Category Archives: Immigration

Jeux Sans Frontieres

Immigration into the UK has hit ludicrous proportions and impacted on England in particular. I just want to put these two graphs and a couple of links here for the record.

The Daily Mail So, let’s hear it for the three main political Parties, the Lib/Lab/Con con-artists who’ve been in office for too long and put us way up there with Bangladesh and Rwanda. And it’s not over yet –

Cecilia Malmstrom, EC Commissioner for Home Affairs, writes:

“The EU needs to boost its relationships with non-EU States to better reap the mutual benefits migration can bring. Although migration is high on the European Union’s agenda, the Arab spring and events in the Southern Mediterranean in 2011 has highlighted the need for a coherent migration policy for the EU. That is why today the European Commission proposes to strengthen dialogue and operational cooperation with non-EU partner countries in the area of migration and mobility.”

For anyone not yet up to speed on EU-speak, the ‘Southern Mediterranean’ is what used to be called North Africa.

The International Organization for Migration is one of the ‘actors’ it’s working with. It was originally set up after the Second World War to help the displaced people of Europe. When it had finished, rather than say ‘job well done’ and disband, it changed its name, found itself another role and continued to grow.

There are also ongoing discussions with Russia about visa-free travel across borders.
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Another blogger (Kevin Townsend) has a quote from Peter Kellner (Mr Cathy Ashton) and this graph:

It isn’t clear whether the voters were English or just people living in England.  Yes, there is a difference and ‘Yes’, it does matter.
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THIS, by AN Wilson, is a great article.  He takes apart education policies and the demise of our manufacturing base over the past decades and offers suggestions for revitalisation.

If a Stoke pottery had taken on foreign workers in those days, it would have been considered mad – not for xenophobic reasons, but because everyone knew that British potters were the best in the world. The same would have been said in Sheffield about steel workers, or in Newcastle and Belfast about shipbuilders, or in so many other parts of the country…
…The working classes of Britain were the source of its power and wealth as a great trading nation. From them came the energy and resourcefulness which created our exports. And all over Britain, in working-class communities, there was a powerful sense of solidarity and community.

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Meanwhile, back at the EU, victory has been declared in the battle of the budget. The increase has been limited to “only” 2% . However,

“…while agreeing to limit their contributions to the EU budget to 129 billion euros next year, governments gave in to the European Parliament’s demands to allow EU spending commitments next year to go up to 147 billion euros.”

So they’re going to have an increased budget of 129bn euros but commit to spending 147bn. That sort of budgeting explains why their accounts haven’t been signed off for seventeen years.
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In other news Basil ‘Dolly’ D’Oliveira, RIP – a great cricketer, despite never playing for Yorkshire.

UPDATE:
See where the money goes: ‘EU Budget at a glance’

Fiction and Fact

Otherwise known as That Was Then but This Is Now, aka “We didn’t know before we took office.”   Here’s a very perky, media-friendly Theresa May on March 6th this year.

“We’re delivering all the promises we set out in our manifesto.”
“We are tackling immigration… we’ve introduced the annual cap on non-EU economic migration.”
“We are restoring civil liberties.”

Nothing in there to suggest that UKBA might have felt free to leave our borders open to all-comers. Nothing in there about bringing baton rounds/rubber bullets to mainland Britain.

Now:

“We will never know how many people got through without proper checks.”

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, this would have prompted a resignation. In that land no-one clung on and waited to be sacked; in fact it was a matter of honour to go before they were sacked.  Usually, but not always, they tried to make amends by devoting the rest of their lives to charity, eg Profumo, or they just left their clothes in a little heap at the seashore, a la Stonehouse*, and disappeared.  However, there’s no honour, no integrity now in politics.  If there were, they’d all examine their consciences and resign.

No Minister resigns for the big things these days.  The expenses cheats were dragged kicking and squealing to the courts – and then it’s a piffling sentence –  but for the big, important stuff, the national security,  that they get wrong, no-one ever takes responsibility.  Even Fox has said he wants to make a comeback to the Front Bench once his mishaps with Adam Werrity have died down – in what capacity I don’t know, since it’s odds on that EUNavFor, EuroGendFor and EUAirFor will have overtaken us by then and any British Minister of Defence will be superfluous..

They betray us, they smile, and then they come back.  We must stop voting for the LibLabCon con.  (Keep an eye out for Party funding by the State aka taxpayer – do you want part of your taxes going to fund these misbegotten charlatans?)

Extract from Hansard:

Sheila Gilmore: Will the Minister tell us how many of those 5,200 staff are being cut from the front line of the border force?
Damian Green: The hon. Lady will know that later this afternoon my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary will make a statement covering the issues that she is interested in. The reductions in staffing are not affecting the front line because we are improving the front line by, for instance, having airline liaison officers overseas. Over the past few years, that has prevented 60,000 people whom we did not want to travel from travelling in the first place. The use of facial recognition technology and e-gates also makes our borders more secure.

Topical Questions also makes interesting reading.  What the answer boils down to is that the govt doesn’t have a clue and it loves cctv.

Philip Davies: Of all the people who were arrested and convicted as a result of the riots across the country in the summer, what estimate has the Home Secretary made of the number who were arrested and charged through the police use of CCTV and DNA?
Mrs May: My hon. Friend is returning to topics that I know he has pursued for some considerable time. Obviously, there was significant use of CCTV. That is why this Government continue to support its use.

Changes to immigration rules laid before the House today

The changes will take effect on 28 November and will reduce the minimum age at which a person may be granted entry clearance or leave as the spouse, civil partner, fiancé(e), proposed civil partner, unmarried or same-sex partner of a sponsor, and the minimum age at which a person may sponsor such an application, from 21 to 18 years. It will also delete references to a minimum age of 18 for entry clearance or leave as the spouse, civil partner, fiancé(e), proposed civil partner, unmarried or same-sex partner of a HM Forces sponsor, and the minimum age at which a member of HM Forces may sponsor such an application. Guidance for those affected by the judgment will be published on the UK Border Agency website.

You already know what I think: I think we’re well and truly fracked.

* I admit Stonehouse wasn’t the personification of probity – cheat liar, philanderer – but at least he had the good grace to disappear.

UPDATE: On reading the words of Damian Green again – “that has prevented 60,000 people whom we did not want to travel from travelling in the first place.”  Leaving aside the “airline liaison officers overseas”, I wonder if any in that figure were people prevented from leaving the country, for football matches, for example.

Woad & pitchforks at the ready

I really don’t get what Cameron’s doing. I suppose it’s part of his ‘nudging’ Big Society – or, rather, the EU’s ‘nudging’ Big Society; all part of the plan to give power to the people – sounds good on paper but doesn’t work in practice. When I first heard Cameron’s statement that we should guard our own borders my first thought was: ‘Why are we paying UKBA,’ and my second was an image of a line of woad-painted Angelcynn standing atop the White Cliffs of Dover with pitchforks and torches standing ready to repel boarders. I don’t know who Cameron intends to appeal to, unless it’s the already-nosy, curtain-twitching jobsworths.

Looking at his other points – forced marriages could be made illegal and a cash bond could be demanded from immigrants – it just strikes me that we’ve heard it all before.  He’d do better to instruct the Police & Judiciary to take off the velvet gloves when investigating so-called ‘Honour Killings’ and also deal with the alien practice of polygamy within Britain.  Today’s statement seems to be yet more soundbites made in some sort of attempt to get people to take responsibility for their own lives. Great ethos, wrong way to go about it and essentially meaningless.

It’s also confusing some people. On the radio, one chap said that fifteen years ago when he wanted to bring in his wife, he already had to fulfill strict criteria re her financial support and she had to learn English in India. Nobody raised the point that fifteen years ago we had a Conservative government and Labour had yet to open our borders to the world and his mother.

One other suggestion of Cameron’s is to re-visit the so-called ‘Britishness Test’ for would-be citizens – those who want a British passport. I’d be surprised if this holds water, since many of those educated by the State in the last fourteen years would also be hard-pressed to know the history of our Isles.

Keith Vaz, who charged us £75k+ for a London flat despite living in a £1.5m home just twelve miles from Parliament, and who ranked 43rd highest in expenses claimants in 08/09, said:  “[This will] antagonise settled communities in Britain and enrage our allies such as India.”  He went on to say: “A more effective method must be found in order for immigrants to pay for public services.” I’m obviously a penny short of a shilling this evening because I thought that’s what taxation is for.  If they pay taxes, they pay for public services, we all do – and then some. Vaz + Bandwagon = Vroom.

Let’s hope these immigrants drive cars and want to park outside their own homes, eh?  That’s a pretty good revenue-raiser for local councils, especially Barnet.

Wes thu hael doesn’t sell woad or pitchforks – yet – but a visit is worthwhile – you can learn how to make your own.

Woad & Pitchforks At The Ready

I really don’t get what Cameron’s doing. I suppose it’s part of his ‘nudging’ Big Society – or, rather, the EU’s ‘nudging’ Big Society; all part of the plan to give power to the people – sounds good on paper but doesn’t work in practice. When I first heard Cameron’s statement that we should guard our own borders my first thought was: ‘Why are we paying UKBA,’ and my second was an image of a line of woad-painted Angelcynn standing atop the White Cliffs of Dover with pitchforks and torches standing ready to repel boarders. I don’t know who Cameron intends to appeal to, unless it’s the already-nosy, curtain-twitching jobsworths.

Looking at his other points – forced marriages could be made illegal and a cash bond could be demanded from immigrants – it just strikes me that we’ve heard it all before.  He’d do better to instruct the Police & Judiciary to take off the velvet gloves when investigating so-called ‘Honour Killings’ and also deal with the alien practice of polygamy within Britain.  Today’s statement seems to be yet more soundbites made in some sort of attempt to get people to take responsibility for their own lives. Great ethos, wrong way to go about it and essentially meaningless.

It’s also confusing some people. On the radio, one chap said that fifteen years ago when he wanted to bring in his wife, he already had to fulfill strict criteria re her financial support and she had to learn English in India. Nobody raised the point that fifteen years ago we had a Conservative government and Labour had yet to open our borders to the world and his mother.

One other suggestion of Cameron’s is to re-visit the so-called ‘Britishness Test’ for would-be citizens – those who want a British passport. I’d be surprised if this holds water since many of those educated by the State in the last fourteen years would also be hard-pressed to know the history of our Isles.

Keith Vaz, who charged us £75k+ for a London flat despite living in a £1.5m home just twelve miles from Parliament, and who ranked 43rd highest in expenses claimants in 08/09, said:  “[This will] antagonise settled communities in Britain and enrage our allies such as India.”  He went on to say: “A more effective method must be found in order for immigrants to pay for public services.” I’m obviously a penny short of a shilling this evening because I thought that’s what taxation is for.  If they pay taxes, they pay for public services, we all do – and then some. Vaz + Bandwagon = Vroom.

Let’s hope these immigrants drive cars and want to park outside their own homes.  That’s a pretty good revenue-raiser for local councils, especially Barnet.

Wes thu hael doesn’t sell woad or pitchforks – yet – but a visit is worthwhile – you can learn how to make your own.

Save Your Breath

Save it for protests and demonstrations. It’s been made clear that it’s pointless signing petitions or writing to your MP and even more pointless commenting on online press articles – to mangle a phrase: The Shady’s not for turning.

There’s one thing that might make him change his mind and one thing only: feet on the street. We’ve been pushed and pushed constantly in recent years and despite the fact that this is what tptb want, with the CCA waiting in the wings, I think it’s time we forced them to show their hand. A mass protest is called for – not the piddly 30,000 in Blackpool at the weekend but people from all sections of society, castle or cottage, should make their views known.

It’s not going to happen. Those protesting at the moment protest at the lack of State intervention whereas I’d like one that protests at too much intervention. They say they want more Big Society and Localism but I don’t trust it because it’s an inherent policy of the EU. We’re a mess and completely fragmented, no wonder they laugh at us and our feeble efforts to truly restore power back to the people.

The bottom line is they educate our children and we pay them; we pay for their schemes and policies. We need to find a lawful way to stop paying them and curtail their activities because what they do, they do with our money. Having said that, I feel the damage has already been done.

I suppose the question is, how far down this path do we go and is it worth the price to the individual?  The cost will be high, not only in monetary terms: there’s a chance that in the event of major mass unrest we’ll see EUPol on our streets – and they’re armed and immune from prosecution even if a protester dies.  But – at least we’d know where we stand, and certainty and truth has to be better than what’s fed to us at the moment.

If, like me, you dip into LBC97.3fm, you can’t fail to notice how many foreign accents there are calling in now compared to previous years. Europeans are entitled to vote in local and European elections in whichever country they reside. We’re f*cked. Sorry, but I can’t put it more succinctly than that.  At the risk of repeating myself, having a vote once every 4/5yrs isn’t a sign of democracy; we’ve fallen so far from the concept that we couldn’t recognise it if it bit us.

I won’t bore you with past posts, or maybe I will, depending on my mood*, but the thing is that the signs have been there and been ignored. Can we really blame it on reality tv and a complicit media? If people wanted to know the truth, wouldn’t they have made the effort to find out for themselves?

* Here’s one, from 2009

And here’s Cameron, still doing the hokey-cokey.

There’s an old quote somewhere on the blog and I paraphrase:  If there must be conflict, let it be in my lifetime, not my children’s.  We ignored it, we condoned it, we enabled it, we should pay and fight.

Captain Ranty-Lawful Rebel: Ridding England Of The English

Captain Ranty-Lawful Rebel: Ridding England Of The English

Captain Ranty-Lawful Rebel: Ridding England Of The English

Captain Ranty-Lawful Rebel: Ridding England Of The English