Saturday, November 03, 2007

UK Immigration Craziness

Charles Moore, in that notorious racist hate-rag, the Telegraph UK, writes this about current British immigration "policy" (emphasis added):
The craziness consists in thinking that we can accept any number of new people without demanding anything of them, and yet leave the idea of "we" undamaged. To anyone who is not an extreme economic liberal, or a Western-hating Marxist, or a euro-fanatic, the idea of a nation is intrinsic to other ideas we care about – culture, identity, neighbourliness, community.

If we are decent people, we do not hate the idea that newcomers can join us. But we want the place we live in to be more than a populated space, especially an over-populated space. We want it to be home.

How can it easily be home – for us, or for them – when, as is now the case, 450,000 children in British primary schools do not have English as a first language? How can it, emotionally or even physically, be home for the indigenous poor if the newcomers move ahead of them in the council housing queue?

The craziness also damages immigrants, when they come too fast and, in the case of some minorities, furious. Far from integrating, they close in on themselves. Far from wanting to be British, they seek salvation in the assertion of ethnic or religious identity.

He continues, addressing the one particular school, funded no doubt, by our enemy-allies abroad:

In the King Fahad Academy in Acton, our researchers picked up a school book produced by our "allies", the Saudis. Divine Unity explains to pupils the "great requirements for hating the unbelievers". They must shun local celebrations such as Christmas.

They must not sing or dance or go to films or observe the Western calendar. The book emphasises the "impermissibility of congratulating them [unbelievers] or offering them condolences" because, if that happens, the "love towards them will become firm".

When we published, the Muslim Council of Britain defended such books by saying that it was not illegal to print anti-Western material. No, but if people preach "Hate thy neighbour", and if they are defended when they do so by the body that says it speaks for a community of perhaps two million people, who can say that our national cohesion, even our basic security, is assured?

None of this is any surprise to people who keep up with these issues. But in light of the recent Blogger Civil War, I have to ask - is Moore a racist for caring about culture and identity? Is he racist for thinking that the British government should care for the indigenous poor before the immigrants? Is he racist for wanting Britain "to be home".

3 Comments:

Blogger PRCalDude said...

The Telegraph sounds just like us now. Wait a minute, RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACIST!

See you at GoV.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Citizen Warrior said...

"Racist" is such an odd thing to call someone who criticizes Islam, anyway.

ISLAM IS NOT A RACE.

Good post, Thomas.

9:03 PM  
Blogger miriam said...

I don't think it is racist to want your country to be your country. Great Britain once stood for something, meant something, both to its nationals and to outsiders. The British were admired all over the world. Our own institutions were based on British models.

If a nation is just a large place where a bunch of disparate people live in huddles, aloof from one another, loyal only to the tribe, much will be lost.

1:29 PM  

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