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March 31, 2008

No Help at All

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Tony Blair inflicted a decade of unprecedentedly high immigration on Britain. The results? Massive social unrest, and -- as a parliamentary report now makes clear -- absolutely zero economic gains for the country. Dramatic new social initiatives resulting in lasting pain and no benefits whatsoever -- now that's great governance. (Hence my own preferred political philosophy: First do no harm.)

Link thanks to Peter Brimelow, whose "Alien Nation" is one seriously eye-opening book.



posted by Michael at March 31, 2008


Britain is also in the grip of a teenage knife violence hysteria. Here is the list of the latest victims all of whom have one thing in common. Can you guess?

1 January: Henry Bolombi, 18, stabbed, Edmonton
5 January: Faridon Alizada, 18, stabbed, Erith
21 January: Boduka Mudianga, 18, stabbed, Edmonton
26 January:Fuad Buraleh, 19, beaten, West Ealing
19 February: Sunday Essiet, 15, stabbed, Woolwich
23 February: Tung Lee, 17, stabbed, Islington
29 February: Ofiyke Nmezu, 16, beaten, Enfield
13 March: Michael Alexander Jones, 18, stabbed, Edmonton Green
14 March: Nicholas Clarke, 19, shot, Brixton
27 March: Devoe Roach, 17, stabbed, Stamford Hill.
27 March: Amro Elbadawi, 14, stabbed. West Kilburn.


Posted by: B Wood on March 31, 2008 8:21 PM

B. Wood: those are all Cockney names, innit? ;)

Posted by: Will S. on March 31, 2008 11:04 PM

It's been said many times before, but I'm going to say it again. The supposed economic benefit or disadvantage caused by immigration is irrelevant. What people don't want is for the entire nature and essence of their country to be changed and swept away.

Posted by: Graham Asher on April 1, 2008 10:08 AM

Michael, do you ever follow the immigration stories on things like NPR, PBS and the BBC?

I ask because these news sources are often seen as bastions of liberal thought and I often (not always) find there coverage to be fairly balanced.

I saw a piece on NOW (PBS with David Broncochio) about immigration that I thought was almost good.

The BBC (on PRI for NPR) this morning just had a piece on immigration in England, and, again, I thought that it was almost good.

That is, they were not that bad.

Granted, it does seem that they got to this balanced place by seeing the effects that immigration has had on the Welfare State, but still...

Any thoughts?

Posted by: Ian Lewis on April 1, 2008 10:34 AM

A somewhat fair, rounded, and bordering on sympathetic (for BBC standards) documentary about Enoch Powell and his infamous anti-immigration 'River's Of Blood' speech'. It's also a great illustration of the frustration that the average working-class English person felt at the injustice that was inflicted upon them at the time. The final part of the doc reduced me to tears..

Posted by: Jeff on April 2, 2008 5:57 PM

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