickers, who present themselves to their victims as Good Samaritans.
Last year, TARA and another group helping trafficking victims
were given a Government grant of £3 million.
POPULATION PRESSURE HOUSING
England needs an extra FOUR MILLION homes over the next 20 years to keep up with soaring immigration as an estimated 27.6m families will need housing by
Daily Mail, 17 May 2019
An extra 4 million homes will need to be built in England over
the next two decades if immigration stays at current levels, a report said
More than 27.6 million families will need housing by
2041 if the population continues to increase at present rates. At present
there are 23.4 million households in England.
The figures, from the
Office for National Statistics, suggest a major acceleration in
housebuilding will be needed to cope with future levels of households.
To meet that target nearly 200,000 new homes a year would be
needed. Last year, according to Whitehall estimates, around 165,000 new
homes were built.
The figures were part of a series of projections
of the likely future numbers of households in England calculated by the
The projection that there will be 27,621,000 households in
2041 is based on the possibility that immigration will continue at high
The figure for immigration used to reach the estimate is
net migration of 215,000 each year.
Latest figures for net
migration - the number by which the population grows after both immigration
and emigration have been taken into account - show a level of 283,000 for
the year to last September. ...
Lord Green of Deddington, chief of
the Migration Watch UK pressure group, said: 'These projections confirm
what we have been saying for some time. Namely, that if the current high
level of net migration to England continues, we will need to build one new
home every six minutes, night and day, to cope with the added demand for
housing resulting from immigration.
'Given that young people are
those mainly hurt by the housing crisis, it's no wonder that a majority of
18-24 year olds support the Government's pledge to reduce the level of net
'Given the current deep disillusion with
politicians, the Government need to start taking real action to ensure that
their immigration promises are delivered soon.'
EMPLOYMENT DOCTORS, NHS
NHS breaking recruitment rules with one in four new doctors coming from 'banned' developing countries
Laura Donnelly and Patrick Scott
17 May 2019
The NHS is breaking recruitment rules, with one in four new
medics now coming from developing countries which are supposed to be
protected by ethical codes, an investigation reveals.
has uncovered evidence that the health service is targeting medics from
such countries - despite strict rules which are supposed to protect the
poorest parts of the world.
The Department of Health and Social
Care and the Department for International Development identifies 97
countries which "should not be actively recruited from" because they are in
receipt of aid, and often suffering from shortages of medics.
include Pakistan, Nigeria, Egypt, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Sri
But NHS trusts have used agencies to recruit doctors from
such countries, the investigation reveals.
It also shows that the
number of doctors coming from such countries to work in the UK has doubled
in the last two years.
In total, 27 per cent of all new medics
joining the medical register last year came from countries on the "banned"
list, figures from the General Medical Council (GMC) show.
records show that last year 4,161 doctors registered to work in Britain
from countries which should not be targeted for recruitment - a rise from
2,206 from the same countries in 2016.
In the last five years,
there were more than 12,000 registrations from such locations.
figures include doctors who chose to come to the UK without being actively
recruited by the NHS.
But the trends prompted concern last night,
amid evidence that trusts are using agencies who are flouting the rules.
In total, 12,554 doctors who joined the UK medical register in
the last five years came from parts of the world which are currently
supposed to be covered by the restrictions. More than 3,400 came from
Pakistan, along with 1,995 from Nigeria, 1,775 from Egypt, 826 from Sri
Lanka, 797 from Sudan, 444 from Bangladesh, 325 from Iraq and 312 from
Myanmar, the figures show.
The data from the General Medical
Council covers place of qualification, which is usually a person's country
RACISM ISLAMOPHOBIA, FREE SPEECH
Banning Islamophobia would suppress debate - just ask a liberal Muslim
Daily Telegraph, 17 May 2019
If you heard that a friend or colleague had been reprimanded
for Islamophobia, what would you think? Probably that he'd said something
undiplomatic, but certainly not bigoted. ...
bigotry in Britain is all too real, with the number of attacks rising at an
alarming rate. ...
At first glance, attempts to define (and
proscribe) Islamophobia seem uncontroversial. Anti-Muslim bigotry ought to
have the same status as anti-Semitism and under the 2006 Racial and
Religious Hatred Act, it does. So why the need to define Islamophobia? It
is not a difficult word to understand: it refers to Islam as a religion
as distinct from Muslims, the followers of that religion. It is
taken to mean both. But the vagueness of the phrase means that it can be
used as a weapon against anyone, especially those seeking to scrutinise the
agenda of political Islamism. In Britain, where religious freedom must
coexist with the freedom to critique or mock any organised religion, words
... But there are attempts under way to have the Government
redefine the word to mean, in effect, anti-Muslim racism. So why not just
say anti-Muslim racism? Because Islamophobia is a fashionable new cause,
with momentum. ...
It's easy to see what could happen, because it
has been happening already: activists use the word to try to silence their
enemies. /.../ The Islamic Human Rights Commission absurdly named Sadiq
Khan, the Mayor of London, as one of four men who "flagrantly displayed the
most Islamophobia" last year. He is a practising Muslim.
has been played for some time in the Islamic world, with moderate Muslims
usually the targets. In his study, Islam and Islamism, the
Damascus-born scholar Bassam Tibi explains how zealots use the label. ...
Perhaps in a reaction to the Scruton debacle, the Government now
appears minded to reject the new Islamophobia definition: "Legally
problematic," it says. Morally problematic, too. Anyone ought to be at
liberty to examine, discuss and disagree with any religion, just as anyone
should be free to practise one without harassment. This ought not to be a
difficult case to make.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BREXIT
Illegal immigration to UK will rise after Brexit, study suggests
Independent, 16 May 2019
Illegal immigration is likely to rise when Britain leaves the
EU and freedom of movement ends, a new study has found.
by the Social Market Foundation said closing legal migration routes after
Brexit would lead to more people trying to enter and stay in the UK
It said politicians who claim that Brexit will solve
public concerns about immigration should "come clean" about the actual
consequences of ending free movement.
Failure to do so would result
in a backlash when voters realised that leaving the EU had not solved their
fears about immigration, and risked "creating the sort of conditions in
Britain that helped Donald Trump become US president", the SMF said.
The study analysed previous cases where immigration was restricted
and entry policies tightened, including Britain ending unrestricted
migration from Commonwealth countries in the 1960s and the US stopping a
programme for Mexican workers in 1965.
It found that stricter
controls on immigration often led to an increase in the total number of
migrants in the country, because people who could previously travel back
and forth easily instead opt to stay.
Greater restrictions also
fuel an increase in illegal migration as people who would previously have
entered the country legally instead do so through other routes.
SMF predicted that the number of people living in the UK illegally would
increase after Brexit, as EU nationals who have not been given the right to
remain in the country decide to stay without permission.
on the government to "inject a dose of honest realism, coming clean about
the complexities and unintended consequences of immigration policy, about
the control that it does have, but also the practical limits to that
Jonathan Thomas, migration researcher at the SMF and
author of the report, said: "History suggests that people who expect ending
free movement to take away their worries about immigration are going to be
disappointed. Illegal immigration has not been a big part of British debate
in recent years but the precedents suggest it could soon be high on the
"People who want to end free movement should be
honest with the electorate about the possibility that it will create
significant new challenges relating to illegal immigration. And people who
support a liberal approach to immigration should engage constructively with
the perfectly legitimate view that illegal immigration is a problem that
policymakers should address."
EMPLOYMENT EU AND NON-EU WORKERS
Number of EU workers in the UK hits record high as unemployment falls to lowest in 44 years
Daily Telegraph, 15 May 2019
The number of EU nationals working in the UK hit a record high
in the three months to March as the jobs market ignored political turmoil
to create more positions.
It came as unemployment fell to 3.8pc,
the lowest level since the end of 1974.
Almost 2.4m citizens of
other EU nations now work in the country, a rise of more than 100,000
compared to the final three months of 2018.
That more than reverses
the outflow, nicknamed the 'Brexodus', from late 2017 to September 2018.
The number of workers from outside the EU also increased, the
Office for National Statistics said, rising by 22,000 on the quarter and
80,000 on the year to more than 1.3m.
LAWLESS BRITAIN: 181,000 linked to serious and organised crime 'Deadliest threat to UK'
Daily Express, 14 May 2019
Britain's 'FBI' will today warn 181,000 criminals are linked to
the "deadliest threat facing the nation" - over twice the number of
soldiers in the British Army.
Lynne Owens, Director General of the
National Crime Agency, will demand ministers invest billions as serious and
organised crime kills more people than terrorism, natural disasters and war
combined. The volume of child sexual abuse and exploitation material online
continues to rocket, with criminals increasingly using hidden areas of the
internet to view child porn, and immigration gangs are targeting our
under-protected borders, charging desperate migrants up to £13,000 to
board a flimsy boat across the English Channel. Drug gangs are also
exploiting growing demand for substances to groom children into violence
and the NCA admitted there is a "steady flow" of unused guns into the
Crime chief Ms Owens said: "Serious and organised crime in
the UK is chronic and corrosive. Its scale is truly staggering. ..."
The National Crime Agency has linked 37,317 people to 4,542
organised crime groups in the UK.
They also warned 144,000 perverts
are registered on the most harmful child sexual abuse and exploitation dark
By comparison, the British Army has just under 82,000
The National Crime Agency, in their annual threat
assessment, will today (Tues) reveal Russian organised crime groups now
pose the biggest cyber threat to the UK as they use trojan viruses to
target online bank accounts. ...
The National Crime Agency warned
corrupt accountants, solicitors and financial experts are "increasingly
facilitating crimes with their expertise". ...
Ben Wallace said: "As the National Crime Agency set out, serious and
organised Crime is a fast-evolving and highly complex threat to our
national security, impacting on our people, on our communities and on our
businesses across the country.
"It is estimated to cost the UK at
least £37 billion each year. ..."
EMPLOYMENT WAGES, SALARIES
Wages rise to attract British workers
Daily Telegraph, 13 May 2019
Employers have had to increase wages and offer more benefits to
compete for British workers as European migrants shun the UK in the run-up
Three quarters of recruiters have seen an increase in
businesses looking to source candidates from within the country, according
to research by LinkedIn.
The professional network said 47pc of
jobseekers in other EU countries searched for UK jobs in the first three
months of this year, compared with more than half in the same period of
Meanwhile, the number of LinkedIn members moving from
mainland Europe to the UK fell by 30pc between 2016 and 2019. The shortage
has forced employers to compete harder for staff, with around half
increasing salary offers to hire the right people and two-fifths offering
more flexible working opportunities.
POLITICS PUBLIC OPINION, SCOTLAND
Scotland's dirty little secret: we're as anti-immigration as England
Spectator blog, 13 May 2019
Among the many national conversations postponed is one on
For Nationalists, this is just another way
Westminster holds Scotland back. The Scottish Government is pro-immigration
and an independent Scotland, free from the draconian migration system
favoured by the Little Englanders could flourish or so the theory
runs. The Scottish Government might be pro-immigration but the Scottish
people are not. This is our dirty little secret: we congratulate ourselves
on how tolerant and welcoming we are but, in truth, Scots are hostile to
immigration. Polling conducted last month found that 45 per cent of Scots
think too many migrants are entering the country, an increase of six per
cent on last year. 37 per cent think the current level of migration is
about right, while only six per cent want to see more. Somewhat
uncomfortably for the SNP, 48 per cent of those who voted for independence
in the 2014 referendum believe immigration is too high.
perplexing to the Four Ps of the Scottish ruling class politicians,
policy-makers, professors and pundits because they are uniformly
pro-immigration and know almost no one who disagrees with them. They have
spent so long reciting their mantras about how different Scotland is from
England they forgot to stop and check with Scotland first. If they had,
they would know that 72 per cent of Scots told the 2013 British Social
Attitudes Survey they wanted immigration cut. They would know too that
Scottish public opinion of low-skilled immigration is indistinguishable
from the rest of the UK. A 2017 poll for British Future found 63 per cent
of Scots want to cut the number of low-skilled EU migrants while 69 per
cent want a crackdown on those from outside the EU. The UK-wide figures are
64 per cent and 67 per cent.
What should trouble immigration
liberals even more is that Scotland shows no sign of replicating the
pro-migration trend in UK-wide public opinion. In the same period that
anti-immigration attitudes rose by six percentage points in Scotland, they
fell by seven points across the UK as a whole. Bear in mind, too, that
Scotland has seen nothing like the levels of immigration the rest of the UK
... On immigration, as on so much else, Scotland's
distinct political culture is exaggerated and sooner or later the facts
will have to be faced.
The Partner Chase
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, Spring 2019
In December 2018, the New York law firm Paul, Weiss announced
its latest class of partners. A scandal erupted: all 12 of the newly
promoted lawyers were white, the photo accompanying the announcement
revealed. /.../ Nearly 200 corporate general counsels signed an open letter
threatening to pull their business from law firms whose partners are not
"diverse in race, color, age, gender, gender orientation, sexual
orientation, national origin, religion, and without regard to
disabilities." Paul, Weiss did what every other mainstream institution does
today when accused of racial bias: it fell on its sword. ...
Paul, Weiss saga is a casebook study in the evasions and duplicities that
govern the national discourse about race, when any discussion of the
academic skills gap is taboo and when racial preferences have become the
universal way to engineer "diversity."
The reflexive charge of bias
was particularly absurd leveled against Paul, Weiss. Even in the
diversity-obsessed world of New York corporate law, the firm's efforts to
recruit and promote black attorneys stand out. The diversity scorecards
churned out annually by The American Lawyer and numerous other legal
publications consistently rank Paul, Weiss's diversity profile in the top
tier of American law firms. ...
... So why are there not more black
partners? The same reasons that there are not more black computer engineers
or physicians: the academic skills gap and counterproductive racial
preferences. Blacks are hired as summer law interns and first-year
associates at rates well above their representation among law school
graduates, according to research by UCLA law professor Richard Sander. But
because blacks' law school GPAs on average cluster at the bottom of their
class (thanks as well to law school admissions preferences), they enter
large firms (defined as having 100 or more lawyers) with academic
qualifications a standard deviation below those of incoming white lawyers.
Over a fifth of all new white lawyers at large firms have law school GPAs
of 3.75 or higher, compared with 2 percent of new black lawyers. By
contrast, 2 percent of new white lawyers in big firms have GPAs under 3.0,
compared with 14 percent of black lawyers. ...
partners, the strongest advocates for "diversity," rarely practice what
they preach, instead funneling the results of diversity hiring whenever
possible to someone else's case. In private conversations, they acknowledge
the diversity sham but shrug their shoulders: "What choice do we have?" ...
If Paul, Weiss's chairman had explained that preferences deplete
the partnership pipeline, he would no longer be chairman. His decision to
allow the racism charge to stand unrebutted demonstrates a remarkable
feature of our time: the leaders of mainstream institutions would rather
cop to false charges of bias than speak the truth about the academic skills
gap. They are not only silent about that gap; they also put their employees
through a frenzy of implicit-bias training to overcome the phantom bias
that allegedly holds blacks back. This taboo on the truth has another
consequence: when leaders refuse to explain the real reason for the lack of
diversity, they buttress the poisonous idea that American institutions
remain indelibly racist, and the cycle begins anew more preferences,
more unhappy results.
BENEFITS AND COSTS HEALTH TOURISM
Foreign patients using British hospitals owe NHS £27 million in unpaid bills
Nick McDermott, Health Editor
The Sun, 13 May 2019
Rampant health tourism has left the NHS with a huge hike in
unpaid hospital bills, official figures reveal.
Trusts had to write
off £27 million last year after ineligible overseas patients refused
to pay up.
The figure is up two-thirds from £16.2 million in
The rise in unpaid debt comes despite a Government
crackdown on foreign visitors using the health service for free.
Overall, the NHS has been left with a financial blackhole of
£76 million in the past four years enough to pay for around
3,300 new nurses.
However, the figure is likely to be just the tip
of the iceberg, as it only represents cases where the NHS issued a bill.
In many cases, hospital officials fail to check if a patient is
eligible or have not issued an invoice. Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern,
said: "It is absolutely ridiculous. Ministers need to do more to discourage
ineligible people from abusing the NHS.
"We are seen as a soft
touch. We cannot afford to treat the world, with the NHS already overrun."
Rules came into force in 2017 requiring trusts to charge overseas
visitors upfront for non-urgent care.
Staff must now ask patients
where they have lived the past six months to identify if they are
"ordinarily resident" in the UK and entitled to free NHS hospital
Visiting EU nationals are covered by the European Health
Non-EU residents, such as workers and students,
staying long-term must now pay up to £400 a year to access the NHS as
part of their visa application.
Any illegal or short-term visitors
from outside Europe must pay for hospital treatment or have valid health
Maternity and other emergency treatment cannot be
charged upfront, and GP care remains free for all. ...
overseas patients cost the health service up to £2 billion a year,
according to Government estimates.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION DEPORTATION
Immigration officials fear cracking down on businesses hiring illegal workers after the Windrush scandal
Daily Mail, 10 May 2019
Immigration officials are scared to crack down on businesses
hiring illegal workers in the wake of the Windrush scandal, a report warns.
The Government estimates that between 190,000 and 240,000
businesses in the UK are currently employing staff who are here illegally.
Many are restaurant chains or fast food outlets and firms caught
out in the past include Pizza Hut, Chez Gerard and Wimpy.
report by the immigrations watchdog warns that last year's Windrush scandal
has had a damaging effect on enforcement.
Figures show that only
256 fines were handed out to firms hiring illegal immigrants in 2018/19, a
tenth of the 2,594 penalties which were issued in 2015/16.
Bolt, the Independent Chief Inspector of Border and Immigration, said this
was partly because enforcement officers were wary after the backlash to
He said: 'It was evident that Windrush had had a
significant effect on immigration enforcement operationally, as a result of
the 'pausing' of data sharing with other departments, and psychologically,
with immigration enforcement perceiving that other departments and
agencies, employers and the general public were now less supportive.' ...
Mr Bolt urged the Government to produce a new strategy on illegal
working as soon as possible, adding that there was 'little clarity about
the Home Office's thinking or intentions.' ...
Meanwhile a separate
report, also by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, warned that
foreign criminals are routinely avoiding deportation by launching legal
Mr Bolt was investigating the Home Office's system for
sending foreign offenders home once they had completed prison sentences.
He found that in one six-month period, a total of 1,560 individuals
managed to delay the deportation process or avoid it altogether.
Some launched legal challenges while others claimed they were
unable to go back home due to medical reasons.
Babies born to non-British mothers in the UK rises by 20 percent in a decade
Daily Express, 9 May 2019
Babies born to non-British mothers in the UK have soared by 20
percent in the last 10 years, official figures have revealed.
2017, women born outside Britain gave birth to 189,000 children, according
to data by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). ... Statistics also
reveal long-term immigration has increased every year since 1994, with more
people moving to the UK than leaving.
In London more than one in
two births were by a mother who did not hold British citizenship.
In 2017, the figure in the capital stood at 58 percent.
London Borough of Brent, in North-west London, saw the highest number at 76
Meanwhile outside of London, Slough, Berks, recorded 63
In addition in the same 10 year period, the number of
children born to British mothers fell by 75 percent, to 458,000.
Across schools in the UK, the ONS also found as of January 2018, 10
percent of Secondary School children and seven percent of Primary School
pupils had been born outside of Britain. ...
As of June 2018, the
UK population included 9.4 million people who were born outside of the UK.
Poland remains the most common non-UK country of birth, taking over
from India in 2015.
Polish has been the most common non-British
nationality in the UK since 2007.
NATIONAL IDENTITY DISCOMFORT
Diversity, discomfort and my lament for a lost London
Prospect, 8 May 2019
I live in Harringay, Green Lanes, in the long, elegant stretch
between Manor House and Turnpike Lane. ...
... Despite the delights
of Green Lanes, I find myself progressively overwhelmed by diversity. I
miss Englishness. I miss English. ...
It is not the fault of any
immigrant that I have chosen to live in a predominantly non-English area.
But having seen London change over 35 years, I am finding it hard to
appreciate the positive aspects without concern. Immigration has become
not, as I once thought, a welcome addition to the English way of life, but
a source of disquiet. And quite simply because of its scale. The
immigration we have experienced in the last two decades is unparalleled in
British history: an average net figure, according to the Office for
National Statistics, of over 220,000 people annually for the past 22 years.
... The mere fact that people are not talking English is no
longer unusual; in several corners of the UK it is the norm. I speak four
languages and am fascinated by accents and dialects. But the multiplicity
of languages outside my front door and the almost total absence of English
English leave me feeling like a stranger in a once familiar land.
To talk of feeling thus in one's own country or to suggest that
scale matters when discussing immigration are both considered inadmissible
opinions by those who do not regard such things as important. But I cannot
accept that the numerous Britons who hold these views are all racists.
Large-scale immigration necessarily has a far-reaching effect on that which
many people value, namely the character of their society. It is an
instrument of profound change. I don't know how one bridges the divide
between those who passionately advocate globalisation and relatively open
borders, and those who, while celebrating the diversity of humanity,
believe in the worth of smaller subsets.
Whatever you may think of
the concept of national identity, there is undoubtedly a bond that exists
between people who share history, geography, culture and language. ...
It is not that I prefer English people to other people. Frequently
I do not. It is that, in order to have a functioning, cohesive society,
there needs to be some shared sense of what that society is. National
identity resides in memories, myths and traditions. A confident sense of
national identity, interestingly, is an essential prerequisite for
successful integration. People settling in a new land need to feel they are
becoming part of something positive. Our own sense of national identity
took a battering post-empire: everything that Britain had been was largely
discredited, at least in liberal and educated circles, and there was little
of substance to take its place. ...
Matthew D'Ancona, writing in
the Guardian in 2018, asserted: "Beneath all the talk of 'control'
and 'global Britain,' there is the germ of an extremely unpleasant
nativism." There are indeed some highly unsavoury views of foreigners
licensed by the Brexit moment and Trump. But there are many who believe in
Europe, are well travelled, educated and hospitable, people who do not hate
foreigners, but simply feel quietly unnerved at the scale of the changes
afoot. People like me.
Is Demography Destiny?
American Conservative, 7 May 2019
Unease with rapid demographic change is a major driving force
in our politics. Neopopulist parties advocating tougher immigration
restrictions continue to advance in Europe, most recently in Spain and the
Netherlands. The more established parties of the European center-right,
ineffectual at stemming immigration when in power, increasingly give
rhetorical backing to enhanced restriction. ...
How are we to think
of an issue which produces such shockwaves to Western political systems?
One tactic is simply to deny that concerns driven in part by demographic
change have any factual basis, to label what the French writer Renaud Camus
first dubbed "the Great Replacement" as racist, conspiratorial talk
relevant only to the most ghastly extremists, such as the murderer who
committed the despicable Christchurch mosque shootings. ...
scholar Phillipe Lemoine has an interesting paper about French demography
on his blog utilizing standard demographic projection models. Under the
most conservative scenarios, with very low rates of immigration, the French
white population becomes a minority before 2100. Under other models, this
will can happen sooner. Such projections make no claims about the future
nature of French society, but simply demonstrate the essential intellectual
unseriousness of Le Monde's claim that a group which comprises 12
percent of the population in 2015 can't possibly become a majority in three
or four generations.
From reading such commentary, you would never
know that demographic triumphalism is a major theme among left-wing
activists, who have been crowing for years of the electoral and political
power they will accrue as the white share of the population declines. ...
Steve Phillips, political activist and author of the Brown Is
the New White, is more explicit in touting the retributionist promise
of the new demographics. "Because of the population changes in the last
fifty years, the very groups that were formerly oppressed now have the
numbers to secure the political power necessary to set the country on the
course to true justice and equality... so that time, attention, and massive
amounts of resources are directed to the country's communities of color."
Phillips's book is in part a shoutout to a smorgasbord of leftist
causes (reparations, amnesty, abolishing standardized tests) coupled with
the assertion that the new demographics bring the power of a "new American
majority" within reach if the Democrats only give up their futile efforts
to woo moderate "swing voters." The New American Majority is "inherently
progressive" and "growing larger every day because 90 percent of population
growth consists of people of color." ...
Perhaps it was arguments
like this which Dowell Myers, a liberal demographer from the University of
Southern California, had in mind when he recalled the Left's reaction to
the Census Bureau's 2008 projection that whites in America would be a
minority by 2044. Progressives couldn't contain their enthusiasm,
remembered Myers. "People went crazy. It was conquest, our day has come.
They wanted to overpower them with numbers. It was demographic destiny."
One need also consider the dramatic emergence of a large
political/cultural movement devoted to anti-whiteness, now traveling under
the umbrella of combatting "white privilege."
Secret Government report warns over 48 British Islamic schools are teaching intolerance and misogyny to future imams
Mail on Sunday, 5 May
Young imams are being trained in a network of Islamic schools
across the UK that have been accused of promoting intolerance and misogyny,
a secret Government report has warned.
The report claims preachers
emerging from some of the dozens of Darul Uloom madrasas scattered across
Britain have views as extreme as those held by radical clerics who move to
the UK from Islamic countries and may spread them to worshippers.
The Mail on Sunday has identified 48 Darul Ulooms which can
be translated as House of Knowledge that follow a strict syllabus
It espouses the literal following of the
Koran and is used by the hardline Islamic movement Deobandism, whose
training schools produced the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan. ...
Haras Rafiq, an anti-extremism expert at the Quilliam think tank,
said: 'British-trained imams are not any better than the ones trained in
the Indian subcontinent because both are taught the same Dars-E-Nizami
syllabus. The Darul Ulooms have a problem with extremism.'
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FAILED ASYLUM-SEEKERS
More failed asylum seekers stay than leave
Conservative Woman, 5 May 2019
Migration Watch research estimates net illegal immigration to
be running at about 70,000 per year; the gross inflow is 105,000 per year
(see our paper), and that is in addition to the estimated million or so
migrants already living here illegally. A proportion of this million is the
result of only 40 per cent of those refused asylum since 2004 leaving the
country as they should have done (an annual average of 5,400 out of an
average 13,900 refusals per year). Meanwhile, the backlog of asylum
applications still awaiting an initial decision after more than six months
trebled between 2010 and 2017.
David Wood, a former Director
General of Immigration Enforcement at the Home Office, revealed in a report
published by the think tank Civitas earlier this year that removals of
failed asylum seekers had fallen from more than 15,000 per year 14/15 years
ago to fewer than 5,000 in more recent years. In 2017, there were just
2,541 enforced removals and 2,301 voluntary departures.
lamentable state of our asylum system and our ineffectual enforcement
policies pose just as great a risk (perhaps greater) to the integrity of
our borders as those risking their lives to cross the Channel in rubber
dinghies, something the Home Secretary declared a major incident last
I should add that, according to Frans Timmermans,
First Vice President of the European Commission, speaking to Dutch
broadcaster NOS in January 2016 of the 120,000 migrants who had arrived in
the EU in December 2015 [to claim asylum] '60 per cent were from countries
where you can assume they have no reason whatsoever to ask for refugee
Not that the UK is not generous in giving refuge.
According to Eurostat, the EU's statistical arm, in 2017 the UK resettled
more refugees from outside Europe than any other EU member state (see the
Government's Immigration White Paper, p76). In total, the UK provides
asylum or another form of protection and resettlement to between 10,000 and
20,000 refugees every year. Long may that continue.
failing to remove those with no right to be here, including failed asylum
seekers, is an affront to the rule of law and if anything encourages people
to risk their lives to get here by hook or by crook. How the 129 MPs who
signed a pledge effectively to turn a blind eye to illegal immigration
/.../ thought they were helping is difficult to comprehend. What is more,
they did this while the Home Office's internal estimate (according to David
Wood p4 of Civitas report) was that between 150,000 and 250,000
people with no right to be in the UK were failing to leave each year. The
MPs were also acting against the express wishes of the great majority of
the electorate, 77 per cent of whom see illegal immigration as a major
problem facing the UK (2018 Project28 poll).
Instead of loosening
controls (as only 8 per cent of the public wish to see, according to Ipsos
MORI see p7 of polling summary), the government should instead
provide the asylum and immigration enforcement systems with the resources
they need and in so doing show commitment to honouring their oft-repeated
promise to reduce immigration by a lot, for which the majority of the
BENEFITS AND COSTS HEALTH TOURISM
MPs cave in to Left-wing doctors and scrap plans to stop health tourists coming to Britain for treatment they're not entitled to - costing the NHS £280m a
Mail on Sunday, 5 May 2019
Checks to stop health tourists coming to Britain for treatment
they are not entitled to which costs the NHS up to £280 million
every year have been all but abandoned.
promised to crack down on overseas visitors abusing the NHS by making it a
legal requirement for hospitals to charge upfront those not entitled to
Under strict rules, patients were to be asked to prove
their eligibility by showing a passport and evidence of a permanent UK
address. Pregnant women, thought to account for the majority of health
tourism costs, were a particular target.
But now a Mail on Sunday
investigation has established the plans have been shelved.
have been discontinued and the Department of Health and Social Care said it
has no intention of making the checks mandatory. Last night, it also
indicated its focus had shifted to better collection of unpaid health
The U-turn follows campaigns by Left-wing
activists, including doctors and nurses, opposed to charging migrants. They
claim doing so is 'racist' and have called on hospital workers to stop
Our revelation comes after figures revealed that every
day at least ten women ineligible for free NHS care are still giving birth
on maternity wards in England.
Some 3,981 women were billed
£13.3 million in 2017/18, of which £8.4 million remains unpaid.
In 2017, the then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced rules
legally obliging hospitals to charge patients upfront for 'non-urgent'
That autumn, 18 hospital trusts ran three-month 'pilot'
schemes, where patients were asked for both photo ID and proof of a UK
But the plans faced resistance from the start, with the
British Medical Association and Royal College of GPs arguing doctors were
not 'border guards'. Left-wing pressure groups quickly launched campaigns.
In East London, campaigners forced England's biggest NHS trust,
Barts Health, to stop photo ID checks and take down posters warning: 'NHS
hospital treatment is not free for everyone.'
Barts, which was last
year owed £20 million in unpaid bills, continued checks until
opposition mounted. ...
The Mail on Sunday contacted all 18 'pilot'
trusts to ask if eligibility checking continued after the trials. Most said
it had not. Several refused to answer.
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION
Britons most positive in Europe on benefits of immigration
Jamie Grierson and Pamela Duncan
The Guardian, 3 May 2019
British people are more persuaded of the benefits of
immigration than any other major European nation, according to a global
survey, which has also found that almost half of Britons think immigrants
are either positive or neutral for the country.
YouGov-Cambridge Globalism survey found that 28% of Britons believed the
benefits of immigration outweighed the costs, compared with 24% in Germany,
21% in France and 19% in Denmark. A further 20% of British people believed
the costs and benefits were about equal, while 16% were not sure.
The findings contradict the assumption that Britain is more hostile
to immigration than its European neighbours are. Britain was seen as taking
a hardline and less compassionate response to the 2015 European migration
crisis, while many argue concerns over immigration were the key driving
force behind the Brexit vote.
But experts have detected a softening
in attitudes towards immigration since that vote, which could in part be
influenced by the prospect of the end of freedom of movement and the
dramatic drop in net migration to the UK from EU countries, which in the
last figures dropped to its lowest level since 2009.
In all, only
37% of Britons feel the costs of immigration outweigh the benefits
lower than in any other big European country apart from Poland. By
comparison, 50% of Italians believe the net impact of immigration is
negative, as well as 49% of Swedes and 42% of French and 40% of Germans.
However, the UK portion of the global YouGov survey suggests
anti-immigrant messaging is unlikely to work across the party divide. While
only 3% of Ukip voters thought benefits outweighed costs, this compared
with 15% of Conservative voters and 42% who voted Labour.
survey also suggested men were most open to the benefits of immigration,
with 32% saying the overall the impact was positive, compared with 24% of
Britons also appeared relatively hostile to refugees.
Only 29% of Britons thought people fleeing war or persecution were good for
the country, less than any other EU or anglophone country in the survey.
UK respondents also showed the lowest level of support of all
countries surveyed for migrants coming to join family members who already
live here, with just 22% of respondents thinking this was good for the
country, compared with 56% of Polish respondents who, among the EU and
anglophone countries, showed the highest level of support.
DIVERSITY RACISM, DECOLONISATION, UNIVERSITIES
Universities told to 'decolonise' their curriculums
Daily Telegraph, 2 May 2019
Universities must "decolonise" the curriculum in order to help
black students close the attainment gap with their white peers,
Campuses need to become "racially diverse and
inclusive environments" if black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) are to
succeed academically, according to a new report.
(UUK), which represents vice-Chancellors, commissioned a review into how
institutions can ensure more BAME students graduate with top degrees.
Institutions should consult with students and "evaluate where it
might be necessary" to review courses to ensure they are not overly white
and euro-centric, UUK said. The report's recommendation comes amid growing
calls to "decolonise" the curriculum.
Baroness Valerie Amos, who
led UUK's review, said many BAME students do not feel a "sense of
belonging" at university.
"Part of that was about not seeing their
history [and] their experiences reflected in the content of the courses
that are being taught," she told The Daily Telegraph.
Reading lists and course structures in all subjects should be
scrutinised to ensure there is no racial bias, according to Baroness Amos,
who is director of the School of Oriental and African Studies and the
country's first female black university leader. ...
Over the past
decade, the number of BAME undergraduate students has increased by more
than 50 per cent. But just 57 per cent of black students who graduated in
2017 achieved a first or a 2:1 compared to 81 per cent of white students.
Pre-university qualifications can explain some but not all of the
degree-class differences between ethnic groups.
The report said
vice-chancellors must foster environments where issues surrounding race and
racism can be discussed more openly, and gather data on which approaches
are effective in tackling the attainment gap.
Inside Little Bucharest How Romanian immigration changed this small London suburb beyond recognition
The Sun, 1 May 2019
Stepping off the train there's a cacophony of foreign voices,
and most of the little restaurants crowded along the High Street have their
signs and menus in Romanian.
But this isn't Bucharest: this is
Burnt Oak, a suburb near Wembley in north-west London which has been dubbed
"Little Romania" because of the huge Eastern European population there.
It emerged last week that Romanians are now the second largest
community of foreigners in Britain, with over 413,000 living and working in
Ten years ago, Britain's Romanian population stood at
42,000 - meaning there has been a tenfold increase in just a decade.
Romanians have also represented the biggest group of new arrivals
since 2016, but nowhere is that more apparent than in Burnt Oak - a suburb
where Romanian is the second most commonly spoken language, and where 56
per cent of school-age children don't speak English as a first language.
When I try to talk to staff at the Romanian supermarkets, many
tell me that they don't speak English.
MULTICULTURALISM SOCIAL COHESION
Do we really have that much in common? [part 1]
UnHerd, 1 May 2019
I wish I had known the late MP, Jo Cox, murdered by an
extremist just a year into what promised to be a long and distinguished
political career. She seemed like my kind of person: leftish without being
tribal, ready to change her mind /.../, and devoted to helping the poor
internationally. She campaigned against anti-Muslim sentiment without being
duped into backing Islamist extremists.
But her death is,
increasingly being used as a way of demanding compliance to a politically
'woke' orthodoxy that will cause the very misery and division she entered
politics to combat. At the risk of seeming insensitive, I think we need to
call a halt to what the French might call the banalisation of her
most well-known message: "We are far more united and have far more in
common than that which divides us." It's just not true.
example, the fact that many Muslims and fundamentalist Christians say they
feel British is often cited as evidence that we are all on the same side in
today's culture wars. But it doesn't explain the inconvenient fact that a
majority of these groups sincerely don't want a gay teacher to stand in
front of their children. The strident chants of the Muslim parents at the
school gates won't be drowned out by another rendering of "Kumbaya" even if
backed by other groups who might share their concerns, such as Orthodox
Jews or evangelical Christians.
I think Jo Cox recognised that
social cohesion does not come naturally. ... ... At the heart of her
message was a recognition that some sincerely held differences will never
be wished away by metropolitan intellectuals. If you truly respect
diversity, you cannot just brush those differences aside.
all too many cases, authorities, public and private are being bullied into
pretending that these significant cultural differences do not really exist.
Even now, for example, authorities in towns such as Rotherham and Rochdale
remain reluctant to associate the child grooming scandals with social norms
within the largely Pakistani Muslim neighbourhoods in which they took
This is odd; because these are often the very same
authorities who defend 'multiculturalism', by which they mean accepting
that some ethnic communities' divergent historic traditions may take
precedence over prevailing mainstream norms. Some try to square the circle
by airily asserting that time will bring us together. If so, I'd say that
the change must be so slow as to be imperceptible.
To take a simple
but disturbing example: in many parts of the world the practice of
"cousin-marriage" is legally prohibited China, Korea, half of the
United States. Yet in some British communities the practice of
cousin-marriage is regarded as unexceptional, and indeed desirable. There
are fears that 'consanguinity' may be contributing to a rumoured increase
in debilitating conditions among babies in these groups. But any widespread
discussion of the cost, human and economic, of this phenomenon, has yet to
take place for fear of 'stigmatising' such groups. ...
MULTICULTURALISM SOCIAL COHESION
Do we really have that much in common? [part 2]
UnHerd, 1 May 2019
I could have chosen any of half a dozen examples of the
pernicious real-world impact of the "more in common" delusion. It has led
to silence on the racial factors in street grooming of white children, in
knife crime, and in chronic educational failure all of which are
social issues that impose costs on everyone.
In each of these
areas, even as the chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, I
found it almost impossible to commission research on for example
the reasons behind the educational out-performance of Asian children
compared with other minority groups a fact attested to by the
government's own data. Nervousness about acknowledging racial difference
that cannot simply be attributed to white prejudice prevents companies from
collecting data that might help them to improve service to customers. It
blocks systematic inquiry into the growing certainty that computer
algorithms are daily making biased decisions.
The fiction is clung
to most fiercely by liberal opinion particularly white liberal
opinion. Such behaviour on the part of whites can it is said
be put down to their innate racism. We minority Britons, according to the
liberal mind, should show no such prejudice. But surveys of friendship
circles consistently make the same finding that left to our devices,
and absent economic pressures or obvious discrimination, minority Britons
typically choose to spend our time with others like ourselves. Asian
Britains are five times as likely as they should be to socialise with other
Asians, Black Britons eight times as likely to socialise with other blacks.
And there is little sign that such preferences are fading among the
young; if you don't believe me, stand outside any multiracial secondary
school at the end of the day and count the number of single race groups
walking home compared with the number of mixed groups. That's why, as one
(white) American diversity trainer points out, the worst thing you can say
to a person of colour is "I don't see you as black (or Asian)" or the just
slightly less patronising "Young people are so much more open, they don't
see race". If you really believe that nonsense you should have gone to
Yes, we may all aspire to peace and prosperity, love
our families and, want to build comfortable homes and neighbourhoods. But
however much we wish it were not so, we really aren't the same. And where
ethnic and cultural groups sincerely hold different views on, for
example, attitudes to women or homosexuality we need to accept that
the gulf may never be bridged; either you believe that LGBT people are
equal or you don't.
The things that unite us may be many and
various but some matters that divide us are decisive, literally
black and white, and the sooner we admit it the better. I am sure there is
work to do to understand and to navigate the divides; and to decide what to
do when compromise proves impossible. But that work can't even be started
until everybody stops pretending that we are all the same under the skin.
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION, SCOTLAND
Almost half of Scots think immigration levels are too high - poll
The Scotsman, 29 April 2019
A growing number of Scots believe that too many people are
entering the UK, according to a new poll.
In a study conducted by
YouGov for The Times, 45% of 1,029 respondents said that the level of
immigration into Britain over the last few years has been too high.
A total of 37% of respondents said they thought the level has been
"about right", with 6% saying they thought the level was too low, whilst
11% said they did not know whether the level was right or not.
study, carried out last week, highlighted a rise in the number of people
over the last year who think immigration levels are too high.
Analysis in June 2018 found that 38% of respondents believed that
immigration levels were too high.
Research suggests that 45% of
people who voted Yes in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum believe
that immigration is too high.
A total of 77% of Leave voters in the
Brexit referendum said they thought the level is too high, whilst
Conservative voters are most likely to be opposed to more immigration, with
65% stating that view.
New definition of Islamophobia could cripple war on terror in UK, warns former terror boss
The Sun, 29 April 2019
Britain's war on terror could be crippled if Ministers cave
into MPs and accept a new controversial definition of islamophobia, an
ex-terror tsar warns.
Lord Carlile said the form of words
describing Islamophobia as a 'type of racism that targets expressions of
Muslimness' would hamper efforts to stop and search extremists at ports and
returning ISIS fighters.
The peer said it would hold back the
evolution of counter-terror law and instead see measures to stop terrorists
The Policy Exchange think tank claimed the
definition could see the Government, police and even the judiciary branded
"institutionally islamophobic" for policies already in practice.
Lord Carlile the UK's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation
from 2001 to 2011 said: "Successful and accepted counter-terrorism measures
would run the risk of being declared unlawful.
"It would lead to a
judicial review litigation that would hold back the evolution of better
counter-terrorism law and practice hand in hand with strengthened religious
MPs proposed the definition at the end of last year.
DIVERSITY CULTURE, MUSIC
I've had enough of the narrow-minded diversity police
Daily Telegraph, 29 April 2019
The other evening, listening to a concert on Radio 3 by the
National Youth Orchestra, one heard the authentic voice of the new
morality. Before the concert began a young lady stepped in front of the
band to inform everybody the programme they had planned was "vibrant", and
represented the "cultural diversity" of the musicians, and the orchestral
tradition in general. Jolly good.
Yet as the works they were about
to play were written by composers from the Americas, north and south, and
the conductor was Mexican, it is reasonable to assume the audience had
taken that much for granted. And surely it is for us, the listeners, to
judge whether a performance is "vibrant". On this occasion it wasn't,
Nevertheless, the lady felt obliged to encourage
people how to think, or feel, in the interests of "diversity". ...
We can agree that an open mind is generally better than a closed
one. But is "diversity", interpreted in the approved modern sense, always a
force for good in a cultural context? How much diversity social,
religious, ethnic was there in Quattrocento Florence, Elizabethan
England or 19th-century Paris? Somehow those people, clothed as they were
in prejudice of all kinds, managed to leave their mark. ...
survey of the greatest cultural achievements of the Western world indicates
that, where genius is concerned, diversity counts for little. You could, if
you wished, argue that in the years between 1770, when Beethoven was born
in Bonn, and 1828, when Schubert died, Vienna supplied more to ennoble the
human spirit than some nations have managed in 2,000 years. It would be an
unfashionable argument, but it wouldn't necessarily be wrong.
'UK's new immigration system post-Brexit will benefit Indian students, workers'
The Hindu Business Line, 26 April 2019
Indian students and workers, including the low-skilled work
force, will benefit from the new immigration system to be implemented by
the UK after it exits the European Union, British High Commissioner to
India Dominic Asquith has said.
"The changes being planned in the
immigration system will be better for students who will have a longer time
after finishing their studies to look for a job in the UK. It will also be
better for workers with a lower skill threshold. ...
The UK is
finalising the immigration white paper which will shape the future
migration system after the country's exit from the EU this year.
Last year, over 19,500 students from India received study visas,
which was a 70 per cent increase over visas issued two years before, the
High Commissioner said.
The movement of skilled workers from India
to the UK increased at the fastest rate in 2018 and over 55,000 skilled
work visas were issued to Indian nationals. The visas for Indian skilled
workers were more than all other countries combined, Asquith pointed out.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, EUROPEAN UNION
Over 1.55 billion euros has been spent on the migrant cards
Hungarian Government, 26 April 2019
"Over two million people have received anonymous migrant cards,
and the equivalent of 500 billion forints (1.55 bn euros) has been spent in
this manner", Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister György
Bakondi said on Hungarian M1 television's Friday morning current affairs
Mr. Bakondi said the migrant cards are unlawful, because
European citizens cannot own anonymous banking cards, they cannot be
monitored, and no public procurement procedure was launched for their
"This solution, which 'has not been thought through and is
unlawful', and other efforts on the part of the European Union to legalise
illegal migration such as the migrant visa and the establishment of legal
channels for immigration, represent a security risk with healthcare,
economic and cultural consequences for Hungarian and European citizens', he
In the Chief Security Advisor's opinion, they don't want to
stop migration, but legalise it. "Hungary, however, does not agree with
this. Hungary's opinion is that the problem must not be brought into
Europe, but that instead, assistance must be provided to enable problems to
be solved on site", he added.
POLITICS CONSERVATIVE PARTY
To hell with what the public want on migration
Conservative Woman, 25 April 2019
In 1997 net migration was 48,000. It almost trebled to 140,000
in 1998 and has not fallen below 100,000 a year since. The Labour
government's reaction to the mass immigration they had unleashed was
astonishingly a continual easing of restrictions on work migration, the
theory being that migrants were an economic and social boon. ...
fairness to the Tories, they took heed of the increasing public disquiet
felt for the unprecedented scale of immigration and committed to dealing
with it. In a speech to the Conservative Party in April 2011, David Cameron
explained why the 2010 election manifesto included the promise to reduce
net migration to its pre-1997 levels. He pointed to the fact that easing
restrictions on economic migration after 1997 had, by 2009, resulted in
'2.2 million more people coming to live in this country than had left to
In the same speech Cameron (bearing in mind that
Theresa May was Home Secretary) repeated the election promise: 'But with
us, our borders will be under control and immigration will be at levels our
country can manage. No ifs. No buts. That's a promise we made to the
British people. And it's a promise we are keeping.' The promise was of
course also made in both the 2015 and 2017 general elections. I should add
that it is a policy that almost three-quarters of the public would still
like to see kept.
But it seems promises are made to be broken. The
Home Secretary has effectively abandoned any notion of achieving net
migration below 100,000, while the Chancellor has publicly encouraged both
the EU and British business to demand more concessions on immigration when
the trade talks get under way. ...
The Government appear not only
to have reverted to Labour's mantra of economic migration being an
unalloyed benefit but also added another of 'To hell with the wishes of the
We estimate that annual net migration will be
about 270,000 (approximately 10 per cent below its five-year average) if
the minimum salary for skilled workers is kept at £30,000 a year.
However, in the likely event that a lower salary limit of £25,000 or
even £21,000 were to be adopted, millions more jobs would be opened to
worldwide competition and net migration would head towards its previous
peak of around a third of a million a year. The proportion of foreign
inflows that were non-EU would be nearly three-quarters compared to
two-thirds over recent years.
In arriving at our estimates, we have
not even included the additional impact that will result from expanding the
Youth Mobility Scheme to EU citizens nor the significant numbers likely to
take advantage of a temporary low-skill work visa (allowing access for up
to a year); this visa has been designed to bring low-paid workers into the
labour market while keeping them out of the long-term UK immigration
... Can the public be blamed for being deeply
angered at the sight of both Labour and the Tories running roughshod over
their well-founded concerns, with some 38 million still wishing to see
migration reduced to the tens of thousands?
IMMIGRATION ABROAD AUSTRALIA
Top economist claims immigration is soaring because government is afraid to offend business lobby and ethnic groups despite promises to cut numbers
Daily Mail Australia, 25 April 2019
An economist who sits on the board of the Westfield shopping
mall group has blamed big businesses and ethnic lobby groups for
Australia's record high immigration.
Judith Sloan said it appeared
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's government was too afraid to offend
powerful interest groups.
'The Liberal Party or the Coalition
government have really dropped the ball on this,' she told Sky News on
'They are clearly beholden to what I'd say are the lobby
groups who want a big Australia, bigger Australia.
here about big business, the property developers, universities in
particular, some ethnic groups.'
Mrs Sloan told former Liberal
prime minister Tony Abbott's chief-of-staff Peta Credlin that successive
Coalition governments had made empty promises to reduce immigration,
without offending vested interests.
'They just haven't been
prepared to stand up to them so they've fiddle a bit with the permanent
numbers but not really,' she said.
In March, Mr Morrison vowed to
slash Australia's permanent net annual immigration rate from 190,000 to
This occurred after Australia's net annual immigration
rate, which includes permanent arrivals and international students, stood
at a five-year high of 299,190, as of February.
'In the meantime,
we've got this completely out-of-control intake of temporary entrants,' Mrs
'When I say temporary, some of them are here for a
decade at least and then some, of course, transfer from being temporary to
permanents anyway and the biggest growing group has been the international
Last year, Australia accepted 876,399 international
students, Department of Education and Training data showed. ...
Sloan, who is also a columnist with The Australian, said net annual
immigration, averaging at more than 250,000 a year, made up two-thirds of
Australia's population growth, with the rest coming from births.
'Which is just extraordinary. We're adding the equivalent of
Canberra every year.'
Australia's net annual immigration pace is
more than triple the 20th century average of 70,000, Australian Bureau of
Statistics figures show.
It rose above 100,000 in 2002 and surged
above 200,000 in 2012, which was followed by five years of double-digit
house price growth in Sydney and Melbourne. ...
population surpassed the 25 million milestone in August, 22 years earlier
than predicted in the federal government's first inter-generational report
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, USA
Trump Orders Crackdown on Illegal Aliens Overstaying Their Visas in U.S.
Breitbart, 22 April 2019
President Trump is ordering a crackdown on the hundreds of
thousands of illegal aliens who overstay their visas after arriving in the
United States wit a presidential memorandum.
On Monday, Trump
signed the memorandum, which calls for the State Department and Department
of Homeland Security (DHS) to "immediately begin taking all appropriate
actions" to reduce the overstay rates for all nonimmigrant visas
that is the more than 415,000 illegal aliens who originally arrived in the
U.S. legally but overstayed their visas and have yet to leave.
Specifically, Trump is ordering Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and
DHS officials to provide his administration with recommendations within 120
days on how to effectively cut the number of B-1 and B-2 visa overstays
from countries that have a visa overstay rate higher than ten percent. ...
Djibouti, Chad, Yemen, and Eritrea have the highest B-1 and B-2
visa overstay rates in the U.S. Djibouti, alone, has a visa overstay rate
of nearly 45 percent. Chad has a visa overstay rate of nearly 31 percent,
while Yemen and Eritrea each have an overstay rate above 25 percent. ...
Additionally, the memorandum calls for DHS and the State Department
to develop plans within 120 days to implement an admission bonds program
where nationals arriving in the U.S will be required to pay a bond that
they would be returned when they return to their home country because their
visa has expired. Should a visa holder not return home, the bond amount
would be withheld.
An admission bond policy already exists in
current immigration law, but the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency
has yet to enforce the program in all cases. ...
As of March, there
were more than 415,000 illegal aliens in the U.S. who had overstayed their
visas. This includes more than 300,000 illegal aliens who arrived in the
U.S. from countries that are not part of the Visa Waiver Program, which
allows certain nationals to come to the country for up to 90 days without
obtaining a visa. In total, 20 foreign countries have visa overstay rates
that exceed ten percent. About 40 percent of the 12 to 22 million illegal
aliens living in the country came legally and overstayed their visas,
according to the Center for Immigration Studies.
MULTICULTURALISM DIVERSITY, INTEGRATION
Tony Blair: migrants should be forced to integrate more to combat far right
The Observer, 21 April 2019
Migrant communities must be compelled to do more to integrate
to help combat the rise of "far-right bigotry", Tony Blair has warned.
The former prime minister said that successive governments had
"failed to find the right balance between diversity and integration", while
the concept of multiculturalism has been misused as a way to justify a
"refusal to integrate".
Blair makes the pointed intervention in a
report by his Institute for Global Change, which backs forcing schools to
have an intake that reflects local diversity, creating a compulsory
citizenship programme for teenagers and toughening enforcement against the
perpetrators of hate speech.
It also calls for compulsory
citizenship education, a ban on segregated shift patterns and the creation
of a new cabinet post created to oversee integration. ...
in remarks likely to attract criticism from migrant rights groups, Blair
warns that enforcing greater integration by new arrivals is a crucial part
of solving the issue.
Blair writes: "In this report, we make it
clear that there is a duty to integrate, to accept the rules, laws and
norms of our society that all British people hold in common and share,
while at the same time preserving the right to practise diversity, which is
fully consistent with such a duty.
"Without the right to, for
example, practise one's faith, diversity would have no content; but without
the duty to integrate, 'culture' or 'faith' can be used as a way of
upsetting that basic social contract that binds us together.
"Government cannot and should not be neutral on this question. It
has to be a passionate advocate and, where necessary, an enforcer of the
duty to integrate while protecting the proper space for diversity.
Integration is not a choice; it is a necessity."
BORDER CONTROLS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
It's a dangerous myth we will have more control over borders post Brexit [part 1]
The London Economic, 20 April 2019
If control of our borders and a curb on immigration into the UK
was the tipping point in deciding the result of referendum, those who cast
their vote on that basis may well be surprised at the likely post-Brexit
reality whether there is a deal or not. This, in spite of government
statements supposedly ending freedom of movement.
On the front
line, facing this reality, are a UK Border Force created by Theresa May in
the aftermath of the pre-London Olympics chaos at airport passport
It's a border force that currently is in crisis as is so
clearly illustrated in successive Home Office staff surveys which many
officers refuse to complete as they believe it is a waste of time as no
remedial action is taken.
Morale or lack of it, is clearly a huge
issue while the survey shows there is little trust in Home Office senior
managers and ministers by rank and file officers on the front line.
Chickens, in respect of cuts to the border force, are now coming
home to roost as the Home Office is now frantically attempting to recruit
additional permanent officers to cope with the aftermath of Brexit. ...
It is also worth noting that it takes two years for a
comprehensively trained UKBF officer to become fully competent. ...
The unpalatable fact is that the UK's borders, even before Brexit,
are in a shambolic state. Reports by John Vine and David Bolt, the past and
present Chief Inspectors of borders and Immigration, are frequently damning
and both have complained that these critical reports are often withheld by
the Home Secretary until they can be effectively 'buried' amidst other bad
UKBF officers at Heathrow and other airports complain
that the Home Office priority is queues, with officers frequently being
taken away from customs controls as soon as passenger queues build up.
Queues and a lack of experienced full-time officers can mean that those on
duty feel compelled to 'land' (admit) passengers even though they may be
less than satisfied with their reasons for requiring entry.
wonder then, that despite the occasional 'big seizure,' such is the
shambles at our borders that the UK is awash with drugs as is illustrated
by eels in the Thames becoming 'hyperactive' due to the quantity of cocaine
in the water!!!
For many Brexiteers, the issue of 'freedom of
movement' in respect of EU nationals was a major factor in voting 'leave.'
Thus, those who voted for Brexit would have expected UKBF officers, after
March 29th (or whenever it would happen now) to treat EU nationals in the
same way as non-EU nationals. In other words that they would be examined by
UKBF officers at passport control in order to establish whether they had a
legitimate reason to enter the UK.
That, however, is not going to
happen and there can be no doubt that many leading Brexiteers, notably
former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, would have been only too well aware
during the referendum campaign, that the imposition of firmer controls was
BORDER CONTROLS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
It's a dangerous myth we will have more control over borders post Brexit [part 2]
The London Economic, 20 April 2019
Well before the referendum, seasoned border force officers
calculated that to examine, even briefly, the passport of each arriving EU
national, would cause a logjam of queueing passengers which would stretch
all the way back to the airport gates. ...
EU nationals, it has
therefore been decided, will be able to continue to pass through passport
controls using the 'anonymous' eGates. There will be no check to see if
each EU passenger is entitled to work or have residency here or whether
they are coming to the UK as a genuine visitor. Thus, those who arrive
intending to work illegally or engage in criminality will have 'freedom of
movement' to do so without 'passing under the eyes' of UK law enforcement
simply by using eGates. ...
A number of EU criminals deported from
the UK, find it easy to return as they simply obtain 'genuine' passports in
their own country using another's identity. Only by being directly examined
by a UKBF officer is there any chance of these potentially dangerous
individuals being detected. ...
Brexit, however will weaken our
borders in other ways. According to UKBF officers, in order to reduce
queues several nations will be given 'favoured' status. Hundreds of
thousands of Americans travel to the UK each year and most receive
perfunctory scrutiny by UKBF officers.
However, each year around
1,600 US nationals are refused entry at passport control and returned back
across the Atlantic. These 1,600 include criminals amongst whom are
potential child abusers, political extremists, those with mental health
issues and those intending to overstay. In future all US nationals will be
permitted to by-pass UKBF officers and use eGates thus the UK will almost
certainly have 1,600 individuals entering the UK who will be detrimental to
our national interest.
Australians are another favoured nation who
will be able to use eGates and again, significant numbers are refused entry
by UKBF officers each year. They too will be 'home and dry' by virtue of
being able to able use eGates as will citizens from several other
The issue of migrants/refugees crossing the channel
is small rubber boats is regarded as somewhat of a distraction by border
force officers. The will point out that the numbers are just several
hundred strong, yet their real concern features non-EU nationals who enter
the UK as visitors, either with a visa or not and who do not return within
their allotted time. ...
The National Crime Agency have voiced
their concern as to the damage caused to the UK by foreign criminal
networks; Chilean gangs have been recently involved in violent home
invasions, Columbian networks specialise in theft including 'dipping'
(pickpocketing) while Albanian organised crime groups, in addition to human
trafficking, are taking over cocaine distribution in many parts of the UK
by forging partnerships with local gangs. All will have passed through UK
border controls. ...
The simple fact is that our border controls
have more holes than a Swiss cheese and that these holes are likely to
increase in both number and size whenever Brexit becomes a reality (and if
it becomes a reality) unless the issues referred to above are addressed.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION VISAS
The Real Illegal Immigration Crisis Isn't on the Southern Border
The Atlantic, 19 April 2019
If curbing illegal immigration is the goal, as politicians in
the United States and Europe argue, then no wall or border fence will stop
the West's largest source of such immigrants. They are not the subject of
televised debates or of long stories highlighting their plight. Many are
invisible, making them hard to count, and little attention is paid to them.
The group in question? Visa overstays.
immigrants, who enter countries legally on student, tourist, or work visas
and then stay past their visa's expiration date, are often overlooked in
the discussion of illegal immigration. But in the past 10 years, visa
overstays in the United States have outnumbered border crossings by a ratio
of about 2 to 1, according to Robert Warren, who was for a decade the
director of the statistics division at the agency that has since been
renamed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and who is now a senior
visiting fellow at the Center for Migration Studies, a New York-based
organization. Elsewhere, the issue is even more pronounced in
Britain and Australia, the absence of a land border of the kind the United
States has with Mexico and Canada means that nearly all illegal immigration
comes in the form of visa overstays. Most people who are in Britain
illegally, for example, entered legally and simply stayed on after their
visa expired, research by Oxford University's Migration Observatory shows.
Still, none of this has translated into visa overstays becoming a
source of anti-immigrant sentiment. ...
"It's right out there in
the news, and you can see people" crossing borders, Warren told me. "With
the overstayers, people will be tourists and they'll come here, and they'll
either join relatives or they'll join people they know, and they'll get a
job, and they're not visible." ...
That could be changing, however,
at least in the U.S. ...
In the U.S., visa overstays have exceeded
illegal border crossings in each of the past seven years. /.../ But
tracking people who enter the U.S. legally until they leave is difficult.
The Department of Homeland Security conducted its own analysis for fiscal
year 2017, and its estimate was 702,000 overstayers. (To be clear, that
number is a small fraction, 1.33 percent, of the more than 50 million
people who arrive in the U.S. each year on valid visas.)
the reason the numbers are hard to track is that visitors' visas are not
checked as they exit some countries and, when they are, the system is
either incomplete or problematic. ... in the U.K., which instituted exit
checks in 2015, the process has been called "shambolic."
POPULATION PRESSURE PUBLIC OPINION, GOVERNMENT
Is keeping immigration promises too much to expect?
Conservative Woman, 17 April 2019
The impact on every citizen's quality of life of a burgeoning
population is massive and I make no apology for revisiting the issue, for
it concerns the great majority of people in this country. Indeed, 64 per
cent of the public told YouGov last year that the official estimate of
future population growth (a projected rise of nearly seven million people
by 2041) was too high. Can anyone seriously claim that the public's worries
are not justified?
Immigration levels (net UK inflows averaged
approximately 250,000 over the past decade) are now the main reason for our
rapid population growth. This means more congestion on our roads and added
pressure on the transport network (research has shown the UK is already one
of the ten worst countries on the planet for road congestion) and on our
schools, our hospitals and GP surgeries. As for housing, population growth,
driven largely by immigration, will continue to be the main force behind
most new demand for housebuilding. If net migration to England continues at
its present annual rate (it has averaged just under 215,000 over the past
decade), one home will have to be built every six minutes just to cope with
the added demand resulting from new arrivals. ...
More than 80 per
cent of population growth between 2001 and 2016 was as a result of
migration and the subsequent children of migrants. Such direct and indirect
immigration added one million to the UK population every three years. In
just 15 years that means a population increase of five million people
equivalent to five Birminghams or ten Liverpools. ...
this why the ONS has repeatedly underestimated projected population growth?
A decade ago it estimated that the UK population would not reach 64 million
by 2017. In fact, by mid-2017, the UK population exceeded 66 million.
Understating the reality of rapid population growth is baffling.
The public realise that England is already one of the most crowded nations
in the EU. Polling conducted in 2016 (when the population was more than a
half a million lower) suggested that nearly three-quarters of the public
thought the UK was already crowded; they experience the impact for
Persistent underestimation of trends by a
respected body like the ONS can only further undermine public confidence in
the ability and willingness of the Government to deal with the high levels
of immigration. A poll published last year found that only 17 per cent of
the public trust the government to tell the truth about immigration either
all or most of the time; the figure was even lower for MPs at 13 per cent.
In their 2010 manifesto, the Conservatives committed to
reducing net migration to the 'tens of thousands'. It was a promise they
repeated in their 2015 and 2017 manifestos. Seventy-three per cent of UK
adults (equivalent to 38 million people) support this happening, according
to a poll conducted last summer. ...
The need to restore public
confidence on immigration is clear. Obfuscating its true level and the
population growth that results can only add to the public's distrust of the
EXTREMISM ISLAM, GERMANY, UK
Germany confirms Islamic Relief ties to Muslim Brotherhood
The National [UAE], 17 April 2019
German officials have accused Islamic Relief Worldwide of
"significant" connections to the underground Muslim Brotherhood, triggering
concerns among politicians over the diversion of official funds to
A submission to the Bundesrat revealed that the powerful
Federal Court of Audit was examining official grants to Islamic Relief,
which was founded in Birmingham, UK, that totalled 6.1 million in the
years to 2016. The response said Islamic Relief was connected to Muslim
Brotherhood groups not only in Europe but around the world.
MP Oliver Luksic said the answer was deeply alarming. "It is a scandal that
German taxpayers' money is going to go to Islamists," he said. ...
The United Arab Emirates designated Islamic Relief Worldwide as a
terrorist organisation in 2014 over its global links to the Muslim
The announcement of a German review into official
funding of Brotherhood-related groups comes amid growing concern over the
spreading influence of the group in the country. The most recent published
intelligence assessment said that there were an estimated 1,040 Brotherhood
activists active in the country. It further said the group exerted active
control over 50 mosques or Islamic centres. ...
On its website, the
group sets out its history of working with governments since it was founded
in Britain by Egyptian Hany El Banna. It became the first specialist Muslim
charity to gain British government funding for projects in Africa in 1994.
It signed a framework partnership with the EU in 2002 and became a
member of the UK's Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) which distributes
funds from nationwide appeals in 2005. In Britain alone its annual Ramadan
campaign raises more than £10 million annually. ...
Beck, a Green Party politician, said the Brotherhood had built up ties with
the main Islamic body for German Turks, using a conference organised in
Cologne late last year as a platform for pan-European ambitions. "At the
conference at the Islamic centre in Cologne there was the presence of the
Muslim Brotherhood," he said. "This event is quite interesting and a bit
terrifying. They are not anymore trying to organise the Muslims in Germany
but on a European level."
DIVERSITY THEATRE, RACISM, DISCRIMINATION
The Hollow Crown of Reigning Sentiment
Quadrant, 14 April 2019
The precise date of the discovery by theatre directors that
they are greater than Shakespeare cannot be specified: the discovery was
more a process than an event. But by the time I saw a production of
Richard II at the Almeida Theatre a few weeks ago, the superior
genius of any director over that of Shakespeare was an established
principle and indisputable fact. ...
But if I had an elevated
conception of Shakespeare, how naive and mistaken I was! I knew nothing of
Richard II the play, that is, not the king until I saw
the production by Joe Hill-Gibbins. How narrow had been my previous
conception of it! ...
We come now to the very delicate question of
the over-representation of black actors in productions such as this (and
many others). They are now included in casts out of all proportion to their
number in the general population, and unlike such disproportion in
professional football teams, this disproportion is not the consequence of
superior talent or ability. It is quite obviously, but also unmentionably,
the consequence of policy. ...
Moreover, it is agitprop of an
obviously racist variety. The British stage is now riven with racism, if by
racism we mean the tendency to believe that race is and ought to be an
important determinant of policy, for example in the allocation of jobs. And
it is obvious that, lying not very deeply under the positive discrimination
exercised in the casting of plays in British productions, is an attitude of
condescension at best and contempt at worst.
You would never guess
from the British theatre that the largest ethnic minority by far in the
country is of Indian subcontinental origin: it will be a very long time
before you see a Bangladeshi Juliet or a Sikh Angelo. ...
here that we see the implicit condescension or contempt in the positive
discrimination in favour of black actors (of course, there can be no
positive discrimination without negative discrimination, but not all racial
discrimination is equal). They are believed to be people who could not
survive by their own unaided efforts unaided, that is, by the
intellectual keepers of our conscience. They are like household dogs that
could not survive in the wild.
The mental contortions that are now
required of us to be considered, and to consider ourselves, decent
respectable citizens would be enough to baffle Houdini. Some demographic
disproportions must never be alluded to or even noticed, others must be
referred to ad nauseam, and the decent person must know by instinct,
as it were, which is which. Some disparities must be constantly measured,
others persistently ignored. And you must never let your guard down in
discriminating which discriminations are discriminatory. After all,
received wisdom can change as quickly as the enemy during the hate sessions
in Nineteen Eighty-Four.
POLITICS GOVERNMENT, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Think Tank: UK Govt Massively Undercounting Migration Impact on Future Population Growth
Breitbart, 12 April 2019
The British government is significantly underestimating the
likely impact of mass immigration on future population growth, according to
an expert think tank.
Lord Andrew Green of Deddington, Chairman of
Migration Watch UK, has questioned why the Office for National Statistics
(ONS) is basing its new "principal population projection" on international
net migration to England of 152,000 per year.
This would increase
the population of England, the largest and most populous of Britain's Home
Nations, to over 60 million by 2032, well up on the 2016 estimate of 55.3
Staggering though these figures are, Lord Green
believes they hugely underestimated the speed and scale of the changes
England is undergoing, as average net immigration to the country is
actually well in excess of 152,000 a year "whether you take the
average of the past five years (246,000 per year) or the average of the
past ten years (213,000 per year)."
Writing in The
Telegraph, the former diplomat and Royal Green Jackets officer said it
would be "much more realistic to use what the ONS calls its 'high migration
scenario' (based on net migration to England of 215,000 per year) which
would see England's population rise not by 4.8 million between 2016 and
2032 (as in the principal projection) but by 5.9 million" a
difference, he points out, of "well over a million people."
and again the government has underestimated projected population growth,"
the cross-bench peer reminded readers.
"A decade ago they estimated
that the UK population would not reach 64 million by 2017. In fact, by
mid-2017, the UK population exceeded a record 66 million."
Green warned that any attempt to deliberately "downplay the reality of
rapid population" could only "backfire", and that this latest ONS
"discrepancy" would "further undermine public confidence in the authorities
"A poll published last year found that only 17 per
cent of the public trust the government to tell the truth about immigration
either all or most of the time," he said. ...
Shortly after the
Brexit vote ended his immediate political career, David Cameron's
Chancellor of the Exchequer and chief lieutenant George Osborne revealed
that persistent failure to fulfil immigration promises was a feature,
rather than a bug, of Tory government.
"Over the past seven years,
the Government has not been able to reduce significantly the numbers of
non-Europeans coming here though we could," he admitted openly in
"[N]one of [the Cabinet's] senior members supports the pledge
[to reduce immigration] in private and all would be glad to see the back of
something that has caused the Conservative Party such public grief," he
BENEFITS AND COSTS EU MIGRANTS
EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4bn a year in benefits
The Sun, 11 April 2019
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
Ex-Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith carried
out the study with MigrationWatch UK.
He said: "It is no surprise
they didn't want to release the figures."
IMMIGRATION RESIDENCE, EU MIGRANTS
More than 400,000 EU nationals apply to stay in UK after Brexit
The Guardian / Press Association, 11 April 2019
More than 400,000 European nationals have applied to secure
their stay in the UK after Brexit, the Home Office has disclosed.
The number of applications received by the EU settlement scheme has
increased by about 200,000 since it went live at the end of last month.
More than 230,000 people applied during test phases before the full
launch on 30 March.
The Home Office also announced that 57
organisations would receive funding to help vulnerable applicants.
Up to £9m has been set aside to ensure support is available to
an estimated 200,000 individuals who may be marginalised or need extra help
submitting their application. ...
The settlement scheme is open to
citizens of EU member states plus those from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
and Switzerland, as well as their family members.
applicants are granted immigration status confirming their right to
continue living and working in the UK indefinitely.
People who have
lived continuously in the UK for five years or more can obtain settled
status. Those who have lived in the UK for less than five years can acquire
pre-settled status, which can later be converted into settled status. ...
Government estimates indicate that between 3.5 million and 4.1
million European Economic Area citizens and their family members could be
eligible to apply to the scheme by the end of 2020.
IMMIGRATION POPULATION GROWTH
Uncontrolled immigration helped trigger Brexit - How ironic our self obsessed MPs have forgotten it
Daily Mail, 11
Almost three years after the EU referendum, it's odd how little
talk there is about immigration. Yet before the vote many politicians and
much of the media were obsessed with the subject.
Is it because,
despite the Brexit process driving many of us bonkers, people assume
immigration has been sorted out? After all, concern about its uncontrolled
nature was a major factor possibly the main one behind the
I'm afraid any thought that our marvellous Government
is quietly attending to the challenges of reducing immigration, while
tussling so hopelessly with all other aspects of Brexit, is wide of the
While it's true that immigration from inside the EU is
sharply down, this has nothing to do with the Government. Meanwhile, non-EU
immigration is running at a 15-year high. The upshot is that overall
numbers coming here are not far off record levels.
In the year to
September 2018, net immigration to the UK was 283,000 which is
nearly three times the Tories' much trumpeted target (which has not been
dropped) of an annual maximum of 100,000. ...
On Tuesday an
estimate crept out of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which
suggests that this impartial organisation assumes immigration is likely to
continue at a high rate for the foreseeable future. ...
prediction one prefers, the number of people living in England seems likely
to rocket in a brief time, with much, if not most, of the increase
concentrated in London and the South East, already one of the most densely
populated areas in the world.
That means more demand on new
housing, almost half of which may be attributable to immigration. It means
more trains in which passengers are crammed together like sardines, and it
means even more congested roads.
And, unless the Government
miraculously gets its act together, a sudden population explosion of this
magnitude will entail a growing shortage of school places, longer waits in
hospitals and GP surgeries, and ever greater pressure on power and water
Yet at the same time non-EU immigration which
the authorities are in principle able to control has been soaring.
One reason is that more people are coming here from Asia for work-related
There's absolutely no evidence that this stricken
Government is prepared to regulate the flow. On the contrary. If the recent
White Paper on immigration after Brexit becomes the basis of future policy,
it's likely that numbers coming to this country will increase still
And it seems to me extraordinary that, in the heated
debate about the shortage of houses for young people, the role which
unrestrained immigration has played in helping to create this unhappy state
of affairs is almost never mentioned.
Net migration will see 'England's population hit 60 million by 2029 with the South East and London bearing the brunt of the growth'
Mail, 10 April 2019
The number of people living in England will top 60 million by
2029 unless immigration levels fall radically, an official assessment said
The 60 million figure is an increase of more than four
million over the most recent estimates and indicates that Brexit turmoil
and questions over future migration rules have yet to curb the growth in
The estimate was published by the Office for National
Statistics, which said that in 2029 numbers in England will reach
60,207,000 if high migration levels continue.
Its projection is
based on the assumption that net migration the number of people
added to the population each year after both immigration and emigration
have been counted will continue at 215,000.
The most recent
recorded figure for current net migration for the 12 months to
September 2018 was nearly a third higher at 283,000. ...
population projections also account for birth and death rates and life
expectancy, as well as movement within the country.
They show that
population pressure will continue to be at its greatest in London and
southern England, where there is deepening concern over high housing prices
and rents, poor transport and road congestion, a shortage of school places,
and supplies of power and water. The growing numbers of people will add to
pollution from traffic fumes and other sources, and increase demand for
building on countryside. ...
It said that the population of
England, put at 55,268,000 in 2016, would under its 'principal'
immigration projection rise by 5.9 per cent to 58,506,000 by
mid-2026. But the 'principal' figure used by the ONS is based on net
migration of 152,000 a year, a level unknown since the 1990s.
the 'high' migration estimate, which uses the 215,000 a year figure, the
2026 England population would be 59,172,000, and by 2029 the figure would
be 60,207,000. This would mean an increase of 8.9 per cent on 2016 levels.
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION
Majorities from EVERY generation and ethnic group want to cut immigration, survey finds
The Sun, 8 April 2019
A majority across every generation, ethnic group and even
Remain supporters want to reduce immigration, a mass survey voters has
Findings by the new Tory think tank Onward revealed majority
backing for controlling numbers even among 18-24 year-olds - who back it by
38 to 36 per cent.
An even higher proportion of Remainers back
cutting immigration - with 40 per cent in support and 34 per cent against -
the same numbers among Asian voters.
But in a finding that will
deliver shock-waves through the Tory party, Labour currently enjoys an
eight-point lead on immigration among all age-groups.
TERRORISM EXTREMIST VIOLENCE
Who Commits Most of the World's Extremist Violence?
City Journal, 8 April 2019
The idea that white supremacist violence is a growing global
threat has gained more currency recently, notably in the wake of the
ghastly Christchurch mosque massacre, when an avowed white nationalist
murdered 50 Muslims. New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for
instance, asserted that "White supremacists committed the largest # of
extremist killings in 2017." No one will deny that racial hatred is an evil
ideology, and that people who kill in the name of white supremacy commit
evil but is it true that white extremists are sowing a growing
amount of worldwide mayhem?
The evidence suggests otherwise. Even a
superficial glance at the record indicates that of the nearly 20,000 people
killed in thousands of extremist killings in 2017, white supremacists were
responsible for very few. ...
White nationalists committed none of
the above violent acts of extremist killing, and that's nothing remarkable:
almost all the world's extremist violence is concentrated in a handful of
regions, where very few white people live. In areas where whites do live
(America, Canada, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand), white nationalists do
indeed perpetrate a significant proportion of the relatively uncommon acts
of extremist violence. Again, this is unsurprising, because whites make up
the overwhelming majority of the population there. ...
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that white supremacists were responsible for the most
extremist killings of 2017, she was obviously wrong, by at least two and
maybe three orders of magnitude (if she meant worldwide, which is unclear
from her tweet). There were at least 8,500 such incidents worldwide that
year, and white supremacists accounted for perhaps 15 or 20 of them,
depending how you count. ...
The Wall Street Journal, citing
the U.S. Extremist Crime Database, reports that the frequency of violent
hate crime in the United States has been about the same for 50 years. White
supremacy is insane and immoral, and it may be a significant threat. But it
doesn't account for anywhere near the preponderance of global extremist
violence, though one might get a different impression from recent coverage.
Furious dancers are kicked out of renowned troupe for the over-60s for being WHITE so bosses can hire more black and Asian athletes
on Sunday, 7 April 2019
As a renowned dance troupe made up entirely of over-60s
performers, Company of Elders has won acclaim across the globe.
now longstanding members of the troupe have been told they have to leave to
make way for more black and Asian recruits.
The decision by the
prestigious Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, which runs the contemporary
dance company, has been attacked as sacrificing the wellbeing of current
members many in their 70s and 80s on the 'altar of political
Until now members have been able to stay with the
company as long they can perform. ...
The news of the forced
retirements is said to have come as a 'bombshell'. ...
new rules, anyone who has been with the troupe for ten years or more has
been told they can stay for only another three years. Those who have been
there for less than ten years can stay for another five.
spokesman for Sadler's Wells said the plan was to encourage 'people from
BAME [black and minority ethnic] backgrounds... to join'. ...
Trevor Phillips, the former chairman of the Equality and Human
Rights Commission said: 'If you are genuinely interested in diversity one
of the things you will not do is reduce the range of ages you have in the
company. It's a bit scandalous to play off one minority group people
of colour against another minority group older dancers.' ...
Sadler's Wells has been given £9.8 million of public funds
from the Arts Council for the period 2018 to 2022.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD HATE CRIME, USA
Finley: America's hate crime surge is a hoax
Detroit News, 7 April 2019
It's been repeated so often it's taken as fact: Hate crimes
have soared over the past two years, and the blame rests with President
Donald Trump and supporters inspired by his hateful rhetoric.
a compelling story, supported by statistics that show an increase of 17% in
the number of hate crimes reported to the FBI during the Trump presidency.
But it isn't true. The surge has little to do with Trump and his
red hat brigade. This according to Will Reilly, a Kentucky State University
associate professor, who extensively researched hate-fueled violence in
America for his book Hate Crime Hoax.
"Almost all of that surge is
due to the simple fact that in 2017 the number of police departments
reporting hate crimes to the FBI increased by 1,000," says Reilly. "The
surge narrative is pretty dishonest."
And destructive. The
perception that hate-filled mobs are roaming the streets attacking
minorities, gay and transgender people and other vulnerable citizens in the
name of Donald Trump keeps us on edge and makes us distrustful of our
It also creates a gullibility that that allows us to
believe things we should know aren't true. Like Jussie Smollett's
ridiculous tale of being attacked by two MAGA-hat-wearing thugs on a frigid
Chicago street. ...
Smollett's fake hate crime is not a one-off.
Reilly's research finds that most high-profile hate crimes over the past
few years have turned out to be hoaxes.
Reilly studied 409 reported
hate crimes over the past five years that received media attention. ...
"In major cases, almost all of them have been hoaxes," Reilly says.
"The number of hate crime hoaxes actually exceeds the number of
convictions. The majority of these high-profile incidents never happened."
It's also a false narrative that white cops are targeting African
American men, Reilly says.
In 2015, he says, of the 1,200 Americans
killed by police, just 258 were black, and only 17 of those were unarmed
and shot by white officers. And yet, his research indicates just 10 percent
of the media coverage of police violence focused on the non-black victims.
"White guys shot by police under identical circumstances never
become national stories," Reilly say.
The distorted coverage has
helped give rise to social movements such as Black Lives Matter that are
based more on perception than reality.
"It's worth noting that
interracial crime is not a huge threat in America," says Reilly, who is
African American. "Eighty-five percent of whites are killed by other
whites. Ninety-four percent of blacks are killed by other blacks."
Americans may be politically divided. But they aren't taking their
disagreements to the streets. Nor have they created a dangerous environment
for certain groups of their fellow citizens.
"Portraying America as
a hate-filled country is wildly inaccurate," Reilly says.
IMMIGRATION DEPENDANTS, VISAS
Visa grants to dependants of non-EU migrants
Migration Watch UK, 4 April 2019
1. There were 152,000 family-related visa and permit grants to
non-EEA nationals in 2018 - the highest since 2010. Such grants averaged
155,200 per year between 2005-18. They can be split into three
a. Visas for dependants
of non-EEA migrants who are in the UK on other visas (averaging 82,600
per year - 53% of the total)
b. Spousal / partner / child /
elderly dependant visas for the non-EEA relatives of UK citizens /
settled migrants (averaging 47,800 per year - 31% of the total).
c. EEA family permits for the close and extended non-EEA family
of EEA migrants in the UK (averaging 24,800 per year - 16% of
the total). ...
3. As noted above, there were
around 70,000 grants of leave to remain for dependants of non-EEA migrants
in 2018. ... nearly half (47%) of dependants who arrived in the year to
September 2018 (excluding asylum dependants / family members of refugees)
were from South Asia. Another 10% were from East Asia and 10% were from the
Middle East. 9% were from North America and 8% were from sub-Saharan
5. ... 61% of nearly 50,000 work dependants in the year
to September 2018 originated from South Asian countries. The next largest
categories of work dependants were from North America and East Asia,
accounting for 10% and 9% of the total respectively. ...
19. ... in
the year to September 2018, 40% of the family visas issued to children and
elderly dependant relatives were granted those from Sub-Saharan Africa,
while 17% each were issued to those from South Asia and the Middle East
IMMIGRATION SUB-SAHARAN AFRICANS
At least a MILLION Sub-Saharan Africans have moved to Europe since 2010, figures reveal - and up to 75% of people in some African nations want to move to another
MailOnline, 2 April 2019
At least a million migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have moved
to Europe since 2010, new data has revealed.
According to a Pew
Research Center analysis of data from Statista, Europe's statistical
agency, more and more migrants from Africa have sought entry to Europe over
the past decade.
The Pew Research Centre noted around 970,000
sub-Saharan migrants legally moved to Europe between 2010 and 2017.
In fact, the number of migrants entering Europe has grown at such a
rate that the figure is now estimated to be well in excess of one million
arrivals since 2010.
The data shows that most years since 2010 have
witnessed a rising inflow of sub-Saharan asylum applicants in Europe.
According to the Pew Research Centre, Sub-Saharan Africans also
most commonly moved to Europe as international students and resettled
refugees, through family reunification and by other means.
carried out among several African nations showed that many more would move
to another country if the means and opportunity arose.
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 (360,000).
IMMIGRATION ABROAD EUROPEAN UNION
EU Plots 'Proactive Approach' for Boosting Legal Migration to Europe
Breitbart, 2 April 2019
Europe must take a "proactive approach" to increasing the level
of immigration to the bloc, according to a new European Commission report
proclaiming migrants would become "increasingly important" in the EU
strategy for economic growth.
According to a 'fitness check' of
European laws on legal immigration, adopted on Friday as part of Brussels'
Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) scheme, current EU rules were
said to be "largely fit for purpose".
However a number of
supposedly "critical issues" resulting in the rules having only a "limited
impact vis-à-vis the overall migration challenges that Europe is
facing" were identified by the Commission in its assessment.
Asserting that authorities in Brussels are working towards
developing a "common legal migration policy" which would be forced on every
country in the bloc, the report called for "a wide range of measures" in
order to reach this goal.
Many of the issues identified focused on
achieving greater "harmonisation" of rules across EU nations or the
removal of national sovereignty regarding immigration controls with
the goal of creating "a level playing field across member states" in areas
such as admission conditions and so-called human rights including "the
level of rights granted to third-country nationals and on the protection of
In addition to demanding "stronger enforcement" of
minimum 'requirements dictated by Brussels, the assessment also argued that
more efforts were needed to "raise awareness" of EU rules granting 'rights'
to non-European nationals.
Alleging that migration was "likely to
play an increasingly important role in addressing labour and skills
shortages in an ageing European society", one major conclusion of the
'fitness check' was that Europe requires a "more effective approach to
attract highly skilled workers from third countries, as the Commission had
proposed in the Blue Card reform".
While Brussels insists the Blue
Card programme is designed to enable only highly-skilled migration to
Europe, Breitbart London has previously reported how EU documents
acknowledged that the proposed changes aimed at making the prospect
of life in Europe "more attractive" to people in the third world
clearly contradict this, admitting it would be necessary to provide
newcomers with education, employment, and vocational training.
CRIME TAX AND BENEFIT FRAUD, TERRORISM
£80m of British taxpayers' money 'funnelled to al-Qaeda' in decades-long scam
Sara Elizabeth Williams
Daily Telegraph, 1 April 2019
Tens of millions of pounds of British taxpayers' money was used
to fund terrorists including the 7/7 London bombing network and Osama bin
Laden through a UK-based scam that spanned two decades.
investigation by The Sunday Times revealed that a network of British Asians
stole billions of pounds of public money through VAT and benefit fraud,
topping up their gains with mortgage and credit card fraud.
cent on the group's gains, a full £80m, was allegedly funnelled into
al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, with funds reaching the Pakistani
compound stormed by US special forces in the 2011 operation to kill Bin
The scale of the scam is breathtaking: the group netted
around £8bn in public funds alone almost triple the annual
government expenditure on MI5, MI6 and GCHQ.
A web of secrecy still
binds this investigation, which was led by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
and Special Branch, and prevents the story from being told in full.
At least two years before the 7/7 attacks, HMRC identified ties
between the gang defrauding the British public and Shehzad Tanweer, one of
the terrorists involved. At the time, senior HMRC officials declined to use
their intelligence to mount prosecutions and neutralise the gang.
Court orders barring the identification of gang members convicted
of fraud date back at least 10 years, and one customs official has claimed
they were prevented from sharing intelligence with MI5 due to HMRC's desire
to keep tax records confidential.
Following the money led
investigators to successfully charge mid-ranking gang members with fraud
and money laundering, leading to jail terms of more than 100 years for
crimes that cost the taxpayer £100m.
So far, no gang member
has faced any terror charges. ...
The paucity of reporting on the
case is understood to be a result of officials' intentions to ensnare gang
leaders in their investigation. Various kingpins have fled the UK since the
first trial, before they could be arrested.
According to the Crown
Prosecution Service (CPS), nothing can be reported until they return to the
UK to face trial a condition that has some members of the legal
community are crying foul.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, CHILDREN, USA
Unaccompanied Alien Children and the Crisis at the Border
Andrew R. Arthur
Center for Immigration Studies, 1 April 2019
The number of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) apprehended
entering illegally along the Southwest border, which had bottomed out in
April 2017 following the inauguration of Donald Trump, surged almost 685
percent by February 2019. Similarly, the number of UACs deemed inadmissible
at the ports of entry along that border surged 385 percent between March
2017 and February 2019.
... The United Nations has also reported
that the smuggling of aliens is big business for criminal organizations,
valued at $3.7 to $4.2 billion a year. The processing of those migrants has
in addition placed a huge burden on the Border Patrol, both in terms of
manpower and in financial costs for humanitarian aid.
laws and policies encourage UACs to make that trip to the United States,
and encourage the parents and other relatives of those UACs to pay criminal
organizations to bring them to this country. ...
are released to a parent or other family member in this country, the
majority of whom do not have lawful status in the United States. This legal
requirement makes the U.S. government a de facto co-conspirator with the
smuggling organizations. Not surprisingly, the number of UACs from those
non-contiguous countries (especially the Northern Triangle of Central
America (NTCA) countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) has
surged in recent years as family members in the United States and UACs have
exploited this loophole.
Those UACs are supposed to subsequently
appear for removal proceedings in immigration court after release, but
often failed to do so. In fact, in half of all case completions involving
UACs, the alien failed to appear for court, compared to an already high
average of 25 percent for aliens generally. ...
According to ORR,
in FY 2018, 54 percent of all UACs were from Guatemala, 26 percent were
from Honduras, and 12 percent were from El Salvador. Of those UACs, 72
percent were ages 15 and older, with 35 percent being age 17, the cut-off
age under the UAC definition.
CRIME TAX FRAUD, TERRORISM
Taxman kept quiet while £8bn fraud helped fund Osama bin Laden
Sunday Times, 31 March 2019
For years a UK gang infiltrated government agencies and
funnelled cash to al-Qaeda but the watching HMRC kept MI5 in the dark
Gangsters have stolen billions of pounds of British taxpayers'
money and used tens of millions to fund terrorism, according to police and
A network of British Asians based in London,
Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, northwest England and Scotland mounted VAT and
benefit frauds against the exchequer over two decades and made further
gains from mortgage and credit card fraud targeting banks and individuals.
The group netted an estimated £8bn in public money alone.
gang, which has links to the 7/7 London bombings in which 52 people died,
is alleged to have sent 1% of its gains, or £80m, to al-Qaeda in
Pakistan and Afghanistan, where it funded madrasahs, training camps and
other terrorist activities, according to the leaked files.
Terrorism fears as 3,000 UK children a year go to 'jihadi' schools in Pakistan, secret government report reveals
Mail on Sunday, 24 March
A secret Government report has warned that more than 3,000
British children are being taken to Pakistan each year and enrolled in
extremist summer schools.
The chilling Home Office study says
courses at madrasas teach a 'glorified version of jihad', according to a
Officials fear some youngsters will be radicalised and
return to the UK with a warped ideology and pose a terrorism risk.
'It is highly likely that this education in Pakistan, even for
short periods of time, increases the risk of exposure to extremism for
British-Pakistani children,' the source told The Mail on Sunday.
'Enrolment at madrasas poses the greatest risk of exposure to more
serious forms of religious extremism.'
Two of the 7/7 bombers,
Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, enrolled on madrasa courses in
Pakistan a year before they launched their deadly attack in 2005, which
But the security services have established that some
Pakistani parents take their children back to their native homeland during
summer holidays under the pretext of visiting extended family.
reality, they sign them up for lessons at some of Pakistan's estimated
The report says some of those madrasas receive
funds raised in Britain and that UK-based imams have established seminaries
in their ancestral homeland.
CRIME FRAUD, THEFT
How Eastern European gangs fly into UK on 'fraud holidays' to steal thousands of bank details from cash machines before going home 'millionaires'
The Sun, 21 March 2019
Eastern European gangs are flying into Britain to steal
thousands of bank account details from our cash points before returning
home "millionaires", according to police.
One criminal gang alone
harvested details worth more than £3 million in the space of a few
days after cloning card and pin numbers with a skimming device.
This shocking scale of fraud is revealed in a new ITV documentary,
Fraud: How They Steal Your Bank Account, as it follows detectives from a
specialist police unit in a bid to tackle Britain's fastest growing crime.
Detective Superintendent Perry Stokes says: "They are basically
coming over for a very short period of time, a couple of weeks, to commit
wholesale ATM fraud. It's almost like a fraud holiday."
Sergeant Phil Elms adds: "You have these guys coming over into the UK for a
week and can go back millionaires, effectively." ...
Constable Andy Lovett says: "It's over £3 million of estimated losses
and this is just from one criminal gang. There's several of these gangs all
over the country that are operating so this barely touches the surface of
what's happening in the UK."
IMMIGRATION ABROAD IMMIGRANT COSTS, FINLAND
A single Somali migrant costs the Finnish State almost 1 million euros during their lifetime
Voice of Europe, 20 March 2019
A pioneering survey by the think tank Suomen Perusta linked to
the Finns party has estimated lifetime costs associated with Iraqi and
Somali migrants, who constitute the largest groups of so-called
"humanitarian immigration" to Finland, Sputnik News reports.
government-generated statistics, Suomen Perusta calculated that an average
Iraqi migrant moving to Finland between the ages of 20 to 24 is expected to
cost Finland 690,000 ($783,000).
A Somali migrant of the same
age was estimated to be even more expensive, burdening the Finnish state
with 951,000 ($1.08 million).
If child-related issues are
included, the costs rise to 844,000 ($957,000) and 1,343,000
($1.5 million) respectively. For the sake of comparison, the reference mean
value for native-born Finns was set at 0 Euros.
second-generation of migrants who have grown up in Finland were found to
have a rate of social and economic exclusion and income support 6-8 times
higher than native-born Finnish young adults, despite having received basic
education in Finland.
A total of 49 and 50 percent of 22-year-old
Iraqi and Somali migrants were income support recipients, as opposed to
only 11 percent of their Finnish peers, the report found. ...
According to Finland's Migration Board (Migri), almost 5,000 Iraqi
and just under 3,000 Somali asylum seekers received a positive decision
last year alone.
If Suomen Perusta's calculation is true, they will
set Finland back 3.5 billion ($3.9 billion) and 2.9 billion
($3.3) respectively, the newspaper Iltalehti reported.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, DEPORTATION, USA
Why aren't we deporting illegal aliens who already have deportation orders?
Conservative Review, 19 March 2019
We are told by the legal profession that nothing can be done to
block bogus asylum-seekers from entering our country en masse, obtaining
catch-and-release, and remaining here pending the outcome of a court
decision that may be years in coming. But why is the DHS not at least
deporting those who already went through this tedious process and have been
ordered to be deported? Doing so would not only help eliminate public
charge and potential gang members and drug runners for MS-13, it would
deter the current and future wave waiting at the "conveyor belt" through
Mexico from making the trip north.
According to new data obtained
by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) via a FOIA request, there
are 644,488 illegal aliens remaining in our country who have already been
served final deportation orders. And those are just from the top four
countries of origin El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.
/.../ The total number of illegal aliens who remain in the country despite
final deportation orders is 1,009,550.
In addition, there are
roughly 1.1 million others from those four counties who have "pending final
orders" and are close to receiving deportation orders. Those with pending
final orders are usually individuals who have already been ordered deported
by immigration judges but are appealing their case to the Bureau of
Immigration Appeals (BIA), the appellate body of the DOJ's administrative
That is a total of 1.7 million illegal aliens
from Mexico and Central America with final or near-final orders of
deportation. Those numbers are as of June 2018, right before the largest
surge in Central Americans began over that summer and intensified in the
fall of 2018 and winter of 2019. The total number of those ordered deported
or with pending deportation orders for nationals of all countries of origin
is 2.55 million. ...
If we prioritized both DOJ adjudicative
resources and ICE deportation resources for these people more than for
anyone else, it would immediately send the signal back to the next wave in
Central America that we actually enforce our laws, according to Thomas
Homan, former ICE associate director in the Obama administration. "ICE
should do a nationwide operation to locate, arrest, and remove those who
have entered the U.S. illegally, including family units, who have had their
due process, lost their cases, and have been ordered removed by a judge,
said Homan in a statement to CR. "If a final order issued by a federal
judge doesn't mean anything and it isn't executed, then there is no
integrity in the entire system."
Of course, in general, it makes
sense for ICE to prioritize the deportation of the two million known
criminal aliens. But it is well worthwhile to divert resources for a few
months to deport those who are fueling the current boundless migration. ...
How is it that, in 1954, President Eisenhower directly and
indirectly removed over one million illegal aliens in just a few months
without any lawfare, yet we don't have the resources to remove the million
with final deportation orders or the two million known criminal aliens, and
certainly not both? Where there is a will, there is a way.
TERRORISM DOUBLE STANDARDS
New Zealand's ghoulish opportunists
Spiked, 18 March 2019
The bodies of the 50 murdered Muslims were barely cold before
various observers, activists and leftists were naming and shaming those
people who they think 'laid the ground' for this atrocity. And it
apparently includes everyone from alt-right agitators to any mainstream
newspaper columnist who has raised so much as a peep of criticism about
radical Islam. ...
What has been extraordinary in the aftermath of
the deranged racist slaughter in two mosques in New Zealand has been the
way the chattering classes in Western countries have instructed us to do
the kind of thing they tell us not to do in the wake of acts of
Islamist terror. Following Islamist barbarism in Europe and the US in
recent years whether it was the murder of 86 people with a 10-tonne
truck in Nice, or the gunning to death of 90 rock fans in the Bataclan in
Paris, or the bombing of young girls and their parents at the Manchester
Arena the instruction from our betters has been the same every time.
Don't get angry, they say. Don't exaggerate the threat of terrorism, they
counsel. And don't dare suggest that any book or idea, whether it is the
Koran itself or pamphlets handed out at more questionable mosques,
contributed to this attack. 'These killers have nothing to do with Islam',
as the tiresome, silencing mantra goes. Our role after Islamist terror is
to manage our anger, put politics on hold, lay a flower or two, and then go
back to our everyday lives. 'Don't look back in anger', as the anthem went
This time the response could not be more
different. Now we are actively invited to feel anger. Now we are told we
must look for the source material that inspired this hateful individual and
then condemn it and censor it. Now we are told that we must organise
against the new fascism. After Islamist terror the key instruction from the
self-styled guardians of correct moral thought is that we should forget
politics and just grieve. ...
The first striking thing about this
blame game is how much its morbid practitioners sound like McCarthyites and
other 20th-century authoritarians. Just as that old breed of tyrant would
respond to difficult or horrific events by searching for some piece of
literature or idea to blame them on, so the new exploiters of mass murder
are holding up certain newspaper columnists and right-wing shock jocks as
'facilitators' of the new hate and the new barbarism. ...
second striking thing about the response to the attack in New Zealand is
the double standards it has exposed. Not all terror is treated equally. We
know that for sure now. The right-on are far angrier about this than they
ever were about any act of Islamist slaughter of the past few years. /.../
The NZ attack is proof of a rising tide of hatred, they say, and yet they
never said that about the more than 500 people killed in Europe by
supporters of a 7th-century religious death cult over the past five years.
Why this double standard? Why is New Zealand 2019 fascism, but
Paris 2015 was not? Why should this rally us to action, but Paris, Nice,
Toulouse, Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona, Stockholm, Turku, Manchester and
London should not? Why is this evidence of a new hatred we must confront,
but the slaughter of 22 mostly young people in Manchester was not?
Migration statistics: How many asylum seekers and refugees are there in the UK?
House of Commons Library, 18 March
There are a few different ways to quantify the number of asylum
seekers in the UK. The first is the number of people who apply for asylum
In 2018, 37,453 people applied for asylum. This
number has been roughly constant over the past five years and is
substantially lower than in 2002, when the number of applications peaked at
Another approach is to look at the Home Office's
administrative statistics, which show there were 88,848 asylum cases 'in
progress' at the end of June 2018. This takes into account all pending
applications and cases in which the application has been refused but the
applicant has not yet left the country or has secured leave to remain via
A third indicator is the number of people receiving
Section 95 support, which is a weekly stipend given to asylum seekers who
do not have independent means.
At the end of December 2018,
there were 44,258 asylum seekers receiving government support.
Around one third of asylum applications receive an initial decision
within one year. Anyone seeking asylum can appeal an initial decision and,
if this is unsuccessful, can request a judicial review. This means the
whole process can continue over several years.
For this reason,
comparing the number of grants of asylum in one year against the number of
applications does not give us an accurate indicator of the 'success
rate' of applications.
The Home Office has started producing
analysis of the final outcome of cases, by annual cohort based on the year
of initial application. The most recent cohorts have a high proportion of
'outcome unknown' cases but if we look back to, say, cases which began
between 2010 and 2014, we can map their final outcomes as follows:
Syrian refugees are a special case within the statistics. Although
many have applied for asylum through the UK's in-country asylum process
(919 in 2018), the majority of Syrian refugees in the UK have been
resettled directly from refugee camps.
From 2014 onwards, the UK
began resettling Syrians under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme
(VPRS), with the aim of resettling 20,000 by 2020. The current number
resettled in the UK is around 15,000.
Resettled people are granted
refugee status or another form of humanitarian protection by the UK while
abroad and then brought to live in the UK.
While in refugee camps,
people's refugee status is determined by officials from UNHCR and the UK
Government then selects who will be offered resettlement in the UK.
Given the scale of the VPRS (and other resettlement schemes in
place), resettled people made up just over one quarter (27%) of those
granted asylum in the UK over the last five years (2014-2018).
2018, at least 20,000 people were granted asylum in the UK, including
resettled people. This is around half the number granted in 2001 at
least 48,000 the year with the most grants in recent decades.
'Asylum' is used here in a broad sense and includes those granted
refugee status, humanitarian protection, and discretionary leave to remain
on humanitarian grounds.
The present number is boosted by around
5,000 per year under resettlement programmes, the largest among them via
IMMIGRATION STUDENTS, EMPLOYMENT
Visa extension to boost numbers of overseas students in UK after Brexit
The Guardian, 16 March 2019
International students will be given visa extensions of up to a
year to look for work in the UK as part of a package of government measures
to boost numbers of overseas students after Brexit.
represents a break with current policy, where students are allowed to stay
for just four months after graduation.
Announcing the strategy, the
Department for Education (DfE) said: "There is no limit on the number of
international students that can study in the UK, and to ensure the UK
continues to attract and welcome them, the post-study leave period will be
extended to six months for undergraduate and master's students, and a year
for doctoral students."
The announcement said the government would
also consider "how the visa process could be improved for applicants and
supporting student employment", hinting at another possible change in
Alongside the extended visas, the DfE and the Department
for International Trade are to unveil an international education strategy
with a 30% increase in overseas students in UK higher education during the
CRIME KNIFE CRIME, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Ex-police chief blames senior politicians' 'political correctness' over stop and search for surge in knife crime
Daily Telegraph, 14 March
Knife crime and violence has surged because a "contagion of
political correctness" among senior politicians drove them to sharply
reduce stop and search, a former Met Police commissioner says.
Paul Stephenson also suggested some politicians have been more concerned
with avoiding blame than "accepting responsibility for the mounting toll of
young bodies in our mortuaries."
Although Sir Paul did not identify
any politician by name, Theresa May, when Home Secretary, oversaw a big
decline in stop and search, falling from 23 per 1,000 people in 2009/10 to
five per 1000 in 2016/17 amid concerns that it was being disproportionately
against black communities.
Describing knife crime as a "scourge"
that is "afflicting our young people", he said: "Let no one peddle the
nonsense of simple 'go to' solutions there aren't any. Let no one
tell you that we haven't been here before we have.
one tell you that the dramatic reduction in stop-and-search activities by
police officers, driven by naivity, a refusal to listen, arrogance and the
contagion of unanalysed political correctness by senior politicians hasn't
contributed to the shameful problem confronting us.
"And am I alone
in suspecting that recent statements on this matter by some senior
politicians owe more to avoidance of blame and self-justification than they
do to acceptance of responsibility for the mounting toll of young bodies in
our mortuaries and effective policy making?"
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION, 18 COUNTRIES
Around the World, More Say Immigrants Are a Strength Than a Burden
Ana Gonzalez-Barrera and Phillip Connor
Pew Research Center, 14 March 2019
Majorities of publics in top migrant destination countries say
immigrants strengthen their countries, according to a 2018 Pew Research
Center survey of 18 countries that host half of the world's migrants.
In 10 of the countries surveyed, majorities view immigrants as a
strength rather than a burden. Among them are some of the largest migrant
receiving countries in the world: the United States, Germany, the United
Kingdom, France, Canada and Australia (each hosting more than 7 million
immigrants in 2017).
By contrast, majorities in five countries
surveyed Hungary, Greece, South Africa, Russia and Israel see
immigrants as a burden to their countries. ...
opinion on the impact of immigrants is divided in the Netherlands. In Italy
and Poland, more say immigrants are a burden, while substantial shares in
these countries do not lean one way or the other (31% and 20%
Attitudes are mixed on immigrants' willingness
to adopt the destination country's customs or wanting to be distinct from
its society. A median of 49% among countries surveyed say immigrants want
to be distinct from the host country's society, while a median of 45% say
immigrants want to adopt the host country's customs and way of life. ...
In several immigrant destination countries, large majorities say
immigrants are not more to blame for crime than other groups. This is the
case in Canada, the U.S., France and the UK. Among other countries
surveyed, only in South Africa, Sweden and Greece do majorities believe
that immigrants are more to blame for crime than other groups.
the Netherlands, Japan, Israel and Germany, opinions are split on the
impact of immigrants on crime. ...
In seven countries, majorities
believe immigrants do not increase the risk of terrorism in the host
country. These include all surveyed countries in North America (Mexico,
Canada and the U.S.), as well as South Africa and Japan. Publics in France
and Spain, two European countries that were not at the center of the 2015
refugee crisis, also hold this view.
By contrast, majorities in
seven European nations Hungary, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Russia,
Germany and the Netherlands believe immigrants increase the risk of
terrorism in their countries.
Views on the topic are divided in the
UK, Australia and Israel. ...
In seven of the 10 EU countries
surveyed, majorities support the deportation of immigrants living in their
country illegally. In 2007, between 1.7 million and 3.2 million
unauthorized, or irregular, migrants were estimated to be living in the 10
EU countries surveyed. ...
Similarly, majorities in Russia, South
Africa, Australia and Japan also support deporting immigrants living in
those countries illegally.
In the U.S., public opinion is divided
on the issue. About half (46%) of the public supports deporting immigrants
residing there illegally, while the other half (47%) opposes their
deportation. The Center estimates 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants
lived in the U.S. in 2016, which represented less than a quarter (23.7%) of
the U.S. immigrant population. ... In Mexico, fewer than half (43%) say
they support the deportation of immigrants living there illegally.
CRIME ALBANIAN GANGS
The inside story of how brutal Albanian gangs rose from the UK's premier sex traffickers to kingpin cocaine dealers
The Sun, 11 March 2019
The devastating Balkan Wars had brought a swathe of Kosovans
claiming asylum to Britain's shores.
Immigration officials, unable
to cope with the surge in the late 90s and early 2000s, simply waved the
refugees through to begin their new lives in the UK.
were many Albanians claiming to be Kosovan in what has since been described
as "the biggest case of nationality switching" in recent UK immigration
They included a small, hardened band of war veterans keen
to make their mark in Britain. ...
For police officers on the
ground it was the Albanians' ability to use brutal violence, especially
against their own trafficked women, which shook the underworld sex trade.
Paul Holmes, a former police inspector and head of Scotland Yard's
sex trafficking unit, described how the Albanians' brutality shocked his
team of officers. ...
"It was with increasing speed they started to
takeover large swathes of the London sex business, both central and
The brutally violent criminals, trading on their
reputation as veterans of the Balkan Wars, soon moved from smuggling people
to guns and drugs into the UK.
In Europe they became allies of the
Turkish and Italian gangs as enforcers, hitmen and traffickers of heroin
Then they began dealing cannabis by growing
"potent strains" of the drug - even using slave labour here in the UK.
Police sources have described how in the early 2000s in London they
fought against Jamaican and Chinese drug gangs for control of the illegal
Now they have moved on to penetrate all levels of the UK's
£5 billion cocaine trade - from an army of dial-a-drug street dealers
to kingpin wholesalers controlling imports from South America and northern
Police sources have warned that Albanians illegally
flooding into the UK have provided a fresh, ready-made workforce for the
Known as the Mafia Shqiptare, the fiercely loyal and
vengeful groups work by their traditional codes of "besa" - to keep
promises - and "kanun" - the ancient blood feud laws.
Migration from India soars as businesses plan for life beyond Brexit
People Management, 11 March 2019
The number of migrants from south Asian countries including
India who started work in the UK increased 30 per cent last year as
businesses began looking beyond the EU for talent at least in
sectors such as healthcare and IT.
The number of migrants from the
region which includes India, Pakistan and the Philippines who
registered for national insurance (NI) numbers reached 68,381 in the year
to December 2018, up from 53,594 over the same period in 2017.
India alone saw a 43 per cent increase in the number of
registrations, to more than 45,000, making it the third largest source of
The figures suggest businesses are gradually
beginning to adjust their talent strategies to compensate for a reduction
in available skills after Brexit. However, there were still twice as many
EU nationals beginning work in 2018 as non-EU nationals, and the 28,010
increase in non-EU nationals joining the workforce was dwarfed by a 78,409
fall in EU nationals. ...
Romania (which is part of the EU but not
part of the EU8) and Poland remained the first and second largest sources
of new labour despite seeing a drop of 13 and 26 per cent respectively.
There were 134,492 new registrations from Romania, almost three times the
number from Poland. ...
Karendeep Kaur, senior immigration
consultant at Migrate UK, said her firm had also seen an increase in the
number of intra-company transfers from Asia. ...
"I think we're
finding that although [Brexit has] stopped a lot of EU nationals coming to
the UK, it hasn't stopped the rest of the world." ...
employers will rightly be concerned about the migration restrictions that
are due to be introduced that will affect EU nationals, what perhaps has
not been acknowledged is the positive changes that have been suggested for
recruiting non-EU nationals," said Davies, citing plans to lower skill
requirements and scrap the resident labour market test, both of which were
outlined in the government's post-Brexit immigration plan.
CRIME KNIFE CRIME, SOMALIS
Mothers send sons to Somalia to avoid knife crime
The Observer, 10 March 2019
British teenagers are being sent by their parents to Somalia,
itself recovering from a series of terror attacks, because of concern that
the police cannot protect them from knife crime.
from north London's Somali community say hundreds of children have been
flown to Somalia, Somaliland and Kenya because of rising concerns over drug
gangs and county lines, the criminal networks that use children to
transport drugs from cities to the provinces.
In a series of
interviews, Somali mothers who arrived in London after fleeing their
country during its 1990s civil war told the Observer that many of their
sons had asked to leave the UK because of drug gangs and the threat of
Rakhia Ismail, Islington deputy mayor, said: "Sending
them away has become the only way they can be safer. This issue of safety
has been repeatedly raised by the community but nobody has listened. So
many children have gone abroad. Two weeks ago, there was a stabbing and a
child was taken back home two days later." ...
The high levels of
violence facing parts of British society are evident in the testimony of
Islington's sizeable Somali community. Representatives say 50-70% have been
directly affected by county lines and knife crime.
treasurer of Islington Somalia Forum and founder of Minority Matters, said:
"Hundreds of youngsters have been taken to Somalia, Somaliland and Kenya,
some taken all the way to the rural areas. Parents feel they have no choice
if they want their son to be safe."
Ali, a mother of seven, sent
her 15-year-old son to Somalia to protect him from gangs and said many of
her friends now have children on two continents.
How robots will end mass-immigration policies and make workers happier
Financial Post, 8 March 2019
[Lawrence Solomon is policy director of Toronto-based Probe International]
U.S. robot use, up by a whopping 16 per cent last year, is at
record highs; U.S. unemployment, meanwhile, is at 50-year lows with people
abandoning welfare for work. American wages are rising too. And all of this
is happening largely for the same reason. President Donald Trump's tariffs,
opposition to multilateral trade and immigration policies have tightened
labour markets, letting workers bid up wages while spurring industry to
find alternatives to the low-cost migrant labour it has relied upon in
Robots are not yet leading to mass unemployment and
social instability as predicted, and are unlikely to ever do so. Because
humans have insatiable, ever-changing wants, there will always be limitless
demand for workers to satisfy those wants, no matter how many low-skill and
routinized jobs in future go the way of elevator operators and bank
tellers. Robots need not be feared for another reason, too. Rather than
being the dreaded economic disruptor many label them as, robots are more
likely to be a force for social stability. They have the potential to
counter one of the main sources of conflict in the western world today:
cheap-labour-driven globalization and the reaction to it demands to
promote nationalism by restricting mass migration.
Big business in
the Western world whether represented by the Koch brothers on the
right or the EU model on the left has been the most powerful force
arguing for mass migration. Its argument in this alliance that
migrants from Mexico, Turkey and other poor countries are needed because
Westerners aren't willing to do menial work has been persuasive,
undercutting those in the broad middle class who felt they weren't sharing
in the economic growth.
But the persuasion only lasted so long.
After some four decades of little or no growth in median incomes, the
backlash against the so-called "one per cent" became potent, electing
Donald Trump as president in the United States, fostering Brexit and
numerous other exit-EU movements in Europe, and raising animosities between
the globalists and the nationalists to destructive levels.
could soon become peacemakers. Once Western big business recognizes that it
doesn't need to import cheap labour to turn profits, it can stop pushing
immigration policies that affect workers who must compete for wages in the
job market. ...
... American workers today have no reason to fear
the robot. The robot is their friend.
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION
Immigration from India is unpopular in UK: study
The Hindu, 7 March 2019
Britons don't want higher levels of immigration from India and
many other non-EU countries even if it comes at the price of not securing a
free trade agreement, new research in the U.K. has found.
higher levels of immigration from the U.S., Canada and Australia would be
tolerated in exchange for trade arrangements, polling carried out on behalf
of the Henry Jackson Society, a neo-Conservative think tank, found. ...
Opinion polling conducted in early January, suggested that just 9%
of the public were willing to accept significantly higher levels of
immigration from India, with just 26% willing to accept slightly higher
levels, according to the research. The same applies to a range of countries
from South Africa, to China to Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Turkey, Russia,
Japan and Saudi Arabia as well as to the EU and individual member states
such as France, Germany and Italy. ...
While Britain is overhauling
its immigration regime to bring in a system based on the skills set of the
person wanting to come to the U.K. rather than on their origin, it has been
adamant that its fundamental approach has been welcoming of the "brightest
and the best." Last year in evidence to a parliamentary committee,
Britain's foreign office insisted that India accounted for the largest
number of individuals staying in the U.K. illegally.
POLITICS POLITICAL LEFT, EUROPE
Europe's anti-immigration left
Washington Times, 7 March 2019
[Daniel Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum]
With very few exceptions, liberals in the United States favor
high levels of immigration; and the American left goes further, calling to
"Abolish ICE" (a reference to Immigration Customs and Enforcement,
America's border security agency). But developments in Europe suggest this
near-unanimity could one day shatter.
Since the end of World War
II, Europe's left has overwhelmingly seen the free movement of labor and
immigration as the best ways to challenge corporate interests; in the words
of progressive writer David Adler (on whose article, "Meet Europe's Left
Nationalists," I have relied here), these "hastened the pace of history and
heightened capitalism's contradictions."
Accordingly, the left
helped build the European Union and then pass the 1985 Schengen Agreement
(that virtually eliminated internal borders among 26 European countries
with a population of more than 400 million). It also enthusiastically
welcomed non-Europeans, an approach that culminated in 2015-16 with Angela
Merkel (a leftist in conservative disguise) taking in a million-plus
migrants, mostly from the Middle East, who were met in Germany by a
Willkommenskultur, or welcoming culture.
That massive influx, and
especially the Islamists among them, stimulated a backlash among the left's
historic base, the workers, leading them to desert it in favor of
once-marginal anti-immigration and anti-Islamization parties, the ones I
call civilizationist. These parties, with their mix of generous social
benefits and strong border controls, are gaining throughout Europe to the
point that they wield real power in five governments (those of Poland,
Czechia, Hungary, Austria and Italy).
Getting elected, leftists
increasingly realize, means making what Mr. Adler calls a "momentous turn"
away from both the single European labor market and migration from outside
Europe; this doublet, they recently discovered, "encourages exploitation,
erodes community, and denies popular sovereignty." Left nationalists
criticize the free movement of labor for several reasons: Economic (jobs
lost, wages undercut), cultural (loss of solidarity, xenophobia) and
political (an elite project not endorsed by the masses).
startling turn-around, open borders are now seen as harming working-class
interests while strict border controls assure workers' rights. The nation,
long seen as a bourgeois project, has become a shield for workers against
the perils of globalism. ...
Mr. Adler notes that 40 percent of
Democrats in the United States want yet higher levels of immigration than
at present, in contrast to just 5 percent of Labor voters in the United
MULTICULTURALISM INTEGRATION, ISLAM
Dutch professor: "No Western country has managed to successfully integrate Muslims"
Voice of Europe, 7 March 2019
Based on his 20-year-long studies on integration and
assimilation, Dutch professor of sociology Ruud Koopmans has come to the
conclusion that Muslims are more difficult to integrate than other migrant
Ruud Koopmans claims than no Western country has managed to
successfully integrate Muslims.
"Muslims are much worse at
integration than other groups of migrants, and there is no doubt that in
most other groups of migrants, we see great progress from one generation to
the next. Although it's not completely absent in Muslims, the change is
much slower," he told Danish newspaper Berlingske recently.
65 percent of the Turkish and Moroccan Muslims in six European countries
consider religious rules to be more important than the secular law of the
country in which they live.
Muslims consider themselves separate
from other non-Muslim groups, and refrain from broader interaction with
those outside their religion.
The fundamentalist interpretation of
the Quran, which is prevalent among Muslims, prevents them from being
integrated into Western countries.
And up to 50 percent of Muslims
in Europe hold fundamentalist beliefs. By contrast, the proportion of
fundamentalists among Christians is much lower, at less than 4 percent,
according to Koopmans' data. ...
"The main problem is how many
Muslims and, globally, many Muslim countries interpret Islam. Namely, in a
way that basically claims that the Quran and the Sunna must be taken
literally, and that the way the Prophet lived in the 7th century must be
the yardstick for how Muslims should live in the 21st century."
"Such a brand of Islam is, firstly, a threat to world peace.
Secondly, it prevents integration," Koopmans concluded.
TERRORISM ISLAM, EUROPE
Radical Islamic Terrorism Accounts for 91 Percent of European Terror Victims
Breitbart, 7 March 2019
The newly released Black and White Book of Terrorism in
Europe has revealed radical Islamic terrorists have accounted for 91
percent of the total terror victims since the year 2000.
is an initiative of Spanish MEP Maité Pagazaurtundua, president of
the Foundation for Victims of Terrorism, listing the 753 people killed in
terror attacks in the European Union between 2000 and 2018, Le
The report also examines European victims of
terror globally, revealing that a further 1,115 people including tourists
and military personnel had also been victims of terrorism during the same
In total, 91 percent of the victims were killed by radical
Islamic extremists, 20 percent of whom were murdered by suicide bombers.
Political terror casualties have been far lower, with far-left
extremists and far-right extremists each murdering 13 people. ...
In terms of EU countries, Spain has seen the most terror-related
deaths, with 268 victims, closely followed by France with 263. ...
In 2017, Europe faced an estimated 205 separate terror plots
according to Europol with 107 of the plots being reported by the United
EMIGRATION NIGERIA, AFRICA
Is Nigeria about to become the next Venezuela? The signs are not good
Daily Telegraph, 6 March 2019
Nigeria may be a country of nearly 200m, ...
perhaps, but the fact is that even as Western populations age and decline,
Nigeria's, like much of the rest of Africa, is on an explosive growth path.
On the present trajectory, Nigeria's population is expected to more than
double over the next 30 years, reaching a scarcely credible 750m by 2100,
according to projections by the Census Bureau of the United States. That's
plainly not going to be sustainable, and therefore quite unlikely to occur
in practice, but even if only half right, it creates, in the absence of
extremely rapid per capita economic growth, myriad problems for the West.
The challenge of mass migration from Sub-Saharan Africa we see
today threatens to turn into an exodus of positively biblical proportions.
However vigorous, conventional border controls would struggle to prevent
it. It is therefore very much in the West's interests that Africa follows
Asia into rapid economic advancement.
But here's the paradox.
Experience suggests that migration from the developing world peaks when
national income reaches the £4,500 to £5,500 per capita range.
Much below that, and only the middle classes and the enterprising have the
wherewithal to make the break. Once income reaches that level, however, it
provudes the means for mass migration.
CRIME VIOLENCE, MURDER, RACE, BBC
We desperately need to be honest about the links between race and gang violence
Daily Telegraph, 1 March 2019
Anne Longfield's report, published yesterday, into childhood
violence and vulnerability asserted that some 27,000 under-19s identify
themselves as gang members. More than 300,000 admit to knowing someone who
is in a gang. In the past week alone, nine boys have died in English
cities, mostly from stab wounds after vicious, coordinated attacks. NHS
officials report that the number of non-lethal assaults of this kind is now
running into the thousands. ...
Longfield's report is based on
detailed examination of data from the ONS's British Crime Survey, backed by
a wealth of other research. She points out that children sucked into the
spiral of violence are more likely than average to come from homes where
parents are violent towards each other and to their families; where adults
take drugs and allow their children to copy them; and where others have
been involved in criminal activity. Many have been excluded from school and
placed in units where they are preyed upon by criminals.
credit, Longfield goes beyond the usual hand-wringing by linking her
analysis to that of another, equally formidable public servant Dame Louise
Casey, author of an uncompromising 2016 report into the grooming scandals
in Rotherham, Rochdale and elsewhere. Casey told us what everyone knew but
no one wanted to say: that the sexual crimes against hundreds of children,
mostly white girls, were (and probably still are) being carried out by
mostly British Pakistani Muslim men but no one would ever point the
finger at the perpetrators for fear of being denounced as racists and
Islamophobes. Truth was sacrificed on the altar of racial tranquillity.
Though Longfield does not say so in terms, the evidence shows that
the wave of killings and maimings we are seeing are assassinations of black
children by other black children, all too often directed by adult drug
dealers. And it pays to read the small print in her report. The technical
appendices tell us that, in effect, race is the best predictor of being in
a gang, being a victim of knife crime or of being a killer.
children who are not involved in gangs, more than 81 per cent are white and
just 7 per cent black; but among those identified as gang members by social
work practitioners the figures are 48 per cent white and 31 per cent black.
Worse still, among those in greatest trouble the "extensive
offending group" in the jargon black youngsters make up 37 per cent
of the population compared to 39 per cent whites.
In essence, black
boys are more than 20 times as likely to be involved in serious attacks
compared with their white peers. ...
Yet, to read our newspapers
and to listen to our media, you would imagine that race played no part in
this issue at all. The BBC in particular is guilty of whitewashing the
truth. Its defence is that race should only be reported where it is
relevant. Yet it has no qualms about routinely describing stop and search
by police in racial terms. ...
The daily parade of dark faces in
items about knife crime tells its own story. And the routine appearance of
such individuals as "Olu from Brixton" in radio interviews would provoke
howls of "racist dog-whistling" around Broadcasting House were the BBC's
own journalists not so deeply complicit in the silence.
Universities in dark over diversity drive
Daily Telegraph, 28 February 2019
Universities spend hundreds of millions of pounds every year
trying to improve diversity "without understanding what works", a regulator
The Office for Students (OFS) reports that around £800
million goes on programmes dedicated to broadening intake, but few
universities measure the results.
The OFS revealed the figures as
it set up an "evidence and impact exchange" to help understand what
improves outcomes for disadvantaged students while giving better value for
Exeter University spend £14 million a year on
recruiting more black and minority ethnic and working-class students. Its
measures include a social mobility programme and bursaries. ...
Chris Millward, director for Fair Access and Participation at the
OFS, said that little is known about whether these approaches are working.
CRIME KNIFE CRIME
Bloodbath in Britain's cities: Police chiefs warn of 'national emergency' as nine teenagers are stabbed to death in London and Birmingham in two
MailOnline, 28 February 2019
Police chiefs have urged the government to provide them with
more funds to cope with the current knife crime epidemic.
Birmingham, three teenagers have died in knife attacks over the past two
weeks in what the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David
Jamieson is describing as a 'national emergency'.
In total, there
have been 269 reported knife attacks across the region. ...
continued: 'Certainly we've got a very high level of knife crime here,
there's no escaping that - and they've got a real problem in parts of
Chief Constable David Thompson said: 'In my mind this
has become a real emergency this week in terms of the work we need to do as
'Resources are an issue but they should not get in the
way of the police response to an emergency issue that this is.' ...
Mr Thompson told reporters the rate of knife crime was increasing
across all major cities. ...
Police are fighting a knife crime
crisis on the streets of London after the number of homicides in the
capital reached 135, last year.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION DEPORTATION
Labour's culture war threatens our immigration system
Daily Telegraph, 28 February 2019
In the 1980s, Liverpool's hard-Left council defied the
government, broke the law, and set an illegal budget. Today, Labour
councils threaten the rule of law by blocking the removal of illegal
immigrants from Britain. Last week, Lewisham's mayor kicked out a Home
Office official embedded with the council whose job it was to identify
illegal immigrants. Southwark expelled their embedded official last year,
and Haringey kicked out theirs the year before.
"Their job is to
enforce government-made laws, not help people," complained a Labour source.
"It is not the responsibility of Labour councils to inform on vulnerable
migrants when they come to us seeking shelter and support."
you heard that right. It is not the job of labour councils to uphold the
law. Instead, the source said, councils should grant emergency funds to
illegal immigrants without notifying the Home Office. /.../ For the
hard-Left, the credo is clear: illegal immigration good, law enforcement
After their victories in Lewisham, Soutwark and Haringey,
Left-wing activists are taking the battle elsewhere. /.../ And matters will
not rest there, because several Left-wing groups are leading the fight on
this new front in Britain's emerging culture war. ...
with that campaign, David Lammy, the Labour MP, wants ministers to suspend
chartered flights too. The loss of chartered flights or cooperation from
commercial airliners would leave Britain unable to remove most illegal
immigrants and foreign criminals. But that is what Lammy and these campaign
Labour has already promised policies that would make
the enforcement of immigration law very difficult. It wants to let asylum
seekers work, which would encourage more bogus applications. It wants to
overturn the laws that prevent people from getting bank accounts and
driving licences, renting houses and finding work while living here
illegally. And they say they will end the "disastrous immigration detention
system" for illegal immigrants.
Identifying and arresting illegal
immigrants is difficult enough with Britain's lightly regulated labour
market, non-contributory welfare system and public services that are free
at the point of use. Detaining and deporting them is harder still with
asylum and human rights laws that give illegal immigrants countless
opportunities to delay their removal. /.../ But the Left's latest campaign
will make it even harder to do what the public expects and enforce the law.
UK migration: Rise in net migration from outside EU
BBC, 28 February 2019
Net migration to the UK from countries outside the European
Union has hit its highest level for 15 years, the Office for National
Figures show 261,000 more non-EU citizens came to
the UK than left in the year ending September 2018 - the highest since
In contrast, net migration from EU countries has continued to
fall to a level last seen in 2009. ...
And separate figures
released by the Home Office show the number of EU nationals applying for
British citizenship hit an all-time high last year, rising by 23% to about
In December, the prime minister said the government was
sticking to its longstanding ambition to bring net migration down to the
"tens of thousands".
In the year to September, a total of 627,000
people moved to the UK and 345,000 people left the UK - a net migration of
283,000, ONS figures show.
Migrants call 999 for lift as warm weather encourages Channel crossings
Daily Telegraph, 27 February 2019
The warm weather is prompting a surge in brazen migrants
crossing the Channel, with some so confident that they are calling 999 from
their boats to get a lift to Britain, say police chiefs.
Rodhouse, director general of operations with the National Crime Agency
(NCA), told MPs migrant crossings will be an "enduring challenge" as the
summer brings more warm weather. ...
MPs were told the migrants
were deliberately seeking to get caught by British officials because they
had no fear Britain would return them to France. ...
published last month claimed fewer than half of failed asylum seekers are
removed from the UK. ...
The numbers attempting the crossing fell
from around 250 in December to approximately 90 in January, which Mr
Rodhouse partly attributed to poor weather. However, migrants crossing the
Channel accounted for just 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent of all 35,000 illegal
attempts to enter the UK, he added.
TERRORISM BORDER SECURITY
Why have we made it so easy for British Jihadis to travel abroad?
TLE (The London Economic), 27 February 2019
[Chris Hobbs is a retired Met police officer]
When Shamima Begum and her companions Kadiza Sultana and Amira
Abase, walked unimpeded through Gatwick's passenger security search area,
the trickle of UK jihadis travelling to join ISIS had already become a
Despite this, there were no obstacles placed in the way of
those wanting to join in the atrocities perpetrated by one of the most
brutal movements in the annals of world history.
The Home Secretary
during this period was Theresa May who would have been kept fully briefed
as to the increasing number of the UK's travelling jihadis yet cynics may
well hold the view that she was more intent on eviscerating both the police
and border force rather than securing her country's borders.
patently clear that not only would the UK's fanatical Islamists be a danger
when they were absorbed into the ISIS killing machine, but would
potentially pose a major threat to the UK's security if they decided to
return. And returning they are.
In June and July 2014, I
wrote articles for security magazines warning it was 'a walk in the park'
for jihadis to leave the UK. ...
I shared the concerns of
counter-terror and Special Branch police together with UK Border Force
officers working on the frontline at our air and sea ports.
Theresa May as Home Secretary and other Home Office ministers simply sat on
So, what could have been done by a Home Office which
has, time and time again, borne witness to its own total incompetence? ...
Home Secretary Jack Straw, against the advice of numerous agencies
including the police, abolished formal embarkation (departure) controls at
airports back in 1998. ...
Thus, the three 15-year-olds were simply
able to walk through 'security' and board a direct flight to Turkey.
Eventually some additional scrutiny was given to direct flights
leaving for Turkish airports. But British jihadis simply travelled via
other European hub airports purchasing their tickets in separate segments.
Arguably the most critical failure of all was the failure to deploy
British police officers to Turkish airports in order to assist Turkish law
enforcement in monitoring arrivals from the UK. ...
neglect and incompetence has now resulted in the head of MI6, Alex Younger,
warning that returning jihadis present a real threat to national security.
RACISM DISCRIMINATION, POLICE
At last! Straight white men have discrimination law on their side
Daily Telegraph, 27 February 2019
In September 2017, Matthew Furlong applied for his dream job as
a police officer. Why would Cheshire constabulary pick him? All Matthew had
to offer was intelligence, a particle physics degree, a commitment to law
and order, good character, an able body, strong test results, first-class
preparation and a family history of service in the force. I mean, why would
you want to recruit a lad like that?
Matthew was rejected. Not
because he wasn't good, but because he seemingly had the considerable
handicap of being "a white, heterosexual male without disability".
In fact, so desperate was the force for recruits with "protected
characteristics" that means gay, transgender, disabled, black or
from other ethnic minorities that it rejected 34 white male,
non-disabled candidates while other candidates were waved through. ...
This was the first case of its kind in the UK and I'm happy to
report that the force was well and truly hoisted by its own PC petard.
Judge Clare Grundy found Cheshire Police guilty of discrimination against
Matthew on the grounds of sexual orientation, race and gender. ...
I'm afraid this is yet another case that reveals the huge gap
between public services committed to imposing a politically fashionable
agenda, whether or not it works in practice, and the actual public who
still quite like the thought of strapping, smart chaps like Matthew
protecting them from the bad guys.
Brainwashing the police into an
alarmingly biased groupthink is not confined to recruitment. ...
need the best possible officers. It's a sign of these warped times that
that should even need saying. Dumbing down entrance requirements just to
tick the relevant box and feel chuffed about inclusivity is undoubtedly a
great step forward. For criminals.
IMMIGRATION EMIGRATION, CULTURE
Closed mind of the UN's open borders champion
Conservative Woman, 25 February 2019
What news of the UN special rapporteur Tenayi Achiume, who
visited these shores last year (chief tour guide D Lammy MP) to tell us we
were all more racist after Brexit? Ms Achiume is of the opinion that
Britain's xenophobic immigration policy operates from a 'baseline of
entitled exclusion'. ...
Ms Achiume's latest work seems to go even
further. 'First World nation states have no right to exclude Third World
peoples, and creating a world that reflects this fact requires a complete
reimagining of national borders and the institutions of political
inclusion,' she writes.
Of course Ms Achiume says nothing about the
consequences of sudden mass migration, notably cultural clashes and rises
in violence. No species on earth can survive a territorial free-for-all.
Ms Achiume plies her regular trade at the University of
California where she is a professor of law as well as picking up 'human
rights' jobs as a UN special rapporteur on racism and xenophobia. But her
views are dangerous almost beyond measure. Far from being concerned with
human rights, she seems interested only in taking rights away from humans.
The first set of rights to go, of course, are those of populations
that wish to protect the settled communities they live in, along with their
cultural and economic aspirations. ...
Ease of travel and
communication makes migration from the developing world all the more
attractive and possible, thus depriving many countries of the talent they
desperately need for their own economic development. This is not just an
economic issue but a moral one as well.
The next time Ms Achiume
treats us to a lecture, perhaps the following could be put to her: is it
right to cripple developing countries by removing their productive labour
force and talent, in favour of benefiting businesses in the developed world
by reducing their labour costs? Does it matter that, simultaneously, this
places the burden of meeting new arrivals' needs on the poorest in the host
societies who bear the brunt of sharing limited resources of housing,
hospitals, schools and transport?
I suspect this is the last line
of questioning you are likely to hear from the BBC the next time this
global social justice warrior steps our way.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ENGLISH CHANNEL
More cross-Channel migrants arrive in UK
BBC, 25 February 2019
Two more small boats containing migrants trying to reach the UK
have been intercepted off the Kent coast.
The Home Office said 15
men were taken by Border Force staff to Dover, where 11 of them, all
identifying as Iranian, were passed to immigration officials.
other four were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry into
Their arrival follows the discovery on Sunday of a family
of seven in Kingsdown, on the Kent coast. ...
It takes the number
of migrants attempting to reach the UK via the English Channel in 2019 to
more than 100.
The total number arriving since last November is now
more than 350. ...
Until now, coastguard rescue staff have helped
with blankets, tents and medical assistance when new migrants arrive.
But now the volunteers will intervene only in emergencies.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD IMMIGRANTS' SKILLS, USA
Foreign-Educated Immigrants Are Less Skilled Than U.S. Degree Holders
Center for Immigration Studies, 24 February 2019
While the percentage of immigrants who arrive with a college or
advanced degree has risen over the past decade, the extent to which foreign
education translates into useful skills here in the United States is an
open question. Based on English-language tests of literacy, numeracy, and
computer operations administered by the Program for International
Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), this report finds that, among
test-takers with at least a college education, U.S.-degree holders
out-score foreign-educated immigrants by a wide margin.
Policy-makers should therefore be cautious in treating foreign degrees as
evidence of "high-skill" immigration.
Other key points:
Among immigrants in the United States whose highest degree
is either a bachelor's ("college") or a master's or Ph.D. ("advanced"),
about 40 percent received their highest degree in a foreign country
meaning they are "foreign-educated".
On both literacy and
computer operations, foreign-educated immigrants with a college or advanced
degree perform so poorly that they score at the level of natives who have
only a high school diploma.
On numeracy, foreign-educated
immigrants with a college or advanced degree perform closer to the level of
natives who have some college education, but not a bachelor's.
Despite their reputation for specializing in STEM fields,
about one in six foreign-degree holders score "below basic" in numeracy.
The skill gap between foreign and U.S. degree holders
persists even among immigrants who have had at least five years in the
United States to learn English.
Shamima Begum is the product of a country that no longer believes in itself
Sunday Telegraph, 24 February 2019
To see the extent of the rift between the tweeting classes and
the rest of the country, consider their attitudes to British nationals who
joined Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). The consensus in
newspapers, on TV discussion programmes and on social media is that UK
citizenship is an entitlement. Yet, by a margin of 78 per cent to 15,
voters back Sajid Javid's decision to remove citizenship from Shamima
Begum, the jihadi bride now in Kurdish custody.
The gap reflects
differing ideas of what citizenship means. ...
For the 78 per cent,
though, citizenship is not primarily a question of legal status. Rather, it
is about bonds of allegiance, shared affections, common loyalties. ...
Most of us regard living in Britain as a privilege. We don't see
our nationality simply as a label on our passports. We resent it when
people in positions of authority evidently despise our values.
distaste that opinion-formers feel for British patriotism has played an
inadvertent part in radicalising youngsters like Begum. For half a century
or more, the United Kingdom has been derided and traduced by its own
intellectual elites, who have systematically associated this country with
colonialism, slavery and all manner of evils. As the British brand is
tarnished, the peoples of the constituent nations grope back towards older
patriotisms, identifying increasingly as English or Welsh or Scottish. ...
... Those well-meaning multi-culti outreach workers on local
councils may unintentionally be creating precisely the feelings of
alienation they hope to quell. How many more children are being taught,
through their interactions with the British state, to despise it? This
isn't just their tragedy; it's ours.
Britain is not to blame for Shamima Begum's radicalisation
Spectator blog, 23 February 2019
Of all the points made on the case of Shamima Begum, the most
relevant has been utterly absent. ...
In recent days the
government's own extremism commissioner, Sara Khan, has made an uncommon
set of interventions. ...
Anyway, in her various interventions the
usually admirable Khan has insisted that there are two aspects to the Begum
case which must be addressed. The first is the internet. /.../ Throughout
her piece Khan presents Begum as a poor victim of forces beyond her
The second thing that Khan suggests we need is 'a
whole society response' to extremism, including 'cohesive and resilient
communities'. Tackling this issue is apparently 'a responsibility that
falls on us all.' /.../ But this is the comfortable counter-extremism
argument of our time in Britain. Let us blame huge forces the
internet, society as a whole so that the answers we can propose are
so broad and flabby as to be meaningless.
One problem of this
spreading around of blame is that it allows people who may actually to be
to blame to get off the hook. ...
Then there are the families. I
wrote about the family of one of the Bethnal Green schoolgirls in this
place four years ago. Some readers will remember that back then the father
of one of the three girls Mr Abase Hussen appeared in front
of Keith Vaz's Parliamentary Committee and blamed the police for not
stopping his daughter going out to join ISIS. ...
Except that then
some footage emerged of Mr Hussen at a demonstration in London in 2012. Not
a demonstration calling for global peace and love, but a rally organised by
Anjem Choudary to burn American flags and more. /.../ Where can Mr Hussen's
daughter have picked up her radical ideas? In the home, or in a generalised
way from the failings of all of British society?
look at some more apportioning of blame. A good signifier of what the
families of the Bethnal Green jihadis themselves believe could be said to
have been confirmed by the lawyer that they selected to represent them.
This is one Tasnime Akunjee, who has been back in the media in recent days
urging Britain to view poor Shamima as a victim of 'grooming'. Dastardly
internet and all that. Which conveniently makes you and me dear
reader at least as culpable for Islamist extremism as Mr Akunjee.
Which probably suits him nicely.
Back in 2015 Akunjee also publicly
and repeatedly berated the British police for their 'failures'. But then we
learned that he too is an extremist, with links to among others
the extremist group 'Cage'. ...
I understand very well why
the leadership at East London Mosque, the families, lawyers and friends of
the schoolgirls who went to join ISIS should wish to spread the blame
around to every household in Britain and to the internet. What baffles me
is why the government's extremism commissioner a person appointed to
speak truth should start playing the same game, loosely and
emotively spreading blame across the entire population in one of her rare
interventions in the national debate.
... But there is a wider
societal reason why this sort of avoidance game must be avoided. When blame
is spread around this thinly then nothing gets done.
rather we took a different approach. The people who do bear some
responsibility should be called out, prosecuted, punished, deported or
imprisoned. That is what a sane society would do.
RACISM HATE CRIME, HOAX, VICTIMHOOD CULTURE, FRAUD
Hate Crime Hoaxes are More Common than You Think
Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning
Quillette, 22 February 2019
This week Chicago police charged television star Jussie
Smollett with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. Smollett
claimed to be the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on January 29,
but in the days before the arrest it became clear that police believed
Smollett had hired two men to attack him. ...
But people make all
sorts of things up, even things like that. More baffling to us than a hate
crime hoax is that people would find such hoaxes baffling. Lying is hardly
uncommon in our species, and false claims of victimhood, like other lies,
become more common when they provide some advantage to the liar and when
they're likely to be believed. That hate crime hoaxes seem strange or the
motives unclear might simply be due to a lack of familiarity with them and
with their social context. If you want to understand them better, here are
three things to know.
First of all, hate crime hoaxes aren't new or
unusual. In our book The Rise of Victimhood Culture: Microaggressions,
Safe Spaces, and the New Culture Wars, we discuss a number of cases of
people falsely reporting or even staging hate crimes. ...
recently, after Donald Trump was elected president, major newspapers
published a number of stories about what were apparently Trump-inspired
hate crimes, but many of these also turned out to be hoaxes. ...
Why aren't such cases more widely known? We're not the only ones
who've written about them. ...
Even fairly incompetent hoaxes might
therefore succeed, which brings us to our second point: Hate crime hoaxes
aren't hard to pull off. ...
Real hate crimes happen, of course.
We're not arguing that all or even most alleged hate crimes are hoaxes. But
the ones dominating the headlines in recent years have often been false or
misleading, possibly because fake cases are better designed to push the
buttons of drama and partisanship. ...
That the hoaxes act as
simple morality tales illustrating an outgroup's evil, or that they flatter
the hoaxers, are part of what makes them attractive to the hoaxer's
audience. /.../ Political polarization means that hoaxes that tap into one
side's fears and biases are likely to be believed.
cultural trends matter, too, and the third thing to know is that hate crime
hoaxes thrive in a culture of victimhood. We use the term victimhood
culture to refer to a new moral framework that differs from the older
cultures of honor and dignity. /.../ Its morality revolves around a
narrative of oppression and victimhood, with victimhood acting as new kind
of moral status, much like honor was a kind of moral status in many
traditional societies. ...
... Right now the police don't
automatically "believe the victim" in such cases, but that could change if
victimhood culture continues to spread.
ASYLUM CHILDREN, COSTS
Local councils forced to drastically increase spending on child refugees as ministers accused of 'paying lip service'
The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that children
who have made dangerous journeys to the UK are being left in limbo as
councils struggle to provide support when faced with unprecedented funding
pressures and growing demand.
Government figures show local
authorities spent more than £152m on unaccompanied asylum seeking
minors in 2017/18 an increase of 95 per cent on the £77m spent
in 2014/15. The number of asylum-seeking children and young people in care
in England under 18 has meanwhile risen from 2,760 to 4,480.
inspection report last year found that an unaccompanied minor costs a local
authority approximately £55,000 a year of which the Home Office
provides £41,610 for children under the age of 16, and £33,215
for those aged 16 or 17.
Cllr David Simmonds, chair of the LGA's
asylum, migration and refugee task group, said councils were being driven
to a position of having to choose between providing for refugee children
and other duties such as caring for the elderly. ...
There is also
mounting concern about the regional variation of child refugee intake, as
figures show the annual net expenditure on this group varies from
£3,000 in Cumbria and £32,000 in Durham to £8m in Kent and
£24m in Croydon.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION EMPLOYMENT, FINES
The Home Office Is Still Owed Most Of The Fines It Issued To Employers Using Undocumented Migrants
BuzzFeed, 21 February 2019
At least half and potentially more than two thirds
of fines owed to the Home Office by employers using undocumented
workers have gone unpaid in the last five financial years.
these employers will have exploited undocumented workers as a way to pay
far below the minimum wage. The introduction of more stringent fines was
part of Theresa May's "hostile environment" strategy when she was home
More than £170 million in illegal working fines
were handed out by the Home Office since March 2012, yet just £55
million has been collected in that time, new data shows. The figures were
given out following a Freedom of Information request by the legal blog Free
The Home Office insists the numbers are not directly
comparable because companies are incentivised to pay early with a 30%
discount. But even in the unlikely event that every civil penalty was paid
early, that would still leave £64 million unaccounted for. ...
David Wood, who was director general of Immigration Enforcement at
the Home Office until 2015, said the uncollected fines showed it was "just
a failed system".
Wood, who worked at the Home Office for nine
years after more than three decades at the Metropolitan Police, said many
of the affected businesses are limited companies that simply change their
name to evade a fine while others just refused to pay.
limited companies that then just change their name quite frankly. A lot is
just people saying they can't pay and the following up and taking to court
doesn't happen because it's seen as not cost effective. So it's just a
failed system really."
Employers who pay the fine within 21 days
can get a discount. Some are reduced on appeal or given payment plans of up
to 36 months, which could account for a small lag in the statistics.
But Wood said he thought non-payment was the biggest factor. "It
doesn't work as a deterrent. Anyone that knows the system knows thy can
evade it because they know they haven't got to pay." ...
collection of employer fines peaked at £16.5m in 2016/17. By last year
this was down to £14.1 million and in the most recent quarter, just
£3.6 million was collected.
TERRORISM JIHADISTS, COSTS
Report: Huge Cost of Monitoring Returned Jihadists Means Majority Roam Free in Britain
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 21 February 2019
British government security orders that can be placed on known
extremists are so expensive to enforce they are hardly ever used, leaving
the majority of returning jihadists to "roam free".
arrangements made for Islamist extremists living in the United Kingdom has
come under intense scrutiny in the wake of the rediscovery of a former
London schoolgirl who defected to the Islamic State in 2015, who now wants
to come to Britain to raise an ISIS fighter's son.
British government has stripped 19-year-old Shamima Begum of her
citizenship in a bid to prevent her from returning to the United Kingdom,
Breitbart London has previously reported how a large number of extremists
have already arrived and continue to arrive from foreign
Despite assurances from the police that those returning
will be subjected to Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures
(TPIMs), a report by British newspaper The Times reports that only a
small minority are actually monitored in this way.
Nikita Malik of
the Henry Jackson Society told the paper that, due at least in part to the
great expense of putting TPIMs in place, only a small number have actually
been activated, speaking of only a "handful" of the estimated 400 returned
fighters and extremists being subjected to them.
"The rest have
been put under surveillance. TPIMs are for the highest level because they
are so costly," Malik explained.
The report revealed Home Office
figures showing nearly £5 million had been spent controlling just 23
individuals, with legal bills of £1 million a year and accommodation
costs of £70,000 a year per individual. Other costs, including tagging
suspects, travel costs, and policing to enforce restrictions, are counted
separately, piling up on top of the Home Office figures.
government disputes the claims of the Henry Jackson Society, and insists
the use of TPIMs is not considered on cost grounds.
Time to introduce the Tory diversity warriors to Thomas Sowell
Conservative Woman, 19 February 2019
In a letter to the Sunday Times in December, supporters
of the 'Banknotes of Colour' campaign argued that ethnic minority
representation on the new £50 note would 'send a message that the
contribution of ethnic minorities to Britain's history, culture and economy
is recognised and valued'. Now, according to Saturday's Telegraph, it seems
that Treasury minister Robert Jenrick and Conservative party vice-chairman
Helen Grant have joined the campaign and urged the Bank of England not to
choose a white scientist but 'ensure wider diversity is represented on our
... The premise lurking behind these
pronouncements, as in all calls for equality of outcomes and the positive
discrimination that would bring them about, is that the lack of ethnic
minority representation is a social injustice. It is the result of
discrimination; or if not active discrimination, then a system which
perpetuates white privilege, the hegemony of a dominant class
white, male and heterosexual. But is there any evidence for this?
Perhaps it is just as well that the most eloquent proponent of the
counter-argument is black and therefore cannot be accused of being either a
racist or a white supremacist. In Intellectuals and Society, Thomas
Sowell argues that disparities in the achievements of different
socio-ethnic groups at different times can be explained by the simple fact
that their cultures are, for a host of historical and geo-political
reasons, differently conducive to the attainment of economic
prosperity, social and political stability, and cultural achievement. /.../
Likewise, inter-group differences in educational achievement in Britain
today have their origins in cultural factors, not racism. One need only
consider those who come out bottom white working-class males; and
those who come out top the Chinese.
But where does this
leave the argument for enforced diversity? Basically, it is a campaign
fuelled by hatred and resentment, and large public subsidies, whose purpose
is to destroy the historic inheritance of our national culture all
in the name of diversity and multi-culture. ...
arises because the history and culture of Britain did not begin in 1948
with the embarkation of the Empire Windrush but stretches back over a
thousand years. It is, moreover, a culture founded not on diversity but on
a remarkable degree of homogeneity genetically speaking, the English
of 1940 were ninety per cent the English of 940. The only significant
migrations were those of the Huguenots and the Jews, both of whom
assimilated and because they assimilated went on to make remarkable
contributions to our national life. Which explains why ethnic minorities
have indeed done nothing, or next to nothing, of significance in our
history up to the past fifty years. The point is that a settled way of life
and a distinctive national culture English culture was able
to develop. ...
But enforced diversity comes at a terrible cost.
/.../ Do the useful idiots of the modern Conservative party, who, for lack
of conservative principles spout fashionable slogans, have any notion of
the forces they are unleashing?
RACISM POLITICS, CULTURAL IDENTITY
We Need to Talk About White Identity Politics [part 1]
Tablet, 19 February 2019
[Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London]
The politics of national populism are not, as critics claim,
simply and only cloaks for fascistic voters and governments' pursuing
policies of racial discrimination though some obviously are. But
other iterations of this are instead natural expressions of community
a perfectly uncontroversial idea that was indeed once conventional
wisdom. Those of us interested in moving beyond flame-throwing and
into a useful conversation about how to create meaningful and effective
public policy that benefits the most people would do well to return
"The distinctiveness of cultures and groups depends upon
closure," wrote Michael Walzer, in his magisterial Spheres of
Justice (1983). "If this distinctiveness is a value, as most people ...
seem to believe, then closure must be permitted somewhere." From a
different angle, the Marxist philosopher, Gerald Cohen, in his essay
"Rescuing Conservatism: A Defense of Existing Value," adds that
conservatism is primarily about valuing how things are in the present and
seeking to preserve this particularity. This orientation encompasses causes
dear to the left, such as the conservation of nature, species,
architecture, and folk traditions, as well as enthusiasms of the right such
as the preservation of national character and ways of life. The tension
between these contradictory impulses is captured by the British writer
James Meek who notes the dilemma of his fellow left cosmopolitans who value
local particularity among the working-class cockneys of the East End of
London, but not the locals' anti-immigration and Brexit orientation.
Social psychology further reinforces the insights of communitarian
political philosophy with experimental evidence that people's deep values
are between a third and a half inherited. ...
Two overlapping value
orientations underpin the new cultural axis of politics: One is what social
psychologist Karen Stenner describes as authoritarianism a
preference for order over difference; the other is status quo
conservatism, which the political philosopher Cohen characterized as a
preference for maintaining things as they are. This is what anchors the
divide between nationalists and globalists, between people attached to
ascribed ethnic and national identities, and those who identify with their
portable credentials and achievements. Insofar as this crucial divide stems
from psychology, it is highly resistant to social learning. Indeed, as
Stenner showed, trying to convince someone who prefers order to embrace
diversity tends to produce a backlash. ...
There are two key
aspects of the new culture war. First, conservative and order-seeking
voters respond differently to diversity than liberals. For instance, U.K.
data shows that, at a local level, ethnic diversity lowers conservatives'
trust in neighbors and attachment to locality but leaves that of liberals
unaffected. In Europe, voters who value safety tend to vote for populists
more than those who aren't concerned about it, but only in more diverse
countries like France or the Netherlands. /.../ Second, as conservatives
express their discontent with diversity and change, liberals mobilize
against them in the name of anti-racist morality. ...
Number of non-EU workers in UK soars by 100,000 to a record high
Hayden Smith and Max Channon
Plymouth Live, 19 February 2019
The number of non-EU nationals working in the UK has jumped by
more than 100,000 to a record high, official figures have revealed.
This contrasted with a fall in EU workers, prompting suggestions a
reduction in labour supply from the bloc has resulted in higher levels of
migration from the rest of the world. There were an estimated 1.29 million
employees from countries outside the EU in the last three months of 2018.
This was an increase of 130,000 compared with the equivalent period 12
months earlier, and the highest number since records started in 1997.
The non-EU total comprises 277,000 workers from Africa, 593,000
from Asia, 299,000 from America and Oceania, and 126,000 from European
countries that are not members of the EU.
Year-on-year rises were
seen across all of these groups, including an 85,000 increase in the Asia
Figures for specific nationalities show the non-EU
workforce included 194,000 Indians, 107,000 Pakistanis and Bangladeshis,
96,000 Americans, 71,000 Australians and New Zealanders, and 64,000 South
The number of EU nationals working in the UK fell by
around 61,000 year-on-year to 2.27 million in October to December. ...
The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics, show
869,000 people working in the UK in the latest quarter were from EUA8
states - the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland,
Slovakia and Slovenia.
This was down 89,000 compared with 12 months
earlier, and 184,000 fewer than the record high of 1.05 million in July to
September 2016, just after the EU referendum. ...
In October to
December, there were just over a million nationals of 14 long-term EU
member states including Germany, Italy, Spain and France, as well as
370,000 Romanians and Bulgarians, working in the UK.
In both cases
the numbers were up slightly compared with the previous year.
Employment levels by country of birth showed a similar picture to
The number of EU-born people working in the
UK in the last three months of 2018 fell by 76,000 year-on-year, to 2.30
There were 3.35 million workers born outside the bloc, a
rise of 159,000 compared with a year earlier.
RACISM POLITICS, CULTURAL IDENTITY
We Need to Talk About White Identity Politics [part 2]
Tablet, 19 February 2019
[Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London]
The partisan divide over whether majority-group interests are
racist is stark. When I ask Americans whether a white woman who wants less
immigration to help maintain her group's share of the population is being
racist or "acting in her racial self-interest, which is not racist," 36-39
percent of Americans, depending on the survey, respond that this is racist
and 61-64 percent say it isn't. In most West European countries, 20-25
percent claim this is racist against 75-80 percent who say it's an
expression of white group interest, which isn't racist. ...
difference turns on whether attachment to being white, and being willing to
act in the majority interest, is racist. /.../ Many white liberals
acknowledge that identities are not zero sum: Just 18 percent of white
Clinton voters in my sample consider a Latino who wants more immigration
from Latin America to "boost her group's share" to be racist. Yet when a
white person who is also attached to her group acts defensively to restrict
immigration to achieve the same ends, she is deemed racist by nearly
three-quarters of the same people. ...
When people of any racial
background try to slow the rate of ethnic change in their home nation, they
do so because it is, in Cohen's phraseology, an existing value for them.
Here again, we find different ethical yardsticks used to
measure majority and minority groups, despite the lack of a consistent
principle justifying this distinction. As Yael Tamir remarks in her 1993
book Liberal Nationalism, "If national claims rest on theoretically
sound and morally justified grounds, one cannot restrict their application:
They apply equally to all nations, regardless of their power, their wealth,
their history of suffering, or even the injustices they have inflicted on
others in the past." ...
The mischaracterization of people's
attachment to a majority ethnicity or demographic status quo as racist
hostility is a powerful source of resentment in many Western societies. ...
Since there is a taboo on majority-group ethnicity and
ethno-traditional nationalism, these sentiments are expressed in sublimated
form. Ostensibly "civic" national laws like language and residency
requirements for spousal migration are designed to limit immigration
and such limits are justified on the grounds of state interests.
The desire to reduce the speed of ethnic change gets rationalized
as the need to control immigration for material reasons. This could be to
halt the flow of drugs and terrorists (Trump), to reduce pressure on the
welfare state or housing, safeguard jobs (Bannon), protect secularism, gays
or Jews from Islam (Le Pen and Wilders) or to reassert British sovereignty
against Brussels (Farage). These rationalizations matter, but are secondary
White majorities will gradually become "beige," in
Michael Lind's terms, because intermarriage produces a logarithmic rise in
the mixed population. In America and Western Europe, those of mixed race
will become the majority in a century or so. However, it's important that
on the way there, people are able to travel at a pace that allows moderate
conservatives to maintain a sense of continuity while enough change takes
place to satisfy moderate liberals.
MULTICULTURALISM MORAL RELATIVISM
Shamima Begum is something worse than a criminal
Spiked, 18 February 2019
To see how broken the cultural elite's moral compass is, simply
compare their response to the Covington schoolboys with what they've been
saying about Shamima Begum since she was discovered in a refugee camp in
Syria last week.
Their fury over the Covington boys was instant and
unhinged. The boys did nothing wrong unless you think it is a crime
to sing sporty songs in response to mad verbal abuse from religious
extremists, as the boys did when members of the Black Hebrew Israelites
hurled epithets at them outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. And
yet these boys were made into global hate figures, denounced as white
supremacists, their likenesses reproduced everywhere as 21st-century
demonic images that every good person had a duty to be horrified by.
In stark, alarming contrast, the same sections of the
opinion-forming set that raged against those boys have treated Ms Begum
with sympathy and charity. This despite the fact that she absolutely has
done something wrong. Beyond wrong, in fact. She travelled thousands of
miles to join a neo-fascistic cult that massacres Kurds and Iraqis and
Syrians, beheads dissenters, executes homosexuals, treats women as
imbeciles, and inspires its Western backers to carry out barbaric attacks
on men, women and children across Europe. She betrayed her nation in the
most grotesque way. She is, in every meaning of the word, a traitor. And
yet what do the chattering classes give her? The benefit of the doubt. The
promise of redemption. She's a victim, they say, who was groomed and
brainwashed, and now we must bring her home and remake her.
boys were denounced for nothing. Begum is talked about sympathetically
despite having made herself the willing supplicant of a movement that
massacred Britain's own children, in Manchester, alongside revellers and
shoppers everywhere from London Bridge to Berlin to Nice. This chasm-sized
disparity between the animus heaped upon those innocent boys and the
excuse-making afforded to Ms Begum demands an explanation. For no normal or
good society condemns the innocent while extending the hand of
understanding to those who support a barbaric foreign army that dreams of
destroying said society. So what has happened?
Partly it is down to
the politics of identity. /.../ The things being said about Begum
that she was groomed, that she's a victim would never be said about
a 15-year-old white boy who ran off to join a neo-Nazi movement that
executed thousands of people for the crime of being non-white. There is an
implicit racism and sexism in the idea that Begum has less moral
culpability than a white male of her age would have.
broadly, the confused moral debate over Begum's fate, which has now morphed
into a debate about what should become of the hundreds of other Brits who
ran away to join ISIS, speaks to the institutional cowardice of the
21st-century West and particularly of the British state and Britain's
... Our societies have seriously lost their moral
bearings, their very sense of themselves as nations with values and ideals
and rules. And it is this that fuels both the new rash judgementalism and
the tyranny of non-judgementalism.
800 ISIS jihadis ready to unleash terror on home soil in the West if UK and allies don't lock them up, US officials warn
The Sun, 17
Senior US officials have warned 800 ISIS jihadis will unleash
terror across Britain and Europe if they are not locked up and put on
The rare intervention from across the pond comes amid
divisions in Westminster over what to do with Brit jihadis found abroad.
Justice Secretary David Gauke said yesterday that the UK could be
powerless to stop 19-year-old ISIS bride Shamima Begum returning home after
she was tracked down in Syria.
He said: "We can't make people
But his comments clashed with other senior members of
the government including Home Secretary Sajid Javid insisted he would "not
hesitate" to prevent the return of anyone who supported terrorist
Security minister Ben Wallace also vowed that
Britain would not assist Begum in returning home.
He said her
"actions have consequences" and that British lives would not be risked
trying to save her from the Syrian refugee camp she ran away to. ...
Most of the captured fighters are being held by US-backed Kurdish
forces, who had demanded Britain and her allies take the jihadis off their
US government officials told the Sunday Telegraph Britain's
refusal to take back their homegrown terrorists was a policy of "leave them
at large and hope they don't find a way back".
Jihadists returning to UK have skills and connections to be 'very dangerous', says MI6 chief
Independent, 16 February 2019
Isis remains a potent threat despite the imminent loss of the
last enclaves of its caliphate, and the terrorist group will continue to
attempt vicious attacks in Britain and elsewhere in the West, the head of
MI6 has warned.
Alex Younger said that western jihadists coming
back from the Middle East were a source of deep concern amid ongoing debate
about Shamina Begum, who ran away to Syria to join Isis four years ago aged
15, and now wants to return to Britain.
Speaking to journalists at
the annual Munich security conference, Mr Younger said that returning Isis
members could be very dangerous.
Asked about the security threats
to the UK posed by the returning fighters and jihadi brides, Mr Younger
said: "We are very concerned about this because all experience tells us
that once someone has put themselves in that sort of position, they are
likely to have acquired both the skills and connections that make them
potentially very dangerous."
They also, he said, experienced
extreme radicalisation. "That fact needs to be uppermost in our minds," he
said. "So as we approach this admittedly extremely complex and difficult
problem, public safety is the first thing that we will consider."
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FAKE PASSPORTS
How Sri Lankans are getting into UK illegally revealed
Sky News, 16 February 2019
A Sri Lankan community leader has told Sky News the vast
majority of illegal immigrants arriving in Britain from the country are
coming on fake passports.
Ambihai Seevaratnam, who works in human
rights and is chairperson of Croydon temple in south London, says it has
become much more difficult to get visas to come to the UK and that Tamils
fleeing Sri Lanka are turning to agents to buy fake Sri Lankan passports
and fake visas.
"I would probably say 80 to 85% of people arriving
from Sri Lanka are coming on fake passports," she said. "The only means is
through fake passports. It's big business and a risky business."
DIVERSITY ISLAMOPHOBIA, FREE SPEECH
My diversity targets for the BBC
The Spectator, 16 February 2019
Meanwhile, I have written to Lord Hall, the director-general of
the BBC, to demand that the corporation introduces targets to ensure that
Britain's Islamophobic community is adequately represented on air. /.../
But I will concentrate my efforts at first on gaining justice for the UK's
beleaguered Islamo-phobes, such as myself. We face the most appalling
discrimination, the latest of which comes from Oxford City Council.
The council has unanimously passed a motion outlawing all forms of
Islamophobia. This includes, but is not confined to, anyone who propagates
'the myth of Muslim identity having a unique propensity for terrorism and
claims of a demographic "threat" posed by Muslims or of a "Muslim
Well OK, I might quibble about the word 'unique'
I think 'remarkable' or 'vibrant' might fit better in that sentence. But
otherwise, they've got me down to a tee. The next one prohibits people from
'accusing Muslims as a group, or Muslim majority states, of inventing or
exaggerating Islamophobia'. I think I'm off the hook on that one as I don't
believe that Islamophobia exists at all: it is instead a rational response
to a singularly belligerent ideology. And then comes these two little
'Accusing Muslim citizens of being more loyal to the
"Ummah" (transnational Muslim community) or to their countries of origin,
or to the alleged priorities of Muslims worldwide, than to the interests of
their own nations.'
'Denying Muslim populations, the right to
self-determination e.g., by claiming that the existence of an independent
Palestine or Kashmir is a terrorist endeavour.'
So people in Oxford
are no longer to say of the radical preacher Anjem Choudary that he is more
loyal to the Muslim Ummah than he is to his own country when that is
precisely what Anjem Choudary would tell you, unequivocally, if you asked
him (and perhaps thousands of other Muslims in the UK would say the same).
In other words, speaking the truth is verboten in Oxford. ...
in fairness, Oxford City Council is merely following the path taken by
other city councils, enjoined to do so by the All Party Parliamentary
Group's definition of what constitutes Islamophobia. A few years ago the
Metropolitan Police decided that merely to criticise Islam was to be found
guilty of Islamophobia. This conjecture was based upon an earlier
definition of Islamophobia from the reliably deranged Runnymede Trust,
which insisted that to describe Islam as 'sexist' or 'separate' was also
Islamophobic, as was venturing to suggest that from time to time
just occasionally the religion has been used to justify acts of
terrorism. To suggest that your own Christian faith was superior to Islam
is Islamophobic a bizarre conclusion, because presumably if you
elect to follow a faith, you surely believe it to be superior to all the
other faiths out there in the great faith marketplace.
BIAS BBC, ITV
BBC dodged immigration debate, says John Sergeant: Veteran broadcaster claims 'sensible discussion' on subject was shelved for fear of outcry
Daily Mail, 12 February 2019
The BBC and ITV were too scared to tackle the 'taboo' subject
of immigration in news bulletins, John Sergeant has claimed.
former political correspondent, who has worked on both channels, said TV
news tended to avoid the issue as it is too 'controversial'.
led to a lack of serious debate on the topic as 'sensible discussion' was
shelved for fear of provoking outcry.
'In my years [at] the BBC and
ITV, I was fully aware of the immigration taboo,' he wrote in Radio Times.
'There is an old journalistic rule that says 'if in doubt, leave it out'
and, looking back, we were guilty of not encouraging more serious debate on
The veteran journalist, 74, warned that British
democracy will suffer for years to come unless the topic is discussed
He said of introducing a new immigration system: 'I am not
suggesting that this can be done without a high level of controversy. That
'But at least we could try to reduce personal
attacks on the integrity of those who put forward the case for a proper
system of immigration control. It is not racist to talk openly about this
'It is yet another difficult issue that we have to grapple
with. And if we fail to do so, this country and our democracy will suffer
for many years to come. But as with all serious political issues, brushing
it under the carpet is also dangerous and it leads to widespread
misunderstandings that we fail to address at our peril.' ...
Sergeant was the BBC's chief political correspondent for eight
years from 1992 before moving to ITN to become its political editor for two
REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION LEGAL AID
Rochdale paedophile gang handed £1m in legal aid to fight deportation
The Sun, 11 February 2019
Members of a paedophile gang have received more than £1
million in taxpayer-funded legal aid to fight deportation.
four, from Pakistan, were among nine men jailed in 2012 for sexual
offences, including rape, against underage girls in Rochdale.
Ringleader Shabir Ahmed, 65, Abdul Aziz, 42, Adil Khan, 43, and
Qari Abdul Rauf, 44, claimed a move to strip them of their citizenship in
order to deport them breached their human rights.
They were granted
legal aid to fight their case and Ahmed who made girls he raped call
him "Daddy" was allowed to appeal to the European Court of Human
Rights from jail.
The beast, who got 22 years, tried to claim his
convictions were a conspiracy by police and his jury to "scapegoat"
Muslims. He lost.
Alleged stalling tactics at appeals by the four
were described as "weakening the rule of law" by Mr Justice Bernard
McCloskey, the UK's most senior immigration judge.
Aziz, Khan and
Rauf finally lost their fight last August when judges upheld a decision to
strip them of citizenship.
But they and Ahmed have so far received
£1,003,783 in legal aid, The Sun's Freedom of Information requests
REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION LEGAL AID
Jailed Al-Qaeda chief receives £800k in legal aid to appeal his conviction
The Sun, 11 February 2019
Al-Qaeda's top ranked boss jailed in Britain has received
almost £800,000 legal aid to appeal his conviction.
Ahmed, 43, got life in 2008 for plotting attacks in the UK.
said to have had links to the 7/7 London bombers who killed 52 in 2005, was
found with notebooks listing details of terror contacts written in
He was also suspected of having contact with
extremists behind the failed bomb plot in the capital two weeks later.
Rochdale-born Ahmed was arrested in Pakistan.
He was the
first person convicted in the UK on a charge of directing a terrorist
Yet he has received £782,407 in taxpayer-funded
hand-outs, a Sun on Sunday freedom of information request found.
includes £589,667 to pay for a barrister and lawyers in court, plus
£121,892 for a failed appeal against conviction in 2011.
also got £60,435 towards a civil action against police as well as a
further £306 for "legal help".
He has a parole hearing next
month and MP David Davies branded the payments "an outrage".
said: "He shouldn't be walking the streets yet he is receiving vast amounts
of taxpayers' money in order to enable him to do so."
POLITICS CONSERVATIVE PARTY
The Conservative Government is planning the largest immigration amnesty in history
Bow Group, 11 February 2019
"Using the distraction of Brexit the UK Government is in the
process of sneaking through the largest immigration amnesty in history"
Cllr Benjamin Harris-Quinney, Chairman, The Bow Group
On Monday 28th January 2019 Home
Secretary Sajid Javid stated to Parliament that he was abandoning the
Conservative Party's longstanding manifesto commitment to cut levels of
migration to the UK to the "tens of thousands".
Both a Bow
Group study in 2016 & a Migration Watch study in 2018 found that over
80% of newly created British citizens were either foreign born or born to a
foreign parent. Immigration will therefore be the most significant aspect
of population growth in the UK over the coming decades.
the past 15 years immigration has consistently ranked as one of the top 3
concerns for the electorate, with 40% of the public considering the issue
to be the most important.
Gross migraton figures into the UK
have consistently exceeded 500,000 over the past 10 years, equivalent to
the addition of a city the size of Manchester each year.
the run up to the 2010 general election the Conservative Party committed to
"cutting immigration figures down to the tens of thousands", this has
featured in the Party's manifesto for the last 3 general elections, in all
of which they have been elected to government.
commitment, and the Conservative Party's longstanding official opposition
to mass migration, former Chancellor George Osborne said upon leaving
office that Cabinet Ministers in Government since 2010 had never taken the
The Governmnet has created a situation
with its instructions to civil servants, proposed Brexit Withdrawal Bill,
& Immigration White Paper, that would grant a migration amnesty to
up to 500,000 EU students & their families. ...
on the Government to:
1. Maintain the pledge to cap migration
at a maximum of 99,000, with a view to reducing numbers gradually to 30,000
over a 10 year period.
2. Use gross rather than net figures when
tracking migration, to ensure the British public are aware of the number of
people entering the country to live and work.
3. Clarify that they
will not be granting the largest migration amnesty in British history to EU
students & their families.
Office has eased the path to residency and citizenship by applying a don't
ask don't tell policy to EU students post Brexit. Waiving checks for
compulsory insurance means lifetime access to benefits, social housing, NHS
and the voting rights of citizenship. This could distort outcomes in future
elections and referendums, and arguably the most important point is that
the British public are not aware of what the Government is doing, nor did
they vote for it"
Dr Jon Stanley, Senior Research Fellow, The
IMMIGRATION CIVILISATION, HUNGARY, EUROPE
Hungary Shows the West the Path to Survival
American Conservative, 8 February 2019
A specter is haunting the European Union the specter of
Eastern Europe. ...
... The glossy French center-right weekly Le
Point warns with alarm that Hungary's president Viktor Orbán
"outlines the shape of another Europe." ...
It might be difficult
to place Orbán's government precisely on a political freedom scale.
/.../ Overall, I would conclude that Orbán isn't a model democrat or
technocratic open economy exemplar, but he also isn't any sort of aspiring
Orbán's notoriety ultimately has little to do with
his arcane transgressions against what Western Europe's rulers consider
good government. It exists because he addresses, in language stunningly
clear for a politician, the key civilizational questions facing Europe,
those that richer countries are loathe to hear.
... The government
has also sent out questionnaires asking Hungarians whether they think the
solution to Hungary's demographic crisis is stronger support for families
or higher immigration. Katalin Novak, Orbán's minister of family and
youth, explained unabashedly that the purpose of this was "to send a clear
message to Brussels: the renovation of Europe is impossible without support
for families and Hungary wants neither immigration nor a modification of
its population." This sort of frankness from leaders in the wealthier West
is inconceivable. ...
Of course, the other half of the demography
subject is immigration. In an address during the fall of 2016 that still
resonates, Orbán proclaimed that Europe is "in mortal danger":
The danger is "not attacking us the way wars and natural
disasters do... mass migration is a slow stream of water persistently
eroding the shores. It is masquerading as a humanitarian cause, but its
true nature is the occupation of territory. And what is gaining territory
for them is losing territory for us. Flocks of obsessed human rights
defenders feel the overwhelming urge to reprimand us.... [A]llegedly we are
hostile xenophobes but the truth is that the history of our nation is also
one of inclusion, of the intertwining of cultures. Those who have sought to
come here as new family members, as allies, or as displaced persons fearing
for their lives have been let in to make a new home for themselves. But
those who have come here with the intention of changing our country, of
shaping our nation in their own image, have been met with resistance."
... The former president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus,
wrote a short but excellent book, Europe All Inclusive, about the
migration crisis in which he charged that Europe's western elites were
supporting mass immigration explicitly to smash the remaining power of
nation states so full European unification could be achieved. Poland has
likewise refused EU demands to resettle refugees from the Mideast and North
Perhaps we are in for a reprise, when the people of the
west learn once again from the east what is true and essential about their
own societies. Of course, there are parallels between the communists'
aspirations and the open borders diversity project. Both are genuinely
revolutionary in their desire to destroy and remake Western societies
according to models that have little viable precedent in human experience.
IMMIGRATION EXPLOITATION, AFRICANS
Exploiters and Exploited: Of Italy, the EU, and African migration
City Journal, 7 February 2019
The friendly feelings that Europeans harbor for one another
were well illustrated recently by some remarks by Luigi di Maio, one of the
two deputy prime ministers of Italy. He said that European countries that
had helped to bring about the flux of migrants from Africa France
most importantly among them should be penalized. France, he said,
was still colonizing and exploiting many African countries, so it was
hardly surprising that so many Africans were driven to leave the continent.
The claim that France is to blame for so many African would-be
migrants is, however, not only wrong but dangerous. Di Maio said that the
source of France's wealth is the exploitation of Africa: the latter is poor
because the former is rich, and the former is rich because the latter is
poor. Though this is clearly absurd, it is actually the theory held by a
considerable number of development economists Raúl Prebisch,
Andre Gunder Frank, and Immanuel Wallerstein, among them who
influenced thinking on the subject of economic development for a long time,
usually to disastrous effect. By giving his imprimatur to this way of
thinking, di Miao can only contribute to the flow of migrants, who will
come to see their admittance to Europe as restitution for wrong done to
them. It will also undermine Europe's will to resist, for the same reason:
it has no right to resist.
ASYLUM CHILDREN, LOCAL COUNCILS
Why councils can't cope with the huge numbers of children seeking asylum in London
My London, 6 February 2019
There are so many young immigrants coming to London seeking
asylum that literally every council in the capital has reached its limit
for looking after them.
One council is even warning that some of
these children are already recorded as missing as the system struggles to
Kensington & Chelsea Council is among those calling for
help from the government as it warns councils outside London are refusing
to take on the extra arrivals. ...
Council staff told the family
and children's services scrutiny committee on Monday (February 4) that
every council in London reached their quota caps in November for the number
of asylum-seekers they are required to care for.
A voluntary Home
Office national transfer scheme is meant to allocate arrivals to regional
local authorities around the UK to relieve pressured border arrival
hotspots in the south-east and central London.
However staff told
councillors some regional councils are refusing to take on more of the
young asylum-seekers, although they did not say why, with one saying: "It's
just not working." ...
Following the meeting, Home Office did not
clarify which areas were declining to take asylum-seekers and why. ...
"Since we launched the National Transfer Scheme in July 2016, it
has transferred 790 unaccompanied children to local authorities who have
offered placements to care for them.
"We are currently reviewing
the funding arrangements for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in
partnership with local authorities."
It added that a funding review
was ongoing, but the Government was providing local authorities with
£41,610 a year for under-16s and £33,215 a year for those aged 16
and 17, as well as £200 per week for former UASC who go on to attract
leaving care support. ...
Nationwide, there has been a boom in the
numbers with 1,950 UASC counted in the UK in 2013, rising to 4,560 in 2017.
CRIME KNIFE CRIME, LONDON
Children and teenagers behind half of London knife crime, police figures reveal
Evening Standard, 6 February 2019
Half of all knife crime offenders in London are teenagers or
even younger children, new Met figures have revealed in a stark
illustration of the scale of youth violence in the capital.
police statistics show that 41 per cent of those being caught for knife
crimes across London's boroughs are now aged between 15 and 19.
Another 8 per cent are younger still, ranging in age from ten to
14, in a further sign of how carrying and using blades has become part of
life for a minority of troubled young people.
The new figures came
as a Scotland Yard chief warned that attacks in the capital were also
becoming "more ferocious" as offenders who were "more and more young" tried
to kill or injure by "getting up close and stabbing someone several times".
Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, the head of the Met's
Violent Crime Task Force, added that police were striving hard to tackle
the problem and "making some progress" by upping stop and search and using
other tactics, including the deployment of "embedded" plain clothes
officers to work with uniformed counterparts in the worst hit communities
to help police intervene before stabbings occurred. ...
per cent were aged between 20 and 24, meaning that the under-25s account
for two thirds of all knife crime in the capital.
On ethnicity, Mr
Adelekan said that 73 per cent of knife offenders and 53 per cent of
victims were from a black or ethnic minority background.
IMMIGRATION FAMILY REUNIONS, CHAIN MIGRATION
Ministers urged to relax immigration rules on family reunions
The Guardian, 5 February 2019
The government is under pressure from MPs and charities to
relax family reunion rules for refugees settled in the UK.
immigration rules only allow adult refugees to apply for their married or
civil partners and dependent children under 18 to join them. Grandparents,
parents, siblings and children who are 18 or older are ineligible.
In addition, children who are in the UK alone and have refugee
status do not have a right to be reunited with even their closest family
MPs and campaigners want the rules to be changed, either
through amendments to the government's flagship post-Brexit immigration
bill or through a private member's bill put forward by the SNP MP Angus
This week, Oxfam will call on its supporters to step up
pressure on ministers by contacting their MPs and supporting the changes.
Last week the immigration bill was debated in the House of
Commons and numerous MPs raised the issue of family reunion.
FRAUD AND CORRUPTION CITIZENSHIP
Citizenship test cheats: Migrants 'pay criminals £2,000 to feed them the answers through tiny earpieces' so that they can win the right to stay in
Daily Mail, 4 February 2019
Migrants are paying fixers to help them cheat in citizenship
tests to win the right to stay in Britain.
Undercover footage shows
how lax security lets criminals feed their 'customers' the right answers
via tiny earpieces.
The scam, exposed by BBC London News, is the
latest in a string of frauds designed to help migrants pass the
much-maligned Life In The UK test.
Critics of security at test
centres say elaborate schemes may have allowed thousands to fraudulently
win British citizenship. ...
In the exposé, broadcast
tonight, an undercover reporter meets with Abdul Reza Masud, director of
the Ideal Learning Academy in east London. Instead of offering tuition to
pass the test, Masud is seen asking the reporter for £2,000 to help
Handed a tiny earpiece, the undercover reporter is not
searched before he sits the multiple-choice test in a west London centre.
Once inside, he is allowed to choose whether he reads the questions, or
listens to them via headphones. He picks the latter option and his
small earpiece then picks up the sound from the headphones, relaying the
questions to the waiting accomplice. This allows them to tell the reporter
which answers to choose. ...
Former immigration officer Jay Sudra
told the BBC: 'The Home Office need to look into this urgently. How many
citizens do we have in the UK that have fraudulently obtained a test
certificate? It potentially runs into thousands.
'You have to
question the security of the entire process.
'For them to get to a
stage where they obtain permanent residency, where they obtain a British
passport, it's truly, truly shocking.'
DIVERSITY FREE SPEECH
How our illiberal laws fuel campus censorship
Spiked, 4 February 2019
[Jon Holbrook is a barrister]
On Saturday, government-backed guidance on free speech for
English and Welsh universities was published. This has been a pressing
issue for several years, not least because universities are supposed to
cherish the free exchange of ideas and the importance of debate as a means
of understanding truth. And yet, stories of speakers being No Platformed
have continually made headlines in recent years.
... To this end,
the guidance states that 'everyone has the right to express views and
opinions, including those that may offend, shock or disturb others'.
Yet the detail of the guidance, published by the Equality and Human
Rights Commission, makes clear that given the current legal framework it is
much easier for universities and students to curtail free speech than to
protect it. The right to express views that may offend, shock or disturb is
highly attenuated by the politics of diversity. In other words, the
guidance will have the effect of empowering campus censors. ...
discourse of diversity is driven by the Equality Act. Passed in 2010 by the
Labour government, but with full Tory and Liberal Democrat support, this
legislation has done much to motor those who seek to curtail free speech on
campus. ... ...
But those who identify with the politics of
diversity see it differently. They know that by making a fuss they can
readily persuade a university that they have been offended, shocked or
disturbed. They claim, with the force of law, that if the speaker is not
banned or the debate is not cancelled then the university may be breaching
its legal duties. Forthright individuals and robust institutions may seek
to tough it out. But the force of law is always there pushing gradually and
incrementally in the same direction. By constantly pushing in favour of
diversity, the Equality Act exerts a powerful influence against those who
would seek to raise challenging issues.
The guidance also suggests
that the Equality Act may require student organisers to timetable a series
of speaker events so that they do not fall during Islamic Friday prayers.
Fairly obviously, if Muslims are empowered by law to influence when debates
are scheduled, then the same law gives them even greater rights over the
content of debates that they consider to be offensive or shocking.
... On each occasion, the protesters can claim legal backing. They
connect with a protected characteristic such as being trans, gay, female,
black or Muslim and claim that speech must be curbed in favour of the
greater good of diversity. ...
Asking the Equality and Human Rights
Commission, an organisation created to promote equality law, to draft
guidance to protect free speech was never going to work. But at least it
has advised faithfully on what the law actually requires. It sends a clear
message that free speech on campus must yield to the politics of diversity.
And until the law is changed, those who hold views that bien
pensants on campus find 'unfashionable and controversial' will need
considerable fortitude to express them.
POLITICS UNIVERSITIES, FREE SPEECH
Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed in favour of 'rule of the mob', former equalities chief warns
Sunday Telegraph, 3
Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed on
campuses in favour of "rule of the mob", the former equalities chief has
warned, as he says vice-Chancellors must stop behaving like "frightened
children" and take a stand.
Trevor Phillips, who wrote the National
Union of Students' (NUS) original "no platforming" policy in the 1970s,
said that it is now being used in an "ugly" and "authoritarian" way. ...
This week the Government published guidance for universities on
free speech, which said that speakers should not be banned from campus just
because they "offend, shock or disturb" students.
It is the first
time in 30 years that ministers have intervened to protect free speech at
universities, and follows widespread concern about censorship of
It says that universities have a legal duty to
uphold free speech, and that the starting point should be that any event
can go ahead, so long as it is within the law. ...
Mr Phillips, who
is the former chair of the chairman of the Equality and Human Rights
Commission, said the erosion of free speech on campus must not be solely
blamed on students.
"It is weakness of faculties and university
authorities who in many cases just cannot seem to bring themselves to stand
up for higher education values," he said. ...
Mr Phillips, who is
the chair of Index on Censorship, an pro-free speech organisation, said
that university culture is worse than thought police and is more like the
Stasi, where "the expression of a non-sanctioned opinion becomes a crime -
and that's where we have got to on some campuses".
He said: "The
debate becomes not the most persuasive argument but who can gather the
loudest shouting voices. What you are really talking about is the rule of
the mob - that has come to campuses. I find all of those things incredibly
EGALITARIANISM UNIVERSITIES, DEGREES
Govt: Universities Must Close Ethnic Achievement Gaps or Face Sanctions
Breitbart, 3 February 2019
The Government has ordered British universities to achieve
equality of outcome between ethnic groups, warning of sanctions for
institutions which fail to make "good progress" towards this goal.
Ministers announced that universities would be held to account on
disparities in academic attainment between different ethnic groups after
data showed gaps in the proportion of students awarded top grades for their
The latest figures show that 79 percent of white students
received a first-class or upper second-class (2:1) degree in 2015/26,
compared to 72 percent of Chinese students, 71 percent of Indian students,
62 percent of Pakistani students, and 51 percent of "Black Other" students.
New powers given to universities watchdog the Office for Students
(OfS) will see institutions forced to publish data on admissions and
attainment, broken down by ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic
background, in order to "shine a spotlight on those making good progress
and those lagging behind" on equality of outcome between different
The government did not mention possible causes behind
disparities, but the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), which published the
figures, placed responsibility on universities rather than students to
correct the supposed problem, stressing that "action needs to focus on
institutional barriers and inequalities, rather than 'improving' or
'fixing' the student."
"Traditionally the language of the
attainment gap has focused on students' underachievement or lack of
attainment, whereas it should focus on the institutional culture,
curriculum and pedagogy," it added. ...
Measures announced by
ministers this week came as part of the Government's 'Race Disparity Audit'
an initiative commissioned by Prime Minister Theresa May to measure
differences between ethnic groups in a range of areas, from stop-and-search
and arrest rates to home ownership levels, with a promise to bring in
measures which would stamp out differences. ...
Byrne, President of King's College London, where Mr Skidmore launched the
initiative this week, appeared to contradict the minister's claim that
equality measures are a bid to ensure universities reflect the demographic
make-up of the United Kingdom, stating he was "proud" that 49 percent of
undergraduates at the institution in the previous academic year "were from
black, Asian and other ethnic minority backgrounds" which is
actually far above their share of the general population.
London previously reported how non-white students are now a majority at 23
higher education institutions, and data shows white school pupils were
significantly less likely to go on to higher education than those from
other ethnic backgrounds.
With the lowest entry rate of all ethnic
groups, just 29 percent of white pupils commenced higher education in 2017,
with figures revealing young white people from the most wealthy
socio-economic group were less likely to attend university than Chinese
pupils from the poorest backgrounds.
Western/MENA attitudes to religion portray a lack of faith in common values
Dr Joel Rogers de Waal
YouGov, 3 February 2019
YouGov was recently commissioned by the Muslim Council of
Elders to conduct a multi-country study on attitudes to religion in the
West and Middle East/North Africa region, in support of an interfaith
meeting between His Holiness Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar,
Shaikh Ahmed Mohammad al-Tayeb, in Abu Dhabi on 5th February.
research included online surveys in France, Germany, Britain, the United
States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
As findings show, substantial portions of Western respondents
in the survey perceived a clash between Islam and the values of society in
This included nearly half of respondents in France
(46%) and Germany (47%), and a plurality in the United States (36%) and
Britain (38%) who chose this statement. Notably smaller portions chose the
alternative statement that Islam is generally compatible with the
values of society in their country including 22% in France, 20% in
Germany, 17% in the United States and 24% in Britain.
In a separate
survey experiment for the purpose of comparison, only 14% of US respondents
perceived such a clash with Buddhism, with similar or matching results for
Sikhism (15%) and Hinduism (14%). Likewise, only 6% of British respondents
perceived a values clash with Buddhism, while just 8% said the same for
both Sikhism and Hinduism. ...
Nearly half of French respondents
(49%) said they felt either fairly (18%) or very (31%) unfavourable towards
Islam, compared with 19% who were unfavourable towards Judaism, 13%
unfavourable towards Hinduism, 14% unfavourable towards Sikhism, 9%
unfavourable towards Buddhism, and 15% unfavourable towards Christianity.
53% of German respondents were unfavourable towards Islam, compared
with a range of only 10% to 22% who were unfavourable to the other
The United States and Britain showed a similar
trend but with smaller portions overall who felt unfavourable towards Islam
(37% and 32% respectively).
Clear majorities of Western respondents
in the study also described themselves as either very or fairly concerned
about the possible rise of extremism in Islam, including 72% in both France
and Germany, 66% in Britain and 56% in the United States.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FAKE DOCUMENTS
Crooks selling fake IDs to illegal immigrants to land care jobs working with elderly and vulnerable
The Sun, 1 February 2019
Crooks are providing illegal immigrants with fake passports and
documents to land jobs caring for the vulnerable in a plot exposed by The
The criminals were able to supply our investigators with a
"full package" of bogus documents under a false name including a
Kenyan passport, UK residency permit, National Insurance letter and utility
bills for just £400.
A staff member at Reliable Care
Services, based in Chadwell Heath, East London, acted as a fixer
supplying our investigator with details of cohorts who could provide the
The agency supplies staff to charities and
organisations including Mencap, homeless group St Mungo's, housing body
Metropolitan Thames Valley and The Westminster Society, which supports
those with learning disabilities. The scam means their vulnerable clients
could have been cared for by staff whose criminal backgrounds were
And it could mean workers who arrived in the UK
illegally were able to dodge spot checks by Immigration Enforcement
officers with their bogus paperwork. ...
The Sun's probe into staff
at RCS began six months ago following an anonymous tip-off.
as a migrant without papers, one of our investigators visited the firm
having been promised a staff member would explain how to create a fake ID.
He was introduced to consultant Julius Muturi, 32, who said: "It
costs about £400-500 to get the papers we can use. Once we get the
papers done we can help each other." ...
As well as the passport,
the package included a Jobcentre National Insurance letter and a UK
residency permit, plus BT and Scottish Power bills registered to the
address we provided.
Muturi then got in touch and asked for money
to be transferred to RCS to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service check
which would come back clean under the new, fake name.
"James" was then booked in for two days training with RCS before
starting work as a carer, but did not attend.
Our investigator also
spoke to RCS carer Kennedy Njoroge, who admitted working for the company
under false documents.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION VISAS, FAKE COLLEGES
Grinning 'bogus college' scam boss poses in bed with £65,000 in cash - all made on the back of illegal immigration
Evening News, 1 February 2019
Posing on a bed full of cash, at least £65,000 worth, it
looks like Muhammad Babar Bashir was celebrating a lottery win as he
boasted of the wealth he had created for himself.
Police also found
about £90,000 in cash hidden in the loft of his co- defendant, Tashina
Nayyar, and a further £29,500 in a safety deposit box.
this was not wealth created by an honestly run business - they were making
money on the back of illegal immigration.
Now Bashir is on the run,
a fugitive who failed to show up for his sentencing hearing. Nayyar has
Bashir, 38, from Moss Side; Nayyar, 51, from Chorlton;
and another man, Koteswara Nallamothu, 36, were running 'bogus colleges'.
These fake colleges had nothing that you would expect from a
legitimately run institution.
There were no books, equipment or
teachers giving lessons.
Instead, they were ran as a way of
profiting from 1,300 people who wanted to live and study in the UK, who
were otherwise ineligible.
Their 'cash for visas' scam clearly
proved to be lucrative.
It worked by taking over failing further
education colleges, which were previously legitimately run, and using them
as a cash cow. ...
People would hand over cash to the pair in
exchange for a 'golden ticket' - a confirmation of acceptance of study
(CAS) letter - which enabled them to get a student visa. ...
majority of students who applied for CAS were already living in the EU, but
used it as a way of securing their immigration status.
The scam saw
£2.6m pass through St John College's accounts, and a further
£856,000 go through the accounts of Kinnaird College, both over a two
In total 955 'students' were granted a CAS letter
through St John College, with 352 at Kinnaird.
POPULATION DEMOGRAPHY, ETHNICITY
Demography has become the biggest story on the planet
The Spectator, 31 January 2019
[Review of Paul Morland's "The Human Tide"]
The author has a moderate bent, and doesn't claim that
population its surging, contraction and migration explains
all of human history. But it comes awfully close. ...
... Since the
1960s, writing about demography has steadily shifted from regarding high
fertility rates as tragically entrenching poverty to accepting that numbers
confer power. Not mincing words, Morland declares boldly at the outset that
'ethnicity matters politically'. He spells out that 'nations and ethnic
groups are real' and 'they matter in history'. ...
to Morland, 19th-century Europeans managed to project power, exert
influence and claim territory as a consequence of mushrooming domestic
populations whose excess these countries could afford to send all over the
globe. If Great Britain, as the historian Timothy Snyder claims, 'made the
world', it did so, Morland explains, 'by exporting people'. Ergo, people to
spare made the British Empire possible.
The Human Tide shies
from this risky inference, but it's worth asking: if Europe's sending its
extra population abroad projected power, exerted influence and claimed
territory, isn't mass migration from developing nations to the West not
currently doing the same thing? /.../ One plausible explanation for the
rise of identity politics and the ever-increasing role that race plays in
issues of the day is simply mass immigration. Numbers translate directly
into voice and clout.
For at the same time the West has now reached
'the second transition' below-replacement fertility many
developing countries, modernised much later, continue to grow, and on a
scale that makes the population of burgeoning 19th-century Britain look
like a poorly attended cocktail party. Because the primary instruments of
lower mortality and expanded life expectancy were initially of western
invention, the West has inadvertently engineered its own diminishment.
I have only one serious criticism of this excellent book, and
that's a matter of proportion. Thus far, Africa has failed to get with the
programme. Although its fertility rates have come down, they haven't
plummeted nearly as quickly as they were supposed to. Consequently, UN
estimates for the global population at which we're meant to level off, once
heading steadily downwards, now go up every year. By 2050, Africans may
total 2.5 billion, and 4.5 billion by 2100. Given demographic momentum, to
a degree these numbers are baked in. /.../ Morland devotes a scant eight
pages to this crucial continent, and dubiously Pollyanna pages at that.
The author isn't always so demure. He forcefully discounts a
popular mantra of British multiculturalists: 'It may often be said that
England has always been a land of immigration, but this is simply untrue.'
Until very recently, England and Wales have absorbed a tiny,
demographically incidental handful of Huguenots and Jews. The rise of the
population that does not consider itself white British from 2 per cent in
the 1960s to nearly 20 per cent in 2011 is 'historically unprecedented'.
... White Britons are expected to become a minority in Britain
circa 2060 or so. Starting in 1980, white Europeans in California fell from
70 per cent to 40 per cent in a mere 30 years.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY
Drug barons make a mockery of courts by IGNORING orders to return to ALBANIA: Comment
Daily Express, 29 January 2019
The fact that convicted Albanian and other criminals are
re-entering the UK after deportation may not surprise many, but it should
ring alarm bells in the Home Office.
If we can't keep out even
those we have thrown out as baddies, what hope is there for dealing with
illegal immigration generally? This calls attention to the Government's
failures over the monitoring and removal of foreign criminals - of whom
there are 9,000 in UK prisons and thousands more at large.
According to the National Crime Agency many of those who re-enter
the UK, after being deported, do so with false EU identity papers.
With free movement set to end after Brexit, the Government must
ensure border officials are better able to check that suspicious people are
the rightful holders of any passport.
As funding for border
functions has been cut by a quarter since 2012, is it any wonder criminals
are getting in? So, what is to be done?
Having entered the New Year
talking tough about migrants crossing the Channel in dinghies - only a
small proportion of the 70,000 illegal immigrants annually joining over a
million already here - Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor Philip
Hammond could begin by boosting the border control budget.
seven per cent of the public consider illegal immigration a serious
concern. And Mr Javid could start to restore some of the public's lost
faith in our immigration system by getting a grip of the Albanian villains
cocking a snook at our border controls.
CRIME YOUTHS, JAILS
More than half of young people in jail are of BME background
The Guardian, 29 January 2019
More than half of the inmates held in prisons for young people
in England and Wales are from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background,
the highest proportion on record, the prisons watchdog has said, prompting
warnings that youth jails have hit "American" levels of disproportionality.
About 51% of boys in young offender institutions (YOIs)
prisons for boys aged 15 to 17 and young adult men aged 18 to 21
identified as being from a BME background, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of
Prisons (HMIP) found.
In addition, the inspectorate found 42% of
children in secure training centres (STCs) prisons for children up
to the age of 17 were from a BME background.
of BME boys and men behind bars in YOIs in England and Wales is nearly four
times the 14% BME proportion of the wider UK population.
Lammy MP, who published a review into the treatment of and outcomes for BME
individuals in the criminal justice system in 2017, said he was shocked by
the figures, which have rocketed since he released the report, when the BME
proportion in YOIs and STCs was just over 40%. ...
said prosecutions against some BME suspects should be deferred or dropped
to help tackle the bias against them in the criminal justice system.
He said allowances should also be made for younger defendants'
immaturity and criminal records should be sealed to help former offenders
find work, adding that statistics suggested discrimination was worse than
in the US in some cases.
The inspectorate found that the proportion
of boys who identified as being from a BME background varied depending on
the establishment, from one in five (21%) at the Keppel unit in West
Yorkshire, to nearly three-quarters (71%) at Feltham in west London.
The percentage identifying as being from a BME background also
varied between STCs, from 33% at Oakhill in Buckinghamshire to 55% at
Medway in Kent.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY
Drug barons make a mockery of courts by IGNORING orders to return to ALBANIA
Daily Express, 29 January 2019
Drug lords from Albania are making a mockery of our deportation
system by returning to commit more crime after being booted out. Anyone
deported from the UK is placed on a watchlist and banned from re-entering
However, a Sunday Express investigation found several
cases where deported Albanian criminals, including high-end drug dealers,
have resurfaced in the UK, sometimes within a year of being kicked out and
in other cases multiple times. One serious criminal officials hope will not
return is Albanian Alek Dauti, 31, the ringleader of a people smuggling
network that tried to get hundreds of illegal migrants into the UK. He was
extradited to Belgium on Friday to serve a 10 year jail sentence he
received in his absence in December.
Dauti's gang used corrupt
truck drivers to smuggle men, women and children into the UK, sometimes
using refrigerated lorries.
Last week police in Blackpool said two
Albanian men were facing deportation and another was on the run, after they
raided a cannabis factory in the town.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ISLAM, NORWAY
Muhammad is the top name in Oslo again - for the 11th year
TRT World / Turkish Radio and Television, 26 January 2019
Norway's fertility rates have reached all-time lows, risking
the country's economic stability. Muslim immigrants are keeping the labour
force alive, as the country undergoes demographic changes.
was the most popular name among male children in Oslo in 2018, for the 11th
year in a row, according to statistics released on Wednesday by the
Norwegian Statistics Department.
The name, with its many
variations, surpassed Oscar, Aksel and Jacob as it maintained its lead.
Mohammad has been the most popular name in Oslo since 2008,
reflecting a strong and growing Muslim community in the large city.
In 2017, 8.7 percent of Oslo's population identified as Muslims,
with their largest communities originating from ethnic Pakistanis, Somalis,
Iraqis and Morrocans. ...
Oslo is home to the largest immigrant
population in the country. Out of Oslo's 624,000 residents, almost 190,000
are immigrants or born to immigrant parents, making up nearly 31 percent of
the city's population. ...
The statistics department also found
evidence of demographic change underway, with fewer traditional Norwegian
surnames ending with "sen", as with as Jensen, Hansen or Andersen. Today,
"sen" surnames make up only 14.7 percent of the population, compared to
22.4 percent in 1995.
BORDER CONTROLS WALLS
In defence of walls
Spiked, 25 January 2019
A favourite pat slogan, spoken and heard ever since the 1960s,
has been 'build bridges, not walls'. It's been repeated by every student,
woke pop star and pope ever since. Its appeal has not diminished till this
day, owing to Israel's wall designed to keep out Palestinians and Donald
Trump's extended wall to keep out Mexicans.
These walls are
offensive in a superficial way. Yet one might as well equally repeat Rodney
King's famous exhortation: 'Can we all just get along?' But it's also
understandable that this phrase emerged in the 1960s, the decade which saw
the erection of that monstrous edifice, the Berlin Wall, which literally
kept people imprisoned in a state on pain of death.
But as we
celebrate the 30th anniversary of that wall's demolition this year, isn't
it time to reconsider this naive and trite phrase? Because sometimes walls
The Berlin Wall was detestable because it was designed to
keep people in, rather than to keep undesirables out. This has been the
traditional function of walls. This was the point of Hadrian's Wall and the
Great Wall of China, both constructed to prevent invasion by disruptional
Picts and Mongols. This was also the aim of the Roman and medieval city
wall, built with the view of protecting citizens from bandits and
The logic today is that the less we erect walls,
literally or in spirit, the more unsafe or unsure our countries become.
Ironically, as Douglas Murray has pointed out, there are walls of bollards
on bridges in Europe today, due to the threat posed by terrorists. ...
Walls protect us. That's why our houses have them. If you believe
walls and barriers are really that bad, I expect that you leave your front
door open all the time.
Wishful thinking over immigration
Conservative Woman, 24 January 2019
In his article in Conservative Home on Monday, Tory MP Steve
Double wrote that Theresa May had incorrectly read the public mood with
regard to immigration, and that perceptions of immigration had become more
favourable since the Brexit vote. To support his assertion, he cited the
National Conversation on Immigration (NCI). ...
Polling by Ipsos
MORI last spring /.../ did indeed find that a fifth of the public had
become more positive about immigration, but that was because nearly half
believed (EU) numbers were falling, or would fall, as a result of Brexit.
In fairness to Mr Double, a more recent poll has shown
immigration to be of relatively less concern to the public than it has been
for some years, which he has attibuted to people recognising the benefits
of immigration, as well as having faith in the government keeping its
promises to reduce net migration. Really? A 2018 YouGov poll found that
nearly two-thirds of voters think immigration levels have been too high
over the past decade. Another one by Deltapoll, conducted over the summer,
found that nearly three-quarters of the public (equivalent to 38 million)
want the Government to honour its promises to reduce net migration to the
tens of thousands.
Mr Double also appears to have missed the
findings of the open survey produced as part of the 'National Conversation
on Immigration' exercise, organised by British Future and 'Hope Not Hate',
which showed that a larger share of the public believe that immigration has
had a negative impact on the UK than those who believe the opposite ...
The 'National Conversation' asked a lot of questions, which
elicited answers that suggested participants had a nuanced view of migrants
and their contributions, but this is hardly a revelation. ...
problem we at Migration Watch UK had with the 'National Conversation'
wasn't so much the questions that were asked but those that were not. While
it did ask people if they thought it should be a priority to reduce overall
numbers as well as whether the target should be kept or replaced with
multiple targets, there was no reference in the polling section to the
current and recent scale of immigration or any question about whether
participants considered this to be too high or whether it should be
It is clear that a great deal of time and effort by the
'National Conversation' organisers went into talking to a large body of
people. However, what they appear not have done was to listen to those they
conversed with. In one section, the paper suggests that one of the
Government's tasks is to 'secure public consent' for immigration (p7). ...
Brexit, of course, has no bearing on immigration from outside the
EU, and this is now at its highest since 2004. Non-EU net migration
constitutes three-quarters of all non-British net inflows. ...
government and many MPs (Steve Double is far from a lone voice) seem intent
on glossing over the public's deeply felt concerns about the serious
challenges posed by unabated immigration. ...
resulting rapid rate of population growth, 80 per cent of which has been
due to direct and indirect immigration since 2001, adds huge pressures on
infrastructure and public services. Mr Double and his colleagues may choose
to brush aside public disquiet at such a state of affairs but the truth is
that they are either engaging in wishful thinking or they are woefully out
of touch. Perhaps both.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ENGLISH CHANNEL
3,000 migrants desperate to cross Channel will not be deterred by Border Force patrols, say charities
Daily Telegraph, 23 January 2019
Some 3,000 migrants are in northern France and Belgium
"desperate" to get to the UK and will not be deterred by Britain's Navy and
Border Force patrols, refugee charities have told MPs.
Moseley, Founder of Care4Calais, told the Home Affairs Select Committee the
French policy of dispersing migrants from Calais had failed to stop
thousands continuing to seek to get to Britain with many saying they would
"do anything" to cross the Channel.
The appalling conditions, with
many sleeping out in the open after persistent police raids on any
makeshift camps, was driving more to Britain rather than deterring them,
she said. ...
She added: "We were told the closure of the camps
would stop people coming to Calais, trying to cross the Channel. It
Maddy Allen, field manager of Help Refugees, said the
Border Force patrols and deployment of HMS Mersey were "not acting as a
A declining population may not always be bad for the economy
Daily Telegraph, 22 January 2019
Trade wars. Currency movements. Trade balances. Normalising
interest rates. Combating climate change and poverty. Year after year, the
G-20 discusses the same narrow range of issues, never agrees on very much
and follows up on even less with any real action. But this year might just
be different. The Japanese are taking the chair and, to their credit, they
have decided to put something that genuinely matters at the top of the
agenda, namely demographics.
Even more strikingly, they are
challenging a cosy consensus of the last couple of decades. Most mainstream
economists and policymakers take it for granted that a declining population
is bad for the economy and we need to do all we can to reverse it. But the
Japanese are starting to argue that it may not be true. Technology might
mean that we need fewer people, while all the services required by the
elderly might actually stimulate demand. If true, policies to combat an
ageing population might be a big mistake. ...
Haruhiko Kuroda, the
governor of the Bank of Japan, kick-strated the debate with a sppech that
had the not-completely snappy title Demographic Changes and Macroeconomic
... It's possible, he argued, that an ageing
population could be completely fine. Rapid progress in technology, such as
robotics and artificial intelligence, means that we might need far fewer
workers than in the past, while improving productivity (indeed, slightly
oddly, at the same time as we worry about not having enough workers, we
also worry about what to do about mass unemployment created by robotics).
In fact, a shortage of workers will put pressure on companies to improve
... The conclusion? A falling population is not
necessarily as bad for the economy as usually assumed. More provocatively
still, ageing nations might be able to outperform younger ones.
That is of course especially relevant to Japan, where the working
age population peaked in 1995 and its total population in 2008. Unlike just
about every other major country, Japan has not tried to stem its declining
numbers through immigration, remaining relatively closed to outsiders.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION POLITICS
Dinghies of migrants are small part of 'significant wedge' of illegal migration, says Director of Migration Watch UK
talkRadio, 22 January
Neil Anderson, Executive Director of Migration Watch UK has
said that reports of illegal migrants attempting to cross the Channel in
dinghies are a "small front-end of a significant wedge".
23 migrants were intercepted by the Border Force in the English Channel on
Sunday, bringing the weekend total for arrivals to almost 40.
Anderson told talkRADIO's Mike Graham: "In terms of immigration and illegal
migration, a lot more needs to be done.
"It is very easy to
concentrate on migrants coming over in dinghies and we are hearing about a
few dozen being picked up but this is very simply a very small front-end of
a significant wedge." ...
Mr Anderson added that there had been no
"political will" to invest in resources at the UK border.
thing we can say for certain is that there are serious resource issues with
the border force," he said.
"Basically there has to be the
political will and willingness to invest in the appropriate resources in
order to address this very serious problem."
MULTICULTURALISM AUSTRALIA, WESTERN CIVILISATION
Western Civ: it's not just for white people anymore
Spectator Australia, 19 January 2019
When the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation generously
offered to fund 'Western Civ' courses at Australian universities, critics
at the ANU and University of Sydney inevitably expressed their gratitude
with accusations of racism. They say that Western Civ. has no place in a
multicultural society. Teaching Western Civ. is somehow construed as an
insult both to indigenous and immigrant Australians, which, when you think
about it, really includes just about everyone.
Racism doesn't seem
to be such a problem for the University of Wollongong, which has agreed to
host the first Ramsay Centre degree, to be called the Bachelor of Arts
(Western Civilisation). In fact, it will create a new school within its
faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts just for the occasion. That's
right: to find Western civilisation in Australia, head to Wollongong.
But the idea that Australians of Chinese, Indian, or Aboriginal
backgrounds are somehow congenitally non-Western is itself racist. The idea
that Chinese, Indian, and indigenous students of any nationality would not
want to enrol in a Western civilisation course is worse than racist
There's nothing racist about teaching an
Australian medical student of Chinese descent Western medicine instead of
traditional Chinese medicine, Australian law instead of Chinese law. A
course in Western civilisation is no different. It's not racist to offer
Western Civ. It's racist not to offer it if multiculturalism is
offered as the excuse. ...
Australian universities certainly should
celebrate Australia's and the world's many cultures. Everyone
should study a foreign language, admire the world's artistic heritage,
travel a bit, and sample as many as possible of the world's distinctive
cuisines. Australia is blessed to be a country of many cultures, and they
are all worth experiencing. But our universities should teach our own
civilisation, first, foremost, and perhaps even exclusively. After all,
it's the only civilisation we have.
BORDER CONTROLS WALLS
Donald Trump claims 77 major border walls have been built around the world with 800 miles of barriers across Europe
The Sun, 18 January
Donald Trump tried to beef up his argument for building a wall
along the 1,933-mile US-Mexico border by claiming similar structures have
already been erected across the globe.
The president tweeted that
77 major border walls currently exist and that 800 miles of barriers "stop
crime" in Europe.
He also tweeted that 45 countries were in the
process of "planning or building walls". ...
The tycoon wrote:
"Over 800 miles of Walls have been built in Europe since only 2015.
"They have all been recognized as close to 100% successful. Stop
the crime at our Southern Border!"
Trump appears to be basing his
claims on analysis by USA Today, who cited the UN Refugee Agency for
statistics on border walls across the globe. ...
It added that
since Europe's migrant crisis erupted in 2015, "at least 800 miles of
fences have been erected by Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia,
Slovenia and others".
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CANADA
Don't ever question mass immigration or you'll be instantly racist
National Post, 16 January 2019
The National Post has run a series of editorials noting that
our legal immigration channels work well, but the issue of border migration
is eroding public confidence in immigration. ...
This past weekend,
The Globe and Mail's senior political columnist, John Ibbitson, published a
buoyant endorsement of the government's current immigration policy
(continuing high rates) headlined, "Immigration's benefits are a matter of
I asked Herbert Grubel, professor of economics
(emeritus) at Simon Fraser University, and senior fellow of The Fraser
Institute specializing in immigration, for his opinion about Ibbitson's
Grubel notes that the average income taxes paid by
immigrants since 1986 have been about one-half of those paid by
non-immigrant Canadians. Yet immigrants absorb the same value of government
services (not more, as some people would have you believe), so the
difference between what immigrants pay in and take out amounts to not less
than $5,000 a year per person, he calculates. Do the collective math and
Grubel estimates that it comes to an annual $30 billion payout.
Neither Grubel nor I nor any reasonable Canadian believes
immigration is a bad thing in itself. We're all for it. ...
what happens if the number of immigrants should exceed the capacity of the
country's ability to absorb them? It isn't orderly immigration that sets
many Canadians' teeth on edge; it is mass immigration promoted as a good in
and of itself without regard to our actual present and future needs or
interests. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants now arrive here each year.
In Vancouver alone they require 300 housing units every week. This can only
drive up housing costs and add to the crowding in our hospitals. It can
also reshape the cultural ecology of old neighbourhoods, which residents
seem generally fine with when it happens more naturally over time, but find
very jarring when it happens with unsettling rapidity.
that even raising any "cultural" factor like that is a red flag to those
progressives who insist that culture is a construct of privilege and trying
to protect the culture we have is an act of bigotry. But discussing it
shouldn't be off-limits. People all over the world desire to live in Canada
because of its stability, prosperity, gender equality, excellent quality of
life and respect for the law. All of these national qualities are
downstream from culture. It is perfectly legitimate to worry that high
rates of immigration to Canada could undermine the very tenets of equality,
freedom and justice, those products of our own culture, that attract so
many in the first place. Of course, even the words "our own culture" are in
themselves divisive: to many progressives they are a shibboleth for
oppression; to me and my more conservative friends they are, relative to
all other cultures, words that evoke pride, yet we feel anxiety saying
Often, we also feel like stooges of politicians who claim to
be focused on immigrants' value to Canada, but who are really focused on
immigrants as voters. And we feel frustrated because rational discussion of
immigration does not seem possible when any and all objections are met with
mantras like "diversity is our strength" at the top. And because we are not
allowed to talk about these things without incurring charges of racism.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD DENMARK
Denmark: "In One Generation, Our Country Has Changed"
Gatestone Institute, 16 January 2019
Turkey has been extremely active in ramping up its activities
in Denmark, apparently as part of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's
plan of strengthening Islam in the West. Denmark already has around 30
Turkish mosques out of approximately 170 mosques in total as of end of
2017. In 2006, there were 115 mosques in all of Denmark an increase
of nearly 50% in little more than a decade.
A recent government
study, "Analysis of children of descendants with a non-Western background",
shows that there continue to be huge problems with assimilating immigrants
into Danish society. ...
Today, there are roughly 500,000
immigrants and descendants of immigrants in Denmark. The cost to the Danish
state is 33 billion Danish kroner per year ($5 billion or 4.4 billion
euros), according to the Danish Ministry of Finance. It is estimated that
in 2060 there will be nearly 900,000 immigrants and descendants of
immigrants in Denmark, according to Denmark's official statistical bureau,
Danmark's Statistik. Denmark currently has a total population of 5.8
million people. If the lack of integration persists in the next generation
of descendants of immigrants, Denmark is looking at a significant societal
problem to which no one appears to have a solution.
Least of all,
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. In his New Year's speech, he
said that things are "going well" in Denmark. /.../ "When I was in high
school, he also said, "there were around 50,000 people with a non-Western
background in Denmark. Today, there are almost half a million. In one
generation, our country has changed". The country did not just "change".
Danish politicians, with their policies, changed it.
MULTICULTURALISM ISLAM, USA, EUROPE
Rep André Carson Predicts Sizable 'Muslim Caucus' By 2030. Is He Correct, And Will It Matter?
Democratic Rep. André Carson made news last week by
predicting that there could be as many as 30 to 35 Muslims in Congress and
possibly even a Muslim president or vice president by the year 2030.
Speaking to attendees at a "Community Congressional Reception"
hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Thursday, the
Indiana congressman welcomed newly elected Representatives Ilhan Omar and
Rashida Tlaib - both of whom were in attendance and spoke later - and
celebrated the likelihood that their election victories were just the tip
of the iceberg that's to come.
"It's more than just about having
three Muslims in Congress," said Carson. "I think symbolically it has great
value, but I won't rest until 2020 we have five more members of Congress;
2022 and 24, we have 10 more Muslims in Congress. In 2030 we may have about
30, 35 Muslims in Congress." ...
... PEW Research predicts the
Muslim population in the United States could reach 8.1 million by 2050. If
so, it would comprise 2.1 percent of the total population, almost twice the
current 1.1 percent share. Sounds reasonable. However, the same article
acknowledges that the Muslim population "has been growing rapidly" from its
originally small base due to "higher fertility rates among Muslim Americans
as well as the continued migration of Muslims to the U.S." ...
Thanks to its physical proximity to Muslim countries so many are
desperate to leave, Western Europe is in an entirely different situation.
According to PEW Research, the share of Muslims on the continent grew from
19.5 million to 25.8 million (from 3.8 percent to almost 5 percent) from
2010 to 2016 alone. "By 2050, the share of the continent's population that
is Muslim could more than double, rising to 11.2% or more, depending on how
much migration is allowed into Europe," writes PEW, adding that even if
migration were "permanently halted" (something we all know probably won't
happen anytime soon), the "relative youth and high fertility rates" of
Muslims currently living in Europe would still cause the population to rise
to 7.4 percent.
Some countries project even higher in 2050, should
migration continue at current rates - Germany at 19.7 percent, UK at 17.2
percent, France at 18 percent and Sweden at 30.6 percent.
isn't projected, and what isn't generally spoken of in polite circles, is
where things go from there. ...
Yes, most individual Muslims are
doubtless good people who, like most immigrants, simply want the best for
themselves and their families. But you can do your own research and come to
your own conclusions on the virtues and drawbacks of Muslim majority
countries. (I will ask this though - If they are so great, why are so many
people itching to leave them?)
You can also decide for yourself
whether or not you want to live in one.
grandchildren and great-grandchildren, on the other hand, may not be so
ASYLUM IRANIANS, UK, FRANCE
Proof Britain IS a soft touch for migrants: We let 63 per cent of asylum seekers from Iran IN...while France keeps 69 per cent OUT
Abul Taher and Peter
Mail on Sunday, 13 January 2019
Britain was last night branded a 'soft touch' for accepting far
more Iranian asylum-seekers than France does.
Figures obtained by
The Mail on Sunday show the UK grants refugee status to almost two-thirds
of those who arrive from Iran. By contrast France takes in only one in
And even those refused asylum in Britain are highly unlikely
to be kicked out, analysis of official data shows. ...
of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: 'The British asylum
system is less stringent than the one in France and this is partly why
people are trying to come through Calais into Britain and not apply in
An analysis of Home Office data by Migration Watch found
that about 2,500 Iranians applied for asylum in the UK each year between
2008 and 2017, ...
In the past year, 63 per cent of the cases ended
with claimants being granted asylum, discretionary leave or humanitarian
protection. Only 37 per cent were rejected. ...
For the past five
years, an average of only about 100 failed applicants have been forcibly
removed or chosen to leave per annum less than four per cent of the
Refugee groups say that once an Iranian loses a bid to
remain on appeal, they often abscond and work in the black economy or their
lawyers submit a fresh asylum application which could take years to
The asylum rejection rate for Iranians is much higher in
France the country where all of the Calais migrants could have
applied for asylum.
Latest figures from Eurostat, the EU
statistical body, show that in 2017, France rejected 63 per cent of Iranian
asylum seekers at first decision and ordered them to leave the country. In
the first three quarters of 2018, that rose to 69 per cent.
French government source said the rejection rate for Iranians is similar to
the overall rate for all asylum seekers in France, which stands at around
70 per cent.
IMMIGRATION ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COSTS
We MUST control immigration and its costs both economic and social
Iain Duncan Smith and Neil MacKinnon
Sunday Express, 13 January
For many, a key plank of the support for Brexit at the
referendum was the impact of uncontrolled immigration into the UK.
Voters worried about the resulting negative impact on their access
to public services provision in terms of housing, GP appointments,
educational provision, social care and effects on jobs availability. It has
long been an article of faith for supporters of free movement that all
migration increases economic well being. However, studies apparently
supporting this view have conflated the economic effects of skilled,
better-educated and more highly-paid migrants with that of unskilled
The UK spends about £4 billion a year providing
housing and other social benefits to EU migrants.
Free Trade (EFT) research has shown that it is uncontrolled, unskilled
migration that imposes costs on the UK's public purse, as well as on local
This research estimates that the cost in supporting EU
unskilled migrants is about £3500 per year per adult migrant.
In effect, the taxpayer provides a wage subsidy of about 20 per
cent to the average unskilled EU migrant.
There is no dispute about
the positive impact of skilled labour in contributing to the UK economy.
Furthermore, these effects increase in areas of dense migrant
Local communities hosting large EU and non-EU immigrant
populations face higher costs without compensation, as well as declining
housing, health and educational standards.
For example, EFT
research found that in a region like Leicester, which has the densest
immigrant population in the UK, the burden of unskilled immigrants per head
in the local community costs £287 annually, or about £6 per
This equates to around 1 per cent of average UK
household disposable income per head.
In addition, there is
evidence of differential impacts across different UK-born groups with more
negative effects for those with lower levels of education.
effects are found on the earnings of UK lower-skilled workers.
percentage point increase in the EU-born working age population ratio can
reduce UK-born wages for the lower-skilled by up to 0.8 per cent.
Thus, uncontrolled immigration is a key economic issue, never mind
a political one.
An equally important aspect of the economic issue
is that UK industry now has one of the poorest records for investment in
training, technological innovation and automation.
Such has been
the effect of uncontrolled migration in the UK that Centre for Social
Justice research shows that only 15 per cent of those who start work in
entry level jobs will progress past that level in their working lives.
Similar effects exist even amongst skilled jobs. ...
has the highest percentage of foreign-trained doctors of any European
country about three-times that of France, Germany, or Spain.
ASYLUM ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, DEPORTATION
Only one in three failed asylum seekers end up leaving Britain as the others vanish into the 'black economy', damning report reveals
Mail, 11 January 2019
Only one in three failed asylum seekers gets removed from
Britain in a system 'rife with abuse', a damning report has revealed.
Not only does this 'corrode' trust in the rules, but it also
provides an incentive to migrants to try to reach the UK illegally, a
former Home Office chief warned.
David Wood, head of immigration
enforcement until 2015, sets out his findings today in a 74-page report for
the think-tank Civitas. ...
After analysis of Home Office figures,
Mr Wood said that between 2010 and 2016, 80,813 people were refused
sanctuary or withdrew their asylum applications. Of these, only 29,659 were
deported just 36 per cent.
There was also a growing backlog
of cases where people waited longer than six months more than
tripling from 4,081 at the start of the decade to 14,306 in 2017.
... Mr Wood said: 'Once migrants reach the UK they are usually here
to stay whether they have a valid claim to be here or not.
means that these numbers add to an ever-growing number of migrants in the
country who have no lawful entitlement to be here.
the failure to deal with this situation provides an incentive to further
attempts to come to the UK by people who have no right to be here.' Under
the 1951 Refugee Convention, those seeking refuge from war or persecution
can be granted asylum. UK rules allow unsuccessful applicants to appeal.
Guidelines say that failed asylum seekers should be detained only
if deporting them is a realistic prospect. But Mr Wood said more should be
done to speed up processing applications and to boost removals of those who
are declined sanctuary.
He said the initial decision-making process
should be streamlined, rather than subjecting every applicant to a lengthy
interview. For instance, if it is established that someone is fleeing a
warzone, they would automatically be entitled to asylum, leaving officials
free to work on more complex cases.
Applicants should be made to
take lie detector tests to quickly identify areas of their story that might
be fabricated, he suggested.
More failed asylum seekers should be
detained if travel documents can be obtained from their home country, he
added, meaning they do not escape. If a nation is refusing to provide
paperwork, the failed refugee should simply be put on a flight there to be
dealt with by UK consular staff.
Mr Wood said: 'It is an important
principle that people fleeing persecution should be given refuge by
countries in a position to offer it. But where asylum processes are being
used as a way of facilitating economic migration it is essential to be able
to quickly and efficiently distinguish between the two, in order to ensure
those entitled to help receive it quickly, and to ensure that UK citizens
do not lose faith and support for a system that is rife with abuse.'
POLITICS PARLIAMENT, UN GLOBAL COMPACT ON MIGRATION
Parliament REFUSES Petition to Reject UN Migrant Pact: 'Already Been Agreed'
Breitbart, 11 January 2019
The British Parliament has refused to debate a petition to
reject the UN compact on migration as it "has already been agreed by the UK
The petition, which has nearly 130,000 signatures,
called on the Government to follow countries like the United States,
Hungary, and Australia and reject the United Nations Compact for Safe,
Orderly, and Regular Migration, which is the first attempt at the "global
governance" and institutionalisation of migration.
has decided not to schedule a debate on this petition because the UN Global
Compact on Migration has already been agreed by the UK Government," said
"The final text of the Compact was agreed by the UK
Government in July last year. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in
December," it added, before claiming that the compact is "not legally
binding and cannot compel the UK Government to change its own immigration
policies" despite legal experts warning that the agreement exists in a
legal "grey area" and could be used to interpret national immigration law.
While Britain committed to the agreement at the Intergovernmental
Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, on December 10th, the minimum number of
signatures needed to trigger Parliament's Backbench Business Committee to
consider it for a full debate 100,000 had been reached a week
before then, with Parliament only rejecting the debate Wednesday.
POLITICS PUBLIC OPINION, SCOTLAND
Scots reject SNP call for immigration powers
The Times, 10 January 2019
Nicola Sturgeon's desire to secure control of immigration in
Scotland has been dealt a blow by a survey showing that most Scottish
people oppose the idea.
The first minister launched a fresh bid
this week for Scotland to take charge of its own borders policy, arguing
that the country was in desperate need of boosting its working-age
population with migrants from the EU.
However, a survey for
Britain's leading independent social research institute has shown not only
that Scots do not share this view but they are also sceptical about
allowing freedom of movement to continue from Europe after Brexit.
Mass Immigration And The Growth Of Inequality
Social Europe, 8 January 2019
The claim that immigration is economically beneficial appears
to be an article of faith amongst those who consider themselves
progressive. However, mere changes in total GDP often mean little in terms
of the lived reality of society. Much more important is whether or not mass
immigration changes the social structure and the pattern of economic
Economic inequality (in the distribution of income and
wealth) has been growing in virtually every developed society. It is clear
that there is no single cause, but one important driver is changes in the
occupational structure. In some countries, but especially in the UK and the
USA, occupational growth has polarised: there are more well-paid
high-skilled jobs, there are more low-paid jobs, but there are fewer
moderately well-paid secure jobs in the middle.
A growing social
science research suggests that the reason for the existence of low-paid
jobs has been precisely the availability of a large pool of immigrant
labour. Low-paid jobs have expanded simply because there are people
prepared to do them. If this labour supply did not exist and, crucially, if
there was no alternative labour supply, then the jobs would not exist. The
argument that immigrants are 'needed' to fill existing jobs takes the
existing jobs and hence the occupational structure for granted;
furthermore, it accepts that immigrants are the only possible source of
In some sectors enterprises' business model
depends upon paying low wages. The transformation of agriculture in the USA
and more recently in the UK has involved a shift to forms of production and
even to crops that are only viable because of low wages. ...
the 1980s domestic servants were declining in numbers. Today professionals
and managers expect to employ domestic labour to clean their houses, mind
their children, etc. These jobs are overwhelmingly taken by immigrants who
are often illegals. ...
This relationship between mass immigration
and occupational change cannot be generalised to all periods and places.
The mass European migration in the second half of the 19th century to the
USA and other areas of new settlement did not have this result, nor in fact
did the mass immigration to Western Europe in the post-world war period. It
is, however, clear that today those who call for 'open borders' the
unrestricted entry of unskilled workers into the EU are facilitating
a more polarised occupational structure, more low paid workers and greater
social and economic inequality.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION POLITICS, ANTI-RACISM
How immigration makes us all irrational
Washington Examiner, 7 January 2019
Some 300 men they are almost all men, and seem to be
mainly from Iran have tried to reach Britain in small boats since
November. That number is not large when we consider that around 7,500
people claimed asylum in the UK during the same period. Still, dinghies
make good photographs, and news is slow at this time of year, so British
tabloids were quick to proclaim a "crisis." ...
all sides irrational. To redeploy Royal Navy vessels to the Channel, as
Britain is now doing at a cost of $25,000 a day, is an absurd
over-reaction. If the UK truly wanted to reduce illegal immigration, it
would spend an equivalent sum of money on ensuring that deportation orders
were properly enforced. ...
Every bit as irrational is the reaction
of the virtue-signaling Left. Most of us agree that a measure of controlled
and legal immigration can benefit a country. Left-wingers are perfectly
within their rights to argue that immigration policy should be guided by
compassion rather than GDP growth that we should, in other words,
count poverty and desperation as qualifications rather than just economic
utility. But how, on those grounds, can you possibly justify a system that
allows a handful of would-be settlers to jump the queue by paying
If anything, the Channel crossing belongs in a
Darwinian science-fiction novel. Some futuristic dystopian state might seek
to improve its genetic stock by closing its borders, knowing that only the
shrewdest, hardiest and most determined migrants would attempt the sea
journey. How have progressives now come, in effect if not in intention, to
support such a policy? How have they reached the point where they want to
contract out immigration policy to criminal gangs?
The answer, I
suspect, has to do with changes on the Left since the late 1960s in
particular the elevation of anti-racism as the supreme virtue, the card
that trumps feminism, free speech, secularism and everything else. There
are people in Britain, as in the United States, who struggle to see past
the color of the would-be migrants' skins. A few of these people are white
supremacists. Many more are well-meaning liberals who are so determined not
to give succor to racists that they end up backing idiotic policies from a
tribalism of their own. In Britain, this means agitating to admit the boat
people. In the United States, it means arguing that a gang of Hondurans who
pitch up at the border should be allowed to elbow aside those who have
applied properly and legally.
People-smuggling is a huge industry,
and it grows larger every day. Rising aspirations and improved technology
notably smartphones with both a GPS function and the ability to
transfer credit are triggering mass movements of peoples. Wealthy
countries need to work out how to deal with migratory pressures never
before encountered in peace-time.
They need to accept that human
institutions are necessarily imperfect and that, under any conceivable
system, some rogues will get in while some deserving applicants are kept
out. That is not an argument for abandoning all your rules. On the
contrary, it is an argument for enforcing them properly.
TERRORISM EUROPE, FRANCE
Report: Nearly all terror attacks in France carried out by radicals already known to police
NBC News, 6 January 2019
The vast majority of terror attacks in France were carried out
by Islamic radicals who had been known to police or intelligence services,
according to a new report by a global security think tank.
Bratislava-based GLOBSEC examined 22 terror incidents in France
since 2012. Nearly 80 percent of the people behind those attacks had been
on a terror watchlist, and 97 percent had been on the radar of authorities,
according to the firm's new analysis, obtained by NBC News.
figures included Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, career criminals with
long records who killed 12 people in January 2015 in the offices of the
satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
are likely to bolster the longstanding criticism leveled at France and
other European countries that authorities are not doing enough to prosecute
and imprison those who pose a threat. ...
"The main issue
throughout Europe is the sentencing, which is extremely lenient and also
allows for terrorists/jihadists to be freed quite early for 'good
behavior,'" said London-based terror expert Olivier Guitta, founder and
managing director of the security firm GlobalStrat.
Of 78 people
suspected of carrying out the attacks, 49 percent had previous criminal
convictions, including 19 percent who were repeat offenders, the report
"What we are experiencing in Europe is very much colonisation" [part 2]
Techne Aletheia, 6 January 2019
I understand that a solution you propose to solve this
dilemma is the reemigration or change of migratory flows, exactly how would
this work and wouldn't this procedure be a burden for the native taxpayers?
There is no other solution to the invasion, colonisation
and foreign occupation of Europe that the reversal of invasion,
decolonisation, the departure of the occupying forces. No colonisation has
ever ended without the departure of the coloniser. And what we are
experiencing in Europe, whatever denials notwithstanding, is very much
colonisation. Europe is infinitely more colonised by Africa that it ever
colonised it itself. And the colonisation of Europe by Africa is much more
serious and profound that the former colonisation of Africa by Europe
because it is demographic: it implies massive transfers of population,
which the former colonisation did not. There is no other issue that
Remigration. And even if it cost a fortune to the native taxpayers it would
have to be done because it is a matter of life and death for the very
existence of the nation as a nation, of the civilisation as civilisation,
already half destroyed. But it would not cost a fortune. /.../
Occident [the West] is the first civilisation in the history of
humanity which is paying a fortune to engineer and realise its own
conquest, its own subjection and destruction. Moreover, saving the taxpayer
money would be the biggest inducement to remigration. If the replacers were
not given a lot of money to make children in Europe, were not paid just to
be there, not offered a lot of legal, judiciary and financiary privileges
which are denied to the replacees, the indigenes of Europe, they would not
come in the first place and they would not stay. Cutting the money supply
would be enough to start remigration.
When referring to the
'Great Replacement', would not we be talking about a demographic change?
/.../ Or should we fight this trend even if it could be unavoidable?
Of course there have been demographic changes throughout history.
But great civilisations have flourished when Man or a people have decided
to oppose and interrupt, at least for a time, the cycle of violence,
conquest, ethnic substitution, replacement. The population of France has
been remarkably stable between 600 A.D. and 1900, or even 1970. ...
How you differ from Marine Le Pen or more radical groups with
anti-immigration or even racist positions?
Marine Le Pen and
other right wing leaders or political parties say they are opposed to the
continuation of immigration, or that they want to control it better. That
does not make any sense at all. There is no point in saying that an
invasion must stop when it has already taken place. /.../ When Algeria
became independent from France in 1962, it immediately decided it would not
be real independence if ten per cent of the population was alien to its
culture, language, religion. The French colonisers had to leave, often
after five or six generations. I certainly do not advocate the horrible
brutality of the process (it was realised in a few weeks, not without never
mentioned massacres), but I agree with the necessity. We have to get out
once and for all of the colonialist period of the history of humanity.
"What we are experiencing in Europe is very much colonisation" [part 1]
Techne Aletheia, 6 January 2019
Renaud Camus, writer and president of the National Council of
Resistance, is known for popularizing the notion of the 'Great
Replacement', a call to fight the civilization and cultural change that,
according to this author, is already in process in Western societies. We
talked with Camus to know in greater detail his positions on this
You are known for making popular the notion of the
'Great Replacement', what does this notion mean concretely? It is a
negative idea and how did you arrive at it? Also, what encourages you to
maintain this struggle and not fall into pessimism?
It is a
very negative idea indeed. Great Replacement, the change of people, which
implies the change of civilisation, is the crime against humanity par
excellence (if one dares say...) of the XXIst century. In the words of
the communist Carribean poet Aimé Césaire, mayor of
Fort-de-France, in Martinique, it is a genocide by substitution.
Césaire was of course speaking of something else, the replacement of
Carribbeans in Martinique by people from France, French civil servants
mostly. But his strong phrase applies even more to the replacement of
Europeans by Africans in Europe.
Pessimism would be logical, of
course. Ethnic substitution is already very advanced, and we are fighting
against very strong adversaries, not only the colonisers but people who
want and organise the colonisation, and control the media, the schools and
the tribunals, that is: people's minds. However the very horror of what is
happening is a very strong enticement not to give up. No people can accept
that: its own obliteration.
What are the factors or causes that
make this 'Great Replacement' possible? Is it a phenomenon that occurs only
in France, western countries or the whole globe?
replacement of population occurs mostly in Western countries, Europe and
North America, even though there are immigrants' moves all over the world.
To-day Replacism is one of the two giant totalitarianisms
competing for the mastery of the world the other one being of course
Islamism. Those two are rivals but there is between them, for the time
being, a kind of monstruous temporary alliance, a sort of long
German-Soviet pact, like the short-lived non-agression pact between Hitler
and Stalin in 1939. Replacism and Islamism both think they can use the
other to their own interests, and indeed they do, even though on both sides
there are adversaries to the pact. ... ...
The tragedy in Western
Europe is not the influx of citizens from the former Soviet Bloc. It is the
permanent pouring out on one continent of the population of another, namely
Africa, be it Muslim North Africa or Black Africa.
SOCIAL COHESION NATIONAL IDENTITY
Identity is just as important as wealth. Why don't economists get that?
The Spectator, 5 January 2019
It has become commonplace for news reports to refer to almost
any civic unrest, or even unusual patterns of voting, as evidence of
'resurgent nationalism' implicitly suggesting a visceral hatred of
foreigners and a desire to set the clock back to the glory days of racial
homogeneity and casual homophobia. We should be wary of accepting this
media trope: for one thing it may arouse far more fear than is warranted.
But apart from the needless fear it generates, it is also slightly
dubious to suggest that it is the gilets jaunes or the Five Star
Movement or the supporters of Brexit or even Donald Trump who are acting
intemperately. It is perfectly possible to argue that these movements are a
sensible, overdue reaction against governments that have imposed economic
globalisation on the world at a pace that is entirely inconsistent with the
human lifespan and the speed at which we can adapt to change. The free
movement of people, the euro, large-scale immigration, the dissolution of
the nation state for that matter the admission of China to the
WTO... all were imposed on the world by ideologically motivated elites with
little public consultation. Regardless of whether you think they are good
or bad, there is a perfectly sensible secondary question to be asked about
whether they were too much too soon. Remember, such decisions are usually
made by economists, who do not really understand either time or scale.
Nor does conventional economics take into account the importance of
identity. Eighteen years ago, rather presciently, George Akerlof and Rachel
Kranton suggested that economics is far too individualistic in its
conception of human motivation. Identity Economics, as they call their
theory, holds that people's pride in their collective identity can be
considered as a parallel form of wealth, which people seek to grow and
protect every bit as much as the balance of their bank accounts. When you
strip people of their identity, the reaction is no different than if you
deprive people of their earnings.
Given the fact that we have
evolved as a social species, this theory should hardly surprise us. After
all, the one quality most likely to ensure survival over the past million
years was proudly to belong to one or more defined, excludable groups with
a shared allegiance born of common bonds and obligations. It would be odd
if this instinct were not every bit as powerful as the urge to acquire
wealth. And to disparage this fellow feeling as though it were necessarily
a malign force is nonsense: it is a large part of what makes society work.
Economics is obsessed with the gains arising from scale. But
identity does not scale neatly or quickly. ...
is one principled argument for a hard Brexit, even if at some economic
cost. It is to make the perfectly valid point that in a democracy the
government should do what people want, not what economic theory says is
good for them. Quite simply, economics is anthropologically tone-deaf: it
has far too narrow a conception of what people really care about to justify
the influence it carries.
POLITICS CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Andrew Green: The new Immigration White Paper. Not just damaging, but a disaster both for control and the Conservatives
ConservativeHome, 4 January 2019
As MPs gather next week to resume their debate on Brexit, they
will need to turn their attention to immigration a major issue in
the EU referendum.
Unfortunately, the Immigration White Paper,
slipped out just before Christmas, is not just a set-back for immigration
control, it is a disaster. Indeed it will, in future, be seen to have been
extremely damaging for public faith in the political system trust in
politicians and the Conservative Party especially.
despite all their promises over eight years not just promises but
manifesto commitments the Conservatives have given up any serious
attempt to reduce immigration. If the proposals in The White Paper are
implemented, immigration will be far more likely to increase still further
and could well spin out of control.
How could that be? Consider
this. Until now, highly skilled immigration (that is at degree level or
higher) has been open for EU citizens but capped at 20,700 for non-EU
entrants. According to the new policy, there will be no cap on either.
Furthermore, employers will no longer be obliged to advertise a job in
Britain before recruiting from overseas: how will British staff feel about
that? There is even talk of abolishing the system of sponsorship so that
anyone could bring in a worker, perhaps even a relative, as long as they
said that they would be paying a salary of £30,000 a year. Yet the
Government's own Advisory Committee, mainly pro-immigration economists, has
admitted that salary levels can be fiddled, for example by including other
elements such as accommodation.
For anyone who has followed
immigration matters for some years (in my case 18 years), this is sheer
foolishness, but that is not the half of it. There is also to be a new
route for those with much lower qualifications put simply, "A level"
or equivalent which will be open to the whole world and also
uncapped. Given that these routes will lead to settlement there could be
waves of applications, from all over the world, including from people
willing to take a pay cut to get on a track for permanent residence and
eventual British citizenship.
There is more. There is also to be a
route for unskilled workers from "low risk" countries. ...
Amazingly, this last route will also be uncapped and will be open
to visitors from these countries to find and take up a job while they are
here. The clear implication is that all EU countries will be included
amongst the "low risk" countries, so Romanians and Bulgarians, still
arriving in considerable numbers, will continue to flow in. ...
Even that is not the end of it. ...
It is beyond question
that immigration was a major issue at the referendum. Its salience has
declined somewhat since then, at least partly because people thought that
it was all in hand.
The White Paper contains a great deal of talk
about the "control" of immigration, but the reality is that new routes will
be opened, some temporary but the Government's record in removing
overstayers is lamentable. Meanwhile, the public are clear that they want
to see an actual reduction. They are aware, no doubt, that immigration has
been adding one million to our population every three years since 2001.
They may also know that, at current rates of immigration to England, we
shall have to build a new home for immigrants every six minutes, night and
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY
Migrant farce is making Britain look like a soft touch
Daily Mail, 2 January 2019
Home Secretary Sajid Javid is coming under increasing political
pressure to get a grip on the recent surge in migrant boats crossing the
English Channel. ...
Yet, as a former police officer who spent much
of my career in border enforcement, I have to say that I feel a large
degree of sympathy for the Home Secretary.
It would be profoundly
unfair to heap all the blame on him for the present mess. The reality is
that Sajid Javid inherited a toxic legacy when he took over the Home Office
last summer because the Border Force simply does not have the capacity to
do its job properly.
That is glaringly obvious when it comes to our
territorial waters, where the Force has a total of just five cutters to
cover 7,723 miles of coastline, whereas Italy has around 600 patrol boats
to combat migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean.
is even more stark in the English Channel, one of the world's busiest
shipping routes, where just one cutter has been operating recently
and even that has reportedly been in dock in Ramsgate since Saturday.
It is little wonder that people smugglers and organised crime
networks sense they have little to fear from the grossly overstretched
British agencies. Every new picture of a boatload of migrants being ushered
ashore in Kent reinforces the impression that Britain is a soft touch.
An immigration free-for-all cannot be allowed to develop further,
especially not in the Channel.
For a start, further impotence on
the part of the authorities would dramatically escalate the crisis, making
a humanitarian tragedy inevitable.
Indeed, without a crackdown, the
traffickers would spread their theatre of operations beyond the Kent coast,
using bigger vessels to reach Sussex, Hampshire, East Anglia and even
Lincolnshire. So, robust action is needed.
In practice, that means
beefing up the Border Force through more patrol boats, more staff and more
resources to tackle the organised gangs. ...
But any increase in
the Border Force's capability will achieve nothing without a radical change
At present, the enforcement patrols along with
Royal National Lifeboat Institution vessels which have also been deployed
tend to pick up the migrants from their boats, then bring them back
Far from acting as a kind of deterrent, this approach
is actually an incentive for more illegal migration because the British
appear to be acting as a 'taxi service'.
What needs to happen is
for the British Government to negotiate deals with our European partners
for the rescued migrants to be returned to the Continent instead of being
ferried to our shores. ...
It is too simplistic to argue that our
Navy should act unilaterally to take these migrants straight back to the
Continent. That would be wholly impractical and a major breach of
Britain would not tolerate French military ships
sailing into our southern ports to leave groups of illegal migrants on the
But with more imagination, flexibility, resources and
sheer willpower, along with an international accord, our Government can
overcome the current problem in the Channel before it spirals out of
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY
Theresa May should have solved this 'migrant crisis' back in 2016
Daily Mail, 1 January 2019
Not that there's anything minor about the current cross-Channel
traffic in illegal immigrants coming ashore on the Kent coast in increasing
numbers. Since the story exploded on a slow news day over Christmas, the
Government has gone into full headless chicken mode. ...
this would be necessary, of course, had the Government not ignored the
problem of illegals crossing the Channel when it first surfaced more than
two-and-a-half years ago.
It's not as if they didn't know it was
happening. Between March and May 2016, there were at least eight recorded
incidents of Border Force officials intercepting attempts to enter Britain
by boat, via beaches in Kent and Sussex. ...
... And still they
kept coming, unhindered, throughout the summer. In September 2016, the
Mail's Sue Reid hired a small inflatable boat in France and sailed across
the Channel to Dover. She passed a French coastguard vessel, a naval patrol
and landed safely without anyone challenging her or asking to see her
Six days earlier, a group of illegal immigrants had
jumped off a private boat near Felixstowe, in Suffolk, and simply vanished.
In November 2016, I returned to the subject, when a man who claimed
to be Iranian, but probably wasn't, was found rowing towards Britain in an
inflatable kayak. ...
... Part of Javid's new emergency plan to
halt the flow is to rely on increased co-operation from the French. Good
luck with that.
One thing we've learned over the years is that our
French 'partners' can't be trusted.
If they were serious about
stopping immigrants heading for Britain, they would turn them back at the
border when they attempted to enter France.
law, migrants allegedly fleeing oppression are supposed to seek asylum in
the first safe country in which they arrive. In this latest case, that
means Serbia. None of them should have any right to settle in Britain.
But the reason this country remains their No 1 destination is the
same as it ever was. We're not just perceived as a soft touch, we are a
In Calais last week, Sue Reid spoke to a 33-year-old
Iranian, who told her: 'My friend reached England from here in a boat and
is now in a three-bedroom flat in Birmingham. He likes it very much.'
I bet he does. What's not to like? There are plenty of people born
and bred in Birmingham who have been on the council waiting list for years
and would just love a three-bedroom flat. Yet an Iranian can jump out of
boat on a beach in Kent, make his way to Brum and move in straight away.
While we roll out the welcome mat, immigrants will continue to make
the dangerous Channel crossing, secure in the knowledge that, once they set
foot in Britain, the chances of them being deported are less than zero. ...
Sajid Javid may be taking the flak right now, but he wasn't Home
Secretary in March 2016, when this problem first came to light.
What he has inherited is merely the culmination of more than
two-and-a-half years of incompetence, indifference and inaction.
who was Home Secretary back then? Let me think . . .
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY
The crisis will grow if we assist the smugglers
Daily Telegraph, 1 January 2019
[David Wood is a former director general of immigration enforecement at the Home Office]
The rise in the number of migrants attempting to reach the UK
via the English Channel in small boats and dinghies is a worrying trend.
The French authorities have never effectively policed the
organised crime and illegal immigration issues surrounding the Channel
crossings. Migrants seeking access to the UK are inavariably also illegal
entrants to France but little or no action is taken. They do not
investigate the criminals involved, which leads to open advertising for
migrant customers by crime groups in the Calais area.
That is not
to say there haven't been failings on the UK side. ...
also used to have mobile border officers who visited small ports and
airports; austerity has seen these resources greatly reduced, too.
Once intercepted, the migrants are brought to the UK where
practically all will claim asylum. If the resources are available, a short
screening interview takes place and the migrants are asked to report to an
Immigration Centre. That interview will not necessarily be adequate to
detect the risks posed by the migrant and there is no certainty that the
details provided are correct.
While some migrants will follow the
asylum process through, others will just disappear. Moreover, whether
successful or not in their application, they are very unlikely to be
deported, and, if Iranian, will certainly not be as the Iranian government
refuses to document their nationals for returns. All will have destroyed
Furthermore, the majority of migrants
attempting to cross the Channel will not be fleeing persecution or war.
They will have paid substantial sums to make the crossing and are more
likely to be economic migrants seeking a better life for themselves and
their families. ...
Deploying more rescue ships may therefore be
counter-productive unless accompanied by an agreement with the French to
return the migrants to France.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD WORLD, PUBLIC OPINION
Anxiety About Immigration is a Global Issue
Quillette, 1 January 2019
[Remi Adekoya is a Ph.D. student researching group identity at Sheffield University]
What do Nigerians, Indians, Turks and Mexicans think about
migrants coming to their countries? This we don't hear much about.
Two recent surveys on the issue provide interesting results. Pew
Research queried respondents in 27 nations across six continents, asking
whether they felt their countries should let in more immigrants, fewer, or
about the same as they do at present. ...
The percentage of people
wanting fewer or no more immigrants coming to their country was higher in
South Africa (65 percent), Argentina (61 percent), Kenya (60 percent),
Nigeria (50 percent), India (45 percent), and Mexico (44 percent) than it
was in Australia (38 percent), the U.K. (37 percent) or the U.S. (29
percent). In all 27 countries surveyed, less than a third of
respondents said their country should let in more immigrants. A 2017
Ipsos MORI survey on global "nativist" trends painted a similar picture.
When asked if they thought their country would be "stronger" if it "stopped
immigration" altogether, more Turks (61 percent) and Indians (45 percent)
answered in the affirmative than Brits (31 percent), Australians (30
percent), Germans (37 percent) or South Africans (37 percent). On the
question of whether they felt like "strangers in their own country"
another indicator of hostility towards immigration more Turks (57
percent), South Africans (54 percent), Brazilians (46 percent) and Indians
(39 percent) answered yes than Germans (38 percent), Brits (36 percent) or
Australians (36 percent). Finally, when asked whether employers should
"prioritize" hiring locals over immigrants, 74 percent of Turks, 64 percent
of Peruvians, 62 percent of Indians and 60 percent of South Africans
agreed, compared to 58 percent of Americans, 48 percent of Brits and 17
percent of Swedes.
The idea that so-called "nativism" or hostility
towards immigration is confined to white Westerners is a fallacy; it is a
global phenomenon that is often stronger in non-Western countries. Of
course, I wouldn't hold my breath for a spate of articles in international
media on the worrying trend of "nativism" in India or condemnations of
Kenyans for wanting fewer immigrants in their country. The moral outrage of
many white progressives and most intellectuals of color in the West on this
subject is solely reserved for white societies; if black or brown people
share exactly the same sentiments that white people are being lambasted
for, it will either be greeted with silence or with all sorts of
justificatory rationalizations. ...
... In a 2017 survey of six
African nationsNigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal and
Tanzania4375 percent of the citizens said they would move
elsewhere given the opportunity. This translates to well over 200 million
people from these six countries alone who would emigrate if the opportunity
arose, presumably to one of the world's rich countries. This is the reality
that Western governments cannot afford to ignore. The fact that so many
Kenyans, Nigerians and South Africans would like to emigrate elsewhere but
don't want immigrants coming into their country is a testament to our
universal human capacity for expecting from others what we ourselves are
not ready to give.