Cameron’s speech may well have been the first in a number designed only to rev up its local election campaign, but for all of his talk of immigration having ‘immeasurably benefitted’ the UK, the message is clear; there are too many immigrants here, and as the Sun puts it, they’re ‘tearing us apart’. But are they really?
Let’s put this in perspective. According to the UNDP 2010 figures, those who were born in a foriegn country only account for 10.4% of the UK’s population– this figure is actually likely to have fallen further. Contrast this to Germany, France, Austria, Estonia, Ireland, Latvia, Switzerland and the US and you soon find that they all actually have higher percentages of migrants as a total Continue reading
Michael Rosen with a splendid observation
I’m anxious. Earlier this week, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination came and went. Yet there was not so much as a peep out of the on-line progressive community on the obviously related question of immigration.
So there was nothing about the anti-semitic/anti -refugee sentiments that inspired the first modern set of immigration controls – the 1905 Aliens Act. Continue reading
There’s been an awful lot of comment on the net about Cameron’s slightly muddled speech at the Munich Security Conference over the weekend. For those of you who haven’t read the whole thing, it basically regurgitates one of those theories that’s been kicking around for a while.
The above theory goes like this; there’s effectively a group of disconnected second generation immigrant descendents who struggle with their identity. They can’t relate to the ways of their parents nor in fact mainstream British society. Egged on by the state, though the doctrine of multiculturalism these individuals have been led down the dangerous path to radicalisation.