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Admits that Labour 'got it wrong' on immigration

26.09.2011. Labour “got it wrong” by introducing an immigration policy which allowed hundreds of thousands of foreigners to move to Britain, Ed Miliband admitted yesterday, according to The Telegraph:

The Labour leader insisted that the party had not set out to mislead the public over immigration but that the party’s policies had “effects on people right up and down the country” and that not enough was done to protect British workers.

Mr Miliband made the admission in an interview on the first day of Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool during which the party is under pressure to admit to mistakes made during its time in Government.

In the interview, the Labour leader also refused to criticise trade unions for threatening to strike in a dispute over pension reform.

Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister, was recorded during the last election campaign criticising a pensioner expressing concern over immigration – an incident which is credited with characterising how Labour fell out of touch with the concerns of its supporters.

Yesterday, Mr Miliband was asked if he accepted that Labour had “lied” over the impact of its immigration policies.

Continue reading in The Telegraph.


Embarrassing immigration secrets revealed

25.09.2011. Reports kept under wraps by Labour showing that immigrants who came to Britain from Romania and Bulgaria had low education levels and were more likely to claim out-of-work benefits are to be released for the first time by ministers. Continue reading in The Telegraph.


The problems in Belgium are becoming unmanageable

07.09.2011. Two senior Belgian judges, Yves Liégeois, Antwerp public prosecutor, and Piet Van Den Bon, Advocate General of the Higher Labour Court, have made devastating criticisms of the Belgian government's immigration policy. From the start of his speech, Mr Liégeois, set the tone:

"The end of democracy may not be far away. The problems are becoming unmanageable. The total failure of immigration policy is one expression of that."

The two Antwerp magistrates insist that the authorities have completely lost control of immigration. And Mr Van de Bon makes a very sombre assessment of some districts in Belgian cities where, based on a round-table with labour magistrates in the Antwerp and Limburg regions (the sphere of the Antwerp Appeal Court), he notes an increase in "destabilising socio-economic practices". And the magistrate sounds the alarm: "These practices may endanger the existence of our state of law." He observes that the majority of foreigners can get access to unemployment benefits if they have done enough work in their country of origin. Now, he adds, criminal organisations create companies that supply false work references which the worker can buy. "We are inundated with these criminal networks, fraudulent individuals and bogus companies. Especially in Antwerp," says Mr Van Den Bon.

And the magistrate also attacks asylum policy. "The law relating to asylum has been hijacked: the same applies to family reunion, which is far too easy." And this imposes a burden on social security.

Translated from La Libre.


Need to rediscover their identity - as well as a healthy dose of pride and patriotism

05.09.2011. While I invariably find that the writings and speeches of Geert Wilders could benefit from a somewhat more nuanced treatment of Islam and Muslims, I am happy to recommend his latest speech from Germany, which ends thus (emphasis added):

Here is a short summary of five things which we need to do in order to preserve our freedoms.

  • First, we must defend freedom of speech. It is the most important of our liberties.
  • Second, we must end cultural relativism. Our Western culture is far superior to other cultures.
  • Third, we must stop Islamization. More Islam means less freedom. There is enough Islam in Europe already. Immigrants must assimilate and adapt to our values.
  • Fourth, we must restore the right to decide about our own money. We should not pay the debts of others. The survival of the euro should not be used as an excuse to reward countries which have shown that they were not worth to belong to the eurozone.
  • Fifth, we must restore the supremacy and sovereignty of the nation-state. Our nations are the legacy which our fathers bestowed on us and which we want to bestow on our children. We are the free men and women of the West. We are the true men and women of the West. We do not stand for a superstate. We stand for our own country.

You stand for Germany. I stand for the Netherlands. Others stand for Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, and all these other beautiful freedom-loving nations of Europe. Together we represent the nations of Europe. Together we stand.

We will stand firm. We will survive. We will defend our freedoms. We will remain free.

Read the speech in its entirety at Document.



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