IMMIGRATION CONCERN

SELECTED NEWS AND VIEWS from 1 January 2018 (except most recent), by date

Quotations of the more notable items of news and views in date order - latest first


Extracts can, if preferred, be read in chronological order by using the "Up" link to go to the start of the item next above the one just read.

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


2018

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – ID SCHEME, BORDER SECURITY
EU citizen ID scheme proposed by think tank in UK immigration crackdown after Brexit
Alison Little
Daily Express, 30 July 2018


A citizen ID registration scheme should be considered for everyone in Britain, as part of a package to strengthen border controls after Brexit, a think tank has suggested. It said a proposed scheme to register EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit should be used as a test bed for a system that could be rolled out across the country.

It would prove people's entitlements to be here and to access services and jobs, while also making it harder for illegal immigrants to continue operating, said the report for centre right think tank Policy Exchange.

It should not need people to carry a physical ID card, it stressed, but instead govern citizens' interactions with the state via a digital system based on unique personal reference numbers.

There are also safeguards that can now be built into the central storage of information, to protect them from misuse. ...

The Government plans for the estimated 3.6 million EU citizens already in the UK to join a registration scheme if they want to stay beyond the end of the proposed transition period, December 31, 2020.

People will acquire a unique "EU Citizens Number" based on the document with photographic and biometric data which they used to register, that will secure them rights and access to public services, with layers of digital security woven into the system to protect their data. ...

The authors suggest it could initially be rolled out to UK citizens on a voluntary basis, with more people persuaded to take them up as they observed the benefits of easy access to services.

It would also make it much harder for illegal immigrants to "remain in limbo", said the report. ...

They want rail and ferry operators to be required to provide more advance information about passengers, as airlines already do.

A single authority should be in charge of coastline border security, and Britain should work more closely with Irish authorities to stop the UK-Ireland Common Travel Area being exploited for illegal entry.
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POLITICS – ISLAM, LABOUR PARTY
Why won't the left speak up for Sarah Champion?
Brendan O'Neill
Spectator blog, 30 July 2018


Where's the concern for Labour MP Sarah Champion? Where are the leftists demanding that this female MP stop being harassed merely for expressing her views? Where are the tweets drawing attention to Ms Champion's plight – the fact that she now needs an actual security team because people who hate her political views want to physically harm her? In this post-Jo Cox era, I thought we were all meant to have the backs of elected politicians who are under threat from extremists. And yet when it comes to Champion – just such an elected politician – people seem to be looking the other way.

It isn't hard to work out why. It is because Champion's persecutors are largely Muslims, and Champion's 'crime' is an unforgivable one in the eyes of the new left: she criticised the behaviour of certain parts of the Muslim community. Champion, the MP for Rotherham, committed the political and social faux pas of suggesting that Muslim grooming gangs are a bad thing, and that we should speak honestly and frankly about their existence. And so it seems that, to some on the left, she is fair game for harassment and threats. ...

For pointing this out – for expressing concern about the safety of white working-class girls – Champion was subjected to hateful abuse. She was branded a bigot, an Islamophobe, a racist. Corbynistas called for her to be expelled from the party. How telling that this new, identitarian, highly middle-class left should be more concerned about the feelings of rapacious men from Muslim backgrounds than about the security of girls and women from the working class. Jeremy Corbyn heeded these intolerant cries and pressure was put on Champion to resign as shadow equalities minister, which she duly did in August last year. ...

There is now an incredibly chilling climate around issues to do with Islam, multiculturalism and social tensions. To such an extent that an MP can be cast out and find herself subjected to hatred and threats merely for raising perfectly legitimate questions about violence by one group against another. In turning their backs on Champion, the Labour left is making clear what its priorities are: defending Islam from public criticism and preserving the ideology of multiculturalism, which apparently take precedence over being concerned for working-class girls at risk of rape or for an MP being threatened with death. Next time these leftists claim to be concerned for women's safety, be very, very sceptical.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – INTERNAL BORDER SECURITY
How do we cut illegal immigration? By policing Britain's internal border
David Goodhart
Sunday Telegraph, 29 July 2018


Britain is a country that wants to remain open but does not want its population to change too fast. It is a delicate balancing act for the UK border infrastructure. And despite the refrain of being "not fit for purpose" – either too laissez faire for not deporting enough illegal immigrants, or too draconian for harassing legitimate residents caught up in the Windrush scandal – we are edging in the right direction.

It is seldom recognised that most of our immigration is now temporary, mainly students and workers who return home. Annual net immigration is running at over 250,000 a year but the number granted permanent residence (excluding EU citizens) is just 60,000 a year. ...

In any case, having spent months talking to dozens of people from top to bottom of the Home Office for a report published tomorrow for the think tank, Policy Exchange, I come away reassured that the border is working far better than 10 years ago. The visa flows (there are 2.6 million visas granted every year) are under tighter control; since 2008, more than one million non-EU citizens have happily used a biometric residence permit (an ID card) to regulate their rights; the UK is a world leader in E-gates, helping to keep queues down; exit checks of a kind have been reinstalled; the number of new illegal immigrants is rising at its lowest level for two decades (just 15,000 to 20,000 a year by my calculation). ...

The Windrush scandal was an error of over-zealous control, and my report has suggestions for avoiding a repeat of this egregious mistake, but Windrush must not lead to a radical watering down of the so-called "hostile environment". Because the correct term for the hostile environment is simply the internal border. In a country like Britain, which has tens of millions of annual arrivals, most without the right to stay or work (a figure that will rise after Brexit to include EU citizens), not having strict internal controls – subcontracted in part to employers, landlords, public service staff and so on – is equivalent to not having a border at all.

For various reasons to do with the lack of ID cards, the English language and an open labour market, the UK has long been a magnet for illegals, and there are probably at least 500,000 in the country now. And if we want to stop this number crreping ever higher, a national ID system for both temporary immigrants and citizens is the long-term answer. Putting this back on the agenda is the one good thing to come out of Windrush.

... Illegal immigration is corrosive. It makes inner-city Britain less law-abiding and most negatively impacts recent legal immigrants. Action against it should be more confidently linked to minimum wage enforcement, private landlord licensing and action against modern slavery.

We can deport more people (only 6,000 people left involuntarily last year, excluding prisoners) but that is not the only way to reduce the illegal population. A general amnesty is undesirable but we should consider regularising those who have been here, living in the mainstream, for more than 10 years (rather than 20 as at present).

And why not pay people to leave? It costs 10 times more to remove an illegal against their will than to persuade someone to go voluntarily.
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RACISM – GUILT, CRIME, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
In his assault on liberal guilt over race, Sajid Javid is putting his Labour opponents to shame
Trevor Phillips
Daily Telegraph, 27 July 2018


Sajid Javid ...

He has now taken a daring step towards doing something that his predecessors conspicuously failed to do, no doubt constrained by their fear of being called racist. In a letter to the Labour MP for Rotherham, Sarah Champion, he has called for an investigation into the ethnicity of the street grooming gangs that have abused hundreds of white children in British cities. Given that Ms Champion was forced by her party's leadership to recant her observation that the gangs had raped and exploited white children, he must have known that this intervention would provoke accusations of Islamophobia, and of being an Uncle Tom.

... It is precisely because of his background that Javid can make such an assault on political correctness and liberal guilt. Behind the grooming scandal lies an even worse suspicion: that the crimes were committed with the full knowledge of many in the local communities, and that those who should have spoken out stayed silent. Perhaps that explains the vituperation of some prominent Pakistani Muslims, including leading Tories, towards those who refuse to turn a blind eye to the ethnicity of the gangs. The last thing they want is for the community's dirty washing to be hung out for all to see; and worse, to be called out on their own silent complicity in abuse. ...

Liberal guilt about race and ethnicity is an increasingly significant obstacle to good government; and the cowardice shown by our political classes is costing lives. Nowhere is this plainer than in the pathetic evasions around knife crime. Yesterday, we learnt that London had experienced its 90th fatality in the wave of stabbings that have scarred the city this year. Yet neither the BBC nor most major newspapers had the courage to point out that this is a slaughter almost exclusively executed by black or Asian young men against other black or Asian young men. And without question, because we will not admit that this is a racial crime we will not solve it. To those who mouth anti-racist slogans, black lives never matter enough to allow the truth to be told.
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CRIME – ACID ATTACKS, COST
Acid attacks menace set to cost Britain £500m by 2020
John Twomey
Daily Express, 26 July 2018


Acid attacks have trebled in three years and threaten to cost Britain £500 million by 2020, research revealed yesterday. As victims suffer the long-term physical and psychological impact from appalling injuries, taxpayers are facing a mounting bill for increased spending on medical, police, prison and legal services.

More than half the attacks were committed in London, leading some to label it the acid attack capital of the world. ...

Former Scotland Yard detective Mick Neville warned yesterday: "Corrosive substances are becoming a weapon of choice for gangs. I fear it will get worse."

Research carried out for Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI) has revealed the wider costs behind the shocking crime.

Last year alone, taxpayers forked out £60 million – around half of it in London where there were 470 attacks.

That represents a four-fold rise in just three years. ...

Across Britain, the number of acid attacks increased from around 300 in 2014 to nearly 1,000 last year.

ASTI, which campaigns for the rights of survivors, commissioned research from consultants Frontier Economics, which estimated each acid attack costs Britain at least £63,000.

It is the first time such research has been carried out and puts the total annual cost at around £60 million. ...

Nationwide, young women make up more than half of acid attack victims.

However, the trend is reversed in London where two thirds of the those targeted are young men.

Experts say the higher proportion of young male victims in the capital reveals the increased use of acid by gangs.
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CRIME – ANTI-RACISM, LABOUR PARTY
The persecution of Sarah Champion
Ieuan Joy
Spiked, 26 July 2018


You would think that when a female Labour MP was physically threatened that commentators and many within the Labour Party would rush to her support. Since the murder of Jo Cox by a neo-Nazi terrorist, many have been vocal about the need for MPs to be protected. However, Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham, seems to be the exception to this concern for female politicians' security, and the reason is because Labour is in part responsible for her current predicament.

Champion has been advised by Scotland Yard's counterterror unit to accept increased protection in light of the death threats made against her. The reason for these threats is because Champion has taken a stand against large-scale child abuse in Rotherham by Pakistani men, most notably in an article for the Sun last year.

In the article, she made clear that the majority of child abuse takes place within the family setting and most convictions for this crime are against white men. However, she still got in trouble, and was purged from her post as a Labour equalities spokesperson, because she pointed out in plain and honest language that the vast majority of gang-related sexual exploitation is due to Pakistani men.

Labour made her a pariah over her honest stance, forced her to step down from the shadow cabinet, and since then she has been made fair game for ridicule and abuse. The charity Just Yorkshire said Champion is responsible for 'industrial-scale racism'. That's the problem with Labour today: it would rather ignore industrial-scale child abuse than be accused of so-called industrial-scale racism.

The truth is that thousands of young white working-class girls were sexually abused by mostly Pakistani gangs. The scale of it was enabled by the authorities, who lacked the moral courage to do their duty and intervene, for fear of being labelled racist. The abusers were aware of this fact and exploited it for their own evil ends.

When Labour shushes and even demonises any discussion of this scandal, it legitimises those who would use threats to shut down the debate. Rotherham, Oxford, Rochdale, Telford – in all these communities white working-class girls were abused by gangs of Muslim men. How many more have to suffer before Labour is willing to have an open, honest discussion about cultural tensions in 21st-century Britain?
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CRIME – VIOLENCE, MURDER, LONDON
'This war won't end': London gang murders on the rise
Andy Hughes
Sky News, 25 July 2018


Young black men in London are being murdered at a rate unlike anywhere else in the UK, as gang wars rage on in the capital.

Sky News has spent months speaking with London's fiercest gangs as part of an investigation into this year's increase in gang-related violence.

Our freedom of information requests reveal almost half of murder victims and murder suspects in the capital are young black men - way out of proportion to London's population, in which 13% are black.

This is a stark contrast to everywhere else in the UK, where the racial and age profile of murder victims and suspects reflects the demographic in those areas. ...

There were 80 London murders in the first half of 2018, with more than 1,300 stabbings. The overwhelming majority of these are gang-related. ...

Metropolitan Police figures released last week show there has been a 16% rise in knife crime in London and at least 51 people have been stabbed to death.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Labour MP Sarah Champion has been given beefed-up security after publicly condemning Asian child abuse gangs
Matt Dathan
The Sun, 25 July 2018


A Labour MP who condemned Asian child abuse gangs has been given boosted security amid fears she is being targeted by Muslim and hard-left opponents.

Sarah Champion received death threats after warning in The Sun last year of "a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls" in her Rotherham constituency.

Her comments triggered a major backlash from far left activists and Pakistani community groups in her constituency. They accused her of "industrial-scale racism" for pointing out that the sexual predators had a common "ethnic heritage".

Allies of Ms Champion have claimed they are trying to ruin her reputation in a bid to force her out of Parliament and replace her with a Muslim member of the local council.

In correspondence seen by The Times the ex-deputy leader of Rotherham Council described her as an "ogre". Jahangir Akhtar warned: "If Labour wants to keep her seat, they need to get rid of her pretty quick."

The newspaper reports that a leading figure of the local hard-left Momentum group Taiba Yasseen is being lined up to replace Ms Champion if she quits.

She has condemned Ms Champion for "betraying an entire ethnic group".

The criticism of Ms Champion has been orchestrated by a local racial justice charity, whose main donor is the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

The Quaker organisation was condemned in 2015 for donating hundreds of thousands to Cage, a human rights group that described Isis monster Jihadi John as a "beautiful young man".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
New study shows that 22 per cent of US citizens do not speak English as their first language at home and that the number of foreign-born Americans is at its highest level ever with approximately 44 million
Daily Mail, 25 July 2018


Nearly a quarter of American households do not speak English as their first language, a new study published on Tuesday has found.

The Migration Policy Institute discovered that 22 per cent of the US population prefers to speak another language at home, with the highest concentrations located in Nevada and Florida.

'Spanish was the top non-English language spoken at home in the country overall and in the 15 fastest-growing states with one exception: Alaska, where Eskimo – Aleut and other Native American languages predominated,' the report found.

The Washington, DC-based think tank also noted in their study that the number of foreign-born US citizens is at its highest level ever, with approximately 44 million immigrants calling America home.

The number translates into 13.5 per cent of the population. ...

And while the number of immigrants between 2010 and 2016 increased by nine per cent, the foreign-born population surged 15 percent or more in 15 states: North Dakota, West Virginia, South Dakota, Delaware, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Indiana, Florida, Nevada.

'Approximately nine million immigrants, or one in every five, reside in these 15 states,' with Mexicans and Cubans dominating the influx followed by those from India and China, the MPI reported. ...

The report also notes that in 2014, 'about 84.2 babies were born per 1,000 immigrant women ages 15 to 44, compared to 58.3 births per 1,000 U.S.-born women in 2014, according to Pew Research Center estimates.'
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TERRORISM – WOMEN
Women and children like convicted terrorist Safaa Boular trained by IS abroad pose 'particular threat' to UK
Chloe Mayer
The Sun, 24 July 2018


Women and children trained by Islamic State who are returning to the UK pose a "particular security threat" to Britain, experts warned last night.

A bombshell new report by Kings College London suggests the number of radicalised women and minors returning from Iraq and Syria has been massively underestimated, along with the dangers they may now pose.

The report said 850 Brits were affiliated with the terror group abroad including 145 women and 50 minors.

Safaa Boular, 18, was convicted in June of being part of the UK's first all-female terror plot.

But an absence of official government data means it's unclear how many women and children are among the 425 jihadists who have returned to the UK so far. ...

The report said of the 41,490 foreign citizens affiliated with IS in Iraq and Syria between April 2013 and June 2018, 4,761 (13 per cent) were women and 4,640 (12 per cent) were minors.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – DEMOGRAPHIC REVOLUTION, USA
'Browning' of the US is a battle Trump has lost
Irish Examiner, 24 July 2018


There is a demographic revolution in America and the president, Donald Trump, seems determined to impede it. Yet all the signs are that he has already lost the battle. ...

Trump has been aware of this demographic revolution for some time and is determined to halt it, political observers say, citing a series of hardline immigration policies. Thousands of immigrants are being deported and others are being barred from entering the country.

Yet it is a battle the president looks to have already lost because, in about two decades, America will no longer be a country of white-majority voters. ...

The US Census projects that, by 2045, whites will comprise 49.9% of the population, in contrast to 24.6% for Hispanics, 13.1% for blacks, 7.8% for Asians, and 3.8% for multi-racial populations. But the figures also suggest political change could come sooner. For those under 18, minorities will outnumber whites in 2020, and for those aged 18-29 – members of the voting-age population – the tipping point will occur in 2027. ...

But while Trump is battling to slow this march to a more diverse America, Democrats should be confronting him and lay out their own vision for this new America, says Steve Phillips, founder of Democracy in Color, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and author of Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority. ...

The main driver of diversification is the native-born Hispanic population, which grew by about 5m from 2010 to 2016, just as the native-born white population shrank by about 400,000 over the same period, according to Census Bureau data. ...

"By greatly slashing the number of Hispanic and black African immigrants entering America, [the president's immigration proposals] would reshape the future United States," says Michael Clemens, an economist at the Center for Global Development.

But Trump's moves are too late, Clemens says, because the demographic revolution has already happened and a new, multi-racial America is fast evolving.

"His attempts to make America whiter are doomed to fail, because the demographic revolution is now irreversible," says Clemens.

"The driving force of the browning of America is no longer immigration, but birth and death rates. A majority of babies being born are of colour, and a majority of people dying are white. Whites are already a minority of all children under age five.

"So, if all immigration ceased tomorrow, the country is still inexorably on a path to a new multi-racial reality."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – TELEVISION MEDIA BIAS, USA
Study: TV's War Against Trump's Immigration Enforcement Agenda
Rich Noyes and Bill D'Agostino
NewsBusters, 24 July 2018


During the 18 months of the Trump presidency, immigration has received more airtime on the three broadcast evening news shows than any other policy topic. ...

... Our methodology considers all explicitly evaluative statements (excluding neutral comments) from reporters, anchors and non-partisan sources such as experts or ordinary citizens. This ensures that we are measuring the editorial choices made by the news organizations, apart from the back-and-forth of partisan politics.

Using this measure, 92% of the evaluative comments about Trump's immigration policies have been critical, vs. a mere eight percent that have been supportive. ...

The negative tone is a consequence of journalists' decision to frame nearly all of their coverage around the plight of those adversely affected by the administration's enforcement program, rather than those harmed by illegal immigration or those who support enforcing existing law. We tallied each individual soundbite in these immigration stories, and found a heavy preference for the personal anecdotes of those seen as victims of the Trump policies: illegal immigrants and their families, or banned travelers and their families.

Those groups, along with their lawyers, accounted for 478 of the 1,087 soundbites from non-partisan sources aired on these newscasts, or nearly 44% of the total. An additional 163 soundbites came from protesters opposed to the administration's immigration policies (individuals or plainly understandable chants), plus 85 soundbites from activists associated with liberal groups.

On the other side, these newscasts aired 83 soundbites from law enforcement, 13 soundbites from U.S. citizens identified as border residents (three of whom were opposed to Trump's policies), and five soundbites from friends and family members of those who died because of crimes committed by illegal immigrants. There were only four soundbites from activists associated with groups committed to enforcement of immigration laws.
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IMMIGRATION – PROPOSALS
Here's an immigration plan that would help to make a success of Brexit
Lord Green of Deddington
The UK in a Changing Europe, 24 July 2018


There is no question that immigration was a massively important issue in the referendum but, strangely, the government have been ducking and weaving on the issue ever since.

As J Van Reenen, the Director of the LSE Centre for Economic Performance wrote in August 2016: 'There are multiple reasons for the Brexit vote, but by far the most important one can be summarised in a single word: immigration.'

Restoring sovereign border control was pivotal for many of the majority who voted to leave, but so also was a desire to see the scale of EU immigration reduced. It is true that net migration from the EU declined in 2017 to just over 100,000 from its record high (189,000) in the year to June 2016.

However, the number of EU citizens arriving to take up a definite job remained the same in 2017 as in 2016. Meanwhile, 70% of UK voters still want EU immigration to be cut, according to a poll published by Channel 4 last month. Interestingly, this includes 60% of Remain voters. ...

So here are some concrete proposals. Their fundamental objective is to enable businesses to recruit the top talent and skills from the EU, to preserve our many personal and cultural links with Europe and to honour the referendum result by delivering a substantial reduction in net migration from the EU.

We propose an expansion to highly skilled EU nationals of the Tier 2 work permit system, which currently applies to highly-skilled non-EU workers. 80% of EU workers who arrived in the decade until 2016 were in jobs that would not have qualified for such work permits.

On this basis we estimate that there is scope for a very substantial reduction in the inflow from Europe, of the order of 100,000 per year from the peak levels that were seen in 2015 and 2016. ...

The Shortage Occupation List, which provides a priority route for key workers, would also need review to ensure it provides a robust but responsive system to dealing with genuine shortages. ...

To preserve our wider links with Europe, there should be a minimum of formalities for EU citizens travelling to the UK for business, tourism, study and family purposes. For similar reasons the youth mobility scheme that is currently in place for eight countries such as Australia, Japan and South Korea should be expanded to incorporate young people from the EU.

We may also need to re-introduce a seasonal agricultural workers scheme such as New Zealand's, which has been recognised as 'best practice' by the World Bank and which includes robust safeguards against both overstaying and the undercutting of local workers.

Finally, there could also be a case for temporary arrangements for people like construction workers, but there should be an annually increasing fee for employers using this route in order to encourage them to train UK workers.

This outline is intended to meet the perfectly legitimate needs of employers but there are also other important factors. Considerations of congestion, quality of life, and the cohesion and stability of society are just as important as the usual economic metrics. ...

Nor should we overlook the point that cutting immigration into lower-skilled work could have social benefits given that training for UK workers has been simply abysmal over the past decade or so. We are in 25th place in the OECD for intermediate skills.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – COST
'It's madness': Fury at Home Office's £2.4m bill for 'phantom' flights to deport failed asylum seekers that are CANCELLED before taking off
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 21 July 2018


The Government was accused of 'madness' today after running up a £2.4 million bill for flights to deport failed asylum seekers that were cancelled.

The costs, caused by last-ditch appeals, were the highest for five years and sparked demands for an explanation as to why the system has still not been tightened up.

Problems arise when officials book seats only for legal challenges to be launched against deportation at the last minute - meaning they have to be abandoned. ...

According to the latest Home Office accounts, the figure for the 'phantom' flights his £2.4 million in 2017-18 - up from £2.1 million the previous year.

In 2015-16 - when Theresa May was in charge at the department - it was £1.9 million.

It has risen from £1.58 million in 2014-15.
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RACISM – POLITICS, LABOUR PARTY, ANTI-SEMITISM
Anti-Semitism is an issue that could blow the Labour Party to smithereens
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 21 July 2018


In his 1999 report on the murder of Stephen Lawrence, Sir William Macpherson produced a definition of a racist incident. He said it was "any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person". The then Labour government accepted this definition. Today it is the standard for public policy.

The Macpherson definition is absurd and unfair. It has no objective criteria. It demands no proof. If you choose to "perceive" someone's words or actions to be racist, you can accuse and thus ruin him without anything that a normal court would call evidence. This happens a lot. ...

... Labour rejected the IHRA example that it is anti-Semitic to claim that "the existence of the State of Israel is a racist endeavour".

It is indeed grimly hilarious that the party so zealous for the Macpherson definition refuses to apply it to itself. If you obey Macpherson, you must accept that if one single Jew (or one single person of any race) identifies an anti-Semitic incident perpetrated by the Labour Party, that settles the argument in favour of the complainant. ...

As Western European Muslim populations grew, and Islamist extremists stirred up anti-Semitic feeling among them, the electoral imperative took over. In Britain, there are roughly 10 times as many Muslim voters as Jewish ones. If Mr Corbyn himself can't count, his clever aides can. It may be quite useful for him to be accused of anti-Semitism. Losses in Barnet will be much more than offset by gains in Bradford, Burnley and Birmingham. There are numerical as well as ideological reasons why Labour might not mind being thought an anti-Semitic party.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
More than half illegal immigrants dodge deportation flights at last minute
Jon Austin
Daily Express, 21 July 2018


More than 60 per cent of of the thousands of illegal immigrants, failed asylum seekers and foreign criminals set to lave the UK have avoided deportation flights from the UK through last-minute appeals and court injunctions.

Home Office figures show that of the 10,129 people set to be flown back on charter flights between January 2016 and May this year, 6,237 (61 per cent) of them were removed from the aircraft before it took off or told they did not have to board the plane at the eleventh hour. ...

However, the Home Office yesteray insisted it removes on average 100 foreign crooks a week from the UK.

The cost per person of the flight sky rockets because the Home Office often charters whole planes purely for the deportations, which are then flying with scores of empty seats.

More than 1,200 (12 per cent) of the people set to be deported over the period were foreign criminals released from UK prisons, but it is not clear from the figures how many of these avoided flights.

The Home Office refused to answer questions about the cost of the flights, but in 2015 then Home Office minister for immigration said in Parliament the average cost per returnee was £5,209.

The bulk of flights are sending people back to Nigeria, Ghana, Pakistan and Albania, ...

The Home Office has removed more than 42,800 foreign offenders since 2010.

In 2017/18 5,630 foreign crooks were deported.
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CRIME – SLAVERY
Number of modern slaves estimated 'hidden' in UK rises tenfold to 136,000
Kieran Guilbert
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 19 July 2018


Britain is home to about 136,000 modern slaves, a global survey found on Thursday - a figure 10 times higher than government estimates that points to emerging forms of slavery, police and campaigners said.

About one in 500 people in Britain were trapped in modern-day slavery in Britain on any given day in 2016, according to the 2018 Global Slavery Index (GSI) by rights group Walk Free Foundation, which says the crime affects 40 million globally.

The government estimated in 2013 that only about 13,000 people in Britain were modern-day slaves - trapped in forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude - while the police have said there are likely to be tens of thousands. ...

Forced labour is believed to be rife across Britain's building sites, nail bars, car washes, factories and farms, while a rising number of children are being used by gangs to carry drugs between cities and rural areas, according to police.
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DIVERSITY – CHILDREN'S BOOKS
Children's books must have more black characters, Arts Council funded report says
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 17 July 2018


Children's books must have more black characters, a study funded by the Arts Council has said.

Only 4 per cent of books published last year aimed at primary school children featured a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic character, according to research commissioned by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE).

When analysing how many children's books had a main character who was from an ethnic minority background, researchers found that the proportion dropped even further down, to one per cent.

Meanwhile, almost a third (32.1 per cent) of pupils in primary schools in England are from minority ethnic backgrounds, the latest official figures show. ...

The study was funded by the Arts Council, which is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The CLPE urged publishers to use more characters from ethnic minorities in children's literature, not as a "tick box exercise" but as a "meaningful and accurate representation of the interconnected, diverse society".

Ethnic minority characters should not be defined by their "struggle, suffering or 'otherness'" the report said and should not just feature in the "margins" of the plot. Instead, they should be "central" to narratives, and should be "authentically portrayed".

Of the 9,115 children's book published in the UK in 2017, just 391 featured an ethnic minority character, researchers found.

Last year, the best selling children's author Anthony Horowitz said he was warned off creating a black protagonist.

The author of Foyle's war and the Alex Rider series of teenage spy novels said that an editor told him it would be "inappropriate" to draw from experiences other than his own.

He told Event magazine: "This is maybe dangerous territory but there is a chain of thought in America that it is inappropriate for white writers to try to create black characters.

"That it is actually not our experience and therefore to do so is by its very nature artificial and possibly patronising. Therefore I was warned off doing it. Which was, I thought, disturbing and upsetting."
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IMMIGRATION – EU MIGRANTS, NUMBER
EU immigration figures may have been under-counted by half a MILLION since 2004, report claims
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 16 July 2018


Immigration from the European Union may have been under-counted by half a million since 2004 – a think tank claims today.

Migration Watch urged Theresa May to stand by her "red lines" as it claimed a huge discrepancy between official figures collated by the Office for National Statistics.

It said population figures show a 2.21 million increase in the number of EU born citizens living in the UK between 2005 and 2017.

But official immigration figures – based on thousands of surveys at airports and docks – suggest EU net migration rose by 1.7 million from 2004 to 2016.

Migration Watch co-chair Alp Mehmet said the difference equated to 508,000 – equivalent to a city the size of Sheffield.

He said: "Our paper suggests that Brexit could be an even more effective means of reducing immigration than previously thought.

"This underlines the importance of taking a firm line, so far absent, on lower skilled migration from the EU."
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IMMIGRATION – NUMBERS
UK migration stabilises in 2017 after decline following Brexit vote
Camilla Hodgson
Financial Times, 16 July 2018


Around 282,000 more people came to the UK than left in 2017, as net migration continued to add to the UK population but remained at a "broadly stable" rate, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics on Monday.

Of those people coming to the UK in the year to December 2017, around 240,000 were from the European Union while around 311,000 were non-EU citizens.

The net number of EU migrants to the UK was at a similar level to that seen in 2013 – with around 101,000 more arriving than leaving. This was a similar figure to that seen in 2016, a stabilisation after the net number of EU migrants fell sharply following the UK's Brexit vote, the ONS said.

Overall, "net migration fell following record levels in 2015 and early 2016 and has been broadly stable since. ...

While the total number of immigrants in the year changed little, the number of people leaving the UK has gradually increased since 2015. ...

In the year to March 2018, there were also 14,166 grants of asylum.
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IMMIGRATION – RICH INVESTORS
Huge jump in number of super-rich immigrants applying for UK investor visas
Caitlin Morrison
Independent, 16 July 2018


The number of millionaires and billionaires applying to move to the UK as part of a special visa programme aimed at attracting rich immigrants rose 46 per cent last year.

In the 12 months to 30 March, 405 high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals applied to come to the UK on a Tier 1 investor visa. Applicants for the visa, which allows people to stay in the country for three years, must have at least £2m to invest in the UK.

Investor visas are often seen as a fast-track process for wealthy foreign nationals to acquire British citizenship.

Of the total applications, 123 came from China, up from 98 the year before, with 52 coming from Russia, up from 34, and 24 from Turkey, compared with 13 in the preceding 12 months.
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IMMIGRATION – NUMBERS, EU IMMIGRANTS, NON-EU IMMIGRANTS
UK: Non-EU Migration 'Highest in 13 Years', EU Migrants 'Undercounted'
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 16 July 2018


The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show non-EU net migration is at its highest for 13 years, according to Migration Watch UK, which also claims EU net migration may have been undercounted by half a million since 2004.

The ONS bulletin notes that non-EU net immigration, at +227,000, was twice the level of EU net migration at +101,000 – meaning that even if immigration from the EU was eliminated entirely, the Tories would be nowhere near achieving their 2010, 2015, and 2017 manifesto pledges to bring net immigration down to "the tens of thousands".

With new Home Secretary Sajid Javid relaxing immigration controls, it is unlikely the target will ever be met – lending further credence to former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's claims that the Tories never seriously intended to bring immigration down.

Commenting, Chairman of Migration Watch UK Lord Green of Deddington said: "These are very disappointing figures. Migration from the EU is still adding 100,000 a year to our population and non-EU net migration is the highest level in a calendar year for 13 years. It's time for the Government to get serious about reducing immigration instead of caving into every demand of the immigration lobby."

Claims of a supposed 'Brexodus' of EU migrants from the United Kingdom since the people voted to Leave the European Union in June 2016 are common in the mainstream media, but as the ONS itself notes: "Much has been written about EU citizens leaving the UK, but the fact is there are still more people coming to the country from the EU than leaving it. In fact, the last quarter shows that around 100,000 more EU citizens are coming to the UK than leaving."

In fact, Migration Watch believes the true figures for EU immigration could actually be far higher than the ONS figures – based on traveller surveys which some critics have derided as "little more than guesswork" – as there is a significant discrepancy between immigration estimates and population growth estimates.

Migration Watch co-chairman Alp Mehmet said the difference worked out at around 508,000 – roughly equivalent to the population of Sheffield, Britain's fourth-largest city.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Fears of supersize classes as secondary school population set to swell to 3.3m in next decade
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 13 July 2018


Supsersize classes could become the new norm, it is feared, as new figures show that the secondary school population is set to swell to 3.3 million within a decade. ...

Secondary pupil numbers are expected to rise by 14.7 per cent in the next 10 years, meaning there will be another 418,000 children in secondary schools by 2027, according to Department for Education's (DfE) latest projections. ...

Professor Alan Smithers, director of the centre for education and employment research at Buckingham University said that the "explosion" in the secondary school population means that class sizes will "almost certainly" rise.

"It couldn't have been a surprise [to officials] as they have seen the numbers coming through primary schools," he said.

"So there really ought to be some plans in place. In essence we are inheriting the whirlwind of Labour's lax immigration policy." ...

The DfE's forecast said the increase in school pupil population is "largely driven by an increase in the birth rate rather than direct immigration".

It went on: "However, that birth rate is in turn affected by any increase in the number of children born to non-UK born women (compared to those born to non UK-born women).

"The number of children born to non-UK born women increased by around 75 per cent between 2002 and 2013 (the years in which many children currently in schools were born), although this was a period of increased births generally."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, DEPORTATION, USA
The Immigration Scandal No One Is Talking About
Mark Metcalf
Daily Signal, 12 July 2018


Among the least talked about scandals in Washington is how immigration officials spent decades misleading Congress about the number of migrants evading court. I discussed that scandal at length in my last article.

In advancing this decadeslong effort, no accounting trick and no false narrative was out of bounds. Never in any year did these officials tell the real story of a court system in crisis. Brave rhetoric and bleached numbers consistently camouflaged the courts' disarray. ...

... While nearly a million people ran from court over the last 22 years – meaning 37 percent of all those free pending trial failed to appear for their hearings – no alarm was sounded by those in charge. ...

But gaming failures to appear in court was just one dynamic that officials suppressed to the point of dishonesty. Others, like unexecuted deportation orders, received scant official mention, but got out anyway.

"All should be troubled," wrote immigration appeals Judge Edward Grant in 2006, "by the fact that only a small fraction of final orders of deportation ... are actually executed."

Records confirm this. Of the 1,254,152 aliens who were ordered deported from 1996 through 2016, 76 percent of them – 953,506 to be exact – remained in the U.S. They not only remained, but grew.

From a total of 557,762 unexecuted removal orders in 2008 were added 395,744 through August 2016 – a 71 percent increase in less than eight years. ...

None of this is new – yet nothing has been done. Failures to appear in court have predicated evasion of removal orders for years and are chronic symptoms of an immigration system turned upside down.

A 1989 Government Accountability Office audit on immigration courts foreshadowed today's extremes. It concluded that "aliens have nothing to lose by failing to appear for hearings" and noted that over the preceding 30 years illegal entry into the United States increased by 2,200 percent – from 45,000 in 1959 to 1.2 million in 1989 – and, as illegal entry grew, so did failures to appear in court.
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POPULATION – UK, EUROPEAN UNION
Migrants fuelled EU population increase by 1 MILLION as Luxembourg and Sweden have some of the biggest swells
David Churchill
Daily Mail, 11 July 2018


Migration fuelled a population increase of more than 1 million across the EU last year, with Britain seeing the sixth largest relative increase.

The rise in numbers across the bloc came despite there being more deaths than births, a report revealed yesterday. ...

During 2017, there were 5.3 million deaths recorded, compared with 5.1 million births, meaning the increase was down to net migration, according to the report compiled by Eurostat, the EU statistics office. ...

The UK saw the sixth largest with 0.5 per cent, meaning the population surged by 377,871. Of this, 230,000 was down to net migration.

Unlike the rest of the EU, there were more births (755,000) than deaths (607,200) in the UK.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
'Italy has caused a MELTDOWN' 700,000 migrants waiting to cross into Europe from Libya
Jon Austin
Sunday Express, 8 July 2018


A bottleneck of 700,000 migrants is waiting in Libya to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, the National Crime Agency has said. The number – greater than the population of Leicester – highlights the difficulties facing the EU in controlling migrants seeking a new life in Europe.

Senior members of the NCA, dubbed Britain's FBI, revealed the figures as they detailed the increasingly tough battle they face to stop people smugglers.

NCA directors warned of a sharp rise in attempted illegal sea crossings from Africa to Europe this year, with 300 people drowning last week.

Migrants are then crossing Europe and using increasingly devious ways to evade detection, including hiding in "coffin-sized" secret compartments in vehicles.

Migration across the Mediterranean from Africa is a critical issue for the EU, with member states arguing over the best way to deal with it. ...

Tom Dowdall, NCA deputy director of organised immigration crime, said the problem was growing. Attempted crossings to Greece and Turkey are up by 47 per cent on last year, with those to Spain and Italy up by 75 per cent. ...

Chris Hogben, NCA head of operations for organised immigration crime, said rescue boats manned by non-governmental organisations were inadvertently aiding people smugglers.

The NGOs are supposed to rescue people once they are more than 12 miles from the Libyan coast, but come in much closer, he said.

He said: "They make it easier for the crime groups who now send a boat with not enough fuel on purpose as they know they will be picked up."

The details emerged at a briefing on Project Invigor, a joint NCA, Home Office, Coastguard, Border Force and Crown Prosecution Service operation, costing £14 million a year to run.

Around 140 officers make up the squad which has 250 live investigations into organised gangs trying to sneak people into the UK and those forging documents to aid them and keep illegal immigrants here.

The main sources for migrants into Europe are Libya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Niger and Afghanistan. Mr Dowdall said that smugglers collectively make up to £6 billion a year charging would-be migrants.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the fight against illegal migration, the National Crime Agency warns
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 7 July 2018


The Republic of Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the battle against illegal immigration into the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.

People smugglers are increasingly opting for the two countries because security elsewhere has become effective.

Investigators said Ireland has become an attractive option because illegal immigrants are able to take advantage of the "soft" border with Northern Ireland and then make their way to the British mainland.

Tom Dowdall, deputy director of the NCA said the people traffickers were seeking to exploit the border arrangements between Northern Ireland the Republic.

He said: "The level of border controls, or requirements of border controls, are different to that from others travelling on from other countries.

"We have seen some evidence of that being abused.

"Migrants are smuggled by organised crime groups into the Republic of Ireland sometimes by air, from Eastern Europe and Asia.

"Sometimes it will be by the sea through the Irish sea ports, then flying in to the UK." ...

But he also warned that people smugglers were increasingly using Belgium as an easy route to get migrants into the UK. ...

Mr Dowdall also said there was evidence of Eastern European lorry drivers being increasingly complicit in smuggling migrants through the traditional Channel tunnel route from Calais to Dover for a fee. ...

The people smuggling industry is believed to be worth around £6 billion annually, with migrants paying gangs at least £6,000 for passage to Europe.

The National Crime Agency's Operation INVIGOR has seen an overall reduction of illegal immigrants since it was set up two and a half years ago, but said that this year has seen an increase year-on-year.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, PARIS, FRANCE
Illegal migrants in Paris suburb soar to 400,000 as hundreds of migrant children sleep on streets
David Chazan
Daily Telegraph, 6 July 2018


Illegal immigrants, now estimated to make up a fifth of the population of Seine-Saint-Denis, north-east of Paris, are severely straining public services and creating social tensions, according to a parliamentary report.

Seine-Saint-Denis has long been the French department with the highest proportion of immigrants, but the report warns that the number of illegal migrants may have risen as high as 400,000. ...

Police, schools, courts and other public services are struggling to cope, while the presence of undocumented foreign nationals is blocking the implementation of effective policies by the authorities, argue the two MPs who wrote the report.

Rodrigue Koukouendo, from President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party, and François Cornut-Gentille from the centre-Right Republicans, are urging the government to review France's ban on gathering data on the ethnic makeup of the population so that immigrant numbers can be better monitored and regulated.

"To identify urban phenomena of ghettoisation, to explain educational difficulties, to combat discrimination and to adapt the resources of the police and the judiciary to a specific population, the question of establishing so-called ethnic statistics is raised," the report says.

French law prohibits the collection of data based on race, ethnicity or religion, a rule intended to guarantee equal treatment, but critics argue that it is outdated and leaves minorities vulnerable.

The report argues that urgent plans must be made to combat poverty, high unemployment, the emergence of a parallel economy in some areas, and trafficking of people and drugs which it says have taken over some districts. ...

Campaigners also claim that hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children are being left to sleep on the streets of Paris because of flawed age assessment procedures.

Last year France's child welfare system took more than 25,000 underage migrants into care, but Human Rights Watch argues that under-18s are often wrongly classified as adults.

An estimated 550 migrants arrive in Paris each week.

Most cross the border from Italy, where there are no systematic border checks under the Schengen agreement.
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IMMIGRATION – BREXIT
Next up after today's Chequers summit – immigration. Free movement must end. No ifs or buts.
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 6 July 2018


Crunch time for Brexit policy is fast approaching and immigration will be a key part of it. ...

Siren voices in Britain are suggesting conceding the continuation of free movement with the minor tweaks of an "emergency brake" or requiring a job offer. Apparently Number Ten is saying that these are not the intention but, so far, the UK has caved in to virtually every EU demand on immigration matters.

So let us be clear why both are hopeless. They would do virtually nothing to reduce the impacts of EU migration on population, housing, health services and education which are especially strong in particular parts of England. Furthermore, either would amount to an abandonment of the government's pledge to control immigration, let alone to reduce it, which many believe that they were promised. A recent Channel 4 poll found that 70 per cent of voters want a reduction in immigration from the EU. ...

As for free movement for those who have a job offer, it is surely obvious that this would simply lead to a boom for employment agencies who already advertise widely in Eastern Europe – to say nothing of all those who could arrange a job offer through relatives already working in Britain. Any such outcome would simply be flimsy camouflage for a wholesale retreat and for the abandonment of a major pledge to the British public.

The fact that such suggestions are even being discussed may be because the debate is being largely conducted by those, including some ministers, who have very little knowledge of how the present immigration system actually works. In practice, there are substantial aspects of our existing visa system which could perfectly well be adapted to our new situation as a non-member of the EU.

For a start, it would be very much in the interests of both sides for there to be visa free access for almost all purposes – except, of course, work. For work, we should treat EU applications in the same way as those from the rest of the world. This means restricting entry to those who come for higher-paid, highly skilled work or to work in shortage occupations as identified by the independent Migration Advisory Committee. This is no different in principle from the "blue card" system which the EU themselves offer to third-country nationals so they have little reason to object.

This would enable numbers to be capped at a level reflecting the genuine needs of the UK rather than the wishes of individuals from abroad. It would also be important to cater for international companies wishing to deploy their senior and specialist employees flexibly. These routes are already known to business so the necessary adjustments would not be beyond the wit of man. ...

It is high time that policy discussion and, indeed, our negotiations with the EU are concentrated on practical matters of this kind from which a perfectly workable solution should evolve. The editorial in last week's Sunday Times had it right: "Control of migration is not an option – it is a necessity."
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY
Labour is no longer the party of the traditional working-class
"Bagehot"
The Economist, 6 July 2018


The divorce between the Labour Party and the workers has played out in two phases. /.../ Just as the rapid expansion of the universities benefited middle-class women far more than working-class men, so the Labour Party's women-only short-lists speeded up the transformation of the Labour Party from a working-class into a middle-class party.

The party's bet on the rise of the middle class allowed it to win three elections in a row. But there were plenty of warning signs. The traditional working class abandoned politics for private pursuits. ...

The second phase was with Jeremy Corbyn. Mr Corbyn no doubt imagines himself to be a champion of the working class. But this is a working class of his imagination rather than of the real world. He was brought up in a manor house in Shropshire and has spent his life working as an MP in a constituency (Islington North) that has never been touched by either industrialisation or de-industrialisation. Mr Corbyn is in fact presiding over the takeover of the party by three groups: ethnic minorities, particularly Muslims; public-sector professionals; and frustrated millennials, most of them the university-educated children of the salaried middle class, who can't get their feet on the property ladder. The latest membership figures show that 77% of party members are middle-class (ie, they hail from ABC1 social groups). The proportion of Labour MPs who have had experience of manual work has declined from 16% in 1979 to 3% today. The party has almost no younger MPs without a university education despite the fact that 70% of school-leavers don't go on to university (Angela Rayner is a notable exception). The party's most powerful pressure group, Momentum, was founded by a Cambridge-University graduate with an MBA from the London Business School, and is stuffed full of educated millennials. The average trade-union member is now a woman in her 50s who works in the public sector. An intriguing new book by Ben Cobley, a former Labour activist, "The Tribe: The Liberal-Left and the System of Diversity", points out that the 2017 Labour Party rule book, a 91-page document, contains 26 mentions of "gender", 41 of "BAME" (black, Asian and minority ethnic), 43 of "ethnic", 11 of "race", two of "black" and "Asian" respectively, but only two of "class".

This takeover of the Labour Party by other groups has coincided with hard times of the traditional British working-class – particularly the white-working class. /.../ But this has not stopped many Labour-Party-affiliated activists from demonising all white men, however humble their background, as vectors of oppression. In significant sections of the Labour Party the term "white male" is used as an accusation rather than a description. ...

The Labour Party nevertheless may be acting rationally in acting as it is: Mr Corbyn is a harbinger of things to come rather than a relic of the 1960s. Britain's ethnic-minority population is expanding and becoming more politically engaged. IPSOS Mori estimates that, in the June 2017 general election, 73% of ethnic-minority voters voted Labour compared with 39% of ethnically white voters. Thirteen of the party's 20 best performances were in heavily Muslim areas. Labour's best chance of holding onto the Midlands lies in mobilising the Muslim vote, rather than in appealing to Jaguar LandRover workers.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – ASYLUM, SOCIAL COHESION, EUROPE
Liberals have lost the argument on the migrant crisis. Now Europe needs to get tough
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2018


Europe's migration crisis – sparked by Merkel's government three years ago – has quickened the populist advance across the continent. ...

Immigration is not the only factor in this worrying trend, but it is an important one.

In 2015, when the migration crisis began, more than 1.8 million people were detected crossing Europe's borders illegally. Italy has had more than 471,000 people land on its shores as the crisis has gone on. Germany received 1.1 million asylum applications in 2015 alone.

Those who think the crisis is abating are mistaken. While the numbers attempting to reach Europe are not as high as last year, and are far lower than in 2015, they are still a worry.

Last week, more than 500 migrants arrived in Greece; nearly 900 reached Italy; and almost 1,200 arrived in Spain. And the authorities must now house, educate and integrate the many people who reached Europe in the last three years. By 2020 the German government will have spent an estimated £74 billion dealing with the domestic costs of the crisis. ...

To maintain social cohesion, you need to control immigration. To control immigration, you need strong borders. And to have strong borders, you need to be prepared to adopt tough policies. ...

And why should we continue an asylum model that favours the strong over the weak, the young over the old, and men over women? Three quarters of asylum seekers in Britain are men and the majority are in their early twemties.

Too often, with today's system, the vulnerable get left behind.

The immigration debate is changing. In Europe, mainstream politicians are advocating "regional disembarkation platforms", where asylum claims are processed outside the EU. This is a model that has worked in Australia, but it will only succeed if migrants are barred from claiming asylum in Europe itself.

Time will tell if Europe's leaders will be tough enough to do that. But they need to be. If the migration crisis taught us anything, it is that virtue signalling is not a policy: the only policy with virtue is one that works.
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION – EARNINGS
Migrants caught lying over pay in effort to stay in UK
Richard Ford
The Times, 2 July 2018


Hundreds of highly skilled migrants trying to stay in the UK permanently have been found abusing the system, according to the immigration minister.

Migrants who had been denied leave to remain were found to have exaggerated their earnings on applications to the Home Office when the figures were checked against their tax records.

In almost 90 per cent of the cases reviewed, the applicants had amended their records with HM Revenue & Customs by increasing their earnings by more than £10,000, Caroline Nokes told MPs.

Ms Nokes said that the migrants were most likely to have inflated their earnings so that they could claim enough points to stay in Britain, or to have substantially under-reported their salaries to evade tax.
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION – EARNINGS
Hundreds of highly skilled migrants are lying about how much they earn to try and stay in UK permanently
Alain Tolhurst
The Sun, 2 July 2018


Hundreds of highly skilled migrants have been lying about how much they earn to try and stay in the UK permanently.

The Home Office said in 90 per cent of cases the reviewed applicants had increased their earnings by more than £10,000 to reach the threshold needed to qualify for long-term residence.

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes told MPs some of the applicants had amended their records with HMRC to under-report their wages in to evade tax.

The review was ordered by Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, after concerns people were being refused 'leave to remain' due to minor tax issues.

But the appraisal of 281 postal applications that were refused on character and conduct grounds revealed a pattern of apparent attempts to abuse the immigration system, the Times is reporting.

The Home Office is now looking at applications made in person to see whether similar attempts were made to try and enable skilled migrants to stay in the UK who failed the strict qualification tests.

The review found many migrants trying to live here permanently under the 'Tier 1' system had earnings lower than the threshold required, but had been topped up by claims of self-employed pay which were not real.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – DECEPTION, DEPORTATION
Europe is using smartphone data as a weapon to deport refugees
Morgan Meaker
Wired, 2 July 2018


Smartphones have helped tens of thousands of migrants travel to Europe. A phone means you can stay in touch with your family – or with people smugglers. On the road, you can check Facebook groups that warn of border closures, policy changes or scams to watch out for. Advice on how to avoid border police spreads via WhatsApp.

Now, governments are using migrants' smartphones to deport them.

Across the continent, migrants are being confronted by a booming mobile forensics industry that specialises in extracting a smartphone's messages, location history, and even WhatsApp data. That information can potentially be turned against the phone owners themselves. ...

Admittedly, some refugees do lie on their asylum applications. Omar – not his real name – certainly did. He travelled to Germany via Greece. ...

If Omar's phone were searched, he could have become one of them, as his location history would have revealed his route through Europe, including his arrival in Greece.

But before his asylum interview, he met Lena – also not her real name. A refugee advocate and businesswoman, Lena had read about Germany's new surveillance laws. She encouraged Omar to throw his phone away and tell immigration officials it had been stolen in the refugee camp where he was staying. ...

When sociology professor Marie Gillespie researched phone use among migrants travelling to Europe in 2016, she encountered widespread fear of mobile phone surveillance. "Mobile phones were facilitators and enablers of their journeys, but they also posed a threat," she says. In response, she saw migrants who kept up to 13 different SIM cards, hiding them in different parts of their bodies as they travelled.

This could become a problem for immigration officials, who are increasingly using mobile phones to verify migrants' identities, and ascertain whether they qualify for asylum. (That is: whether they are fleeing countries where they risk facing violence or persecution.) In Germany, only 40 per cent of asylum applicants in 2016 could provide official identification documents. In their absence, the nationalities of the other 60 per cent were verified through a mixture of language analysis – using human translators and computers to confirm whether their accent is authentic – and mobile phone data. ...

The smartphone has become the essential accessory for modern migration. Travelling to Europe as an asylum seeker is expensive. People who can't afford phones typically can't afford the journey either.
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TERRORISM – COST, UK, EUROPE
The threat of terrorism is exhausting Europe
Free West Media, 2 July 2018


Between 2004 and 2016, the European Union lost €180 billion in GDP due to terrorism. Is Europe really serious about its war on terror?

The United Kingdom (€43.7 billion) and France (€43 billion) suffered the highest losses, followed by Spain (€40.8 billion) and Germany (€19.2 billion), according to a Rand Corporation study.

"Beyond those who have been directly physically affected by terrorist attacks, the extensive coverage of terrorist attacks through multiple media and social media channels has substantially increased the amount of people and companies that could be psychologically affected. This subsequently affects their economic behaviour".

According to the Spanish "black book" of terrorism, 658 Europeans have been murdered in terror attacks on European soil, while 1 029 Europeans died at the hand of terrorists abroad.

Half of the French army are currently deployed in France to protect the civilian targets, including schools, monuments, and religious sites. The Guardian noted that French troop presence has hit 10 000 after Paris attacks. Many fear it is a "political anti-anxiety measure". ...

... Germany has had to send troops into the streets for the first time since the Second World War.

Belgium, like France, has more troops deployed at home than in any single mission abroad. "We are standing around like flowers pots, just waiting to be smashed," one Belgian officer complained.

The French magazine Causeur says Europeans are suffering from the "the Batman Syndrome" after France announced it would be freeing at least 50 terrorists from prison. The UK is also due to free 80 Islamic fundamentalists from jail.

"How can we respect a society that is too cowardly to fight those who threaten its citizens, and that demonstrates its weakness by systematically seeking appeasement at the price of the most unreasonable accommodations? It is the 'Batman syndrome': the hero refuses to kill, he systematically saves his enemy who escapes and kills new victims until the hero catches up with him, and so on."
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EXTREMISM – DERADICALISATION, ISLAM
Why Britain's Deradicalization Programs Are Failing
A. Z. Mohamed
Gatestone Institute, 30 June 2018
[A. Z. Mohamed is a Muslim born and raised in the Middle East]


The vast majority of deradicalization programs in the UK are at best ineffective and at worst counter-productive, according to a recent study by the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT, also known as the "nudge unit"), a social purpose company partially owned by the UK government, but that works in partnership with the Cabinet Office.

As the Times reported recently, BIT examined 33 deradicalization programs across Britain, in schools, youth centers, sports clubs and English-language classes. Most of these are part of Prevent – a strategy presented in 2011 to the UK Parliament by the Secretary of State for the Home Department – designed to keep vulnerable citizens from becoming terrorists or supporting any form of violent extremism inspired by radical Islamist or right-wing ideologies. BIT found that only two of the programs have been successful.

The main reason for the failure of the other 31 programs, according to the Times' report on the study, is:



"...that facilitators were uncomfortable dealing with sensitive topics and would often refuse to engage if they were brought up. BIT found that teachers in particular were afraid to bring up matters of race and religion with their students without appearing discriminatory, often causing them to refuse to talk about these topics entirely."



The two effective initiatives, according to the Times, were "one defying political correctness and tackling difficult issues head-on and the other directly addressing extremism in religious [Islamic] texts."

In Britain, the majority (82%) of the 228 people in custody for terrorism- related offenses espouse Islamist extremism. In August 2017, the EU's counter-terrorism coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, said that the UK has more radicalized Muslims than any other European country. He added that Britain "has identified 20,000 to 35,000 radicals. Of these, 3,000 are worrying for MI5, and of those 500 are under constant and special attention." ...

For deradicalization programs – and counter-terrorism initiatives – to work, they must first defy political correctness, tackle the root causes of Islamist extremism and address all related sensitive issues, including those which appear in Islamic texts. British Muslims should not only participate in this endeavor, but be on the front lines, monitoring early signs of radicalization and ceasing to show sympathy for or to rationalize violence.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – SCHOOLS
Schools no longer required to record pupils' nationality
Richard Adams
The Guardian, 29 June 2018


Schools in England will no longer be asked by the government to collect information on pupils' nationality and place of birth, the latest significant climbdown in the suite of "hostile environment" policies targeted at immigrants living in the UK.

The low-key announcement, confirming earlier reports, came in the form of a technical document for schools from the Department for Education (DfE) regarding its school census for 2018-19.

Under the heading Discontinued Items, the technical specification lists "pupil country of birth" and "pupil nationality", with a note that they are "no longer required by the department and, as such, it is removed from the school census collection from autumn 2019 onwards.

"Schools must no longer request this information from parents, or retain the data within their system, for purpose of transmitting to the department via the school census," the document states.

Two years ago the department added a requirement for schools to ask parents for the information, along with a question on proficiency in English, apparently under pressure from the Home Office under Theresa May.
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MULTICULTURALISM – SCHOOLS
Super-sized classes at highest level on record
Camilla Turner and Patrick Scott
Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2018


Super-sized classes are at the highest level on record, official figures show, as secondary schools begin to feel the effects of a migrant-fuelled baby boom.

Eight per cent of secondary school classes now have over 30 children, which is the highest proportion since the Department for Education (DfE) started collecting figures for its annual school census in 2006. ...

The average secondary school class size in 2018 was 21.2 students, the new data shows, which is the largest since 2007. There is now the equivalent of one extra pupil in each class, compared to five years ago.

Overall, there are now 66,000 more children in the nation's schools compared to the same point last year. While some of this increase was in primaries, most was in secondaries, which have seen numbers rise by 35,400 in just a year. ...

The latest DfE statistics, which look at the make-up of the school population across England, also reveals that one in three of the nation's primary school children are from a minority ethnic background.

More than one in five primary-age children do not speak English as their first language.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – AMNESTIES
The economics of immigration amnesties
Alessandra Casarico, Giovanni Facchini and Tommaso Frattini
Vox, 28 June 2018


Illegal immigration is widespread in OECD countries. The recent, unprecedented surge in the number of asylum seekers in Europe /.../ and the high likelihood that their claims will be rejected will increase the stock of undocumented foreign nationals in many destination countries /.../. In an environment in which repatriations are difficult to implement, policymakers have few options available to handle a growing problem.

... In 2016, irregular migrants made up 3.4% of the total population in the US, or about a quarter of the total foreign population. In Europe, the figures are significantly lower, but exhibit substantial variation across countries. The phenomenon is virtually absent in Denmark or Sweden, very small in countries like Austria and Germany, but sizeable in Greece, Belgium, Portugal, and the UK. The legal status of migrants clearly reflects the policy stance of the destination country, both in terms of the ex-ante controls introduced to discipline the flows and the ex-post measures taken to grant legal status to existing undocumented foreigners.

Used as a tool to give legal status to a broad set of immigrants who satisfy pre-defined conditions, amnesties have been the focus of much attention, and much controversy. ... some countries have never resorted to amnesties (e.g. Germany and the UK), whereas others have made use of them very frequently, especially before the 2008 crisis. ...

What trade-offs does a government face in the decision to implement an immigration amnesty? Under what conditions is it more likely that a government will resort to this instrument to deal with the presence of irregular migrants? ...

European countries have recently experienced an extraordinary inflow of asylum seekers. Many of them will not be granted refugee status but are unlikely to be repatriated. Thus, policy makers will have to deal with large stocks of undocumented foreigners in the near future.
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IMMIGRATION – GOVERNMENT, BREXIT
Time for clarity on government's EU immigration plans
Migrationwatch UK, 27 June 2018


With nine months to go until Brexit, there is an urgent need for clarity about how the government plans to adapt immigration rules for EU citizens who are not already resident here.

A Migration Watch UK paper (MW447 - Brexit and immigration: the way forward) calls for visa free movement to and from the EU for tourists, family and business visitors.

There must, however, be limitations on those whose intention is to work so the paper proposes an extension to EU nationals of the current system of highly-skilled work permits – a system with which business is already familiar.

The EU should have no grounds for objecting to such an offer since their Blue Card policy - in the process of being expanded – is on very similar lines.

This, alongside an expansion of the Tier 2 cap to accommodate these highly-skilled EU workers together with temporary transitional measures for construction or agricultural workers, would allow businesses to continue recruiting the talent they need while providing the incentive to train British replacements.

Current arrangements for the transfer of senior international staff (ICTs) should also be extended to EU citizens.

Furthermore, by cutting lower-paid migration which has accounted for about 80% of EU migration over the past decade or so, these proposals would help to deliver a considerable long-term reduction in immigration from Europe.

They would also encourage businesses to raise wages, improve working conditions and invest more in training for UK recruits.

Securing unhindered movement for tourists and business visitors in both directions would be of clear benefit to all sides, especially in their service sectors. It would also be compatible with the maintenance of the very long standing Common Travel Area with Ireland.

Delivering a reduction in immigration is vital to honouring the referendum result. As a major academic study has found, high immigration was the 'key' issue on voters' mind when they voted in June 2016. Polling reported by Channel 4 News last week found that 70% of the public want to see a reduction in immigration from the EU.

It is crucial, therefore, that the red line of reducing immigration from the EU is kept separate from the trade negotiations. Attempting to secure trade concessions by compromising on the manifesto commitment to end freedom of movement would seriously undermine the credibility of the government.
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DIVERSITY – BIRMINGHAM
British white people set to become a minority in Birmingham, says report
Carl Jackson
Birmingham Mail, 27 June 2018


British white people are soon to become the minority in Birmingham while nearly 50,000 residents in the city cannot speak English, according to a new report.

There are thought to be residents from nearly 200 countries living in Birmingham which has been described as 'super diverse' in the city council's new cohesion strategy.

But while there are recognised benefits to a multi-cultural society such as trade links, the city's varied ethnicity has also been identified as major factor in social segregation and community 'tension'.

The draft policy, which is due to be tabled before the council's cabinet today (Tuesday, June 26), states that 42.1 per cent of people in Birmingham classified themselves as non-white British in the 2011 census.

That was an increase of 12 per cent from the 2001 survey and if the rate continues by the time of the next census in 2021 more than half of the city's 1.2 million-plus population will be from an ethnic minority.

This is already the case for under 18s with 60 per cent coming from a non-white British background in the last poll. ...

Equalities chief Cllr Tristan Chatfield said: "Birmingham faces a number of difficult social issues that have an impact on cohesion; whilst

these are not unique to our city, we cannot assume that national government policy will address them.

"These are complex challenges and they are also rapidly evolving. ..."
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IMMIGRATION – ECONOMY
Immigration fears are more economically rational than the urban liberals pretend
Paul Ormerod
City A.M., 27 June 2018


For the metropolitan liberal elite, immigration is unequivocally a Good Thing. They are on the side of the angels. Whether it is President Trump attempting to control entry into America, or – in the latest twist – the Italians turning away boats, all are to be condemned.

Ironically, almost all of these cosmopolitans accept the right of "oppressed" peoples, such as the Palestinians, to a homeland and identity. But they regard such aspirations as illegitimate when expressed by the historic majorities of Europe. ...

It is often said that immigration helps to raise the rate of economic growth, so it does not make sense to have strict restrictions on numbers.

In the mainstream model of economics, growth depends upon three things: the speed at which new technology is adopted, increases in the amount of capital used in producing goods and services, and the growth of the labour force.

Immigration does indeed increase the growth rate, though its impact on growth per capita is at best marginal. A larger labour force arising from more immigration boosts growth, but there are more people around to share in the growth.

In order to make the economic case for immigration, it would have to be shown that either immigrants adopt new technology faster and more effectively, or that they are inherently more productive than the typical worker. There is a good case for allowing relatively small number of skilled people into the country on these grounds, but not for mass immigration.

Advocates of large-scale immigration argue vigorously that it provides a young workforce to support an ageing population – not only in the UK but throughout the west.

The trouble with "replacement migration" as a solution is that immigrants themselves grow old. They have to be supported by the next generation of workers.

To rejuvenate the population through immigration requires not just a once-and-for-all influx of foreign workers, but a continuing flow of new immigrants.

A few years ago, the Oxford demographer David Coleman calculated how much net immigration would be needed each year to preserve even the existing age structure of the populations of western Europe. At present, the estimate is around six million net immigrants a year. ...

A further assertion is that immigrants do jobs which native British workers are unwilling to take. But this rather gives the game away. Without mass immigration, employers would be obliged to raise the real wage rate to induce these people to take the jobs. Large-scale immigration thus increases inequality.

There is no doubt that part of the opposition to immigration is driven by prejudice and fear of the unknown. But there are very rational grounds to be wary of it on a mass scale. EU leaders need to recognise the validity of these arguments.
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CRIME – PASSPORTS, TERRORISM
All passports that get stolen get sold... and the British one is a strong passport': Mail investigation reveals how gangs are selling UK passports for £2,500 - allowing criminals and terrorists to sneak in
Tom Kelly
Daily Mail, 25 June 2018


A disturbing trade in stolen British passports is exposed today by the Daily Mail.

Swiped by criminal gangs in Western Europe, they are flown to Istanbul or Athens for sale by people smugglers.

Security experts said owning a genuine British passport was like 'winning the lottery' for jihadis and criminals – allowing them to slip across borders undetected.

In response to the Mail's findings, MPs called for action to address Britain's 'shocking vulnerability' to potentially dangerous illegals. ...

The Mail bought a UK passport for £2,500 from Abu Ahmad, a people-smuggling kingpin in Turkey. It had been stolen from a Milton Keynes man working in Brussels. ...

He is on bail while he appeals against an eight-year sentence for spiriting thousands of migrants into Europe, including suspected jihadis. At its peak, his 'business' was bringing in £110,000 a month.

Europol, an EU police agency, warned yesterday that people smugglers operating in Turkey and Greece were 'frequent' offenders in the trade in black market documents, which is an 'important enabler' of organised crime.

Ahmad said all the passports he sold were genuine – otherwise they would be no use at border control.

They are either stolen or sold by their owners, who agree not to report them as missing for a few months, by which time they have been used by Ahmad's customers.

He said: 'Most British passports are stolen. Except if the passport was in the name of someone Arabic or Pakistani or something, that could have been sold.' ...

Interpol, an international police agency, has a stolen and lost travel documents database, known as SLTD, which it says was searched more than 1.2 billion times in the first nine months of 2016, providing 115,000 'hits'.

But on its website, it admits: 'Interpol is not automatically notified of all passport thefts occurring worldwide, and the SLTD database is not connected to national lists of stolen or lost passports.

'Despite the potential availability of the SLTD database, not all countries systematically search the database to determine whether an individual is using a fraudulent passport.'

In 2014, the head of the agency said just four in ten passports used for international flights were checked against the database. ...

David Lowe, a former Special Branch counter-terrorism officer now based at Leeds Beckett University, said: 'For terrorists and criminals getting a new passport is like winning the lottery.

'It's a significant concern with fighters coming from Islamic State or returning British fighters. Once you get in with somebody else's passport you are very difficult to trace.'
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DIVERSITY – NATIONAL IDENTITY, PUBLIC OPINION
Britain lags behind Canada and the U.S. in new Inclusiveness Index
Ipsos MORI, 25 June 2018


A new Ipsos survey which compares countries' acceptance of social and cultural diversity shows that Canada and the United States have the most inclusive definition of nationality, followed by South Africa, France, and Australia. These countries score highest on an Inclusiveness Index reflecting social acceptance of diversity as it applies to religion, immigration, sexual orientation and gender identity, political views, and criminal background. Britain ranks 10th in the overall index.

The Overall Inclusiveness Index is based on the findings of an Ipsos Global Advisor survey of over 20,700 men and women aged under 65 in 27 countries online. Respondents were asked about as many as 28 types of people and for each type, they were asked if they consider such a person to be a "real" national (e.g., "a real Briton" in Great Britain., "a real American" in the US, etc.) or not. ...

Six in ten of the British public (59%) think of themselves as a 'real Brit' but less than two in ten (17%) do not. Globally, Britons rank lowest on this measure against an average of 84%. Younger people are less inclined to consider themselves real Brits, with 22% of under 35s saying they do not consider themselves a real Brit compared to just 12% of those aged over 50. ...

On immigration, Britain is slightly more inclusive than the global average. Half of the public (52%) think that an immigrant who has become a citizen of the UK can be considered a real Brit compared with one in five (22%) who do not. But for immigrants who have lived most of their life in Britain and not taken citizenship, the public is split; 35% think they are real Brits and 35% think not. ...

The ability to speak English is also seen as real marker of being a true Brit. Over half (56%) of the public think that immigrants who have become citizens and are fluent in English can be considered Brits. This falls to three in ten (30%) for those are not fluent in English. Similarly, marrying someone British does not necessarily make someone be seen as a real Brit – 34% think it does and the same proportion thinks it does not. Just one in four (23%) think that someone who is an illegal immigrant but has lived in the country most of their life can be considered a real Brit compared with 46% who think they can't.

On second generation inclusiveness, around six in ten people in Britain say that second generation citizens - whose parents immigrated from outside the UK - can be considered real Brits regardless of where their parents immigrated from.
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DIVERSITY – IDENTITY POLITICS, INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM
Make no mistake, we are living under a diversity dictatorship
Zoe Strimpel
Sunday Telegraph, 24 June 2018


Those who cry repression and oppression – racism, sexism, transphobism – have become judge, jury and executioner.

We've seen countless times in the past year or so how anyone accused of an outrage against identity will immediately pay the price, from classicist Mary Beard, accused of racism and mauled on Twitter as a result, to Germaine Greer, ceaselessly attacked for her unorthodox views on transsexual women and #MeToo.

If the obsession with identity politics had remained a matter for vitriol and silliness only on Twitter, or in Left-wing newspapers and journals, things wouldn't be so bad. But they've seeped, with chilling consequences, into absolutely all aspects of life, with our institutions now as obsessed as their American counterparts with dictums for promoting "diversity and inclusion" at the cost of just about everything else.

This means, with catastrophic consequences guaranteed, that the once highly prized notions of merit, creativity, and freedom of thought and speech are being systematically tossed on the bonfire of all things Potentially Un-PC.

And what a week it was for the country's diversity warriors. ...

Job discrimination, whether based on sex or race, is wrong and illegal. It is crucial that employers aren't allowed to refuse promotions on these grounds. But the idea that "diversity" comes down to tabulating the number of skin colours in any given management tier, room or discussion, is idiotic, pretty racist itself, and (shiuld be) insulting to everyone's intelligence. ...

The noxious effects of what I can't help but call the ever-strengthening "diversity dictatorship" is particularly dispiriting in once-irreverent domains like comedy. Shane Allen, the former head of comedy at the BBC, said last week that Monty Python wouldn't "stand a chance" of being broadcast on the Beeb these days. Nor would Hugh Laurie or Stephen Fry, because they are "Oxbridge white blokes". ...

Nassim Taleb, the Lebanese-American scholar and statistician, put beautifully on Twitter last week the sinister nature of all this diversity-mongering. "The more you institutionise rules of ethical behaviour that should be voluntary (say, anti-racism, anti-sexism)," he tweeted, "the more they will be used as a cover for unethical actions."

Unethical, absolutely – and plain lunatic, too. ...

Meanwhile, amid all the "inclusive" quotas and pledges and sackings, the bias trainings, the shamings and the relentless jargon, our society is losing its creativity, humour and intellectual freedom.
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CITIZENSHIP – EU CITIZENS, RESIDENCE
UK unveils post-Brexit EU citizen settlement scheme
Lisa O'Carroll and Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 22 June 2018


The government has promised to fast-track the registration process for EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit, with decisions on applications to remain in the country reduced from six months to "a matter of days".

Unveiling details of the "settlement scheme" for EU citizens, the Home Office promised that the application process would be "short, simple and user friendly" with a default position of accepting rather than rejecting applications. ...

Applications will cost £65 per adult, with children half price. EU citizens will be issued with an ID number, but not a physical card, which they will be required to use for public services such as the NHS and possibly employment and property rental checks. ...

It has been estimated that the Home Office will have to process up to 4,500 applications a day to get through 3.2m applications before the programme closes in June 2021. However, numbers could be even higher, with the Home Office saying there could be anything from "3.2m to 3.8m" EU citizens eligible for the scheme. ...

Anyone with a criminal record involving a jail sentence of more than 12 months is at risk of being rejected. Checks on the national police database and watch lists will be automatic but past crimes in the rest of Europe will not be automatic. ...

It will remain open for two and a half years, with EU citizens who arrive in the country eligible to apply right up until the end of December 2019, the proposed end of the transition period.

Those in the country for less than five years will be granted "pre-settled status" which can be swapped for a full "settled status" ID after five years.

The new status will also be considered a route to British citizenship, ending the need for EU citizens presently in the country to go through the permanent residency process.

Close family members, defined as "spouse, civil partner, durable partner, dependent child or grandchild or dependent parent or grandparent living overseas" will be allowed to join those with settled status under a "lifetime right" of EU citizens already in the country.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Revealed: two years after Brexit vote, public still supports tough immigration targets
Channel 4 [television], 22 June 2018


Almost three quarters of British adults still back Theresa May's tough stance on reducing immigration, a Deltapoll survey for Channel 4 News reveals. ...

Two years after the EU referendum, support for the government's tough immigration targets is widespread across the country and political allegiances, according to the poll.

Most people want the number of immigrants coming to Britain to be reduced to "tens of thousands" per year after Brexit – although many believe there should be some flexibility.

Strikingly, the majority of Remain voters would like to see numbers of immigrants go down. Some 23% of Remainers want a "big reduction" in EU immigration, while 35% want a small reduction. ...

However, many people remain positive about the overall impact that immigration to the UK has had over the last few decades.

Half of UK adults believe it has been mainly beneficial, compared to around 40% who said it had mainly been detrimental.

Other recent surveys have suggested attitudes towards immigration may have softened after Brexit.

But the survey by Channel 4 News shows that 42% of UK adults want to see a big reduction in EU immigration after Brexit. And a further 28% would be happy with a small reduction.

Only 14% of people want EU immigration to increase. And just 15% oppose the government's target to reduce immigration to "tens of thousands". ...

And most Conservative voters still support the "hostile environment" policy – compared to around four in ten Labour voters. ...

Between different age groups, the Conservatives' policy to bring immigration levels down to "tens of thousands" is least popular among young people, aged 18-24. However, the majority of young people still support it, according to the poll. ...

In response to the poll findings, Ken Clarke MP told Channel 4 News: "I don't think freedom of movement has done us any harm at all myself. We live in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-national society. And if you think that has gone too far already, I think as far as my grandchildren are concerned, you ain't seen nothing yet." ...

Deltapoll interviewed 2,063 adults between 8th June – 11th June, 2018.
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DIVERSITY – BBC
BBC to boost diversity by ending shortlists with no black candidates
Adam McCulloch
Personnel Today, 22 June 2018


The BBC plans to increase the proportion of black and ethnic minority staff with its announcement that all shortlists for posts, above certain grades, will include at least one non-white candidate.

The new protocol will apply above the broadcaster's band E – to middle and senior-ranking posts – including editors, producers and presenters. The organisation's executive committee and divisional leadership teams will also have at least two people from ethnic minority backgrounds by 2020.

Currently there are no black people filling the 96 highest ranked leadership roles at the BBC.

All leadership and development programmes will be expected to have considerable ethnic minority representation as part of their overall cohort and accountability for diversity and inclusion targets, and ethnic minority career progression will be included in senior leadership team objectives and progression reviews. ...

Cultural awareness training will be made mandatory for all team managers, says the report, on top of the current compulsory unconscious bias programme. ...

The BBC already has a diversity and inclusion policy in place that includes 15% targets for the percentage of black and ethnic minority staff in leadership roles by 2020.
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IMMIGRATION – EUROPE
The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray - review
David Sexton
Evening Standard, 21 June 2018


On publication in May last year, The Strange Death of Europe became a surprise bestseller and remained so all last summer. It's rare that a book of such seriousness, cogency and pessimism finds so many readers.

Murray announces quite simply in his introduction: "Europe is committing suicide." He predicts within the lifespans of most people currently alive "Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place in the world we had to call home".

Murray puts forward two simultaneous causes. The first is the mass movement of peoples into Europe post-war, making it into "a home for the entire world". The second is the way Europe itself "has lost faith in its beliefs, traditions and legitimacy". ...

Murray surveys the history of migration, highlighting how much it has been underestimated by governments and how little serious public discussion has been permitted – even when, for example, the 2011 census revealed the enormous changes that have taken place, in London especially. ...

He traces the way new parties have emerged across Europe to represent popular opinion so determinedly ignored by mainstream parties. "There is an ongoing effort to make European publics not believe the evidence of their own lives," he says, quoting poll after poll, showing how out of step with public opinion governments have become. In 2010, 47 per cent of Germans said they did not think Islam belonged in Germany. By 2015, that figure had become 60 per cent. Now it is higher again.

In a new Afterword for the paperback, after surveying the events of the last year, Murray says he had anticipated criticism. "Yet none of the many facts in this book were able to be refuted and nobody of any consequence has even tried to contest or deny them." The Strange Death of Europe is essential reading, just as much for those who would dispute its analysis as for those who will find here lucidly set forth what they already intuit.

The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray (Bloomsbury, £9.99)
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POLITICS – EUROPEAN UNION
The Migrant Question
Theodore Dalrymple
City Journal, 20 June 2018


... whatever attitude governments take to the migrants, no one truly believes that they are more of an asset than a liability. /.../ When European leaders discuss the migrant question, it is always in terms of sharing the burden, not the assets, equitably. No one speaks of foreign investment in this way, which suggests that European politicians believe, whether rightly or wrongly, that the free movement of people and capital are different in an important way.

The leaders speak of sharing the burden, then, and are incensed when countries such as Hungary and Poland refuse point-blank to take any migrants from Africa or the Middle East. But I have never seen mentioned in this context the question of where the migrants themselves want to go. They might as well be inanimate toxic waste as far as the discussion is concerned, rather than human beings with wishes, desires, ambitions, and so forth. They are but pawns in a political game. Hungary, for example, is deemed duty-bound to take x number of migrants: no one asks whether x number of migrants can be found who want to go to Hungary. Nor is the question ever discussed in public whether Hungary, having open borders, would be held responsible for making the migrants stay there once they had arrived. Short of penning them in, how exactly would you keep them in Hungary, or in Poland?
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POPULATION – COST, NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
'Nobody will talk about it!' Farage reveals why NHS funding MUST increase for THIS reason
Jamie Macwhirter
Daily Express, 18 June 2018


Nigel Farage hailed Theresa May's announcement of a 'Brexit dividend' for the NHS, but reminded listeners the money was only necessary because of rapid population growth fuelled by mass immigration. ...

Speaking on his LBC show, Mr Farage said: "Spending on the National Health Service has to go up every single year significantly, not just because of administrative waste, not just because of health tourism.

"The British population is rising by half a million people every single year, and 75% of that is because of people coming into this country and those that have come having children.

"Is it any wonder we need to increase spending?

"And of course part of the argument around Brexit was that by leaving we can take back control of our borders and significantly reduce the numbers coming into Britain.

"But there's little prospect of that, and as I say it is the elephant in the room and nobody wants to talk about it because immigration has disappeared completely off the political radar in this country."
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TERRORISM – EUROPE
Radicalised asylum seekers have murdered or injured more than 1,000 in terror attacks in Europe since 2014
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 16 June 2018


Radicalised asylum seekers have murdered or injured more than 1,000 people in terror attacks in Europe since 2014, a new report has revealed.

In the past four years, 32 Islamist plots have involved those who had sought sanctuary – or 16 per cent. Three of the potential atrocities were in the UK, including Parson Green tube bomber Ahmed Hassan.

An analysis by academics found 44 refugees had either carried out atrocities or been thwarted before they could bring bloodshed to the streets.

The findings echo warnings by law enforcement chiefs that some so-called Islamic State fanatics who are bent on murder posed as refugees fleeing war and persecution. It was claimed they exploited the migrant crisis by pretending to be asylum seekers to sneak into Europe and cause carnage.

Terror expert Robin Simcox, of the Heritage Foundation think-tank in Washington DC, said it was 'disturbingly simple' for jihadists to hide among genuine refugees because the Continent's borders were under huge strain.

European leaders had 'inadvertently increased the terrorist threat' as a direct result of their 'catastrophic' handling of controversial immigration and open-border policies. ...

Mr Simcox made clear that the fault for 11 successful attacks involving asylum seekers, which killed 182 people and injured 814, lay with the terrorists.

The report said: 'Ill-conceived immigration policies have made it easier for them to strike. European leaders were either naïve about the risks or failed to communicate honestly with the public the impact that accepting such large amounts of people would have on security.

'The fall-out from the decision to take in such a large amount of unvetted people in such a short time will continue for decades to come.'

The study found that there were 194 Islamist terror plots between January 2014 and December 2017. The total casualties were 357 deaths and 1,678 injuries.

Of those, 32 involved asylum seekers or refugees. They included the attack by IS-inspired gunman and suicide bombers who murdered 129 innocent people in Paris in November 2015 and Tunisian-born Anas Amri who killed 12 when he drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016. ...

IS had direct connections to the majority of plots, with Germany targeted most and Syrians more frequently involved than other nationalities.
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DIVERSITY – POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Tyranny of the minorities: We live in an age of mob rule by minorities in which anybody who disagrees with them is censored and freedom of expression is something only THEY enjoy....
Quentin Letts
Daily Mail, 16 June 2018


... this week when our so-called liberal Left went into convulsions of illiberality after author Lionel Shriver mocked the latest diversity madness. ...

The forces of political correctness impose their unyielding views everywhere. ...

Supposedly apolitical charities try to thrust correctness down the gullets of their staff. The National Trust instructs country house guides to wear gay pride badges. The RNLI sacks long-serving lifeboatmen for using tea mugs with risque images of women.

Theatre companies are left in no doubt that they will not be given Arts Council subsidies unless they cast a number of 'non-traditional' actors – i.e., women playing Shakespearean kings or Afro-Caribbeans as English Regency fops.

Firms ban employees wearing crosses in case they offend non-Christians or atheists (but it's fine to wear a burka). ...

'Diversity' is now a booming employment sector and it offers hefty salaries. More insidiously, others exploit it for political ends and furtherance of their own ambitions. ...

Lionel Shriver was swiftly condemned this week by people who pretty clearly had not read her article and were interested only in hurting her. ...

There is a profoundly worrying problem with this tyranny of the minorities. By insisting every minority has preferential rights, you end up denying the majority their rights. ...

A few months ago, I had an experience like Ms Shriver's when I criticised the Royal Shakespeare Company for what I felt was some clumsy, minority-quotas casting in a Restoration comedy. I asked if the RSC was being leaned on by the Arts Council (which places inordinate store by its diversity policies). Did it fear that unless it cast black actors in historically white roles it might not be given such big dollops of public cash? ...

The RSC denounced me as a racist and numerous blowhards in the subsidised theatre world pretty much compared me to Satan. Behind the scenes, senior theatre practitioners told me they completely agreed with me – but feared that if they said so in public, their careers would be damaged.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Our new moves to stamp out anti-Muslim abuse or discrimination within the Conservative Party
Brandon Lewis
ConservativeHome, 15 June 2018
[Brandon Lewis is Chairman of the Conservative Party, and is MP for Great Yarmouth]


As Muslim families gather today to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, they will be joined by neighbours of different faiths and none to celebrate this happy day. This is a wonderful reminder of how much Muslims contribute to the community and culture of British life.

Britain would be a poorer place without British Muslims. We are lucky to have a rich tapestry of faiths and different communities in the United Kingdom. It is one of the things that makes this nation strong. As a Party we are strongest when we reflect the diversity of backgrounds and experience of wider society in our membership. ...

Yesterday, I met with TellMAMA, an organisation doing tremendous work to support and protect Muslims in Britain. They recognise that the Conservative Party has acted swiftly in disciplining members who have expressed unacceptable attitudes towards Muslims, but we should always be looking to do more to stamp out anti-Muslim abuse or discrimination of any kind.

So I am taking the following steps:

. First, the Conservative Party will work closely with TellMAMA to give local associations tailored advice, support and guidance to deal with abuse and bigotry robustly.

. Second, I will make diversity training available to all members and association officers to improve awareness of discrimination and promote inclusion.

. Third, I will be writing to local associations to remind them of the standards of behaviour expected from representatives of the Party and to stress the importance of promoting tolerance and inclusivity.

. Finally, I will ask all local associations to report back to CCHQ about how they have dealt with locally reported complaints.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – PEOPLE SMUGGLING
People smugglers make billions: UN report
MailOnline, 14 June 2018


People smugglers made billions on the backs of some 2.5 million desperate migrants in 2016, the UN said in a report Wednesday as the plight of refugees worldwide continues to top the headlines.

The report, issued by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said people-smuggling rings earned some $7.0 billion ... in 2016 – an amount, it noted, equal to US and EU humanitarian aid that year.

The figures are the latest available covering 30 major migrant routes in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia but they quite likely understate the extent of the problem, according to the report.
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IMMIGRATION – VISAS, DOCTORS, NURSES
Immigration rules to be relaxed for non-EU doctors and nurses
BBC, 14 June 2018


The government is to relax immigration rules to allow more non-EU skilled workers into the UK.

On Friday, the Home Office is expected to confirm that foreign doctors and nurses will be excluded from the government's visa cap.

The cap - introduced by Theresa May when she was home secretary - sets a limit for all non-EU skilled workers at 20,700 people a year. ...

NHS England had 35,000 nurse vacancies and nearly 10,000 doctor posts unfilled in February. ...

The proposed change would only apply to doctors and nurses - but could free up thousands of visas for workers in other industries like IT and teaching, even if the 20,700 total didn't change.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – POLITICS
What kills migrants on boats? The left's good intentions
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 16 June 2018


You will remember the shrieking from the left a few years back when the first wave of migrants set sail from the North African coast. 'These are people, we must do something,' the liberals demanded, insisting that the rest of us were callous bastards. The thing they wanted was more patrols in the Med, to scoop the refugees out of the water once their boats had, inevitably, capsized.

It seemed plain to me and to many others that if we did this, many more people would be encouraged to come, and many, many more would die attempting to achieve landfall. And that is exactly what happened: the death rate increased almost exponentially – in the first six months of 2017 some 2,000 migrants died. But those of us who predicted this were castigated by the 'But these are people' brigade – in fact this was their only response to suggestions that stepping up the patrols would cost more lives. I remember the columnist David Aaronovitch saying that if we did not 'do something' to help these people then the government would be directly accountable for the deaths which occurred.

Given that many more people have died because we did indeed do something, are those subsequent deaths not on Mr Aaronovitch's hands? And on the hands of the rest of the dense, squawking liberals? Even more so, are they not the responsibility of the various NGOs and charities which now openly connive in the trafficking of these people, thus encouraging still more to come? If the NGOs really wished to do something useful, they would fish the survivors out of the sea and take them straight back to where they came from.

Another outcome the lefties did not see was the effect these mass migrations would have on the nations of Europe. One by one, populist governments deeply opposed to immigration have been elected and the European Union is now a much more fissiparous and fragile entity. ...

... You can't beat good intentions for causing misery, deaths and political upheaval.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION, EUROPEAN UNION
Immigration, terrorism top concern list of Europeans: poll
Jan Strupczewski and Julia Echikson
Business Insider / Reuters, 14 June 2018


Immigration and terrorism are the two top concerns for the European Union as a bloc, but trust in the EU and optimism about its future are on the rise, a European Commission poll showed.

The Commission's twice-a-year Eurobarometer poll showed 38 percent of the EU's 510 million citizens saw immigration as the most important issue facing the bloc. Paradoxically, the highest level of concern about the issue was registered in countries were immigration is minimal – Estonia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Concern over terrorism was mentioned by 29 percent of Europeans. Again, it was highest in countries that have not had a single terrorist attack in recent years – Lithuania, Cyprus, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Poland and Latvia. ...

The survey showed that more than eight in 10 respondents supported the free movement of EU citizens with the right to live, work, study and do business anywhere in the EU.
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EMPLOYMENT – DOCTORS, NURSES
It may be controversial to say it but it's true – lifting the immigration cap for the NHS is a bad idea
Mary Dejevsky
Independent, 14 June 2018


It probably had to happen. All the stars were aligned: the perennial shortage of qualified medical staff in the NHS; the advance planning for next winter's "crisis"; a loud chorus of special pleading led by the great and the good; frightened politicians, and a new home secretary keen to set a fresh tone on migration following the (totally unrelated) Windrush scandal.

And so the government will announce that it is abolishing the "cap" for recruiting nurses and doctors from outside the EU – and presumably, post-Brexit, from inside the EU, too. ...

... Even with an entirely graduate profession of nurses and the long training required to produce a doctor, the NHS could have had four years' worth of extra nurses by now and two years' worth of new junior hospital doctors, with a new crop of fully trained GPs, surgeons and other specialists in the pipeline. Numbers of training places have increased a bit, but at nothing like the necessary rate. ...

But the biggest reason for the NHS to demand more imported medics is surely the same as it has always been: that bringing in fully, or nearly, qualified medical staff is a lot easier, more flexible, and above all cheaper than training them yourself. So here we go again. Whether the cash savings in the longer term are as great as they seem in the short term, however, may be less clear-cut.

Language competency requirements may have been increased, but I know from experience that there can be quite severe communications problems. Doctors trained abroad are more likely to be struck off than those trained in the UK (though many argue this may reflect inbuilt discrimination in the cases that are brought).

More significant, perhaps, were the findings of a peer-reviewed 2015 study, which concluded that "the use of non-UK-educated nurses in English NHS hospitals is associated with lower patient satisfaction. Importing nurses from abroad to substitute for domestically educated nurses may negatively impact quality of care."
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EXTREMISM – TERROR THREAT
Jihadis free to roam the UK: Concerns over tracking dangerous extremists as only 40 out of 400 British fanatics returning from Syria and Iraq have been prosecuted
Larisa Brown
Daily Mail, 13 June 2018


Only 40 of the 400 British jihadis who fought in Syria and Iraq have been prosecuted on their return home.

At least 360 battle-hardened fanatics are being allowed to go free because there is too little evidence to convict them.

The figures, disclosed by security minister Ben Wallace, will raise concerns over whether the authorities can keep track of all the dangerous extremists on our streets.

Police chiefs have repeatedly warned of the severity of the terror threat facing Britain – particularly from those who have been radicalised by fighting abroad.

John Woodcock, the Labour MP who had pressed for the release of the figures, said: 'It's no wonder the Government tried to keep secret that it has only managed to prosecute one in ten of the British jihadis returning from Syria.

'It is an affront to our country that the difficulty of amassing admissible evidence means there is no comeuppance for people who went to aid an evil regime that wanted to slaughter British civilians.'

He said it should be made illegal to travel to terror hotspots without good excuse. ...

The last time the Home Office revealed the number of returning foreign fighters taken to court was in 2016. Then it stood at 14. ...

The 40 figure refers to successful prosecutions. More will have faced charges that did not stick. ...

Around 850 Britons are believed to have travelled to Syria or Iraq and at least 15 per cent of them are thought to be dead. ...

Ministers are yet to agree on what to do with captured foreign fighters.
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CRIME – VIOLENCE, BLACKS
Tory MP risks sparking fury for suggesting police should carry out more stop and searches on ethnic minorities because they 'commit more crimes'
Kate Ferguson
MailOnline, 11 June 2018


A Tory MP has risked sparking fury by suggesting police should stop and search more ethnic minorities because they 'commit more crime'.

Philip Davies said black people are more likely to be murderers - and be murdered themselves - on Britain's streets. ...

Speaking in a parliamentary debate, he said: 'When it comes to the most serious offence of all – murder – it is clear that black people, and in particular black males, are far more likely to be victims.

'They are also more likely to be murderers.'

He added: 'It is also a fact that black people are more likely to use a knife or a sharp instrument to kill. ...

He said official figures from the criminal justice system show that from 2013 to 2016 four times more black people - at 32 victims per million people - were killed compared to white people at 8 victims per mission people.

Mr Davies, MP for Shipley, said: 'Why are more black people being stopped?

'If the uncomfortable truth is that they commit more of the crimes for which they are stopped, we need to accept that and deal with it. If that is not the case, we need the evidence to show what the issue is.

'The Prime Minister said that institutions should explain or change. I say that this evidence needs an explanation, and it may well be that it should result in a change to the recent policy on stop-and-search, and that stop-and-search should be used more.'

His remarks are likely to spark anger among some who say that police stop and search powers have unfairly targeted ethnic minorties.

As Home Secretary, Mrs May announced a crackdown on the use of the powers, which she warned had bred resentment between officers and the communities they were sent to police.

But the move has proved hugely controversial after a surge of violent crimes in the years that followed.

There have been 70 killings in London this year - many of them stabbings - and at one point the capital's murder rate was higher that New York's for the first time.

In February more than 250 knives and swords were seized across London in just one week where 283 people, many of them teenagers, were arrested for carrying them.
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IMMIGRATION – DOCTORS, NURSES, NHS
Staffing the NHS properly requires more training – not endless immigration
Lord Green
Conservative Home, 11 June 2018


Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK and a cross-bench peer

The immigration lobby are asking us to believe that raising (or even abolishing) the cap on skilled migration would solve so many problems at a stroke. We could have all the doctors and nurses that we need, and industry could have all the skilled people that they demand. Problem solved. Really?

Is the Government unaware that nearly two thirds of the population wish to see a significant reduction in immigration? Have the Conservatives missed the fact that 84 per cent of their supporters take this view? ...

Only recently, a Demos poll found that 73 per cent of those sampled believed that immigration had made the communities where migrants had settled more divided, reaching 78 per cent in areas that have experienced large-scale migration in recent years. ...

Of course, if you ask the public whether they think that a particular category of skilled workers should be granted visas they will say yes – but that is subject to their overall concern about numbers.

Part of the immediate pressure is about medical staff. First, we should recognise that certain medical skills have already been identified by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) as shortage occupations, which are not only granted visas, but are given clear preference over other applicants. Indeed, the government estimates that around one third of the 20,700 permits issued every year go to the NHS.

So what about other doctors? We already have one of the highest proportions of foreign-trained doctors in Europe – 29 per cent compared to less than 10 per cent for France and Germany, and about three per cent for The Netherlands. It has been obvious for decades that we have failed to train the staff that we need.

The real solution surely has to be to reduce this reliance on those trained overseas and to train our own. ...

As for nurses, the former chair of the MAC, Sir David Metcalf, said in 2016: "There is no good reason why the supply of nurses cannot be sourced domestically. There seems to be an automatic presumption that non EA skilled migration provides the health and care sector with a get out of jail free card." They also pointed out that in 2016 the shortage of nurses in England was closely linked to the decision to cut training places by almost a fifth between 2009 and 2013. Indeed, until 2014 over 30,000 UK applicants for nursing courses were turned away every year. ...

So here we are again with the NHS management once again blaming immigration control for their failure to train British workers, indeed for turning them away in their thousands in past years. It is time that we had a different conversation. For a start, any concessions should be time limited and should steadily diminish.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MEDITERRANEAN, ITALY
Matteo Salvini's decision to turn away a migrant rescue ship is an historic moment
Nicholas Farrell
Spectator blog, 11 June 2018


The refusal by Italy's new 'populist' coalition government of the alt-left Five Star Movement and the hard right Lega to allow an NGO vessel with 629 African migrants on board to dock in Italy is an historic moment. ...

Salvini announced on Sunday that he had refused to allow the NGO vessel – the MV Aquarius operated by SOS Mediterranée and Médecins Sans Frontières and registered in Gibraltar – to dock in Italy. ...

Now Spain's new Socialist government has agreed to allow Aquarius to dock in the port of Valencia. It will be interesting to see how many more migrants Spain is prepared to take in from Libya as the summer migrant season now begins to kick off in earnest. Maritime law stipulates that those rescued at sea should be taken to the nearest safe port which in the case of those rescued off the Libyan coast is either Tunisia, or else Malta. But it never happens.

... And so, since 2013 more than 700,000 migrants have been ferried to Italy either by NGO rescue ships or EU naval and coastguard vessels. Nearly all are young men from sub-Saharan Africa and so, even according to the UN, few are genuine refugees. But once on terra terma in Italy, fewer still ever get deported. Last year for example Italy deported 6,340.

At any one time, there are 180,000 migrants in Italy's state-financed hostels who have applied for asylum. Their applications take at least two years to process. And if rejected they too just disappear. These hostels cost the Italian taxpayer 5 billion euro a year. ...

All other migrants just disappear. Nearly all want to get out of Italy where there is no work and no welfare – north – to EU countries like Britain, Germany and Sweden where there is. But in 2015 France abandoned Schengen at its frontier with Italy and will not let them through. ...

This is why Salvini is so popular in Italy.
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DIVERSITY – PUBLISHING
When diversity means uniformity
Lionel Shriver
The Spectator, 9 June 2018


I'd been suffering under the misguided illusion that the purpose of mainstream publishers like Penguin Random House was to sell and promote fine writing. A colleague's forwarded email has set me straight. /.../ The email cites the publisher's 'new company-wide goal': for 'both our new hires and the authors we acquire to reflect UK society by 2025.' /.../ 'This means we want our authors and new colleagues to reflect the UK population taking into account ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social mobility and disability.' ...

The accompanying questionnaire for PRH authors is by turns fascinating, comical and depressing. ...

And check out the ethnicity pull-down. 'Asian or Asian British' may specify 'Indian,' 'Bangladeshi, 'Chinese', or 'Pakistan'; the correct adjectival form of the latter nationality seems to be mysteriously unprintable. 'Black or Black British' may identify as 'Caribbean' or 'African'. 'Mixed' allows for the options 'White and Black African', 'White and Black Caribbean', and 'White and Asian', but any other combo is merely 'Mixed: Other'. As for us crackers, there's 'White: British', 'White: Irish', and 'White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller', but the rest can only tick 'White: Other'.

Let's unpack that pull-down. If your office is chocka with Italians, Greeks, Spaniards, Germans, Danes, Finns, Bosnians, Hungarians, Czechs, Russians, Americans, Canadians, Australians, Kiwis, Argentines, Guatemalans, Mexicans, Romanians who aren't travellers and South African Jews – I could go on – together speaking dozens of languages and bringing to their workplace a richly various historical and cultural legacy, the entire workforce could be categorised as 'White: Other'. Your office is not diverse.

I see two issues here. First: diversity, both the word and the concept, has crimped. It serves a strict, narrow agenda that has little or nothing to do with the productive dynamism of living and working alongside people with widely different upbringings and beliefs. Only particular and, if you will, privileged backgrounds count. ...

Second: dazzled by this very highest of social goods, many of our institutions have ceased to understand what they are for. Drunk on virtue, Penguin Random House no longer regards the company's raison d'être as the acquisition and dissemination of good books. Rather, the organisation aims to mirror the percentages of minorities in the UK population with statistical precision. Thus from now until 2025, literary excellence will be secondary to ticking all those ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual preference and crap-education boxes. ...

In the news last week, we find the ultimate example of this fatal confusion over what is your actual job. Will Norman, London's 'walking and cycling commissioner', bemoaned the fact that too many cyclists in the city are white, male and middle-class. 'The real challenge for London cycling,' he declared, 'is diversity.' As opposed to building more cycle lanes for everybody, or fixing potholes lethal to everybody's wheel rims, Norman regards his principal function as increasing black and minority ethnic ridership. /.../ For a cycling commissioner to define his primary remit as 'diversity' is no less ludicrous than for Transport for London to turn a blind eye to the chronic tailbacks along the Embankment, just so long as the requisite number of Koreans is stuck in them.
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MULTICULTURALISM – INTEGRATION, COST
£19 million funding for councils to boost integration
GOV.UK, 8 June 2018
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From: Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth

Councils across England will receive a share of a further £19 million to help ease pressures on local services resulting from recent migration, Communities Minister Lord Bourne announced today (8 June 2018).

This latest allocation from the Controlling Migration Fund includes more than £16 million for 38 projects. Local authorities have developed plans to ease local pressures on housing, education and health services arising from recent migration providing benefits to the whole community.

The announcement today includes £1.75 million of funding to help new refugees into work and integrate into their new communities after their asylum decision is made. ...

This latest allocation brings the total funding to £73.5 million since the Fund's launch.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
95% of UK's PC Islamic 'deradicalization' programs fail
Michael F. Haverluck
OneNewsNow.com, 7 June 2018


A government report revealed that the United Kingdom government's "deradicalization" initiatives have a failure rate of greater than 95 percent – which is blamed on their politically correct delivery because instructors are too scared to use a "religious extremist" context and resort to discussing "Islamophobia," instead of Islamic terrorism.

"More than 95 percent of deradicalization programs are ineffective, according to a study commissioned by the Home Office that raises questions about the government's Prevent program," the UK daily The Times divulged. "The study revealed failures in the approach to deradicalization in schools, youth centers, sports clubs and English-language classes."

Only a miniscule fraction of the programs were assessed to do what they intended because timid teachers repeatedly resort to using "unoffensive" rhetoric. ...

It was discovered that instructors' reticence to directly tackle the topic – and their personal fear to address it – was the main obstacle impeding their ability to get the message across to students.
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EXTREMISM – DERADICALISATION
Most programmes to stop radicalisation are failing
Fiona Hamilton
The Times, 6 June 2018


More than 95 per cent of deradicalisation programmes are ineffective, according to a study commissioned by the Home Office that raises questions about the government's Prevent programme.

The study revealed failures in the approach to deradicalisation in schools, youth centres, sports clubs and English-language classes.

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), the so-called nudge unit formerly part of the Cabinet Office, examined 33 deradicalisation programmes across the country designed to safeguard vulnerable people from far-right and religious extremist threats. The Times understands that most were funded by or fell under the label of Prevent.

The study found that only two programmes were effective and that some projects were counterproductive.
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY
Gordon Brown calls for tougher controls on migration
Larry Elliott
The Guardian, 6 June 2018


The former prime minister Gordon Brown has called for tougher migration controls as part of a package of measures designed to address the concerns of Brexit voters and to prevent the UK being permanently paralysed by its decision to leave the European Union.

Speaking in London, Brown said the referendum result was a revolt against the political, business and cultural establishment and it was a mistake to dismiss the 52%-48% result as false consciousness. ...

Brown presented a six-point plan for dealing with concerns about migration: no undercutting of wages by migrants; registration of jobs to give local people a chance to apply; registration of migrants on arrival in the UK; possible removal of migrants if they failed to find a job within nine months; a ban on employment agencies advertising jobs abroad that had not been advertised in the UK; and a bigger fund to help mitigate the impact of migration on local communities. ...

... The referendum was a "genuine expression of people's anxieties about the future" and sent out a message that globalisation was "not working for British citizens".
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RACISM – ISLAMOPHOBIA
No, Islamophobia is not the new anti-Semitism
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 6 June 2018


It is the definition of historical illiteracy to compare Islamophobia to anti-Semitism. And yet that is what is happening. /.../ They fail to realise the fundamental difference between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: the former is one of the world's oldest hatreds and has caused the deaths of millions of people; the latter is a word invented by the Runnymede Trust in 1997 to demonise criticism of Islam. ...

Anti-Muslim prejudice unquestionably exists, but Islamophobia is an invention. Don't take my word for it. Take the word of the Runnymede Trust, one of Britain's leading race-equality think-tanks. It openly boasts that it is 'credited with coining the term Islamophobia... in 1997'. And what does this term Islamophobia mean? It doesn't mean racial hatred. Runnymede's definition of Islamophobia, which has been adopted by the Metropolitan Police, includes any suggestion that Islam is 'inferior to the West', and even the belief that Islam is sexist. If you think Islam is 'unresponsive to change', you are Islamophobic. And, get this, if you 'reject out of hand' 'criticisms of the West made by Islam', you're an Islamophobe. So even to ridicule Islam's view of the West is apparently to be infected with the 'cancer' of this so-called racism.

These are criticisms of religion. In a free society they ought to be entirely legitimate views, subject to no punishment whatsoever. And yet the police actually say in their internal documents that the ideas listed above count as 'Islamophobia'. That is chilling. Anti-Muslim prejudice is out there, yes. But 'Islamophobia' is an elite invention, a top-down conceit, designed to chill open discussion about religion and values and to protect one particular religion from blasphemy. The war on Islamophobia is in essence a demand for censorship.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – IRISH BORDER
Cross-Channel migrants 'targeting UK via Irish border'
Colin Campbell and James Dunn
BBC, 5 June 2018


Migrants are bypassing tougher cross-Channel security to get into the UK via Ireland, the BBC has discovered.

Smugglers are taking migrants from Calais and Dunkirk and flying them to Dublin, from where they cross the Irish border and travel onwards to London. ...

An Iranian who made the journey said there were fewer checks in Ireland.

Hamid - not his real name - paid smugglers £10,000 to make the journey. He said the Irish route drew less police attention than entering the UK via London or Kent.

To board the flight to Dublin, Hamid used a genuine Greek passport that had been fraudulently obtained by the smugglers. ...

He said at no point did he show any identification after leaving Dublin. ...

Former director general of immigration enforcement Dave Wood said the new migrant route exploited weaknesses at Ireland's ports and airports.

He said: "If there are weaknesses at Irish ports or Irish airports, they will exploit them and use them, because once you're into Ireland, effectively you're into the UK.

"There's nothing stopping people once you're in Ireland travelling north to Northern Ireland and then to the wider UK." ...

The Irish border is about 310 miles long with as many as 275 crossing points and, apart from road signs changing from miles per hour to kilometres per hour, there is no physical infrastructure to see.
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RACISM – ISLAMOPHOBIA
Met Police confirm that criticism of Islam constitutes 'Islamophobia'
Archbishop Cranmer, 5 June 2018


The Metropolitan Police Service report 'Hate Crimes against London's Muslim Communities' was published five years ago, and it outlines the everyday nature of Islamophobic incidents: ...

We can all agree that such incidents are abhorrent: anyone who threatens or harasses a Muslim simply for being a Muslim is not merely moronic, but barbarous and wicked. /.../ The vision of Christendom still persists in Western civilisation: it is our surpassing quality and sanctity; our superior morality and culture...

Uh-oh.

According to the Met Police, this Western-superiority syndrome is Islamophobic: ...

So, if you believe Islam is inferior to Christianity; or that Islamic society and culture are inferior to "the West", you may be arrested for Islamophobia. If you believe Islam is "sexist", you may be arrested for Islamophobia. If you believe Islam is "violent" or "aggressive", you may be arrested for Islamophobia. Astonishingly, if you believe Islam to be an expression of political ideology (or is used for "political advantage"), you may be arrested for Islamophobia. ...

The Met may make appeal to the definition of the Runnymede Trust, but there is a world of difference between a think-tank developing guidelines for community and fraternity, and an agency of law enforcement incorporating these definitions into a definition of criminal activity. /.../ Is Wahhabism or Saudi Salafism an expression of Islam? If so, how can it be Islamophobic to articulate the bald truth of its violent, aggressive "clash of civilisations" theological genesis and political nature? Doesn't the Met understand the fundamental difference between abusing Muslims and criticising a religion; between being anti-Muslim and anti-Islam? ...

Is historian Tom Holland guilty of Islamophobia? He said in the Channel 4 documentary 'ISIS: The Origins of Violence':



There are things in the past that are like unexploded bombs that just lie in wait in the rubble, and then something happens to trigger them. And there are clearly verses in the Quran and stories that are told about Mohammed that are very like mines waiting to go off – Improvised Explosive Devices. And they can lie there maybe for centuries and then something happens to trigger them and you get this.



Is Pope Emeritus Benedict guilty of Islamophobia? ...

Is it 'hate speech' or a 'hate crime' to highlight the hate speech in the Quran?
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
Countryside is being 'concreted over' as greenfield sites developed at fastest rate for 25 years
Harry Yorke and Gordon Rayner
Daily Telegraph, 2 June 2018


Greenfield land is being developed at the fastest rate for 25 years as campaigners warn that a Government drive to release land for houses means the countryside is being "concreted over".

Farmland, forests and gardens are being swallowed up at an "alarming" rate, the Campaign to Protect Rural England said, with the acreage lost to property development soaring by 58 percent in the past four years, according to new research.

The CPRE has blamed a relaxation of planning rules for a surge in development in "wastefully low densities" in rural areas, which it blames on the Government's "build more at any cost approach". ...

The Government has committed to building 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s, and Theresa May has warned councils that they must draw up plans to address local shortages or be stripped of their right to decide where new homes are built.
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DIVERSITY – CULTURE
The campaign to decolonise culture in Britain
The Economist, 1 June 2018


Calls to revisit historical narratives in museums to make room for the perspectives of those who were colonised have grown louder in recent years. Groups of activists seek to identify the Western bias involved in cultural heritage and shame institutions into redressing it. As such, the activists ask provocative questions about who owns culture.

These debates spurred a group of young museum professionals from different minority and immigrant groups to form Museum Detox in 2016. Their aim is to build awareness around diversity in cultural organisations, to build a network and to help members achieve leadership positions. Their inaugural event, in October that year, was a flash mob at the Museum of London. It saw some 60 black and minority-ethnic museum workers disrupt "Punk.London", an exhibition marking 40 years of punk and its legacy. The flash mob fittingly caused anarchy by raiding the show with cards and texts about African and Caribbean culture. ...

The previous day gal-dem, a collective of ethnic-minority women, had also staged a cultural coup at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. ... Scrutiny of the canon is extending to universities, too. Non-Western academics and thinkers are sharing their "decolonising syllabi" and discussing the subject online. Last year undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge petitioned to diversify their English-literature curriculum with non-Western voices. At Cambridge, in an open letter to the head of the English faculty, students said they want to change a syllabus which they feel "elevates white male authors at the expense of all others". They stated that while strides had been made to include women writers, "the curriculum, taken as a whole, risks perpetuating institutional racism." Students suggested more post-colonial authors in exam papers, more diversified speakers at the university and "a zero-tolerance policy on the dismissal of race as a subject worthy of discussion/enquiry in essays".
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION – UNIVERSITY APPLICANTS
Black applicants make up half of cheats, says Ucas
Nicola Woolcock
The Times, 31 May 2018


More than half of students submitting fraudulent applications for degree courses are black, the university admissions body said yesterday.

Black candidates make up 52 per cent of all applications flagged despite comprising only 9 per cent of applicants, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) said. The figures triggered a race row with politicians and student leaders who said Ucas should offer a better explanation for the findings. Applications can be considered fraudulent for several reasons, including plagiarism of the personal statement, falsifying exam results, sending false documents, using fake identities, or making multiple applications at once.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Most Brits believe that migration has harmed communities and fear the nation's culture and traditions are being lost, Left-leaning think-tank claims
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 30 May 2018


Most British people are united around the view that immigration has harmed communities, a report from a Left-leaning think-tank said yesterday.

There are also fears among many that the nation's culture and traditions have been neglected.

The report said that the great majority of Britons think the arrival of migrants has left towns and cities more divided – and that this feeling is strongest in areas that have seen large-scale immigration over recent years.

But the report from the Demos think-tank also said Britons do not want to turn the clock back and, unlike contemporaries in France and Germany, they remain suspicious about nostalgia and optimistic about the future.

Based on a British poll, as well as on views taken from focus groups across Britain, Germany and France, the report said nearly two-thirds of people in the UK believe life was better when they were growing up.

But it added: 'Despite the widespread critiques of contemporary British society, and anxieties about the future, many citizens remain both resilient and begrudgingly optimistic – a point that sets them apart from participants in our French and German focus groups.'

The report also said that alongside the concern that the country is in a 'state of decline', British people are united by the belief that immigration has had a negative impact and that 'the nation's cultures and traditions are not being sufficiently defended and promoted'.

Large numbers of people, it said, are 'particularly incensed by cultural pluralism, seen to be favoured over British values and traditions, and political correctness, regarded as taxing and repressive'. ...

The Demos poll, which saw more than 1,000 Sky TV subscribers questioned, found that while 43 per cent thought immigration into Britain had been positive, 44 per cent thought it had had a negative impact instead.

Nearly 71 per cent thought immigration had divided communities where migrants have settled. This rose to 78 per cent in 'areas that report having experience large-scale migration in recent years'.

Nearly half, 47 per cent, felt that protecting British values should take priority over multiculturalism.

And 55 per cent said the Government is doing too little to promote traditional British values.
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DIVERSITY – BLACKNESS, CULTURE
University students offered course on Black Lives Matter movement
Eleanor Busby
Independent, 30 May 2018


Students will be given the chance to study Beyonce and Kendrick Lemar as part of the Britain's first degree course focusing on the Black Lives Matter activist movement.

The University of Hertfordshire module, which is part of a MA degree in Literature and Culture, will examine contemporary texts linked to the social justice movement against violence and racism. ...

Christopher Lloyd, lecturer in English Literature at the University of Hertfordshire, hopes the new course will boost the numbers of black and minority ethnic (BME) students at the institution. ...

Dr Lloyd told The Independent: "We want to put blackness and racial identity at the forefront and we want to attract more BME students. We hope it will encourage some of our undergraduate students to come back as it speaks to their identity." ...

On the new module, which starts in September, Dr Lloyd said: "Learning about black culture, rights and social justice is vital to our understanding of the contemporary world.

"The university is committed to both international perspectives and addressing the BME attainment gap in higher education. We see this module as part of that larger project."
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EMPLOYMENT – NHS, DOCTORS, NURSES
Staffing The Health Service Requires Training Not Immigration
Migrationwatch UK, 30 May 2018


We are frequently told that the NHS would collapse without immigration but:

• The UK's health service is UK is more reliant on overseas doctors and nurses than most comparable healthcare systems in the developed world.

• Reliance on overseas-trained medical staff has allowed the NHS to get away with a long-term failure to plan for the training of the medical staff we need.

• It is immoral to be taking medical professionals from countries where medical needs are far greater.

– A report by NHS Providers has found that the NHS imports significantly more doctors and nurses than Germany, France, Spain, Canada, the US, Sweden and the Netherlands.

– Only Ireland, Israel, Norway, New Zealand and Australia are more reliant on foreign-trained staff than the UK.

– In the Netherlands (which has one of the top five healthcare systems in the world) the percentage of doctors who were foreign-trained was 2.6% in 2013, compared to 28.7% for England. ...

As the Royal College of Physicians has noted: "The long-term focus needs to be developing the homegrown healthcare workforce." Yet the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has criticised the government for failing to maintain the supply of UK-trained nurses. Britain is also not training enough doctors. ...

– The MAC said in 2016 that the shortage of nurses in England was closely linked to the decision to cut training places in England by almost a fifth between 2009 and 2013.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Child Grooming Gangs: Government Accused of 'Letting Victims Down'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 30 May 2018


A group of 20 MPs have called for concrete action to be taken against "sickening" grooming gangs, as the government was accused of "letting down" thousands of victims of child sexual exploitation in the UK.

In a letter to the Home Office noting "alarming" similarities in how the gangs of mostly Pakistani-heritage men operate across Britain, the cross-party group called for government research into why the abuse is taking place. ...

Speaking with Sky News, Ms. Champion said: "It's absolutely sickening that child abuse can take place on an industrial scale and more isn't being done about it. It's a national scandal that this is even happening at all – it's not just in Rotherham, it's right across the UK. It's time the government stepped up and stopped this once and for all."

The letter came as Jayne Senior, the whistleblower awarded an MBE for services to child protection for her part in bringing the Rotherham abuse to light, blasted the government's record on helping victims of CSE.
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DIVERSITY – OXFORD UNIVERSITY
No, Oxford University is not racist
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 29 May 2018
[The author is a barrister]


Oxford is one of the world's great universities. ...

Yet for several years now, academic merit has been challenged by the politics of diversity. The Labour MP David Lammy has championed the view that demographics – particularly of ethnicity, social class and geography – are relevant to student admissions. Last October he accused Oxford of 'social apartheid', stating the student body 'is utterly unrepresentative of life in modern Britain'. And last week, in response to Oxford publishing its annual admissions data, he renewed his attack, describing the university as 'a bastion of white, middle-class, southern privilege'.

This is where merit and diversity clash. Academic ability in 18-year-olds is not randomly distributed. Nature and nurture play a role. Some children are born into environments that stimulate academic curiosity. Some grow up wanting to emulate the educational successes of their parents. Some attend more academic schools which have teachers better at enthusing them to excel. Some are more able to devour onerous Oxford lecture notes. Each of these variables is more common in certain demographics than others. And if students were selected solely on the basis of merit, then Oxford would necessarily reflect those demographics.

In 2016, the percentage of A-level students achieving three A grades or better was 13. But for Chinese students the figure was 24 per cent. At the other end of the scale were black Caribbeans (three per cent). In the mid-point were white and mixed-race communities (each 11 per cent) and Asians (10 per cent), although within the Asian category students of Indian heritage did better (14 per cent).

This ethnically based differential in A-level achievement carries forward into degree performance. ...

In fact, Oxford has a disproportionately high number of black students, although you wouldn't know this from the comments made by Lammy and others last week. ...

In any case, Oxford should only admit black students who meet its minimum academic requirements – three A grades or better at A-level. But across all UK universities, only 1.8 per cent of black students achieved this minimum requirement. And yet the percentage of black students admitted to Oxford is 1.9 per cent. Accordingly, when allowance is made for grade attainment, black students fare better than white students. ...

Far from discriminating against black students, Oxford, by making allowances for grades and course choices, discriminates in favour of black students. ...

... Lammy now fronts a form of diversity politics that has become a mainstream concern for almost the entire political class. /.../ Last week there was scarcely a politician or academic who was prepared to defend a meritocratic system.

... An easier place at Oxford may be good for children from 'the 20th floor of a tower block estate', if they don't mind being patronised, but it certainly isn't good for Oxford.
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CRIME – FEMINISM, VIOLENCE, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
The anti-woman violence feminists are afraid to confront
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
New York Post, 25 May 2018


The debate that has bucked this trend is the #MeToo campaign, which has successfully cut across party lines, wealth divides, race and religion. This powerful campaign has focused on taking down anyone who has exploited power and fame for sex, not just stereotypical members of the patriarchy in the form of rich, white males.

We've seen Bill Cosby, John Conyers, R. Kelly, Tavis Smiley, Tony Mendoza and Tariq Ramadan publicly shamed along with bastions of liberal values like Eric Schneiderman.

The #MeToo campaign has shown that sexual exploitation is not the purview of only some ethnicities or political parties.

Unfortunately, liberal feminists pick and choose which types of violence against women are worthy of this studiously nonpartisan approach. For example, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and honor violence seem not to be considered egregious enough to be taken up by the broader women's movement. Instead, these barbaric violations of human rights don't make it onto progressives' radar. Rather, they're excused or ignored by feminists because the perpetrators inflicting the violence tend to have brown skin. ...

The right of women and girls to be free of abuse has been sacrificed at the altar of political correctness.

Analysis done by my organization, the AHA Foundation, shows that legislators in 24 states hesitate to ban FGM despite evidence of girls at risk in their state. ...

Intersectionality entrenches victimhood and prevents men of color from being held accountable for patriarchal attitudes and behaviors, laying the blame entirely on white men.

We must depoliticize women's rights. We don't have to agree with each other's political views but protecting individual human rights must be a given.
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IMMIGRATION – NUMBERS
Romanian becomes second most common non-UK nationality
BBC, 24 May 2018


People with Romanian nationality have become the second most common non-British population living in the UK.

The Office for National Statistics says the total number of Romanian nationals rose by 25% from 2016 to 2017, reaching 411,000.

Of the 65,176,000 residents in the UK, 6.2 million were non-UK nationals - up by 4%.

The number of people living in the UK but born abroad was up by 3% from 2016 - 9.4 million of the total population.

A problem with the collection of statistics means there is no overall net migration figure. ...

The figures show that 61% of the non-UK nationals number - or 3.8 million - are from the EU.
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POPULATION – FORECAST GROWTH
Parts of London will swell by a FIFTH over a decade as immigration helps push England's population to 58.5m - and more Romanians now live in the UK than Irish
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 24 May 2018


The population in parts of London is due to expand by nearly a fifth over a decade as immigration helps push England's population to 58.5 million.

The swelling capital is expected to be the biggest contributor to growth in numbers over the coming years, according to official estimates released today.

London is set to have 9.54 million residents - just short of Megacity status - by 2026, up 774,000 from the middle of 2016.

Migration from abroad will add 754,000 to the total, the Office for National Statistics believes. Another 771,000 is as a result of the birth rate being higher than the death rate.

However, the rise in numbers will be offset by 757,000 Londoners moving to other parts of the UK. The 8.8 per cent net increase drives an England-wide growth of 5.9 per cent. ...

All the regions in England are expected to get bigger.

The East of the country is due to rise 7.3 per cent to 6.57 million over the decade, and the South West will see a 6.6 per cent increase to 5.88 million.

In the South East numbers will top 9.54 million by mid-2026, up some 6.4 per cent.

The North East is set to have the lowest growth at 1.9 per cent. ...

Of the 3.23 million increase forecast in the population of England, nearly half - 1.72 million - is accounted for by immigration. ...

The non-UK born population rose from 9.2 million in 2016 to 9.4 million last year and the non-British population went up from 6 million to 6.2 million.
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IMMIGRATION – EUROPEAN UNION
European Court Estimates Over 90 Million EU Residents Are First- or Second-Generation Migrants
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 22 May 2018


The European Court of Auditors has estimated that 18 per cent of legal residents in the European Union – over 90 million people – are first- or second-generation migrants.

The Court estimated that around 4 per cent of the population – 21 million people – were first-generation legal migrants from outside the EU, with the jump to 18 per cent when second-generation migrants are taken into consideration, highlighting how mass migration continues to transform receiving nations beyond the initial influx.

It issued its extraordinary estimates in a briefing paper on "integration", which conceded the bloc faces the significant "challenges" integrating the many newcomers, and highlighted the alarming increase in the number of migrants arriving via the asylum route claiming to be refugees.

However, the briefing paper notes that the plurality of the migrant population living in the EU without EU citizenship – 39 per cent – has established itself through chain migration via family reunion. ...

Individual EU member-states – including the United Kingdom, at least until after Brexit goes through and the mooted Brexit 'transition' period ends – would have difficulty restricting family reunion-based chain migration on their own initiative, as the European Council deems it a "right" under EU Directive 2003/86/EC.

It should be noted that the briefing paper does not appear to consider the migrant-descended population beyond the second generation, which is considerable in countries such as Britain, France, and Germany, which have been bringing in large numbers of migrants from North Africa, South Asia, and Asia Minor for decades.

The briefing paper explicitly does not consider the migrant population which is resident in the European Union illegally, which is also considerable – with the illegal migrant population of Britain alone estimated at over a million by David Wood, former Director-General of Immigration Enforcement.
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EMIGRATION – FOREIGN AID
Expert Warning That Foreign Aid Payments Are Fuelling Mass Migration
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 21 May 2018


While many politicians in Europe have argued for more aid to Africa and other regions to solve mass migration, some experts believe current aid policies may be having the opposite effect.

U.S. economist Michael A. Clemens has claimed in a recent study, which he authored for the Bonn Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), that current aid policy may be encouraging mass migration rather than preventing it, Die Welt reports.

According to Clemens, current aid policies "only strengthen economic growth, employment and security up to a certain limit".

The economist added: "Almost all the poor countries that have become rich have experienced large outflows. Rising household income went hand in hand with rising emigration."

"Higher incomes mean improved ability to pay for direct costs of emigration, but also to invest in things that invite and facilitate migration – such as Internet access, foreign language skills, business connections abroad, or tourist travel," Clemens added.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
Germany sets aside £68bn to fund immigration amid fresh attack on Merkel policy
Simon Osborne
Sunday Express, 20 May 2018


Germany will spend around £68.2bn on migration-related issues over the next four years, according to a leaked document from the country's finance ministry.

The figure includes £27.1bn package of measured aimed at tackling the issues that cause people to leave their homes and make their way to Europe in the first place.

The leaked report, published in Der Spiegel magazine, estimated federal spending of around £61.2bn plus an extra £7bn the federal government agreed to transfer to states and local communities to cover their costs through 2021.

Social payments to migrants in Germany are projected to account for about £18.3bn through 2022, with another 11.3bn to be spent on language courses and other measures promoting better integration.

Processing, registration and accommodation for refugees will cost in the region of £4.5bn, according to the estimate.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – FAKE DOCUMENTS
Sophisticated fake passport laboratory helping hundreds of migrants sneak into Britain is smashed by police in Albania
Tom Kelly
Daily Mail, 19 May 2018


A sophisticated fake passport laboratory helping hundreds of migrants sneak into Britain has been smashed by police in Albania.

The illicit operation, run by people smugglers, was churning out almost 'perfect' counterfeit travel documents.

Investigators believe the ring produced more than 1,000 bogus papers, of which up to 800 are thought to have been used. ...

Undocumented migrants paid up to £20,000 for the counterfeit documents, which they used to travel openly to the UK by plane, train and bus.

The National Crime Agency has warned that fake identity documents that allow hardened crooks to slip into the country undetected are a 'key enabler' of crime in Britain. ...

They specialised in Bulgarian passports – which provide entry to the UK because it is in the EU – on the basis that British border staff would not know the difference between anyone speaking Albanian and Bulgarian. ...

An Albanian police source said the fake documents they created were 'almost 100 per cent perfect' and apparently fooled border guards. ...

It was one of four fake passport laboratories used by the gang discovered in Albania. Another seven were found in Greece, where several of the suspected gang members operated.

Illegal migrants were mostly sent first to countries including France, Germany, Italy, Norway or Greece, before flying to the UK, US or Canada using their fake documents to gain entry. Others travelled overland to France, where they met up with another people-smuggling cell, who arranged for them to take buses, cars, trains or trucks.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – CRIMINALS
Record 6,200 foreign criminals including killers, sex attackers, robbers and drug dealers are living in the community instead of being deported
Ian Drury
MailOnline, 18 May 2018


Killers, sex attackers, robbers and drug dealers are among the thousands released back onto the streets at the end of their jail sentences.

Although they are due for deportation, the offenders are not kept in prison. Many then simply slip off the radar.

Others challenge their deportation orders, often using human rights or asylum laws.

In total, there were 6,231 foreign national offenders living in Britain in December who were due for deportation. This was up 10 per cent on the figure in December the previous year.

Nearly a third – 2,032 – have been out of jail for more than five years. Another 1,502 have dodged being removed from the country for between two and five years.
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY
Tories accuse Labour of running up the white flag with pledge to scrap 'hostile environment' for migrants
Claire Ellicot
Daily Mail, 17 May 2018


The Tories accused Labour of running up the white flag on immigration last night, after it pledged to scrap controls on illegal immigration.

Diane Abbott said she would close two main detention centres, axe migration targets and force officials to prove suspects were in Britain without permission.

The shadow home secretary also vowed to scrap the requirement for bosses and landlords to carry out checks on a worker or tenant's right to be in the country.

Miss Abbott said it was Jeremy Corbyn's ambition to 'reframe' public debate on the issue. The Labour leader later tweeted his support for her speech.

Tories said the proposals would wreck efforts to deal with the estimated million illegals in Britain.

'Diane Abbott has confirmed what we already know – that Labour will have an open-door policy where anybody who wishes to come to our country can do so,' said Andrew Bridgen MP. ...

A key plank of Miss Abbott's strategy would involve shifting the burden of proof to the Home Office to establish whether a person was in the country illegally. ...

Labour would also end the minimum income stipulation for migrants to bring a spouse from abroad and always allow children to join them. ...

'The Labour Party is under new management and part of new management is having a very different conversation on migration.' ...

Miss Abbott also said she would end the Government's target of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands.
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EMPLOYMENT
Big business 'ignoring millions of Brits looking for full-time work because they have EU migrants on tap'
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 17 May 2018


Big business was slammed for ignoring up to four million "underemployed" Brits – because they have an unlimited number of EU workers on tap. ..

It claimed record job figures were masking a huge problem of Brits working part-time but wanting full-time roles, or those on shifts desperate for longer hours or overtime.

There are nearly 1.5 million unemployed Brits looking for work and available for work, but a further 2 million who want more hours.

Another 214,000 want a second job to earn more cash while 274,000 want a new job with more hours.

Migration Watch chair Lord Green said: "For far too long employers have been getting away with claiming that they cannot find British workers.

"The truth is that they are simply not adjusting their working practices to meet the genuine needs of British workers because they have an unlimited number of EU workers on tap."
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TERRORISM – EUROPE
How terror attacks were carried out by 23 jihadis on 'terrorist watchlists', bringing bloodshed to Britain and Europe over past 10 years
Corey Charlton
The Sun, 15 May 2018


At least 23 jihadis who have committed attacks in Europe in the past decade have done so despite being on European terrorist watch-lists, it can be revealed.

The damning figure has emerged after it was revealed the man responsible for last night's attack in Paris was being monitored by French security agencies.

In total some 4,000 Western Europeans are believed to be back home having visited Syria and Iraq since 2011 to fight for ISIS or al-Qaeda.

And due to a lack of evidence, most of these fighters will never face serious charges for their heinous crimes.

The Sun Online has compiled a list of at least 23 people reported to have carried out attacks while either on specific terrorist watch-lists, or in spite of previous alerts and convictions for terrorist sympathising.
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CRIME
Threat from organised crime 'growing', agency says
BBC, 14 May 2018


Organised crime affects more people in the UK than any other security threat, says the National Crime Agency.

It warns the scale and complexity of organised crime groups is growing, driven by global movements of people and new technologies like encryption.

It estimates there are 4,629 crime groups in the UK, with many offences under-reported.

It says that more firearms have been arriving as gangs work across borders to smuggle them from Europe. ...

The NCA also warned the UK remains a "prime destination" for money laundering from Russia, Nigeria and Pakistan - with the London property market being regularly exploited. ...

The UK's 3,000 air fields also presented "opportunities" for groups smuggling in both people and drugs.
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CRIME – DRUG GANGS, VIOLENCE
London crack cocaine gang violence threatens to spread to every UK town
Jon Austin
Daily Express, 14 May 2018


As London's armed gangs branch out of the capital and take over drug running, human trafficking and child exploitation, police warn that they are preparing for a massacre of the middle classes. ...

Middle-class havens like Cambridge are seeing Yardie-style gangsters threatening rivals with guns and acid attacks to seize control of trade.

Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield has said that youngsters from every midsized town could get sucked into drug dealing. She warned about the menace of "county lines" where gangs set up drug-dealing operations away from their usual areas. ...

Det Insp Billy Bremner of Cambridgeshire Police, said: "County lines is a massive scourge on society. It involves human trafficking, child exploitation and grooming." ...

Home Office statistics reveal knife crime in London has risen by 20 per cent since 2014, but there has been a 180 per cent increase in Warwickshire, 150 per cent in Hertfordshire and 102 per cent in Hampshire. Forces have had to work closely to tackle the menace.

Det Insp Bremner has told how about 40 per cent of county line dealers travel into his area by train and said: "They are predominantly black males of Somali or Afro-Caribbean origin aged 14 upwards."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLITICS, ISLAM, FRANCE
The French far left's common cause with Islamism
Gavin Mortimer
Spectator blog, 14 May 2018


The French have an expression to describe far-left citizens who identity more with Islam than the Republic: 'Islamo-Gauchiste', a term coined by the French philosopher Pierre-André Taguieff, who explained in 2017 that many on the far-left regard jihadism as:



"... a legitimate social revolt... they look at jihadists through a distorting lens of victimhood. This compassionate approach sees Islamic terrorists only as lost children, abandoned or rejected by unwelcoming and hostile countries, victims of 'institutional' or 'systematic' racism".



The symbiosis between the Western far-left and Islamism has been ongoing for decades, and stems from the left's realisation of their failure to win the hearts and minds of the white working-class. In his book 'Radicalisation', the French-Iranian professor, Farhad Khosrokhavar, described how one of the major influences of the 1979 Iranian Revolution was Ali Shariati, who:



"... called for a revolutionary Shia movement, which would realise the dream of Marx and al-Mahdi (the twelfth hidden imam, the Shia Messiah) by mobilising the masses. What secular revolutions had been unable to achieve, revolution in the name of Islam would finally bring about".



Karl Marx once described religion as the "opium of the people" but Islamism is more a political movement than a religion. This enables the far-left to identify with Islamists in the way an earlier generation did with the Red Brigade, Action Directe and the Red Army Faction, because they see it as the best means to overthrow the capitalist West.

A 2014 report stated that 23 per cent of France's 1,132 jihadists fighting in the Middle East were converts, most hailing from a left-wing milieu. "Jihadism is the current format of radicalisation," explained the political scientist Olivier Roy. "In the 1970s they would have been drawn to Maoism or one of the other extreme-left groups".
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RACISM – RELIGION
The Religion of Racism
Daniel Greenfield
FrontPage Mag, 14 May 2018


Obama once called slavery, "America's original sin". Jim Wallis, a member of Obama's White House Faith Council, has a book out titled, "America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege".

Accusations of sinfulness usually tell us more about the values of the accuser than the accused.

If racism is America's original sin, then its redemption lies in anti-racism. For liberal theologians, Christian and Jewish, who no longer believe in the traditional biblical sins, racism is a godsend. It provides the moral drama of damnation and redemption, confession and absolution, in a way that is compatible with the larger secular culture and their own political ambitions.

Fighting racism isn't just a cause, it's a religion. And all that remains of major religious denominations.

The most resonantly dramatic events for Christian and Jewish liberal denominations remain the fight against slavery and the struggles of the civil rights movement. They revisit and recreate them ceaselessly. And each protest movement, whether it's Muslim migrants at airports, illegal aliens from El Salvador at the border or Black Lives Matter racists at coffee shops, is a religious revival experience.

The trouble is that the hunt for this particular sin has come to pervade our legal system, taint workplaces, terrorize campuses and unleash social media mobs on random offenders. ...

Employees, employers, students and businessmen still fear being fired, expelled and hounded out of society for offending the sensibilities of a fanatical sect and its zealous enforcers. ...

A drunken tweet, an indiscreet joke or a mere implication can end even the most respected career.

The religion of racism has become a twisted creed that has perverted its own origins. What began as a unitary effort to bring together different races around religion has instead become a cult that uses its beliefs to divide us with white people as perpetual sinners and black people as unstained saints.

Its fetishization of black victimhood is bad for black people and its conviction that white people are inherently sinful is bad for everyone. As real racism has diminished, its conviction in the ubiquity of this particular sin has not. ...

If black people weren't visiting national parks or living in sufficient numbers in Utah, it was evidence that national parks and Utah were racist. Racism was no longer something to be discovered by witnessing its presence, but by noting the absence of some ideal multicultural diversity statistic. Civil rights shifted from lifting state sanctions that mandated discrimination against black people to imposing state sanctions that mandated discrimination on behalf of black people. Like the segregationists, they were abusing government power to impose the version of the ideal racial balance that they wanted to see. ...

When civil rights shifted from punishing mandatory segregation to punishing the lack of integration, it ceased to be a movement pursuing freedom and instead became a totalitarian movement. ...

To its believers, implicit bias is the truth that we are all racist. But that we can be saved from our racism by confessing it.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – IDENTITY CARDS
Majority of Brits support introducing ID cards
Matthew Smith
YouGov, 12 May 2018


Given that such policies are often pitched to combat a range of issues – ID cards were lauded as tools to tackle fraud, terror and benefits entitlement – we split the sample into three groups of approximately 1,600 respondents each to see whether the way that the policies are pitched affects the level of public support. ...

The first group saw control questions which pitched the policies in isolation, while the second and third groups saw the same questions with additional context. So, for instance, the first group were asked "Would you support or oppose the government keeping a record of every British citizen's DNA?", among the second group the question was appended with "...for the purposes of tackling crime?" while the third group's questions ended with "...for the purposes of combatting terrorism?"

The survey reveals that most people would support the compulsory carrying of ID cards, with 57% support among the control group and 61-63% among those who were asked the crime/terrorism variants.

In fact, ID cards were the second most popular of the policies we tested. The only suggested policy more popular is the monitoring of all public spaces in the UK with CCTV cameras, which is supported by 58% of the control group, 62% of those asked the crime question, and 67% among the sample asked the terrorism questions.

The survey examined support for another policy the Labour government was pitching it the mid-noughties: a national DNA database with a record of every British citizen's DNA. Half (50%) of Britons would support introducing such a database, with 57-59% support among those asked the crime or terrorism question.

A database for all British citizens' fingerprints sees slightly higher levels of support – 53% of those asked the control question, 61% of those asked the crime question and 64% of those asked the terrorism question.
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CITIZENSHIP – CRIMINALS
Thousands of Foreign Gangsters Awarded British and EU Citizenship
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 12 May 2018


Thousands of foreign gangsters being monitored as organised crime syndicate members have been awarded British citizenship, figures suggest.

Data obtained by The Times shows the National Crime Agency are monitoring 2,083 gangsters, human traffickers, and drug dealers linked to organised crime syndicates who have British citizenship but were born abroad.

Comparing figures for birth nationality and current nationality for the gangsters, the newspaper found that a large number of dangerous criminals from Pakistan, Somalia, India, Poland, and Kosovo, in particular, appear to have acquired British or EU nationality.

New Home Secretary Sajid Javid has the power to deprive such individuals of their British citizenship – as predecessors have done or have attempted to do in a small number of cases related to terrorism and child sexual exploitation – raising questions about why his department appears to be turning a blind eye to the situation.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ASYLUM 'INDUSTRY', DEPORTATION, GERMANY
The 'asylum industry' debate: who is profiting from the refugee crisis?
The Local [Germany], 11 May 2018


A senior member of Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU) sparked a heated discussion this week when he claimed that Germany has an "anti-deportation industry." Did he have a point? ...

In an interview with Bild, Alexander Dobrindt, the vocal head of the CSU in the Bundestag, decided to aim his fire at NGOs and lawyers, who he accused of holding up deportations by dragging appeals through the courts for their own profit.

Germany has an "aggressive anti-deportation industry," the goal of which is "to intentionally sabotage the rule of law," Dobrindt said.

He also accused pro-refugee NGOs of supporting appeals by migrants with criminal records and thus "not working for the right to asylum, but rather against societal stability." ...

It is indisputable that having one's asylum request turned down in Germany in no way means that one has to leave the country. At the end of 2016 over half a million people were living in the Bundesrepublik who had been turned down for asylum.

Compared to that number, the deportation figures are tiny. In 2017, some 24,000 migrants were deported, a slight drop on the number for 2016.

There are many reasons for why people are not deported. Illnesses that can't be adequately treated at home, or the home country failing to provide identity papers are just two common reasons why a deportation cannot be carried out. ...

Another reason that people stay after their case has been rejected by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) is that they appeal the decision in court. The courts have been overloaded with cases in recent years. By September last year there was a backlog of 283,000 cases.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, NEWCASTLE
Operation Sanctuary: More than 500 child sex groomers face deportation
Jerry Lawton
Daily Star, 8 May 2018


Up to 550 child sex groomers from the same city are to be kicked out of Britain.

Police have passed their details to the Home Office after smashing a giant sex ring run by taxi drivers in Newcastle.

They face deportation for posing a high risk of causing harm.

The astonishing figure includes sex groomers, human traffickers, modern slave masters and other high risk foreign cyber crime and domestic abuse offenders.

Not all have been convicted. Some are merely suspects.

Officers found eight separate crime gangs running child sex rings across the city.

All 18 members of one were jailed after girls as young as 14 were plied with booze and drugs and forced to have sex with multiple partners. ...

Police have issued 220 child abduction notices warning suspects still at large they will be arrested if they approach youngsters.

Police said 60 taxi drivers suspected of "sexual exploitation" had been suspended. ...

A police and crime panel report into the operation said: "It is difficult to overstate the positive impact of Sanctuary."

But it said sex gangs were still operating in the area.
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POLITICS – POPULATION
Migration will drive western politics for decades to come
Gideon Rachman
Financial Times, 7 May 2018


A generation of political consultants was raised on the irritating slogan "it's the economy, stupid". But immigration now rivals economics as the driving force in western politics.

In economic terms, it makes sense for rich, ageing countries like the UK and the US to draw in new workers and citizens from poorer, younger neighbouring countries. But the election of Donald Trump and the vote for Brexit were both fuelled by fears of uncontrolled migration, with Mr Trump promising to " build the wall " along the Mexican border, and the Brexiters vowing to "take back control " of borders from the EU.

This is clearly not just an Anglo-American phenomenon. ...

... The largest source of would-be migrants making the perilous sea crossing into Italy is Nigeria – a country whose population has risen from 45m in 1960 to 187m today and is projected to hit 410m by 2050. The European Commission has projected that the population of Nigeria alone could be bigger than that of the whole EU27 by 2060.

Overall, the population of Africa is expected to increase by around 1bn people over the next 30 years. ...

... Population trends suggest that migration will continue to drive western politics over the next generation.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Poll shows British public overwhelmingly favours 'hostile environment' immigration policy after Windrush fiasco
Andy Wells
Yahoo News, 2 May 2018


The Windrush fiasco may have resulted in the resignation of the Home Secretary but a new poll has found that attitudes to immigration have not changed in Britain.

A YouGov survey has found that while voters think the Government has not handled the plight of the Windrush generation well, they still support tough policies.

One such policy – often described as the 'hostile environment' – still has overwhelming public support, with 71% of Brits supporting people being forced to show documents proving their right to be in Britain for work or to live.

The survey found that just 15% of voters oppose the policy, while 82% think people should have to prove their right to be in the UK before accepting a job.

Some 79% think documents must be shown before registering with a GP while 74% believe they should be shown before being able to rent a home.

The survey also found that attitudes towards immigration in general remains negative, with 63% believing immigration into Britain in the last 10 years has been too high.

While this represents a 7% drop, the proportion that believe immigration is bad for Britain has remained the same.

However, over 70% of Brits are happy with either the same or increased levels of skilled immigration, while 73% are happy with existing or increased numbers of foreign students paying to study at British universities.
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Diane Abbott repeatedly refuses to say what SHE would do with illegal immigrants in her latest car crash interview
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 30 April 2018


Diane Abbott repeatedly refused to say what she would do with illegal immigrants today.

In a toe-curling interview, the shadow home secretary dodged as she was pressed to spell out whether she would take action to expel those with no right to be in Britain.

Ms Abbott was asked six times by Piers Morgan on ITV's GMB whether illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the country.

She insisted Labour does not support an amnesty, as has been mooted by Boris Johnson among others.

But she declined to say whether that meant illegal immigrants should be deported from the UK. ...

Morgan insisted: 'With respect that's not an answer to my question. What is Labour's policy? Do you think they should be removed from the country? It's not a difficult question.'

Ms Abbott said: 'What I'm saying to you is that the immigration department is not fit for purpose, that is why many of these issues have arisen.'

Morgan then asked again: 'I'm not trying to trip you up. I'm just trying to work out what Labour's view of illegal immigrants is: whether they should stay in the country or whether they should leave?

'I don't know why you're finding it hard to answer the question.'

'All I can say to you Piers is that for anybody watching, the question this morning is why you don't want to talk about the immediate plight of the Windrush generation.'
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SHAM MARRIAGES, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Gardai investigating over 900 marriages of foreign nationals as part of probe into fake nuptials
Gavin O'Callaghan
Irish Mirror, 30 April 2018


Gardai are investigating 970 marriages among foreign nationals that they believe could be sham arrangements.

The operation comes as officers smashed an elaborate criminal network that had organised around 2,100 fake marriages between non-Irish EU citizens and mostly Asian men between 2011 and 2015.

Gardai have now been put at the spearhead of a European investigation as they try to put a stop to criminal groups using vulnerable women to sell EU residencies.

Detectives are working with the UK and EU states as they trace hundreds of 'grooms' coming mainly from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Around 500 of the EU women involved come from Portugal while many others have come from Latvia, Estonia, and Slovakia.

The Garda National Immigration Bureau has estimated that 16 Irish-based criminals made around €20 million from the fake marriages with each one costing around €17,000.

The women involved were paid around €3,000 with many of them arriving in the country for the ceremony before leaving the next day, according to The Sunday Independent. ...

Last week, a student garda resigned from the Garda College after he was found to be in a sham marriage to get citizenship.

The 31-year-old man who was originally from Bangladesh began training in Templemore last year after passing through the selection process.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Where the public stands on immigration
Anthony Wells
YouGov, 27 April 2018


Overall public opinion towards immigration remains negative: 63% of people think that immigration into Britain in the last ten years has been too high and by 32% to 24% they think it has been mostly bad for the country. While hostility to immigration has softened a little since 2016, the changes are comparatively small - the proportion thinking the number of people coming to the UK s too high is down seven points from 70% to 63%, while the proportion thinking it is bad for Britain has barely changed at all.

However, beneath these headline figures attitudes towards immigration are – and have always been – rather more nuanced. If you ask about different types of immigration, or immigration from different parts of the world, it suggests that there are many sorts of immigration that the British public are quite relaxed about, or even that people positively welcome.

Over 70% of people are happy with either the same or increased levels of skilled immigration, almost three quarters (73%) are happy with existing or increased numbers of foreign students paying to study at British universities, and 57% are happy with the same number of or more people fleeing persecution or war coming here. Additionally, nearing four in ten (38%) are happy with the current number of immigrants coming to work in the NHS and the same proportion (38%) would like to see more.

Public opposition to immigration only rises in two circumstances. Either when it comes to familial immigration (people coming to join family members already in the UK) where 42% want to see less of this type of migration, or low skilled immigration – here a majority (57%) want to see either less of this type of immigration or no immigration at all. ...

However, the approach that has led to such problems for the Windrush generation – the policy often described as the "hostile environment" – still has overwhelming public support. In principle, seven in ten (71%) support a policy of requiring people to show documents proving their right to be in Britain in order to do things such as taking up employment, renting a flat, or opening a bank account. Just 15% oppose this. Asked about specific situations, 82% think people should have to prove their right to be in the UK before accepting a job, 79% before registering with a GP and 74% before renting a home.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
Isis trying to foment a wave of migration to Europe, says UN official
Daniel Boffey
The Guardian, 27 April 2018


Islamic State commanders fleeing Syria are conspiring with extremist groups in Africa to foment and infiltrate a new migration wave destined for Europe, the head of the UN World Food Programme has said.

David Beasley, a former Republican governor of South Carolina, said Europe needed to wake up to the extremists' strategy in the Sahel region.

Those forced out of Syria were uniting with local terrorist groups to use a lack of food as both a recruitment tool and a vehicle to push millions of Africans towards Europe, he said.

Speaking to the Guardian during a visit to Brussels for a two-day Syria summit, Beasley said: "You are going to face a similar pattern of what took place years ago, except you are going to have more Isis and extremist groups infiltrating migration.

"What we are picking up is that they are partnering with the extremist groups like Boko Haram and al-Qaida to divvy up territory and resources and to continue to infiltrate and destabilise in the hope of creating migration into Europe where they can infiltrate and cause chaos.

"My comment to the Europeans is that if you think you had a problem resulting from a nation of 20 million people like Syria because of destabilisation and conflict resulting in migration, wait until the greater Sahel region of 500 million people is further destabilised. And this is where the European community and international community has got to wake up."
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IMMIGRATION – INTEGRATION
63% of Germans think migrant integration hasn't worked, 73% in Sweden
Westmonster, 27 April 2018


The integration of immigrants has been overwhelmingly unsuccessful in key EU nations, according to a survey by the European Commission.

In Germany, only 31% of people think integration has gone well, 63% think it's unsuccessful.

And in Sweden it's even worse – 24% think it's gone well, a whopping 73% think it's gone badly.

In France, which is currently being led by Mr EU himself, Emmanuel Macron, 64% of people think immigration has been unsuccessful.

And in Italy as well, people don't think integration has been successful, 63% to be exact.

Britain's slightly more on board with the integration of immigrants, but 36% of people still don't think it's worked, which is a significant number.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – LAWYERS, DEPORTATION, DELAYING TACTICS
Immigration lawyers using delaying tactics to keep illegal immigrants in Britain, High Court says
Olivia Rudgard
Daily Telegraph, 27 April 2018


Immigration lawyers are using delaying tactics to keep illegal immigrants in Britain, High Court judges have said.

Law firms are "buying time" by filing endless "hopeless" appeals and applications "with a view to generating new Home Office decisions" and keeping the process going for longer, two senior judges said.

"The longer the case goes on the more scope there is for an applicant to begin to develop an Article 8 'private life' claim, for example by getting married (sometimes through a sham process) or having (or claiming to have) children," they added.

They warned that courts were used as a "continuing game played between applicants and the Home Office" and judges were "distracted dealing with abusive cases" leading to long waits for "genuine and important disputes" to be heard. ...

In a ruling published on Thursday Lady Justice Sharp and Mr Justice Green criticised three law firms for a "serious and persistent failure to adhere to proper standards" and referred them to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
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POLITICS – EUROPE, USA
Macron: The Last Multilateralist
Patrick J. Buchanan
American Conservative, 27 April 2018


"Together," said Macron, "we will build a new, strong multilateralism that defends pluralism and democracy in the face of ill winds."

Macron belongs to a political class that sees open borders and free trade thickening and tightening the ties of dependency, and eventually creating a One Europe whose destiny his crowd will forever control.

But if his idea of pluralism is multiracial, multiethnic, and multicultural nations, with a multilateral EU overlord, he is describing a future that tens of millions of Europeans believe means the deaths of the nations that give meaning to their lives.

And they will not go gently into that good night.

In America, too, millions have come to recognize that there is a method to the seeming madness of open borders. Name of the game: dispossessing the deplorables of the country they love.

With open borders and mass migration of over a million people a year into the USA, almost all of them from third-world countries that vote 70 to 90 percent Democratic, the left is foreclosing the future. They're converting the greatest country of the West into what Teddy Roosevelt called a "polyglot boarding house for the world." And in that boarding house the left will have a lock on the presidency.

With the collaboration of co-conspirators in the media, progressives throw a cloak of altruism over the cynical seizure of permanent power.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Illegal immigration
Steve Haynes
Daily Telegraph, 26 April 2018
[Letter to the Editor]


The quoted figure of 700,000 illegal immigrants residing in Britain (report, April 25) is in itself staggering, but given the Home Office's persistent record of understating its own incompetence, this is almost certainly an underestimate.

We have in Britain a woeful level of prevention, an inability to detect and apprehend those already here illegally, and now a Foreign Secretary who holds out the prospect of citizenship to anyone reaching these shores by whatever means, as long as he or she keeps their head down. What more encouragement do economic migrants and their traffickers need?

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
Immigration crisis laid bare as 27,000 illegal immigrants arrested in Britain over four years
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 25 April 2018


The scale of the illegal immigration crisis is laid bare today as figures reveal at least 27,000 migrants have been arrested in the past four years after sneaking into the UK.

A total 28 police forces from the Met in London to Gwent in Wales, Thames Valley and North Yorkshire, have picked up migrants without "leave to enter".

They were likely arrested after 'lorry drops', raids or found to be illegal after being nicked for committing low level crime.

The figures – from Freedom of Information Requests – show that across the 28 forces, an estimated 27,109 illegal immigrants have been arrested since the start of 2014.

A further 1,144 people have been nicked for "conspiring" to help someone breach UK immigration law - such as gangmasters. ...

Lucy Moreton of the ISU union for borders, immigration and customs workers said: "These figures aren't really a surprise. There isn't the odd hole at the border, it's like a colander.

"People coming in on the back of a lorry, under a van and that's before you think about the small ports and private airfields.

"If the Government wants the Border Force to pick up more people at the border, detain and deport them it needs to invest."

The real figures are likely to be even higher given only 28 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales replied to the FOIs.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Andrew Green: We need to see the Government's planned post-Brexit immigration framework
Lord Green
Conservative Home, 24 April 2018


The Conservatives seem to be having a nervous breakdown over immigration as, yet again, the race card is being played with the clear intention of closing down the debate on immigration. As for the Windrush affair, it was certainly a serious mistake in the execution of a policy designed to reduce illegal overstaying rather than to reduce immigration, but the row led to the Home Secretary attacking her own staff in unprecedented and, frankly, indefensible terms.

She was followed by Messrs Johnson and Gove declaring their undying attachment to a liberal immigration policy. Nothing to do with numbers, they tell us. Actually, it is. Numbers are at the heart of the issue. A YouGov poll last August found that 41 per cent of UK voters saw immigration as the top priority in the Brexit negotiations. Furthermore, a poll for the Migration Observatory in November 2016 found that three quarters of the public want to see reductions in immigration, including 50 per cent who want them to be significant. ...

The key will be to focus on immigration for work and, especially, on the less highly-skilled. The crucial number is that, over the past ten years, 80 per cent of EU migrants for work would not have qualified for a non-EU work permit. It follows that the simplest and best solution would be to incorporate EU workers in the existing 'Tier 2' work permit scheme. This regime, in particular the salary threshold of £30,000 a year, would cut out most of the lower-skilled EU nationals who might wish to work in the UK. ...

I return to my central point that the key will be numbers and the risk is that, in a negotiation linked to trade, concessions will be made that will be unacceptable to a wide spectrum of public opinion. Whatever Johnson and Gove may now say, "control" meant reduction for a very large number of Brexit voters.
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MULTICULTURALISM – POLITICS, DIVERSITY, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
On diversity, Conservatives are losing the generation game
Andrew Cooper
CapX, 24 April 2018
[Andrew Cooper, Lord Cooper of Windrush, served from 2011 to 2013 as Director of Strategy in the Prime Minister's Office under David Cameron]


The arrival of the Windrush started a process that would change the UK forever. The proportion of the UK population that isn't white, just 0.2 per cent in 1951, had reached 13 per cent by the last census in 2011; from one in 500, to more than one in eight. In the seven decades since 492 Jamaicans and Trinidadians disembarked from the Windrush, the UK has become ever more diverse – our society, economy, culture and outlook broadened and enriched, our country changed for the better by immigration.

For much of this period, though, the Conservative Party has struggled to come to terms with the growing diversity of Britain and has even, at times, been overtly hostile towards it. The Conservative Party, extraordinarily, opposed the 1965 Race Relations Act – the first attempt to give legal protection against racial discrimination. Every subsequent UK law advancing equality of ethnic minorities has been introduced by a Labour government, while the Conservative Party's consistent priority, by contrast, has been the tightening of immigration law. ...

In 2017, for the second election running, the Tories lost ground among non-white voters while increasing its support in the country as a whole. Not being white remains, shamefully, one of the strongest demographic predictors of not voting Conservative – in a country where the proportion of the electorate that is not white is set to keep increasing. Thirteen per cent of the total population is non-white, but among children under five that proportion is closer to 30 per cent. The whiteness of the Tory Party's appeal means that it struggles to win in constituencies where the BAME population is 30 per cent or higher: it currently holds just one such seat. Before 1987 there were no constituencies with more than 30 per cent BAME population. By the next general election, it is projected that there will be more than 120 such seats. Unless something changes, before long there just won't be enough white voters in the electorate for the Conservative Party to be able to win.

It is striking that people who were alive when the Windrush docked, or who lived through the first phase in the UK's transition from a white country to a diverse one, predominantly now think that immigration has changed Britain for the worse and that multiculturalism has weakened us. But it is surely more significant that the generations who have only ever know a country that is ethnically diverse and multicultural feel, by bigger margins, that immigration has been – and remains – a good thing; that diversity has strengthened us and that increasing diversity will strengthen us more.
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POLITICS – BUREAUCRACY, MULTICULTURALISM
The real villain behind the Windrush scandal? Once again, it's BLAIR
Peter Hitchens
Mail on Sunday, 22 April 2018


Cruel, rigid bureaucracy has replaced common sense in this country. ...

How did this happen? By a strange paradox it happened because of the crazy policy of uncontrolled mass immigration begun under the Blair government and continued by David Cameron.

Blair and Cameron wanted this mass migration. Blair and his Eurocommunist sponsors wanted to erase Britain's culture, history and traditions. Cameron couldn't have cared less about Britain, but he saw the easy economic advantages of a low-wage economy kept going by ultra-cheap imported labour.

But they grasped it was unpopular, so they pretended to be against it. From this came the 'hostile environment', supposedly directed against illegal migrants, introduced by the charming and likeable Alan Johnson, who may not be quite as nice as he looks.

Later on, it led to Theresa May's shameful and embarrassing 'Go Home' lorries trundling around London, a crude and cheap pretence at toughness that fooled almost nobody at all.

Both these measures were in fact gestures of contempt towards Middle Britain. They were a London liberal's idea of what might please the despised voters. ...

Nobody bothered you if you obeyed the law. You didn't have to register with the authorities, show identity papers to stay in a hotel, let alone to get or keep a job.

But that was not to last. It is now 18 years since a secret report was circulated among the commissars of the Blair government, with special precautions taken to stop it reaching the media. It was rashly revealed by one of those commissars, Andrew Neather, a few years later.

In a 2009 article laced with scorn for working-class people worried about the immigration revolution, he rejoiced at the new multitudes of cheap servants for types like him, and sneered at the British poor as 'fascists', saying: 'The results in London, and especially for middle-class Londoners, have been highly positive. ...'

Comrade Neather disclosed that the published version of Labour's plan had been censored, revealing 'the earlier drafts I saw also included a driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the Government was going to make the UK truly multicultural.

'I remember coming away from some discussions with the clear sense that the policy was intended – even if this wasn't its main purpose – to rub the Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date.'

... Later they would pretend to be 'tough'.

The trouble was that this 'toughness' had real effects on real lives. We have, as New Labour secretly planned, become a different country, and a much less free and fair one.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
Talking about the housing crisis means talking about immigration
Douglas Murray
UnHerd, 22 April 2018


It was once assumed that average house price would be around three to four times an individual's earnings, and that when average house prices were up to five times average earnings, there would be a slump in house prices. In recent years, all such pieces of received wisdom have gone the way of astrology. In London, in the last quarter of last year, house prices in the capital reached 14.5 times the average earnings. Not 14.5 times average earnings nationwide, but 14.5 times average earnings in the capital.

The societal implications of this are already making themselves felt. Just this week, a report from the Resolution Foundation found that on current trends, up to half of today's younger generation will be renting into their forties and up to a third for their entire lives. The long-term effects of this are dire. Since rental payments are this generation's largest outgoing, it is almost impossible to see how a portion of them are going to have enough money in retirement to continue to pay their landlords.

And along the way, politics itself will change, with a generation rent looking to drastic answers to this drastic problem. It is no good for Conservatives to talk about personal responsibility and fiscal prudence to a generation which is having to paddle ever harder just to keep their heads above the waterline. As has been said many times before, the virtues of capitalism are not always clear to a generation without capital. And when the most important asset most of us will ever own – a house – is beyond the reach of so many, even respect for other peoples' assets may become a diminishing force. ...

In recent years, net immigration into the UK – that is the number of extra people who settle in Britain, taking into account those who have left – has consistently been over the 300,000 mark. Let's diminish the number and say that it is a straight 300,000. Newcastle is a city with a population of around 280,000. So going on the number of people arriving in the UK each year over recent years, the country needs to build a city larger than Newcastle every year just in order to keep up with demand. ...

Most people starting off in their career will find it exceptionally difficult – to put it mildly – to get on a housing ladder that requires them to raise a deposit and a mortgage worth almost 15 times their salary. All to live in a place where over-crowding and a struggling infrastructure will become more and more acute as that Newcastle-sized city continues to try to squeeze into it.

... Net immigration of almost a third of a million people a year means a UK population soaring to 70 million in the near future and a whole world of societal and fiscal issues that flow from that. Plus a long-term agreement that Britain's future is destined to be one of ever-more urban sprawl and ever less green or pleasant land. ...

'Banging on about immigration' is the usual charge when this uncomfortable fact is brought up. But when it comes to housing, 'banging on about immigration' also turns out to be 'banging on' about perhaps the one thing that matters most.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISLAM, BELGIUM
Belgium: First Islamic State in Europe?
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 22 April 2018


The French acronym of Belgium's ISLAM Party stands for "Integrity, Solidarity, Liberty, Authenticity, Morality". The leaders of the ISLAM Party apparently want to turn Belgium into an Islamic State. They call it "Islamist democracy" and have set a target date: 2030.

According to the French magazine Causeur, "the program is confusingly simple: replace all the civil and penal codes with sharia law. Period". ... The effect of this new party, according to Michaël Privot, an expert on Islam, and Sebastien Boussois, a political scientist, could be the "implosion of the social body". ...

The ISLAM Party knows that demography is on its side. Ahrouch has said, "in 12 years, Brussels will principally be composed of Muslims". ...

"The European capital," wrote Le Figaro, "will be Muslim in twenty years".



"Nearly a third of the population of Brussels already is Muslim, indicated Olivier Servais, a sociologist at the Catholic University of Louvain. "The practitioners of Islam, due to their high birth rate, should be the majority 'in fifteen or twenty years'. Since 2001... Mohamed is the most common name given to boys born in Brussels".



The ISLAM Party is working in a favorable environment. According to the mayor of Brussels, Yvan Mayeur, all the mosques in the European capital are now "in the hands of the Salafists".
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CRIME – RACIAL MURDERS, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Racial murders: nearly half the victims are white
Antony Barnett
The Observer, 22 April 2018


Nearly half of all victims of racially motivated murders in the last decade have been white, according to official figures released by the Home Office.

The data, released under Freedom of Information legislation, shows that between 1995 and 2004 there have been 58 murders where the police consider a racial element played a key part. Out of these, 24 have been where the murder victim was white.

The disclosure will add to the intense debate over multiculturalism in British society. The figures also overturn the assumption that almost all racial murders are committed against ethnic minority victims.

Senior police officers have admitted that 'political correctness' and the fear of discussing the issue have meant that race crime against white people goes under-reported. ...

Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Cheshire and a spokesman on race issues for the Association of Chief Police Officers, said it was a fact that it was harder to get the media interested where murder victims were young white men.

The political correctness and reluctance to discuss these things absolutely does play a factor', he said. 'A lot of police officers and other professions feel almost the best thing to do is try and avoid it for fear of being criticised. We probably have all got ourselves into a bit of state about this.

'The difficulty in the police service is that the whole thing is being closed down because we are all afraid of discussing any of it in case we say the wrong thing - and that is not healthy.' ...

Fahy also warned of caution in over-interpreting the figures. He said that the 24 white victims also included those who were Jewish, 'dark-skinned' Europeans or gypsies. In addition, seven of those were killed by white attackers, four by black, six by Asian, with seven whose racial background was not identified. ...

Overall, there have been 10 black victims and 16 Asian victims. Of the 58 race murders, 18 have been where a white attacker has killed a black or Asian individual and another 14 where one member of a minority group has murdered another for racial reasons.

'This shows the complex society we are policing,' said Fahy. ...

Three years ago Phil Woolas, MP for the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency, who is now Minister for Community Cohesion, said 'political correctness' was stopping racism against white people from being condemned. As a result, he said, attacks on whites by black and Asian people are not criticised by politicians and could harm race relations in Britain.
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CRIME – SLAVERY
The evil faces of modern day slavery: Roma gang who exploited EU laws to traffic victims from Slovakia to Newcastle present a damning picture of 2018 Britain
Tom Rawstorne
Daily Mail, 21 April 2018


Because what is now known is that those men and women living in the £225,000 property in Newcastle were held there against their will.

Vulnerable individuals, they had been trafficked from Slovakia and the Czech Republic by a family of Roma migrants living in Britain. Bought and sold for as little as £300 each, their passports were then confiscated and they were sent out to work.

Any wages they earned were taken from them. Back at the house, they were also expected to wait on their captors hand-and-foot and perform back-breaking labour to bring in extra money. ...

That something like this could happen, over a period of seven years, in a modern city in 21st century Britain is hard to believe. ...

Because once the three generations of the Rafael family had arrived in this country, they set about abusing the welcome they had been offered in pretty much every way possible.

They applied for – and were granted – benefits not just for themselves but for their victims, too. ...

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of pounds were pocketed in claims made using their victim's names. In short, the Rafaels were running a business – a business built around slavery.

The suffering and the scams only came to an end when one of their victims escaped and went to the police.

The Rafaels were arrested and charged with slavery, trafficking and money laundering. Seven of their number were convicted or pleaded guilty at Teesside Crown Court. ...

In total, the UK's Roma population is today put at somewhere between 200,000 and 500,000. They are drawn from countries across Eastern Europe, the vast majority having arrived since the expansion of the EU in 2004, their numbers boosted following the admission of Romania and Bulgaria.
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CITIZENSHIP – PATRIOTISM
Patriotic Britons afraid to show their national pride in public for fear of ABUSE
Gillian Crawley
Daily Express, 21 April 2018


Patriotic Britons are increasingly afraid to show their national pride in public for fear of ridicule or abuse, a study has found.

It reveals many believe national pride is on the wane, with the younger generations placing less importance on patriotism than ever before.

One in four believe we are living in the least patriotic decade ever. ...

According to the report, 79 per cent of people consider themselves patriotic and almost 90 per cent say they are proud of their birthplace.

But 22 per cent fear they would be made to feel ashamed of their patriotism if they were to air their views in public. ...

Generally, older Britons feel more patriotic than younger generations, with 40 per cent aged 55 and over describing themselves as "very patriotic", compared to just 18 per cent of those aged 18 to 24.

Younger people are also more likely to feel ashamed of expressing their patriotism, with 29 per cent feeling this way, compared to 19 per cent of those aged 55 and over.

And a quarter of 18 to 24-year-olds think patriotism does not really matter in modern society, compared to 15 per cent of over 55s. ...

And 72 per cent agree that people are less patriotic than they used to be.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – IDENTITY CHECKS
Why Windrush scandal demonstrates the importance of technology to political decision-making
Bryan Glick
Computer Weekly, 20 April 2018


Tony Smith, the interim director general of the UK Border Force between 2012 and 2013, told the BBC's Today programme on Radio 4 this week that the major flaw in Theresa May's "hostile environment" immigration policy as home secretary came down to one thing.

"You need an identity management strategy if you are going to have a hostile environment. You can't have one without the other," he said. ...

Why didn't we have exit checks? Well, they were scrapped by Tony Blair in 1998, and – in theory – reintroduced in 2015, although a report last month by the chief inspector of borders and immigration said the exit check programme was not delivering what was promised.

Without exit checks, an identity management system for immigration is worthless, so the government never bothered with one – although Labour wasted millions on its identity card programme which was scrapped in 2010 as soon as David Cameron became prime minister.

"It is about getting the balance right between national security and civil liberties," home secretary Theresa May said at the time.

Today, we have the troubled Gov.uk Verify identity management programme, which continues to under-perform and under-deliver, despite lofty ambitions to have 25 million users by 2020. But even if Verify works, it's not linked to exit checks, and its federated design means it can't be used to prove UK residence in support of immigration issues.

If the UK had a working identity management system in place – with suitable privacy and data protection controls, of course – that proved who you are and your right to be in the country, how different might the policy landscape be today?
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – IDENTITY CHECKS
How and why I failed to deport illegal immigrants as a minister at the Foreign Office
Denis MacShane
Independent, 20 April 2018


Denis MacShane was a minister at the Foreign Office from 1997 to 2005

I had always assumed that as long as we let people enter Britain without a visa – today 56 countries worldwide plus all of Europe have that "privilege", just as we have the right to travel to scores of countries without first getting a visa – some would abuse the system and start working cash-in-hand.

Well before the formal enlargement of the EU in 2004, London was home to half a million or more Polish people and other Eastern Europeans who came as tourists and stayed to earn money. Brazilians also featured in their number, and now and then were picked up in raids on restaurants and other workplaces where the informal networks in London could find their friends jobs in exchange for a small payment. ...

May had already abolished Labour's ID cards scheme – introduced far too late just before the 2010 election – which would have begun the process of knowing who was in Britain and who was a visitor; without an ID card, the idea went, no one could have got a legal job.

As a South Yorkshire MP, I dealt every week with the problem of Kashmiri families who had invited a relative in on a visitor's visa and then allowed the visitor to "overstay", in the jargon, and work in a restaurant, a corner shop, as a taxi driver and marry a cousin.

That converted me to the need for proper registration and ID cards, but it took 12 years after 1997 before the unfit-for-purpose Home Office could work out how to do ID cards.

They are neuralgic for many across the political spectrum – even if we give far more information to Google, mobile phone firms and any internet-based company or social media outfit.

A halfway house might be to bring a "citizens registration system" like in the Netherlands, where everyone, Dutch or foreign alike, has to be registered and have a Citizen's Access Number to get a job, healthcare, access to education or a passport.

If we had such a system, the Windrush generation and all other legitimate immigrants to Britain would have been registered and enjoyed full legal rights which never could have been questioned.
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IMMIGRATION – POLITICS
Rivers of Blood and the Tides of History
Mark Steyn
Steyn Online, 20 April 2018


Powell's speech on race and the future of Britain was prescient, although not always adequately so. As my old boss Charles Moore wrote last year about Douglas Murray's book on The Strange Death of Europe:



One telling point he makes is how even the most 'bigoted' predictions of demographic change have been exceeded by reality. Suppose, says Murray, that Enoch Powell, in his incendiary 'Rivers of Blood' speech in 1968, had predicted that, in the 2011 census, in 23 of London's 33 boroughs, people describing themselves as 'white British' would have been in a minority. He would have been pilloried for his alarmism. Yet it is so.



My own Enoch out-Powelled example comes from the arresting statistic that 57% of Pakistani Britons in the UK are married to their first cousins - and in the city of Bradford it's 75 per cent. ...

Powell was old-fashioned even then, at least by comparison with the usual modish twerps hailed as the coming men. But perhaps you needed to be "old-fashioned" to discern that the death of a great nation was possible and very quickly.

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POLITICS – LEGAL AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
The Windrush scandal is heartbreaking, but it should not be used as an excuse to stop sensible migration controls
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 19 April 2018


Some say ministers must change their approach to illegal immigration. But this is wrong. We have hundreds of thousands of people living in Britain illegally, a number that is growing every year. With limited budgets, time-consuming legal processes, and often a lack of cooperation from other countries, it will never be possible for the authorities to arrest and deport their way to success. Neither can illegal immigration be prevented through tougher border controls: most illegal migrants are "overstayers", not "clandestines" who enter the country illegally.

So ministers are right to make Britain a harder country to live in for people who are here illegally. In recent years, they have made it more difficult for illegal immigrants to rent property, get a job, claim benefits and obtain bank accounts and driving licences. Even sceptical studies find that this increases the number leaving the country voluntarily: ministers should not reverse the policy, but extend it to include other services. ...

None the less, campaigners remain determined to destroy the hostile environment strategy.

Their first reason is political: Labour want to blame Tory "callousness". The trouble with this explanation is that the approach began under Labour home secretaries. In 2007 John Reid said "living and working here illegally" should become "ever more uncomfortable and constrained". Under Alan Johnson, the Border Agency said it would "make the UK a hostile environment" for illegal immigrants.

The second reason is many campaigners oppose controlling and reducing immigration. Partisan academics, immigration lawyers, Labour lefties and even liberal Tories find the very idea of immigration control distasteful. Unable to win the argument for mass immigration, they adopt the tactic of cynical obfuscation.

Suggest limiting legal migration, and they say the public only wants the system to work better. Try improving the system by reforming human rights law, and they say the problem is poor enforcement. Suggest increasing spending on enforcement, and they say you have the wrong priorities. Pursue the hostile environment strategy, and they accuse you of turning civil society into a police state.

Their objective is to maintain high immigration, and their method is to wear everybody down until nobody believes it is even possible to control the numbers. They must not be allowed to succeed.
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IMMIGRATION – INTEGRATION
Enoch Powell's Immigration Speech, 50 Years Later
Douglas Murray
National Review, 19 April 2018


The fact that the speech, which (although the phrase itself does not occur) became known as the "rivers of blood" speech, remains strangely alive in Britain was demonstrated again last weekend when the BBC chose to broadcast a program to reflect on the half centenary of the speech. The program included critical analysis, contextualization, and reflection. ...

Of course, if anybody had stopped for a moment, they might have realized that the catatonic fury that Powell and his speech still provoke is itself highly suggestive. ...

... Because while some of Powell's claims have been proven wrong and some have proven to be exaggerated, other aspects of what he said are clearly with us still. And not because of his words, but because some of the issues he raised – however well or poorly – remain so pregnant.

As I wrote in my latest book, imagine you had been a speechwriter for Enoch Powell in 1968, or an adviser or friend. And imagine if you had said to him then, "I have an idea, Enoch. Why not use your speech to say that if immigration into the U.K. goes on at these rates, then in 2011 the official census will reveal that people who identify as 'white British' will be a minority in their capital city of London." Had this been said, Powell would most likely have dismissed the person as an inflammatory madman. Yet that was indeed one of the things that the 2011 census showed. And the news came and went as though it was just another detail on just another day.

... It is not due to fear of being tarred a Powellite that consecutive governments failed to deport people who had broken into the country illegally. These and many other factors came about because generations of politicians found it more restful to avoid the subject and leave the consequences for their successors (as Powell predicted they would) rather than tackle an issue that has consistently been shown to be of greatest concern to the British public.

And we are worrying about it still – even if our politicians daren't address it. Particularly the issue of "integration." ...

There is just one aspect of Powell's speech that makes it such an ongoing open wound. In Britain (as across the rest of Western Europe) in recent decades an uncomfortable, "acceptable" consensus has been arrived at. It recognizes that if a British person were to go to another country (say India, or China) – and especially if they were to go in their hundreds of thousands, or even millions – they would not be regarded as Indian or Chinese. At best they would be incomers in these places. At worst they would be branded "colonialists." Perhaps that will be for a while longer (though not necessarily limitlessly) the fate of post-colonial Europeans. Yet at the same time we also hold to the dogma that anybody from anywhere in the world who makes it to our countries becomes part of our country and to say otherwise is to be racist. To demand integration is "racist." To deprecate any lack of integration is to be "racist." And in any case, there is no penalty paid by any immigrant (nor any immigrant group) that shows no desire to integrate nor any intention of integrating.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY, UKIP
Tory Brexiteers forget millions voted Leave for action, not cuddly rhetoric, on immigration
Nigel Farage
Daily Telegraph, 19 April 2018


I like Boris Johnson and believe he played a crucial role in the campaign to secure Brexit in 2016. But a comment on migration and Brexit which he made in an interview with the Telegraph today is plain wrong and I cannot let it stand.

He said: "Countries are democratically entitled to decide how open they should be. That was the problem with the EU - it fundamentally took away people's democratic ability to decide who could come. That was why it was right to take back control. It's not about migration, it's about control. It's about who calls the shots."

Although I agree with a lot of the points in this paragraph – the idea of taking back control being the most obvious - Boris is being disingenuous on the matter of migration. Millions who voted for Brexit did so precisely because they regard it as a massive problem.

What is worse is that Boris knows this full well. Regrettably, he appears – publicly, at least – to have been infected by the political correctness bug which has turned the British government into the biggest band of virtue signallers to run our country in its history. ...

First, though, it cannot be said too many times: the EU's open border policy has been ruinous for some parts of the UK, particularly communities in Essex, Lincolnshire and the North. In the decade from 2004, the year that the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia joined the EU, about 2,000,000 EU citizens – many lacking professional qualifications and skills – came to live in Britain. That's the rough equivalent of twice the population of Birmingham. There was no consultation about this. It was simply a consequence of Britain's membership of the EU.

Socially, towns and cities changed significantly through the sheer concentration of numbers in which these EU citizens settled. Economically, the existing workforce was undercut, costing jobs and businesses. And practically, this influx put schools, housing, transport and medical services under huge pressure. Only a fool would pretend that this wave of immigration didn't change the lives of those Britons most affected by it. And only someone with no experience of such upheaval would deny that it eventually caused widespread resentment. ...

With people like Boris and Gove in the government, Britain is never going to get what it voted for 22 months ago. And it's no exaggeration to say we are heading down the path of being betrayed for reasons of political correctness.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – REPATRIATION
Home Office incompetence on Windrush is no reason to end the hostile environment against illegal migrants
David Goodhart
Daily Telegraph, 18 April 2018


The Home Office, like any organisation, makes mistakes. Home Office mistakes, however, can be existential for the people involved. It evidently made a big mistake in being unaware of the "Windrush anomaly" – children of first-wave Caribbean immigrants who had been granted permanent residence in 1971 but in many cases had never acquired proper documentation.

As the Government, rightly, tries to bear down on the corrosive, anti-social phenomenon of illegal immigration, many of those British Caribbeans got caught up in the "hostile environment" (better name, please) campaign against illegals and found themselves unable to prove their right to be here. ...

But we should recall why the hostile environment was introduced and why it should not suffer collateral damage from this example of Whitehall's tin ear.

Britain has an illegal immigration problem. It has been overshadowed by arguments about historically high levels of legal immigration. But there are probably close to 1 million people living in the UK illegally and they are being added to at the rate of 70,000 or 80,000 a year – a combination of visa over-stayers (40,000 to 50,000), people smuggled in on lorries (10,000) and people refused asylum who nevertheless stay (about 20,000). ...

Although enforcement costs £500 million a year and employs 5,000, only about 12,000 people were removed against their will last year and half were criminals. Another 18,000 people left voluntarily but that is probably less than half the number that is being added to the illegal total each year.

Why is it so hard to remove people? Partly because human rights law gives people an incentive to spin out the asylum process in the hope that they can then qualify under the right to family life. There is now only one right of asylum appeal but many claimants will then put in for judicial review. Other problems include too few detention centres and non-cooperation of countries of origin.
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POLITICS – INTEGRATION, MULTICULTURALISM
Enoch Powell was wrong – so were his critics
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 17 April 2018
[Jon Holbrook is a barrister]


Powell's speech was based on two premises from which he drew ugly conclusions. His first was that racial integration was essential for the cohesiveness of society. His second was that racial integration on the scale required in Britain in 1968 was impossible. /.../ And so it was that Powell argued that because, in his opinion, black and white could not live together, it was necessary to keep Britain white by stopping immigration and encouraging repatriation. ...

Powell's argument struck a raw nerve with the political class because they mostly agreed with his policy prescriptions. /.../ Moreover, the political class broadly agreed with Powell's two premises. They instinctively knew that integration was necessary, but they were so disdainful of ordinary people that they believed that integration was not, on the scale required, possible. Powell's ugly conclusions made them distinctly uncomfortable.

By mostly accepting Powell's two premises, his critics could not challenge the content of his speech. But they could and did challenge his tone and lurid metaphors. /.../ Heath then gave a television interview where he said nothing to distance his party from the content of Powell's speech, but stated his determination 'to do everything I can to prevent racial problems from developing into civil strife'. Powell's Tory critics sought to avoid what he predicted – not with different policies, but with different language.

As for the Labour government, it shared the Tory view that a proper debate on race, racism and integration was not desirable. After nearly three weeks of silence on Powell's speech, the prime minister Harold Wilson said: 'I am not prepared to stand aside and see this country engulfed by the racial conflict which calculating orators or ignorant prejudice can create.' Wilson went further when he declared, 'There is a clear duty on the parliamentary leadership of government and of opposition parties to do all in our combined power to take these inflammatory issues out of politics'. After Powell's brief interlude, race regained its status as an issue that was deemed unsuitable for a political debate involving the people. ...

... In so far as a majority sided with Powell's ideas, it was only because of the two scenarios on offer, Powell's at least had a degree of coherence. For if, as was the case, the political class did not believe that integration was possible, Powell's critics seemed to have no credible solution. Indeed, their approach of sacking Powell and shutting down debate merely betrayed their own lack of ideas. ...

Powell's speech was prompted by the imminent second reading of the Race Relations Bill 1968. Powell recognised that under the Labour government, that had already passed (with Tory support) a Race Relations Act in 1965, a Labour-led political class was steering the country away from the notion of racial integration and towards a form of multiculturalism. ...

... Powell and his critics were both wrong to dismiss the ability of black and white to live together in an integrated society. Powell was good at logic and colourful language; his critics were good at spin and the language of obfuscation. Powell offered racial conflict, his critics offered multiculturalism. Powell's critics won the day. Fifty years on we know that both were wrong: it is the politics of integration that we needed then, and now.
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IMMIGRATION – POPULATION GROWTH, AFRICANS
Macron: Europe Entering Age of 'Unprecedented' Mass Migration, 'Shares Destiny' with Africa
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 17 April 2018


'Bombshell' population growth in Africa means Europe is entering an "unprecedented" age of mass migration, Emmanuel Macron has said, asserting that the two continents' destinies are "bound".

"The migratory phenomenon we are facing will be historic," declared the French president in a television appearance Sunday night, when he announced that "great poverty", "climate change", and "geopolitical conflicts" will see Africans flooding into Europe "for many years to come".

To back up his point, Macron pointed to "bombshell" population growth across the third world continent, which he added has been "tremendously well described" by French-American journalist and professor Stephen Smith in a recent book. ...

Smith, the Africa expert to whom Macron referred during his appearance on BFMTV, estimates that the number of Africans living in Europe will grow from nine million to between 150 million and 200 million within the next 30 years.

In The Rush to Europe, the Duke University professor describes a massive, unprecedented population transfer still in its infancy, which he explains will – "paradoxically" – be triggered largely as a result 0f Western aid money financing would-be migrants' journeys from Africa.

Asserting he set out to provide a "dispassionate" expert view on how Africa's demographic explosion will affect Europe, Smith in his book has outlined a number of different scenarios he believes could emerge from the situation.

"The most optimistic" of these – according to Le Figaro – is "Eurafrica", which would see mass migration create a 'welcoming', multicultural Europe, which "would fully embrace being a 'mixed-race land of immigration and interbreeding'".

This scenario would see the end of welfare states in Europe however, Smith said, pointing to the incompatibility of large-scale immigration and generous social programmes.

Another possible scenario, 'Fortress Europe', is one which involves "a battle generally considered unwinnable, or even shameful" but which Smith points to as the case which strongly "has its reasons and its chances to succeed", noting the effectiveness of EU deals with Libya and Turkey in stopping the influx.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – NHS PATIENTS, PUBLIC OPINION
Public backs sharing patient details with immigration, says NHS
Richard Staines
pharmaphorum, 16 April 2018


The NHS has responded to criticism of its policy of sharing patients' names and addresses with immigration officials, citing a survey showing that the majority of the public support it.

The House of Commons Health and Social Committee has been investigating arrangements allowing NHS Digital to share patients' records with immigration officials. ...

The latest report repeats the committee's conclusion last year that NHS Digital should withdraw from the MoU until a review of the NHS Code of Confidentiality is complete.

In response, NHS Digital published a survey of 2,000 people it commissioned to gauge public opinion on the policy.

In the survey, 72% of respondents supported sharing patients' address details with the home office to trace people suspected of an immigration crime.
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POLITICS – ENOCH POWELL, UKIP
Enoch Powell right about immigration, UKIP's Neil Hamilton claims
BBC, 16 April 2018


The idea Enoch Powell was a "racist villain" is "absolute nonsense", UKIP Wales leader Neil Hamilton has said.

The AM was defending Powell's anti-immigration "rivers of blood" speech of 50 years ago.

He told BBC Radio Wales the former Tory MP had been "proved right by events" in terms of social change if not violence.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood accused Mr Hamilton of "keeping Powell's racist rhetoric going" while Labour AM Hefin David called his comments "outrageous". ...

Mr Hamilton said although Powell been sacked while the Tories were in opposition, when Mr Heath later became prime minister he introduced a scheme for "voluntary repatriation of immigrants" in 1971.

"The idea that Enoch Powell was some kind of uniquely racist villain is absolute nonsense," Mr Hamilton told the Good Morning Wales programme.

"Powell actually changed politics by articulating the fears and resentments of millions and millions of people who are being ignored by the establishment."

Mr Hamilton said: "I think he's been proved right by events.

"I don't think he was right in one sense, in that we have not seen the kind of racial violence and intolerance generated by this that, at the time, was happening in the United States."

But Mr Hamilton said the "social changes which mass immigration has brought were never desired by the majority of the British people, and indeed they had never been asked 'do you want to transform your country in the way that has happened'."

When it was put to him that Powell accepted he was a racist, Mr Hamilton suggested that it was "racism in the sense of appreciating differences in cultures, and differences between nations, not that one race or nation is inferior to another by definition".

"He wasn't a racist in the crude sense", Mr Hamilton added. ...

The UKIP Wales leader said people wouldn't be worried about immigration if it was "moderate in scale", and went on to say that London was "like a doughnut".

"A great proportion of the white population of central London has moved out to the suburbs," he said.

"Is it a good thing that we should have our great cities transformed into effectively racial ghettos?"
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MULTICULTURALISM – PUBLIC OPINION
Multiculturalism has failed, believe substantial minority of Britons
Mark Townsend
Observer, 15 April 2018


Fifty years after Enoch Powell's notorious "Rivers of Blood" speech, a large minority of Britons appears to believe that multiculturalism has failed and different communities generally live separate lives.

A YouGov poll of 5,200 people to be released tomorrow and commissioned by anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate, found that 43% predicted relationships between different UK communities will deteriorate over the next few years compared to 14% who feel things will improve. More than two-thirds of Conservative Leave voters said they believed multiculturalism wasn't working.

Nick Lowles, chief executive of Hope Not Hate, said: "There is clearly much work to do. Powell's speech led anti-racism campaigners to mobilise – the anniversary of the speech must do the same."

The YouGov poll does offer grounds for optimism, with almost half of respondents describing Britain as a successful multicultural society, although that sentiment is mostly shared among Remain voters and Liberal Democrat supporters. ...

A Gallup poll conducted weeks after the 1968 speech found 74% of the British population agreed with the "Rivers of Blood" speech, in which Powell strongly criticised levels of immigration to Britain, particularly from the Commonwealth. ...

The YouGov survey found that 40% felt his warning has proved well-founded – compared to 41% of respondents who believe Powell's gloomy view of race relations was wrong.

A narrow majority of 51% worried that immigration was increasing the pressure on hospitals and schools. More than one-third of all respondents see Islam as a threat to the British way of life, fractionally more than the proportion who view the Muslim faith and the British way of life as compatible.

The vast majority of respondents – 81% – said they felt happy in their communities and almost one-third of people said that they or a family member has been in relationship with someone of a different ethnicity to themselves.

A majority of people – 59% – believe that having a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds is part of British culture, a proportion that has steadily increased since Hope Not Hate first posed the question in 2011, when 49% of people agreed with the statement.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
Government forced to release data to back up Dominic Raab immigration house price claim
Jessica Wilkins
PoliticsHome, 14 April 2018


The Government has published the data behind the Housing Minister's claim migration has pushed the cost of a house in the UK up by 20% over 25 years.

Dominic Raab made the claim in a wide-ranging interview in the Sunday Times last week, and pointed to statistics from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) to support the accusation.

"Based on the ONS data, the advice to me from the department is that in the last 25 years we have seen immigration put house prices up by something like 20%," he said.

However, the data released by the Government showed the model used by Mr Raab covered the period 1991-2016 in which immigration contributed to a 21% increase.

The figures were based on detailed reports published in 2007 and 2008 by the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit.
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IMMIGRATION – WELFARE BENEFITS, EAST EUROPEANS
The EU nationals earning THREE TIMES as much on UK benefits as working at home
Ciaran McGrath
Daily Express, 14 April 2018


The shock figures give a clear indication as to why people from countries including Poland, Lithuania, Bulgaria are so keen to move to this country rather than face a life of toil for a fraction of the money they can expect to receive should they move over here.

Using the turn2us benefits calculator recommended by the Government's own gov.uk website, Express.co.uk calculated that an average family of four living in London could expect to receive benefits totalling £1,842.45 a month.

According to tradingeconomics.com, this is significantly higher than the average monthly manufacturing wage for Lithuania (£768), Poland (£936), Latvia (£642), Slovakia (£906), Romania (£773) and Bulgaria (£500).

Statistics published on tradingeconomics.com also reveal that the national minimum monthly wage in Lithuania is just £458 – barely a quarter of what they could expect to receive in benefits in the UK.

In Bulgaria, this figure is £115, amounting to one-sixteenth.

All of which may help to explain why, as of 2015, the Office for National Statistics estimated the UK to be home to 831,000 Poles, 220,000 Romanians, 151,000 Lithuanians, 94,000 Latvians, 85,000 Slovakians and 80,000 Bulgarians. ...

The situation is such that the UK is now home to numerous recruitment agencies which specifically target workers from Eastern Europe to work over here.
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ASYLUM – FAMILY MEMBERS, EU, UK
Child refugees have right to bring family, EU court rules
The Week, 13 April 2018


Child refugees who arrive in Europe alone must be allowed to apply for family members to join them, the EU's top court has ruled.

The decision, handed down by the European Court of Justice on Thursday, also applies to young refugees who reach adulthood before the end of the asylum process.

The right for young refugees to be reunified with their families "is not at the discretion of the member states," the court said.

The case centred on a teenage girl from Eritrea who applied for asylum in the Netherlands and turned 18 during the process, according to Deutsche Welle.

After it was granted, she sought to bring her family members to the country, but her application was denied by local authorities.

Yesterday's decision "could impact tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who applied for asylum within the bloc," the German broadcaster says.

The situation in the UK

Currently, only adult refugees are allowed to be reunited with their family members. Child refugees who have travelled to the UK alone are not permitted to bring parents or siblings to join them. ...

Last month, MPs backed proposed legislation to enable refugee children to sponsor applications for close relatives to settle with them in the UK.
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CRIME – COST
Foreign offenders in Leicestershire cost Government £7.7m last year
Amy Orton
Leicester Mercury, 13 April 2018


Referring foreign national offenders in Leicestershire to the Home Office for deportation cost the criminal justice system around £7.7 million last year.

Foreign national offenders are classed as any offender who is not a UK citizen. Their offences could have been committed overseas or in the UK.

For those who committed offences overseas, those crimes might not come to light until the individual is brought to the attention of police in this country, sometimes for minor offences. ...

During 2017, 110 offenders who passed through Leicestershire Police custody suites were referred to the Home Office.

The Office for National Statistics estimates the cost of dealing with such criminals to be about £70,000 per offender.

The figures were revealed as Detective Sergeant Gary Bee and Pc Tony Andrews from Operation Advenus gave a presentation on their work to the Leicestershire Safer Communities Strategy Board at a County Hall meeting. ...

Det Sgt Bee said: "The misconception is that there is an application process, but that is not the case.

"The reality is that people [from the EU] with convictions, and often very serious convictions, can move to the UK with an entirely clean slate.

"It is startling, but this is the situation we face.

"The worrying thing is that often the first time we come into contact with these people is often when we get them in custody." ...

An average of 120 foreign national offenders pass through Leicestershire Police's custody suites per month. The 110 offenders referred to the Home Office in 2017 were able to be referred for deportation because of the severity of their criminal backgrounds. ...

Pc Andrews said: "These costs mentioned are just to manage offenders who are referred to the Home Office.

"If we were talking about [dealing with] a murder or a stranger rape, then the costs are unquantifiable."
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CRIME – MACHETE CRIME
One machete crime every 90 minutes on Britain's streets as police try to deal with thugs carrying out murders, rapes and burglaries
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 13 April 2018


Machete attacks are taking place every 90 minutes on our streets, figures reveal.

Criminals are increasingly picking the jungle blades as their weapons of choice to instill terror in victims and rival gang members.

Police forces are dealing with rising numbers of machete-wielding thugs carrying out murders, rapes, robberies and burglaries. ...

Figures uncovered using freedom of information requests show that in the last two months of 2017 police dealt with 928 crimes involving machetes. This is an average of 15 a day – or one every 90 minutes.

London saw 425 of the attacks, with 99 in Greater Manchester, 77 in the West Midlands and 29 each in Merseyside and West Yorkshire.

It represents a dramatic rise from just three years before, when the deadly blades were used in only 100 crimes a month over the same period.

The machete was originally intended as a tool used to cut undergrowth or sugar cane in Latin America and Africa. ...

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that in the year to September 2017 the police recorded 37,443 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument – a 21 per cent increase on the previous year, and the highest since records began seven years ago.
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IMMIGRATION – SCHOOLS, NATIONALITY DATA
Schools no longer have to collect data on pupils' nationality and country of birth
Eleanor Busby
Independent, 11 April 2018


Schools will no longer be made to collect data on pupils' nationality and country of birth, following a series of court challenges by campaigners.

The Department for Education (DfE) has dropped the controversial categories from the school census just two years after the policy was introduced. ...

Schools Week reported that the DfE would write to schools, telling them they will no longer be required to fill out the nationality category of school census forms. ...

The DfE declined to comment.
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CITIZENSHIP – NUMBERS, EU, UK
New statistics show almost one million people were granted EU citizenship in 2016 as Theresa May recommits to net migration target
Jack Maidment
Daily Telegraph, 10 April 2018


Almost one million people were granted European Union citizenship in 2016, giving them the right to live and work in the UK.

Approximately 995,000 people acquired citizenship of an EU member state in the year of the Brexit referendum, a significant increase on 2015 when the figure stood at 841,000.

Meanwhile, the total number of people who were granted British citizenship stood at approximately 150,000 - an increase of almost 30 per cent on 2015.

Freedom of movement rules dictate that citizens of the EU are allowed to live and work in any of the member states. ...

The data showed that just over 10 per cent of the 995,000 people who acquired EU citizenship in 2016 were former citizens of another EU country while the vast majority came from non-EU countries or were stateless.

Moroccans, Albanians and Indians made up the three largest groups. Just over 100,000 people from Morocco, 67,500 people from Albania and 41,700 from India acquired EU citizenship. Citizens of India, Pakistan and Nigeria were the three main recipients of UK citizenship.
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CRIME – CULTURE, MULTICULTURALISM, COMMUNITY COHESION
Immigration and crime, is there a link?
Dainis Ignatans, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Huddersfield
The Conversation, 10 April 2018


Bold newspaper headlines either blame immigrants for a whole host of issues or portray them as saintly helpers in the struggle for economic well-being. ...

The reality is that as researchers, we know little about the relationship, if any, between immigration and crime. This is in part because lowbrow journalistic obsession with immigration and crime has made it somewhat a taboo topic for research. As evidenced by the limited academic literature available, a consensus simply does not exist. ...

Research also shows that immigrants who come from culturally similar backgrounds to their new area, are likely to commit fewer crimes than the native population. Research on Los Angeles, for example, found that a higher number of Latino immigrants who were from culturally similar regions to the current residents, reduced the rates of violence in the area.

Similarly, research in Spain showed that Spanish speaking immigrants had a much more benign impact on crime than those of other origins. Such immigrants undoubtedly have an easier time moving to a new country where the culture reflects something like their own.

And yet, people from ethnic minority groups in Western countries are disproportionately likely to be arrested and imprisoned for most crime types. And asylum seekers are over-represented in the crime figures in Germany and Denmark. ...

Immigrant populations tend to be very concentrated, with people tending to reside in areas with existing communities. My recent research shows that throughout England and Wales, areas where immigrants from one single background make up a significant majority of the immigrant population, tend to be low in crime. Nearly as low in crime as the areas with small immigrant populations.

It doesn't make a difference what the background of the immigrant population is, what appears to be key is that there is a cultural similarity among the immigrant population within an area. My research also found that areas with very high numbers of immigrants that are low in crime – or below the nation's average – tend to be areas with either European or African immigrants.

But my research also showed that areas where two or more cultures (other than that of the indigenous population) are prevalent, tend to be very high in crime. This is specifically the case in areas with the highest proportions of immigrants from Asia and Europe. In these areas violent crime is 70% higher, property crime is 92% higher and vehicle crime increases by 19% compared to national average.

The research I have carried out shows the need to view culture as invaluable in the examination of the impact immigration has on crime. ...

Social housing and other affordable housing initiatives must also be thought through carefully to avoid creating cultural clashes where possible.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
Immigration has pushed house prices up by 20 per cent over a 25-year period, says Tory minister
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 9 April 2018


Immigration has pushed property prices up by a fifth in 25 years, housing minister Dominic Raab has said.

He is demanding that post-Brexit immigration rules take account of the negative effects of arrivals on the need for homes.

Mr Raab has passed his concerns on to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), which is to publish a report to help the Government formulate new immigration plans.

He said: 'You've got to deal with demand as well as supply. You can't have housing taken out of the debate around immigration.

'If we delivered on the Government's target of reducing immigration to the tens of thousands every year, that would have a material impact on the number of homes we need to build every year.'

He said Office for National Statistics figures from 1991 to 2016 showed the impact on property prices, adding: 'In the last 25 years we have seen immigration put house prices up by something like 20 per cent.'

Acknowledging that immigration benefited the building industry by supplying workers, he added: 'The MAC is right to look at the positive impact immigration has had on the country.

'At the same time you can't just airbrush the costs and the impact it has on housing.' ...

Meanwhile, a report claims the value of cheaper homes falls when asylum seekers move into an area.

The study for the years 2004 to 2015 showed the impact left more expensive ones unaffected.

It said the effect was more acute in areas that voted for Brexit in 2016.

The paper by US academics William Lastrapes, of the University of Georgia, and Thomas Lebesmuelbacher, of Xavier University in Cincinnati, said asylum seekers put greater pressure on the local population than other immigrants.
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ASYLUM – AGES
Truth about child refugees: Two-thirds quizzed about their age are found to be ADULTS, official report reveals after almost 3,000 people claiming to be unaccompanied minors apply for asylum in a year
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 9 April 2018


Nearly two-thirds of 'child' refugees who were questioned about their real age after coming to Britain were found to be adults, an official report has found.

In one year, 65 per cent of asylum seekers assessed after claiming to be juveniles were judged to be over 18.

The report, by immigration watchdog David Bolt, revealed that the Home Office received 2,952 asylum applications from unaccompanied children in the year to June last year.

Out of these there were 705 age disputes – around a quarter of the total – where officials suspected the individual was lying about their age. Of these, 618 cases were resolved and 402 – or 65 per cent – were found to be adults.

If these asylum seekers had been treated as children it would have left councils and local taxpayers facing a care bill of millions of pounds a year. ...

Home Office figures reveal that there have been 12,942 disputes over the ages of child asylum seekers since 2006, with 5,965 – around 46 per cent – found to be over 18 in this period. ...

Reacting to the figures, Tory MP Tim Loughton, a member of the Commons home affairs select committee, said: 'This has been a problem for some time. We have been a soft touch in too many cases for asylum seekers who abuse our hospitality by elaborating their credentials. It is right we give a safe haven to those who are in danger but too often we have been too trusting.' ...

Ministers have ruled out using medical tests, including dental checks, to assess the age of migrants. Citing guidance by the Dental Medical Association, they say tests of teeth are 'inaccurate, inappropriate and unethical'.

But Britain is one of only three EU countries not to use medical checks to verify the age of child asylum seekers. The others are Ireland and Cyprus.
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IMMIGRATION – SCHOOLS, NATIONALITY DATA
Schools 'to drop gathering nationality data'
Sean Coughlan
BBC, 9 April 2018


Privacy campaigners say the Department for Education is to drop the controversial requirement for schools in England to collect data about pupils' nationality.

The Against Borders for Children protest group had warned the information could be used to check on the immigration status of pupils.

Campaigners hailed it as a "victory" after a boycott and legal challenges.

The Department for Education would not confirm reports of the policy change.

A report in Schools Week says schools will be told in the next few weeks they no longer have to collect the data.

But the Department for Education has declined to deny or confirm that it is about to shift its position.

Privacy campaigners, civil liberties groups and teachers' unions had criticised the introduction in 2016 of a requirement for schools to gather data about pupils' nationality and country of birth.
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CRIME – RACE, POLICE
Ex-race chief makes controversial call for tougher policing in black communities hit by knife crime than in white areas with less violence and says 'it's not white boys in Surrey who are being stabbed'
Simon Walters
Mail on Sunday, 8 April 2018


A controversial call for tougher policing in black communities hit by knife crime than in white areas with less violence has been made by the former head of the Commission for Racial Equality.

In a move that is bound to provoke a fierce debate, lifelong community relations campaigner Trevor Phillips takes political leaders to task for failing to acknowledge that rising knife crime in London involves race. ...

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Mr Phillips said: 'We have to be

honest and say the central issue is not white boys in Surrey being stabbed or stabbing other people. The victims and perpetrators are mainly from a narrow range of backgrounds, and we should not be afraid to say so. They are usually from black, Afro-Caribbean backgrounds.'

Mr Phillips, whose parents came to the UK from the West Indies in the 1950s, said police 'stop and search' powers, curbed by Mrs May as Home Secretary, must be deployed in a 'more concentrated and intelligent way'.

There was no reason they should not use different methods in different parts of the country, he argued, giving Tottenham and Maidenhead as an example.

'In areas like Tottenham where I grew up and where large numbers of black children are attacking other black children, there is a case for policing them differently to places like Maidenhead where this is not the case.'

Anticipating criticism from a 'vocal minority,' he added: 'I realise some might say it is racist to use different methods of policing for areas based on their ethnic make-up, but I disagree. It is only racist if you believe all of today's policemen are idiots: I don't. And in my experience, far from being opposed to such measures, ethnic minorities are usually the ones most in favour of such action because it is their young who are being killed and beaten.' ...

... He said: 'One of the main problems we face is that nobody has had the courage to stand up and tell the truth. Unless we are honest enough to acknowledge the real nature of the problem, and in particular the fact that it has racial and cultural dimensions, all we are doing is flapping our lips and virtue signalling.' ...

Mr Phillips, 64, was head of the Commission for Racial Equality from 2003 to 2006 and took over its successor, the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
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DIVERSITY – DISCRIMINATION, EMPLOYMENT, HERITAGE
WHITES NEED NOT APPLY: Brits of English Heritage Banned from Paid Training Postsà at English Heritage
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 8 April 2018


Historic England, the public body tasked with preserving England's heritage, is advertising paid training placements for itself, the National Trust, English Heritage and other bodies which are not open to white people. ...

"If you're interested in gaining skills and experience for a career in heritage and identify as having Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic Heritage or mixed heritage (jump to Background to find out why), please see how to apply below."

The 'background' section of the advert explains how the Tory government published a Culture White Paper in March 2016 which "challenged Historic England and other nationally funded cultural organisations to develop and share strategies for improving workforce diversity."

It explains how, "In response, Historic England developed a Workforce Diversity Strategy which has several strands of activity but one of the most significant is a new paid Heritage Training Placements scheme for undergraduates and recent graduates with Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic Heritage."

The result is that the paid training placements – which are being offered not only at Historic England but also other public bodies including the National Trust, the Heritage Alliance, and English Heritage – are not actually open to applicants of English heritage.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – CRIME
International strike hits people smuggling network, NCA arrest suspected head
National Crime Agency, 6 April 2018


An international law enforcement operation has disrupted what is believed to be one of the most significant people smuggling networks operating between Iraq and the UK.

National Crime Agency (NCA) officers arrested three suspected members of the group yesterday in the North West of England and Staffordshire. ...

These arrests, for suspected immigration offences, coincided with the arrests of two men in the Ghent area of Belgium following several months of joint operational work between the NCA and Belgian Federal Police. ...

The operation followed arrests made last month in Germany and Romania, coordinated by Europol and Eurojust.

The suspects, all from or with links to the Kurdish community, are believed to be part of a network of smugglers, couriers and complicit lorry drivers stretching from Iraq to the UK.

The NCA believes the network are behind the smuggling of almost three thousand migrants into Europe in a three month period last year. Many were trying to reach the UK.
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CRIME – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Home Office official was the ringleader of £6 million conspiracy which allowed 437 illegal immigrants into Britain
Christian Gysin
Daily Mail, 4 April 2018


A Home Office official was at the centre of a £6 million conspiracy which allowed hundreds of illegal immigrants into the country.

Shamsu Iqbal, 61, was the lynchpin of a gang which exploited his 'trusted' position to falsify records for at least 437 people.

Yesterday all four men involved in the scam were found guilty following a trial and will now be sentenced at a hearing next week. ...

The potential loss to the taxpayer was assessed by Home Office statisticians as £56 million, based on the amount the 437 illegal immigrants could have falsely claimed in benefits over the six years of the fraud.

However, exactly how many immigrants were given 'ghost' identities may never be known.

The conspiracy netted the gang themselves more than £6.18 million, with much of the money spirited back to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Dubai, where the criminals have strong links.

When ringleader Iqbal was arrested investigators found bank accounts containing more than £1 million in cash. ...

A senior Home Office source told the Mail: 'The bottom line is that we may never know the true number of people this gang helped stay in the country.

'There could be literally hundreds more on their books that we simply haven't found.

'The deception that has been allowed to go on for years is highly embarrassing to the Home Office.

'Some of those given new identities could even be potential terrorists. Many of them have simply melted away meaning we will never trace them.'

Iqbal's co-accused were Sheikh Muhammad Usman, 45, legal case worker Mohammad Khawar Aftab Hussain, 49, and worker Mohammad Ibrahim Ali, 48.

Usman is a qualified lawyer of Pakistani origin who worked at a number of firms in London. British citizen Hussain, who was born in Pakistan, and Ali, who came to Britain from Bangladesh aged 12, both worked at solicitors' practices in London.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Londonistan: 423 New Mosques; 500 Closed Churches
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 2 April 2018


"London is more Islamic than many Muslim countries put together", according to Maulana Syed Raza Rizvi, one of the Islamic preachers who now lead "Londonistan", as the journalist Melanie Phillips has called the English capital. No, Rizvi is not a right-wing extremist. Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Laureate for Literature, was less generous; he called the UK "a cesspit for Islamists".

"Terrorists can not stand London multiculturalism", London's mayor Sadiq Khan said after the recent deadly terror attack at Westminster. The opposite is true: British multiculturalists are feeding Islamic fundamentalism. Above all, Londonistan, with its new 423 mosques, is built on the sad ruins of English Christianity.

... Not only buildings are converted, but also people. The number of converts to Islam has doubled; often they embrace radical Islam, as with Khalid Masood, the terrorist who struck Westminster. ...

... Given the current trends, Christianity in England is becoming a relic, while Islam will be the religion of the future.

In Birmingham, the second-largest British city, where many jihadists live and orchestrate their attacks, an Islamic minaret dominates the sky. ...

Most important cities have huge Muslim populations: Manchester (15.8%), Birmingham (21.8%) and Bradford (24.7%). /.../ In Bradford and Leicester, half the children are Muslim. Muslims do not need to become the majority in the UK; they just need gradually to Islamize the most important cities. ...

According to Innes Bowen, writing in The Spectator, only two of the 1,700 mosques in Britain today follow the modernist interpretation of Islam, compared with 56% in the United States. The Wahhabis control six percent of mosques in the UK, while the fundamentalist Deobandi control up to 45%. ...

... The British cultural establishment is rapidly capitulating to Islamic fundamentalists in accepting their demands. ...

... The British ambassador in Saudi Arabia, Simon Collis, converted to Islam and completed the pilgrimage to Mecca, the hajj. He now calls himself Haji Collis.

What will be next?
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CRIME – KNIFE CRIME
London cops 'scared' to stop and search as city's murder rate passes New York, says Met Chief
David Wooding
The Sun on Sunday, 1 April 2018


Britain's top cop admits PCs are too scared to stop and search suspects, despite an eight-year high in knife crime that has seen London overtake New York for murders.

Cressida Dick said officers feared breaching rules on harassing ethnic minorities.

The Met chief said: "Cops probably did lose confidence. They were fearful they might get into trouble or might not be supported if they had a complaint."

So far this year fifteen people have been murdered in the capital, compared to 14 in New York. ...

Blades killed 215 in England and Wales in the past year and crimes top 100 a day.

Ms Dick hinted at a rise in checks. ...

"So it's one thing you'll see in the next year. We won't be held back by political correctness. But it will be fair and irrespective of race."
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CRIME – KNIFE CRIME
Untie the hands of the police, PM, and let them end scourge of knife crime
Sir Mike Penning
The Sun on Sunday, 1 April 2018


Britain is in the grip of a knife crime epidemic – and it is spreading far beyond our inner cities. ...

But carrying blades is no longer restricted to youths in the capital.

The routine carrying of weapons has infected leafy market towns and shire counties across the nation. ...

Last year, 37,443 offences in England and Wales involved a knife or a blade – that's equivalent to 102 EVERY DAY. ...

Fatal stabbings in England and Wales are at their highest level since 2011.

There were 215 deaths involving a knife or other sharp instrument in the year to March, according to the Office for National Statistics.

And police say the overwhelming majority have absolutely no links to gangs.

It is no coincidence the record rise in knife crime comes as there is a dramatic fall in the use of police stop and search powers.

Random spot checks have plunged 80 per cent in less than a decade, from 1.5 million a year to 303,000.

Officers tell me that frisking a youth in the street has become too big a risk in these politically correct days. ...

For years, stop and search was a key tool in the policy armoury. ...

Officers have told me that unless they can see a weapon, they will not even consider stopping a suspect.

It is not only knife crime that can be detected using stop and search.

Acid attacks are also on the rise and there has been a sharp rise in masked moped gangs carrying knives and corrosives to steal smartphones from pedestrians.

Cops are petrified of using stop and search because it could destroy their careers. ...

The real expectation of being caught and sent to prison will make young people think twice about leaving home carrying a deadly weapon.

So I urge the Prime Minister to untie the hands of the police and let them use one of their best preventative weapons.

I urge you to reverse this politically correct nonsense issued by the police college and others in high office.
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RACISM
Can you prove you're not a racist?
Lionel Shriver
The Spectator, 31 March 2018


Someone can call you 'stupid', and that's just one person's opinion. It doesn't seem true because a single childish naysayer has impugned your intellectual prowess. Yet hitherto, the tag 'racist' has tended to stick. And it's self-verifying. Why ever would anyone call you a racist if you weren't one? ...

Not for nothing is describing someone as 'sounding defensive' a charge of strategic malfeasance. It's a wonder that anyone ever establishes innocence, given how guilty we all appear when we claim we didn't do something. ...

For you cannot prove a negative. Try this exercise: prove you're not a racist. Interestingly, the more you go on about your laudable colour-blindness, the dodgier you'll sound. Thus, forcing people to repudiate this epithet is inviting them to hang themselves.

In our age of denunciation, calling others racists offers tempting cover from having the same rhetorical cudgel land on the detractor, just as writhing in pain absolves accusers in The Crucible of being witches. That immunity is precious, since a racist has become the very worst thing that anyone can be. ...

The term has gone woolly. Racism now carries with it the stink of bias against groups unrelated to race, like the disabled, gays and Muslims. In Britain, white Leave voters have been repeatedly smeared as 'racist', when the issue of EU freedom of movement largely involves an influx of other white people. The slur neatly casts Remain voters as pure of heart.

Often an ad hominem attack substituting for proper argument, 'racist' has become a cheap shot – a crafty but below-the-belt putdown that frequently reduces to 'I disagree with you' or 'I don't like your face'. Accordingly, the indiscriminate lynch-mob pejorative is beginning to assume all the unthinking prejudice of the N-word. ...

... This commonplace code for 'not one of us' is morphing into a meaningless playground taunt, just as forgettable as 'stupid'.
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CRIME – SECRECY
A culture of secrecy is undermining our police and criminal justice system
Rory Geoghegan
Daily Telegraph, 30 March 2018
[The author is Head of Criminal Justice, The Centre for Social Justice]


If nothing else is learnt from the Worboys debacle, let it be the need for less secrecy across policing, the criminal justice system and public services generally. There is a bias against sharing information even between public bodies, never mind with the public itself. ...

Nor is it right that those living in high-crime areas have the Data Protection or Human Rights Acts cited as reasons they cannot find out what happened on their steet the night before. ...

Secrecy breeds mistrust. Even as knife crime rises, most stabbings go unreported: the lack of transparency, in part, preventing the issue from becoming one of widespread and public outcry. ...

It's not just the public who find themselves shut out from knowing what is going on. The judiciary rarely – if ever – discover what happened to those they sentence, having little or no insight into the effectiveness of the punishments they dish out, or whether deportation orders for serious foreign national offenders are ultimately fulfilled.
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POLITICS – POLITICIANS
Britain's immigration system isn't fit for purpose
Philippe Legrain
CapX, 29 March 2018
[Philippe Legrain is a senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics' European Institute]


Britain's immigration system isn't fit for purpose. Its political targets are perverse. Its guiding philosophy is reminiscent of Soviet-style central planning. The resulting rules are unworkably complex. Their administration by the Home Office mixes incompetence with malice.

The upshot is heavy-handed controls that still leave voters feeling that things are out of control. That's bad economics and bad politics. ... ...

In Parliament, the Liberal Democrats are small in number, but reliably pro-immigration. The Scottish National Party is very positive about migration too; a proposal to allow regional visas for the likes of Scotland and London could win their support. On the Labour side, shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott remains extremely pro-immigration, although Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have tempered their previous enthusiasm for free movement to appease immigration-sceptic Labour voters in Northern towns.

Crucially, many politicians on both sides of the House favour tighter immigration controls out of expediency rather than conviction. If they feel that the wind is blowing in the other direction – or at least that the storm about migration has abated – they may be more open to a more open approach.

What they need is a blueprint to rally around. That's why I'm fundraising to write one for OPEN, the think-tank that I founded.
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BORDER CONTROLS – EXIT CHECKS
No UK border exit records for 600,000 people, says watchdog
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 29 March 2018


Theresa May's long-promised system of "100% exit checks" at Britain's borders is so unreliable that it contains no departure records for more than 600,000 people who should have left the country in the past two years, a watchdog has revealed.

A report by David Bolt, the chief inspector of borders and immigration, said that the system also contains a growing "unmatched pot" of more than 201,000 records of departures of people for whom there is no Home Office record that they ever entered the country.

Bolt quoted Home Office staff complaining that they had been "mis-sold the programme", that it was "rushed" and "flawed" and that inside the department there had been no comprehension of the vast and complicated nature of the data and the patterns it showed.

"Because it was not possible to to be certain about a person's movements they could not rely on it as evidence of immigration (non) compliance," the chief inspector said.

Industry representatives quoted by Bolt were far more scathing, describing the introduction of the exit check programme as "shambolic" with persistent issues about data quality, gaps and threats of sanctions against airlines that didn't comply. ...

May, during her time as home secretary, had repeatedly promised to introduce a full exit check programme through the e-borders system by the 2015 general election on the pledge of keeping track of everybody coming in and going out of Britain.

The chief inspector said that by June 2017, despite the promise of 100% coverage, gaps still remained in collecting data on those arriving by sea, ferries, for rail journeys in and out of Britain and travel to and from Ireland within the common travel area. ...

However, Bolt's investigation has established that as of March 2017 there were 88,134 visa nationals – from outside Europe – whose visas had expired within the previous two years but there was no record of departure. "At the same time, there was no record of departure for 513,000 identified non-visa nationals," he added. ...

The chief inspector noted that the system relies on airline records as passports are not swiped on departure from Britain. ...

The Home Office said it had rejected Bolt's key recommendation to re-establish the exit check programme, which oversaw its introduction to drive the needed improvements.
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POLITICS – FREE SPEECH
Why can't we speak plainly about migrant crime?
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 29 March 2018


Most of us are intensely happy about actual incitement – whether it be from the far-right, Islamist groups or anyone else – being subjected to the existing strictures of the law. But Rowleyism, as applied to social media, has a different type of effect. Among other things it appears to equate violent groups with violent facts.

Earlier this year, the former founder of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson, was suspended from Twitter for tweeting a statistic about rape-gangs – something that has been much in the news of late. ...

As it happens, Tommy Robinson's stats were those put out by the admirable Muslim-run think-tank Quilliam. Their landmark report from December found that:



'84 per cent of 'grooming gang' offenders were (South) Asian, while they only make up seven per cent of total UK population and that the majority of these offenders are of Pakistani origin with Muslim heritage.'



So the suspension of Tommy Robinson from Twitter for saying this raises a fascinating modern conundrum. Is it possible that there are facts which one person is allowed to say, but another is not? ...

As of Wednesday, Robinson (who had almost half a million followers on the platform) has been suspended from Twitter for good, without explanation. ...

In this situation how are we to deal with issues like that of grooming gangs? The communities from which the culprits come don't seem to want to address the issue. Mainstream society and politics has shown itself repeatedly unwilling and unable to do more than commission further, endless inquiries into these issues. And passing around what facts are known appears to have become difficult (and perhaps in the near future wholly impossible). The social media platforms will say that the facts are passed around in a hateful manner. But it is hard to see how exactly one might frame the mass gang-rape of children in an un-abashedly upbeat fashion.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – IDENTITY DOCUMENTS
ID cards needed to tackle illegal migration, says Blair
Noor Nanji
The National, 29 March 2018


Identity cards are needed to address the problem of illegal migration, according to Tony Blair, former prime minister of the UK.

A new report on Thursday from his Institute for Global Change recommends "a system of digital identity verification" which could help manage the flow of new arrivals and pick out those who have entered illegally. ...

However, the debate about identity cards has now moved on thanks to advances in technology, argues Harvey Redgrave, senior policy fellow for immigration at Renewing the Centre, who authored the report.

"Frankly, it's a very different debate compared with ten years ago," Mr Redgrave, who is also managing director of Crest Advisory, told The National. ...

"Many of the things that people were worried about last time, about having a giant centralised government database where all of your data gets stored, no longer needs to be worried about. In a digital world, this stuff could be stored on a phone, in an app, in a digital wallet. ...

... Mr Redgrave points out that 25 out of 28 European Union countries already have some sort of ID scheme. ...

Mr Redgrave also pointed out that the scheme wouldn't necessarily involve physical ID cards at all, thanks to new technology. ...

With the flow of people across borders steadily increasing and now at record levels, the paper says it is critical for governments to develop a credible policy agenda on immigration.

"Most people... want reassurance that the flow of new arrivals is properly planned for and managed, and that the laws are fairly enforced, with illegal migration tackled rather than tolerated. These are not unreasonable demands," Mr Redgrave says.
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IMMIGRATION – MIGRATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPORT
Immigration: how much is too much?
Douglas Fraser
BBC, 28 March 2018


So when the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) speaks, it needs close attention. Amid all the claims, counter-claims, petty prejudices about Johnny Foreigner and justifiable concerns about jobs and wages, this is the outfit that feeds real hard evidence into government thinking - or so you would hope.

It was commissioned last July by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, to take an in-depth and wide-ranging look at the UK's continuing economic and demographic requirement to attract a continued flow of European Union immigrants after Brexiting.

This is to help shape the UK's new immigration policy from 2021, though being commissioned by Ms Rudd it could also be seen as a helpful source of evidence to back up the soft Brexit end of Cabinet divisions on Brexit.

The interim report, published on Tuesday, is big on the opinion of business, acknowledging that the final report will have to balance that with other voices.

"What is best for an employer is not necessarily what is best for the resident population, which is the criterion the MAC uses when evaluating migration policy," it states.

In general, but particularly in London and Scotland, business told the MAC that it likes to recruit from the biggest possible pool of labour. No surprise there. ...

The interim report also dips a toe into the controversial question of whether migrant workers depress wages.

They've got more work to do on that, says the MAC. But for now, they note very different stories for those born in older EU members (such as France and Germany), who on average earn 12% above the British-born average. They tend to do more highly skilled jobs.

Those born in the newer EU members (from the Baltic states to Bulgaria) are typically in lower skilled, lower-paid roles and paid 27% less than the British-born average (note: that is not for the same work).

The evidence is patchy, but suggests that average pay has not been much depressed by migrant workers. ...

What they're clearer about is that employers are getting a higher level of skill and qualification for the same money that will buy an hour of native British worker's time. ...

When employers say they simply can't get home-grown Brits to come and work at some jobs, the Committee has another unsympathetic response: of course they will - you just have to offer them enough pay to make it worthwhile. ...

It highlights the huge differences between most of the country and London. The capital's population is 37% foreign-born. Some 11% of the total are from EU countries.

The West Midlands has the next highest share, at one in eight, and for Scotland, it's one in 12. For north-east England and Wales, it is one in 18. ...

"Migration is rarely the only policy available to deal with a problem and always needs to be compared with alternatives," writes the MAC chairman, Sir Alan Manning.

The final report will have more to say on those alternative.
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POLITICS – PUBLIC OPINION
Australian envoy warns of UK elite's 'obsession' with identity politics
BT, 28 March 2018


Britain's handling of immigration has created a "serious disconnect" between the nation's "elites" and mainstream public opinion, Australia outgoing high commissioner to the UK has warned.

In a valedictory address to the Policy Exchange think tank in London, Alexander Downer said there was a "near obsession with identity politics" – at expense of helping migrants to integrate into UK society – which "grated" with much of the population. ...

"My travels around the UK made me wonder whether there wasn't some kind of serious disconnect between the opinions of the mainstream of British society and the elites who dominated the nation's major institutions – the Parliament, the Civil Service, the BBC, the media, academia and even parts of the professions," he said. ...

"What seems to have happened in Britain, as in other English speaking countries, is that generations of leaders have played down the country's national identity and replaced it with a near obsession with identity politics.

"Instead of building on an existing national identity by working to integrate migrants into the mainstream of society, the elite have salami-sliced society with an ideology of identity politics."
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MULTICULTURALISM – NATIONAL IDENTITY
Fake British Citizens
Myles Harris
The Salisbury Review, 28 March 2018


When the BBC smugly announced that two 'British' Jihadists with Arabic names accused of torturing, crucifying and beheading unarmed civilians had been captured in Syria, many British listeners were enraged. What could be less British? What would foreigners think we as a nation had come to?

This type of slap in the face is intentional, frequent and part of the left's postmodern project to deconstruct our way of life. If you tell a people they no longer have any say in who lives in their country, you will destroy their idea of nationhood. A country that does not feel itself to be a nation has no borders.

... Patriotism burns deeply in many an Englishman's heart, and to be told a medieval killer with an Arab name who spits on the idea of our country is British is the equivalent to a blow in the face.
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MULTICULTURALISM – HYPER-LIBERALISM
The problem of hyper-liberalism [part 2]
John Gray
TLS / The Times Literary Supplement, 27 March 2018


That modern politics has been shaped by secular religions is widely recognized in the case of totalitarian regimes. ...

While liberals have been ready to acknowledge that totalitarian movements have functioned as corrupt religions, they resist any claim that the same has been true in their own case. ...

Hyper-liberals will reject any idea that what they are promoting is an exorbitant version of the liberalism they incessantly attack. Yet the belief persists that a new society will appear once we have been stripped of our historic identities, and switched to a system in which all are deemed different and yet somehow the same. In this view, all identities are equal in being cultural constructions. In practice some identities are more equal than others. Those of practitioners of historic nationalities and religions, for example, are marked out for deconstruction, while those of ethnic and sexual minorities that have been or are being oppressed are valorized. How this distinction can be maintained is unclear. ...

... In the past, liberals have struggled to reconcile their commitment to liberty with a recognition that people need a sense of collective belonging as well. In other writings Mill balanced the individualism of On Liberty with an understanding that a common culture is necessary if freedom is to be secure, while Isaiah Berlin acknowledged that for most people being part of a community in which they can recognize themselves is an integral part of a worthwhile life. These insights were lost, or suppressed, in the liberalism that prevailed after the end of the Cold War. If it was not dismissed as atavistic, the need for a common identity was regarded as one that could be satisfied in private life. A global space was coming into being that would recognize only universal humanity. Any artefact that embodied the achievements of a particular state or country could only be an obstacle to this notional realm. The hyper-liberal demand that public spaces be purged of symbols of past oppression continues a post-Cold War fantasy of the end of history.

Liberals who are dismayed at the rise of the new intolerance have not noticed how much they have in common with those who are imposing it. Hyper-liberal "snowflakes", who demand safe spaces where they cannot be troubled by disturbing facts and ideas, are what their elders have made them. Possessed by faith in an imaginary humanity, both seek to weaken or destroy the national and religious traditions that have supported freedom and toleration in the past. Insignificant in itself and often comically absurd, the current spate of campus frenzies may come to be remembered for the part it played in the undoing of what is still described as the liberal West.
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MULTICULTURALISM – HYPER-LIBERALISM
The problem of hyper-liberalism [part 1]
John Gray
TLS / The Times Literary Supplement, 27 March 2018


For liberals the recent transformation of universities into institutions devoted to the eradication of thought crime must seem paradoxical. In the past higher education was avowedly shaped by an ideal of unfettered inquiry. Varieties of social democrats and conservatives, liberals and Marxists taught and researched alongside scholars with no strong political views. Academic disciplines cherished their orthodoxies, and dissenters could face difficulties in being heard. But visiting lecturers were rarely disinvited because their views were deemed unspeakable, course readings were not routinely screened in case they contained material that students might find discomforting, and faculty members who departed from the prevailing consensus did not face attempts to silence them or terminate their careers. An inquisitorial culture had not yet taken over.

It would be easy to say that liberalism has now been abandoned. Practices of toleration that used to be seen as essential to freedom are being deconstructed and dismissed as structures of repression, and any ideas or beliefs that stand in the way of this process banned from public discourse. Judged by old-fashioned standards, this is the opposite of what liberals have stood for. But what has happened in higher education is not that liberalism has been supplanted by some other ruling philosophy. Instead, a hyper-liberal ideology has developed that aims to purge society of any trace of other views of the world. If a regime of censorship prevails in universities, it is because they have become vehicles for this project. /.../ In institutions that proclaim their commitment to critical inquiry, censorship is most effective when it is self-imposed. A defining feature of tyranny, the policing of opinion is now established practice in societies that believe themselves to be freer than they have ever been. ...

However, indifference to facts is not confined to the alt-right and the hyper-liberal Left. It is pervasive among liberals who came of age at the end of the Cold War. ...

Liberals who rail at populist movements are adamant that voters who support them are deluded or deceived. The possibility that these movements are exploiting needs that highly individualist societies cannot satisfy is not seriously considered. In the liberalism that has prevailed over the past generation such needs have been dismissed as atavistic prejudices, which must be swept away wherever they stand in the way of schemes for transnational government or an expanding global market. This stance is one reason why anti-liberal movements continue to advance. Liberalism and empiricism have parted company, and nothing has been learnt. Some of the strongest evidence against the liberal belief that we learn from our errors and follies comes from the behaviour of liberals themselves. ...
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
After Brexit, We Must Address Voters' Immigration Concerns With A Bespoke
Sir Gerald Howarth, Conservative MP for Aldershot
HuffPost, 26 March 2018


Communities across the UK are protesting at the demand for more housing which this dramatic growth in population has generated. ...

... At Leave Means Leave, we believe the UK should have a bespoke British work permit system, its eventual aim being to reduce net migration to around the levels last seen in the mid-1990s, i.e. less than 50,000.

The public understands that highly-skilled migration is beneficial to Britain. Therefore, there should be no cap on the most highly skilled and entrepreneurial who wish to come to this country. ...

This will allow us to place greater emphasis on the training, education and employment of the over 800,000 16-24 year old British citizens who are currently unemployed or inactive (as of December 2016). ...

Only those who are granted permanent residence should be eligible for social benefits, housing benefits and social housing, in keeping with the principle of fairness that we should all have to pay in to the system. ...

In this essential debate about migration and the EU, we should not forget that half of net annual migration into the UK is represented by non-EU migrants, something over which we have had control. There is therefore much work to be done to fashion a system which benefits the economy but reassures a concerned public.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Andrew Green: The Government has lost its way on immigration – and the Home Secretary shows no interest in reducing it
Lord Green
Conservative Home, 26 March 2018


It is now clear that the Government have dropped the ball on immigration. An urgent rethink is needed if they are to avoid paying a heavy price at the next election. There is no doubt about public concern. Immigration remains one of the top three issues on which voters say they will base their choice in 2022 or before, while nearly two-thirds want to see a major reduction in immigration levels.

It is also clear that immigration was a major factor in the outcome of the referendum. Indeed, it was the top issue of voter concern on the eve of polling day in June 2016, according to Ipsos MORI. Some suggest that voters' main motivation was about control of immigration rather than its reduction, but that ignores many years of consistent concern about the number of immigrants and their impact on all our public services.

The Government has clearly lost its way. The transition agreement is useless from the point of view of reducing immigration. Free movement for EU citizens is to continue for nearly three years from now. Worse, all those who come in that period will have the right to claim permanent residence here. Even less acceptable, it appears that they will have rights to bring in partners, and possibly future partners, that are greater than the rights enjoyed by British citizens.

... Meanwhile, net migration from outside the European Union has risen to over 200,000 per annum, /.../ The present Government have done nothing to reduce it despite a number of useful recommendations from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

It seems that the Government feels under very little pressure on immigration. Certainly, the Home Secretary has shown no interest at all in concrete steps to reduce immigration. /.../ Meanwhile, in 2014/15, the working age benefit bill for EU migrants in the UK was over £4 billion or about £12 million per day – a huge sum. ...

... Overall, net migration still stands at around a quarter of a million a year – close to the average of the last ten years, and enough to ensure that the UK's population grows by the equivalent of Birmingham every two to three years. ...

Meanwhile, the public have been repeatedly promised control over immigration – which they have rightly interpreted as a reduction. The public have had enough of excuses. Failure to deliver will severely shake public confidence, certainly in the Conservative Party, but also in our political system as a whole.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – LANDLORDS
Landlords still house illegal immigrants with impunity
TCW Whistleblower
Conservative Woman, 26 March 2018


The government says it wants to be tough on illegal immigration. /.../ As a part of this, the Immigration Act 2014 brought in the 'Right to Rent' regulations. These oblige anyone renting out a home or part of their home to make sure their tenant has a legal right to live in the UK.

Landlords aren't expected to be immigration experts and the checks they should make on a prospective tenant are straightforward. There's official advice online and a genuinely useful helpline if support is needed. ...

... However the problem is that the regulations seem to be barely enforced. There are large areas of the country with high populations of illegal immigrants where arrests and detentions may be happening, but no prosecutions or punitive action of any sort is being taken against those who deliberately and illegally provide them with housing. Why?

... It should then be easy to establish that the owner of that accommodation didn't take the right steps to comply with 'Right to Rent' rules and should be considered for prosecution.

But that just isn't happening. According to the leading trade organisation, the Residential Landlords Association, only 91 landlords were prosecuted in the first year that the rules were in fully in place. It's difficult to match this figure precisely against the number of people arrested for immigration offences who have been in the country longer than the few days necessary to procure at least some sort of roof over their heads. People you can therefore assume have a landlord who is acting illegally. There must be thousands in this category. Surely there should be some sort of correlation between the number of people detained and the numbers of landlords prosecuted for housing them? But there isn't.
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CRIME – SLAVERY, PEOPLE-SMUGGLING
From child drug mules to migrant smuggling, reports of slavery soar in Britain
Lin Taylor
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 26 March 2018


From children being forced by gangs to carry illegal drugs, to migrants smuggled into Britain and trapped in exploitative work, reports of slavery in Britain have surged as authorities crack down on the crime, according to data released on Monday.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it received 5,145 reports of suspected slavery victims in 2017 across Britain, an increase of more than a third from 3,804 in 2016.

Those involved were commonly British, Albanian and Vietnamese, said the NCA, which is dubbed Britain's FBI, warning that criminal networks were heading online to sexually exploit people, especially through adult services websites.

"What this report reinforces is that we are now dealing with an evolving threat," NCA director Will Kerr said in a statement. "Particularly concerning to us is the rise in young people being exploited for sexual purposes or drug trafficking." ...

There were also increased crossovers between smuggling rings, that transport vulnerable migrants into Britain, and slavemasters, who force them into exploitative work, Kerr said.

Kerr said the figures "almost certainly" represent an underestimate of the true scale of slavery and trafficking in Britain.

At least 13,000 people across Britain are estimated by the government to be victims of modern slavery - trapped in forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude - but police say the true figure is likely to be in the tens of thousands.
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CRIME – SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN
Child sex gang of seven 'predatory' men who abused girls as young as 13 in a 's*** wagon' with number plate ending 'SHG' are convicted after jury took 24 DAYS to reach their verdict
Bridie Pearson-Jones
MailOnline, 25 March 2018


A sex gang of seven 'predatory' men have been convicted of abusing young girls.

The group of seven men aged between 37 and 47 were described as 'predatory and cynical' by a judge after being convicted on Friday following a five-month trial, at Oxford Crown Court. ...

A jury of four women and seven men took a record-breaking 107 hours and 31 minutes, over the course of 24 days, to reach their verdict. ...

During the trial, Oxford Crown Court heard accounts from the victims, all of whom were aged between 13 and 15 at the time, who said they were plied with drink and drugs and took part in sex parties. ...

The lengthy trial saw seven defendants convicted - Raheem Ahmed, Moinul Islam, Kamran Khan, Kameer Iqbal, Khalid Hussain, Alladitta Yousaf and Assad Hussain.
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TERRORISM – CHILD REFUGEES
Parsons Green terrorist is jailed for at least 34 years after the judge rules he lied about only being 18
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 24 March 2018


The Parsons Green bomber lied about his age in order to remain in the UK sparking renewed questions over the screening of child migrants.

Iraqi born, Ahmed Hassan, entered Britain illegally three years ago and then applied for asylum, claiming to be a 16-year orphan, who had keen kidnapped by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil). ...

But the case raises serious questions over the ability of officials to weed out asylum seekers who try to take advantage of the system by claiming to be children. ...

Mr Justice Haddon-Cave told Hassan: "I note that your tutor at college thought you were physically and mentally older than you claimed to be. I am satisfied that that you lied about your date of birth on arrival in order to glean the special privileges accorded to children entering the UK."
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IMMIGRATION – EUROPE, PUBLIC OPINION
Why do politicians refuse to tell it how it is on immigration?
Douglas Murray
The Spectator, 24 March 2018


One of the presumptions of democracy is that leaders listen to the public. But as poll after poll in Europe shows, this presumption breaks down around the subject of migration. On that – and the numerous issues surrounding it – mainstream politicians consistently ignore the public. And not only ignore them but berate them and act against their concerns.

This month sees the publication of the latest poll by Project 28, whose 2017 poll of public opinion I wrote about here last summer. Once again, the Századvég Foundation has polled opinion from 1,000 respondents in each of the 28 countries of the EU. And once again, the findings are startling. Any politician should consider them; a wise politician would listen to them.

What is most striking once again is that there is such extraordinary unanimity around the question of immigration. ...

For instance, in response to the question of EU border protection, more than three-quarters (78 per cent) of EU citizens believe that the external borders of Europe should be better protected. /.../ Not only do 78 per cent of all Europeans think that illegal immigration into their countries is a problem, in every single European country more people think that it is a serious problem than think it is not a problem or not a very serious problem.

... Asked whether immigration brings problems including crime and terrorism, the majority of Europeans believe that it does. While 82 per cent think it is very or somewhat likely that a terrorist attack could happen in their country, 62 per cent also think that immigrants bring an increase in crime. Of course this remains a subject which, if uttered by a mainstream politician, could end their political career. And yet it is not only a majority opinion, but provable. Research commissioned by the German government and published in January found that there had been a large increase in crime in Germany in recent years and that more than 90 per cent of that crime could be attributed to young male migrants. ...

Fully 81 per cent of the European public agree that immigrants should be helped in their own countries, with almost half (48 per cent) saying that the EU should provide 'substantial financial support' to the countries where they are currently residing, like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. The public are also supportive of temporary migration, with two-thirds of Europeans agreeing that immigrants should be sent back to their home countries after the war in Syria ends. ...

Crucially, the public are aware of something about which their politicians have been blithe. Which is that migration on the scale Europe has seen in recent years is not just a problem for this generation but for succeeding ones. A frightening 50 per cent of Europeans believe that their children will have a worse life than them. /.../ Specifically, 70 per cent of the European public believe that the 'rapid population growth of Muslims' is either a 'somewhat serious' or 'very serious' threat to Europe.
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CRIME – DRUG GANGS, ALBANIANS
Surge in drug gangs triples number of Albanians in our jails with 726 offenders from the Balkan state behind bars last year
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 23 March 2018


Drugs gangs from Albania have fuelled a tripling in the number of criminals from the country in British prisons.

Ministry of Justice figures reveal there were 726 offenders from the Balkan state behind bars last year – up from 267 in 2013.

Many have been convicted of murder, drug dealing, sex offences, money laundering, people smuggling and death threats. ...

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned that gangs of Albanian drug dealers are now 'a significant threat', using increasingly ruthless tactics to protect their business.

Organised crime groups from the country, which has a population of just 2.9 million, now have huge influence on supplying cocaine around the UK. ...

But thousands of Albanians allowed into the UK are suspected of adopting bogus identities from neighbouring Kosovo, claiming persecution during the regional conflict 18 years ago. Imposters are suspected to be fronting drugs and prostitution rings.
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TERRORISM
TERROR WARNING: 30,000 people in Europe may be in terrorist networks, Europol chief warns
Harvey Gavin
Daily Express, 22 March 2018


Tens of thousands of people living in Europe could be part of terrorist networks, the European Union's law enforcement boss has warned on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Westminster terror attack.

Up to 30,000 people have been radicalised and are part of terror cells or communities which could be inspired by groups such as Islamic State (ISIS), Europol director Rob Wainwright said.

In an interview with Bulgarian television, the Briton warned of an "explosion of terrorist activity in recent years", adding there is "very complex" range of threats facing the EU. ...

Mr Wainwright also warned Europe was facing a new generation of threats, including cyber attacks and danger posed by "many groups that resemble mafias in many countries". ...

In a separate report by Bulgarian media, a study was presented to the country's parliament today which revealed 800 people had travelled from the Western Balkans to Syria and Iraq to fight for ISIS.

The Western Balkans include several nations being considered for European Union membership, such as Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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IMMIGRATION – SUB-SAHARAN AFRICANS
At Least a Million Sub-Saharan Africans Moved to Europe Since 2010
Phillip Connor
Pew Research Center, 22 March 2018


International migration from countries in sub-Saharan Africa has grown dramatically over the past decade, including to Europe and the United States. Indeed, most years since 2010 have witnessed a rising inflow of sub-Saharan asylum applicants in Europe, and lawful permanent residents and refugees in the U.S.

... In the case of Europe, the population of sub-Saharan migrants has been boosted by the influx of nearly 1 million asylum applicants (970,000) between 2010 and 2017, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from Eurostat, Europe's statistical agency. Sub-Saharan Africans also moved to European Union countries, Norway and Switzerland as international students and resettled refugees, through family reunification and by other means.

In the U.S., those fleeing conflict also make up a portion of the more than 400,000 sub-Saharan migrants who moved to the States between 2010 and 2016. According to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. State Department, 110,000 individuals from sub-Saharan countries were resettled as refugees over this seven-year period. An additional 190,000 were granted lawful permanent residence by virtue of family ties; nearly 110,000 more entered the U.S. through the diversity visa program.

... According to a 2017 Pew Research Center survey in six sub-Saharan countries that have supplied many of the region's migrants to the U.S. and Europe, many say they would move to another country if the means and opportunity presented themselves. And in Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria, more than a third say they actually plan to migrate in the next five years. ...

In terms of destinations, as of 2017, nearly three-quarters (72%) of Europe's sub-Saharan immigrant population was concentrated in just four countries: the UK (1.27 million), France (980,000), Italy (370,000) and Portugal (360,000). ...

Between February and April 2017, Pew Research Center surveyed in six of the 10 countries that have supplied many of the sub-Saharan immigrants now living in the U.S. ...

The survey asked respondents whether they would go to live in another country, if they had the means and opportunity. At least four-in-ten in each sub-Saharan country surveyed answered yes, including roughly three-quarters of those surveyed in Ghana (75%) and Nigeria (74%). ...

... People planning to migrate in the next five years tended to identify destinations where they already had friends or family. This finding is generally consistent with studies showing that personal connections influence the decision and likelihood of migrating.

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About 420,000 more sub-Saharan African migrants lived in Europe in 2017 (4.15 million) than in 2010 (3.73 million). And an estimated 1.55 million sub-Saharan African migrants lived in the U.S in 2017, an increase of about a 325,000 from 2010, when an estimated 1.22 million sub-Saharan African migrants lived in the country, according to the United Nations.
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RACISM – CENSORSHIP
Hate-speech laws help only the powerful
Alexander Adams
Spiked, 22 March 2018


Offensive behaviour is one of the crimes of immorality, such as offence against public morality, action against the state, counter-revolutionary activity and other catch-all terms, that have always been used to suppress dissent (reasonable and unreasonable). ...

Laws against speech which are advanced under the guise of defending the weak are actually designed to protect the dominant elite. Laws against harassment, threats of violence, incitement to commit crime, and so forth, are all already on the statute. They protect all people equally. Hate crimes are different. They are crimes against public morality, as defined by lawmakers. The offences are crafted not to protect 'marginalised groups' but to demonstrate the virtue of the ruling class and to demonstrate its power. They use minorities as shields to protect their own interests.

Christianity, patriotism, monarchy and the family were once society-wide emblems of the moral consensus. But as they were diminished by a new multiculturalism, a crisis of values developed. With so many differing perspectives and traditions at play in society, it became hard to find moral totems around which the nation could gather. One unifying idea today is that racism is wrong. It is a moral value that appeals broadly to liberals and conservatives, relying on the innate human moral values of fairness, and individuals being treated according to their actions.

The problem is that racism can be manifest both in action and thought. Racial discrimination of action can be limited through legislation that bans racially determined pay, employment, accommodation and so on. It is largely a transparent, fair and workable system. The problem is that racist beliefs, casual prejudices and in-group preferences – what we might call racial discrimination of thought, mild or extreme – have become the focus of legislation to prevent even offensive (but non-racist) speech in order to eradicate racist thought.

What we see now in British hate-crime legislation is an attempt to control speech and thought. The existence of 'offensive thought', which finds expression in a joke, offhand slur or a casual slip, is now something for which our moral superiors can prosecute us. This is a profoundly troubling situation. What is more troubling is that no major British political party has opposed the spread of hate-crime legislation. ...

... We must begin to treat all people fairly, and according to their actions. We must abolish hate-speech laws, and stop travelling down the road to censorship.
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EXTREMISM – POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Our lawmakers' fear of 'racism' has put the rights of terrorists before the lives of innocents
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 21 March 2018


If Ahmed Hassan had got his way, September 15 2017 would be the date of one of the worst massacres in British history. About 50 people sustained burns or minor injuries ...

An asylum seeker who actually told Home Office officials he had been "trained to kill" by Islamic State in Iraq was not only allowed to enter our country. He was given generous financial aid and a foster place ...

You will have to forgive my tone of mild incredulity, but there has been ample evidence in the past fortnight that the Home Office is perfectly capable of keeping out undesirables. Lauren Southern, a far-right Canadian journalist, was detained in Calais and banned from entering the UK. /.../ A Home Office spokesman said: "Border Force has the power to refuse entry to an individual if it is considered that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good." ...

Personally, I wouldn't choose to have Ms Southern round for Easter lunch, but at least nothing in her history suggests she might try to detonate a bomb on a train carrying children to school. The same goes for Martin Sellner, the Austrian leader of the Generation Identity white nationalist movement, and his girlfriend, Brittany Pettibone, an American writer who calls immigration "white genocide", who were also denied entry. ...

Are we to deduce that our government believes ultra-conservative provocateurs are "not conducive to the public good" whilst Islamist asylum seekers are perfectly fine? ...

After the grotesque revelations last week from Telford of yet more mass rape, even murder, committed by men of mainly Pakistani origin, are the authorities perhaps scared they are losing control of the multicultural "narrative"? Do they privately fear that the views of Sellner and his ilk might chime with members of the population who have lost faith in a liberal elite that appears to put political correctness and enforced "tolerance" before the safety of white working-class girls? ...

And what if our instincts tell us it's wrong to keep out far-Right speakers, who can do us no physical harm, while admitting aggrieved Muslim teenagers from war-torn areas who well might?

Let me tell you what is "not conducive to the public good". It's having a Home Office whose moral sense is so perverted that it puts the human rights of jihadist Hassan before the right to life of British men, women and children on the District Line.
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EXTREMISM – POLITICS
Britain's flawed definition of extremism is storing up trouble
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 21 March 2018


Can anyone else see the problem here? The British state currently has to find a reason to explain why saying 'Allah is gay' is a fundamental assault on British values, but admitting to being a trained member of Isis is not. It has to explain why approaching the borders legally can lead to expulsion but breaking into the country illegally cannot.

Of course what this is is the enforcement of what one might call 'Rowley-ism', after the Metropolitan Police's former assistant commissioner Mark Rowley. It was he who last month embedded the idea that the UK faces an equally balanced challenge: Islamist extremism on the one side, far-right extremism on the other. In order to sustain this equation it appears that for the time-being one must draw a moral equivalence between Muslims who blow things up and non-Muslims who do not, but have mean views. And an equivalence between Muslims who call for murder and non-Muslims who do not. Officials (retired and serving) at the borders, in the police force or in Parliament, who think that this will prove a formula for societal security and harmony can have no idea of the trouble they are storing up for some later date.
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IMMIGRATION – 15-YEAR-OLDS
Almost 29 per cent of 15-year-olds in Britain now come from immigrant backgrounds, international think tank reveals
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 20 March 2018


Almost 29 per cent of 15-year-olds in Britain now come from an immigrant background, new data from an international think tank reveals today.

The figure is higher than the EU average of 21 per cent but similar to both France, at 26 per cent, and Germany, at 28 per cent. The figure is higher in Ireland and Belgium.

It includes second generation immigrants, natives of mixed heritage, first generation immigrants and people returning after being born abroad.

The study, by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), also shows immigrant children who arrive in the UK aged 12 or older are less likely to do well at school and to feel like they belong, according to a study. ...

The study is based on an analysis of the OECD's 2015 PISA tests which are taken by 15-year-olds across 35 nations and economies.

Compared with PISA tests taken in 2003, the percentage of immigrant students in the UK rose by nine percentage points, compared with an OECD average of around six percentage points and an EU average of around seven percentage points.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Albanian police arrests 39 suspected human traffickers for illegally smuggling 1,000 people into Britain and the United States
Charlie Bayliss
MailOnline, 18 March 2018


Albanian police have arrested 39 people in a crackdown in crime rings illegally sending around 1,000 Albanians into the UK, the United States and Canada.

National police chief Ardi Veliu confirmed authorities had identified seven criminal rings in ten different countries which allowed Albanians to move illegally by 'falsifying travel and identity documents of European Union countries'. ...

Despite the 39 arrests, 12 wanted fugitives are still at large, including two Bulgarians.

'Every person paid at least 7,000 pounds ($9,764) to get to the United Kingdom and from $24,000 to $30,000 to reach the U.S. and Canada,' Veliu told reporters.

Each of the people smuggled paid between $9,750 to $30,000 for the forgeries.

He said the gang forged passports for those travelling and helped them reach their destinations travelling through other European countries, or through the Dominican Republic or other countries in South America.
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EXTREMISM – NATIONALISTS, FREE SPEECH
Even those with the vilest of views have the right to be heard
Kenan Malik
The Guardian, 18 March 2018


Martin Sellner is a nasty piece of work. The Austrian is a leader of the Generation Identity white nationalist movement and of Defend Europe, an organisation that tries to stop NGO boats from saving migrants drowning in the Med. His partner, the American Brittany Pettibone, is a writer and vlogger who sees immigration as "white genocide". Lauren Southern is a Canadian journalist who moves in far-right circles. Hitler, according to Southern, "was just an SJW [social justice warrior] who happened to get freaky amounts of power".

Over the past two weeks, all three have been barred from entering Britain. Their views, they were told, were unacceptable and their presence in Britain not "conducive to the public good".

Sellner, Pettibone and Southern are all odious characters. I loathe their anti-immigrant rhetoric. I despair of their tirades against Muslims. But I also think that all three have the right to be as loathsome and obnoxious as they wish to be. Even scumbags should not be barred for thought crimes.

Anti-racists in particular should be wary of such bans. Censorious laws that some applaud when applied to the far right inevitably get turned on to the left and anti-racists. The 1965 Race Relations Act introduced Britain's first legal ban on the incitement of racial hatred. Among the first people convicted under its provisions was the black power activist Michael X.

The 1936 Public Order Act, brought in to control Oswald Mosley's fascists, became used after the war to target trade unionists – most notoriously during the miners' strike of 1984-85 – and anti-fascist demonstrations in the 1970s and 1980s.

If we allow the state to define the limits of acceptable speech, it will not just be speech to which we object that gets curtailed.
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RACISM – SCHOOL SPORTS
Now PE is RACIST says taxpayer-funded study that claims that teaching children to play football, rugby, cricket and netball favours 'white privilege'
Jonathan Petre
Mail on Sunday, 18 March 2018


School PE lessons are racist, according to an astonishing taxpayer-funded study.

Teaching children to play football, rugby, cricket, netball and rounders favours 'privileged' white students, the politically correct 20-page report claims.

The research, which was criticised last night as 'ludicrous' and 'patronising' by a top black footballer, says sports that have been taught in schools for generations hark back to Britain's colonial past and make 'whiteness' the norm.

Its authors, who were given a grant of nearly £10,000 to examine PE classes in England and Norway, suggest that learning dances from different cultures should be given greater prominence. ...

Lord Ouseley, who chairs the anti-racism football campaign Kick It Out, said it was 'crazy' to put such sports in 'a context of ethnicity and racism' as they were played all over the world.

He added: 'This research is an irrelevance and also patronising because people make their own decisions about their involvement in sport.'

The report – called A Whitewashed Curriculum? The Construction of Race in Contemporary PE Curriculum Policy – says traditional games were developed in the Victorian era by 'white privileged males' at elite public schools that often discriminated against minorities.

The study, written in often baffling jargon and published in the journal Sport, Education and Society, says the games have been used by the British as 'part of a civilising process' and transported around the world 'as an extension of nationalism and the Empire'. ...

The study was conducted by Anne Flintoff, Professor of Physical Education and Sport at Leeds Beckett University, and Fiona Dowling from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo. They received a grant of £9,940 from the largely taxpayer-funded British Academy to support their work. ...

Bizarrely, they say that by focusing on the need for 'healthy, active lives' there is 'a danger PE lessons can contribute to a recolonisation of ethnic minorities' physicality'. ...

The report also states that PE is 'constructed as a predominantly white, unmarked space'.
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TERRORISM – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, ASYLUM
Ahmed Hassan found guilty of attempted murder on Parsons Green Tube
Mark White
Sky News, 16 March 2018


A teenage asylum-seeker who set off a bomb on a rush hour Tube train is facing life in jail.

Iraqi-born Ahmed Hassan, 18, built a bomb in his bedroom at his foster parents' home over the summer holidays.

A jury found him guilty of the attempted murder of 93 people, who escaped with their lives when a fireball engulfed a Tube carriage at Parsons Green on 15 September last year. ...

The District Line train was packed with commuters when the bomb partially detonated at the height of the morning rush. ...

When he was searched, he was carrying £2,320 in cash and claimed to police that he was waiting for a friend.

The teenager arrived in Britain illegally in October 2015, in the back of a lorry from Calais.

He claimed asylum, telling officials that he was in fear of ISIS, who he said had kidnapped him and other youngsters and trained them to kill. ...

During his trial, he told the court he had made up the story, because he actually came from a safe area of northern Iraq and feared he would have been refused permission to stay.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Secondary school pupil numbers will rise by more than 600,000 by 2023 due to baby boom driven by migration
Eleanor Harding
Daily Mail, 16 March 2018


Senior school pupil numbers will rise by more than 600,000 by 2023 following a baby boom fuelled by high migration.

The number of secondary-age pupils is expected to increase by 21 per cent in the next five years, a Government projection states.

The rise originates from a surge in births which began in the 2000s following a period of sustained high immigration under New Labour. ...

The bulge in the population has already created huge problems for primary schools, with many having to expand classes or add classrooms.

Now that problem is set to transfer to secondary schools as the children grow older. ...

The forecast was released by the Government yesterday.

It showed that in 2016/17, the last year for which figures are available, there were about 3.14 million pupils of secondary school age in England.

This is predicted to rise to 3.8 million by 2023/24 – meaning there will be about 660,000 extra secondary-age pupils. ...

Last week it was reported that almost two-thirds of secondary schools had increased class sizes in the last two years amid growing demand for places.
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POLITICS – HATE CRIME, HATE INCIDENT, THOUGHT CRIME
London Police Issue 'Hate Crime' Guidelines. Think Twice Before You Open Your Mouth.
Hank Berrien
Dailywire, 16 March 2018


The London Metropolitan Police have issued their guidelines for what constitutes a "hate crime," and the parameters they delineate are wide enough to cause real concern. ...

The guidelines get even dicier here:



If someone commits a criminal offence and the victim, or anyone else, believes it was motivated by prejudice or hate, we class this as a "hate crime." It means the offender can be charged for the crime itself and also their reasons for doing it. If someone does something that isn't a criminal offence but the victim, or anyone else, believes it was motivated by prejudice or hate, we would class this as a 'hate incident'. Though what the perpetrator has done may not be against the law, their reasons for doing it are. This means it may be possible to charge them with an offence.

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In an age where the snowflake mentality is pervasive, does it help when the force of the law is brought to bear in such a heavy-handed way?

Doubtless the British think so.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
How mass immigration drives the housing crisis
Lionel Shriver
The Spectator, 17 March 2018


It took half a century for the UK population to rise from 50.3 million in 1950 to 59.1 million in 2000. During that period, the foreign-born population rose from 4.3 per cent to 8.8 per cent – so a measure of that increase was already accounted for by newcomers. After an inflow historically unprecedented for this country, this brief century alone has seen the UK population shoot up to 65.6 million (as of January 2017), 14 per cent of whom were foreign-born as of 2016. ...

Oxford demographer David Coleman estimates that 85 per cent of the UK's population increase from 2000 to 2015 is explained by migrants and their children. All these new people have to live somewhere. The pressure on housing, among many other social provisions, is intensified by the fact that on average foreign-born mothers have more children (2.06 in 2016) than women born in Britain (only 1.75). ...

... As of 2011, mothers born in Poland averaged 2.1 children – while mothers born in Pakistan had 3.8, and mothers born in Somalia had 4.2. ...

The housing crunch is further complicated by the fact that so many immigrants settle in the southeast, where residential shortages are keenest. The population of Greater London in 2017 was 8.8 million, a rise of 400,000 over the previous five years. Greater London housed only 7.1 million people in 1997, when Blair opened the gates to permanent visitors. That's 1.7 million more residents in two decades – an increase of over a quarter, two-thirds of which occurred in only the last ten years.

As of 2016, only 45 per cent of the capital was white British. An astonishing 58.2 per cent of births in London were to foreign-born mothers. /.../ While over a third of the babies born in England and Wales had at least one parent born outside the UK, in London that figure was 66.6 per cent: two-thirds.

Indeed, most immigration statistics are untrustworthy – because they're too low. London Councils chairman Merrick Cockell told the BBC back in 2008, 'London's population is growing at an even faster rate than these figures suggest because official data has failed to properly account for the complexities of migration and population churn.' ...

... The UK's housing crisis rests hand-in-glove with mass immigration.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM, ASIA, EUROPE
Islamic radicalization in Pakistan poses threat to world, say experts
The Hans India, 15 March 2018


Pakistan continues to remain an epicenter of Islamic radicalization, said a group of international experts while speaking on a side event titled "Growing Extremism in South Asia; Repercussions for the West" held during the 37th session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Organised by Brussels based European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS), the event sheds light on the cross-over of extremist elements between South Asia and the West.

Prof. Paul Stott of University of Leicester said, "Historically, this unfortunately being a very strong cross over between the Indian sub-continent and the UK in terms of terrorism and certainly in the 1990s not enough attention was paid to the fact that so many young Britons were coming to Kashmir, for example them entering Pakistan and attending training camps and going to Afghanistan and joining Taliban there and getting involved in political and religious activities which proven to be very problematic indeed. People like Masood Azhar, some quite problematic clerical speakers, who were able to organize in the UK in the 1990s again in a way that authorities rather mix."

The experts laid emphasis on the growing nexus between Islamic fundamentalists and terrorists, based in Pakistan, with those settled in UK, Bosnia and other countries in the 1990s. Some of them, including Lashkar-e-Taiba Chief Hafiz Saeed are still remain powerful with support of the state. ...

Junaid Qureshi, Director of European Foundation for South Asian Studies said, "Radicalization and terrorism is growing in South Asia from the past so many years. If you look, for example, in Pakistan there is a movement going on to mainstream Hafiz Saeed, who actually has a 10 million bounty on him." ...

Maarten Bolhuis, a researcher and lecturer at the Criminal Law and Criminology Department of the UV University in Amsterdam spoke about the nexus between asylum, immigration and jihadism.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Sajid Javid: 770,000 people in England unable to speak English well
Anushka Asthana
The Guardian, 14 March 2018


Sajid Javid has revealed that 770,000 people living in England speak no English or hardly any, in a personal interview in which he described his own experience as a "six-year-old interpreter" for his Pakistani mother.

The communities secretary promised to expand the teaching of English for immigrants as he warned that up to 70% of those unable to speak the language were women, and most of them were from Pakistani or Bangladeshi communities. ...

He said the government wanted to use Wednesday's consultation document to tackle segregation by also: acting against cultural practices "not compatible with the British way of life" such as polygamy; tackling disproportionately low take-up rates of free childcare by Asian women; and using the roll-out of universal credit to help target ethnic minorities and help them to integrate better.

In the green paper, the government says that over three quarters of a million people in England speak the language poorly or not at all. ...

The paper is, in part, a response to the review of social integration by Dame Louise Casey. who criticised successive governments for failing to keep up with the "unprecedented pace and scale of immigration" that had left some communities increasingly divided.

She also highlighted "deeply regressive religious and cultural practices, especially when it comes to women".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRALIA
Australia's immigration jobs myth: Population expert says migrants aren't fixing skill shortages and are making it HARDER for people to get jobs – and he has the numbers to prove it
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 14 March 2018


One of Australia's most respected population experts has busted the myth that immigrants are filling skills shortages.

Bob Birrell, who heads the Melbourne-based Australian Population Research Institute, said the nation was importing migrants who couldn't find work as engineers, accountants and IT technicians.

However, few skilled migrants with trades qualifications were moving to Australia despite the shortage of plumbers, builders and electricians.

'The claim that it is attracting scarce skills is a myth,' Dr Birrell said in a research paper published on Tuesday, called Scarce Skills Not Required. ...

The sociologist, who has researched population growth since the 1960s, said both sides of politics had relied on the flawed advice of big business and public service bureaucrats, who cared more about economic growth than social harmony.

'The Treasury, Reserve Bank and much of the big end of town understands that population growth is the most important overall factor in driving our GDP,' he said.

'The Coalition, Labor and Greens effectively have prioritised these ends above the concerns of Australians living in the metropolitan areas.

'They have been left to put up with the loss of urban amenity, high dwelling prices and the costs of providing the additional infrastructure needed to accommodate population growth in their cities.'
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CRIME – SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, HYPOCRISY
Telford girls: the wrong kind of victims
Joanna Williams
Spiked, 13 March 2018


It's been six months since the #MeToo movement first took off. For half a year now we've had a regular drip-feed of stories drawing attention to the apparent suffering of women at the hands of men. So when this weekend's Sunday Mirror revealed the shocking abuse experienced by hundreds of women and girls in Telford we might have expected the outrage to find a new focus. The news that girls, some as young as 11, were drugged, beaten and raped by gangs of mainly Muslim, Asian-heritage men could have provided further fuel to campaigners. We might have expected shows of solidarity, reminders of the importance of believing the victim, and offers of financial support.

But no. The abuse in Telford is estimated to have involved over 1,000 girls stretching over 40 years. Young girls in the town were groomed, fed drugs and raped. They were passed between abusers like commodities. Some got pregnant, had abortions and were raped again on multiple occasions. Three women were murdered and two others died in tragedies linked to the abuse. Yet these shocking events have received relatively little coverage. ...

The very same newspapers that covered, at length and over many days, news that Kate Maltby's knee may or may not have been touched by Damian Green or that Michael Fallon attempted to kiss Jane Merrick, were unable to muster up the same level of outrage for young women in Telford.

The lack of comment on the Telford abuse scandal exposes the hypocrisy at the heart of the #MeToo movement. High-profile campaigners announce time and again that they are not driven by self-interest, but from a desire to help women less fortunate than themselves. ...

Time's Up, the celebrity #MeToo spin-off, launched a fundraiser to pay legal fees for victims of sexual harassment and assault seeking justice. /.../ More than $16.7 million was raised in less than a month. /.../ Only, it seems, some women are more deserving of solidarity than others; ...

So why have there been no outpourings of sympathy or expressions of outrage for the girls of Telford? ...

Or perhaps the Asian men accused of grooming, rape, drug-dealing, murder and paedophilia are simply the wrong kind of perpetrator. ...

Celebrities and journalists speaking for the #MeToo movement talk of believing the victim and helping other women find a voice. But, tragically, as far as working-class girls in Oxford, Rotherham, Newcastle and now Telford are concerned, not all women are equal. The #MeToo movement demonstrates a nauseating degree of hypocrisy. Worse, it distracts time and resources away from genuine victims of abuse. Last week the MP for Grimsby, Melanie Onn, led a debate in parliament calling for wolf-whistling and catcalling to be classified as misogyny and punished as hate crime. Crusaders like Onn prefer to focus on random whistlers than confront the more difficult issue of gangs of Muslim men targeting working-class girls.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – EU MIGRANTS' BENEFITS
Migrants claim £4bn a year in benefits, new report claims
Edward Malnick
Telegraph, 11 March 2018


EU migrants claim more than £4 billion a year in benefits, according to a new report.

The amount, in a paper produced by former Conservative Party leader and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, came as Mr Duncan Smith set out proposals for post-Brexit rules preventing EU migrants from entering Britain unless they have already secured a job, and imposing a five-year delay before they are allowed to claim income, family or housing benefits.
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CRIME – SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, TELFORD
Britain's 'worst ever' child grooming scandal exposed: Hundreds of young girls raped, beaten, sold for sex and some even KILLED
Nick Sommerlad and Geraldine McKelvie
Sunday Mirror, 11 March 2018


Up to 1,000 children could have suffered in Britain's worst known abuse scandal - where sex gangs targeted girls as young as 11.

The rape hell of vulnerable young girls in one town - Telford - went on for a shocking 40 years, the Sunday Mirror can reveal. ...

Girls as young as 11 have been lured from their families to be drugged, beaten and raped in an epidemic that, say victims, is still ongoing.

THREE people were murdered and two others died in tragedies linked to the scandal. ...

The Mirror's 18-month investigation reveals abuse on unprecedented levels. We found:

• Social workers knew of abuse in the 1990s but police took a decade to launch a probe

• Council staff viewed abused and trafficked children as "prostitutes" instead of victims, according to previously unseen files

• Authorities failed to keep details of abusers from Asian communities for fear of "racism"

• Police failed to investigate one recent case five times until an MP intervened

• One victim said cops tried to stop her finding out why her abusers had not been prosecuted because they feared she would talk to us

The scale of the abuse uncovered in Telford – population 170,000 – is feared to be the most brutal and long-running of all. ...

Specialist child abuse solicitor Dino Nocivelli, of Bolt Burdon Kemp, said: "These children were treated as sexual commodities by men who inflicted despicable acts of abuse.

"The survivors deserve an inquiry. They need to know how abuse took place for so long and why so many perpetrators have never been brought to justice." ...

Documents which will be passed to the Home Office reveals authorities knew of the horrors a decade before investigating – and shows how they tried to hamper our probe.

We presented our findings to Professor Liz Kelly, from the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University.

She helped estimate the number of victims based on figures gathered by our investigators.

Prof Kelly said: "We are acting as if we didn't know about child sex abuse rings. We have an unfortunate capacity to choose to forget."
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – EU MIGRANTS' BENEFITS
EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4bn a year in benefits
David Wooding
The Sun, 11 March 2018


EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4 billion a year in benefits.

Those from Eastern Europe received more in welfare than the average UK citizen – and paid less income tax.

In the run-up to the Brexit referendum, ministers had insisted the figures were not available.

But the cost of open doors migration has now been revealed.

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.

DWP figures were not broken down by country.

But if they followed a similar distribution, then almost all of the taxes went back in working-age benefit.
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ASYLUM – DEPORTATION
Just one in ten asylum seekers who come to Britain are sent back to the country they first arrived in due to 'completely useless' EU rules
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 9 March 2018


Britain is benefiting 'very little' from a Brussels deal to send asylum-seekers back to the country where they first set foot in Europe.

A damning report says the rules known as the Dublin Regulation are 'virtually useless' amid concerns that other members of the bloc are exploiting Britain.

Migrants are supposed to claim asylum in the first member state they arrive in. Those who fail to do so can be returned there if they later travel on to another EU country.

An analysis by the Migrationwatch think-tank shows Britain asked its European partners to take back 4,237 asylum-seekers in 2016 on the grounds they had arrived elsewhere in Europe. But just 355 were transferred that year – fewer than one in ten.

The figures also reveal that for the whole of 2016 and 2017, only 676 asylum-seekers were sent back to Europe under the rules, fewer than one a day.

This is despite thousands making their way here via Calais. Over the same period, the UK accepted 1,019 asylum-seekers from other countries under the Dublin Regulations.

Migrationwatch, which campaigns for tighter borders, says the UK is gaining little advantage from the agreement. ...

In the last year, 26,350 people claimed asylum in Britain while thousands a month are being detected at ports on both sides of the Channel, indicating that huge numbers are trying to sneak in. ...

These regulations have been especially exploited by France, which claims it is not responsible for migrants coming to the UK from Calais.

Home Office officials say their hands are tied if a country refuses to take back asylum-seekers as it is difficult to establish exactly where an individual first arrived in Europe. EU countries have also been accused of failing to fingerprint stowaways they seize at their border so the asylum problem passes onto other countries.

Under the convention, any country which fingerprints an immigrant has to take responsibility for them.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – SCHOOLS
Class sizes increase at nearly two thirds of secondary schools in the past two years as teachers feel the impact of a baby boom
Eleanor Harding
Daily Mail, 8 March 2018


Almost two-thirds of secondary schools have increased their class sizes in the past two years amid a growing crisis over places, union leaders say today.

A survey by three major teaching unions suggests 62 per cent of schools have had to expand classes from 2014/15 to 2016/17. ...

Today's research was conducted by the National Education Union, National Association of Head Teachers, the schools leaders' union ASCL and three other non-teaching unions. ...

It is estimated there will be an extra 540,000 more secondary school pupils by 2025, up 19 per cent. Around 65,000 more youngsters are expected to join secondary schools this autumn alone.
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EMPLOYMENT – ROBOTS
The cauliflower-picking robot funded by the EU that is set to replace migrant workers for short-staffed farmers in Cornwall
Joe Pinkstone
MailOnline, 7 March 2018


The vegetables you eat with your Sunday roast may soon be picked by a robot.

Farmers in Cornwall are testing a machine invented using European funding that picks cauliflowers from the field without bruising them. ...

The GummiArm robot is believed to be a answer to any migrant staff shortages that may arise when the UK leaves the EU.

The robotic cauliflower-picking arm is the work of Dr Martin Stoelen at the University of Plymouth. ...

Currently, farmers harvest fields all at once, in a practice known as slaughter harvesting.

But this method leads to up to 60 per cent of the crop being wasted, because it is either wonky or inedible. ...

Mr Simmons said: 'Harvesting costs can be up to 40 per cent of the costs of production of brassicas and skilled labour to do the harvesting is getting increasingly difficult to obtain, especially with Brexit fast approaching.

'In a very competitive market place where our customers demand cheap food, the cost of harvesting is continually rising.

'Robotic harvesting has the potential to increase productivity and control the costs.'
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
Hesitant housing reforms 'lack ambition'
David Coleman, Professor emeritus of demography, University of Oxford
The Times, 7 March 2018
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It is certainly true that in the short and medium term many more homes must be built for those in need, and at a moderate price. But we will get nowhere until we consider where demand is coming from and do something about it.

More than three quarters of additional new households in recent years have been headed by people born abroad. Unless that inflow, which adds about a quarter of a million people to the population every year, is moderated we shall remain trapped on a housebuilding treadmill.

Perhaps those employers who press so hard for the freedom to recruit immigrant workers should be required to provide the housing for them.
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IMMIGRATION – POLITICS
Immigration: Who should we let in after Brexit?
Nick Robinson
BBC, 7 March 2018


Amidst all the talk about Brexit - about borders and about trade - ministers have said almost nothing about how immigration will be controlled after the UK leaves the EU. They have not yet come up with the answer to a fundamental question - who should we let in?

The promise to take back control of our borders was the headline of the leave campaign. Yet almost two years on, there has been little public debate about how that will be done, or what our immigration system should look like once free movement of EU citizens in and out of Britain has ended.

The Home Office originally promised to publish its plans for a new immigration policy before Christmas. Then it said the spring. Now ministers say it'll be in the autumn. ...

Why the delay? Very likely it's because they're caught in the middle, between the demands of British business and the expectations of many of the voters who backed Brexit.

Pressure is now mounting on Theresa May from a growing number of businesses who fear that they will not be able to find the workers they need after we leave the EU. ...

But the Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott told me that the government's target was "completely bogus". She says, "it's just a way of the Tories talking an anti-immigrant narrative".

When asked twice whether immigration could go up under Labour, she did not rule it out.

"We can't say what is going to happen to levels of migration, because migration flows are subject to all sorts of international pressures. With increased emphasis on training and skills, the need for people's specific skills from overseas may well decline." ...

It is thought the Cabinet has had only one high-level discussion about immigration recently, and it is said to have argued about whether preference should in future be given to workers from the EU - Poles, Spanish and French - or whether there should be a level playing field for immigrants wherever they come from.

Brexiteers like Jacob Rees Mogg back the latter approach.

"I can see no reason to give preference to people from the EU after we've left. Why should we discriminate against our Commonwealth friends, against our American friends, the very large Indian population in this country? Surely we should prioritise members of their family against people from the EU with whom we have no connection?"

But this is one more subject that looks set to get included in those endless complex Brexit negotiations. The more trade we want, the more open our borders may have to be.

One well-placed source told me that the first thing countries want to export is their people. That, incidentally, applies to India or China as well. ...

The truth is the debate on immigration has scarcely begun.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – CRIMINALS
Hundreds of foreign criminals waiting to be deported fall off the radar: Home Office loses track of 500 offenders after they are let out of prison
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 5 March 2018


The Home Office has lost track of hundreds of dangerous foreign criminals awaiting deportation from Britain.

Instead of being locked up until they are thrown out of the UK, the offenders, including rapists, robbers and paedophiles, vanished after being let out of prison.

Immigration chiefs lost track of the foreign national offenders (FNOs) after they completed their sentences and were released into the community – meaning they could still pose a threat.

Figures obtained using freedom of information laws revealed that 494 criminals absconded between January 2014 and March 2016.

As of last month, 211 were still missing – up to four years after contact with officials ceased.

However, the numbers could be even higher.

In November, a report by David Bolt, chief inspector of borders and immigration, found that in April last year 753 FNOs were missing after being freed from jail.

Guidelines say offenders who complete sentences should be detained only if there is a realistic prospect of deporting them immediately. ...

Offenders are recorded as absconders if their whereabouts are unknown and attempts to re-establish contact have failed.

Figures just released by the Home Office – after it spent nearly two years trying to wriggle out of publishing them – revealed that 169 FNOs absconded in 2014, followed by 250 in 2015, and 75 in the first three months of 2016.

Of the total, 196 men and at least 15 women had not been found by February 9 this year.

Foreign criminals with convictions for violence, rape and other sexual crimes, fraud, money laundering, possession of weapons, burglary and forgery were among those missing. ...

Mr Bolt's report warned that there was 'little evidence' effective action was being taken to find the vast bulk of absconders – FNOs can fail to attend meetings up to 19 times before the alarm is raised.

A third of planned removals of criminals failed – 7,772 out of 24,289 dating back to 2014-15. ...

The Home Office said more than 41,000 foreign offenders have been removed from the UK since 2010, including a record 6,346 in 2016-17.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
Praised asylum activist came face to face with Muslim behavior – wants to stop Islam
Free West Media, 5 March 2018


After witnessing a female aid worker being dragged by her hair to a toilet by so-called refugees, and herself being attacked five times by Arab men, the celebrated asylum activist gave up. /.../ Filled with regret, she is now fighting for a Europe free from Islam. "I have been forced to realize that the Muslims despise us, and that is something that won't change. The hatred is too strong", she says.

It's not one isolated incident. It's not one rotten egg. It's time and again facing the same kind of contempt from Muslim asylum seekers, that made well-known asylum activist Rebecca Sommer understand that Islam is a political ideology for ruling nations. ...

Rebecca Sommer is a well-known German asylum activist, and a familiar face in German media. Among other actions, she created an organization with 300 members which welcomed asylum seekers during the migrant crisis in 2015-2016. She is also an artist and film-maker whose works were repeatedly praised in leftist media all over the world – until she recently shocked mainstream journalists across the globe. ...

It is her personal experience that has led to her political U-turn. After years of working with Muslim asylum seekers she has realized that their attitude is completely different from what she first thought. ...

... They view themselves as superior, they laugh at European men and think western women are whores. And the more we adapt to them, the more convinced they become that they are right.

However, she has not changed her opinions on human rights. She is still a deeply engaged activist, and considers herself a "world citizen". She has helped people in Central America and Asia, as well as tribes in Africa. But after meeting the Arab men, who during the migrant storm flooded Europe, claiming to be refugees fleeing for their lives, she has had to "make an exception in her humanism". She emphasizes that that she doesn't think that all Muslims are bad, only "most of them".

In this interview she tells about the painful awakening, the incidents that changed her mind, and her fight to warn Europe about islamization and mass-immigration – things she used to welcome. "We wanted to get to know them – and we did". ...

In what way is that a problem?

– I am a human rights activist and I still want to help refugees. My problem is Islam, and people who are brainwashed by this ideology. It is called a religion, but it is really a political ideology to rule over nations, in which they [Muslims] are seen as higher beings, and we as lower. I have always known that it's a different culture, but I thought that they, just like the rest of us, can change their values and ideas when met with hospitality. But through the years I've learned that apart from very few individuals, they're impossible to change. In most of them "the hijab in the head" is impossible to remove.

Integration is doing the exact opposite to what people imagine – Muslims are often open and humble in the beginning, but later turn dominant and arrogant when they start feeling safe and at home.
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MULTICULTURALISM – UNIVERSITY COURSES
University ditches course on the British countryside after claiming black and ethnic minority students are 'less likely to visit rural areas'
Jonathan Petre
Mail on Sunday, 4 March 2018


A university has ditched a degree course on rural Britain because it says black and ethnic minority students are 'less likely' to visit the English countryside.

Academics feared their teaching 'normalised white experiences', while 'disadvantaged' undergraduates from other backgrounds struggled to grasp concepts such as the 'rural idyll' – so scored lower grades.

Undergraduates now study rural areas around the world, with an emphasis on Africa and Asia, so teenagers from ethnic minorities can 'more readily see themselves and their backgrounds' represented.

Kingston University is the latest institution to try to boost 'diversity' while 'decolonising' their degrees amid criticism they are too white and Western.

The Mail on Sunday last year revealed that activists at the School of Oriental and African Studies were calling for more African and Asian philosophers to be taught at the expense of white, European thinkers.

But critics said universities were pandering to 'political correctness' and were 'stupid' if they let down students by dumbing down degrees.
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EMPLOYMENT – WAGES, RACISM, POLITICS
Memo to Jericho: Lower UK immigration boosts wages
Leith van Onselen
Macrobusiness, 2 March 2018


Back in November, Robert Skidelsky, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University, penned an excellent article in Project Syndicate which, among other things, explained why never-ending mass immigration pushes down wages growth: ...

This analysis followed an empirical study by the Bank of England, which found that immigration into the UK had pulled down average wages: ...

With the above analysis in mind, The Telegraph in January reported that UK wages were expected to lift following curbs on immigration, which have tightened the labour market: ...

And now, the Financial Times has reported that UK wages are finally rising as employers try to fill so-called labour shortages ...

More from Bloomberg: ...

It is basic economics that if you stem the flow of foreign workers, then workers' bargaining power will increase. This was explained beautifully by The Australia Institute's chief economist, Richard Denniss, last year when he noted that the very purpose of foreign worker visas is to "suppress wage growth by allowing employers to recruit from a global pool of labour to compete with Australian workers". That is, in a normal functioning labour market, "when demand for workers rises, employers would need to bid against each other for the available scarce talent". But this mechanism has been bypassed by enabling employers to recruit labour globally. "It is only in recent years that the wage rises that accompany the normal functioning of the labour market have been rebranded as a 'skills shortage'".

Sadly, Australian economic commentators like The Guardian's Greg Jericho cannot bring themselves to even acknowledge these basic facts when discussing wages, because to do so would somehow be 'racist':



Immigration – because there are many desperate to hate – must be treated with extreme care by politicians and journalists, and certainly with more care than Abbott seems capable. The inherently racist parties will seek to use any discussion and any seeming evidence of the negative impact of migrants as fuel to burn their fires of hate.



When will the Fake Left (including Labor and The Greens) stand up for ordinary Australian workers and commit to lowering Australia's reckless 'Big Australia' immigration program, which is not only lowering workers' wages but also raising their cost of living via housing as well?

It's precisely because of the Fake Left's failure to rationally discuss immigration that ordinary Australians are being pushed to "the inherently racist parties" that Jericho hates so much.
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MULTICULTURALISM – BIAS, LANGUAGE, COURTS OF LAW
Guilty of PC waffle! Top judge tells colleagues to not say 'postman', 'lady' or 'immigrant' in court because it might upset defendants and witnesses
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 1 March 2018


Judges have been told what they can and cannot say in an effort to make all those who come before their courts feel they have been treated fairly.

They have been banned from using phrases and words including 'ethnic minority'; 'afro-Caribbean' and 'transsexual' – while a postman should become a 'postal operative'.

The new guidance for judges and magistrates says real equality means favouring women and minorities to make up for the disadvantage they suffer.

Part of this equality drive includes a fresh list of terms and expressions that judges should no longer use. ...

The guidance – the 422-page Equal Treatment Bench Book – is published by the Judicial College, the body in charge of training judges, which is led by an Appeal judge, Dame Anne Rafferty.

It is the latest update to equality rules that were first produced under Tony Blair's Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine in 1999, and ran into controversy after recommending that the courts should show leniency to Rastafarians because they regard smoking cannabis as a religious rite.

'True equal treatment may not always mean treating everyone in the same way,' the new version says. Fair treatment, judges are told, means that 'steps can be taken, where appropriate, to redress any inequality arising from difference or disadvantage.' ...

It quoted a former liberal US Supreme Court judge, Justice Blackmun, on why people should be treated differently on race grounds. The US judge said: 'In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently.'
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IMMIGRATION – PROBLEMS
Immigration is the cause of our problems not the solution
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 26 February 2018


The metropolitan elite likes to claim that mass immigration is an engine of social progress, bringing vibrancy to our culture and prosperity to our economy. In reality, the vast annual foreign influx achieves the opposite.

Profoundly reactionary in its consequences, this demographic revolution has weakened solidarity, worsened living standards, and intensified pressure on our public services. As cohesion frays, our once gentle, well-ordered society is awash with violent crime and poisonous identity politics.

A classic example of liberal doublethink on immigration came yesterday from Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. In a newspaper article, he trumpeted the need for a "generous" border policy.

"Welcoming strangers to our country and integrating them is important," he declared, adding stridently that "we must never crush the new diversity".

The prattling prelate has certainly had his wish in recent years.

"Generous" might be one word for the Government's approach to immigration.

"Criminally lax" and "institutionalised suicide" might well be others.

Last week, latest figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed that 578,000 migrants settled here in the year to September 2017. ...

... He wails that "the most important building blocks of our nation have been undermined", but refuses to admit that the cause is the systematic demolition of our national identity and heritage by the obsession with diversity.

In the same contradictory vein, he moans about a lack of "common values" in Britain. Well that's due to the pro-immigration doctrine he so blindly espouses. ...

In large swathes of urban England, Britons are now aliens in their own land.

Welby's hollow contribution is so typical of the dishonesty that grips British progressives.

Instead of facing up to the heavy economic costs of mass immigration, including rising welfare bills and strains on the civic infrastructure, they pretend that Britain could not possibly survive without the import of millions of foreigners.

This attitude was summed up by former diplomat Lord Kerr, who said recently that "native Britons are so bloody stupid" that we "need an injection of intelligent people from overseas".

That kind of self-loathing is absurd, given Britain's historic record as a powerhouse of industry, democracy and invention. But it is also based on the fallacy that migrants are far more diligent and dynamic than British people.

"They come here to work," is the favourite mantra of the progressives.

It is untrue.

According to last week's ONS report, less than half of all immigrants arrived here to work, and just 32 per cent had definite jobs to go to. ...

The negative impact of immigration can be seen all around us, bringing sharia courts, ballot box fraud, primitive misogyny, racial divisions and the erosion of free speech.

Amid a surge in violent crime, almost a quarter of the entire prison population belongs to ethnic minorities, with the figure rising to 47 per cent in young offender institutions.
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EXTREMISM – CHARITIES, ISLAM
Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: How Islamist Extremists Exploit the UK Charitable Sector
Henry Jackson Society, 25 February 2018


The British taxpayer has handed over more than £6 million to charities that are currently, or have been in the past, used by extremists to further their radical agenda, according to a new report from the Henry Jackson Society.

The report's case studies are illustrative – so £6 million is likely the tip of the iceberg.

The money is enough to fund 27,328 hospital beds per day, the annual salary of 234 infantry soldiers, or the salary of 264 new teachers – but instead, it is being handed over to individuals some of whose involvement in extremism can be traced back to the Islamist scene in the early 2000s.

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: How Islamist Extremists Exploit the UK Charitable Sector finds that, despite more than a decade of attempts to improve regulations, a concerning number of UK-registered charities continue to fund and support extremism.

Figures from across the Islamist spectrum, including the Muslim Brotherhood, form a network which seeks to delegitimise and push out moderate voices, while masquerading as representatives of 'true' Islam.
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IMMIGRATION – BORDER CONTROLS
Immigration from non-EU countries is out of control
Stephen Pollard
Sunday Express, 25 February 2018


You will no doubt have seen the latest immigration figures. They show that in the year to September 2017 net immigration from the EU to the UK was down to 90,000. ...

But that's just one side of the coin.

Because at the very same time net migration from non-EU countries rose sharply by 40,000 to 205,000.

Around half of that number are students and there is an argument as to whether they should be included in the immigration figures since the vast majority leave after their studies.

But even taking that into account, along with the fall in EU migration, we are left with an official figure for net annual migration of 244,000.

In other words, last year alone saw the equivalent of an entire new city the size of Wolverhampton arriving in Britain.

As has happened year after year after year after year after year... you get the picture. ...

The need to take control of our borders again was one of the key factors behind the Brexit vote in June 2016.

But as these latest figures show, it's not just EU immigration that matters.

Even after we regain control of migration policy when we leave the EU we will still need to deal with the numbers of immigrants from outside the EU.

Because in theory we already have control over them today. ...

I should point out now that according to Diane Abbott, Labour's shadow home secretary, the very fact that I have mentioned any of this marks me – and, if you also think that immigration needs to be controlled, you – as racist. ...

Let's simply consider the outrageous slur and contempt in which she clearly holds many of her own Labour voters, who voted en masse for Brexit, driven in large measure by the feeling that the political establishment was ignoring their concerns.

Because even if you put to one side the sheer scale of immigration and the burden that the annual influx of the equivalent of vast new cities puts on housing, schools and hospitals, the immediate concern is surely the scale of illegal immigration. ...

We do not yet have a clue what immigration policy the Government intends to implement after we leave the EU.

And as for illegal immigration: the situation is getting worse, not better.

I've been using the figure of 40,000 for annual illegal immigration but that's simply a commonly accepted estimate.

The Home Office has its own estimate but won't even admit it has such a figure, let alone publish it.

Last summer David Wood, the former director general of immigration enforcement, revealed that the Home Office estimate (based on a raft of sensible measures) shows 150,000 illegal immigrants arriving every year. ...

The sheer scale demands action but instead the authorities are doing next to nothing.

According to Mr Wood, the chance of a migrant being detained and deported for overstaying their visa is just one in 1,000. ...

The idea we are now in control of our non-EU borders is a fantasy.

And the idea that we will regain control of our EU borders when we leave is a fantasy.

What we need is honesty about the true figures of both legal and illegal immigrants.

And action to ensure that border control means precisely what it says.
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CRIME – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, CHILDREN, ADULTS
Grooming is still rife in Britain: Warning as major report says police gave gangs the 'green light' to sexually abuse 700 girls and women - and reveals one attacker would have been BEHEADED in his homeland for his crime
Chris Brooke And Josh White
Daily Mail, 24 February 2018


Grooming gangs are still sexually abusing girls and young women across the country despite repeated warnings and prosecutions, a shocking report revealed yesterday.

Efforts to stop the exploitation have been hampered by the authorities' failure to understand why abusers target vulnerable white girls, the investigation found.

The author of a report into the latest abuse scandal yesterday urged the Government to order a national study into the 'cultural influences' on the offenders, predominantly from an 'Asian British' background.

The inquiry into gangs who groomed 700 girls and women in the North-East came four years after more than a thousand victims were found to have been abused in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The new report revealed:

The authorities effectively gave grooming gangs the green light to sexually abuse by failing to prosecute, instead locking up victims;

. One abuser – an illegal immigrant granted indefinite leave to remain – denounced British girls' 'lack of morals' and praised the availability of sex and drugs;

. The abuse of vulnerable victims is still 'taking place across the country' and 'all children and vulnerable adults are at risk'

The serious case review by barrister David Spicer examined the actions of agencies involved in Operation Sanctuary, which was launched by Northumbria Police. ...

The Government promised to 'look carefully' at Mr Spicer's 33 recommendations. He said more powers were also needed to protect adults who were 'being targeted, groomed and exploited'.

His report also highlighted that the men responsible for 'this particular model of abuse' were from a predominantly 'Asian British' minority background. Significantly, their 'beliefs are not known'.

Mr Spicer said professionals interviewed for his inquiry 'emphasised the lack of information about the profile and motivation for abusing' that continued to hamper understanding how to stop it. ...

Although good recent practice by detectives was identified, their previous negligent approach was laid bare. Police failed to consistently investigate, formally interview and check the backgrounds of suspects, the report revealed.

There were also 'no effective inquiries' about why girls were found with older, unrelated men. ...

Mr Spicer criticised the 'lack of professional curiosity' by agencies and highlighted the failure to collect physical evidence. ...

The report also detailed the failure of the criminal justice system and the Crown Prosecution Service to bring offenders to court. ...

Prosecutors have admitted their approach to the credibility of witnesses was 'inappropriately cautious', the report states. It concluded: 'Unless there is change, which requires national debate, sexual exploitation is not likely to be prevented and early identification will remain difficult.'
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Irish Govt 'Paid Press' to Promote Plan to Grow Population by One Million With Mass Migration
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 24 February 2018


The Irish government has been slammed for paying journalists to write good news stories about Project Ireland 2040.

Unveiled by the government last week with a commitment to spend €116 billion, the document outlines plans to boost the Irish nation's 4.7 million population by another million using mass migration.

The government's strategic communications unit paid for sponsored "news pieces" to appear in national and regional newspapers promoting Ireland 2040, which "could not include negative or critical content", The Times reported on Friday.

Speaking in the Irish parliament, or Dáil, opposition leader Micheál Martin branded the government's use of the media to promote its scheme "ethically dubious".

"The blurring of the lines is genuinely worrying from a parliamentary democracy point of view," he said.

"The Taoiseach will say he is promoting the government, but the dogs on the street know he is using taxpayers' money to promote Fine Gael politically."

Project Ireland 2040 has been slammed on social media as a "pyramid scheme" to enrich investors by adding consumers at taxpayers' expense, and as a globalist programme to "replace" the native population. ...

Mass migration from the third world has been a controversial topic in recent months, with reports that gangs of teenagers of African origin are terrorising locals across Dublin.

The criminal youths are "wreaking havoc" throughout the capital, according to police, who say the offences "[range] from shouting and intimidating old people in large groups to assaulting and robbing people of all ages, often with deadly weapons such as large knives." ...

Opposition Fianna Fail TD Jack Chambers said the behaviour of African gangs is a "major problem" that has left many of his constituents "living in fear" and "scared to leave their homes".

Putting the gang members' anti-social attitudes down to "cultural differences", Independent Councillor Tony Murphy reported that police risk causing "a mini riot" any time they try to arrest one of the offenders.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, SHARIA LAW
Archbishop of Canterbury says Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain's laws which have Christian values
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 24 February 2018


Sharia law should never become part of the British legal system, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday.

Justin Welby said the Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain's laws, which have developed over 500 years on the principles of a different culture.

He added that high levels of immigration from Muslim countries can 'have an impact on the accepted pattern for choosing a partner, on assumed ages of maturity and sexual activity, and especially on issues of polygamy'.

Archbishop Welby's comments follow the release earlier this month of a highly critical Home Office report that said all couples marrying in mosques should also have to go through a legally-binding civil marriage ceremony to shield wives from injustices under sharia.

They also reverse the position taken by his predecessor Lord Williams, who backed incorporating sharia into the British legal system. Archbishop Welby set out his reasons why sharia should not win official status in a book, Reimagining Britain. ...

The Archbishop said in his book that the arrival of large numbers of Muslims in Britain – there are thought to be 3.3 million here – has led many to challenge the values of the majority population. Among these are the right of people to choose their own husband or wife, and the need for monogamous relationships.
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CRIME – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Operation Sanctuary review finds adult abuse 'extensive'
BBC, 23 February 2018


Vulnerable women are most likely being "extensively" abused across the UK and ministers need to urgently review sex exploitation laws, a report says.

David Spicer led a review in the wake of Operation Sanctuary which saw 18 people jailed for the sexual abuse of young women groomed in Newcastle.

He said exploitation was not being recognised in adults.

The operation identified about 700 victims in total across the Northumbria Police area, 108 in Newcastle. ...

In the Newcastle case, most of the men were British-born but all came from Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian or Turkish communities.
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IMMIGRATION – STATISTICS
Migration figures: Record numbers of EU nationals leaving UK
BBC, 22 February 2018


The number of EU citizens leaving the UK is at its highest level for a decade, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

It estimates that 130,000 EU nationals emigrated in the year to September, the highest number since 2008.

Meanwhile, 220,000 EU nationals came to live in the UK - 47,000 fewer than the previous year.

Net EU migration - the difference between arrivals and departures - was 90,000, the lowest for five years.

The figures also show that more British people are emigrating than are returning to live in the UK.

Of those EU nationals arriving in the UK, fewer were coming for "work-related reasons", in particular to "look for work". ...

By contrast, immigration from countries outside the European Union is going up which means the UK population is continuing to grow at a similar level to early 2014.

Some 285,000 non-EU citizens arrived in the UK in the 12-month period to September, and 80,000 departed.

This gives a net increase of 205,000, the highest for six years.

Overall, net migration is estimated to have fallen by 29,000 to 244,000 in the same period.

This includes 73,000 British people coming back to the UK and 125,000 Britons leaving. ...

The ONS figures also show that in 2017, the UK granted asylum, alternative forms of protection or resettlement to almost 15,000 people, 40% of whom were under 18.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Civil servants are 'refusing to probe illegal immigrants' with some cases taking as long as EIGHT years
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 19 February 2018


Civil servants are refusing to help the Home Office investigate immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally, a report reveals.

Some Whitehall ministries outright 'refused requests' for information while others asked for a fee, according to the study by immigration watchdog David Bolt.

The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration exposed the farce in a review of the Home Office's processes for reviewing and revoking a person's immigration, refugee or citizenship status.

Gaining indefinite leave to remain, asylum or British nationality gives a person the right to live in the country lawfully, but it can be withdrawn in several circumstances, including if they have obtained it fraudulently, been convicted of a serious crime or pose a threat to national security. Checks are mainly carried out by the Home Office's Status Review Unit (SRU).

At the end of March last year, it was dealing with 2,906 cases – an increase of 202 in six months. Of these, 864 were more than two years old and a further 875 had been in the in-tray for more than a year. ...

Mr Bolt found the Home Office's efforts to investigate suspected illegal immigrants was being thwarted by bureaucrats in other departments. ...

... It is understood the most obstructive departments were the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs – which hold information on employment and tax records – and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
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DIVERSITY – MANAGERIALISM
Diversity: A Managerial Ideology
Darel E. Paul
Quillette, 19 February 2018
[Darel E. Paul is Professor of Political Science at Williams College]


Diversity is the reigning social and political ideal of our age. It is the public ideology of the country's most powerful state and business institutions. To many it is the essence of American national identity and, in one of the favorite phrases of President Barack Obama, 'who we are' as a country.

Rather than simply a recognition of difference, diversity is a cultural, economic, and political project to both generate difference and to manage it. ...

While the rapid spread of affirmative action policies met a backlash in the late 1970s, this resistance was largely a white middle class revolt. Support never flagged among elites. ...

Justice Powell argued that "a diverse student body" was a worthy goal of any university which allowed the consideration of race in admissions. He justified this neither on the grounds of racial justice nor the amelioration of past or present discrimination, but on the grounds of diversity. Powell claimed that racial and ethnic diversity advanced the core intellectual mission of American higher education, namely "speculation, experiment and creation," "the interplay of ideas and the exchange of views," and an encounter of differing "ideas and mores of students as diverse as this Nation of many peoples." ...

Powell's endorsement of the so-called 'Harvard plan' as a constitutionally permissible and even preferable equal opportunity practice spread diversity throughout American higher education and the elite business sector. /.../ By the early 1990s, diversity had conquered Corporate America.

The country's managerial elite now rarely misses an opportunity to demonstrate commitment to diversity. ...

... In 2012 and again in 2015, 45 Fortune 100 firms argued that diversity is essential both for individual "success in the corporate world" as well as "business success" in "country and world economies that are increasingly diverse." ...

Business would have us believe its embrace of diversity is a straightforward matter of efficiency, productivity, and profitability. ...

But is there really a business case for diversity? While most corporations claim to be true believers, social science gives a decidedly mixed answer. That being said, the academic debate over diversity's impact on the bottom line is largely, well, academic. Managers embraced diversity long before any meaningful evidence existed for its positive effects. /.../ Whether diversity admissions practices even help their targets remains a matter of controversy. Despite all this uncertainty, higher education displayed total unity of purpose ... ...

... As an ideology and associated set of practices, diversity is attractive to managers and administrators because it is a particular version of the broader ideology of managerialism. ...

Thus managerial elites, whether in the private or public sector, have embraced diversity because it is a managerial ideology.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – JEWS, MUSLIMS, FRANCE
Islamic Anti-Semitism in France: Toward Ethnic Cleansing
Guy Millière
Gatestone Institute, 16 February 2018


In France, anti-Semitic attacks have been multiplying.

Most are committed in broad daylight; Jews know they have to be street-smart. Some attackers break into Jewish homes. ...

Graffiti on Jewish-owned homes warn the owners to "flee immediately" if they want to live. Anonymous letters with live bullets are dropped into mailboxes of Jews, and state that the next bullet will be fired into the recipient's head. ...

... On the third anniversary of an attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, another kosher store was torched and destroyed. ...

Those French Jews who can leave the country, leave.

Those who have not yet decided to leave or who do not have the financial means, move to safer neighborhoods. ...

The French Jewish community may still be the largest in Europe, but it is shrinking rapidly. In 2000, it was estimated at 500,000, but the number now is less than 400,000, and sinking. Jewish districts that once were thriving are now on the verge of extinction. ...

Without the Jews of France, France would no longer be France, said Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls in 2016. But he did not do anything.

Recently he said that he had done his best, that he could not have done more. ...

He added that in France, for at least two decades, all attacks against Jews in which the perpetrator has been identified have come from Muslims, and that the most recent attacks were no exception. ...

In France, telling the truth about Islamic anti-Semitism is dangerous. For a politician, it is suicidal.

French politicians, right or left, know that political correctness reigns, and that transgressing its unwritten rules leads to being excluded from the media and effectively ostracized. They know that some words cannot be used any more in France, and that "anti-racist" organizations ensure that no one can criticize Islam.

A new edition of a public school history textbook for the eighth grade explicitly states that in France it is forbidden to criticize Islam, and quotes a court decision to back up the claim. ...

Politicians also see that the country's 600 "no-go zones" are growing; that radicalized Muslims may kill, and that violent riots can break out at any time. In France, more than 500 people were murdered or maimed by Islamic terrorists in less than four years. ...

Although synagogues in France have not been attacked since 2014, they all are guarded around the clock by armed soldiers in bulletproof vests who are protected behind sandbags, as are Jewish schools and cultural centers.

Meanwhile, laws meant to punish anti-Semitic threats are now used to punish those who denounce the threats. ...

Recently, journalist Éric Zemmour observed that in Muslim neighborhoods, Muslims are now living "according to their own laws" and forcing non-Muslim people to leave. He was found guilty of "incitement" and fined. ...

Anti-Israel demonstrations support terrorism. People shout, "Death to the Jews," but those people are never arrested for "hate speech".
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Ministers too 'politically correct' to enforce hijab policy in schools, former Ofsted boss warns
Kate McCann
Daily Telegraph, 15 February 2018


The Government is too politically correct to enforce rules on hijabs in schools, leaving teachers "alone, isolated and vulnerable", the former head of Ofsted has warned.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said a lack of formal policy from the Department for Education on whether children should be allowed to cover their heads in lessons has led to angry clashes.

He also highlighted concerns that there are 150 schools around the country which make it compulsory for children to wear hijabs, adding that "the country has enormously changed" and some communities hold very conservative views which cannot easily be challenged.

It follows a public outcry after a primary school in east London announced it was banning children from wearing hijabs but was forced to reverse the decision after complaints from parents. ...

Asked if a fear of being politically incorrect was stopping the Government from developing a national policy on hijabs in schools, he said: "Yes absolutely. There is a reticence, and it's leaving headteachers alone, isolated and vulnerable."
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TERRORISM – JIHADISTS, ISLAM
MI5 faces being overrun by dangerous Islamist radicals within two years when Britain's streets are hit by a perfect storm, report finds
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 14 February 2018


MI5 faces being overrun by dangerous Islamist radicals within two years when Britain's streets are hit by a perfect storm, an alarming report has found.

Many extremists who are currently in jail across Europe for supporting and fighting for Daesh will be released between 2019 and 2023.

At the same time, the number of British jihadis returning home from Syria and Iraq will spiral as the terror movement is finally squeezed out of its remaining homelands.

On their return, jihadis are predicted to mushroom the threat again by going on to radicalise existing but currently non-violent Islamist networks here.

The disturbing analysis comes from Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre and IHS Markit. ...

Britain is particularly at risk from jihadis, Jane's also found, having the highest number of returned militants in Europe.
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TERRORISM – JIHADISTS, ISLAM
Europe will see increase in terror in 2018, as foreign Isil fighters 'return home with high-tech skills'
Josie Ensor and Raf Sanchez
Daily Telegraph, 14 February 2018


The terror threat to Europe will only increase this year, experts have warned, as growing numbers of foreign fighters return home with "high tech" weapons knowledge learned on the battlefield.

Scores of jihadists are expected to trickle back to the UK and the continent, bringing with them skills acquired in Syria and Iraq, such as the weaponising of drones and the industrialised manufacture of car bombs and IEDs, according to a new report from defence analysts Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC).

"Foreign fighters returning to Europe will provide critical skills that will help an increasing number of operational Islamist networks conduct more complex attacks," Otso Iho, the report's author, said. ...

Several recent attacks on European soil have involved crude "low-capability" weapons, but the successful use of drones or car bombs by Islamist militants would mark a notable increase in the threat level, they say. ...

In addition to the immediate and direct security threat posed by returning foreign fighters, the report concluded that significant risk is likely to emerge through their potential to transform and radicalise existing Europe-based Islamist networks.
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IMMIGRATION – POPULATION GROWTH, AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST
The Oxfam scandal should not lead us into the blunder of cutting aid
William Hague
Daily Telegraph, 13 February 2018


... over the next 30 years more than half the growth in the world's population is expected to be on just one continent - Africa. On average, African countries look like doubling their populations very quickly indeed. Some will grow even faster - Nigeria's 190 million population today is expected to rise to 410 million by 2050.

Add to this a similar trend in many Middle Eastern nations, even while birth rates elsewhere in the world have fallen, and the net result is that we are entering an age in which most of the youngest and poorest people in the world will live close to Europe. When you consider that Germany's current political paralysis was largely caused by the reaction to the arrival of a million refugees, and that there are about to be 1.5 billion extra people in Africa and the Middle East, you can begin to imagine the implications. If we don't think ahead, this will be a century of rising nationalism and ethnic tensions across Europe in response to what is potentially the greatest migration humanity has ever known. That would severely affect Britain, even after we leave the EU.

Effective development aid is not the whole answer to this coming crisis but it is definitely a crucial part of it. The near-universal truth is that where standards of healthcare, vaccination, and nutrition are improved, people have fewer children. Good education and a strong role for women in work and society can have a similar effect. These are all objectives of our overseas aid.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
The Immigration Health Surcharge must be revised or abolished – not tinkered with
J Meirion Thomas
Conservative Home, 9 February 2018
[J. Meirion Thomas is a former Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]


I have previously described the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) on this site as "a rotten deal for the NHS, patients and taxpayers". This week, the Department of Health has announced a desperate last-minute rescue plan in an attempt to avoid an embarrassing, if inevitable failure of its Cost Recovery Programme.

... a report commissioned by the Government in 2013 /.../ estimated the cost of treating non-EU citizens in the NHS as £736 per person per year. ...

But, of even greater risk to the taxpayer, the IHS did not exclude pre-existing illnesses, as would happen in any application for a commercial travel or health insurance policy. ...

I argued at the time that the IHS was creating an obvious loophole for health tourists to exploit, and this has happened. It has become the legal way for health tourists from outside the EU to access NHS care. ...

In response to this policy failure, last June's Conservative Manifesto promised that the IHS would be trebled to £600/£450 if the party was re-elected: a promise the new Governmenr was forced to drop. And his week, the Department of Health announced that the IHS will be doubled to £400/£300 from "later this year". They have recalculated the spend on surcharge payers as £470 per person per year, down from £736 as predicted by PREDERI in 2013. Really?

In truth, neither of these estimates is evidence-based. ...

By April, the IHS will have been law for three years, and about 1.4 million non-EU migrants and students will have been given unlimited access to the NHS for a pittance. The real risk to the taxpayer is that the IHS does not exclude pre-exiting illnesses and that must change as a matter of urgency. Otherwise this flawed policy should be abolished and replaced by compulsory travel insurance as is expected of British citizens travelling abroad.
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MULTICULTURALISM – CIVILISATION, IDEOLOGY, ISLAM
'The Fight of Our Lives': New Documentary Examines the Threats Facing the West
Mark Tapson
Truth Revolt, 9 February 2018


"Civilizations, empires, great powers, can fall apart very fast. Collapse can come suddenly, like a thief in the night. And we should be very wary of assuming that our civilization, the civilization of the early 21st century West, will oblige us by declining gradually."

That warning from noted historian Niall Ferguson is the opening and the theme of the vital new documentary The Fight of Our Lives: Defeating the Ideological War Against the West from filmmaker Gloria Z. Greenfield. ...

... her latest documentary, which features compelling observations and insights from well-known historians, journalists, and thinkers such as Niall Ferguson, Victor Davis Hanson, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Alan Dershowitz, Melanie Phillips, Bruce Thornton, Raymond Ibrahim, Brooke Goldstein, Ibn Warraq, Alan West, and many more respected commentators from academia, human rights organizations, and think tanks. ...

The Fight of Our Lives addresses the various internal and external threats facing Western civilization today, and cautions that if we don't recognize these grave dangers now and rouse ourselves to resist and overcome them, then it is no hyperbole to say that the West as we know it will come to – as Ferguson warned – a swift and inexorable end.

The film groups topics into seven "chapters": "Utopian Masks" (about the subversive internal threats of cultural relativism and multiculturalism), "Crumbling Towers" (on the political radicalization of the university), "Weaponizing Identity" (on the gender and race conflicts that have sprung up with the rise of identity politics), "Breaching the Gates" (on the threat of global Islamic supremacism in the West, whether through terrorism or subversion), "People of the Book" (regarding the Islamic persecution and genocide of Christians and Jews), and "Durable Values" (on the assaults against the values that have made the West great, such as the freedom of speech). It concludes with a chapter on "Standing Up," which exhorts us, the heirs of the Western tradition, to push back against our enemies and defend our heritage and our future.

Niall Ferguson speaks on the cultural consequences of the recent tsunami of migrants and purported refugees from Muslim countries into Europe, the heart of what used to be called Christendom. That civilization, he claims, may not be around by the end of the century – or it may have changed so much that it's unrecognizable. ...

But we are facing a more significant threat by way of a subversive ideological assault. "The threat from within comes from the people who want to undermine the basis of Western civilization," says journalist Melanie Phillips. ...

The influence of multiculturalism, as historian Victor Davis Hanson and The Lawfare Project's Brooke Goldstein point out, has resulted in a moral relativism and a chilling effect on free speech, as any criticism of non-Western cultures is now deemed to be hate speech. ...

The Hoover Institution's Ayaan Hirsi Ali and TBN host and terrorism expert Erick Stakelbeck, among others, discuss the danger of refusing to identify Islam as a supremacist ideology intent on destroying the West and establishing a worldwide caliphate in its place.
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MULTICULTURALISM – BIRTH DEFECTS
Muslim inbreeding dragging Britain back to the 19th century
Bryan Fischer
Cowger Nation, 8 February 2018


Britain is seeing an alarming spike in birth defects, defects they have not seen since the end of the 19th century. There is a one-word explanation: Islam.

The resurgence of these birth defects is due to the prevalence of first cousin marriages in the Muslim community, particularly among immigrants from Pakistan. Such marriages are legal in Britain, to be sure, but by the late 1800s the risk of birth defects in the children of such unions had become so common and so widely known that the practice virtually vanished. ...

Pakistani parents in Britain are responsible for 3.4% of all births in England, yet shockingly account for 30% of all children born with recessive gene disorders. This is because the acceptability of first-cousin marriages is engrained in Muslim culture. In Bradford, 55% of all Pakistanis are married to their first cousins.

Even though Pakistanis represent just 15% of Bradford's population, Bradford has the second highest number of infant deaths in England, and Pakistani parents are 13 times more likely than the general population to have children with birth disorders. (This according to a study by St. Luke's Hospital in Bradford.) ...

There are no quick fixes, which means the U.K. will continue to labor under this burden for decades to come. ...

In the worldwide Muslim community, first-cousin marriage rates routinely run as high as 50%, while the rate is about 1% in Europe and 0.2% in the U.S.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Death of Democracy? - Part I
Denis MacEoin
Gatestone Institute, 7 February 2018


For many complex reasons, Europe is in an advanced state of decline. In recent years, several important studies of this condition have appeared, advancing a variety of reasons for it: Douglas Murray's The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, James Kirchik's The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age, as well as Christopher Caldwell's ground-breaking 2010 study, Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West. ...

Countless polls and investigations reveal that refusal to integrate is no figment of the supposedly "Islamophobic" political "right". A 2006 poll carried out by ICM Research on behalf of the Sunday Telegraph, for example, presented worrying findings: 40% of British Muslims polled said they backed introducing shari'a law in parts of Britain, and only 41% opposed it, leaving another 20% unclear. ...

Polls carried out in other countries across Europe showed similar or worse results.

Those are only one half of a more complicated and disturbing picture. While Muslims find it hard to abandon the prejudices, doctrines, and outright hatreds (for Jews, for example) that they have imported from their home countries – or developed as young men and women while living in European states where they were born and raised – vast numbers of non-Muslims, including politicians, church leaders, civil servants, policemen and women, and many well-meaning people bend over backwards to accommodate them and the demands they make on their host societies.

It would take a book to summarize all the episodes in which Western officialdom, notably in Europe, has abandoned its own historical values in order to protect Islam and radical Muslims from criticism and rebuke. ...

Last October, it was reported that Queen's Counsel Max Hill, who acts as the British government's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, argued that British fighters for Islamic State, who had returned or planned to return to the UK, should not be prosecuted but reintegrated into society on the grounds that they had acted "naively". This lenience extended to hate preachers who had given sermons and lectures exhorting Muslims to take direct action that has in the past led to actual terrorist attacks. ...

We now therefore use double standards: one for Muslims and one for the rest of our population. On January 16, 2018, in England, Daniel Grundy, was jailed for six months on a charge of bigamy. However, Muslim men in polygamous marriages are rewarded by the state: ...

Actually, British Muslim men do not even have to go abroad to find wives. At least one Muslim dating site run from the UK offers contact with Muslim women who are eager to enter into polygamous marriages. It has not been closed down. The British government has shown itself incapable of enforcing its own laws when it comes to its Muslim citizens or new immigrants. ...

Rather than stand up to our enemies, both external and internal, are we now so afraid of being called "Islamophobes" that we will sacrifice even our own cultural, political, and religious strengths and aspirations?
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DIVERSITY – USA
Robert Putnam Distorts His Own Diversity Research
Jason Richwine
National Review, 6 February 2018


In last week's column arguing against restricting immigration, David Brooks writes:



What about the rise of social distrust? Restrictionists often cite a 2007 Robert Putnam study finding that more diversity leads to less trust. But Putnam tells me they are distorting his research. He found that diversity's benefits outweigh its disadvantages, that trust declines over the short term as places grow more diverse, but that over the long term Americans find new ways to boost social solidarity.



Putnam made the same "distortion" claim in a letter to the Wall Street Journal last year. It was just as disingenuous then as it is now. In fact, Putnam himself is the one distorting his research, by attempting to elevate his personal speculation (that diversity brings long-term net benefits) to the level of his data analysis (that shows diversity causes significant present-day problems).

To elaborate, the substance of Putnam's 2007 paper is an analysis of his Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey. He shows that ethnic diversity is associated with reduced trust even after controlling for a long list of socioeconomic variables. The analysis is thorough and valuable, but it captures just one moment in time. It cannot tell us whether the effect on trust occurs only "over the short term," or whether we will "find new ways to boost social solidarity." Furthermore, Putnam never identifies positive effects of diversity from his own data – although an arguable exception is greater interest in politics – and he certainly never uses his data to address the question of whether "diversity's benefits outweigh its disadvantages." Indeed, Putnam's data analysis section reads as a relentless, unsparing critique of diversity, with no promise of a long-run turnaround. Uncomfortable with the implications of the data analysis, Putnam sandwiches it between misdirection and speculation. The misdirection comes at the beginning, in the form of a short list of reasons he believes ethnic diversity is a "valuable national asset." Almost nothing on his list is about ethnic diversity per se. /.../ The speculation comes at the end, when Putnam offers his hope that U.S. Army integration, megachurches, and intermarriage among European ethnics are signs that the U.S. will eventually overcome the challenges of diversity. That's it for the long-term – no hard evidence, just speculation.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
Charges for migrants to use NHS will double to raise millions for the health service
Laura Donnelly
Daily Telegraph, 5 February 2018


Charges for migrants to use the NHS will be doubled, under plans which ministers say will raise hundreds of millions of pounds for the health service.

Currently those seeking to live in the UK for six months or more are charged a £200 annual surcharge, exempting them from charges paid by temporary overseas visitors.

Ministers will today announce plans to increase this to £400 a year, which they say more closely matches the amount such patients actually cost the NHS. ...

"By increasing the surcharge so that it better reflects the actual costs of using health services, this Government is providing an extra £220 million a year to support the NHS."

Ministers have pledged to recoup £500m a year from overseas patients by 2017/18.

Recent measures include pledges to enforce "upfront" charges for temporary visitors, after efforts to chase bills after treatment had limited success.

Latest figures show £358 million was collected from overseas patients in 2016/17, including £210m from the immigration health surcharge.

The surcharge is paid when immigration applications are made. Those paying it are then exempt from NHS charges for treatment which temporary visitors have to pay. ...

The Department of Health and Social Care estimates that the NHS spends £470 on average per person per year on treating surcharge payers.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION, ANGLICANS
Majority of Anglicans want immigration levels 'reduced'
Christian Today, 4 February 2018


Regular churchgoers have more a positive opinion of immigration than the general population.

But those who describe themselves as Anglican overall, including those who do not necessarily attend regularly, are more negative about the current levels of immigration.

New research on attitudes to immigration reported on BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 4's Sunday programme, found that nearly nine in ten people, 87 per cent, who describe themselves as Anglicans believe immigration to the UK should be reduced.

According to the research, from an analysis of British Social Atttudes surveys by researchers at the University of Bristol, 66 per cent of Anglicans who go to church regularly oppose current levels of immigration. Among Christians who do not go to church, the number is 86 per cent.

This compares to just 77 per cent of people with no religion who think immigration should be cut.
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MULTICULTURALISM
Why "Open Borders" is a Dangerous Idea
George Gallatin
Quillette, 3 February 2018


From my point-of-view, mass migration is the singular challenge of the 21st century. This is because it is a meta-issue that will affect our response to every other challenge. This is due to the fact that as mass migrations change demography, they may also affect changes in host nations' cultures and political economies. ...

While we do not yet know the vector, the titanic, high velocity migration the West is currently experiencing will cause profound changes. ...

The open borders philosophy is wrong, because, like the failed ideologies of the past century, it doesn't account for unpleasant facts about human nature and society. The truth Communism missed is that human beings prefer self-interest to compelled altruism. The truth open borders advocates miss is that human societies are tribal.

The fundamental human social skill is the formation of groups that act with shared intentionality. The skill to coordinate intentions is what enabled our ancestors to form sophisticated social coalitions that outcompeted lower primates. ...

The challenge of heterogeneity is that it pre-loads divisions into society. Sometimes those differences can be overcome through inter-communal dialogue and good government. But, all too often when intentions differ, and tribes inevitably rise, differences in religion, language, and custom are the contours around which factions organize.

This is not to say that ethno-racial or cultural difference is the sole cause of factionalism. ...

Since human beings are so quick to form factions, it should be the goal of government policy to ameliorate division and ward off for as long as possible the demon of sectarianism. Our current public policies and cultural products seem aimed at doing the exact opposite. I think this is because the designers of these policies hold at least two mistaken assumptions about diversity and migration.

Many elite Westerners have a passionate belief in diversity because they have lived it. Not always in their neighborhoods, but quite often at university. ...

There is also a faulty assumption that diverse societies become more tolerant and inclusive over time. ...

History has demonstrated innumerable times that at-scale diversity doesn't create utopia but tension. ...

Of the top ten most diverse countries in the world, every single one has suffered major, lethal political violence since 2001. Diversity is not some holy sacrament, it is a deadly serious socio-political challenge that needs to be prudently managed. It is a mistake to believe that unregulated mass migration will bring about redemption for guilty Westerners. For whatever economic benefits it may bring, it will also bring tribalism, disunity, and violence. And for those of you who think this isn't a major issue or that the worst has passed, please note we are just in the opening act of this drama.
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TERRORISM – CHILDREN
Top counter terror officer warns of threat posed by jihadi children returning to UK
Justin Davenport and Allan Hall
Evening Standard, 2 February 2018


A leading counter-terrorist police officer today warned of the threat of children trained by Islamic State coming back to Britain to carry out attacks.

Commander Dean Haydon, the head of the Met's counter-terrorism command, said police and other services had a duty to safeguard children returning from Iraq and Syria.

"A child in a war zone would have seen some pretty horrendous things," he told the Standard.

But he warned: "Some terror groups are training children to commit atrocities. We need to not just understand the risk the mother poses but the risk that any child poses as well. We look at them on a case-by-case basis and they may be arrested."

Commander Haydon added: "We have no intelligence to suggest children are coming back from conflict zones to commit atrocities in the UK."

He also revealed that police are DNA-testing children who have been brought to the UK after being born in the so-called IS caliphate to establish their identity and whether they have the right to live here. ...

Hans-Georg Maassen said: "We have to consider that these children could be living timebombs. There is a danger that these children come back brainwashed with a mission to carry out attacks."

Children carried out three of five Islamist attacks in Germany in 2016. A 12-year-old boy was also detained after trying to bomb a Christmas market. ...

Mr Haydon said police had identified all 850 or so Britons who travelled to Syria in the past three years.

About half have returned and 15 per cent were killed in the fighting.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM, EUROPE
Lessons from the East for the West
Geert Wilders
Breitbart, 2 February 2018


Last weekend, I was in Hungary for the presentation of the Hungarian translation of my book Marked for Death; Islam's War Against the West and Me. ...

... In Hungary, there are barely any signs of Islamization. The Hungarians make no secret of their resolve to keep it that way. The attitude in Hungary and, for that matter, in Central Europe in general, is entirely different from that in the West. ...

... I originally published my book in English in the United States. I did so because America has a First Amendment, which allows people to speak out, even when a message is politically incorrect. The Hungarian translation is the first translation of the book. In my own country, no publisher has the courage to publish it.

A German publisher, who was interested, backed out when it proved impossible to translate it into German without transgressing Germany's stringent speech laws. ...

Islam – not Islamism but Islam itself – preaches the political submission of the whole world to Allah. Muhammad left no doubt about this: "I was ordered to fight all men until they say 'There is no god but Allah,'" he said.

The Qu'ran is equally unambiguous about it. "Fight them until there is no more dissension and the religion is entirely Allah's," it says in verse 8:39. The Qu'ran also contains the permission to kill Jews and Christians in verse 9:29, the command to terrorize non-Muslims in verse 8:12, the obligation to make war on the infidels in verse 9:123, and the order to subjugate the entire world to Allah in verse 9:33. ...

... Recently, the Pew Research Center warned that, if present trends continue, France, Germany, Belgium and Austria, will be almost 20% Islamic by 2050. Britain and the Netherlands are closely behind, while Sweden will even be more than 30% Islamic by the turn of the century.

This is extremely dangerous. Because, while most Muslims may be moderate and non-violent, the Islamic ideology is not. It has indoctrinated many of Islam's followers, who take the belligerent commands of Muhammad and the Koran very seriously. Just last month, it was revealed in Germany that 30% of Muslim students in the State of Lower Saxony can imagine themselves fighting and dying for Islam. In my own country, the Netherlands, research from Amsterdam University showed that 11% of the Muslims find it acceptable to use violence in the name of Islam. That is more than 100,000 people, which is twice the number of soldiers in our army.
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IMMIGRATION – HOUSING
One in ten families who get social housing are from abroad despite efforts to give long-term local residents a better chance of getting a property
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 31 January 2018


A record one in 10 families given council or housing association homes last year were foreign nationals, according to new figures yesterday.

The numbers showed that of just under 200,000 heavily subsidised family homes in England allocated to new tenants, 19,197 went to a household headed by a non-British citizen.

The share of social housing going to foreign families has been rising since the mid-2000s, when foreign nationals took up around six in 100 new lettings, and Labour MPs in some cities began to register concern over discontent among long-established local voters. ...

Among people moving into social housing for the first time – as opposed to those moving from another council or housing association home – 12 per cent were foreign families. ...

There were 1,155,285 families on waiting lists for social housing in England last year, according to official figures.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
The important FACTS completely missing from the immigration debate
Daniel Horowitz
Conservative Review, 29 January 2018


If you didn't know anything about our immigration system – an accurate description of our political class – you'd think that we take in few immigrants from the Third World or from anywhere outside Europe and that our "racist president" wants to stamp out the last vestiges of the few brave and unique immigrants coming from subpar conditions, yearning for freedom and American values. This distortion could not be farther from the truth.

Here is a list of the top 30 countries of origin among the immigrants who received green cards in 2016. These 30 countries supplied 76 percent of our immigration pool: ...

A couple of immediate observations are in order:

• Notice how Mexico dominates our legal immigration system in addition to sending us most of our illegal immigrants. Mexican nationals were the recipient of twice as many green cards as the second country on the list. And this has been the case pretty much for every year over the past few decades. Indeed, since 1965, 50 percent of all immigrants came from Mexico and Latin America, 29 percent from Mexico alone. ...

• Not a single European or western country is among the top 20. ...

• Seven Islamic countries, several of which are on Trump's moratorium list, are on this list, and they've been moving higher every year.

• From watching the trends over the years and having some background on this issue rather than solely from the chart numbers, it's clear that the top source countries of our immigration are not dictated by merit, but primarily by chain migration, diversity lottery, refugees, asylum, and quasi-amnesty policies that allow certain illegal immigrants to obtain green cards. This is not the immigration system America voted for; nor is it the one that was promised to us in 1965, 1980, and 1990. ...

If nothing is changed, our country will be flooded with millions of chain migrants that are coming here solely based on family ties, doubling down on the existing backward system. As of November 2017, there were 4.367 million people on the visa waiting list, 97.5 percent of whom are applying based on family ties to existing immigrants, who themselves largely came here based on family ties. ...

The solution to all of this is to immediately move to a merit-based system in which we bring in only people who love America, won't be a security problem, speak English, and will not be on welfare – irrespective of country of origin. ...

This used to be part of the commonsense, mature discussion we could have as a nation. Sadly, demagoguery and ignorance are preventing us from having a much-needed discussion about one of the most important, if not the most important, policy issue of our time.
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IMMIGRATION – POLITICS, PUBLIC OPINION
Why Culture Trumps Skills: Public opinion on immigration
David Goodhart and Eric Kaufmann
Policy Exchange, 28 January 2018


The report of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, Immigration Policy: basis for building consensus, was released earlier this week. It makes many helpful suggestions, including the idea of an annual migration report, streamlined immigration processing and the importance of balancing competing interests. However, it draws misleading conclusions about public opinion and policy due to its reliance on focus-groups, which suffer from social acceptability bias.

As a result, it makes two assumptions. First, that citizens who oppose immigration do so mainly because of their perceptions of its effects on prosperity or public services. If so, immigration is an issue that can be addressed by the traditional approach of directing financial resources to areas affected by migration and detailing the economic contribution immigrants make. The second assumption is that voters are primarily concerned about control, not numbers. If they are reassured that things are under control, and migration is being connected to economic needs, they will be content with higher numbers.

Yet, as behavioural economists repeatedly caution, 'people aren't rational, they rationalise'. So too with immigration attitudes. The reasons people say they oppose immigration are those they are aware of, or they feel to be socially acceptable. This is doubly the case in focus groups, where peer pressure is strong. ...

Now, however, work by British Future, which is widely cited in the Committee's report, indicate that skills are the most important consideration for people when they think of a desirable immigrant. ...

... As we show, people are sensitive to the skill level of the immigrant intake, but this is trumped by their concern for the cultural impact of a larger inflow.

To illustrate, we draw on data from a new Yougov-Birkbeck-Policy Exchange survey of 1,643 individuals from 5-6 November 2017, of which 1,450 are of White British ethnicity. ...

This shows that a majority of White British respondents want reduced immigration even if skill levels fall, but when the question is worded, /.../ as new skilled immigrants coming from 'outside Europe' and when the decline in White British share is not mentioned, it's possible to get almost 45 percent of White Britons to back the high skill mix-with-high levels of immigration option. Mention 'Asia and Africa' as the source for new skilled immigrants and support slips ten points to 35 percent. More importantly, mentioning the ethno-cultural impact of higher numbers on the long-term share of White Britons in the population drops support for current immigration levels by 17-22 points to just 18-25 percent. ...

To repeat: opposition to immigration is largely cultural and psychological. Appealing to voter economic interest as the Committee suggests is therefore unlikely to create the new consensus it seeks.
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POLITICS – BREXIT, EU MIGRANTS
EU immigration to continue until 2021 reveals David Davis - despite Downing Street claims that free movement will end when Britain leaves the EU
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 27 January 2018


The free movement of EU citizens in Britain will continue in all but name until at least 2021, David Davis said yesterday as he set out details of a two-year Brexit transition.

Downing Street has repeatedly insisted free movement will end when Britain leaves the EU in March next year, saying European citizens arriving after that date will have to register.

But Mr Davis said yesterday the registration scheme would have 'no bearing on people's ability to work or visit' and that it would simply 'allow us to better plan for our future public services and prepare for our future immigration system'.
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CRIME – ACID ATTACKS, LONDON
Acid attack epidemic: RECORD number of incidents in London last year, data reveals
Sam Sholli
Daily Express, 27 January 2018


There has been a record number of acid attacks in London in 2017, Metropolitan Police data has revealed after a freedom of information request, as street gangs are increasingly using acid to target people.

Acid attacks have increased six-fold in the capital over six years.

The figures show that there were 465 acid attacks in London recorded in 2017, up from 395 the previous year. ...

Police data from the first 11 months of 2017 also shows that the acid attacks are predominantly a problem among young males.

More than 75% of suspected attackers and around 60% of victims were between the ages of 10 and 29.
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CRIME – BIAS, POLITICS, RACISM, POLICE
Theresa May ignored the evidence on stop-and-search. The effect has been criminal
Fraser Nelson
Daily Telegraph, 26 January 2018


A few years ago, Theresa May set out to make a hard-hitting speech about how too many law-abiding black men were being stopped and searched by the police. Her officials got to work on it, but soon hit a problem: the only in-depth study showed that, if anything, white men were the ones being singled out. There was no evidence to suggest any kind of racial discrimination.

It was all a bit embarrassing, so reference to this study was removed from the draft of the speech – and the then home secretary went ahead anyway with her spirited j'accuse. Black men, she said, are up to seven times more likely to be stopped and searched. It cannot continue.

Politically, the speech was a great success. It was a potent charge, and it helped to establish Mrs May as a reformer with a social conscience. Her figure was technically correct: when compared with the general population, young black men are far more likely to be searched. It's just that if you look at those on streets of an evening (as the Home Office had done), the bias vanishes.

Not that the police dared point this out: they heard and obeyed. The number of stop-and-searches conducted by police more than halved, but this raised an awkward question: what effect would this have on knife crime?

The latest figures arrived yesterday. Recorded knife crime rose 21 per cent in the last year across England; the number of murders in London rose 19 per cent. Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, has admitted that her officers might have become fearful of stopping and searching suspects. They wonder whether, if accused of racism, they'd be supported by their bosses. ...

Peter Neyroud, a former chief constable now at Cambridge University, has been working with officers in 40 forces to develop a "harm index". The aim is to judge crime by the harm done, rather than adding up all kinds of offences to make a misleading total. He says this index, now being used by forces to help focus on the worst crimes, has been rising fairly steeply for the past two years in many forces. ...

Now and again, out politicians talk about "evidence-based policymaking" where facts, not ideology, shape the agenda. But Tories are beginning to look guilty of policy-based evidence-making: using whatever statistics suit them politically.

It was wrong of Mrs May to pretend that the police were singling out ethnic minorities for stop-and-search – and it would be wrong for Mrs Rudd to be in denial about rising crime now.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, UK
Mohammed is rapidly becoming one of the most popular names in Germany, figures show
Nick Enoch
MailOnline, 26 January 2018


The name Mohammed is fast-becoming one of the most popular baby boy names in Germany. ...

Within three years, Mohammed could rank in the top ten, according to the head of the Society for German Language.

According to the latest data from the society (Gesellschaft für Deutsche Sprache - GfdS), statistics for 2016 reveal that Mohammed (or Muhammed) rose from 41st place in 2015 to 26th position the following year alone.

However, this does not take into account all the variant spellings, including Mohamad, Mohamed, Mehmet, and more.

If it did, Mohammed would be far higher up the ranking.

An Austrian newspaper, Kronen Zeitung, recently compiled data using all of the variants and discovered that Mohammed rocketed from 5th overall to 3rd most popular name among baby boys born in Vienna, Die Welt reported. ...

Andrea Ewels, GfdS managing director, said: 'The development is, of course, related to the wave of immigration.'

She expects Mohammed to be in the top 10 names by 2021 or 2022.

Muhammed was the most popular baby boy name in London, a UK survey revealed last May.

It was also the second most popular nationwide in Britain.
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RACISM – POLICE, HATE CRIME
Khan Blames Crime Wave on Cuts, But Fall in Police Numbers Could Be Plugged by Redeploying 'Hate Crime' Officers
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 26 January 2018


Sadiq Khan is blaming the surge in recorded crime on falling police numbers – but figures show the annual decline could be plugged by redeploying 'hate crime' officers from London alone.

The London mayor has suggested that the crime wave overtaking England and Wales – and Britain's multicultural capital, in particular – is a consequence of falling police numbers, in an opinion piece published by the left-liberal Guardian.

Figures reported elsewhere in the newspaper do show a fall of some 930 officers over the last 12 months, to 121,929 overall – but this represents a reduction in total manpower of less than 1 per cent.

Meanwhile, recorded crime rose by 14 per cent overall across 44 police force areas in England and Wales – including a 32 per cent rise in domestic burglary, a 29 per cent rise in robbery, a 23 per cent rise in sex offences, a 21 per cent rise in knife crime, and a 20 per cent rise in gun crime.

In fact, with London alone boasting over 900 police officers "dedicated to investigating hate crime" – one of Khan's top priorities as mayor – it seems likely that the annual fall could be more than adequately compensated by redeploying existing resources.

Evidence suggests that pressure from Khan and politically correct police chiefs is leading to significant resources being redirected towards offences most members of the public would not consider priorities in a time of rising violent crime.

For example, figures obtained through Freedom of Information requests revealed that some 3,395 people across 29 police force areas – 13 refused the requests, two released unusable data – were arrested under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally "cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another", in 2016.

This represented a massive increase from previous years, with police forces increasing arrests for "offensive" communications – largely social media posts – by up to 877 per cent compared to 2014.

The authorities' determination to focus on such crimes – despite a fall in actual prosecutions suggesting the arrests are largely fruitless – shows no sign of letting up, with Khan setting aside millions of pounds for an "online hate crime hub".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISLAM, OSLO, NORWAY
The Islamization of Oslo
Bruce Bawer
City Journal, 24 January 2018


... Groruddalen is home to more than a quarter of Oslo's population. /.../ For a few decades now, the valley has been associated in the Norwegian mind with Islam. ...

... From 2008 to 2010, more than 6,000 ethnic Norwegians moved out of Groruddalen, while almost twice that number of immigrants – mostly Muslims – moved in. In 2009, fully 67 percent of the children born in Stovner, a borough at the far eastern end of the valley, had non-Western mothers. ...

In 2011, Aftenposten broke the prevailing media silence on the topic by reporting on the experiences of ethnic Norwegians living in Groruddalen. "It has been difficult to be an ethnic Norwegian in Groruddalen," ... a schoolteacher who had lived in the valley all his life, told the newspaper. "It's about huge language problems, plus a pressure to adapt to norms that feel totally alien to those of us who have a Western lifestyle and mind- set." Åserud said that at some schools in the valley, "children are threatened with beating for having salami in their packed lunches. Girls are harassed for being blond, and dye their hair to fit in. ...

Two years later, in 2013, a remarkably candid SSB report acknowledged that 1,000 ethnic Norwegians were leaving Groruddalen annually, with an equal number of non-Western immigrants moving in to replace them. During that year alone, muggings in Groruddalen rose by nearly 80 percent. The great majority of perpetrators arrested were teenagers with immigrant backgrounds and Muslim names ...

In 2015, sociologist Halvor Fosli published Fremmed i eget land (A Stranger in One's Own Country), a book based on interviews with 20 ethnic Norwegian residents of Groruddalen. /.../ In short, a place where people had once lived without fear and treated one another with respect and friendliness had become charged with tension, dread, and bigotry – not anti-Muslim bigotry, mind you, but anti-Norwegian bigotry. ...

On March 11, 2017, to many viewers' surprise, the nightly news program on government-run NRK television ran an honest segment on the dramatic rise in crime in East Oslo, with a focus principally on Groruddalen – where, as journalist Anders Magnus reported, about 50 percent of the population now had non-Western immigrant backgrounds. Twelve-year-olds were selling drugs; 15-year-olds were carrying guns, knives, and baseball bats; Muslim youth gangs were assaulting adults in the open street; ...

... But the fundamental problem remains the traditional Scandinavian approach to crime: seeking out root causes, treating offenders as victims of society, and seeing compassion as a cure for criminality. This approach may work with some wayward ethnic Norwegian youths, but it makes no headway with their Muslim counterparts, whose cultural conditioning leads them to see such kid-glove treatment as a sign of weakness – and to exploit it. ...

In August 2017, Hege Storhaug of HRS took note of a promotional poster for the new library in Stovner. It depicted three dark-skinned girls, two wearing hijabs, happily reading books together. "Here," commented Storhaug, "is the future." Thorbjørn Berntsen saw it coming 16 years ago. Others did, too, but most stayed silent. Even now, as Groruddalen plunges toward anarchy and full Islamization, few dare to speak up. Meantime, beyond the hills and mountains that surround Groruddalen, the shadow that has fallen upon the valley is slowly darkening the rest of Norway.
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MULTICULTURALISM – SEGREGATION
Panorama – White Fright: Divided Britain review – the people let down by a decade of policy failure
Sam Wollaston
The Guardian, 23 January 2018


Blackburn, Lancashire: a town with about 100,000 white British people and 40,000 Asian or British Asian people, many of whom are Muslim. Ten years ago, Panorama went to find out how Blackburn's two biggest ethnic groups were getting along. The answer, in short: they weren't. ...

The experts and the numbers say it. Prof Ted Cantle who wrote the report on the race riots of northern England in 2001, and who featured in the original programme, returns. "Segregation in Blackburn is increasing, in residential terms, in school terms, probably in social terms as well," he says. ...

And, of course, it's not just about Blackburn. The polarisation of populations is increasing in towns all over the country.

The government hasn't helped much either. Dame Louise Casey was commissioned to write a review of integration policy. The government ignored it because it mentioned immigration; the pace and scale of it. "Too difficult ... too hot to handle," says the Labour MP Chuka Umunna.
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ASYLUM – STATISTICS
Asylum Statistics
Oliver Hawkins
House of Commons Library, 23 January 2018


Asylum seekers were around 6.0% of immigrants to the UK in 2016.

The number of asylum applications to the UK peaked in 2002 at 84,132. After that the number fell sharply to reach a twenty year low point of 17,916 in 2010, before rising again to reach 32,733 in 2015. The number fell in 2016, to 30,747.

The percentage of asylum applicants refused at initial decision reached its highest point at 88% in 2004. After that, the percentage of applicants refused at initial decision fell to 59% in 2014, before increasing to 66% in 2016.

In the period from 2004 to 2016, around three-quarters of applicants refused asylum at initial decision lodged an appeal, but only around one quarter of those appeals was allowed.

In 2016, 37% of asylum applicants were nationals of Asian countries, 29% were nationals of Middle Eastern countries, 23% were nationals of African countries, and 7% were from Europe.
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IMMIGRATION – UK, FRANCE
Migrants in Calais will be fast-tracked to the UK after PM bows to the French: Visa applications will now take just one month after May and Macron agree 'Sandhurst Treaty' shake up
Larissa Brown
Daily Mail, 19 January 2018


Migrants at Calais will be fast-tracked into Britain under new plans agreed by Theresa May as she bowed to further pressure from the French.

Adult migrants seeking to come to the UK via Calais will have their applications processed within one month, rather than have to wait for six months.

Children will see their waiting time slashed from six months to just 25 days, it was announced yesterday. ...

A Downing Street source insisted the plans would reduce the 'pull factor' and by speeding up the process, cases would be thrown out quicker. ...

France also wants Britain to take in more migrants from Calais, especially unaccompanied children.
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BORDER CONTROLS – COST
Calais migrant crisis has already cost UK taxpayers over £360m
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 19 January 2018


British taxpayers have forked out more than £360 million since 2010 tackling the migrant crisis in Calais, it can be revealed today. The £850,000 every week has been spent trying to stop tens of thousands sneaking into the UK from northern France.

The eye-watering total includes the £44.5 million Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday gifted French President Emmanuel Macron to beef up security at UK border controls on the Continent.

But critics said the figure was actually a gross underestimate of the UK's financial contribution to solving a problem created by the EU's open border Schengen zone.

Independent MEP Steven Woolfe said: "This is an absolute disgrace. The UK has gifted £360 million but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

"The real cost of the UK's contribution to protect the EU's borders is much higher.

"We have contributed millions of pounds to programmes in Greece and Italy to protect the borders there, and we have given millions more to Turkey to resettle economic migrants."

The overall cost to the UK is likely to be double or even quadruple the £850,000-a-week on the Calais crisis, he said.

Home Office figures obtained by this newspaper reveal Britain stumped up £111.7 million to secure the border at the height of the chaos in Calais in 2015-16, up from £48.8 million in 2014-15. ...

In addition, since October 2015, the UK has allocated more than £175 million of humanitarian assistance, including a three-year £75 million programme to meet the "urgent humanitarian needs of migrants".
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IMMIGRATION – EU MIGRANTS, BREXIT
'EU demand is ABSURD' May urged to stand strong over unlimited free movement post-Brexit
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 18 January 2018


Up to a million more EU citizens could get the right to settle in Britain if Theresa May gives in to the EU's latest negotiation demands, a report warned last night.

Research from the population pressure group Migration Watch estimated that accepting a Brussels demand for unlimited free movement to continue for a transitional period of up two year after Brexit could lead to a significant increase in the numbers allowed to come into the country before new border controls are imposed.

A draft document leaked from Brussels earlier this week showed that EU negotiators will make the demand in the next phase of talks about the UK's departure from the bloc.

They want EU citizens to continue to be able to claims full permanent residency rights in Britain throughout the transition period.

The status would give European migrants the right to be joined by direct family members, including elderly dependent relatives, future children and partners who were not EU citizens. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch, said: "This EU demand is absolutely absurd.

"We will have left the EU - that must mean that EU citizens who arrive after our departure should no longer enjoy treaty rights that derive from our membership." ...

In the past, some of the applicants have been temporary migrants who stayed for less than a year but a larger proportion of them might well stay on if the prize was a right to permanent settlement in the UK.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – PUBLIC OPINION, BELGIUM
Migrant Crisis: 77 Per Cent of Belgians 'No Longer Feel at Home'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 18 January 2018


The massive rise in the proportion of Muslim migrants in the country has resulted in two-thirds of Belgians feeling their nation is being "increasingly invaded", according to a new study.

This sentiment was especially marked among respondents to the detailed survey aged 65 and over, 84 per cent of whom likened the influx of migrants and refugees to an invasion.

Overall, two-thirds of the 4,734 people polled believe there are "too many immigrants in Belgium", while 77 per cent agreed with the statement, "Today we no longer feel at home as we did before [mass migration]".

Entitled Black Yellow Blues 2017, the research was an initiative of public broadcaster RTBF and liberal newspaper Le Soir, carried out by sociology research institute Survey and Action and the globalist 'This is Not a Crisis' foundation.

Reporting on the study, which looked at the attitudes of French-speaking Belgians and how they have changed since a similar survey was taken in 1997, RTBF laments that it depicts a population which is growing "increasingly xenophobic".

"The results raise many questions, but they revealed a society that is filled with fear and the rejection of otherness," writes the taxpayer-funded broadcaster.

Produced by This is Not a Crisis, an organisation which seeks to tackle populism at a time it says societies in the West must undergo "permanent transformations", the report claims researchers "observed the development of a true anti-Muslim paranoia [among Belgians], which has taken on a pathological dimension".

According to 74 per cent of people surveyed, Islam is "not a tolerant religion", while 60 per cent said the presence of so many Muslims in their nation presents a threat to its identity. Just 12 per cent said they believe the religion is "a source of enrichment" for Belgium. ...

"Seven out of 10 Belgians think that immigrants want to impose their way of life," the article notes disapprovingly, nowhere mentioning any of the attitudes disclosed by the 400 Muslims surveyed in the study.

These included 33 per cent of Muslim respondents revealing they "don't like Western culture", 29 per cent asserting they believe the laws of Islam to be superior to Belgian law, and 34 per cent admitting they "would definitely prefer a political system inspired by the Quran".
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MULTICULTURALISM – LIBERALISM, NATIONALISM
Why liberal societies need moderate nationalism
David Goodhart
Washington Post, 17 January 2018


The return of the discussion of tribes is a metaphorical recognition of the shallowness of much of modern liberalism, with its awkwardness about the human need for recognition, belonging and group attachment, along with its implicit claim that society is just a random collection of individuals. ...

Value tribes are an unavoidable but often fragmenting reality of the modern world. A gulf has opened between the two big, loose value tribes that dominate western liberal societies. ...

"Anywhere" people, about 25 percent of the population, tend to be educated and mobile; they value openness, autonomy and individual self-realization. They tend to have careers rather than jobs and "achieved identities" based on academic and professional success.

"Somewheres," about half of the population, are by contrast more rooted and less well-educated; they tend to value security, familiarity and group attachments (national or local) that Anywheres often don't feel or respect. Somewheres generally have "ascribed identities" – their sense of themselves is more likely to come from the place they come from and the local ways of life they are attached to, which means that they are more likely to be discomforted by rapid social change.

... In real life, the story is less binary than it sounds, and there is a big group of about 25 percent of the population who share almost equally the two loose worldviews.

It is also important to remember that both of these worldviews are, at least in mainstream form, perfectly decent and legitimate. ...

... most forms of group attachment are compatible with the main liberal values of individual rights and human moral equality. To put it another way: the human desire to belong does not require hostility to outsiders. ...

Neither militant liberals, who fear the masses are always teetering on the edge of new forms of authoritarianism, nor militant populists, who are hostile to diversity, find it easy to accept that many people live according to different norms. And, of course, it is possible to have too much fragmentation, which is why moderate nationalism remains such an important glue for liberal societies, reinforcing shared norms and social solidarity.
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION – HEALTH TOURISM
NHS stung for £200m in health tourism scam using European insurance cards
Matt Dathan
The Sun, 15 January 2018


A huge health tourism scam is costing the NHS £20 million a year.

Millions have taken advantage of a loophole to claim free healthcare across Europe – with Britain picking up the bill.

A probe by The Sun reveals how easy it is to get a fake European Health Insurance Card giving unlimited access to treatment. EU hospitals then claim the cost back from the UK government.

The NHS has paid out more than £1 billion over the past decade – an average of £20 for every card issued.

Around £200 million, the cost of 8,600 extra nurses, is thought to be fraudulent.

The health service has reclaimed just £145 million over the past five years.

We used fake national insurance numbers to get EHIC cards issued in the names of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, PM Theresa May, US President Donald Trump and EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

Figures show that the NHS issued 57 million new EHIC cards over the past decade.

But according to a whistleblower at the NHS Business Services Authority, based in Newcastle, one in five applications are fraudulent.

He said he had issued more than 20 cards to the same address after bosses told him not to waste time on checks. ...

Tory MP Sarah Wollaston, chairman of the Commons health committee, said: "I'm shocked. It exposes a serious loophole, which needs to be closed immediately."

Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said: "This looks like serious abuse of a system that is to ensure Brits on holiday or working in Europe get their healthcare covered. It's clear we need a full inquiry."
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – NUMBER, PUBLIC OPINION
Government's failure to identify the number of illegal immigrants is fuelling anxiety about how many live in Britain, report warns
Chris Greenwood
Daily Mail, 15 January 2018


The Government's failure to identify the number of illegal immigrants in the UK is fuelling widespread anxiety about numbers in the country, a report claimed last night.

MPs said fears about the impact of those here unlawfully is able to 'grow unchecked' because of a lack of official information.

They said many perceive the 'long-standing paucity' of figures as representing official 'indifference' on a matter of huge public interest.

Members of the Home Affairs Select Committee said Ministers must do more to 'reassure' voters that the issue is being taken seriously.

In a wide-ranging report, they said illegal migration can only be tackled effectively if the true 'scale and nature' of the problem is identified.

And they called for exit data and other sources to be used to produce an annual estimate of the numbers who have breached immigration rules.

They also stressed the importance of effective enforcement, highlighting how large numbers of foreign nationals, including convicted criminals, have disappeared.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FREE SPEECH, GERMANY
Germany is silencing "hate speech", but cannot define it
The Economist, 11 January 2018


Germany's memories of the Gestapo and the Stasi undergird its commitment to free speech. "There shall be no censorship," decrees the constitution. Even marches by Pegida, an Islamophobic and anti-immigrant movement founded in 2014, receive police protection. But the country of Kristallnacht and the Holocaust also takes a punitive attitude to what it deems "hate speech". ...

Reconciling these two convictions – for free speech and against hate speech – is becoming harder, particularly since Angela Merkel's refugee gambit in 2015. Opening Germany's borders to some 1.2m mostly Muslim migrants has fuelled the rise of nativist outfits like the AfD and Pegida. Racist propaganda and sensationalist reports (some, though not all, fake) of criminal and rapist immigrants have rippled across social media. In 2016, for example, the number of criminal investigations into online hate speech in Berlin rose by 50%. A number of the newcomers from the Middle East and Africa are anti-Semitic. Confronting such ills without encroaching too much on freedom of expression is tricky.

The most prominent example of the balancing act is the new Net Enforcement Law (NetzDG) /.../ It sets out 20 things defining a comment as "clearly illegal", such as incitement to hatred or showing the swastika. Once posts are flagged by users, a social-media firm has 24 hours – extended to a week in complex cases – to check and remove those that contravene the rules, or face a €50m ($60m) fine. ...

Overwhelmed by the volume and wary of incurring such huge fines, social-media firms are erring on the side of censorship. ...

Criticism is mounting. The AfD has been joined by the liberal Free Democrats, the Greens and the socialist Left party in calling for its repeal. The Federal Association of German Newspaper Publishers is also opposed. ...

All of which points to a broader truth: regulating speech was easier in the past, when Germany was a more settled, homogeneous and conformist place. The wave of new arrivals since 2015 has accelerated its long-term evolution into a more plural, fragmented country.
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RACISM – NUMBERS, STATISTICS, WHITE RACIAL INTERESTS
Scholars claim that statistics 'serve white racial interests'
Toni Airaksinen
Campus Reform, 11 January 2018


Three British professors recently promulgated the theory that statistics "serve white racial interests" because "numbers are neither objective nor color-blind." ...

Led by David Gillborn, a professor at the University of Birmingham, the professors argue that math serves white interests because it can "frequently encode racist perspectives beneath the facade of supposed quantitative objectivity."

"Contrary to popular belief, and the assertions of many quantitative researchers, numbers are neither objective nor color-blind," Gillborn and his team assert in their article for the journal Race, Ethnicity, and Education.

To address the racism numbers reinforce, the professors advocate for the adoption of "QuantCrit" – a portmanteau for "quantitative analysis" and "critical race theory." Quantcrit, they say, has five key tenets, including that "numbers are not neutral." ...

In the postmodern tradition, Gillborn and his team also argue that racism can be reinforced through numbers because they are social constructs.

"Numbers are social constructs and likely to embody the dominant (racist) assumptions that shape contemporary society," they write. As a consequence, they assert that "in many cases, numbers speak for White racial interests." ...

Despite the purported danger of statistics being used to reinforce white privilege, they predict that if used properly, statistics can "expose and delegitimize the racist (and sexist, classist, hetero-normative, and ableist) assumptions, policies, and practices that are currently supported by the uncritical use of quantitative data."

The article was co-authored by Paul Warmington, who teaches at the University of Warwick, and Sean Demack, a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. The article was published in the latest issue of Race, Ethnicity, and Education, which Gillborn edits.

As Campus Reform has reported, Gillborn is also the managing editor for the journal Whiteness in Education, ...
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – CALAIS, FRANCE
'It hasn't stopped!' Lorry drivers are ATTACKED by Calais migrants EVERY DAY, haulage boss
Abigail Morris
Daily Express, 10 January 2018


Lorry drivers are being attacked on a daily basis in Calais, Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association said.

There are still five or six reported attacks on lorry drivers in Calais a day despite the migrant camp being closed down in October 2016, Burnett said, but that number could be higher. ...

He said: "What we're still seeing, we're seeing attacks by traffickers, who, their modus operandi is to throw bricks, stones, put concrete boulders in the road, even lie in the road, to effectively stop drivers.

"In order to create a queue and to jump on vehicles so as an industry we're still facing this issue, this issue has not gone away." ...

"We set up a helpline so that we could actually get information on a daily basis so for those that are reporting it, we're getting daily reports of probably five or six attacks.

"We know the numbers are far higher than that and the attempts to get on vehicles are far higher than that on a daily basis as well."

Around 700 migrants are living rough again in the area where the Calais Jungle once stood, charities estimate.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
No, the EU isn't militarizing Africa to halt migration but simply to organize it
GEFIRA, 9 January 2018


Last summer, when the news that NGOs were shipping migrants to Italy and cooperating with traffickers surfaced, the newly elected Emmanuel Macron quickly came up with a solution: hotspots in Africa where people seeking protection could go to and apply for the status of refugee, and, if granted such a status, could be moved to Europe in an official way.

The plan has been operational for a few weeks now: the first batches of positively-verified asylum seekers have been moved to France and Italy, while European governments are sending their troops to Africa to help manage the flow. ...

The process is referred to as "humanitarian corridors" and is lobbied heavily by the open borders civil society. Asylum seekers whose request is accepted are transferred to their destination, while those whose request was rejected are moved back to their home country. ...

The plan resembles the one adopted by Merkel with the agreement with Erdogan. While the human wave stopped, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have been flown to Germany since then. Liberal leaders are convinced that immigration is not a problem if managed orderly, and that anxieties of European citizens will go away if the media covers the topic correctly. ...

Merkel's attempt to quell dissent by enacting a number of censorship laws on social media has not worked either. The problem isn't the media, nor the allegedly unjustified criticism by Europeans; the problem is her policy.
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TERRORISM – JIHADISTS
Half of UK's Isil jihadists unaccounted for, minister admits
Gordon Rayner
Daily Telegraph, 6 January 2018


Hundreds of British jihadists who travelled to the Middle East to fight for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and other terrorist groups have fallen off the radar, the security minsiter has admitted.

Ben Wallace said that around half of the estimated 850 people from the UK who went to Syria and Iraq have returned home, but ministers "don't know where" the rest of them have ended up. Up to one in five are thought to have been killed in the fighting, with a small number crossing the border into Turkey, but a "significant number" remain unaccounted for.

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IMMIGRATION – SOCIETAL CATASTROPHE
How Europe Built It's Own Funeral Pyre, Then Leapt In
Robert W. Merry
The American Conservative, 4 January 2018
[Review of "The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam" by Douglas Murray]


No, the defining issue of our day is mass immigration into the nations of Western heritage. This growing inflow threatens to remake those nations and overwhelm their cultural identity. ...

Indeed, the central battlefront in the immigration wars is Europe, which accepted a trickle of immigrants in the immediate postwar era due to labor shortages. But over the years the trickle became a stream, then a growing river, and finally a torrent – to the extent that ethnic Britons are now a minority in their own capital city, refugee flows into Germany went from 48,589 in 2010 to 1.5 million in 2015, and Italy, a key entry point, received at one point an average of 6,500 new arrivals a day.

Throughout all this, the European elites celebrated the change and imposed a kind of thought enforcement regime against those who raised questions. The in-migration was initially hailed as an economic boon; then as a necessary corrective to an aging population; then as a means of spicing up society through "diversity"; and finally as a fait accompli, an unstoppable wave wrought by the world's gathering globalization. Besides, argued the elites, the new arrivals would all become assimilated into the European culture eventually, so what's the problem? Meanwhile, public opinion surveys over decades showed that large majorities of Europeans harbored powerful misgivings about these changes.

As British journalist and author Douglas Murray writes, "Promised throughout their lifetimes that the changes were temporary, that the changes were not real, or that the changes did not signify anything, Europeans discovered that in the lifespan of people now alive they would become minorities in their own countries." ...

A key point of the book, reinforced through anecdote and abundant documentation, is that Muslim immigrants have not assimilated into their European host countries to any meaningful extent. ...

Consider also the significance of this fact: By 2015 more British Muslims were fighting for ISIS than for the British armed forces. There was nothing hidden about the resolve of many European Muslims to retain their own culture while overwhelming the European one. At a rally in Cologne in 2008, then-Turkish prime minister (later president) Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a crowd of 20,000 Turks living in Germany, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands that assimilation in Europe would constitute "a crime against humanity." ...

Reading Murray's book, one gets an understanding of why he characterizes Europe's demise as "strange." The continent's embrace of its own cultural death is indeed historically aberrational. Civilizations normally fight for the preservation of their cultures, unite to expel invaders, revere their identities and the fundamental elements of their heritage. But the West today is engaged in an extensive and progressive extravagance of civilizational self-abnegation. Murray calls this the "tyranny of guilt" and identifies it as a "pathology." ...

Murray sums up: "So Europeans are blamed for what is happening to them, are denied any legitimate way to object, and the views of the majority are made to appear not just dangerous but marginal." ...

... "To say that in the long run this heralds the makings of a societal catastrophe is to understate matters."
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HEALTH TOURISM
Health tourists are costing Britain £10 million as foreign mums rip off the NHS to get free treatment
Nick Mcdermott
The Sun, 3 January 2018


Record numbers of health tourists are flying into Britain to have their babies delivered for free on the NHS, a Sun investigation has found.

At least 2,631 ineligible women gave birth on English maternity wards last year then failed to pay, leaving a bill of £10 million.

Cases are up more than a fifth in the past 12 months, from 2,167.

Only 84 trusts that provide maternity services responded to our Freedom of Information request – around two in three. It means the real figure may be closer to 4,500 and NHS losses £16 million. ...

Ministers claim stricter checks are helping to detect more ineligible patients. ...

The biggest NHS trust, Barts in London, is seeking 438 mothers for unpaid maternity care totalling £1.75 million. Trusts admitted most would be written off.

Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said: "These figures prove the NHS is clearly seen as a soft touch."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY, EUROPE
Revealed: Royal Navy sailors have rescued 18,000 migrants from the Med and dropped them off in Europe
Larisa Brown
Daily Mail, 3 January 2018


In the last year alone, the Navy has rescued about 3,000 migrants and taken them to Italy. Sailors also helped a further 1,400 who were transferred to a Navy ship from other vessels. ...

The Navy rescued the migrants as part of a wider £15.2 million EU mission codenamed Operation Sophia. Since April 2015, the Navy has deployed six ships to rescue migrants. ...

Commenting on the latest figures, Air Chief Marshal Lord Stirrup, on the committee, praised the work of the navy but said Operation Sophia was a 'failure'.

The former Chief of the Defence staff added: 'This is not because it has failed to rescue people in danger.

'The Royal Navy, along with its partners, has done sterling work in this respect, and we should all be proud of their efforts, which must continue.

'But the aim of Operation Sophia was to break the people smugglers' business model, and this it has failed to do.'

He added: 'In some ways it has even made life easier for the smugglers, who no longer need even to pretend to transport people to the southern coast of Europe.

'They can now just push them out to sea in the flimsiest and most dangerous of craft, confident that the ships will rescue them and take then onwards.'
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HEALTH TOURISM
The new rules aimed at preventing health tourism are toothless, and leave the NHS wide open to abuse
J Meirion Thomas
Conservative Home, 3 January 2018
[J. Meirion Thomas is a former Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]


The true cost of health tourism is unknown, but on 1st February 2016, during a House of Lords debate, Lord Bates, then Secretary of State at the Home Office, estimated that according to 2013 figures, the total cost to the NHS of treating visitors and migrants in England alone was £2 billion per year.

The Government's flagship Cost Recovery Programme, effective from April 2015, was meant to collect a modest £500 million annually from health tourists by 2017-2018, but the National Audit Office report to the Public Accounts Committee in October 2016 predicted that only £346 million would be recovered by this target date.

This deficit prompted the Department of Health to issue a revised policy. /.../ As of 23rd October 2017, all NHS Trusts in England would have a statutory obligation to identify health tourists and to demand payment upfront before any investigation or treatment was started. ...

... Vital infrastructure is not in place to support the new policy.

Despite these facts, the lack of intent by the Department of Health is best displayed in paragraph 13.80 of the Guidance: "If a patient does not have sufficient funds, can they pay by instalments?" The answer given is "yes", despite confirmation from previous research commissioned by DH that of invoices raised to health tourists, only 16 per cent are paid.

The new 2017 policy, however, does have some good points. For the first time NHS staff, including doctors, will have the responsibility to report patients they think may not be entitled to free NHS care. Also of great importance, the guidance makes it clear that NHS staff facilitating health tourism may be committing fraud. Nevertheless, overall, the policy is flawed.

The British taxpayer continues to contribute to an International, not a National, Health Service and, despite powerful representations, three Conservative (or Conservative-led) governments since 2010 have failed to take effective steps to protect the NHS from health tourism abuse.
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ASYLUM – CHILDREN, COSTS
Lone child refugees are costing British councils £70,000 a year EACH with bills continuing until they reach 25
Ian Drury and Claire Duffin
Daily Mail, 3 January 2018


Each lone child refugee costs councils in Britain nearly £70,000 a year – with the bills continuing to land until they reach 25.

The migration crisis meant there were at least 4,560 unaccompanied youngsters seeking asylum at the end of last March – a rise of 134 per cent from 1,950 in 2013.

Costs to local authorities for every 100 unaccompanied children are estimated at £6.75 million a year. The Home Office provides £3.35 million – leaving a shortfall of £3.4 million.

When a child claims asylum in the UK they become the legal responsibility of the local authority in which they came forward. ...

It costs £67,634 per year to care for each of them, according to the Association of Directors of Children's Services.

That includes £50,716 for residential placement and linked care costs, £4,805 for education, £3,915 for healthcare and £3,826 for social workers.

For each lone child migrant, councils also typically pay £440 for interpreters and child advocates, £480 on English language lessons, £70 on dentists and £20 on doctor registration.
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IMMIGRATION – FRAUD, CHILDREN, DEPORTATION
Just one in five fake child migrants caught lying about their age in the last six years was sent home
Alexander Robertson
MailOnline, 2 January 2018


Just one in five young asylum seekers who lied about their age in a bid to enter the UK is ever forced out of the country, it has been revealed.

Home Office records reveal that 2,644 adults were caught trying to cross the border into Britain from 2010 to 2016 as an 'unaccompanied asylum seeking' child.

However, only 580 of these people were kicked out after being caught posing as a vulnerable child in a bid to cheat their way into the UK.

Statistics for 2017, from January to September, showed that two-thirds of the 692 people whose date of birth was challenged by the Home Office were over 18.

The investigation, carried out by the Daily Express, also revealed how the amount of asylum applications for vulnerable children jumped after the infamous Calais refugee camp was demolished in October 2016.

Statistics for the final quarter of that year disclosed how 1,006 males and 170 females made such applications.

Figures for 2016 showed that 575 of the total number of 3,290 claimants were discovered to be over 18, while just 37 of those were kicked out of the UK.

Tony Smith, former director general of UK Border Force, told the Express that the low risk of being forced back out of the UK made lying a risk worth taking for migrants.
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