CRIME TAX FRAUD, TERRORISM
Taxman kept quiet while £8bn fraud helped fund Osama bin Laden
Sunday Times, 31 March 2019
For years a UK gang infiltrated government agencies and
funnelled cash to al-Qaeda but the watching HMRC kept MI5 in the dark
Gangsters have stolen billions of pounds of British taxpayers'
money and used tens of millions to fund terrorism, according to police and
A network of British Asians based in London,
Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, northwest England and Scotland mounted VAT and
benefit frauds against the exchequer over two decades and made further
gains from mortgage and credit card fraud targeting banks and individuals.
The group netted an estimated £8bn in public money alone.
gang, which has links to the 7/7 London bombings in which 52 people died,
is alleged to have sent 1% of its gains, or £80m, to al-Qaeda in
Pakistan and Afghanistan, where it funded madrasahs, training camps and
other terrorist activities, according to the leaked files.
Terrorism fears as 3,000 UK children a year go to 'jihadi' schools in Pakistan, secret government report reveals
Mail on Sunday, 24 March
A secret Government report has warned that more than 3,000
British children are being taken to Pakistan each year and enrolled in
extremist summer schools.
The chilling Home Office study says
courses at madrasas teach a 'glorified version of jihad', according to a
Officials fear some youngsters will be radicalised and
return to the UK with a warped ideology and pose a terrorism risk.
'It is highly likely that this education in Pakistan, even for
short periods of time, increases the risk of exposure to extremism for
British-Pakistani children,' the source told The Mail on Sunday.
'Enrolment at madrasas poses the greatest risk of exposure to more
serious forms of religious extremism.'
Two of the 7/7 bombers,
Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, enrolled on madrasa courses in
Pakistan a year before they launched their deadly attack in 2005, which
But the security services have established that some
Pakistani parents take their children back to their native homeland during
summer holidays under the pretext of visiting extended family.
reality, they sign them up for lessons at some of Pakistan's estimated
The report says some of those madrasas receive
funds raised in Britain and that UK-based imams have established seminaries
in their ancestral homeland.
CRIME FRAUD, THEFT
How Eastern European gangs fly into UK on 'fraud holidays' to steal thousands of bank details from cash machines before going home 'millionaires'
The Sun, 21 March 2019
Eastern European gangs are flying into Britain to steal
thousands of bank account details from our cash points before returning
home "millionaires", according to police.
One criminal gang alone
harvested details worth more than £3 million in the space of a few
days after cloning card and pin numbers with a skimming device.
This shocking scale of fraud is revealed in a new ITV documentary,
Fraud: How They Steal Your Bank Account, as it follows detectives from a
specialist police unit in a bid to tackle Britain's fastest growing crime.
Detective Superintendent Perry Stokes says: "They are basically
coming over for a very short period of time, a couple of weeks, to commit
wholesale ATM fraud. It's almost like a fraud holiday."
Sergeant Phil Elms adds: "You have these guys coming over into the UK for a
week and can go back millionaires, effectively." ...
Constable Andy Lovett says: "It's over £3 million of estimated losses
and this is just from one criminal gang. There's several of these gangs all
over the country that are operating so this barely touches the surface of
what's happening in the UK."
IMMIGRATION ABROAD IMMIGRANT COSTS, FINLAND
A single Somali migrant costs the Finnish State almost 1 million euros during their lifetime
Voice of Europe, 20 March 2019
A pioneering survey by the think tank Suomen Perusta linked to
the Finns party has estimated lifetime costs associated with Iraqi and
Somali migrants, who constitute the largest groups of so-called
"humanitarian immigration" to Finland, Sputnik News reports.
government-generated statistics, Suomen Perusta calculated that an average
Iraqi migrant moving to Finland between the ages of 20 to 24 is expected to
cost Finland 690,000 ($783,000).
A Somali migrant of the same
age was estimated to be even more expensive, burdening the Finnish state
with 951,000 ($1.08 million).
If child-related issues are
included, the costs rise to 844,000 ($957,000) and 1,343,000
($1.5 million) respectively. For the sake of comparison, the reference mean
value for native-born Finns was set at 0 Euros.
second-generation of migrants who have grown up in Finland were found to
have a rate of social and economic exclusion and income support 6-8 times
higher than native-born Finnish young adults, despite having received basic
education in Finland.
A total of 49 and 50 percent of 22-year-old
Iraqi and Somali migrants were income support recipients, as opposed to
only 11 percent of their Finnish peers, the report found. ...
According to Finland's Migration Board (Migri), almost 5,000 Iraqi
and just under 3,000 Somali asylum seekers received a positive decision
last year alone.
If Suomen Perusta's calculation is true, they will
set Finland back 3.5 billion ($3.9 billion) and 2.9 billion
($3.3) respectively, the newspaper Iltalehti reported.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, DEPORTATION, USA
Why aren't we deporting illegal aliens who already have deportation orders?
Conservative Review, 19 March 2019
We are told by the legal profession that nothing can be done to
block bogus asylum-seekers from entering our country en masse, obtaining
catch-and-release, and remaining here pending the outcome of a court
decision that may be years in coming. But why is the DHS not at least
deporting those who already went through this tedious process and have been
ordered to be deported? Doing so would not only help eliminate public
charge and potential gang members and drug runners for MS-13, it would
deter the current and future wave waiting at the "conveyor belt" through
Mexico from making the trip north.
According to new data obtained
by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) via a FOIA request, there
are 644,488 illegal aliens remaining in our country who have already been
served final deportation orders. And those are just from the top four
countries of origin El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.
/.../ The total number of illegal aliens who remain in the country despite
final deportation orders is 1,009,550.
In addition, there are
roughly 1.1 million others from those four counties who have "pending final
orders" and are close to receiving deportation orders. Those with pending
final orders are usually individuals who have already been ordered deported
by immigration judges but are appealing their case to the Bureau of
Immigration Appeals (BIA), the appellate body of the DOJ's administrative
That is a total of 1.7 million illegal aliens
from Mexico and Central America with final or near-final orders of
deportation. Those numbers are as of June 2018, right before the largest
surge in Central Americans began over that summer and intensified in the
fall of 2018 and winter of 2019. The total number of those ordered deported
or with pending deportation orders for nationals of all countries of origin
is 2.55 million. ...
If we prioritized both DOJ adjudicative
resources and ICE deportation resources for these people more than for
anyone else, it would immediately send the signal back to the next wave in
Central America that we actually enforce our laws, according to Thomas
Homan, former ICE associate director in the Obama administration. "ICE
should do a nationwide operation to locate, arrest, and remove those who
have entered the U.S. illegally, including family units, who have had their
due process, lost their cases, and have been ordered removed by a judge,
said Homan in a statement to CR. "If a final order issued by a federal
judge doesn't mean anything and it isn't executed, then there is no
integrity in the entire system."
Of course, in general, it makes
sense for ICE to prioritize the deportation of the two million known
criminal aliens. But it is well worthwhile to divert resources for a few
months to deport those who are fueling the current boundless migration. ...
How is it that, in 1954, President Eisenhower directly and
indirectly removed over one million illegal aliens in just a few months
without any lawfare, yet we don't have the resources to remove the million
with final deportation orders or the two million known criminal aliens, and
certainly not both? Where there is a will, there is a way.
Migration statistics: How many asylum seekers and refugees are there in the UK?
House of Commons Library, 18 March
There are a few different ways to quantify the number of asylum
seekers in the UK. The first is the number of people who apply for asylum
In 2018, 37,453 people applied for asylum. This
number has been roughly constant over the past five years and is
substantially lower than in 2002, when the number of applications peaked at
Another approach is to look at the Home Office's
administrative statistics, which show there were 88,848 asylum cases 'in
progress' at the end of June 2018. This takes into account all pending
applications and cases in which the application has been refused but the
applicant has not yet left the country or has secured leave to remain via
A third indicator is the number of people receiving
Section 95 support, which is a weekly stipend given to asylum seekers who
do not have independent means.
At the end of December 2018,
there were 44,258 asylum seekers receiving government support.
Around one third of asylum applications receive an initial decision
within one year. Anyone seeking asylum can appeal an initial decision and,
if this is unsuccessful, can request a judicial review. This means the
whole process can continue over several years.
For this reason,
comparing the number of grants of asylum in one year against the number of
applications does not give us an accurate indicator of the 'success
rate' of applications.
The Home Office has started producing
analysis of the final outcome of cases, by annual cohort based on the year
of initial application. The most recent cohorts have a high proportion of
'outcome unknown' cases but if we look back to, say, cases which began
between 2010 and 2014, we can map their final outcomes as follows:
Syrian refugees are a special case within the statistics. Although
many have applied for asylum through the UK's in-country asylum process
(919 in 2018), the majority of Syrian refugees in the UK have been
resettled directly from refugee camps.
From 2014 onwards, the UK
began resettling Syrians under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme
(VPRS), with the aim of resettling 20,000 by 2020. The current number
resettled in the UK is around 15,000.
Resettled people are granted
refugee status or another form of humanitarian protection by the UK while
abroad and then brought to live in the UK.
While in refugee camps,
people's refugee status is determined by officials from UNHCR and the UK
Government then selects who will be offered resettlement in the UK.
Given the scale of the VPRS (and other resettlement schemes in
place), resettled people made up just over one quarter (27%) of those
granted asylum in the UK over the last five years (2014-2018).
2018, at least 20,000 people were granted asylum in the UK, including
resettled people. This is around half the number granted in 2001 at
least 48,000 the year with the most grants in recent decades.
'Asylum' is used here in a broad sense and includes those granted
refugee status, humanitarian protection, and discretionary leave to remain
on humanitarian grounds.
The present number is boosted by around
5,000 per year under resettlement programmes, the largest among them via
TERRORISM DOUBLE STANDARDS
New Zealand's ghoulish opportunists
Spiked, 18 March 2019
The bodies of the 50 murdered Muslims were barely cold before
various observers, activists and leftists were naming and shaming those
people who they think 'laid the ground' for this atrocity. And it
apparently includes everyone from alt-right agitators to any mainstream
newspaper columnist who has raised so much as a peep of criticism about
radical Islam. ...
What has been extraordinary in the aftermath of
the deranged racist slaughter in two mosques in New Zealand has been the
way the chattering classes in Western countries have instructed us to do
the kind of thing they tell us not to do in the wake of acts of
Islamist terror. Following Islamist barbarism in Europe and the US in
recent years whether it was the murder of 86 people with a 10-tonne
truck in Nice, or the gunning to death of 90 rock fans in the Bataclan in
Paris, or the bombing of young girls and their parents at the Manchester
Arena the instruction from our betters has been the same every time.
Don't get angry, they say. Don't exaggerate the threat of terrorism, they
counsel. And don't dare suggest that any book or idea, whether it is the
Koran itself or pamphlets handed out at more questionable mosques,
contributed to this attack. 'These killers have nothing to do with Islam',
as the tiresome, silencing mantra goes. Our role after Islamist terror is
to manage our anger, put politics on hold, lay a flower or two, and then go
back to our everyday lives. 'Don't look back in anger', as the anthem went
This time the response could not be more
different. Now we are actively invited to feel anger. Now we are told we
must look for the source material that inspired this hateful individual and
then condemn it and censor it. Now we are told that we must organise
against the new fascism. After Islamist terror the key instruction from the
self-styled guardians of correct moral thought is that we should forget
politics and just grieve. ...
The first striking thing about this
blame game is how much its morbid practitioners sound like McCarthyites and
other 20th-century authoritarians. Just as that old breed of tyrant would
respond to difficult or horrific events by searching for some piece of
literature or idea to blame them on, so the new exploiters of mass murder
are holding up certain newspaper columnists and right-wing shock jocks as
'facilitators' of the new hate and the new barbarism. ...
second striking thing about the response to the attack in New Zealand is
the double standards it has exposed. Not all terror is treated equally. We
know that for sure now. The right-on are far angrier about this than they
ever were about any act of Islamist slaughter of the past few years. /.../
The NZ attack is proof of a rising tide of hatred, they say, and yet they
never said that about the more than 500 people killed in Europe by
supporters of a 7th-century religious death cult over the past five years.
Why this double standard? Why is New Zealand 2019 fascism, but
Paris 2015 was not? Why should this rally us to action, but Paris, Nice,
Toulouse, Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona, Stockholm, Turku, Manchester and
London should not? Why is this evidence of a new hatred we must confront,
but the slaughter of 22 mostly young people in Manchester was not?
IMMIGRATION STUDENTS, EMPLOYMENT
Visa extension to boost numbers of overseas students in UK after Brexit
The Guardian, 16 March 2019
International students will be given visa extensions of up to a
year to look for work in the UK as part of a package of government measures
to boost numbers of overseas students after Brexit.
represents a break with current policy, where students are allowed to stay
for just four months after graduation.
Announcing the strategy, the
Department for Education (DfE) said: "There is no limit on the number of
international students that can study in the UK, and to ensure the UK
continues to attract and welcome them, the post-study leave period will be
extended to six months for undergraduate and master's students, and a year
for doctoral students."
The announcement said the government would
also consider "how the visa process could be improved for applicants and
supporting student employment", hinting at another possible change in
Alongside the extended visas, the DfE and the Department
for International Trade are to unveil an international education strategy
with a 30% increase in overseas students in UK higher education during the
CRIME KNIFE CRIME, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Ex-police chief blames senior politicians' 'political correctness' over stop and search for surge in knife crime
Daily Telegraph, 14 March
Knife crime and violence has surged because a "contagion of
political correctness" among senior politicians drove them to sharply
reduce stop and search, a former Met Police commissioner says.
Paul Stephenson also suggested some politicians have been more concerned
with avoiding blame than "accepting responsibility for the mounting toll of
young bodies in our mortuaries."
Although Sir Paul did not identify
any politician by name, Theresa May, when Home Secretary, oversaw a big
decline in stop and search, falling from 23 per 1,000 people in 2009/10 to
five per 1000 in 2016/17 amid concerns that it was being disproportionately
against black communities.
Describing knife crime as a "scourge"
that is "afflicting our young people", he said: "Let no one peddle the
nonsense of simple 'go to' solutions there aren't any. Let no one
tell you that we haven't been here before we have.
one tell you that the dramatic reduction in stop-and-search activities by
police officers, driven by naivity, a refusal to listen, arrogance and the
contagion of unanalysed political correctness by senior politicians hasn't
contributed to the shameful problem confronting us.
"And am I alone
in suspecting that recent statements on this matter by some senior
politicians owe more to avoidance of blame and self-justification than they
do to acceptance of responsibility for the mounting toll of young bodies in
our mortuaries and effective policy making?"
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION, 18 COUNTRIES
Around the World, More Say Immigrants Are a Strength Than a Burden
Ana Gonzalez-Barrera and Phillip Connor
Pew Research Center, 14 March 2019
Majorities of publics in top migrant destination countries say
immigrants strengthen their countries, according to a 2018 Pew Research
Center survey of 18 countries that host half of the world's migrants.
In 10 of the countries surveyed, majorities view immigrants as a
strength rather than a burden. Among them are some of the largest migrant
receiving countries in the world: the United States, Germany, the United
Kingdom, France, Canada and Australia (each hosting more than 7 million
immigrants in 2017).
By contrast, majorities in five countries
surveyed Hungary, Greece, South Africa, Russia and Israel see
immigrants as a burden to their countries. ...
opinion on the impact of immigrants is divided in the Netherlands. In Italy
and Poland, more say immigrants are a burden, while substantial shares in
these countries do not lean one way or the other (31% and 20%
Attitudes are mixed on immigrants' willingness
to adopt the destination country's customs or wanting to be distinct from
its society. A median of 49% among countries surveyed say immigrants want
to be distinct from the host country's society, while a median of 45% say
immigrants want to adopt the host country's customs and way of life. ...
In several immigrant destination countries, large majorities say
immigrants are not more to blame for crime than other groups. This is the
case in Canada, the U.S., France and the UK. Among other countries
surveyed, only in South Africa, Sweden and Greece do majorities believe
that immigrants are more to blame for crime than other groups.
the Netherlands, Japan, Israel and Germany, opinions are split on the
impact of immigrants on crime. ...
In seven countries, majorities
believe immigrants do not increase the risk of terrorism in the host
country. These include all surveyed countries in North America (Mexico,
Canada and the U.S.), as well as South Africa and Japan. Publics in France
and Spain, two European countries that were not at the center of the 2015
refugee crisis, also hold this view.
By contrast, majorities in
seven European nations Hungary, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Russia,
Germany and the Netherlands believe immigrants increase the risk of
terrorism in their countries.
Views on the topic are divided in the
UK, Australia and Israel. ...
In seven of the 10 EU countries
surveyed, majorities support the deportation of immigrants living in their
country illegally. In 2007, between 1.7 million and 3.2 million
unauthorized, or irregular, migrants were estimated to be living in the 10
EU countries surveyed. ...
Similarly, majorities in Russia, South
Africa, Australia and Japan also support deporting immigrants living in
those countries illegally.
In the U.S., public opinion is divided
on the issue. About half (46%) of the public supports deporting immigrants
residing there illegally, while the other half (47%) opposes their
deportation. The Center estimates 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants
lived in the U.S. in 2016, which represented less than a quarter (23.7%) of
the U.S. immigrant population. ... In Mexico, fewer than half (43%) say
they support the deportation of immigrants living there illegally.
CRIME ALBANIAN GANGS
The inside story of how brutal Albanian gangs rose from the UK's premier sex traffickers to kingpin cocaine dealers
The Sun, 11 March 2019
The devastating Balkan Wars had brought a swathe of Kosovans
claiming asylum to Britain's shores.
Immigration officials, unable
to cope with the surge in the late 90s and early 2000s, simply waved the
refugees through to begin their new lives in the UK.
were many Albanians claiming to be Kosovan in what has since been described
as "the biggest case of nationality switching" in recent UK immigration
They included a small, hardened band of war veterans keen
to make their mark in Britain. ...
For police officers on the
ground it was the Albanians' ability to use brutal violence, especially
against their own trafficked women, which shook the underworld sex trade.
Paul Holmes, a former police inspector and head of Scotland Yard's
sex trafficking unit, described how the Albanians' brutality shocked his
team of officers. ...
"It was with increasing speed they started to
takeover large swathes of the London sex business, both central and
The brutally violent criminals, trading on their
reputation as veterans of the Balkan Wars, soon moved from smuggling people
to guns and drugs into the UK.
In Europe they became allies of the
Turkish and Italian gangs as enforcers, hitmen and traffickers of heroin
Then they began dealing cannabis by growing
"potent strains" of the drug - even using slave labour here in the UK.
Police sources have described how in the early 2000s in London they
fought against Jamaican and Chinese drug gangs for control of the illegal
Now they have moved on to penetrate all levels of the UK's
£5 billion cocaine trade - from an army of dial-a-drug street dealers
to kingpin wholesalers controlling imports from South America and northern
Police sources have warned that Albanians illegally
flooding into the UK have provided a fresh, ready-made workforce for the
Known as the Mafia Shqiptare, the fiercely loyal and
vengeful groups work by their traditional codes of "besa" - to keep
promises - and "kanun" - the ancient blood feud laws.
Migration from India soars as businesses plan for life beyond Brexit
People Management, 11 March 2019
The number of migrants from south Asian countries including
India who started work in the UK increased 30 per cent last year as
businesses began looking beyond the EU for talent at least in
sectors such as healthcare and IT.
The number of migrants from the
region which includes India, Pakistan and the Philippines who
registered for national insurance (NI) numbers reached 68,381 in the year
to December 2018, up from 53,594 over the same period in 2017.
India alone saw a 43 per cent increase in the number of
registrations, to more than 45,000, making it the third largest source of
The figures suggest businesses are gradually
beginning to adjust their talent strategies to compensate for a reduction
in available skills after Brexit. However, there were still twice as many
EU nationals beginning work in 2018 as non-EU nationals, and the 28,010
increase in non-EU nationals joining the workforce was dwarfed by a 78,409
fall in EU nationals. ...
Romania (which is part of the EU but not
part of the EU8) and Poland remained the first and second largest sources
of new labour despite seeing a drop of 13 and 26 per cent respectively.
There were 134,492 new registrations from Romania, almost three times the
number from Poland. ...
Karendeep Kaur, senior immigration
consultant at Migrate UK, said her firm had also seen an increase in the
number of intra-company transfers from Asia. ...
"I think we're
finding that although [Brexit has] stopped a lot of EU nationals coming to
the UK, it hasn't stopped the rest of the world." ...
employers will rightly be concerned about the migration restrictions that
are due to be introduced that will affect EU nationals, what perhaps has
not been acknowledged is the positive changes that have been suggested for
recruiting non-EU nationals," said Davies, citing plans to lower skill
requirements and scrap the resident labour market test, both of which were
outlined in the government's post-Brexit immigration plan.
CRIME KNIFE CRIME, SOMALIS
Mothers send sons to Somalia to avoid knife crime
The Observer, 10 March 2019
British teenagers are being sent by their parents to Somalia,
itself recovering from a series of terror attacks, because of concern that
the police cannot protect them from knife crime.
from north London's Somali community say hundreds of children have been
flown to Somalia, Somaliland and Kenya because of rising concerns over drug
gangs and county lines, the criminal networks that use children to
transport drugs from cities to the provinces.
In a series of
interviews, Somali mothers who arrived in London after fleeing their
country during its 1990s civil war told the Observer that many of their
sons had asked to leave the UK because of drug gangs and the threat of
Rakhia Ismail, Islington deputy mayor, said: "Sending
them away has become the only way they can be safer. This issue of safety
has been repeatedly raised by the community but nobody has listened. So
many children have gone abroad. Two weeks ago, there was a stabbing and a
child was taken back home two days later." ...
The high levels of
violence facing parts of British society are evident in the testimony of
Islington's sizeable Somali community. Representatives say 50-70% have been
directly affected by county lines and knife crime.
treasurer of Islington Somalia Forum and founder of Minority Matters, said:
"Hundreds of youngsters have been taken to Somalia, Somaliland and Kenya,
some taken all the way to the rural areas. Parents feel they have no choice
if they want their son to be safe."
Ali, a mother of seven, sent
her 15-year-old son to Somalia to protect him from gangs and said many of
her friends now have children on two continents.
How robots will end mass-immigration policies and make workers happier
Financial Post, 8 March 2019
[Lawrence Solomon is policy director of Toronto-based Probe International]
U.S. robot use, up by a whopping 16 per cent last year, is at
record highs; U.S. unemployment, meanwhile, is at 50-year lows with people
abandoning welfare for work. American wages are rising too. And all of this
is happening largely for the same reason. President Donald Trump's tariffs,
opposition to multilateral trade and immigration policies have tightened
labour markets, letting workers bid up wages while spurring industry to
find alternatives to the low-cost migrant labour it has relied upon in
Robots are not yet leading to mass unemployment and
social instability as predicted, and are unlikely to ever do so. Because
humans have insatiable, ever-changing wants, there will always be limitless
demand for workers to satisfy those wants, no matter how many low-skill and
routinized jobs in future go the way of elevator operators and bank
tellers. Robots need not be feared for another reason, too. Rather than
being the dreaded economic disruptor many label them as, robots are more
likely to be a force for social stability. They have the potential to
counter one of the main sources of conflict in the western world today:
cheap-labour-driven globalization and the reaction to it demands to
promote nationalism by restricting mass migration.
Big business in
the Western world whether represented by the Koch brothers on the
right or the EU model on the left has been the most powerful force
arguing for mass migration. Its argument in this alliance that
migrants from Mexico, Turkey and other poor countries are needed because
Westerners aren't willing to do menial work has been persuasive,
undercutting those in the broad middle class who felt they weren't sharing
in the economic growth.
But the persuasion only lasted so long.
After some four decades of little or no growth in median incomes, the
backlash against the so-called "one per cent" became potent, electing
Donald Trump as president in the United States, fostering Brexit and
numerous other exit-EU movements in Europe, and raising animosities between
the globalists and the nationalists to destructive levels.
could soon become peacemakers. Once Western big business recognizes that it
doesn't need to import cheap labour to turn profits, it can stop pushing
immigration policies that affect workers who must compete for wages in the
job market. ...
... American workers today have no reason to fear
the robot. The robot is their friend.
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION
Immigration from India is unpopular in UK: study
The Hindu, 7 March 2019
Britons don't want higher levels of immigration from India and
many other non-EU countries even if it comes at the price of not securing a
free trade agreement, new research in the U.K. has found.
higher levels of immigration from the U.S., Canada and Australia would be
tolerated in exchange for trade arrangements, polling carried out on behalf
of the Henry Jackson Society, a neo-Conservative think tank, found. ...
Opinion polling conducted in early January, suggested that just 9%
of the public were willing to accept significantly higher levels of
immigration from India, with just 26% willing to accept slightly higher
levels, according to the research. The same applies to a range of countries
from South Africa, to China to Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Turkey, Russia,
Japan and Saudi Arabia as well as to the EU and individual member states
such as France, Germany and Italy. ...
While Britain is overhauling
its immigration regime to bring in a system based on the skills set of the
person wanting to come to the U.K. rather than on their origin, it has been
adamant that its fundamental approach has been welcoming of the "brightest
and the best." Last year in evidence to a parliamentary committee,
Britain's foreign office insisted that India accounted for the largest
number of individuals staying in the U.K. illegally.
TERRORISM ISLAM, EUROPE
Radical Islamic Terrorism Accounts for 91 Percent of European Terror Victims
Breitbart, 7 March 2019
The newly released Black and White Book of Terrorism in
Europe has revealed radical Islamic terrorists have accounted for 91
percent of the total terror victims since the year 2000.
is an initiative of Spanish MEP Maité Pagazaurtundua, president of
the Foundation for Victims of Terrorism, listing the 753 people killed in
terror attacks in the European Union between 2000 and 2018, Le
The report also examines European victims of
terror globally, revealing that a further 1,115 people including tourists
and military personnel had also been victims of terrorism during the same
In total, 91 percent of the victims were killed by radical
Islamic extremists, 20 percent of whom were murdered by suicide bombers.
Political terror casualties have been far lower, with far-left
extremists and far-right extremists each murdering 13 people. ...
In terms of EU countries, Spain has seen the most terror-related
deaths, with 268 victims, closely followed by France with 263. ...
In 2017, Europe faced an estimated 205 separate terror plots
according to Europol with 107 of the plots being reported by the United
POLITICS POLITICAL LEFT, EUROPE
Europe's anti-immigration left
Washington Times, 7 March 2019
[Daniel Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum]
With very few exceptions, liberals in the United States favor
high levels of immigration; and the American left goes further, calling to
"Abolish ICE" (a reference to Immigration Customs and Enforcement,
America's border security agency). But developments in Europe suggest this
near-unanimity could one day shatter.
Since the end of World War
II, Europe's left has overwhelmingly seen the free movement of labor and
immigration as the best ways to challenge corporate interests; in the words
of progressive writer David Adler (on whose article, "Meet Europe's Left
Nationalists," I have relied here), these "hastened the pace of history and
heightened capitalism's contradictions."
Accordingly, the left
helped build the European Union and then pass the 1985 Schengen Agreement
(that virtually eliminated internal borders among 26 European countries
with a population of more than 400 million). It also enthusiastically
welcomed non-Europeans, an approach that culminated in 2015-16 with Angela
Merkel (a leftist in conservative disguise) taking in a million-plus
migrants, mostly from the Middle East, who were met in Germany by a
Willkommenskultur, or welcoming culture.
That massive influx, and
especially the Islamists among them, stimulated a backlash among the left's
historic base, the workers, leading them to desert it in favor of
once-marginal anti-immigration and anti-Islamization parties, the ones I
call civilizationist. These parties, with their mix of generous social
benefits and strong border controls, are gaining throughout Europe to the
point that they wield real power in five governments (those of Poland,
Czechia, Hungary, Austria and Italy).
Getting elected, leftists
increasingly realize, means making what Mr. Adler calls a "momentous turn"
away from both the single European labor market and migration from outside
Europe; this doublet, they recently discovered, "encourages exploitation,
erodes community, and denies popular sovereignty." Left nationalists
criticize the free movement of labor for several reasons: Economic (jobs
lost, wages undercut), cultural (loss of solidarity, xenophobia) and
political (an elite project not endorsed by the masses).
startling turn-around, open borders are now seen as harming working-class
interests while strict border controls assure workers' rights. The nation,
long seen as a bourgeois project, has become a shield for workers against
the perils of globalism. ...
Mr. Adler notes that 40 percent of
Democrats in the United States want yet higher levels of immigration than
at present, in contrast to just 5 percent of Labor voters in the United
MULTICULTURALISM INTEGRATION, ISLAM
Dutch professor: "No Western country has managed to successfully integrate Muslims"
Voice of Europe, 7 March 2019
Based on his 20-year-long studies on integration and
assimilation, Dutch professor of sociology Ruud Koopmans has come to the
conclusion that Muslims are more difficult to integrate than other migrant
Ruud Koopmans claims than no Western country has managed to
successfully integrate Muslims.
"Muslims are much worse at
integration than other groups of migrants, and there is no doubt that in
most other groups of migrants, we see great progress from one generation to
the next. Although it's not completely absent in Muslims, the change is
much slower," he told Danish newspaper Berlingske recently.
65 percent of the Turkish and Moroccan Muslims in six European countries
consider religious rules to be more important than the secular law of the
country in which they live.
Muslims consider themselves separate
from other non-Muslim groups, and refrain from broader interaction with
those outside their religion.
The fundamentalist interpretation of
the Quran, which is prevalent among Muslims, prevents them from being
integrated into Western countries.
And up to 50 percent of Muslims
in Europe hold fundamentalist beliefs. By contrast, the proportion of
fundamentalists among Christians is much lower, at less than 4 percent,
according to Koopmans' data. ...
"The main problem is how many
Muslims and, globally, many Muslim countries interpret Islam. Namely, in a
way that basically claims that the Quran and the Sunna must be taken
literally, and that the way the Prophet lived in the 7th century must be
the yardstick for how Muslims should live in the 21st century."
"Such a brand of Islam is, firstly, a threat to world peace.
Secondly, it prevents integration," Koopmans concluded.
EMIGRATION NIGERIA, AFRICA
Is Nigeria about to become the next Venezuela? The signs are not good
Daily Telegraph, 6 March 2019
Nigeria may be a country of nearly 200m, ...
perhaps, but the fact is that even as Western populations age and decline,
Nigeria's, like much of the rest of Africa, is on an explosive growth path.
On the present trajectory, Nigeria's population is expected to more than
double over the next 30 years, reaching a scarcely credible 750m by 2100,
according to projections by the Census Bureau of the United States. That's
plainly not going to be sustainable, and therefore quite unlikely to occur
in practice, but even if only half right, it creates, in the absence of
extremely rapid per capita economic growth, myriad problems for the West.
The challenge of mass migration from Sub-Saharan Africa we see
today threatens to turn into an exodus of positively biblical proportions.
However vigorous, conventional border controls would struggle to prevent
it. It is therefore very much in the West's interests that Africa follows
Asia into rapid economic advancement.
But here's the paradox.
Experience suggests that migration from the developing world peaks when
national income reaches the £4,500 to £5,500 per capita range.
Much below that, and only the middle classes and the enterprising have the
wherewithal to make the break. Once income reaches that level, however, it
provudes the means for mass migration.
CRIME VIOLENCE, MURDER, RACE, BBC
We desperately need to be honest about the links between race and gang violence
Daily Telegraph, 1 March 2019
Anne Longfield's report, published yesterday, into childhood
violence and vulnerability asserted that some 27,000 under-19s identify
themselves as gang members. More than 300,000 admit to knowing someone who
is in a gang. In the past week alone, nine boys have died in English
cities, mostly from stab wounds after vicious, coordinated attacks. NHS
officials report that the number of non-lethal assaults of this kind is now
running into the thousands. ...
Longfield's report is based on
detailed examination of data from the ONS's British Crime Survey, backed by
a wealth of other research. She points out that children sucked into the
spiral of violence are more likely than average to come from homes where
parents are violent towards each other and to their families; where adults
take drugs and allow their children to copy them; and where others have
been involved in criminal activity. Many have been excluded from school and
placed in units where they are preyed upon by criminals.
credit, Longfield goes beyond the usual hand-wringing by linking her
analysis to that of another, equally formidable public servant Dame Louise
Casey, author of an uncompromising 2016 report into the grooming scandals
in Rotherham, Rochdale and elsewhere. Casey told us what everyone knew but
no one wanted to say: that the sexual crimes against hundreds of children,
mostly white girls, were (and probably still are) being carried out by
mostly British Pakistani Muslim men but no one would ever point the
finger at the perpetrators for fear of being denounced as racists and
Islamophobes. Truth was sacrificed on the altar of racial tranquillity.
Though Longfield does not say so in terms, the evidence shows that
the wave of killings and maimings we are seeing are assassinations of black
children by other black children, all too often directed by adult drug
dealers. And it pays to read the small print in her report. The technical
appendices tell us that, in effect, race is the best predictor of being in
a gang, being a victim of knife crime or of being a killer.
children who are not involved in gangs, more than 81 per cent are white and
just 7 per cent black; but among those identified as gang members by social
work practitioners the figures are 48 per cent white and 31 per cent black.
Worse still, among those in greatest trouble the "extensive
offending group" in the jargon black youngsters make up 37 per cent
of the population compared to 39 per cent whites.
In essence, black
boys are more than 20 times as likely to be involved in serious attacks
compared with their white peers. ...
Yet, to read our newspapers
and to listen to our media, you would imagine that race played no part in
this issue at all. The BBC in particular is guilty of whitewashing the
truth. Its defence is that race should only be reported where it is
relevant. Yet it has no qualms about routinely describing stop and search
by police in racial terms. ...
The daily parade of dark faces in
items about knife crime tells its own story. And the routine appearance of
such individuals as "Olu from Brixton" in radio interviews would provoke
howls of "racist dog-whistling" around Broadcasting House were the BBC's
own journalists not so deeply complicit in the silence.
UK migration: Rise in net migration from outside EU
BBC, 28 February 2019
Net migration to the UK from countries outside the European
Union has hit its highest level for 15 years, the Office for National
Figures show 261,000 more non-EU citizens came to
the UK than left in the year ending September 2018 - the highest since
In contrast, net migration from EU countries has continued to
fall to a level last seen in 2009. ...
And separate figures
released by the Home Office show the number of EU nationals applying for
British citizenship hit an all-time high last year, rising by 23% to about
In December, the prime minister said the government was
sticking to its longstanding ambition to bring net migration down to the
"tens of thousands".
In the year to September, a total of 627,000
people moved to the UK and 345,000 people left the UK - a net migration of
283,000, ONS figures show.
Universities in dark over diversity drive
Daily Telegraph, 28 February 2019
Universities spend hundreds of millions of pounds every year
trying to improve diversity "without understanding what works", a regulator
The Office for Students (OFS) reports that around £800
million goes on programmes dedicated to broadening intake, but few
universities measure the results.
The OFS revealed the figures as
it set up an "evidence and impact exchange" to help understand what
improves outcomes for disadvantaged students while giving better value for
Exeter University spend £14 million a year on
recruiting more black and minority ethnic and working-class students. Its
measures include a social mobility programme and bursaries. ...
Chris Millward, director for Fair Access and Participation at the
OFS, said that little is known about whether these approaches are working.
CRIME KNIFE CRIME
Bloodbath in Britain's cities: Police chiefs warn of 'national emergency' as nine teenagers are stabbed to death in London and Birmingham in two
MailOnline, 28 February 2019
Police chiefs have urged the government to provide them with
more funds to cope with the current knife crime epidemic.
Birmingham, three teenagers have died in knife attacks over the past two
weeks in what the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David
Jamieson is describing as a 'national emergency'.
In total, there
have been 269 reported knife attacks across the region. ...
continued: 'Certainly we've got a very high level of knife crime here,
there's no escaping that - and they've got a real problem in parts of
Chief Constable David Thompson said: 'In my mind this
has become a real emergency this week in terms of the work we need to do as
'Resources are an issue but they should not get in the
way of the police response to an emergency issue that this is.' ...
Mr Thompson told reporters the rate of knife crime was increasing
across all major cities. ...
Police are fighting a knife crime
crisis on the streets of London after the number of homicides in the
capital reached 135, last year.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION DEPORTATION
Labour's culture war threatens our immigration system
Daily Telegraph, 28 February 2019
In the 1980s, Liverpool's hard-Left council defied the
government, broke the law, and set an illegal budget. Today, Labour
councils threaten the rule of law by blocking the removal of illegal
immigrants from Britain. Last week, Lewisham's mayor kicked out a Home
Office official embedded with the council whose job it was to identify
illegal immigrants. Southwark expelled their embedded official last year,
and Haringey kicked out theirs the year before.
"Their job is to
enforce government-made laws, not help people," complained a Labour source.
"It is not the responsibility of Labour councils to inform on vulnerable
migrants when they come to us seeking shelter and support."
you heard that right. It is not the job of labour councils to uphold the
law. Instead, the source said, councils should grant emergency funds to
illegal immigrants without notifying the Home Office. /.../ For the
hard-Left, the credo is clear: illegal immigration good, law enforcement
After their victories in Lewisham, Soutwark and Haringey,
Left-wing activists are taking the battle elsewhere. /.../ And matters will
not rest there, because several Left-wing groups are leading the fight on
this new front in Britain's emerging culture war. ...
with that campaign, David Lammy, the Labour MP, wants ministers to suspend
chartered flights too. The loss of chartered flights or cooperation from
commercial airliners would leave Britain unable to remove most illegal
immigrants and foreign criminals. But that is what Lammy and these campaign
Labour has already promised policies that would make
the enforcement of immigration law very difficult. It wants to let asylum
seekers work, which would encourage more bogus applications. It wants to
overturn the laws that prevent people from getting bank accounts and
driving licences, renting houses and finding work while living here
illegally. And they say they will end the "disastrous immigration detention
system" for illegal immigrants.
Identifying and arresting illegal
immigrants is difficult enough with Britain's lightly regulated labour
market, non-contributory welfare system and public services that are free
at the point of use. Detaining and deporting them is harder still with
asylum and human rights laws that give illegal immigrants countless
opportunities to delay their removal. /.../ But the Left's latest campaign
will make it even harder to do what the public expects and enforce the law.
Migrants call 999 for lift as warm weather encourages Channel crossings
Daily Telegraph, 27 February 2019
The warm weather is prompting a surge in brazen migrants
crossing the Channel, with some so confident that they are calling 999 from
their boats to get a lift to Britain, say police chiefs.
Rodhouse, director general of operations with the National Crime Agency
(NCA), told MPs migrant crossings will be an "enduring challenge" as the
summer brings more warm weather. ...
MPs were told the migrants
were deliberately seeking to get caught by British officials because they
had no fear Britain would return them to France. ...
published last month claimed fewer than half of failed asylum seekers are
removed from the UK. ...
The numbers attempting the crossing fell
from around 250 in December to approximately 90 in January, which Mr
Rodhouse partly attributed to poor weather. However, migrants crossing the
Channel accounted for just 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent of all 35,000 illegal
attempts to enter the UK, he added.
TERRORISM BORDER SECURITY
Why have we made it so easy for British Jihadis to travel abroad?
TLE (The London Economic), 27 February 2019
[Chris Hobbs is a retired Met police officer]
When Shamima Begum and her companions Kadiza Sultana and Amira
Abase, walked unimpeded through Gatwick's passenger security search area,
the trickle of UK jihadis travelling to join ISIS had already become a
Despite this, there were no obstacles placed in the way of
those wanting to join in the atrocities perpetrated by one of the most
brutal movements in the annals of world history.
The Home Secretary
during this period was Theresa May who would have been kept fully briefed
as to the increasing number of the UK's travelling jihadis yet cynics may
well hold the view that she was more intent on eviscerating both the police
and border force rather than securing her country's borders.
patently clear that not only would the UK's fanatical Islamists be a danger
when they were absorbed into the ISIS killing machine, but would
potentially pose a major threat to the UK's security if they decided to
return. And returning they are.
In June and July 2014, I
wrote articles for security magazines warning it was 'a walk in the park'
for jihadis to leave the UK. ...
I shared the concerns of
counter-terror and Special Branch police together with UK Border Force
officers working on the frontline at our air and sea ports.
Theresa May as Home Secretary and other Home Office ministers simply sat on
So, what could have been done by a Home Office which
has, time and time again, borne witness to its own total incompetence? ...
Home Secretary Jack Straw, against the advice of numerous agencies
including the police, abolished formal embarkation (departure) controls at
airports back in 1998. ...
Thus, the three 15-year-olds were simply
able to walk through 'security' and board a direct flight to Turkey.
Eventually some additional scrutiny was given to direct flights
leaving for Turkish airports. But British jihadis simply travelled via
other European hub airports purchasing their tickets in separate segments.
Arguably the most critical failure of all was the failure to deploy
British police officers to Turkish airports in order to assist Turkish law
enforcement in monitoring arrivals from the UK. ...
neglect and incompetence has now resulted in the head of MI6, Alex Younger,
warning that returning jihadis present a real threat to national security.
RACISM DISCRIMINATION, POLICE
At last! Straight white men have discrimination law on their side
Daily Telegraph, 27 February 2019
In September 2017, Matthew Furlong applied for his dream job as
a police officer. Why would Cheshire constabulary pick him? All Matthew had
to offer was intelligence, a particle physics degree, a commitment to law
and order, good character, an able body, strong test results, first-class
preparation and a family history of service in the force. I mean, why would
you want to recruit a lad like that?
Matthew was rejected. Not
because he wasn't good, but because he seemingly had the considerable
handicap of being "a white, heterosexual male without disability".
In fact, so desperate was the force for recruits with "protected
characteristics" that means gay, transgender, disabled, black or
from other ethnic minorities that it rejected 34 white male,
non-disabled candidates while other candidates were waved through. ...
This was the first case of its kind in the UK and I'm happy to
report that the force was well and truly hoisted by its own PC petard.
Judge Clare Grundy found Cheshire Police guilty of discrimination against
Matthew on the grounds of sexual orientation, race and gender. ...
I'm afraid this is yet another case that reveals the huge gap
between public services committed to imposing a politically fashionable
agenda, whether or not it works in practice, and the actual public who
still quite like the thought of strapping, smart chaps like Matthew
protecting them from the bad guys.
Brainwashing the police into an
alarmingly biased groupthink is not confined to recruitment. ...
need the best possible officers. It's a sign of these warped times that
that should even need saying. Dumbing down entrance requirements just to
tick the relevant box and feel chuffed about inclusivity is undoubtedly a
great step forward. For criminals.
IMMIGRATION EMIGRATION, CULTURE
Closed mind of the UN's open borders champion
Conservative Woman, 25 February 2019
What news of the UN special rapporteur Tenayi Achiume, who
visited these shores last year (chief tour guide D Lammy MP) to tell us we
were all more racist after Brexit? Ms Achiume is of the opinion that
Britain's xenophobic immigration policy operates from a 'baseline of
entitled exclusion'. ...
Ms Achiume's latest work seems to go even
further. 'First World nation states have no right to exclude Third World
peoples, and creating a world that reflects this fact requires a complete
reimagining of national borders and the institutions of political
inclusion,' she writes.
Of course Ms Achiume says nothing about the
consequences of sudden mass migration, notably cultural clashes and rises
in violence. No species on earth can survive a territorial free-for-all.
Ms Achiume plies her regular trade at the University of
California where she is a professor of law as well as picking up 'human
rights' jobs as a UN special rapporteur on racism and xenophobia. But her
views are dangerous almost beyond measure. Far from being concerned with
human rights, she seems interested only in taking rights away from humans.
The first set of rights to go, of course, are those of populations
that wish to protect the settled communities they live in, along with their
cultural and economic aspirations. ...
Ease of travel and
communication makes migration from the developing world all the more
attractive and possible, thus depriving many countries of the talent they
desperately need for their own economic development. This is not just an
economic issue but a moral one as well.
The next time Ms Achiume
treats us to a lecture, perhaps the following could be put to her: is it
right to cripple developing countries by removing their productive labour
force and talent, in favour of benefiting businesses in the developed world
by reducing their labour costs? Does it matter that, simultaneously, this
places the burden of meeting new arrivals' needs on the poorest in the host
societies who bear the brunt of sharing limited resources of housing,
hospitals, schools and transport?
I suspect this is the last line
of questioning you are likely to hear from the BBC the next time this
global social justice warrior steps our way.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ENGLISH CHANNEL
More cross-Channel migrants arrive in UK
BBC, 25 February 2019
Two more small boats containing migrants trying to reach the UK
have been intercepted off the Kent coast.
The Home Office said 15
men were taken by Border Force staff to Dover, where 11 of them, all
identifying as Iranian, were passed to immigration officials.
other four were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry into
Their arrival follows the discovery on Sunday of a family
of seven in Kingsdown, on the Kent coast. ...
It takes the number
of migrants attempting to reach the UK via the English Channel in 2019 to
more than 100.
The total number arriving since last November is now
more than 350. ...
Until now, coastguard rescue staff have helped
with blankets, tents and medical assistance when new migrants arrive.
But now the volunteers will intervene only in emergencies.
Shamima Begum is the product of a country that no longer believes in itself
Sunday Telegraph, 24 February 2019
To see the extent of the rift between the tweeting classes and
the rest of the country, consider their attitudes to British nationals who
joined Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). The consensus in
newspapers, on TV discussion programmes and on social media is that UK
citizenship is an entitlement. Yet, by a margin of 78 per cent to 15,
voters back Sajid Javid's decision to remove citizenship from Shamima
Begum, the jihadi bride now in Kurdish custody.
The gap reflects
differing ideas of what citizenship means. ...
For the 78 per cent,
though, citizenship is not primarily a question of legal status. Rather, it
is about bonds of allegiance, shared affections, common loyalties. ...
Most of us regard living in Britain as a privilege. We don't see
our nationality simply as a label on our passports. We resent it when
people in positions of authority evidently despise our values.
distaste that opinion-formers feel for British patriotism has played an
inadvertent part in radicalising youngsters like Begum. For half a century
or more, the United Kingdom has been derided and traduced by its own
intellectual elites, who have systematically associated this country with
colonialism, slavery and all manner of evils. As the British brand is
tarnished, the peoples of the constituent nations grope back towards older
patriotisms, identifying increasingly as English or Welsh or Scottish. ...
... Those well-meaning multi-culti outreach workers on local
councils may unintentionally be creating precisely the feelings of
alienation they hope to quell. How many more children are being taught,
through their interactions with the British state, to despise it? This
isn't just their tragedy; it's ours.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD IMMIGRANTS' SKILLS, USA
Foreign-Educated Immigrants Are Less Skilled Than U.S. Degree Holders
Center for Immigration Studies, 24 February 2019
While the percentage of immigrants who arrive with a college or
advanced degree has risen over the past decade, the extent to which foreign
education translates into useful skills here in the United States is an
open question. Based on English-language tests of literacy, numeracy, and
computer operations administered by the Program for International
Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), this report finds that, among
test-takers with at least a college education, U.S.-degree holders
out-score foreign-educated immigrants by a wide margin.
Policy-makers should therefore be cautious in treating foreign degrees as
evidence of "high-skill" immigration.
Other key points:
Among immigrants in the United States whose highest degree
is either a bachelor's ("college") or a master's or Ph.D. ("advanced"),
about 40 percent received their highest degree in a foreign country
meaning they are "foreign-educated".
On both literacy and
computer operations, foreign-educated immigrants with a college or advanced
degree perform so poorly that they score at the level of natives who have
only a high school diploma.
On numeracy, foreign-educated
immigrants with a college or advanced degree perform closer to the level of
natives who have some college education, but not a bachelor's.
Despite their reputation for specializing in STEM fields,
about one in six foreign-degree holders score "below basic" in numeracy.
The skill gap between foreign and U.S. degree holders
persists even among immigrants who have had at least five years in the
United States to learn English.
Britain is not to blame for Shamima Begum's radicalisation
Spectator blog, 23 February 2019
Of all the points made on the case of Shamima Begum, the most
relevant has been utterly absent. ...
In recent days the
government's own extremism commissioner, Sara Khan, has made an uncommon
set of interventions. ...
Anyway, in her various interventions the
usually admirable Khan has insisted that there are two aspects to the Begum
case which must be addressed. The first is the internet. /.../ Throughout
her piece Khan presents Begum as a poor victim of forces beyond her
The second thing that Khan suggests we need is 'a
whole society response' to extremism, including 'cohesive and resilient
communities'. Tackling this issue is apparently 'a responsibility that
falls on us all.' /.../ But this is the comfortable counter-extremism
argument of our time in Britain. Let us blame huge forces the
internet, society as a whole so that the answers we can propose are
so broad and flabby as to be meaningless.
One problem of this
spreading around of blame is that it allows people who may actually to be
to blame to get off the hook. ...
Then there are the families. I
wrote about the family of one of the Bethnal Green schoolgirls in this
place four years ago. Some readers will remember that back then the father
of one of the three girls Mr Abase Hussen appeared in front
of Keith Vaz's Parliamentary Committee and blamed the police for not
stopping his daughter going out to join ISIS. ...
Except that then
some footage emerged of Mr Hussen at a demonstration in London in 2012. Not
a demonstration calling for global peace and love, but a rally organised by
Anjem Choudary to burn American flags and more. /.../ Where can Mr Hussen's
daughter have picked up her radical ideas? In the home, or in a generalised
way from the failings of all of British society?
look at some more apportioning of blame. A good signifier of what the
families of the Bethnal Green jihadis themselves believe could be said to
have been confirmed by the lawyer that they selected to represent them.
This is one Tasnime Akunjee, who has been back in the media in recent days
urging Britain to view poor Shamima as a victim of 'grooming'. Dastardly
internet and all that. Which conveniently makes you and me dear
reader at least as culpable for Islamist extremism as Mr Akunjee.
Which probably suits him nicely.
Back in 2015 Akunjee also publicly
and repeatedly berated the British police for their 'failures'. But then we
learned that he too is an extremist, with links to among others
the extremist group 'Cage'. ...
I understand very well why
the leadership at East London Mosque, the families, lawyers and friends of
the schoolgirls who went to join ISIS should wish to spread the blame
around to every household in Britain and to the internet. What baffles me
is why the government's extremism commissioner a person appointed to
speak truth should start playing the same game, loosely and
emotively spreading blame across the entire population in one of her rare
interventions in the national debate.
... But there is a wider
societal reason why this sort of avoidance game must be avoided. When blame
is spread around this thinly then nothing gets done.
rather we took a different approach. The people who do bear some
responsibility should be called out, prosecuted, punished, deported or
imprisoned. That is what a sane society would do.
RACISM HATE CRIME, HOAX, VICTIMHOOD CULTURE, FRAUD
Hate Crime Hoaxes are More Common than You Think
Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning
Quillette, 22 February 2019
This week Chicago police charged television star Jussie
Smollett with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. Smollett
claimed to be the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on January 29,
but in the days before the arrest it became clear that police believed
Smollett had hired two men to attack him. ...
But people make all
sorts of things up, even things like that. More baffling to us than a hate
crime hoax is that people would find such hoaxes baffling. Lying is hardly
uncommon in our species, and false claims of victimhood, like other lies,
become more common when they provide some advantage to the liar and when
they're likely to be believed. That hate crime hoaxes seem strange or the
motives unclear might simply be due to a lack of familiarity with them and
with their social context. If you want to understand them better, here are
three things to know.
First of all, hate crime hoaxes aren't new or
unusual. In our book The Rise of Victimhood Culture: Microaggressions,
Safe Spaces, and the New Culture Wars, we discuss a number of cases of
people falsely reporting or even staging hate crimes. ...
recently, after Donald Trump was elected president, major newspapers
published a number of stories about what were apparently Trump-inspired
hate crimes, but many of these also turned out to be hoaxes. ...
Why aren't such cases more widely known? We're not the only ones
who've written about them. ...
Even fairly incompetent hoaxes might
therefore succeed, which brings us to our second point: Hate crime hoaxes
aren't hard to pull off. ...
Real hate crimes happen, of course.
We're not arguing that all or even most alleged hate crimes are hoaxes. But
the ones dominating the headlines in recent years have often been false or
misleading, possibly because fake cases are better designed to push the
buttons of drama and partisanship. ...
That the hoaxes act as
simple morality tales illustrating an outgroup's evil, or that they flatter
the hoaxers, are part of what makes them attractive to the hoaxer's
audience. /.../ Political polarization means that hoaxes that tap into one
side's fears and biases are likely to be believed.
cultural trends matter, too, and the third thing to know is that hate crime
hoaxes thrive in a culture of victimhood. We use the term victimhood
culture to refer to a new moral framework that differs from the older
cultures of honor and dignity. /.../ Its morality revolves around a
narrative of oppression and victimhood, with victimhood acting as new kind
of moral status, much like honor was a kind of moral status in many
traditional societies. ...
... Right now the police don't
automatically "believe the victim" in such cases, but that could change if
victimhood culture continues to spread.
ASYLUM CHILDREN, COSTS
Local councils forced to drastically increase spending on child refugees as ministers accused of 'paying lip service'
The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that children
who have made dangerous journeys to the UK are being left in limbo as
councils struggle to provide support when faced with unprecedented funding
pressures and growing demand.
Government figures show local
authorities spent more than £152m on unaccompanied asylum seeking
minors in 2017/18 an increase of 95 per cent on the £77m spent
in 2014/15. The number of asylum-seeking children and young people in care
in England under 18 has meanwhile risen from 2,760 to 4,480.
inspection report last year found that an unaccompanied minor costs a local
authority approximately £55,000 a year of which the Home Office
provides £41,610 for children under the age of 16, and £33,215
for those aged 16 or 17.
Cllr David Simmonds, chair of the LGA's
asylum, migration and refugee task group, said councils were being driven
to a position of having to choose between providing for refugee children
and other duties such as caring for the elderly. ...
There is also
mounting concern about the regional variation of child refugee intake, as
figures show the annual net expenditure on this group varies from
£3,000 in Cumbria and £32,000 in Durham to £8m in Kent and
£24m in Croydon.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION EMPLOYMENT, FINES
The Home Office Is Still Owed Most Of The Fines It Issued To Employers Using Undocumented Migrants
BuzzFeed, 21 February 2019
At least half and potentially more than two thirds
of fines owed to the Home Office by employers using undocumented
workers have gone unpaid in the last five financial years.
these employers will have exploited undocumented workers as a way to pay
far below the minimum wage. The introduction of more stringent fines was
part of Theresa May's "hostile environment" strategy when she was home
More than £170 million in illegal working fines
were handed out by the Home Office since March 2012, yet just £55
million has been collected in that time, new data shows. The figures were
given out following a Freedom of Information request by the legal blog Free
The Home Office insists the numbers are not directly
comparable because companies are incentivised to pay early with a 30%
discount. But even in the unlikely event that every civil penalty was paid
early, that would still leave £64 million unaccounted for. ...
David Wood, who was director general of Immigration Enforcement at
the Home Office until 2015, said the uncollected fines showed it was "just
a failed system".
Wood, who worked at the Home Office for nine
years after more than three decades at the Metropolitan Police, said many
of the affected businesses are limited companies that simply change their
name to evade a fine while others just refused to pay.
limited companies that then just change their name quite frankly. A lot is
just people saying they can't pay and the following up and taking to court
doesn't happen because it's seen as not cost effective. So it's just a
failed system really."
Employers who pay the fine within 21 days
can get a discount. Some are reduced on appeal or given payment plans of up
to 36 months, which could account for a small lag in the statistics.
But Wood said he thought non-payment was the biggest factor. "It
doesn't work as a deterrent. Anyone that knows the system knows thy can
evade it because they know they haven't got to pay." ...
collection of employer fines peaked at £16.5m in 2016/17. By last year
this was down to £14.1 million and in the most recent quarter, just
£3.6 million was collected.
TERRORISM JIHADISTS, COSTS
Report: Huge Cost of Monitoring Returned Jihadists Means Majority Roam Free in Britain
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 21 February 2019
British government security orders that can be placed on known
extremists are so expensive to enforce they are hardly ever used, leaving
the majority of returning jihadists to "roam free".
arrangements made for Islamist extremists living in the United Kingdom has
come under intense scrutiny in the wake of the rediscovery of a former
London schoolgirl who defected to the Islamic State in 2015, who now wants
to come to Britain to raise an ISIS fighter's son.
British government has stripped 19-year-old Shamima Begum of her
citizenship in a bid to prevent her from returning to the United Kingdom,
Breitbart London has previously reported how a large number of extremists
have already arrived and continue to arrive from foreign
Despite assurances from the police that those returning
will be subjected to Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures
(TPIMs), a report by British newspaper The Times reports that only a
small minority are actually monitored in this way.
Nikita Malik of
the Henry Jackson Society told the paper that, due at least in part to the
great expense of putting TPIMs in place, only a small number have actually
been activated, speaking of only a "handful" of the estimated 400 returned
fighters and extremists being subjected to them.
"The rest have
been put under surveillance. TPIMs are for the highest level because they
are so costly," Malik explained.
The report revealed Home Office
figures showing nearly £5 million had been spent controlling just 23
individuals, with legal bills of £1 million a year and accommodation
costs of £70,000 a year per individual. Other costs, including tagging
suspects, travel costs, and policing to enforce restrictions, are counted
separately, piling up on top of the Home Office figures.
government disputes the claims of the Henry Jackson Society, and insists
the use of TPIMs is not considered on cost grounds.
Time to introduce the Tory diversity warriors to Thomas Sowell
Conservative Woman, 19 February 2019
In a letter to the Sunday Times in December, supporters
of the 'Banknotes of Colour' campaign argued that ethnic minority
representation on the new £50 note would 'send a message that the
contribution of ethnic minorities to Britain's history, culture and economy
is recognised and valued'. Now, according to Saturday's Telegraph, it seems
that Treasury minister Robert Jenrick and Conservative party vice-chairman
Helen Grant have joined the campaign and urged the Bank of England not to
choose a white scientist but 'ensure wider diversity is represented on our
... The premise lurking behind these
pronouncements, as in all calls for equality of outcomes and the positive
discrimination that would bring them about, is that the lack of ethnic
minority representation is a social injustice. It is the result of
discrimination; or if not active discrimination, then a system which
perpetuates white privilege, the hegemony of a dominant class
white, male and heterosexual. But is there any evidence for this?
Perhaps it is just as well that the most eloquent proponent of the
counter-argument is black and therefore cannot be accused of being either a
racist or a white supremacist. In Intellectuals and Society, Thomas
Sowell argues that disparities in the achievements of different
socio-ethnic groups at different times can be explained by the simple fact
that their cultures are, for a host of historical and geo-political
reasons, differently conducive to the attainment of economic
prosperity, social and political stability, and cultural achievement. /.../
Likewise, inter-group differences in educational achievement in Britain
today have their origins in cultural factors, not racism. One need only
consider those who come out bottom white working-class males; and
those who come out top the Chinese.
But where does this
leave the argument for enforced diversity? Basically, it is a campaign
fuelled by hatred and resentment, and large public subsidies, whose purpose
is to destroy the historic inheritance of our national culture all
in the name of diversity and multi-culture. ...
arises because the history and culture of Britain did not begin in 1948
with the embarkation of the Empire Windrush but stretches back over a
thousand years. It is, moreover, a culture founded not on diversity but on
a remarkable degree of homogeneity genetically speaking, the English
of 1940 were ninety per cent the English of 940. The only significant
migrations were those of the Huguenots and the Jews, both of whom
assimilated and because they assimilated went on to make remarkable
contributions to our national life. Which explains why ethnic minorities
have indeed done nothing, or next to nothing, of significance in our
history up to the past fifty years. The point is that a settled way of life
and a distinctive national culture English culture was able
to develop. ...
But enforced diversity comes at a terrible cost.
/.../ Do the useful idiots of the modern Conservative party, who, for lack
of conservative principles spout fashionable slogans, have any notion of
the forces they are unleashing?
RACISM POLITICS, CULTURAL IDENTITY
We Need to Talk About White Identity Politics [part 1]
Tablet, 19 February 2019
[Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London]
The politics of national populism are not, as critics claim,
simply and only cloaks for fascistic voters and governments' pursuing
policies of racial discrimination though some obviously are. But
other iterations of this are instead natural expressions of community
a perfectly uncontroversial idea that was indeed once conventional
wisdom. Those of us interested in moving beyond flame-throwing and
into a useful conversation about how to create meaningful and effective
public policy that benefits the most people would do well to return
"The distinctiveness of cultures and groups depends upon
closure," wrote Michael Walzer, in his magisterial Spheres of
Justice (1983). "If this distinctiveness is a value, as most people ...
seem to believe, then closure must be permitted somewhere." From a
different angle, the Marxist philosopher, Gerald Cohen, in his essay
"Rescuing Conservatism: A Defense of Existing Value," adds that
conservatism is primarily about valuing how things are in the present and
seeking to preserve this particularity. This orientation encompasses causes
dear to the left, such as the conservation of nature, species,
architecture, and folk traditions, as well as enthusiasms of the right such
as the preservation of national character and ways of life. The tension
between these contradictory impulses is captured by the British writer
James Meek who notes the dilemma of his fellow left cosmopolitans who value
local particularity among the working-class cockneys of the East End of
London, but not the locals' anti-immigration and Brexit orientation.
Social psychology further reinforces the insights of communitarian
political philosophy with experimental evidence that people's deep values
are between a third and a half inherited. ...
Two overlapping value
orientations underpin the new cultural axis of politics: One is what social
psychologist Karen Stenner describes as authoritarianism a
preference for order over difference; the other is status quo
conservatism, which the political philosopher Cohen characterized as a
preference for maintaining things as they are. This is what anchors the
divide between nationalists and globalists, between people attached to
ascribed ethnic and national identities, and those who identify with their
portable credentials and achievements. Insofar as this crucial divide stems
from psychology, it is highly resistant to social learning. Indeed, as
Stenner showed, trying to convince someone who prefers order to embrace
diversity tends to produce a backlash. ...
There are two key
aspects of the new culture war. First, conservative and order-seeking
voters respond differently to diversity than liberals. For instance, U.K.
data shows that, at a local level, ethnic diversity lowers conservatives'
trust in neighbors and attachment to locality but leaves that of liberals
unaffected. In Europe, voters who value safety tend to vote for populists
more than those who aren't concerned about it, but only in more diverse
countries like France or the Netherlands. /.../ Second, as conservatives
express their discontent with diversity and change, liberals mobilize
against them in the name of anti-racist morality. ...
RACISM POLITICS, CULTURAL IDENTITY
We Need to Talk About White Identity Politics [part 2]
Tablet, 19 February 2019
[Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London]
The partisan divide over whether majority-group interests are
racist is stark. When I ask Americans whether a white woman who wants less
immigration to help maintain her group's share of the population is being
racist or "acting in her racial self-interest, which is not racist," 36-39
percent of Americans, depending on the survey, respond that this is racist
and 61-64 percent say it isn't. In most West European countries, 20-25
percent claim this is racist against 75-80 percent who say it's an
expression of white group interest, which isn't racist. ...
difference turns on whether attachment to being white, and being willing to
act in the majority interest, is racist. /.../ Many white liberals
acknowledge that identities are not zero sum: Just 18 percent of white
Clinton voters in my sample consider a Latino who wants more immigration
from Latin America to "boost her group's share" to be racist. Yet when a
white person who is also attached to her group acts defensively to restrict
immigration to achieve the same ends, she is deemed racist by nearly
three-quarters of the same people. ...
When people of any racial
background try to slow the rate of ethnic change in their home nation, they
do so because it is, in Cohen's phraseology, an existing value for them.
Here again, we find different ethical yardsticks used to
measure majority and minority groups, despite the lack of a consistent
principle justifying this distinction. As Yael Tamir remarks in her 1993
book Liberal Nationalism, "If national claims rest on theoretically
sound and morally justified grounds, one cannot restrict their application:
They apply equally to all nations, regardless of their power, their wealth,
their history of suffering, or even the injustices they have inflicted on
others in the past." ...
The mischaracterization of people's
attachment to a majority ethnicity or demographic status quo as racist
hostility is a powerful source of resentment in many Western societies. ...
Since there is a taboo on majority-group ethnicity and
ethno-traditional nationalism, these sentiments are expressed in sublimated
form. Ostensibly "civic" national laws like language and residency
requirements for spousal migration are designed to limit immigration
and such limits are justified on the grounds of state interests.
The desire to reduce the speed of ethnic change gets rationalized
as the need to control immigration for material reasons. This could be to
halt the flow of drugs and terrorists (Trump), to reduce pressure on the
welfare state or housing, safeguard jobs (Bannon), protect secularism, gays
or Jews from Islam (Le Pen and Wilders) or to reassert British sovereignty
against Brussels (Farage). These rationalizations matter, but are secondary
White majorities will gradually become "beige," in
Michael Lind's terms, because intermarriage produces a logarithmic rise in
the mixed population. In America and Western Europe, those of mixed race
will become the majority in a century or so. However, it's important that
on the way there, people are able to travel at a pace that allows moderate
conservatives to maintain a sense of continuity while enough change takes
place to satisfy moderate liberals.
Number of non-EU workers in UK soars by 100,000 to a record high
Hayden Smith and Max Channon
Plymouth Live, 19 February 2019
The number of non-EU nationals working in the UK has jumped by
more than 100,000 to a record high, official figures have revealed.
This contrasted with a fall in EU workers, prompting suggestions a
reduction in labour supply from the bloc has resulted in higher levels of
migration from the rest of the world. There were an estimated 1.29 million
employees from countries outside the EU in the last three months of 2018.
This was an increase of 130,000 compared with the equivalent period 12
months earlier, and the highest number since records started in 1997.
The non-EU total comprises 277,000 workers from Africa, 593,000
from Asia, 299,000 from America and Oceania, and 126,000 from European
countries that are not members of the EU.
Year-on-year rises were
seen across all of these groups, including an 85,000 increase in the Asia
Figures for specific nationalities show the non-EU
workforce included 194,000 Indians, 107,000 Pakistanis and Bangladeshis,
96,000 Americans, 71,000 Australians and New Zealanders, and 64,000 South
The number of EU nationals working in the UK fell by
around 61,000 year-on-year to 2.27 million in October to December. ...
The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics, show
869,000 people working in the UK in the latest quarter were from EUA8
states - the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland,
Slovakia and Slovenia.
This was down 89,000 compared with 12 months
earlier, and 184,000 fewer than the record high of 1.05 million in July to
September 2016, just after the EU referendum. ...
In October to
December, there were just over a million nationals of 14 long-term EU
member states including Germany, Italy, Spain and France, as well as
370,000 Romanians and Bulgarians, working in the UK.
In both cases
the numbers were up slightly compared with the previous year.
Employment levels by country of birth showed a similar picture to
The number of EU-born people working in the
UK in the last three months of 2018 fell by 76,000 year-on-year, to 2.30
There were 3.35 million workers born outside the bloc, a
rise of 159,000 compared with a year earlier.
MULTICULTURALISM MORAL RELATIVISM
Shamima Begum is something worse than a criminal
Spiked, 18 February 2019
To see how broken the cultural elite's moral compass is, simply
compare their response to the Covington schoolboys with what they've been
saying about Shamima Begum since she was discovered in a refugee camp in
Syria last week.
Their fury over the Covington boys was instant and
unhinged. The boys did nothing wrong unless you think it is a crime
to sing sporty songs in response to mad verbal abuse from religious
extremists, as the boys did when members of the Black Hebrew Israelites
hurled epithets at them outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. And
yet these boys were made into global hate figures, denounced as white
supremacists, their likenesses reproduced everywhere as 21st-century
demonic images that every good person had a duty to be horrified by.
In stark, alarming contrast, the same sections of the
opinion-forming set that raged against those boys have treated Ms Begum
with sympathy and charity. This despite the fact that she absolutely has
done something wrong. Beyond wrong, in fact. She travelled thousands of
miles to join a neo-fascistic cult that massacres Kurds and Iraqis and
Syrians, beheads dissenters, executes homosexuals, treats women as
imbeciles, and inspires its Western backers to carry out barbaric attacks
on men, women and children across Europe. She betrayed her nation in the
most grotesque way. She is, in every meaning of the word, a traitor. And
yet what do the chattering classes give her? The benefit of the doubt. The
promise of redemption. She's a victim, they say, who was groomed and
brainwashed, and now we must bring her home and remake her.
boys were denounced for nothing. Begum is talked about sympathetically
despite having made herself the willing supplicant of a movement that
massacred Britain's own children, in Manchester, alongside revellers and
shoppers everywhere from London Bridge to Berlin to Nice. This chasm-sized
disparity between the animus heaped upon those innocent boys and the
excuse-making afforded to Ms Begum demands an explanation. For no normal or
good society condemns the innocent while extending the hand of
understanding to those who support a barbaric foreign army that dreams of
destroying said society. So what has happened?
Partly it is down to
the politics of identity. /.../ The things being said about Begum
that she was groomed, that she's a victim would never be said about
a 15-year-old white boy who ran off to join a neo-Nazi movement that
executed thousands of people for the crime of being non-white. There is an
implicit racism and sexism in the idea that Begum has less moral
culpability than a white male of her age would have.
broadly, the confused moral debate over Begum's fate, which has now morphed
into a debate about what should become of the hundreds of other Brits who
ran away to join ISIS, speaks to the institutional cowardice of the
21st-century West and particularly of the British state and Britain's
... Our societies have seriously lost their moral
bearings, their very sense of themselves as nations with values and ideals
and rules. And it is this that fuels both the new rash judgementalism and
the tyranny of non-judgementalism.
800 ISIS jihadis ready to unleash terror on home soil in the West if UK and allies don't lock them up, US officials warn
The Sun, 17
Senior US officials have warned 800 ISIS jihadis will unleash
terror across Britain and Europe if they are not locked up and put on
The rare intervention from across the pond comes amid
divisions in Westminster over what to do with Brit jihadis found abroad.
Justice Secretary David Gauke said yesterday that the UK could be
powerless to stop 19-year-old ISIS bride Shamima Begum returning home after
she was tracked down in Syria.
He said: "We can't make people
But his comments clashed with other senior members of
the government including Home Secretary Sajid Javid insisted he would "not
hesitate" to prevent the return of anyone who supported terrorist
Security minister Ben Wallace also vowed that
Britain would not assist Begum in returning home.
He said her
"actions have consequences" and that British lives would not be risked
trying to save her from the Syrian refugee camp she ran away to. ...
Most of the captured fighters are being held by US-backed Kurdish
forces, who had demanded Britain and her allies take the jihadis off their
US government officials told the Sunday Telegraph Britain's
refusal to take back their homegrown terrorists was a policy of "leave them
at large and hope they don't find a way back".
Jihadists returning to UK have skills and connections to be 'very dangerous', says MI6 chief
Independent, 16 February 2019
Isis remains a potent threat despite the imminent loss of the
last enclaves of its caliphate, and the terrorist group will continue to
attempt vicious attacks in Britain and elsewhere in the West, the head of
MI6 has warned.
Alex Younger said that western jihadists coming
back from the Middle East were a source of deep concern amid ongoing debate
about Shamina Begum, who ran away to Syria to join Isis four years ago aged
15, and now wants to return to Britain.
Speaking to journalists at
the annual Munich security conference, Mr Younger said that returning Isis
members could be very dangerous.
Asked about the security threats
to the UK posed by the returning fighters and jihadi brides, Mr Younger
said: "We are very concerned about this because all experience tells us
that once someone has put themselves in that sort of position, they are
likely to have acquired both the skills and connections that make them
potentially very dangerous."
They also, he said, experienced
extreme radicalisation. "That fact needs to be uppermost in our minds," he
said. "So as we approach this admittedly extremely complex and difficult
problem, public safety is the first thing that we will consider."
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FAKE PASSPORTS
How Sri Lankans are getting into UK illegally revealed
Sky News, 16 February 2019
A Sri Lankan community leader has told Sky News the vast
majority of illegal immigrants arriving in Britain from the country are
coming on fake passports.
Ambihai Seevaratnam, who works in human
rights and is chairperson of Croydon temple in south London, says it has
become much more difficult to get visas to come to the UK and that Tamils
fleeing Sri Lanka are turning to agents to buy fake Sri Lankan passports
and fake visas.
"I would probably say 80 to 85% of people arriving
from Sri Lanka are coming on fake passports," she said. "The only means is
through fake passports. It's big business and a risky business."
DIVERSITY ISLAMOPHOBIA, FREE SPEECH
My diversity targets for the BBC
The Spectator, 16 February 2019
Meanwhile, I have written to Lord Hall, the director-general of
the BBC, to demand that the corporation introduces targets to ensure that
Britain's Islamophobic community is adequately represented on air. /.../
But I will concentrate my efforts at first on gaining justice for the UK's
beleaguered Islamo-phobes, such as myself. We face the most appalling
discrimination, the latest of which comes from Oxford City Council.
The council has unanimously passed a motion outlawing all forms of
Islamophobia. This includes, but is not confined to, anyone who propagates
'the myth of Muslim identity having a unique propensity for terrorism and
claims of a demographic "threat" posed by Muslims or of a "Muslim
Well OK, I might quibble about the word 'unique'
I think 'remarkable' or 'vibrant' might fit better in that sentence. But
otherwise, they've got me down to a tee. The next one prohibits people from
'accusing Muslims as a group, or Muslim majority states, of inventing or
exaggerating Islamophobia'. I think I'm off the hook on that one as I don't
believe that Islamophobia exists at all: it is instead a rational response
to a singularly belligerent ideology. And then comes these two little
'Accusing Muslim citizens of being more loyal to the
"Ummah" (transnational Muslim community) or to their countries of origin,
or to the alleged priorities of Muslims worldwide, than to the interests of
their own nations.'
'Denying Muslim populations, the right to
self-determination e.g., by claiming that the existence of an independent
Palestine or Kashmir is a terrorist endeavour.'
So people in Oxford
are no longer to say of the radical preacher Anjem Choudary that he is more
loyal to the Muslim Ummah than he is to his own country when that is
precisely what Anjem Choudary would tell you, unequivocally, if you asked
him (and perhaps thousands of other Muslims in the UK would say the same).
In other words, speaking the truth is verboten in Oxford. ...
in fairness, Oxford City Council is merely following the path taken by
other city councils, enjoined to do so by the All Party Parliamentary
Group's definition of what constitutes Islamophobia. A few years ago the
Metropolitan Police decided that merely to criticise Islam was to be found
guilty of Islamophobia. This conjecture was based upon an earlier
definition of Islamophobia from the reliably deranged Runnymede Trust,
which insisted that to describe Islam as 'sexist' or 'separate' was also
Islamophobic, as was venturing to suggest that from time to time
just occasionally the religion has been used to justify acts of
terrorism. To suggest that your own Christian faith was superior to Islam
is Islamophobic a bizarre conclusion, because presumably if you
elect to follow a faith, you surely believe it to be superior to all the
other faiths out there in the great faith marketplace.
BIAS BBC, ITV
BBC dodged immigration debate, says John Sergeant: Veteran broadcaster claims 'sensible discussion' on subject was shelved for fear of outcry
Daily Mail, 12 February 2019
The BBC and ITV were too scared to tackle the 'taboo' subject
of immigration in news bulletins, John Sergeant has claimed.
former political correspondent, who has worked on both channels, said TV
news tended to avoid the issue as it is too 'controversial'.
led to a lack of serious debate on the topic as 'sensible discussion' was
shelved for fear of provoking outcry.
'In my years [at] the BBC and
ITV, I was fully aware of the immigration taboo,' he wrote in Radio Times.
'There is an old journalistic rule that says 'if in doubt, leave it out'
and, looking back, we were guilty of not encouraging more serious debate on
The veteran journalist, 74, warned that British
democracy will suffer for years to come unless the topic is discussed
He said of introducing a new immigration system: 'I am not
suggesting that this can be done without a high level of controversy. That
'But at least we could try to reduce personal
attacks on the integrity of those who put forward the case for a proper
system of immigration control. It is not racist to talk openly about this
'It is yet another difficult issue that we have to grapple
with. And if we fail to do so, this country and our democracy will suffer
for many years to come. But as with all serious political issues, brushing
it under the carpet is also dangerous and it leads to widespread
misunderstandings that we fail to address at our peril.' ...
Sergeant was the BBC's chief political correspondent for eight
years from 1992 before moving to ITN to become its political editor for two
REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION LEGAL AID
Rochdale paedophile gang handed £1m in legal aid to fight deportation
The Sun, 11 February 2019
Members of a paedophile gang have received more than £1
million in taxpayer-funded legal aid to fight deportation.
four, from Pakistan, were among nine men jailed in 2012 for sexual
offences, including rape, against underage girls in Rochdale.
Ringleader Shabir Ahmed, 65, Abdul Aziz, 42, Adil Khan, 43, and
Qari Abdul Rauf, 44, claimed a move to strip them of their citizenship in
order to deport them breached their human rights.
They were granted
legal aid to fight their case and Ahmed who made girls he raped call
him "Daddy" was allowed to appeal to the European Court of Human
Rights from jail.
The beast, who got 22 years, tried to claim his
convictions were a conspiracy by police and his jury to "scapegoat"
Muslims. He lost.
Alleged stalling tactics at appeals by the four
were described as "weakening the rule of law" by Mr Justice Bernard
McCloskey, the UK's most senior immigration judge.
Aziz, Khan and
Rauf finally lost their fight last August when judges upheld a decision to
strip them of citizenship.
But they and Ahmed have so far received
£1,003,783 in legal aid, The Sun's Freedom of Information requests
REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION LEGAL AID
Jailed Al-Qaeda chief receives £800k in legal aid to appeal his conviction
The Sun, 11 February 2019
Al-Qaeda's top ranked boss jailed in Britain has received
almost £800,000 legal aid to appeal his conviction.
Ahmed, 43, got life in 2008 for plotting attacks in the UK.
said to have had links to the 7/7 London bombers who killed 52 in 2005, was
found with notebooks listing details of terror contacts written in
He was also suspected of having contact with
extremists behind the failed bomb plot in the capital two weeks later.
Rochdale-born Ahmed was arrested in Pakistan.
He was the
first person convicted in the UK on a charge of directing a terrorist
Yet he has received £782,407 in taxpayer-funded
hand-outs, a Sun on Sunday freedom of information request found.
includes £589,667 to pay for a barrister and lawyers in court, plus
£121,892 for a failed appeal against conviction in 2011.
also got £60,435 towards a civil action against police as well as a
further £306 for "legal help".
He has a parole hearing next
month and MP David Davies branded the payments "an outrage".
said: "He shouldn't be walking the streets yet he is receiving vast amounts
of taxpayers' money in order to enable him to do so."
POLITICS CONSERVATIVE PARTY
The Conservative Government is planning the largest immigration amnesty in history
Bow Group, 11 February 2019
"Using the distraction of Brexit the UK Government is in the
process of sneaking through the largest immigration amnesty in history"
Cllr Benjamin Harris-Quinney, Chairman, The Bow Group
On Monday 28th January 2019 Home
Secretary Sajid Javid stated to Parliament that he was abandoning the
Conservative Party's longstanding manifesto commitment to cut levels of
migration to the UK to the "tens of thousands".
Both a Bow
Group study in 2016 & a Migration Watch study in 2018 found that over
80% of newly created British citizens were either foreign born or born to a
foreign parent. Immigration will therefore be the most significant aspect
of population growth in the UK over the coming decades.
the past 15 years immigration has consistently ranked as one of the top 3
concerns for the electorate, with 40% of the public considering the issue
to be the most important.
Gross migraton figures into the UK
have consistently exceeded 500,000 over the past 10 years, equivalent to
the addition of a city the size of Manchester each year.
the run up to the 2010 general election the Conservative Party committed to
"cutting immigration figures down to the tens of thousands", this has
featured in the Party's manifesto for the last 3 general elections, in all
of which they have been elected to government.
commitment, and the Conservative Party's longstanding official opposition
to mass migration, former Chancellor George Osborne said upon leaving
office that Cabinet Ministers in Government since 2010 had never taken the
The Governmnet has created a situation
with its instructions to civil servants, proposed Brexit Withdrawal Bill,
& Immigration White Paper, that would grant a migration amnesty to
up to 500,000 EU students & their families. ...
on the Government to:
1. Maintain the pledge to cap migration
at a maximum of 99,000, with a view to reducing numbers gradually to 30,000
over a 10 year period.
2. Use gross rather than net figures when
tracking migration, to ensure the British public are aware of the number of
people entering the country to live and work.
3. Clarify that they
will not be granting the largest migration amnesty in British history to EU
students & their families.
Office has eased the path to residency and citizenship by applying a don't
ask don't tell policy to EU students post Brexit. Waiving checks for
compulsory insurance means lifetime access to benefits, social housing, NHS
and the voting rights of citizenship. This could distort outcomes in future
elections and referendums, and arguably the most important point is that
the British public are not aware of what the Government is doing, nor did
they vote for it"
Dr Jon Stanley, Senior Research Fellow, The
IMMIGRATION CIVILISATION, HUNGARY, EUROPE
Hungary Shows the West the Path to Survival
American Conservative, 8 February 2019
A specter is haunting the European Union the specter of
Eastern Europe. ...
... The glossy French center-right weekly Le
Point warns with alarm that Hungary's president Viktor Orbán
"outlines the shape of another Europe." ...
It might be difficult
to place Orbán's government precisely on a political freedom scale.
/.../ Overall, I would conclude that Orbán isn't a model democrat or
technocratic open economy exemplar, but he also isn't any sort of aspiring
Orbán's notoriety ultimately has little to do with
his arcane transgressions against what Western Europe's rulers consider
good government. It exists because he addresses, in language stunningly
clear for a politician, the key civilizational questions facing Europe,
those that richer countries are loathe to hear.
... The government
has also sent out questionnaires asking Hungarians whether they think the
solution to Hungary's demographic crisis is stronger support for families
or higher immigration. Katalin Novak, Orbán's minister of family and
youth, explained unabashedly that the purpose of this was "to send a clear
message to Brussels: the renovation of Europe is impossible without support
for families and Hungary wants neither immigration nor a modification of
its population." This sort of frankness from leaders in the wealthier West
is inconceivable. ...
Of course, the other half of the demography
subject is immigration. In an address during the fall of 2016 that still
resonates, Orbán proclaimed that Europe is "in mortal danger":
The danger is "not attacking us the way wars and natural
disasters do... mass migration is a slow stream of water persistently
eroding the shores. It is masquerading as a humanitarian cause, but its
true nature is the occupation of territory. And what is gaining territory
for them is losing territory for us. Flocks of obsessed human rights
defenders feel the overwhelming urge to reprimand us.... [A]llegedly we are
hostile xenophobes but the truth is that the history of our nation is also
one of inclusion, of the intertwining of cultures. Those who have sought to
come here as new family members, as allies, or as displaced persons fearing
for their lives have been let in to make a new home for themselves. But
those who have come here with the intention of changing our country, of
shaping our nation in their own image, have been met with resistance."
... The former president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus,
wrote a short but excellent book, Europe All Inclusive, about the
migration crisis in which he charged that Europe's western elites were
supporting mass immigration explicitly to smash the remaining power of
nation states so full European unification could be achieved. Poland has
likewise refused EU demands to resettle refugees from the Mideast and North
Perhaps we are in for a reprise, when the people of the
west learn once again from the east what is true and essential about their
own societies. Of course, there are parallels between the communists'
aspirations and the open borders diversity project. Both are genuinely
revolutionary in their desire to destroy and remake Western societies
according to models that have little viable precedent in human experience.
IMMIGRATION EXPLOITATION, AFRICANS
Exploiters and Exploited: Of Italy, the EU, and African migration
City Journal, 7 February 2019
The friendly feelings that Europeans harbor for one another
were well illustrated recently by some remarks by Luigi di Maio, one of the
two deputy prime ministers of Italy. He said that European countries that
had helped to bring about the flux of migrants from Africa France
most importantly among them should be penalized. France, he said,
was still colonizing and exploiting many African countries, so it was
hardly surprising that so many Africans were driven to leave the continent.
The claim that France is to blame for so many African would-be
migrants is, however, not only wrong but dangerous. Di Maio said that the
source of France's wealth is the exploitation of Africa: the latter is poor
because the former is rich, and the former is rich because the latter is
poor. Though this is clearly absurd, it is actually the theory held by a
considerable number of development economists Raúl Prebisch,
Andre Gunder Frank, and Immanuel Wallerstein, among them who
influenced thinking on the subject of economic development for a long time,
usually to disastrous effect. By giving his imprimatur to this way of
thinking, di Miao can only contribute to the flow of migrants, who will
come to see their admittance to Europe as restitution for wrong done to
them. It will also undermine Europe's will to resist, for the same reason:
it has no right to resist.
ASYLUM CHILDREN, LOCAL COUNCILS
Why councils can't cope with the huge numbers of children seeking asylum in London
My London, 6 February 2019
There are so many young immigrants coming to London seeking
asylum that literally every council in the capital has reached its limit
for looking after them.
One council is even warning that some of
these children are already recorded as missing as the system struggles to
Kensington & Chelsea Council is among those calling for
help from the government as it warns councils outside London are refusing
to take on the extra arrivals. ...
Council staff told the family
and children's services scrutiny committee on Monday (February 4) that
every council in London reached their quota caps in November for the number
of asylum-seekers they are required to care for.
A voluntary Home
Office national transfer scheme is meant to allocate arrivals to regional
local authorities around the UK to relieve pressured border arrival
hotspots in the south-east and central London.
However staff told
councillors some regional councils are refusing to take on more of the
young asylum-seekers, although they did not say why, with one saying: "It's
just not working." ...
Following the meeting, Home Office did not
clarify which areas were declining to take asylum-seekers and why. ...
"Since we launched the National Transfer Scheme in July 2016, it
has transferred 790 unaccompanied children to local authorities who have
offered placements to care for them.
"We are currently reviewing
the funding arrangements for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in
partnership with local authorities."
It added that a funding review
was ongoing, but the Government was providing local authorities with
£41,610 a year for under-16s and £33,215 a year for those aged 16
and 17, as well as £200 per week for former UASC who go on to attract
leaving care support. ...
Nationwide, there has been a boom in the
numbers with 1,950 UASC counted in the UK in 2013, rising to 4,560 in 2017.
CRIME KNIFE CRIME, LONDON
Children and teenagers behind half of London knife crime, police figures reveal
Evening Standard, 6 February 2019
Half of all knife crime offenders in London are teenagers or
even younger children, new Met figures have revealed in a stark
illustration of the scale of youth violence in the capital.
police statistics show that 41 per cent of those being caught for knife
crimes across London's boroughs are now aged between 15 and 19.
Another 8 per cent are younger still, ranging in age from ten to
14, in a further sign of how carrying and using blades has become part of
life for a minority of troubled young people.
The new figures came
as a Scotland Yard chief warned that attacks in the capital were also
becoming "more ferocious" as offenders who were "more and more young" tried
to kill or injure by "getting up close and stabbing someone several times".
Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, the head of the Met's
Violent Crime Task Force, added that police were striving hard to tackle
the problem and "making some progress" by upping stop and search and using
other tactics, including the deployment of "embedded" plain clothes
officers to work with uniformed counterparts in the worst hit communities
to help police intervene before stabbings occurred. ...
per cent were aged between 20 and 24, meaning that the under-25s account
for two thirds of all knife crime in the capital.
On ethnicity, Mr
Adelekan said that 73 per cent of knife offenders and 53 per cent of
victims were from a black or ethnic minority background.
IMMIGRATION FAMILY REUNIONS, CHAIN MIGRATION
Ministers urged to relax immigration rules on family reunions
The Guardian, 5 February 2019
The government is under pressure from MPs and charities to
relax family reunion rules for refugees settled in the UK.
immigration rules only allow adult refugees to apply for their married or
civil partners and dependent children under 18 to join them. Grandparents,
parents, siblings and children who are 18 or older are ineligible.
In addition, children who are in the UK alone and have refugee
status do not have a right to be reunited with even their closest family
MPs and campaigners want the rules to be changed, either
through amendments to the government's flagship post-Brexit immigration
bill or through a private member's bill put forward by the SNP MP Angus
This week, Oxfam will call on its supporters to step up
pressure on ministers by contacting their MPs and supporting the changes.
Last week the immigration bill was debated in the House of
Commons and numerous MPs raised the issue of family reunion.
FRAUD AND CORRUPTION CITIZENSHIP
Citizenship test cheats: Migrants 'pay criminals £2,000 to feed them the answers through tiny earpieces' so that they can win the right to stay in
Daily Mail, 4 February 2019
Migrants are paying fixers to help them cheat in citizenship
tests to win the right to stay in Britain.
Undercover footage shows
how lax security lets criminals feed their 'customers' the right answers
via tiny earpieces.
The scam, exposed by BBC London News, is the
latest in a string of frauds designed to help migrants pass the
much-maligned Life In The UK test.
Critics of security at test
centres say elaborate schemes may have allowed thousands to fraudulently
win British citizenship. ...
In the exposé, broadcast
tonight, an undercover reporter meets with Abdul Reza Masud, director of
the Ideal Learning Academy in east London. Instead of offering tuition to
pass the test, Masud is seen asking the reporter for £2,000 to help
Handed a tiny earpiece, the undercover reporter is not
searched before he sits the multiple-choice test in a west London centre.
Once inside, he is allowed to choose whether he reads the questions, or
listens to them via headphones. He picks the latter option and his
small earpiece then picks up the sound from the headphones, relaying the
questions to the waiting accomplice. This allows them to tell the reporter
which answers to choose. ...
Former immigration officer Jay Sudra
told the BBC: 'The Home Office need to look into this urgently. How many
citizens do we have in the UK that have fraudulently obtained a test
certificate? It potentially runs into thousands.
'You have to
question the security of the entire process.
'For them to get to a
stage where they obtain permanent residency, where they obtain a British
passport, it's truly, truly shocking.'
DIVERSITY FREE SPEECH
How our illiberal laws fuel campus censorship
Spiked, 4 February 2019
[Jon Holbrook is a barrister]
On Saturday, government-backed guidance on free speech for
English and Welsh universities was published. This has been a pressing
issue for several years, not least because universities are supposed to
cherish the free exchange of ideas and the importance of debate as a means
of understanding truth. And yet, stories of speakers being No Platformed
have continually made headlines in recent years.
... To this end,
the guidance states that 'everyone has the right to express views and
opinions, including those that may offend, shock or disturb others'.
Yet the detail of the guidance, published by the Equality and Human
Rights Commission, makes clear that given the current legal framework it is
much easier for universities and students to curtail free speech than to
protect it. The right to express views that may offend, shock or disturb is
highly attenuated by the politics of diversity. In other words, the
guidance will have the effect of empowering campus censors. ...
discourse of diversity is driven by the Equality Act. Passed in 2010 by the
Labour government, but with full Tory and Liberal Democrat support, this
legislation has done much to motor those who seek to curtail free speech on
campus. ... ...
But those who identify with the politics of
diversity see it differently. They know that by making a fuss they can
readily persuade a university that they have been offended, shocked or
disturbed. They claim, with the force of law, that if the speaker is not
banned or the debate is not cancelled then the university may be breaching
its legal duties. Forthright individuals and robust institutions may seek
to tough it out. But the force of law is always there pushing gradually and
incrementally in the same direction. By constantly pushing in favour of
diversity, the Equality Act exerts a powerful influence against those who
would seek to raise challenging issues.
The guidance also suggests
that the Equality Act may require student organisers to timetable a series
of speaker events so that they do not fall during Islamic Friday prayers.
Fairly obviously, if Muslims are empowered by law to influence when debates
are scheduled, then the same law gives them even greater rights over the
content of debates that they consider to be offensive or shocking.
... On each occasion, the protesters can claim legal backing. They
connect with a protected characteristic such as being trans, gay, female,
black or Muslim and claim that speech must be curbed in favour of the
greater good of diversity. ...
Asking the Equality and Human Rights
Commission, an organisation created to promote equality law, to draft
guidance to protect free speech was never going to work. But at least it
has advised faithfully on what the law actually requires. It sends a clear
message that free speech on campus must yield to the politics of diversity.
And until the law is changed, those who hold views that bien
pensants on campus find 'unfashionable and controversial' will need
considerable fortitude to express them.
POLITICS UNIVERSITIES, FREE SPEECH
Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed in favour of 'rule of the mob', former equalities chief warns
Sunday Telegraph, 3
Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed on
campuses in favour of "rule of the mob", the former equalities chief has
warned, as he says vice-Chancellors must stop behaving like "frightened
children" and take a stand.
Trevor Phillips, who wrote the National
Union of Students' (NUS) original "no platforming" policy in the 1970s,
said that it is now being used in an "ugly" and "authoritarian" way. ...
This week the Government published guidance for universities on
free speech, which said that speakers should not be banned from campus just
because they "offend, shock or disturb" students.
It is the first
time in 30 years that ministers have intervened to protect free speech at
universities, and follows widespread concern about censorship of
It says that universities have a legal duty to
uphold free speech, and that the starting point should be that any event
can go ahead, so long as it is within the law. ...
Mr Phillips, who
is the former chair of the chairman of the Equality and Human Rights
Commission, said the erosion of free speech on campus must not be solely
blamed on students.
"It is weakness of faculties and university
authorities who in many cases just cannot seem to bring themselves to stand
up for higher education values," he said. ...
Mr Phillips, who is
the chair of Index on Censorship, an pro-free speech organisation, said
that university culture is worse than thought police and is more like the
Stasi, where "the expression of a non-sanctioned opinion becomes a crime -
and that's where we have got to on some campuses".
He said: "The
debate becomes not the most persuasive argument but who can gather the
loudest shouting voices. What you are really talking about is the rule of
the mob - that has come to campuses. I find all of those things incredibly
EGALITARIANISM UNIVERSITIES, DEGREES
Govt: Universities Must Close Ethnic Achievement Gaps or Face Sanctions
Breitbart, 3 February 2019
The Government has ordered British universities to achieve
equality of outcome between ethnic groups, warning of sanctions for
institutions which fail to make "good progress" towards this goal.
Ministers announced that universities would be held to account on
disparities in academic attainment between different ethnic groups after
data showed gaps in the proportion of students awarded top grades for their
The latest figures show that 79 percent of white students
received a first-class or upper second-class (2:1) degree in 2015/26,
compared to 72 percent of Chinese students, 71 percent of Indian students,
62 percent of Pakistani students, and 51 percent of "Black Other" students.
New powers given to universities watchdog the Office for Students
(OfS) will see institutions forced to publish data on admissions and
attainment, broken down by ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic
background, in order to "shine a spotlight on those making good progress
and those lagging behind" on equality of outcome between different
The government did not mention possible causes behind
disparities, but the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), which published the
figures, placed responsibility on universities rather than students to
correct the supposed problem, stressing that "action needs to focus on
institutional barriers and inequalities, rather than 'improving' or
'fixing' the student."
"Traditionally the language of the
attainment gap has focused on students' underachievement or lack of
attainment, whereas it should focus on the institutional culture,
curriculum and pedagogy," it added. ...
Measures announced by
ministers this week came as part of the Government's 'Race Disparity Audit'
an initiative commissioned by Prime Minister Theresa May to measure
differences between ethnic groups in a range of areas, from stop-and-search
and arrest rates to home ownership levels, with a promise to bring in
measures which would stamp out differences. ...
Byrne, President of King's College London, where Mr Skidmore launched the
initiative this week, appeared to contradict the minister's claim that
equality measures are a bid to ensure universities reflect the demographic
make-up of the United Kingdom, stating he was "proud" that 49 percent of
undergraduates at the institution in the previous academic year "were from
black, Asian and other ethnic minority backgrounds" which is
actually far above their share of the general population.
London previously reported how non-white students are now a majority at 23
higher education institutions, and data shows white school pupils were
significantly less likely to go on to higher education than those from
other ethnic backgrounds.
With the lowest entry rate of all ethnic
groups, just 29 percent of white pupils commenced higher education in 2017,
with figures revealing young white people from the most wealthy
socio-economic group were less likely to attend university than Chinese
pupils from the poorest backgrounds.
Western/MENA attitudes to religion portray a lack of faith in common values
Dr Joel Rogers de Waal
YouGov, 3 February 2019
YouGov was recently commissioned by the Muslim Council of
Elders to conduct a multi-country study on attitudes to religion in the
West and Middle East/North Africa region, in support of an interfaith
meeting between His Holiness Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar,
Shaikh Ahmed Mohammad al-Tayeb, in Abu Dhabi on 5th February.
research included online surveys in France, Germany, Britain, the United
States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
As findings show, substantial portions of Western respondents
in the survey perceived a clash between Islam and the values of society in
This included nearly half of respondents in France
(46%) and Germany (47%), and a plurality in the United States (36%) and
Britain (38%) who chose this statement. Notably smaller portions chose the
alternative statement that Islam is generally compatible with the
values of society in their country including 22% in France, 20% in
Germany, 17% in the United States and 24% in Britain.
In a separate
survey experiment for the purpose of comparison, only 14% of US respondents
perceived such a clash with Buddhism, with similar or matching results for
Sikhism (15%) and Hinduism (14%). Likewise, only 6% of British respondents
perceived a values clash with Buddhism, while just 8% said the same for
both Sikhism and Hinduism. ...
Nearly half of French respondents
(49%) said they felt either fairly (18%) or very (31%) unfavourable towards
Islam, compared with 19% who were unfavourable towards Judaism, 13%
unfavourable towards Hinduism, 14% unfavourable towards Sikhism, 9%
unfavourable towards Buddhism, and 15% unfavourable towards Christianity.
53% of German respondents were unfavourable towards Islam, compared
with a range of only 10% to 22% who were unfavourable to the other
The United States and Britain showed a similar
trend but with smaller portions overall who felt unfavourable towards Islam
(37% and 32% respectively).
Clear majorities of Western respondents
in the study also described themselves as either very or fairly concerned
about the possible rise of extremism in Islam, including 72% in both France
and Germany, 66% in Britain and 56% in the United States.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FAKE DOCUMENTS
Crooks selling fake IDs to illegal immigrants to land care jobs working with elderly and vulnerable
The Sun, 1 February 2019
Crooks are providing illegal immigrants with fake passports and
documents to land jobs caring for the vulnerable in a plot exposed by The
The criminals were able to supply our investigators with a
"full package" of bogus documents under a false name including a
Kenyan passport, UK residency permit, National Insurance letter and utility
bills for just £400.
A staff member at Reliable Care
Services, based in Chadwell Heath, East London, acted as a fixer
supplying our investigator with details of cohorts who could provide the
The agency supplies staff to charities and
organisations including Mencap, homeless group St Mungo's, housing body
Metropolitan Thames Valley and The Westminster Society, which supports
those with learning disabilities. The scam means their vulnerable clients
could have been cared for by staff whose criminal backgrounds were
And it could mean workers who arrived in the UK
illegally were able to dodge spot checks by Immigration Enforcement
officers with their bogus paperwork. ...
The Sun's probe into staff
at RCS began six months ago following an anonymous tip-off.
as a migrant without papers, one of our investigators visited the firm
having been promised a staff member would explain how to create a fake ID.
He was introduced to consultant Julius Muturi, 32, who said: "It
costs about £400-500 to get the papers we can use. Once we get the
papers done we can help each other." ...
As well as the passport,
the package included a Jobcentre National Insurance letter and a UK
residency permit, plus BT and Scottish Power bills registered to the
address we provided.
Muturi then got in touch and asked for money
to be transferred to RCS to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service check
which would come back clean under the new, fake name.
"James" was then booked in for two days training with RCS before
starting work as a carer, but did not attend.
Our investigator also
spoke to RCS carer Kennedy Njoroge, who admitted working for the company
under false documents.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION VISAS, FAKE COLLEGES
Grinning 'bogus college' scam boss poses in bed with £65,000 in cash - all made on the back of illegal immigration
Evening News, 1 February 2019
Posing on a bed full of cash, at least £65,000 worth, it
looks like Muhammad Babar Bashir was celebrating a lottery win as he
boasted of the wealth he had created for himself.
Police also found
about £90,000 in cash hidden in the loft of his co- defendant, Tashina
Nayyar, and a further £29,500 in a safety deposit box.
this was not wealth created by an honestly run business - they were making
money on the back of illegal immigration.
Now Bashir is on the run,
a fugitive who failed to show up for his sentencing hearing. Nayyar has
Bashir, 38, from Moss Side; Nayyar, 51, from Chorlton;
and another man, Koteswara Nallamothu, 36, were running 'bogus colleges'.
These fake colleges had nothing that you would expect from a
legitimately run institution.
There were no books, equipment or
teachers giving lessons.
Instead, they were ran as a way of
profiting from 1,300 people who wanted to live and study in the UK, who
were otherwise ineligible.
Their 'cash for visas' scam clearly
proved to be lucrative.
It worked by taking over failing further
education colleges, which were previously legitimately run, and using them
as a cash cow. ...
People would hand over cash to the pair in
exchange for a 'golden ticket' - a confirmation of acceptance of study
(CAS) letter - which enabled them to get a student visa. ...
majority of students who applied for CAS were already living in the EU, but
used it as a way of securing their immigration status.
The scam saw
£2.6m pass through St John College's accounts, and a further
£856,000 go through the accounts of Kinnaird College, both over a two
In total 955 'students' were granted a CAS letter
through St John College, with 352 at Kinnaird.
POPULATION DEMOGRAPHY, ETHNICITY
Demography has become the biggest story on the planet
The Spectator, 31 January 2019
[Review of Paul Morland's "The Human Tide"]
The author has a moderate bent, and doesn't claim that
population its surging, contraction and migration explains
all of human history. But it comes awfully close. ...
... Since the
1960s, writing about demography has steadily shifted from regarding high
fertility rates as tragically entrenching poverty to accepting that numbers
confer power. Not mincing words, Morland declares boldly at the outset that
'ethnicity matters politically'. He spells out that 'nations and ethnic
groups are real' and 'they matter in history'. ...
to Morland, 19th-century Europeans managed to project power, exert
influence and claim territory as a consequence of mushrooming domestic
populations whose excess these countries could afford to send all over the
globe. If Great Britain, as the historian Timothy Snyder claims, 'made the
world', it did so, Morland explains, 'by exporting people'. Ergo, people to
spare made the British Empire possible.
The Human Tide shies
from this risky inference, but it's worth asking: if Europe's sending its
extra population abroad projected power, exerted influence and claimed
territory, isn't mass migration from developing nations to the West not
currently doing the same thing? /.../ One plausible explanation for the
rise of identity politics and the ever-increasing role that race plays in
issues of the day is simply mass immigration. Numbers translate directly
into voice and clout.
For at the same time the West has now reached
'the second transition' below-replacement fertility many
developing countries, modernised much later, continue to grow, and on a
scale that makes the population of burgeoning 19th-century Britain look
like a poorly attended cocktail party. Because the primary instruments of
lower mortality and expanded life expectancy were initially of western
invention, the West has inadvertently engineered its own diminishment.
I have only one serious criticism of this excellent book, and
that's a matter of proportion. Thus far, Africa has failed to get with the
programme. Although its fertility rates have come down, they haven't
plummeted nearly as quickly as they were supposed to. Consequently, UN
estimates for the global population at which we're meant to level off, once
heading steadily downwards, now go up every year. By 2050, Africans may
total 2.5 billion, and 4.5 billion by 2100. Given demographic momentum, to
a degree these numbers are baked in. /.../ Morland devotes a scant eight
pages to this crucial continent, and dubiously Pollyanna pages at that.
The author isn't always so demure. He forcefully discounts a
popular mantra of British multiculturalists: 'It may often be said that
England has always been a land of immigration, but this is simply untrue.'
Until very recently, England and Wales have absorbed a tiny,
demographically incidental handful of Huguenots and Jews. The rise of the
population that does not consider itself white British from 2 per cent in
the 1960s to nearly 20 per cent in 2011 is 'historically unprecedented'.
... White Britons are expected to become a minority in Britain
circa 2060 or so. Starting in 1980, white Europeans in California fell from
70 per cent to 40 per cent in a mere 30 years.
CRIME YOUTHS, JAILS
More than half of young people in jail are of BME background
The Guardian, 29 January 2019
More than half of the inmates held in prisons for young people
in England and Wales are from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background,
the highest proportion on record, the prisons watchdog has said, prompting
warnings that youth jails have hit "American" levels of disproportionality.
About 51% of boys in young offender institutions (YOIs)
prisons for boys aged 15 to 17 and young adult men aged 18 to 21
identified as being from a BME background, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of
Prisons (HMIP) found.
In addition, the inspectorate found 42% of
children in secure training centres (STCs) prisons for children up
to the age of 17 were from a BME background.
of BME boys and men behind bars in YOIs in England and Wales is nearly four
times the 14% BME proportion of the wider UK population.
Lammy MP, who published a review into the treatment of and outcomes for BME
individuals in the criminal justice system in 2017, said he was shocked by
the figures, which have rocketed since he released the report, when the BME
proportion in YOIs and STCs was just over 40%. ...
said prosecutions against some BME suspects should be deferred or dropped
to help tackle the bias against them in the criminal justice system.
He said allowances should also be made for younger defendants'
immaturity and criminal records should be sealed to help former offenders
find work, adding that statistics suggested discrimination was worse than
in the US in some cases.
The inspectorate found that the proportion
of boys who identified as being from a BME background varied depending on
the establishment, from one in five (21%) at the Keppel unit in West
Yorkshire, to nearly three-quarters (71%) at Feltham in west London.
The percentage identifying as being from a BME background also
varied between STCs, from 33% at Oakhill in Buckinghamshire to 55% at
Medway in Kent.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY
Drug barons make a mockery of courts by IGNORING orders to return to ALBANIA
Daily Express, 29 January 2019
Drug lords from Albania are making a mockery of our deportation
system by returning to commit more crime after being booted out. Anyone
deported from the UK is placed on a watchlist and banned from re-entering
However, a Sunday Express investigation found several
cases where deported Albanian criminals, including high-end drug dealers,
have resurfaced in the UK, sometimes within a year of being kicked out and
in other cases multiple times. One serious criminal officials hope will not
return is Albanian Alek Dauti, 31, the ringleader of a people smuggling
network that tried to get hundreds of illegal migrants into the UK. He was
extradited to Belgium on Friday to serve a 10 year jail sentence he
received in his absence in December.
Dauti's gang used corrupt
truck drivers to smuggle men, women and children into the UK, sometimes
using refrigerated lorries.
Last week police in Blackpool said two
Albanian men were facing deportation and another was on the run, after they
raided a cannabis factory in the town.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY
Drug barons make a mockery of courts by IGNORING orders to return to ALBANIA: Comment
Daily Express, 29 January 2019
The fact that convicted Albanian and other criminals are
re-entering the UK after deportation may not surprise many, but it should
ring alarm bells in the Home Office.
If we can't keep out even
those we have thrown out as baddies, what hope is there for dealing with
illegal immigration generally? This calls attention to the Government's
failures over the monitoring and removal of foreign criminals - of whom
there are 9,000 in UK prisons and thousands more at large.
According to the National Crime Agency many of those who re-enter
the UK, after being deported, do so with false EU identity papers.
With free movement set to end after Brexit, the Government must
ensure border officials are better able to check that suspicious people are
the rightful holders of any passport.
As funding for border
functions has been cut by a quarter since 2012, is it any wonder criminals
are getting in? So, what is to be done?
Having entered the New Year
talking tough about migrants crossing the Channel in dinghies - only a
small proportion of the 70,000 illegal immigrants annually joining over a
million already here - Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor Philip
Hammond could begin by boosting the border control budget.
seven per cent of the public consider illegal immigration a serious
concern. And Mr Javid could start to restore some of the public's lost
faith in our immigration system by getting a grip of the Albanian villains
cocking a snook at our border controls.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ISLAM, NORWAY
Muhammad is the top name in Oslo again - for the 11th year
TRT World / Turkish Radio and Television, 26 January 2019
Norway's fertility rates have reached all-time lows, risking
the country's economic stability. Muslim immigrants are keeping the labour
force alive, as the country undergoes demographic changes.
was the most popular name among male children in Oslo in 2018, for the 11th
year in a row, according to statistics released on Wednesday by the
Norwegian Statistics Department.
The name, with its many
variations, surpassed Oscar, Aksel and Jacob as it maintained its lead.
Mohammad has been the most popular name in Oslo since 2008,
reflecting a strong and growing Muslim community in the large city.
In 2017, 8.7 percent of Oslo's population identified as Muslims,
with their largest communities originating from ethnic Pakistanis, Somalis,
Iraqis and Morrocans. ...
Oslo is home to the largest immigrant
population in the country. Out of Oslo's 624,000 residents, almost 190,000
are immigrants or born to immigrant parents, making up nearly 31 percent of
the city's population. ...
The statistics department also found
evidence of demographic change underway, with fewer traditional Norwegian
surnames ending with "sen", as with as Jensen, Hansen or Andersen. Today,
"sen" surnames make up only 14.7 percent of the population, compared to
22.4 percent in 1995.
BORDER CONTROLS WALLS
In defence of walls
Spiked, 25 January 2019
A favourite pat slogan, spoken and heard ever since the 1960s,
has been 'build bridges, not walls'. It's been repeated by every student,
woke pop star and pope ever since. Its appeal has not diminished till this
day, owing to Israel's wall designed to keep out Palestinians and Donald
Trump's extended wall to keep out Mexicans.
These walls are
offensive in a superficial way. Yet one might as well equally repeat Rodney
King's famous exhortation: 'Can we all just get along?' But it's also
understandable that this phrase emerged in the 1960s, the decade which saw
the erection of that monstrous edifice, the Berlin Wall, which literally
kept people imprisoned in a state on pain of death.
But as we
celebrate the 30th anniversary of that wall's demolition this year, isn't
it time to reconsider this naive and trite phrase? Because sometimes walls
The Berlin Wall was detestable because it was designed to
keep people in, rather than to keep undesirables out. This has been the
traditional function of walls. This was the point of Hadrian's Wall and the
Great Wall of China, both constructed to prevent invasion by disruptional
Picts and Mongols. This was also the aim of the Roman and medieval city
wall, built with the view of protecting citizens from bandits and
The logic today is that the less we erect walls,
literally or in spirit, the more unsafe or unsure our countries become.
Ironically, as Douglas Murray has pointed out, there are walls of bollards
on bridges in Europe today, due to the threat posed by terrorists. ...
Walls protect us. That's why our houses have them. If you believe
walls and barriers are really that bad, I expect that you leave your front
door open all the time.
Wishful thinking over immigration
Conservative Woman, 24 January 2019
In his article in Conservative Home on Monday, Tory MP Steve
Double wrote that Theresa May had incorrectly read the public mood with
regard to immigration, and that perceptions of immigration had become more
favourable since the Brexit vote. To support his assertion, he cited the
National Conversation on Immigration (NCI). ...
Polling by Ipsos
MORI last spring /.../ did indeed find that a fifth of the public had
become more positive about immigration, but that was because nearly half
believed (EU) numbers were falling, or would fall, as a result of Brexit.
In fairness to Mr Double, a more recent poll has shown
immigration to be of relatively less concern to the public than it has been
for some years, which he has attibuted to people recognising the benefits
of immigration, as well as having faith in the government keeping its
promises to reduce net migration. Really? A 2018 YouGov poll found that
nearly two-thirds of voters think immigration levels have been too high
over the past decade. Another one by Deltapoll, conducted over the summer,
found that nearly three-quarters of the public (equivalent to 38 million)
want the Government to honour its promises to reduce net migration to the
tens of thousands.
Mr Double also appears to have missed the
findings of the open survey produced as part of the 'National Conversation
on Immigration' exercise, organised by British Future and 'Hope Not Hate',
which showed that a larger share of the public believe that immigration has
had a negative impact on the UK than those who believe the opposite ...
The 'National Conversation' asked a lot of questions, which
elicited answers that suggested participants had a nuanced view of migrants
and their contributions, but this is hardly a revelation. ...
problem we at Migration Watch UK had with the 'National Conversation'
wasn't so much the questions that were asked but those that were not. While
it did ask people if they thought it should be a priority to reduce overall
numbers as well as whether the target should be kept or replaced with
multiple targets, there was no reference in the polling section to the
current and recent scale of immigration or any question about whether
participants considered this to be too high or whether it should be
It is clear that a great deal of time and effort by the
'National Conversation' organisers went into talking to a large body of
people. However, what they appear not have done was to listen to those they
conversed with. In one section, the paper suggests that one of the
Government's tasks is to 'secure public consent' for immigration (p7). ...
Brexit, of course, has no bearing on immigration from outside the
EU, and this is now at its highest since 2004. Non-EU net migration
constitutes three-quarters of all non-British net inflows. ...
government and many MPs (Steve Double is far from a lone voice) seem intent
on glossing over the public's deeply felt concerns about the serious
challenges posed by unabated immigration. ...
resulting rapid rate of population growth, 80 per cent of which has been
due to direct and indirect immigration since 2001, adds huge pressures on
infrastructure and public services. Mr Double and his colleagues may choose
to brush aside public disquiet at such a state of affairs but the truth is
that they are either engaging in wishful thinking or they are woefully out
of touch. Perhaps both.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ENGLISH CHANNEL
3,000 migrants desperate to cross Channel will not be deterred by Border Force patrols, say charities
Daily Telegraph, 23 January 2019
Some 3,000 migrants are in northern France and Belgium
"desperate" to get to the UK and will not be deterred by Britain's Navy and
Border Force patrols, refugee charities have told MPs.
Moseley, Founder of Care4Calais, told the Home Affairs Select Committee the
French policy of dispersing migrants from Calais had failed to stop
thousands continuing to seek to get to Britain with many saying they would
"do anything" to cross the Channel.
The appalling conditions, with
many sleeping out in the open after persistent police raids on any
makeshift camps, was driving more to Britain rather than deterring them,
she said. ...
She added: "We were told the closure of the camps
would stop people coming to Calais, trying to cross the Channel. It
Maddy Allen, field manager of Help Refugees, said the
Border Force patrols and deployment of HMS Mersey were "not acting as a
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION POLITICS
Dinghies of migrants are small part of 'significant wedge' of illegal migration, says Director of Migration Watch UK
talkRadio, 22 January
Neil Anderson, Executive Director of Migration Watch UK has
said that reports of illegal migrants attempting to cross the Channel in
dinghies are a "small front-end of a significant wedge".
23 migrants were intercepted by the Border Force in the English Channel on
Sunday, bringing the weekend total for arrivals to almost 40.
Anderson told talkRADIO's Mike Graham: "In terms of immigration and illegal
migration, a lot more needs to be done.
"It is very easy to
concentrate on migrants coming over in dinghies and we are hearing about a
few dozen being picked up but this is very simply a very small front-end of
a significant wedge." ...
Mr Anderson added that there had been no
"political will" to invest in resources at the UK border.
thing we can say for certain is that there are serious resource issues with
the border force," he said.
"Basically there has to be the
political will and willingness to invest in the appropriate resources in
order to address this very serious problem."
A declining population may not always be bad for the economy
Daily Telegraph, 22 January 2019
Trade wars. Currency movements. Trade balances. Normalising
interest rates. Combating climate change and poverty. Year after year, the
G-20 discusses the same narrow range of issues, never agrees on very much
and follows up on even less with any real action. But this year might just
be different. The Japanese are taking the chair and, to their credit, they
have decided to put something that genuinely matters at the top of the
agenda, namely demographics.
Even more strikingly, they are
challenging a cosy consensus of the last couple of decades. Most mainstream
economists and policymakers take it for granted that a declining population
is bad for the economy and we need to do all we can to reverse it. But the
Japanese are starting to argue that it may not be true. Technology might
mean that we need fewer people, while all the services required by the
elderly might actually stimulate demand. If true, policies to combat an
ageing population might be a big mistake. ...
Haruhiko Kuroda, the
governor of the Bank of Japan, kick-strated the debate with a sppech that
had the not-completely snappy title Demographic Changes and Macroeconomic
... It's possible, he argued, that an ageing
population could be completely fine. Rapid progress in technology, such as
robotics and artificial intelligence, means that we might need far fewer
workers than in the past, while improving productivity (indeed, slightly
oddly, at the same time as we worry about not having enough workers, we
also worry about what to do about mass unemployment created by robotics).
In fact, a shortage of workers will put pressure on companies to improve
... The conclusion? A falling population is not
necessarily as bad for the economy as usually assumed. More provocatively
still, ageing nations might be able to outperform younger ones.
That is of course especially relevant to Japan, where the working
age population peaked in 1995 and its total population in 2008. Unlike just
about every other major country, Japan has not tried to stem its declining
numbers through immigration, remaining relatively closed to outsiders.
MULTICULTURALISM AUSTRALIA, WESTERN CIVILISATION
Western Civ: it's not just for white people anymore
Spectator Australia, 19 January 2019
When the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation generously
offered to fund 'Western Civ' courses at Australian universities, critics
at the ANU and University of Sydney inevitably expressed their gratitude
with accusations of racism. They say that Western Civ. has no place in a
multicultural society. Teaching Western Civ. is somehow construed as an
insult both to indigenous and immigrant Australians, which, when you think
about it, really includes just about everyone.
Racism doesn't seem
to be such a problem for the University of Wollongong, which has agreed to
host the first Ramsay Centre degree, to be called the Bachelor of Arts
(Western Civilisation). In fact, it will create a new school within its
faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts just for the occasion. That's
right: to find Western civilisation in Australia, head to Wollongong.
But the idea that Australians of Chinese, Indian, or Aboriginal
backgrounds are somehow congenitally non-Western is itself racist. The idea
that Chinese, Indian, and indigenous students of any nationality would not
want to enrol in a Western civilisation course is worse than racist
There's nothing racist about teaching an
Australian medical student of Chinese descent Western medicine instead of
traditional Chinese medicine, Australian law instead of Chinese law. A
course in Western civilisation is no different. It's not racist to offer
Western Civ. It's racist not to offer it if multiculturalism is
offered as the excuse. ...
Australian universities certainly should
celebrate Australia's and the world's many cultures. Everyone
should study a foreign language, admire the world's artistic heritage,
travel a bit, and sample as many as possible of the world's distinctive
cuisines. Australia is blessed to be a country of many cultures, and they
are all worth experiencing. But our universities should teach our own
civilisation, first, foremost, and perhaps even exclusively. After all,
it's the only civilisation we have.
BORDER CONTROLS WALLS
Donald Trump claims 77 major border walls have been built around the world with 800 miles of barriers across Europe
The Sun, 18 January
Donald Trump tried to beef up his argument for building a wall
along the 1,933-mile US-Mexico border by claiming similar structures have
already been erected across the globe.
The president tweeted that
77 major border walls currently exist and that 800 miles of barriers "stop
crime" in Europe.
He also tweeted that 45 countries were in the
process of "planning or building walls". ...
The tycoon wrote:
"Over 800 miles of Walls have been built in Europe since only 2015.
"They have all been recognized as close to 100% successful. Stop
the crime at our Southern Border!"
Trump appears to be basing his
claims on analysis by USA Today, who cited the UN Refugee Agency for
statistics on border walls across the globe. ...
It added that
since Europe's migrant crisis erupted in 2015, "at least 800 miles of
fences have been erected by Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia,
Slovenia and others".
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CANADA
Don't ever question mass immigration or you'll be instantly racist
National Post, 16 January 2019
The National Post has run a series of editorials noting that
our legal immigration channels work well, but the issue of border migration
is eroding public confidence in immigration. ...
This past weekend,
The Globe and Mail's senior political columnist, John Ibbitson, published a
buoyant endorsement of the government's current immigration policy
(continuing high rates) headlined, "Immigration's benefits are a matter of
I asked Herbert Grubel, professor of economics
(emeritus) at Simon Fraser University, and senior fellow of The Fraser
Institute specializing in immigration, for his opinion about Ibbitson's
Grubel notes that the average income taxes paid by
immigrants since 1986 have been about one-half of those paid by
non-immigrant Canadians. Yet immigrants absorb the same value of government
services (not more, as some people would have you believe), so the
difference between what immigrants pay in and take out amounts to not less
than $5,000 a year per person, he calculates. Do the collective math and
Grubel estimates that it comes to an annual $30 billion payout.
Neither Grubel nor I nor any reasonable Canadian believes
immigration is a bad thing in itself. We're all for it. ...
what happens if the number of immigrants should exceed the capacity of the
country's ability to absorb them? It isn't orderly immigration that sets
many Canadians' teeth on edge; it is mass immigration promoted as a good in
and of itself without regard to our actual present and future needs or
interests. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants now arrive here each year.
In Vancouver alone they require 300 housing units every week. This can only
drive up housing costs and add to the crowding in our hospitals. It can
also reshape the cultural ecology of old neighbourhoods, which residents
seem generally fine with when it happens more naturally over time, but find
very jarring when it happens with unsettling rapidity.
that even raising any "cultural" factor like that is a red flag to those
progressives who insist that culture is a construct of privilege and trying
to protect the culture we have is an act of bigotry. But discussing it
shouldn't be off-limits. People all over the world desire to live in Canada
because of its stability, prosperity, gender equality, excellent quality of
life and respect for the law. All of these national qualities are
downstream from culture. It is perfectly legitimate to worry that high
rates of immigration to Canada could undermine the very tenets of equality,
freedom and justice, those products of our own culture, that attract so
many in the first place. Of course, even the words "our own culture" are in
themselves divisive: to many progressives they are a shibboleth for
oppression; to me and my more conservative friends they are, relative to
all other cultures, words that evoke pride, yet we feel anxiety saying
Often, we also feel like stooges of politicians who claim to
be focused on immigrants' value to Canada, but who are really focused on
immigrants as voters. And we feel frustrated because rational discussion of
immigration does not seem possible when any and all objections are met with
mantras like "diversity is our strength" at the top. And because we are not
allowed to talk about these things without incurring charges of racism.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD DENMARK
Denmark: "In One Generation, Our Country Has Changed"
Gatestone Institute, 16 January 2019
Turkey has been extremely active in ramping up its activities
in Denmark, apparently as part of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's
plan of strengthening Islam in the West. Denmark already has around 30
Turkish mosques out of approximately 170 mosques in total as of end of
2017. In 2006, there were 115 mosques in all of Denmark an increase
of nearly 50% in little more than a decade.
A recent government
study, "Analysis of children of descendants with a non-Western background",
shows that there continue to be huge problems with assimilating immigrants
into Danish society. ...
Today, there are roughly 500,000
immigrants and descendants of immigrants in Denmark. The cost to the Danish
state is 33 billion Danish kroner per year ($5 billion or 4.4 billion
euros), according to the Danish Ministry of Finance. It is estimated that
in 2060 there will be nearly 900,000 immigrants and descendants of
immigrants in Denmark, according to Denmark's official statistical bureau,
Danmark's Statistik. Denmark currently has a total population of 5.8
million people. If the lack of integration persists in the next generation
of descendants of immigrants, Denmark is looking at a significant societal
problem to which no one appears to have a solution.
Least of all,
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. In his New Year's speech, he
said that things are "going well" in Denmark. /.../ "When I was in high
school, he also said, "there were around 50,000 people with a non-Western
background in Denmark. Today, there are almost half a million. In one
generation, our country has changed". The country did not just "change".
Danish politicians, with their policies, changed it.
MULTICULTURALISM ISLAM, USA, EUROPE
Rep André Carson Predicts Sizable 'Muslim Caucus' By 2030. Is He Correct, And Will It Matter?
Democratic Rep. André Carson made news last week by
predicting that there could be as many as 30 to 35 Muslims in Congress and
possibly even a Muslim president or vice president by the year 2030.
Speaking to attendees at a "Community Congressional Reception"
hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Thursday, the
Indiana congressman welcomed newly elected Representatives Ilhan Omar and
Rashida Tlaib - both of whom were in attendance and spoke later - and
celebrated the likelihood that their election victories were just the tip
of the iceberg that's to come.
"It's more than just about having
three Muslims in Congress," said Carson. "I think symbolically it has great
value, but I won't rest until 2020 we have five more members of Congress;
2022 and 24, we have 10 more Muslims in Congress. In 2030 we may have about
30, 35 Muslims in Congress." ...
... PEW Research predicts the
Muslim population in the United States could reach 8.1 million by 2050. If
so, it would comprise 2.1 percent of the total population, almost twice the
current 1.1 percent share. Sounds reasonable. However, the same article
acknowledges that the Muslim population "has been growing rapidly" from its
originally small base due to "higher fertility rates among Muslim Americans
as well as the continued migration of Muslims to the U.S." ...
Thanks to its physical proximity to Muslim countries so many are
desperate to leave, Western Europe is in an entirely different situation.
According to PEW Research, the share of Muslims on the continent grew from
19.5 million to 25.8 million (from 3.8 percent to almost 5 percent) from
2010 to 2016 alone. "By 2050, the share of the continent's population that
is Muslim could more than double, rising to 11.2% or more, depending on how
much migration is allowed into Europe," writes PEW, adding that even if
migration were "permanently halted" (something we all know probably won't
happen anytime soon), the "relative youth and high fertility rates" of
Muslims currently living in Europe would still cause the population to rise
to 7.4 percent.
Some countries project even higher in 2050, should
migration continue at current rates - Germany at 19.7 percent, UK at 17.2
percent, France at 18 percent and Sweden at 30.6 percent.
isn't projected, and what isn't generally spoken of in polite circles, is
where things go from there. ...
Yes, most individual Muslims are
doubtless good people who, like most immigrants, simply want the best for
themselves and their families. But you can do your own research and come to
your own conclusions on the virtues and drawbacks of Muslim majority
countries. (I will ask this though - If they are so great, why are so many
people itching to leave them?)
You can also decide for yourself
whether or not you want to live in one.
grandchildren and great-grandchildren, on the other hand, may not be so
ASYLUM IRANIANS, UK, FRANCE
Proof Britain IS a soft touch for migrants: We let 63 per cent of asylum seekers from Iran IN...while France keeps 69 per cent OUT
Abul Taher and Peter
Mail on Sunday, 13 January 2019
Britain was last night branded a 'soft touch' for accepting far
more Iranian asylum-seekers than France does.
Figures obtained by
The Mail on Sunday show the UK grants refugee status to almost two-thirds
of those who arrive from Iran. By contrast France takes in only one in
And even those refused asylum in Britain are highly unlikely
to be kicked out, analysis of official data shows. ...
of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: 'The British asylum
system is less stringent than the one in France and this is partly why
people are trying to come through Calais into Britain and not apply in
An analysis of Home Office data by Migration Watch found
that about 2,500 Iranians applied for asylum in the UK each year between
2008 and 2017, ...
In the past year, 63 per cent of the cases ended
with claimants being granted asylum, discretionary leave or humanitarian
protection. Only 37 per cent were rejected. ...
For the past five
years, an average of only about 100 failed applicants have been forcibly
removed or chosen to leave per annum less than four per cent of the
Refugee groups say that once an Iranian loses a bid to
remain on appeal, they often abscond and work in the black economy or their
lawyers submit a fresh asylum application which could take years to
The asylum rejection rate for Iranians is much higher in
France the country where all of the Calais migrants could have
applied for asylum.
Latest figures from Eurostat, the EU
statistical body, show that in 2017, France rejected 63 per cent of Iranian
asylum seekers at first decision and ordered them to leave the country. In
the first three quarters of 2018, that rose to 69 per cent.
French government source said the rejection rate for Iranians is similar to
the overall rate for all asylum seekers in France, which stands at around
70 per cent.
IMMIGRATION ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COSTS
We MUST control immigration and its costs both economic and social
Iain Duncan Smith and Neil MacKinnon
Sunday Express, 13 January
For many, a key plank of the support for Brexit at the
referendum was the impact of uncontrolled immigration into the UK.
Voters worried about the resulting negative impact on their access
to public services provision in terms of housing, GP appointments,
educational provision, social care and effects on jobs availability. It has
long been an article of faith for supporters of free movement that all
migration increases economic well being. However, studies apparently
supporting this view have conflated the economic effects of skilled,
better-educated and more highly-paid migrants with that of unskilled
The UK spends about £4 billion a year providing
housing and other social benefits to EU migrants.
Free Trade (EFT) research has shown that it is uncontrolled, unskilled
migration that imposes costs on the UK's public purse, as well as on local
This research estimates that the cost in supporting EU
unskilled migrants is about £3500 per year per adult migrant.
In effect, the taxpayer provides a wage subsidy of about 20 per
cent to the average unskilled EU migrant.
There is no dispute about
the positive impact of skilled labour in contributing to the UK economy.
Furthermore, these effects increase in areas of dense migrant
Local communities hosting large EU and non-EU immigrant
populations face higher costs without compensation, as well as declining
housing, health and educational standards.
For example, EFT
research found that in a region like Leicester, which has the densest
immigrant population in the UK, the burden of unskilled immigrants per head
in the local community costs £287 annually, or about £6 per
This equates to around 1 per cent of average UK
household disposable income per head.
In addition, there is
evidence of differential impacts across different UK-born groups with more
negative effects for those with lower levels of education.
effects are found on the earnings of UK lower-skilled workers.
percentage point increase in the EU-born working age population ratio can
reduce UK-born wages for the lower-skilled by up to 0.8 per cent.
Thus, uncontrolled immigration is a key economic issue, never mind
a political one.
An equally important aspect of the economic issue
is that UK industry now has one of the poorest records for investment in
training, technological innovation and automation.
Such has been
the effect of uncontrolled migration in the UK that Centre for Social
Justice research shows that only 15 per cent of those who start work in
entry level jobs will progress past that level in their working lives.
Similar effects exist even amongst skilled jobs. ...
has the highest percentage of foreign-trained doctors of any European
country about three-times that of France, Germany, or Spain.
ASYLUM ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, DEPORTATION
Only one in three failed asylum seekers end up leaving Britain as the others vanish into the 'black economy', damning report reveals
Mail, 11 January 2019
Only one in three failed asylum seekers gets removed from
Britain in a system 'rife with abuse', a damning report has revealed.
Not only does this 'corrode' trust in the rules, but it also
provides an incentive to migrants to try to reach the UK illegally, a
former Home Office chief warned.
David Wood, head of immigration
enforcement until 2015, sets out his findings today in a 74-page report for
the think-tank Civitas. ...
After analysis of Home Office figures,
Mr Wood said that between 2010 and 2016, 80,813 people were refused
sanctuary or withdrew their asylum applications. Of these, only 29,659 were
deported just 36 per cent.
There was also a growing backlog
of cases where people waited longer than six months more than
tripling from 4,081 at the start of the decade to 14,306 in 2017.
... Mr Wood said: 'Once migrants reach the UK they are usually here
to stay whether they have a valid claim to be here or not.
means that these numbers add to an ever-growing number of migrants in the
country who have no lawful entitlement to be here.
the failure to deal with this situation provides an incentive to further
attempts to come to the UK by people who have no right to be here.' Under
the 1951 Refugee Convention, those seeking refuge from war or persecution
can be granted asylum. UK rules allow unsuccessful applicants to appeal.
Guidelines say that failed asylum seekers should be detained only
if deporting them is a realistic prospect. But Mr Wood said more should be
done to speed up processing applications and to boost removals of those who
are declined sanctuary.
He said the initial decision-making process
should be streamlined, rather than subjecting every applicant to a lengthy
interview. For instance, if it is established that someone is fleeing a
warzone, they would automatically be entitled to asylum, leaving officials
free to work on more complex cases.
Applicants should be made to
take lie detector tests to quickly identify areas of their story that might
be fabricated, he suggested.
More failed asylum seekers should be
detained if travel documents can be obtained from their home country, he
added, meaning they do not escape. If a nation is refusing to provide
paperwork, the failed refugee should simply be put on a flight there to be
dealt with by UK consular staff.
Mr Wood said: 'It is an important
principle that people fleeing persecution should be given refuge by
countries in a position to offer it. But where asylum processes are being
used as a way of facilitating economic migration it is essential to be able
to quickly and efficiently distinguish between the two, in order to ensure
those entitled to help receive it quickly, and to ensure that UK citizens
do not lose faith and support for a system that is rife with abuse.'
POLITICS PARLIAMENT, UN GLOBAL COMPACT ON MIGRATION
Parliament REFUSES Petition to Reject UN Migrant Pact: 'Already Been Agreed'
Breitbart, 11 January 2019
The British Parliament has refused to debate a petition to
reject the UN compact on migration as it "has already been agreed by the UK
The petition, which has nearly 130,000 signatures,
called on the Government to follow countries like the United States,
Hungary, and Australia and reject the United Nations Compact for Safe,
Orderly, and Regular Migration, which is the first attempt at the "global
governance" and institutionalisation of migration.
has decided not to schedule a debate on this petition because the UN Global
Compact on Migration has already been agreed by the UK Government," said
"The final text of the Compact was agreed by the UK
Government in July last year. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in
December," it added, before claiming that the compact is "not legally
binding and cannot compel the UK Government to change its own immigration
policies" despite legal experts warning that the agreement exists in a
legal "grey area" and could be used to interpret national immigration law.
While Britain committed to the agreement at the Intergovernmental
Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, on December 10th, the minimum number of
signatures needed to trigger Parliament's Backbench Business Committee to
consider it for a full debate 100,000 had been reached a week
before then, with Parliament only rejecting the debate Wednesday.
POLITICS PUBLIC OPINION, SCOTLAND
Scots reject SNP call for immigration powers
The Times, 10 January 2019
Nicola Sturgeon's desire to secure control of immigration in
Scotland has been dealt a blow by a survey showing that most Scottish
people oppose the idea.
The first minister launched a fresh bid
this week for Scotland to take charge of its own borders policy, arguing
that the country was in desperate need of boosting its working-age
population with migrants from the EU.
However, a survey for
Britain's leading independent social research institute has shown not only
that Scots do not share this view but they are also sceptical about
allowing freedom of movement to continue from Europe after Brexit.
Mass Immigration And The Growth Of Inequality
Social Europe, 8 January 2019
The claim that immigration is economically beneficial appears
to be an article of faith amongst those who consider themselves
progressive. However, mere changes in total GDP often mean little in terms
of the lived reality of society. Much more important is whether or not mass
immigration changes the social structure and the pattern of economic
Economic inequality (in the distribution of income and
wealth) has been growing in virtually every developed society. It is clear
that there is no single cause, but one important driver is changes in the
occupational structure. In some countries, but especially in the UK and the
USA, occupational growth has polarised: there are more well-paid
high-skilled jobs, there are more low-paid jobs, but there are fewer
moderately well-paid secure jobs in the middle.
A growing social
science research suggests that the reason for the existence of low-paid
jobs has been precisely the availability of a large pool of immigrant
labour. Low-paid jobs have expanded simply because there are people
prepared to do them. If this labour supply did not exist and, crucially, if
there was no alternative labour supply, then the jobs would not exist. The
argument that immigrants are 'needed' to fill existing jobs takes the
existing jobs and hence the occupational structure for granted;
furthermore, it accepts that immigrants are the only possible source of
In some sectors enterprises' business model
depends upon paying low wages. The transformation of agriculture in the USA
and more recently in the UK has involved a shift to forms of production and
even to crops that are only viable because of low wages. ...
the 1980s domestic servants were declining in numbers. Today professionals
and managers expect to employ domestic labour to clean their houses, mind
their children, etc. These jobs are overwhelmingly taken by immigrants who
are often illegals. ...
This relationship between mass immigration
and occupational change cannot be generalised to all periods and places.
The mass European migration in the second half of the 19th century to the
USA and other areas of new settlement did not have this result, nor in fact
did the mass immigration to Western Europe in the post-world war period. It
is, however, clear that today those who call for 'open borders' the
unrestricted entry of unskilled workers into the EU are facilitating
a more polarised occupational structure, more low paid workers and greater
social and economic inequality.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION POLITICS, ANTI-RACISM
How immigration makes us all irrational
Washington Examiner, 7 January 2019
Some 300 men they are almost all men, and seem to be
mainly from Iran have tried to reach Britain in small boats since
November. That number is not large when we consider that around 7,500
people claimed asylum in the UK during the same period. Still, dinghies
make good photographs, and news is slow at this time of year, so British
tabloids were quick to proclaim a "crisis." ...
all sides irrational. To redeploy Royal Navy vessels to the Channel, as
Britain is now doing at a cost of $25,000 a day, is an absurd
over-reaction. If the UK truly wanted to reduce illegal immigration, it
would spend an equivalent sum of money on ensuring that deportation orders
were properly enforced. ...
Every bit as irrational is the reaction
of the virtue-signaling Left. Most of us agree that a measure of controlled
and legal immigration can benefit a country. Left-wingers are perfectly
within their rights to argue that immigration policy should be guided by
compassion rather than GDP growth that we should, in other words,
count poverty and desperation as qualifications rather than just economic
utility. But how, on those grounds, can you possibly justify a system that
allows a handful of would-be settlers to jump the queue by paying
If anything, the Channel crossing belongs in a
Darwinian science-fiction novel. Some futuristic dystopian state might seek
to improve its genetic stock by closing its borders, knowing that only the
shrewdest, hardiest and most determined migrants would attempt the sea
journey. How have progressives now come, in effect if not in intention, to
support such a policy? How have they reached the point where they want to
contract out immigration policy to criminal gangs?
The answer, I
suspect, has to do with changes on the Left since the late 1960s in
particular the elevation of anti-racism as the supreme virtue, the card
that trumps feminism, free speech, secularism and everything else. There
are people in Britain, as in the United States, who struggle to see past
the color of the would-be migrants' skins. A few of these people are white
supremacists. Many more are well-meaning liberals who are so determined not
to give succor to racists that they end up backing idiotic policies from a
tribalism of their own. In Britain, this means agitating to admit the boat
people. In the United States, it means arguing that a gang of Hondurans who
pitch up at the border should be allowed to elbow aside those who have
applied properly and legally.
People-smuggling is a huge industry,
and it grows larger every day. Rising aspirations and improved technology
notably smartphones with both a GPS function and the ability to
transfer credit are triggering mass movements of peoples. Wealthy
countries need to work out how to deal with migratory pressures never
before encountered in peace-time.
They need to accept that human
institutions are necessarily imperfect and that, under any conceivable
system, some rogues will get in while some deserving applicants are kept
out. That is not an argument for abandoning all your rules. On the
contrary, it is an argument for enforcing them properly.
TERRORISM EUROPE, FRANCE
Report: Nearly all terror attacks in France carried out by radicals already known to police
NBC News, 6 January 2019
The vast majority of terror attacks in France were carried out
by Islamic radicals who had been known to police or intelligence services,
according to a new report by a global security think tank.
Bratislava-based GLOBSEC examined 22 terror incidents in France
since 2012. Nearly 80 percent of the people behind those attacks had been
on a terror watchlist, and 97 percent had been on the radar of authorities,
according to the firm's new analysis, obtained by NBC News.
figures included Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, career criminals with
long records who killed 12 people in January 2015 in the offices of the
satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
are likely to bolster the longstanding criticism leveled at France and
other European countries that authorities are not doing enough to prosecute
and imprison those who pose a threat. ...
"The main issue
throughout Europe is the sentencing, which is extremely lenient and also
allows for terrorists/jihadists to be freed quite early for 'good
behavior,'" said London-based terror expert Olivier Guitta, founder and
managing director of the security firm GlobalStrat.
Of 78 people
suspected of carrying out the attacks, 49 percent had previous criminal
convictions, including 19 percent who were repeat offenders, the report
"What we are experiencing in Europe is very much colonisation" [part 1]
Techne Aletheia, 6 January 2019
Renaud Camus, writer and president of the National Council of
Resistance, is known for popularizing the notion of the 'Great
Replacement', a call to fight the civilization and cultural change that,
according to this author, is already in process in Western societies. We
talked with Camus to know in greater detail his positions on this
You are known for making popular the notion of the
'Great Replacement', what does this notion mean concretely? It is a
negative idea and how did you arrive at it? Also, what encourages you to
maintain this struggle and not fall into pessimism?
It is a
very negative idea indeed. Great Replacement, the change of people, which
implies the change of civilisation, is the crime against humanity par
excellence (if one dares say...) of the XXIst century. In the words of
the communist Carribean poet Aimé Césaire, mayor of
Fort-de-France, in Martinique, it is a genocide by substitution.
Césaire was of course speaking of something else, the replacement of
Carribbeans in Martinique by people from France, French civil servants
mostly. But his strong phrase applies even more to the replacement of
Europeans by Africans in Europe.
Pessimism would be logical, of
course. Ethnic substitution is already very advanced, and we are fighting
against very strong adversaries, not only the colonisers but people who
want and organise the colonisation, and control the media, the schools and
the tribunals, that is: people's minds. However the very horror of what is
happening is a very strong enticement not to give up. No people can accept
that: its own obliteration.
What are the factors or causes that
make this 'Great Replacement' possible? Is it a phenomenon that occurs only
in France, western countries or the whole globe?
replacement of population occurs mostly in Western countries, Europe and
North America, even though there are immigrants' moves all over the world.
To-day Replacism is one of the two giant totalitarianisms
competing for the mastery of the world the other one being of course
Islamism. Those two are rivals but there is between them, for the time
being, a kind of monstruous temporary alliance, a sort of long
German-Soviet pact, like the short-lived non-agression pact between Hitler
and Stalin in 1939. Replacism and Islamism both think they can use the
other to their own interests, and indeed they do, even though on both sides
there are adversaries to the pact. ... ...
The tragedy in Western
Europe is not the influx of citizens from the former Soviet Bloc. It is the
permanent pouring out on one continent of the population of another, namely
Africa, be it Muslim North Africa or Black Africa.
"What we are experiencing in Europe is very much colonisation" [part 2]
Techne Aletheia, 6 January 2019
I understand that a solution you propose to solve this
dilemma is the reemigration or change of migratory flows, exactly how would
this work and wouldn't this procedure be a burden for the native taxpayers?
There is no other solution to the invasion, colonisation
and foreign occupation of Europe that the reversal of invasion,
decolonisation, the departure of the occupying forces. No colonisation has
ever ended without the departure of the coloniser. And what we are
experiencing in Europe, whatever denials notwithstanding, is very much
colonisation. Europe is infinitely more colonised by Africa that it ever
colonised it itself. And the colonisation of Europe by Africa is much more
serious and profound that the former colonisation of Africa by Europe
because it is demographic: it implies massive transfers of population,
which the former colonisation did not. There is no other issue that
Remigration. And even if it cost a fortune to the native taxpayers it would
have to be done because it is a matter of life and death for the very
existence of the nation as a nation, of the civilisation as civilisation,
already half destroyed. But it would not cost a fortune. /.../
Occident [the West] is the first civilisation in the history of
humanity which is paying a fortune to engineer and realise its own
conquest, its own subjection and destruction. Moreover, saving the taxpayer
money would be the biggest inducement to remigration. If the replacers were
not given a lot of money to make children in Europe, were not paid just to
be there, not offered a lot of legal, judiciary and financiary privileges
which are denied to the replacees, the indigenes of Europe, they would not
come in the first place and they would not stay. Cutting the money supply
would be enough to start remigration.
When referring to the
'Great Replacement', would not we be talking about a demographic change?
/.../ Or should we fight this trend even if it could be unavoidable?
Of course there have been demographic changes throughout history.
But great civilisations have flourished when Man or a people have decided
to oppose and interrupt, at least for a time, the cycle of violence,
conquest, ethnic substitution, replacement. The population of France has
been remarkably stable between 600 A.D. and 1900, or even 1970. ...
How you differ from Marine Le Pen or more radical groups with
anti-immigration or even racist positions?
Marine Le Pen and
other right wing leaders or political parties say they are opposed to the
continuation of immigration, or that they want to control it better. That
does not make any sense at all. There is no point in saying that an
invasion must stop when it has already taken place. /.../ When Algeria
became independent from France in 1962, it immediately decided it would not
be real independence if ten per cent of the population was alien to its
culture, language, religion. The French colonisers had to leave, often
after five or six generations. I certainly do not advocate the horrible
brutality of the process (it was realised in a few weeks, not without never
mentioned massacres), but I agree with the necessity. We have to get out
once and for all of the colonialist period of the history of humanity.
SOCIAL COHESION NATIONAL IDENTITY
Identity is just as important as wealth. Why don't economists get that?
The Spectator, 5 January 2019
It has become commonplace for news reports to refer to almost
any civic unrest, or even unusual patterns of voting, as evidence of
'resurgent nationalism' implicitly suggesting a visceral hatred of
foreigners and a desire to set the clock back to the glory days of racial
homogeneity and casual homophobia. We should be wary of accepting this
media trope: for one thing it may arouse far more fear than is warranted.
But apart from the needless fear it generates, it is also slightly
dubious to suggest that it is the gilets jaunes or the Five Star
Movement or the supporters of Brexit or even Donald Trump who are acting
intemperately. It is perfectly possible to argue that these movements are a
sensible, overdue reaction against governments that have imposed economic
globalisation on the world at a pace that is entirely inconsistent with the
human lifespan and the speed at which we can adapt to change. The free
movement of people, the euro, large-scale immigration, the dissolution of
the nation state for that matter the admission of China to the
WTO... all were imposed on the world by ideologically motivated elites with
little public consultation. Regardless of whether you think they are good
or bad, there is a perfectly sensible secondary question to be asked about
whether they were too much too soon. Remember, such decisions are usually
made by economists, who do not really understand either time or scale.
Nor does conventional economics take into account the importance of
identity. Eighteen years ago, rather presciently, George Akerlof and Rachel
Kranton suggested that economics is far too individualistic in its
conception of human motivation. Identity Economics, as they call their
theory, holds that people's pride in their collective identity can be
considered as a parallel form of wealth, which people seek to grow and
protect every bit as much as the balance of their bank accounts. When you
strip people of their identity, the reaction is no different than if you
deprive people of their earnings.
Given the fact that we have
evolved as a social species, this theory should hardly surprise us. After
all, the one quality most likely to ensure survival over the past million
years was proudly to belong to one or more defined, excludable groups with
a shared allegiance born of common bonds and obligations. It would be odd
if this instinct were not every bit as powerful as the urge to acquire
wealth. And to disparage this fellow feeling as though it were necessarily
a malign force is nonsense: it is a large part of what makes society work.
Economics is obsessed with the gains arising from scale. But
identity does not scale neatly or quickly. ...
is one principled argument for a hard Brexit, even if at some economic
cost. It is to make the perfectly valid point that in a democracy the
government should do what people want, not what economic theory says is
good for them. Quite simply, economics is anthropologically tone-deaf: it
has far too narrow a conception of what people really care about to justify
the influence it carries.
POLITICS CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Andrew Green: The new Immigration White Paper. Not just damaging, but a disaster both for control and the Conservatives
ConservativeHome, 4 January 2019
As MPs gather next week to resume their debate on Brexit, they
will need to turn their attention to immigration a major issue in
the EU referendum.
Unfortunately, the Immigration White Paper,
slipped out just before Christmas, is not just a set-back for immigration
control, it is a disaster. Indeed it will, in future, be seen to have been
extremely damaging for public faith in the political system trust in
politicians and the Conservative Party especially.
despite all their promises over eight years not just promises but
manifesto commitments the Conservatives have given up any serious
attempt to reduce immigration. If the proposals in The White Paper are
implemented, immigration will be far more likely to increase still further
and could well spin out of control.
How could that be? Consider
this. Until now, highly skilled immigration (that is at degree level or
higher) has been open for EU citizens but capped at 20,700 for non-EU
entrants. According to the new policy, there will be no cap on either.
Furthermore, employers will no longer be obliged to advertise a job in
Britain before recruiting from overseas: how will British staff feel about
that? There is even talk of abolishing the system of sponsorship so that
anyone could bring in a worker, perhaps even a relative, as long as they
said that they would be paying a salary of £30,000 a year. Yet the
Government's own Advisory Committee, mainly pro-immigration economists, has
admitted that salary levels can be fiddled, for example by including other
elements such as accommodation.
For anyone who has followed
immigration matters for some years (in my case 18 years), this is sheer
foolishness, but that is not the half of it. There is also to be a new
route for those with much lower qualifications put simply, "A level"
or equivalent which will be open to the whole world and also
uncapped. Given that these routes will lead to settlement there could be
waves of applications, from all over the world, including from people
willing to take a pay cut to get on a track for permanent residence and
eventual British citizenship.
There is more. There is also to be a
route for unskilled workers from "low risk" countries. ...
Amazingly, this last route will also be uncapped and will be open
to visitors from these countries to find and take up a job while they are
here. The clear implication is that all EU countries will be included
amongst the "low risk" countries, so Romanians and Bulgarians, still
arriving in considerable numbers, will continue to flow in. ...
Even that is not the end of it. ...
It is beyond question
that immigration was a major issue at the referendum. Its salience has
declined somewhat since then, at least partly because people thought that
it was all in hand.
The White Paper contains a great deal of talk
about the "control" of immigration, but the reality is that new routes will
be opened, some temporary but the Government's record in removing
overstayers is lamentable. Meanwhile, the public are clear that they want
to see an actual reduction. They are aware, no doubt, that immigration has
been adding one million to our population every three years since 2001.
They may also know that, at current rates of immigration to England, we
shall have to build a new home for immigrants every six minutes, night and
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY
Migrant farce is making Britain look like a soft touch
Daily Mail, 2 January 2019
Home Secretary Sajid Javid is coming under increasing political
pressure to get a grip on the recent surge in migrant boats crossing the
English Channel. ...
Yet, as a former police officer who spent much
of my career in border enforcement, I have to say that I feel a large
degree of sympathy for the Home Secretary.
It would be profoundly
unfair to heap all the blame on him for the present mess. The reality is
that Sajid Javid inherited a toxic legacy when he took over the Home Office
last summer because the Border Force simply does not have the capacity to
do its job properly.
That is glaringly obvious when it comes to our
territorial waters, where the Force has a total of just five cutters to
cover 7,723 miles of coastline, whereas Italy has around 600 patrol boats
to combat migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean.
is even more stark in the English Channel, one of the world's busiest
shipping routes, where just one cutter has been operating recently
and even that has reportedly been in dock in Ramsgate since Saturday.
It is little wonder that people smugglers and organised crime
networks sense they have little to fear from the grossly overstretched
British agencies. Every new picture of a boatload of migrants being ushered
ashore in Kent reinforces the impression that Britain is a soft touch.
An immigration free-for-all cannot be allowed to develop further,
especially not in the Channel.
For a start, further impotence on
the part of the authorities would dramatically escalate the crisis, making
a humanitarian tragedy inevitable.
Indeed, without a crackdown, the
traffickers would spread their theatre of operations beyond the Kent coast,
using bigger vessels to reach Sussex, Hampshire, East Anglia and even
Lincolnshire. So, robust action is needed.
In practice, that means
beefing up the Border Force through more patrol boats, more staff and more
resources to tackle the organised gangs. ...
But any increase in
the Border Force's capability will achieve nothing without a radical change
At present, the enforcement patrols along with
Royal National Lifeboat Institution vessels which have also been deployed
tend to pick up the migrants from their boats, then bring them back
Far from acting as a kind of deterrent, this approach
is actually an incentive for more illegal migration because the British
appear to be acting as a 'taxi service'.
What needs to happen is
for the British Government to negotiate deals with our European partners
for the rescued migrants to be returned to the Continent instead of being
ferried to our shores. ...
It is too simplistic to argue that our
Navy should act unilaterally to take these migrants straight back to the
Continent. That would be wholly impractical and a major breach of
Britain would not tolerate French military ships
sailing into our southern ports to leave groups of illegal migrants on the
But with more imagination, flexibility, resources and
sheer willpower, along with an international accord, our Government can
overcome the current problem in the Channel before it spirals out of
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY
Theresa May should have solved this 'migrant crisis' back in 2016
Daily Mail, 1 January 2019
Not that there's anything minor about the current cross-Channel
traffic in illegal immigrants coming ashore on the Kent coast in increasing
numbers. Since the story exploded on a slow news day over Christmas, the
Government has gone into full headless chicken mode. ...
this would be necessary, of course, had the Government not ignored the
problem of illegals crossing the Channel when it first surfaced more than
two-and-a-half years ago.
It's not as if they didn't know it was
happening. Between March and May 2016, there were at least eight recorded
incidents of Border Force officials intercepting attempts to enter Britain
by boat, via beaches in Kent and Sussex. ...
... And still they
kept coming, unhindered, throughout the summer. In September 2016, the
Mail's Sue Reid hired a small inflatable boat in France and sailed across
the Channel to Dover. She passed a French coastguard vessel, a naval patrol
and landed safely without anyone challenging her or asking to see her
Six days earlier, a group of illegal immigrants had
jumped off a private boat near Felixstowe, in Suffolk, and simply vanished.
In November 2016, I returned to the subject, when a man who claimed
to be Iranian, but probably wasn't, was found rowing towards Britain in an
inflatable kayak. ...
... Part of Javid's new emergency plan to
halt the flow is to rely on increased co-operation from the French. Good
luck with that.
One thing we've learned over the years is that our
French 'partners' can't be trusted.
If they were serious about
stopping immigrants heading for Britain, they would turn them back at the
border when they attempted to enter France.
law, migrants allegedly fleeing oppression are supposed to seek asylum in
the first safe country in which they arrive. In this latest case, that
means Serbia. None of them should have any right to settle in Britain.
But the reason this country remains their No 1 destination is the
same as it ever was. We're not just perceived as a soft touch, we are a
In Calais last week, Sue Reid spoke to a 33-year-old
Iranian, who told her: 'My friend reached England from here in a boat and
is now in a three-bedroom flat in Birmingham. He likes it very much.'
I bet he does. What's not to like? There are plenty of people born
and bred in Birmingham who have been on the council waiting list for years
and would just love a three-bedroom flat. Yet an Iranian can jump out of
boat on a beach in Kent, make his way to Brum and move in straight away.
While we roll out the welcome mat, immigrants will continue to make
the dangerous Channel crossing, secure in the knowledge that, once they set
foot in Britain, the chances of them being deported are less than zero. ...
Sajid Javid may be taking the flak right now, but he wasn't Home
Secretary in March 2016, when this problem first came to light.
What he has inherited is merely the culmination of more than
two-and-a-half years of incompetence, indifference and inaction.
who was Home Secretary back then? Let me think . . .
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY
The crisis will grow if we assist the smugglers
Daily Telegraph, 1 January 2019
[David Wood is a former director general of immigration enforecement at the Home Office]
The rise in the number of migrants attempting to reach the UK
via the English Channel in small boats and dinghies is a worrying trend.
The French authorities have never effectively policed the
organised crime and illegal immigration issues surrounding the Channel
crossings. Migrants seeking access to the UK are inavariably also illegal
entrants to France but little or no action is taken. They do not
investigate the criminals involved, which leads to open advertising for
migrant customers by crime groups in the Calais area.
That is not
to say there haven't been failings on the UK side. ...
also used to have mobile border officers who visited small ports and
airports; austerity has seen these resources greatly reduced, too.
Once intercepted, the migrants are brought to the UK where
practically all will claim asylum. If the resources are available, a short
screening interview takes place and the migrants are asked to report to an
Immigration Centre. That interview will not necessarily be adequate to
detect the risks posed by the migrant and there is no certainty that the
details provided are correct.
While some migrants will follow the
asylum process through, others will just disappear. Moreover, whether
successful or not in their application, they are very unlikely to be
deported, and, if Iranian, will certainly not be as the Iranian government
refuses to document their nationals for returns. All will have destroyed
Furthermore, the majority of migrants
attempting to cross the Channel will not be fleeing persecution or war.
They will have paid substantial sums to make the crossing and are more
likely to be economic migrants seeking a better life for themselves and
their families. ...
Deploying more rescue ships may therefore be
counter-productive unless accompanied by an agreement with the French to
return the migrants to France.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD WORLD, PUBLIC OPINION
Anxiety About Immigration is a Global Issue
Quillette, 1 January 2019
[Remi Adekoya is a Ph.D. student researching group identity at Sheffield University]
What do Nigerians, Indians, Turks and Mexicans think about
migrants coming to their countries? This we don't hear much about.
Two recent surveys on the issue provide interesting results. Pew
Research queried respondents in 27 nations across six continents, asking
whether they felt their countries should let in more immigrants, fewer, or
about the same as they do at present. ...
The percentage of people
wanting fewer or no more immigrants coming to their country was higher in
South Africa (65 percent), Argentina (61 percent), Kenya (60 percent),
Nigeria (50 percent), India (45 percent), and Mexico (44 percent) than it
was in Australia (38 percent), the U.K. (37 percent) or the U.S. (29
percent). In all 27 countries surveyed, less than a third of
respondents said their country should let in more immigrants. A 2017
Ipsos MORI survey on global "nativist" trends painted a similar picture.
When asked if they thought their country would be "stronger" if it "stopped
immigration" altogether, more Turks (61 percent) and Indians (45 percent)
answered in the affirmative than Brits (31 percent), Australians (30
percent), Germans (37 percent) or South Africans (37 percent). On the
question of whether they felt like "strangers in their own country"
another indicator of hostility towards immigration more Turks (57
percent), South Africans (54 percent), Brazilians (46 percent) and Indians
(39 percent) answered yes than Germans (38 percent), Brits (36 percent) or
Australians (36 percent). Finally, when asked whether employers should
"prioritize" hiring locals over immigrants, 74 percent of Turks, 64 percent
of Peruvians, 62 percent of Indians and 60 percent of South Africans
agreed, compared to 58 percent of Americans, 48 percent of Brits and 17
percent of Swedes.
The idea that so-called "nativism" or hostility
towards immigration is confined to white Westerners is a fallacy; it is a
global phenomenon that is often stronger in non-Western countries. Of
course, I wouldn't hold my breath for a spate of articles in international
media on the worrying trend of "nativism" in India or condemnations of
Kenyans for wanting fewer immigrants in their country. The moral outrage of
many white progressives and most intellectuals of color in the West on this
subject is solely reserved for white societies; if black or brown people
share exactly the same sentiments that white people are being lambasted
for, it will either be greeted with silence or with all sorts of
justificatory rationalizations. ...
... In a 2017 survey of six
African nationsNigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal and
Tanzania4375 percent of the citizens said they would move
elsewhere given the opportunity. This translates to well over 200 million
people from these six countries alone who would emigrate if the opportunity
arose, presumably to one of the world's rich countries. This is the reality
that Western governments cannot afford to ignore. The fact that so many
Kenyans, Nigerians and South Africans would like to emigrate elsewhere but
don't want immigrants coming into their country is a testament to our
universal human capacity for expecting from others what we ourselves are
not ready to give.