At Last, the BBC Talks About Immigration

Allison Pearson, Telegraph (London), January 8, 2014

How did you react to Nick Clegg’s admission that the UK has accepted around 1,500 Syrian refugees? Was it: a) This country’s full, send the scroungers back? Or b) Good, but why only 1,500? That seems a very small number given the appalling situation those poor souls are in.

I know my country or, at least, I still believe in the basic decency of its people, and I would bet my new Christmas Dreamland electric blanket that the majority of Britons would say b).

The present anger about immigration is not directed against desperate asylum seekers or even immigrants themselves. As BBC political editor Nick Robinson pointed out in his refreshingly forthright BBC2 programme, The Truth About Immigration, it’s largely the result of uncontrolled mass immigration over the past decade and the failure of the BBC and the political class to permit an open debate about what it was fair or reasonable for this island to absorb.

Public anger is about child benefit being paid to 45,000 children in Poland when our own sisters and daughters and friends have had their child benefit taken away. It’s about maternity units in East Anglia where midwives report unsupervised women going into labour in the corridors because no one thought to plan for the large number of Eastern European babies.

It’s the outrageous official denials that any such problems exist. It’s the primary school in Leicester where a teacher I know doesn’t have a single white child in her class. (Ghetto anyone?) It’s self-styled “Muslim Patrol” vigilante groups in east London terrorising a couple for “holding hands” and telling a woman she would be punished in “hellfire” because of the way she is dressed. It’s universities capitulating to pressure to segregate male and female students to please certain Islamic speakers. It’s the uphill battle to deport the hate preacher who inspired the swivel-eyed fanatics who cut down Drummer Lee Rigby.

It’s the grievous failure to expand public services to cope. It’s A&E departments in crisis because many new arrivals come from a system where there are no GPs, so they head straight for the hospital with a boil or a bad tummy. It’s Steve, a skilled plasterer I know, who has struggled to find work and pay the mortgage on his family’s semi because he can’t compete with Polish labourers who live six to a room and send their wages home.

It’s Nativity plays being replaced by ersatz multicultural fairy-fests lest non-Christian children and parents be offended, which they aren’t because, unlike the metropolitan liberal elite, they are rather keen on religion and tradition and the Queen, God save her.

It’s watching open-mouthed as Channel 4 televises a debate on the burka with a studio audience full of women–and, quite possibly, bearded blokes–covered head to toe in black, like a parliament of crows. And it’s the sole white man on the panel trying in vain to speak up for women’s rights. Poor bugger looked like he’d woken up in Hitchcock’s The Birds and was about to be pecked to death.

It’s a blamelessly average town like Luton suddenly popping up every week on the local news as a centre of gang violence. It’s the fresh-faced BBC reporter not allowed to make any connection whatsoever between residents from “war-torn Somalia” and the mounting body count. Obviously, there’s a perfectly simple explanation for the sudden carnage: Luton’s old age pensioners have overdosed on statins and decided to run amok with a machete. Yes, that must be it.

Have I left anything out? Oh, yes, sorry. It’s daring to suggest that any of the above might be a bit worrying or quite scary, actually, or not in keeping with values we hold dear, and immediately being called a Little Englander, or xenophobic, or “racist”. And it’s the way that hissed epithet is used to silence legitimate concerns, especially when the UK has treated its immigrants a damn sight better than comparable European nations.

Remember what happened to Gillian Duffy, a 65-year-old Labour voter, who challenged Gordon Brown about immigration and crime back in 2010? Our then prime minister was appalled to have his politically correct person violated by some “bigoted woman”. Social historians might care to note that the Westminster village has remained homogenous (white, middle-class, English-speaking). It’s the Mrs Duffys and their poor, provincial communities who have to cope with unprecedented change inflicted on them by London-based multicultural enthusiasts.

Let us also recall the remarks of Sir Nicholas Kenyon, former controller of BBC Radio 3, who said the Last Night of the Proms was “dangerously English” and made it more “inclusive”. Try to imagine the directors of the Paris Opera describing it as “dangerously” French. It would never happen.

Dripping with condescension, Sir Nicholas typifies a BBC breed which regards patriotism as a kind of disease still rife among the lower orders who have not been inoculated against love of country by claret and visits to foreign museums. I encountered the same type when I did teacher training in the Eighties. For our lecturers, indigenous traditions were a jingoistic embarrassment. By contrast, we were told to encourage immigrant children to celebrate their own identity, which was preferable to being dangerously British. This was bewildering to my pupils. “Please, Miss, we’re English, we like ice‑skating,” wailed one Muslim girl after I had read the class another short story about a snake.

Given all of the above, it was no shock this week to see the British Social Attitudes Survey reveal that more than 75 per cent of British people want to see a cut in immigration. Study the small print and another startling statistic jumps out: 60 per cent of first- and second-generation settlers want a cut in the numbers. Even the immigrants are sick of immigration.

Is the Sikh businessman who explained to Nick Robinson that Brits can’t get jobs, but Eastern Europeans can, a racist? How about the lovely elderly lady in Sheffield who said that she was fed up of the recently arrived Roma. “It’s as if we’ve been overtaken–sofas dumped outside, rubbish, people urinating in the street.” Her neighbour, of Pakistani origin, was in agreement.

Goodness, it was strange to hear those voices, for so long disdained and disregarded by the BBC, being given a chance to speak. Many said they liked what immigration had contributed; most thought it had gone too far. People are inclined to overestimate the number of immigrants, said Nick Robinson. And whose fault is that? Blame cowardly politicians and the media who wouldn’t touch the subject for fear of summoning the avenging ghost of Enoch Powell.

How could this censorship of such a crucial issue have been allowed to happen? Consider the journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, who wrote this week that the BBC “has a duty to moderate our national conversation”. George Orwell would have loved that slippery use of “moderate”. Or “suppress”, as it’s also known. For Alibhai-Brown, and the impeccably liberal folk who run the BBC, you are free to express any view, so long as it’s the same as theirs. If you’re a lady in Sheffield who is fed up with Roma peeing in her petunias, you can shut up, you nasty old bigot.

The BBC’s job is to faithfully report life in Britain as it is experienced by all licence-payers, not as it is lived in a bien-pensant corner of north London. The failure to provide proper coverage of immigration, and to offer an outlet for mixed feelings, has ended up encouraging the very racism it was intended to crush. Treated with contempt by their self-styled moral superiors, the British people, a pretty tolerant and accommodating lot by and large, have had enough.

Why didn’t the BBC ask its licence payers for their views on mass immigration? Because we would have given the wrong answer, stupid.

Topics: , , , , ,

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.
  • Spartacus

    But hey – At least you beat Hitler !

  • Spartacus

    By the way, this is an actual placard from a protest in Britain. It’s real, it really is :

    • Pro_Whitey

      On the plus side, those who say Islam is violent get their point proved. On the minus side, they’re headless.

    • dd121

      Do you think he was going for humor or irony?

      • Spartacus

        I think he’s just stupid…

    • NeanderthalDNA

      It’s not far now, Sparty, in the big picture. There’s a storm brewing. A critical turning point is nearer than most think.

      Awakening must precede reckoning. We are waking up…

    • jackryanvb

      No, it is a Photoshop edit – very good propaganda, but not a true photograph.

      I think the real photo was of a sign:

      “Behead those who insult Islam”

      That’s bad, but not as funny, stupid as the edited version.

      • Spartacus

        You sure ? Because I’ve seen it on a number of sites claiming it’s from a counter-protest to the EDL circa 2010 . Apparently, it was supposed to mean that those who “slander” islam should be punished by law with violence .

        • jackryanvb

          I am fairly sure, not 100%.

          It’s the kind of propaganda I have done.

          Also, violent Muslim immigrants are dumb, but nobody is that stupid.

          It might be one of our guys disguised as a Muslim extremist playing a joke, it’s rather funny.

          I thought about dressing up as an Al Gore style liberal and protesting global warming in Chicago last week, holding signs like “Al Gore was Right”, “Liberals were never wrong”.

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    Hey, that’s nothing. I talk about immigration, too.

    But when I do, all I can do is parrot and cut and paste talking points that the Chamber of Commerce hired a public relations firm to write, different messages tailored to different audiences. When I troll conservative websites such as these, I use the conservative paragraphs, when I troll liberal websites, I use the liberal paragraphs.

    Hooray for me!

    And finally, make my immigration reform comprehensive, please!

    • dd121

      My impulse is to give you both and up and down vote, but discus won’t let me.

      • Marc Zuckurburg

        Hm, like and dislike something at the same time.

        Should I add that functionality to Facebook?

        I’ll do it, you invented it, but I’ll take credit for it and screw you out of proper due.

        Sounds oh so familiar to me.

        • dd121

          I love capitalism. I don’t care if you make another billion off my idea. Either way I still eat three meals a day and drive one car and live in one house at a time. The beauty of capitalism is, when it’s done properly, it’s the ocean that raises all boats. By the way, you’re not spelling your name right.

          • Marc Zuckurburg

            “It’s the ocean that raises all boats”

            Does “all boats” include my yacht?

            Imagine the fleet of these things I’ll be able to own when my comprehensive immigration reform ship comes in. They’ll each have their own Facebook page. Like them all!

          • dd121

            Troll harder. That piece of junk doesn’t even have a helicopter.

          • Marc Zuckurburg

            I didn’t even think of that.

            That means I’m going to have to hurry up and push even harder for comprehensive immigration reform, so I can buy a bigger yacht and a helicopter to go with it.

          • dd121

            Or a “rising tide” or something like that. Doesn’t matter it’s just an overworked cliche.

      • c684570

        I gave him a down vote for you.

  • White Light

    It’s okay to do because they(Romanians and Bulgarians) are White.

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    This article is a heartening sign of a shift in the headwinds on immigration, but the time for a “debate about what it was fair or reasonable for this island to absorb” was two generations ago. Too many undesirables have already been given citizenship and a false sense of belonging.

    • David Ashton

      We’ll see.

      • 3D printing has tremendous implications for all disarmed European countries as the technology improves and becomes more accessible. It will be interesting indeed.

        • me

          Indeed! White inventiveness saves the day AGAIN!

      • Katherine McChesney

        David, do you think the tide will turn in England? Will the Whites ever be successful in changing things in favor of native English?

        • David Ashton

          I am more optimistic now than I was a few years ago, but one can only do one’s best and see what happens.

  • bigone4u

    Mockery of multiculturalism is a nice mind weapon to use against libtards. Nice job by the author in mocking the BBC and immigration.
    My favorite: ” If you’re a lady in Sheffield who is fed up with Roma peeing in her petunias, you can shut up, you nasty old bigot.”

    • bigone4u

      This is a good white nationalist blog coming out of Britain that I just now discovered:

      ulstersunwheel(dot)wordpress(dot) com
      It gives a perspective from Belfast for our Irish friends.

  • David Ashton

    I don’t think we English need permission from older immigrants to express our views, but need not be ungrateful either. Not all Muslim girls see themselves as “English” – I used to teach some of them, one of whom objected to me because I was a man and another who refused to sit near a Sikh. However, Allison Pearson’s views however belated are among those from several mainstream journalists breaking through that other “glass ceiling” such as the National Union of Journalists’ decades-old rules again “racist” reporting or “inflammatory” comment. On the other hand, “The Independent” is getting worse than “The Guardian” – it is a PC propaganda-campaign daily, and the “Daily Mail” has its weak moments. I may be wrong, but I have a feeling that the worm is turning, late but at last.

  • MBlanc46

    I’m sorry, but I don’t get it. The Syrians have decided to have a civil war. Civil wars are pretty dreadful events. But why are the British, or anyone else, morally obliged to allow thousands of Syrians to move in just because they like to kill each other?

    • I went to see a civil war and a Muslim Middle Eastern country broke out.

      Just like:

      I went to see a fight and a black high school broke out.

  • Brian

    Beards and burqas = ‘a parliament of crows’. Love it!

  • Berkeley Guy

    It is moments like now, after reading this article, that I fully appreciate how peaceful countries like Japan can be. They, along with the Chinese or Koreans (at least right now), would not entertain such foolish and weak thoughts about how “we” need to give up resources, space, altruism, and many other things that will make me depressed if I list them all or excogitate on them all … sigh.

    The Eastern Orientals that I listed just won’t hear of it. I read a book recently: Poorly Made in China. The author (a Jewish male) was on a flight back “home.” His home, he thought, was China because he had been living there so long. The Chinese man next to him said that the author should not express such a sentiment–he just should not be saying China is his home because China is only for ethnic Chinese. The whole point of a nation is shared values, and we protect our borders to protect our way of life. But we don’t spend time debating how much of our way of life we should give up. Sometimes I even find it hard to write comments on such things it is so crazy.

    …And now I am in danger of ranting. What was the article about? What was I saying? Right, England isn’t for the English any more. I guess it’s for anyone. Utter suicidal people. Don’t they care about the long-term effects? Are they just going to call me names for even talking about this at all? I guess I should just shut up and stop thinking about the future effects of sustained immigration to an island that some of my ancestors came from after having lived there for thousands of years.

    I have to admit, I’m mad and frustrated and confused. Who can I talk to–you know, in real life? I asked a Chinese friend a while back about how she felt about the situation in Sweden. Her reply: “All well, I guess they all get raped.”

    • me

      The madness of the globalist agenda will drive any sane person, with a bit of intelligence, quite mad. So, you’re perfectly healthy in feeling the way you do.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Ben Stein is my kind of Hebrew. Menachem Rosensaft needs to move to Israel or be tried for genocidal treason.

    • jackryanvb

      Talk with these people:

      Northwestfront dot org

  • Singingbird1

    I am really fed up of all this talk now.Fed up of going round in circles and getting nowhere.I don’t get angry anymore; what is the point in burning your energy when nothing is going to happen?However,I am not apathetic.I am reading and waiting for something to happen and then I will use my precious energy.

  • Massif1

    The wealthy elites don’t have to worry about influx of 3rd world “immigrants.” The gated communities and armed security guard are there to protect these fine citizens of America and Western Europe from the reality of these so-called immigrants that are trying to become accustomed to their new homeland.

  • newscomments70

    I read, listen and watch the BNP news now. You should visit their website for information and solidarity.