Immigration: Britain’s Doors Are Wide Open, and We Can’t Even Talk About It

Peter Oborne, Telegraph (London), November 13, 2013

Few decent people would question the nobility of the original European idea. Almost all of us value free trade, international cooperation and mutual goodwill. None of us wants to return to the bloodshed of earlier centuries.

In recent years, however, Europe has fallen under the control of a new ruling class that has obtained powers which it has no democratic right to exercise.

Think of it like this: the European Union has abolished politics. Highly susceptible to lobby groups and large corporations, it is now out of reach to political parties and national politicians. This is far more dangerous than has yet been realised. Again and again national leaders are finding themselves accountable for decisions they haven’t made and can’t alter.

Let’s take the example of the single currency, which seemed such a good idea to EU bosses. The abolition of national currencies means that states can no longer manage their own economies, and are governed instead by international bankers, in cooperation with Brussels commissioners. This is the cause of social and political collapse in Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal.

Another case in point has been freedom of movement, in essence such a wonderful idea, which makes perfect sense between convergent economies such as Britain, France, the Netherlands and Germany.

But freedom of movement between advanced economies such as Britain and underdeveloped countries causes grotesque distortions. On January 1 transitional controls are to be lifted, meaning that migrants from Bulgaria and Romania will be free to move around the rest of the European Union.

The facts are eloquent: the average wage in Britain is about £20,000 a year, compared with just over £3,000 in Bulgaria and £4,000 in Romania. This means that the vast majority of Bulgarians are living far below what we in Britain are privileged to regard as the poverty line. The average earnings in these deprived Eastern European states are considerably less than half our minimum wage.

This enormous disparity means that it would be economic madness for Bulgarians and Romanians not to take advantage of the freedoms they are suddenly being offered. A large number of them are certain to travel to Britain (and other EU states) next year. Exactly how many it is difficult to say. Ten years ago, when transitional controls were lifted for Poles, Labour ministers said that no more than 13,000 would enter Britain every year. In the event around one million came.

There are reasons to doubt that the influx will be so large this time. Sir Andrew Green of MigrationWatch (disgracefully treated by the BBC as a Right-wing alarmist 10 years ago) has provided more accurate, responsible and truthful predictions than anyone else. He guesses that around 250,000 additional migrants will travel to Britain over the next five years.

Among them will be an unknown number of Roma, a wandering people who are thought by some scholars to have come to Europe after a long migration from the modern Indian state of Rajastan. They have every incentive to escape from Eastern Europe, where they have been cruelly persecuted and are often viewed as criminals. Whether they receive a warm welcome in Britain remains to be seen. Earlier this week, David Blunkett, a former Labour home secretary, warned that their arrival might spark riots.

I wonder whether Mr Blunkett, who was speaking out on the basis of problems with Roma in his Sheffield constituency, was wise to make his inflammatory remarks. Yet, he is a politician. He surely has a duty to speak up for his voters. Nobody in Britain–or any other European country–has voted for this fresh wave of immigration. Nobody asked for it, and almost nobody wants it.

This is the trouble with the European Union. Decisions are made, no one knows where, which have enormous consequences for the lives of ordinary people, and local politicians are helpless.

The new migrants will be hungry for jobs, and are bound to price some British workers out of the market. They will have the right to use our schools and NHS, which are already creaking. They will need housing, and welfare benefits.

This is not a selfish Right-wing cause, as some still assert. The British Labour Party, backed by the trade union movement, fought a great, honourable battle in the last century for dignity of labour and fair pay. This is all being lost, thanks in part to the arrival of waves of cheap labour from the east. Big business benefits hugely, and the affluent middle classes get access to cheap domestic help. But there is a cost to the social fabric, and it is always the poor and powerless who pay the highest price.

The decision will be enforced by anonymous officials and jurists. Without intending to, the European Union is turning into the enemy of democracy.

David Cameron is reduced to the role of a spectator in a country that he has been elected to govern. Ed Miliband may be Labour leader, but he is an observer as well. Neither politician has tried to defend the influx of migrant workers, which is understandable because it wasn’t their decision. But they can’t attack it either. As a result, an important issue that is likely viscerally to affect the lives of many British citizens has been sucked out of public discourse and the democratic arena. Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative are united in impotence and uselessness.

There is no way out. Free movement of people is one of the core principles of the European Union. The relevant directive gives limited scope to exclude individuals on grounds of “public policy, public security or public health” but no scope at all to impede the kind of large-scale migration which may occur next year.

This is madness. It brings politics into grave disrepute, and thus grants legitimacy to extremists. This makes me wonder whether Mr Cameron, after all, might be right to attempt some sort of action. It would probably have to be unilateral, and it would certainly mean taking a huge risk.

It is open to the Prime Minister to introduce primary legislation declaring that Bulgarians and Romanians will not be allowed into Britain until suitable arrangements have been made to smooth their arrival.

Mr Cameron should also seek the support of fellow European leaders, almost all of whom have just as much reason to fear further migration. He could urge them to hold an emergency Intergovernmental Conference, which could extend the transitional period by a few years.

The moral case for such drastic action is very strong. Despite tentative signs of recovery, Britain still faces an economic emergency. Nearly one million young people, almost 20 per cent of the labour force under 25, are out of work. Some of their jobs would surely go to the new Eastern European migrants. Mr Cameron should argue that this is a situation no civilised government can tolerate.

The Commission would take Britain to court, and we would lose. But I guess Mr Cameron would enjoy great sympathy among his fellow European national leaders. They too are victims of the European crisis of democracy. If the Prime Minister does not act, only Ukip will be left speaking in a language that makes any kind of sense to ordinary voters.

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  • karl_of_delaware

    are there any good roma? all the ones i’ve encountered and heard about (very limited sample) are just thieves. have any roma done anything like a great invention, wrote a respected book, etc?

    • Andy

      There have been rumors that John Bunyan was part gypsy, but as far as I can tell there’s no truth to them.

      • M.

        Not to my knowledge.
        Those I personally encountered during my two trips to Europe seemed to have lower IQ’s than your average white European. Definitely not the type of people who would innovate or be creative about anything. The maximum the smartest of them can is have a decent job, act civil, and lead decent lives.

    • Spartacus

      Can’t think of a good one…

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      Django Reinhardt was the only one of which I am aware.

      • skara_brae

        Yes, but that was only after having his left hand mangled in a fire which restricted his ability to participate in the Gypsies vocation of choice, pick-pocketing.

        • convairXF92

          I read that the string-bass player in Django’s band had to be constantly watched as he would try to pickpocket the other band members.

    • Blue-eyed Devil

      Karl, good Gypsies do not exist.

    • Brian

      Django Reinhardt was one of the greatest jazz guitarists.

  • IstvanIN

    David Cameron is reduced to the role of a spectator in a country that he has been elected to govern.

    And the politicians did the same thing to their sovereigns, so I have little sympathy for the treasonous David Cameron’s of the world. My sympathy is with the European people the EU scum have sold down the river.

    • M.

      David Cameron could’ve proposed a referendum to leave the EU, but he didn’t. So he’s just as complicit in this supranational dictatorship.

      • Pro_Whitey

        Good point. The situation described is actually an elected politician’s dream, because he can effectively come down on both sides of the issue and offend no one. As long as there is an unelected and untouchable European Union supragovernment, like we have here with the U.S. Supreme Court, adverse decisions and policies can be carried out as “the law of the land” while the politician can at the same time whip up support for himself by impotently railing against the same policy. We see that here with the “conservative” politicians who react with high dudgeon and propose constitutional amendments to counter Supreme Court decisions (a highly unlikely event), but never take steps to bring real change, like at least not voting for the likes of Ginsburg, Kagan, Sotomayor, and Breyer.

  • sbuffalonative

    In recent years, however, Europe has fallen under the control of a new ruling class that has obtained powers which it has no democratic right to exercise.

    Did you vote for your UN representative? I know I didn’t. Yet these people are making decisions for me and you without our consent.

    So too is the EU. These are non-democratic dictatorial bodies that are imposing rules on us without our consent.

  • WR_the_realist

    Among them will be an unknown number of Roma, a wandering people who are
    thought by some scholars to have come to Europe after a long migration
    from the modern Indian state of Rajastan. They have every incentive to
    escape from Eastern Europe, where they have been cruelly persecuted and
    are often viewed as criminals.

    When enough of the Roma move to Great Britain the British too will view them as criminals. But then it will be too late to do anything about it.

    • dukem1

      The Roma have been among us for a millennium…insular, indolent, with a culture based on petty thievery..Any organized society can tolerate, or deal with them as it chooses…
      It’s not as though they were Mohammedans…Europe refuses to even consider that situation, so who really cares what a bunch of gypsies are up to

      I mean – whose job will they take?…Not working for wages for a living is their culture!

    • skara_brae

      WR believe me the British public already view them as criminals and worse. It’s the stream of idiot tenants in Downing Street that appear oblivious.
      By the way did you read about the “mutant rats” that have recently invaded the Parliament buildings? Beyond irony.

  • borogirl54

    The UK is going to have more problems with uneducated Eastern Europeans who are now living on British streets because they have been unable to find work. There already is a problem with Roma children begging and stealing with the money being sent back to build palaces in their native Romania. I wonder if UK officials will have any luck getting these parents to send their kids to school instead of out to steal?

    • M.

      Many Gypsies today (if not most of them) were indeed born in Romania, but their ancestry traces back to India and its surroundings.
      There’s nothing European about them.

      • borogirl54

        But they are now a European problem. I wonder if India will take them back? I doubt it. I think the only “European” gypsies are the Irish Travelers.

  • Erasmus

    The EU is now become “too big to fail,” unaccountable to the electorates of its respective members, and should be abolished.

  • Erasmus

    Just as we are when our own “leaders” continue to allow the invasion of the country by tens of millions of illegal aliens.

    • kenfrombayside

      Keep the pressure on your reps in congress. Giving 11 – 30 million (nobody knows for sure) criminal lawbreakers legalization pure insanity. Plus, they could sponsor their relatives; that would bring the total up to about 50 million aliens in our midst. Of course, these new citizens will vote for the vile democrats and their socialist giveaways. Most of them will be unskilled, uneducated, low IQ etc. Stop this outrageous bill now. Don’t sit on the sidelines.You are not wasting your time. The American people don’t want this bill. You have to do all you can do to stem the third world assault:
      – Contact your 2 US Senators and rep in congress.
      – after biz hours, leave a message on your DC rep’s voicemail. All US Senators have multiple offices so it would be a good idea to hit all of the. Remember, be civil and don’t threaten
      – go to NUMBERSUSA then go to the take action button. You will be able to send faxes to your 2 US Senators and congressional for free. (I also gave a $50 donation).
      – use Business Reply envelopes to state your opposition to America’s insane immigration policies and the proposed amnesty. Don’t give the parties any money.
      – join an immigration group like FAIR. Strength thru numbers!
      – go to the RNC & DNC sites to email them.
      – Use the media: call a talk radio program; write a letter to your local paper. If the media outlet is liberal, then talk about economic impact of massive third world immigration.
      – text everybody in your cell phone queue now.
      IF YOU DO OR SAY NOTHING, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM….

  • the europeans are so far ahead of american whites on this matter. They have so much more control of their nations.

    When are american whites going to realize that one big reason the europeans have a chance to reverse the tide is that they live in smaller nations?

    And that if we want to have a chance to reverse the tide in america that we have to get power back in the states.

  • Spartacus

    “This is the trouble with the European Union. Decisions are made, no one
    knows where, which have enormous consequences for the lives of ordinary
    people, and local politicians are helpless.”

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    They’re not helpless, they’re very much complicit.

  • Carney3

    No it DOESN’T. Worse is not better. South African whites still believe in the handover and it equality of black intelligence.

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    The problem is not Bulgarians and Romanians per se.

    IT is Gypsies and muslims, regardless whence they come.

  • The article here mentions a lack of democracy as being the cause of the immigration scourge that is plaguing britain.

    That is exactly correct.

    The EU is the reason why the elite are able to import more cheap labor into britain, as this article correctly points out.

    The EU is degrading democracy in britain,as this article correctly points out.

    The elite created the EU in europe for the same reason as they created the federal union in america to create the USA from the several states over 200 years ago.

    The EU is slowly replacing the governments of the individual nations in europe just as the elite used the constitution to replace the individual states in america over 200 years ago.

    Federalization is the process wherein the elite degrade democracy by enlarging voting districts. Enlarged voting districts increase factions within districts. The more factions, the less united the populace. The less united the populace, the less able the people are to elect and hold accountable elected representatives. This is the key aspect of how the elite use federalization to degrade democracy.

    James Madison spelled all this out in his writings over 200 years ago when he and the rest of the elites stole democracy from america.

    The same thing is happening in western europe right now.

  • Blue-eyed Devil

    Is Cher a Gypsy?

    • LIBERTYSINCURSION

      No, I think she’s a “Half Breed”.

  • convairXF92

    Check out Roby Lakatos and Kalman Balogh on YouTube. Note that both of these men are from musician families.

  • Blue-eyed Devil

    I know someone who almost got pick-pocketed by a Gypsy in Rome, Italy, but he caught him red-handed. They prey on tourists, especially Asian tourists. The person I know is Japanese American.

    • shmo123

      The same thing happened to me on a bus in Rome. Groups of gypsies get on the bus and move to the back. Once the bus gets crowded, they get up and move they to the front jostling and pushing the whole way–and pickpocketing. They only got a couple of bucks out of me before I realized what was going on; they got 200 bucks from my girlfriend though. Scumbags.

  • Blue-eyed Devil

    I thought Lebanese.

  • David Ashton

    Without changing my decision no longer to COMMENT on posts, I wish to draw the notice of all AmRen readers to Richard Littlejohn’s most important “Immigration a Mistake?” article in the London “Daily Mail”, November 14 (updated November 15), which is on-line along with comments, and which would in my view make an excellent news-item here to enlighten readers all too ready to blame the English electorate for our own misfortune.

  • Fr. John+

    “Few decent people would question the nobility of the original European idea. Almost all of us value free trade, international cooperation and mutual goodwill. None of us wants to return to the bloodshed of earlier centuries.”

    Actually, I do. Lepanto and the Wars of Religion, made Europe Great. I’d rather be honest, than genocidal, like most of Britain’s folly leaders today.