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February 10, 2010

When The Government Doesn't Like Its People It Can't Elect A New One. Or Can It?

Seems the Labour Party in the UK was worried the electorate wasn't going to reliably support them so they consciously decided to import voters who would.

The paper said migration would “enhance economic growth” and made clear that trying to halt or reverse it could be “economically damaging”. But it also stated that immigration had general “benefits” and that a new policy framework was needed to “maximise” the contribution of migration to the Government’s wider social aims.

The Government has always denied that social engineering played a part in its migration policy.

...Voting trends indicate that migrants and their descendants are much more likely to vote Labour.

The existence of the draft policy paper, which was drawn up by a Cabinet Office think tank and a Home Office research unit, was disclosed last year by Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett.

He alleged at the time that the sharp increase in immigration over the past 10 years was partly due to a “driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the Government was going to make the UK truly multi-cultural”.

This is another great example of a political class that simply thinks it knows better than the collective judgment of the people. For years critics of the British immigration system (and not BNP nutters) charged this was what was happening but the ruling elite simply declared the conversation out of bounds and either didn't talk about or only long enough to call opponents racists.

Now Labour finds it self in the most unfortunate position of actually having to get the consent of their bitter clingers to stave off defeat in the upcoming general election. Miraculously it is suddenly ok to wonder about the effect of immigration and maybe even tighten up the polices.

As for the American parallel to this, both parties engage in it. Remember Rove was going to cement a Republican realignment with Hispanic voters? How's that working out?

Personally, I don't think immigration is that tough of an issue. Enforce the border and institute a system where immigrants are graded on what they bring in terms of value to the country (skills, money, etc) and then allow them to bring their immediate family (spouse and children) and that's it. Simply being a member of a favored group, be it Irish, Hispanic, Asian or what have you shouldn't matter. America is a wonderfully diverse place as it is, let's focus on diversity of talent for awhile.

Update: A couple of commenters say it's wrong to call the BNP 'nutters' and that they were right all along about Labour's goals.

The BNP may have been right but I was wrong to call them 'nutters'. I should have called a party which only agreed to allow non-white members to join last year and then under threat of court action what it really is...a bunch of racist dirt bags. I apologize for the earlier error.

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