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Cameron’s speech is lazy, ill-informed and inflammatory.
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la potenza della speranza
15 April 2011 at 09:29.
That we experienced with New Labour was 13 year's of right-wing ecomonic policy combined with extreme left-wing social policy. Both combined had a devastating effect on working people.
The problem is that immigration policy allows in people who are culturally alien. Also, they need to appreciate the importance of IQ & the Wealth of Nations.
Reading comments on here "metropolitan liberal elite", yadder yadder, yadder, "If you read the guardian comments the majority are anti-immigration" - wtf? The Nazis were voted into power, just cause the majority are the majority doesn't make them right.
Online comments make me very very scared.
Funny watching everybody bantering between the right and left. Politicians and bloggers are all the same, beating around the same tree, but eventually coming to one point: the media controls our people more than Cameron or his cronies.
I like you a lot Mehdi, you've got balls to say what everybody needs to hear. But all these politicians are just playing the fame game now; it's quite removed fron morality. The best thing we can do to educate our children is to take away their TV's and restrict access to the internet to homework research only.
Can someone please tell me what the major benefits have been from immigration? Some claim that our lives have been enriched by immigrants, and that we're better for it. However, what has immigration actually done for this country, apart from depress the wages of the white working classes? You could argue they've introduced good food, which is fair enough, but once we've got the recipe for Curry, do you need to keep bringin in immigrants from South Asia to teach us to cook something we know the recipe for?
The "Left" in this country have always been totally clueless about immigration. For example, we had Arthur Scargill take his union members to show support for the workers at Grunswick Photo processing plant, even though all the workers at the plant were immigrants, who had taken jobs that should been filled by domestic workers. Then there was the Militant fringe within Labour, who were opposed to immigration controls, and the trade unions' historical support for immigration.
Contrast this to the American left. Many of the progressive era thinkers, like Richard Ely and John Commons who were anti-immigration, and the American Trade Unions realised the negative impact of immigration on the conditions of the white working class, so they to lobby against immigration. Compare this to our weak, ineffective trade unions.
well what about people who are descendants of say hugenots or roma and have been here for hundreds of years? Still not English?
How do you define integration or assimiliation and where is your evidence that people from subcontinent and Africa are failing to integrate?
@SR819 "However, immigrants from the Indian Sub-Continent and Africa do not share our values,"
That is a sweeping generalisiation and, to my knowledge holly inaccurate. Many people in these places share a cultural and certainly a religious heritage with prople in Britain. In any case, the British (I am not a British National by the way however I do have indefinite leave to remain, and in Scotland, not England) made plenty of profits to the detriment of the people India/Pakistan in the past so I find it a little rich that they should complain when people from that part of the World wish to come here and reap the fruits of Britain's past imperialist endeavours.
I live in Glasgow and there is no doubt some ill-feeling between young white working class people and young asian working class people. I believe personally however that this is more a product of the failings of successive governments by not investing in education and industry and allowing this economy to be so reliant on the greedy, white rich elite in the financial services sector and thus very fragile indeed. This has led to poverty and frustration among the working classes which has built up over several generations. They have a desire to lash out and plenty of irresponsible, ubiquitous media to fan the flames.
I'm really not sure what you mean by that. Regardless of how short of money an employer might be, surely it's not right that an employer can pay one man less than another to do the same job.
Oh Mehdi, how little you know - and that troubles me. Where is the investigitave reporting rather than your religious dogmative bullcrap?
Did you know or have any inkling that the IAS is going to the wall? It is. You're a one trick pony. Islam is your reason d'etre. It blinds you.
This is all a bit rich coming from the 'mad Mahdi' Mehdi Hasan who can be viewed on You Tube telling us that non-Muslims "live like animals".
Almost seven billion of us living on planet Earth - immagration should then be taken as a fact, not an option.
Fact of life pals. And it is only going to get worse without population control. Anyone remeber China introducing one child only per family about twenty-odd years ago?
link to above, with references at the bottom,
What I think what has surprised the middle-east arab os how much we argue with each other, one lot calling us lefty sudo-commies, and the other lot calling them sudo-facists, and all of calling yanks living in some disneyworld.
Quite healthy, I think. And of course those Ozzies brown bumhole licking the chinese as well, of course....
You can argue till the cows come home about the net contribution that immigrants have/haven't made to England/UK. What you can't argue with is that a perceived lack of debate on the issue has led to a resurgence of the far right.
Whether Cameron has raised this issue as a way to shift focus off NHS and Libya is another (valid) conversation. The fact that he has raised it at all is to be welcomed and what's needed is sensible debate so that we can counter the irrational hate-filled rhetoric of the BNP while also addressing legitimate concerns of the British public.
And I do blame 13 odd years of a Labour Gvt for not addressing the problem sooner...as did that bigot - sorry - Labour supporter - who put Gordon on the spot.
I'll wager there are a lot more BNP sympathisers among the Labour-voting white working class than there are among the Daily Mail readers which makes the last Gvt's attitude on this topic all the more galling.
Still, that wont stop Medhi trying to get us all to think that anyone on the right of the political spectrum is a borderline racist will it?
Immigration is a very emotive subject which needs intelligent, rational and logical debate...something that British political system and our partisan media are spectacularly bad at.
Imagine explaining to Genghis Khan and his invading hordes that they're not welcome because of cultural and traditional differences between them and us natives.
Same applies to Native Americans and various European invaders. Aborigines and Brits ditto.
Demographics it's called. Not immigration or emigration - just demographics. Chinese, Asian and African peoples were transported all over the British Empire. In fact, in the past the Brits were expert people movers. That is, to anywhere other than the UK. Heard of transportation? How things change!
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I lifted this off the net. Here is one thing about Islam that you need to know
'A system of Zakat (obligatory annual charity). Islamic law prescribes that every person who has a saving that exceeds the nisab level i.e. more than 85 grams of gold, should give 2.5% of that saving every lunar year in charity. If every rich person in the world gave Zakat sincerely, poverty will be eradicated from this world. Not a single human being would die of hunger.'
It is accepted that petty theft is far less in Islamic countries. But so is the level of rape. It is estimated that about every 30 seconds a woman is raped in the the United States? You've got to ask certain questions about a society that 'allows' this to happen. And you've to admit in this respect Islamic societies are 'succeeding' more than Western ones.
ET: why don't you just tell them to bring their own cups? It would save you buying 20 million of them off ebay.
SR819 - Well over the last ten years if we didn't have immigration then we wouldn't have been able to afford to pay welfare for the underclass. Many of those jobs would have gone abroad because the underclass lack the skill set needed, or they would have been employed but would've done a bad job, meaning less profit and fewer jobs.
You seem to have a myopic view of the world. The Original Brits came here from Spain. Then what most people regard as the "Brits" came here from countries like Syria and Lebanon. Look at someone like Cheryl Cole who doesn't look too disimilar to a woman from those countries.
Then we had the Romans who forced Christianity on us.
Then we had the Anglo-Saxons who came from Germany and Scandinavia.
Then we had the Normans. They we had Dutch immigration in medieval times etc etc.
Of Course, humans have been migrating constantly for thousands of years ever since the first homo-sapien evolved in Africa.
I personally don't think skin colour is a good indication of nationality, simply because nationality is more defined by culture than race. What colour skin does a Brazilian or an American have? You can't really say because the indigenous peoples of those countries are virtually extinct and whites, blacks etc have lived in those countries for the same amount of time.
Also, immigration has done little to depress lower income wages. Mechanisation has meant that machines have taken over lots of jobs done by humans, which has meant there is more competition for fewer low-skilled jobs which naturally depresses wages.
Racist: A white person who is more comfortable around people with a shared culture and history and wishes Britain to remain majority white.
Anti-racist: A brown/black/Muslim person who is more comfortable around people with a shared culture and history and wishes Britain to become a majority that
I for one live like an animal. What do you live like Frederick? I poo and I piss and I eat and I drink and I have sex. I am an animal, you're an animal; everywhere there are animals. What's the big deal Freddy?
accepted that petty theft is far less in Islamic countries. But so is the level of rape. It is estimated that about every 30 seconds a woman @is raped in the the United States? You've got to ask certain questions about a society that 'allows' this to happen. And you've to admit in this respect Islamic societies are 'succeeding' more than Western
Usual trash muslims do not dare rape on their own doorstep the penalties do not bear thinking about, it is onlly when they get to places like Malmo do the muslims reveal their true colours. I have enjoyed deflowering muslim vigins becof this by pretending to be interested in islam!!!
I think everyone's missing the point a little. Quite simply, we have a global economy based on the free movement of capital around the world, which means we have to have free movement of people. You cannot endorse one and not the other, it would simply be hypocritical.
la potenza della speranza. David Cameron a extreme right-winger?
The problem is you allow the wrong people into the country. Sure you can get in if your intentions are not good but if you just want to travel for an extended period of time--the answer's hell no.
It seems like few people have bothered reading the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Some of the Human Rights it clearly outlines for us natives:
1. Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture.
2. States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for:
(a) Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their cultural values or ethnic identities;
(d) Any form of forced assimilation or integration;
Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right to belong to an indigenous community or nation, in accordance with the traditions and customs of the community or nation concerned.
How's that sitting with those "multi-ethnic" societies forced upon us?
I would like to see at least 75 million new immigrants within the next 12 years.
Immigration, immigration, immigration.
Actually, it is racist to say that a 4th generation black person whose grandparents were born in England is not English. Very racist.
It is a myth that recent immigrants jump the queue in terms of housing. Housing is given according to need, of which there are various levels. A family of recent immigrants with children will, for instance, be prioritised over an English man with no dependents, but not over an English family who are already on the housing list.
"David Cameron is in trouble. And when he's in trouble, he panics and presses the race, identity, welfare and immigration buttons."
Spot on but why does he cynically keep pressing them ?
I say cynically because it's not as if he's going to do anything about it,it's just rhetoric and shameless dog whistling to the neanderthals as it's European immigration that is the real problem.Why therefore is David Cameron the "strongest possible advocate" of Turkey's (a country of over 90 million people) bid to join the European Union.
Whilst I am fully aware of the figures on net immigration I think the working class's are disproportionately affected by a European immigration policy that was not thought out in the haste to fully embrace former Warsaw Pact countries for political rather than economic reasons and Cameron given half a chance will do the same with Turkey.Economic migration will always affect the working class almost exclusively.
SAVE OUR NHS.
SAVE OUR NHS.
@ Sciamachy 'immigration pushes wages *up* in the long term, not down.'
These simple economic stats do not cover the whole picture regarding immigration. There is also the environmental & sustainable perspective to examine, for example, we have approx 50 million acres of arable land in our country, the minimum a human needs for a subsistence existence is one acre, closer to three at least for any base standard of living, fuel generation etc.
So we as a nation of 60 mill+ are a net importer of food & i believe water, certainly food im 100% certain. So this simple idea of increasing population to boost growth has several flaws, can anyone else see them?
The high growth of the 60's was due to a baby boom in part, also we where still the first country from industrial revolution & had many competitive adavantges & natural reources, not so many today.
Population stimulation is a short term political approach to boosting our beleagured coffers, nothing else, absolutely zero long term benefit..exactly the opposite imo
Uk is more sustainable in terms of agriculture, forestry, fishing, & green sustainable energy productiuon with a population of 20-30 million,
unless anyone knows how to increase, the acres we have on our island? & please dont start about intensive production because i grew up on a farm, and we would be living in an urban concrete jungle with fields of pollytunnels like some sci fi Matrix type of hell on earth scenario
Doesnt matter what political party you agree with, or wether you are racist or love multiculturism, too many people is a long term nightmare scenario, good site under here that is patroned by Sir David Attenborough
what would be good word to describe David Cameron....A big mouth who can see local election and mislead people.Simple is that
Now I would like to ask why our socalled prime minister made this speach just few days prior to local election...
I would ask people to plese kick his ass by voting against him..
If he can play with us,we can also...
Sorry Mehdi, but David Cameron is absolutely correct to raise questions about the huge number of immigrants who entered the UK in the last decade, and the lack of integration of certain communities.
I am often the only white Briton my commuter train to north west London. Does this matter? Well, I think it does.
There has been a profound effect on services, housing stock, transport and education. If you think the answer is that these services have been under resourced then ask yourself how you can explain to a working class white, black or brown Briton why they should pay for recent arrivals, who have not contributed to the pot, to enjoy free health care, public housing (or housing benefit), or why their kids whould not be able tp get a school place.
This debate is partly about fairness. Those on the idiotic left, who have a limited relationship with reality, might think that we are all of the same planet, and have obligations to every citizen of the world, but limited resource alocation, and national democracy, sasy otherwise.
Immigration has made the rich richer, and enabled businesses to forget about training the huge pool of labour in this country and undercut working people. 2 or 3 million extra people, who were not planned for, has had a very negative effect on quality of life.
These arguments do not make one a bigot. To deny the same argument do, I think, make a political party unelectable.
As for Cameron's desire for immigrants to learn English, how on earth could anyone disagree? Ditto the point that retaiing cultural practices that, for example, lead to handicapped babies and treat women as chattels?
Parts of the left have lost any moral compass or understanding of fairness. They really should get out more and talk to ordinary people, who are not racist, not bigoted, but who feel that their country is being stolen from them.
"The lefts obsession with the failed politics of multiculturalism cost us they election..."
I'm sorry but immigration never entered my thoughts during the election, and as far as I'm concerned, the left has lost every election since 1979 and in fact hasn't even competed in a general election since 1992.
This is a non issue. The REAL issue is more and more of the contry's wealth being diverted from the working class to the filthy rich. And it's getting progresseively (or should I say regressively?) worse!
Immigration is a good thing, and it really enriches our collective lives which do not rovolve only around cameron's village and pub, or John Major's image of cricket on the green and (disgusting) warm beer; give me the global village. I don't like places where there are no black faces, or sub-continental or Chinese. There is a close correlation between being anti-immigrant and meanness of spirit. Cameron gets physically ill at the idea of prisoners having a vote. The home office say it is a privilege to be here. Well, it's a privilege to have people who are able to do what the poorly skilled, illiterate,slobbish or snobbish English, can't. The more the merrier! The English are getting more and more like the media that prosper on racism, xenophobia and ungenerosity.
Britain has had at least four Irish PMs. In addition, at least one Welsh Wizard, and more than a few Scots have been raised to this high office. D'Israeli was of course Jewish and made no bones about it. And, don't get us started about the general staff, dramatists and writers. And Liz Taylor!
Over the centuries, many monarchs were imported: not to mention countless spouses. An American almost make it into the Royal Circle. Just look at the present Royal couple, not to mention Jennie Churchill's little boy, Winston..
Isn't about time we had a prime minister with New Commonwealth roots? Even if he went to Eton. Or, if female, to the equivalent of this single-sex institution. Of course, co-eds are eligible. Just to be clear - aliens [ in the sci-fi sense ] need not apply. Same goes for Star Trekkies!
Well said Rob, but expect the PC brigade to jump on your case because you've spoken the truth.
I have no idea why the Labour Party and the Trade Union Movement can support immigrants, while at the same time they are criticising big business and arguing for income redistribution. Immigration has been used as a 21st century incomes policy, allowing businessmen to make bigger profits by employing cheap foreign labour, who undercut the wages of the white working class. Why are the trade unions on the side of the immigrants, who are in league with business, rather than on the side of the white working class whom they're supposed to represent? It is totally bizarre.
It is not racist to want to talk about immigration, and the reason why Cameron is talking about it is that during the General Election, the clear message was that the majority of this country want to see a stop to all non EU immigration, because it is adversely affecting people's quality of life, putting immense pressure on public services and leading to a race to the bottom with respect to wages, working conditions etc.
If you think I'm ranting, realise that many of the same arguments against immigration have been made by the sociologist Robert Putnam, and in fact repeated by Jon Cruddas.
I ask Mehdi one more time (and I hope he decides to respond) how can you reconcile your pro-immigration views with the views of Jon Cruddas, who you've quoted approvingly before and who writes for this magazine from time to time. Cruddas himself said that immigration has been used as a 21st century incomes policy, and that the reason why constituencies like Stoke on Trent, Barking and Dagenham (his constituency) have turned to the BNP is because these communities have had to endure mass immigration, leading to their tight knit white working class communities becoming permanently fractured, with immigrants moving in and taking all the best accommodation.
Rather than accuse the people of Stoke, Dagenham and Barking of being racists Mehdi, think what would happen if, in a country like India or Pakistan, a large number of White Englishmen from Dagenham went to live in Bombay or Lahore? Do you think this wouldn't lead to tensions and fears? Of course it would, and that explains the strong anti immigrant sentiment that the majority of people in this country feel.
the big problem is they (i) let some areas get totally packed with migrants and refugees, which, understandably, alarmed some local residents only used to maybe a few dark faces from the west indies, or some nice filipino nurses
plays right into the right-wing press
any left-wing journo who goes digging, will soon note how racially selective it all is, based on country
tories have got big ties with some of those countries as well (bangladesh, pakistan... syria)
in far too many cases, it's pay your 800 quid, scam your life in the uk test, and welcome aboard the sinking ship britain!
Mr Divine you are rather generous with British land when you live in Australia. I don't doubt for a moment that David Cameron made his speech for electoral reasons because thats what he does.
Very clever John James no doubt you can stand on your head as well.
The fact that Britain could not sustain itself in WW2 with a population of 48 million should be the sole reason to stop more immigration now the population is 70 million and rising.
If you take back some of your Aussie Bar workers from London Mr Divine we might be able to squeeze in a few more.
@Ben "Mass immigration has brought no benefit to the UK whatsoever."
Why is it all about me me me?
The whole point of immigration is to house the destitute. Human rights. Helping our fellow man, all that jazz.
Granted, and I agree totally, that too many people have been given aslyum that didn't deserve it in the first place.
Conversely too many people who did deserve it were not granted it, were deported back and into horrific circumstances such as warzones.
Worse, people who were not granted asylum and left destitute and homeless in the UK.
It is not the number of people coming here that is the big issue for me, it's the fact that the UKBA do such a poor job of figuring out who needs to be here.
Let's open up the immigration debate, why the hell not! :)
can choose whomever they want to marry ? Well, i suspect you are not happy, Mr. Hasan, about the prospect of not being able to bring your entire family to the UK...
Stuart - the population is just over 60 million. 85% of the Britain is rural so we could find space for a few more immigrants, with SR819's consent of course.
SR819 - who cares what John Cruddas thinks? He doesn't have any facts so why do you believe him?
You can make a case for stopping immigration on cultural grounds, and I would accept that because the majority of people in this country are collectivists then they will have trouble dealing with immigration so we should be sensitive to that.
But once you start your lies about immigrants depressing wages for the lowest earners, and big business using immigrants to undercut wages you're talking crap.
@ SR819 "Why are the trade unions on the side of the immigrants, who are in league with business,"
I find this rhetorical question quite incoherent. The trade unions are on the side of the immigrants in the same way they are on the side with all working class people. We campaign for better conditions and fairer pay for ALL! If "immigrants" are paid the same as everyone else then they won't be "undercutting" anyone will they?
@Rob, I'm sorry but there is pervading air of "I'm not racist but..." about your posting. If all those brown people really are on your commuter train (and they're Britons too) then surely they're also commuting! To work, from which they pay tax towards our public services rather than put a strain on them as you say? No?
It is David Cameron's far right government who are putting a strain on these services by taking the money away from them and redistributing it toward the already rich business execs and investment bankers in London.
Say what you like la pothead but if you keep bogarding the joint you'll get no support from me.
can your daughter or sister, if you have one, marry whomever they wish to marry, regardless of denomination or race..?
Nice to see Mehdi being Mehdi and has not been taken over by the Liberal Democrat or Murdoch Exocet bots, like a couple of writes in the NS just lately!
"David Cameron is in trouble. And when he's in trouble, he panics and presses the race, identity, welfare and immigration buttons."
This is something I agree with 100%. I have noted this with Cameron, every time he gets in trouble if he can't send Nick out to take the punches for him he will attack immigrants, race, welfare etc, he has done himself "proud" this time, he has managed to link all of them together. I think it is healthy to have a debate, but i question the timing and Cameron's language, which looks like it has just been lifted straight from the BNP website, that kind of talk is dangerous. I would like to say "loose lips cost lives" but Cameron hasn't got any lips, I think this comes with curling the top one in that peculiar way he always does, when he wants to appear tough or sincere and the way he slips from his upper class crusty tones into Estuary English is equally nauseating.
as a Dane who lived in East London for 4 years from 88 to 92, i am appalled at the devastation Labour has brought upon the English people. I never thought i would root for Thatcher she probably wouldn't have left the country in such a state. Islam is spreading like the plague, and immigrants from all over the place are pouring in, the exact numbers unknown to the authorities. I have nothing but contempt for those who act holier than thou and play the racist card whenever the majority expresses its desire for an immigration stop. It is a legitimate wish, and if it isn't fulfilled England will become hopelessly overpopulated and torn by ethnic strife.
Willoyen, are you trolling, or are you simply a bit dim? I'll ignore your deeply unpleasant remarks about the English ("Slobbish, snobbish...") which would being called racist if you were talking about people from other countries.
I love your other remark. "The more the merrier". I'd just like to clarify what you mean. Should anyone who wants to come here be allowed in to the country? Abandoning national borders is an interesting idea who's time has not yet come. Give it another thousand years or so. Or son't you beleive in the antion state? Personally, I'd rather make reality based policy, where countries exist and who comes in is the perogative of the receiving country.
Do you live in London? Can you see how over crowded it is? Try the Tube. Or see if you can persuade exisitng Londoners of the merits of building more houses by concreting over the Green Belt, or filling in every garden in suburbia. It would be a challenging pitch, I think:
"Your standard of living, your environment will be degraded to accommodate lots more economic immigrants to help keep costs down for FTSE100 companies. If you disagree, you'll be called racist and bigoted by an out of touch liberal"
Seriously, if you can't work out that large scale immigration is not good for cohesive and stable society, then go and read a copy of Family and Kinshipp by Willmott and Young. THEY ARE NOT RIGHT WING
A lot of the pro-immigrant brigade have never actually had to live in a community that has been adversely affected by immigration, so they continue to whistle the "multiculturalism is good" tune, without knowing the immense strains that the white working class have been put under. So when a white working class man expresses his concern about immigration, he's branded a racist by the metropolitan elite.
I also used to be a Labour supporter, but the party has completely sold its core vote down the river, in favour of chasing the immigrant vote.
Yes, you can argue that immigrants contribute to tax revenues, but this benefit is hugely outweighed by the social costs of immigration (lower quality of life, fractured communities, lower trust amongst people etc), the economic costs (depressed wages, insecurity in employment, poorer working conditions) and the environmental costs (being forced to build more housing on greenbelt land to accommodate the immigrants).
Can I just make a point about something that Sam said.
It is a indisputable fact that cheap foreign labour does bring down wages for ordinary workers here and nowhere is that more apparent than in the building trade.
I know from first hand experience that our British builders (of any colour) need to earn a particular rate for a job, whether it is a rate, or day rate, or hourly rate etc, they need to because they have families to keep, rent/mortgage to pay, rates, utilities food, kids to clothe, etc etc, yet they have been undercut by Polish workers, who will do the work for so much less, they sleep in digs often in multiples, some even sleep in their vans, they have few deductions on their wages and they send their cash home to their families, which actually buys them quite a good life in their native country. I do NOT blame them for finding a way to support their families, I would do exactly the same BUT this has made it impossible for most workers living properly in this country to work at their trade and this is just one example, so it is not crap Sam it is a fact.
I am for a "multi-cultural" Britain and I love the diversity of our country, that said, there needs to be something done about "cheap labour" but anyone that thinks Cameron will do anything is in cloud cuckoo land, most people that own these construction firms sub out, they are all Tories who love having cheap labour. In any case Cameron was NOT talking about this, Cameron was attacking for votes, this is not policy, it is cheap and nasty politicking and Cameron can do NOTHING about EU immigration.
Let's have the debate, or lets continue with the debate, but let's not fool ourselves about what Cameron was doing with that speech yesterday!
Immigration is actually good for the economy, because any additional producer/consumer that joins it add revenue and even profit. A liberal economy functions best in an environment where all participants have transparent and equal rights. Protectionism (as far a mobility of goods and labor is concerned) is always counterproductive. http://www.howtoinstalllaminateflooring.org/
la potenza della speranza: @Rob, I'm sorry but there is pervading air of "I'm not racist but..." about your posting.
I went to school in Brent, the most diverse borough in the UK. My point is that the demographic of north London have changed emormously, and rapidly. Yes, the Poles, Lithuanians, Sri Lankans and Indians are almost certainly on their way home from paid, taxable employment. But in less than a decade I am in a minority in several London boroughs. New arrivals have contributed economically, but also carry costs. I think the costs outweigh the benefits.
The most pressing issue for me, personally, is the huge increase in housing costs, in part because of the increase in numbers. And also of concern is the solution - building more and more houses.
The number of recent arrivals, and the speed of change, has been ignored by the Left, and I do not understand why they have been silent. I'm also a Labour member, and I know that this topic is of huge concern to grassroots campaigners
Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.