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Immigrants in, racists out

October 17, 2005

Tory Scum

One of the issues we hear a lot about in the UK is immigration. The Tories ran a decidely racist campaign against immigration in the last general election, despite the fact that leader Michael Howard is the child of refugees.

The new underclass in British society is the illegals. If you entered the country illegally, or have overstayed your visa, or you’re applying for asylum, you are a non-person and have no rights… When the Filth shot down Jean Charles de Menezes in Stockwell tube station and then realised they had killed an innocent man, they initially claimed that his visa had expired – as if that makes it OK to shoot a man in cold blood.

Recently there has been uproar in Scotland over the deportation of the Vucaj family to Albania after 5 years in the country. There were Gestapo-style dawn raids by immigration officials who handcuffed the parents in front of their children.

But it’s OK because their asylum application failed, making them illegal and therefore criminals, and, while we’re about it, probably terrorists too.

It makes me think of the famous quote about Nazi Germany from Pastor Niemoller:

“First they came for the Jews and I did not speak, because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the communists, and I didn’t not speak because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak, because I wasn’t a trade unionist. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak”.

If anyone is oppressed we are all oppressed, our humanity is limited. Albert Camus’ answer to the ‘Jewish Question’ was to say that we are all Jews, we all belong to that category of society classed as undesirable.

This aside, the government response to immigration is ridiculous. Firstly, Scotland has a declining population, and a 2% unemployment rate which means that companies have to actively recruit workers from outside – so you can’t claim the country’s overcrowded. Secondly, the UK has always been a nation of immigrants – as is every country in the world. It is human nature to move from one place to another. Britain was settled by waves of settlers at different times from all over, and in turn millions left Britain to settle elsewhere.

Then, of course, there is the contribution that immigrants make to British life. I can’t imagine what a dull, grey and uptight nation the UK would be without immigrants. They’d all still be eating chips fried in lard. As it turns out, curry is the most popular dish in the UK.

Best falafel in Britain

In fact, food in Britain is amazingly diverse and inexpensive, thanks to hard working immigrants who have settled here and started businesses.Without them, this would be a horrible, parochial little island.

Our favourite falafel shop

And I still haven’t addressed the fact that if your foreign policy causes and perpetuates conflict and poverty in other parts of the world, you can hardly be surprised when people from those countries turn up on your doorstep wanting a bit of justice. We are all part of a closed system after all.

Everyone should be able to live where ever they like.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2005 6:07 pm

    Hi, I’d appreciate it if you could either delete the photo of the tory election poster in this post that you’ve linked to from my site or host it somewhere else. Flickr is free.

  2. Walton permalink
    October 24, 2005 8:45 am

    Done.

  3. October 27, 2005 11:00 am

    Thanks.

  4. Thomas permalink
    October 29, 2005 4:37 am

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    Thanks

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