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A bad day for foreign scroungers. But a worse one for David Cameron, as the prime minister panders to the xenophobes.
It doesn’t take too many encounters on Ipswich doorsteps to conclude that fears over foreign hordes are scarcely about immigrants at all. Most residents of Ipswich—a port town with a thousand-year history of trade, where the body of a 13th-century African was recently exhumed—claim to feel inundated by foreigners. Yet Ipswich’s immigrant population is only 12% of the total. Some locals say immigrants are scroungers; in fact they are less likely to claim benefits than the natives. Others fear they work too hard; but that is scarcely a fault. In short, these are not rational arguments. They are proxy fears—expressing the uncertainties of a town where, until a few decades ago, three-quarters of the workforce had a stable factory job and family, and life was much more predictable than it is today. Mr Cameron’s crackdown will deal with none of their descendants’ worries. It probably won’t do much at all—because what is true in Ipswich is true elsewhere. Immigrants are not a drag on Britain’s welfare state. Most make few claims on it, as Mr Cameron should repeat like a mantra. He and his fellows are correctly grappling with Britain’s immigration neurosis, but they will achieve nothing by pandering to irrational fears. Assuredly, they will not spike UKIP’s guns.
Via https://www.facebook.com/ILoveImmigrants?ref=stream :
Even the British Red Cross are alarmed by the current inhumane rhetoric coming from politicians in the UK, they've prepared these facts to set things straight: http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Refugee-services/Refugee-facts-and-figures
We’re all familiar with the scare stories about asylum seekers
‘flooding’ the UK. But how do these tales of mass invasion stand up
against the statistical data?
https://twitter.com/BritCits immigrant of the day :
Emile Levita,German financier migrant to UK in 1850s, britcit in 1870s,ancestor to @david_cameron
https://twitter.com/JamesTurner37 tweets :
Can it not be argued that complex legislation linked to absence of legal aid equals breach of right to fair trial for some?
https://twitter.com/MigrantChildren tweets :
Teachers shouldn't be immigration officers-our response to govt proposals re migrant children's access to education:
https://twitter.com/hjt_training tweets :
Can Theresa May suspend free movement of people if the Eurozone collapses? Short version: no. Longer version: noooooo
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