Saturday, February 23, 2013

That Was The Week That Was

This may well be the week that social historians will look back on has being the defining moment in the public discussion about immigration. The stupidity of David Blair apologising for the actions of our ancestors in India had attracted a selection of good comments on the BBC News blog but it was Mark Easton's decision to put forward his ideas on white flight that really got the discussion moving. Okay the numbers of comments, before the discussion was closed, aren't huge but they were there linked to a headline on page one of the news page for twenty four hours.

It wasn't simply the opening of the gates that was good though but it coincided with Nick Clegg's must publicised appearance on LBC which attracted a lot of scorn and cries of 'clueless' on many newspaper comment sections. The stop mass immigration e-petition is currently gaining 'signatures' at a rate of 2,000 a day and should easily reach its target of 100,000 by the end of March thereby facilitating a House of Commons debate on the issue.

Peter Hitchens appeared on Question Time from St.Paul's, although the point he made about immigration seems to have been missed by some people who have a particular axe to grind. Hitchens made the important observation that immigration isn't a 'race issue', that he had long believed that it doesn't matter about the colour of somebody's skin, he went on to ask, "does a country which has a very large amount of immigration adapt to the immigrants or do the immigrants who arrive in that country adapt to the country?" He then added that he believed that in order for their to be a tranquil situation that the immigrants must adapt to the country they are coming to. "For many years we have not been helping or encouraging them to do that". He made the point that multiculturalism has created divisions rather than giving the chance for a cohesive, focused (my word) society to develop, leading to a a situation where immigrants are not embracing British ideals and values. The edition of Question Time is available on iPlayer in the UK - Hitchens response to the question about the 2011 Census showing that white British make up 45% of the population of London is from 30:54 to 32:38

11 comments:

A Northern Bloke said...

Is it me or is politics and public life in this country really going to dogs these days? I can't remember it being like this 20, or even 10, years ago.

Paul said...

I think with more media outlets and more media looking for stories we are seeing a lot more people having a lot less to say.

Span Ows said...

"a lot more people having a lot less to say."

Exactly, including TV channels: my week or so laid up has made me realise why people are such brain-dead jerks: TV is full of brain-dead jerk fodder with every channel needing it's own bargain shows, , chat-shows, holiday, cooking and house renovation programmes, quiz shows etc...they are ALL just so DIRE.

Paul said...

Ah yes - daytime TV where old stars go to die.

Hope you are feeling better, TV excepted.

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