Immigration is changing this country beyond recognition because it has;
- Created the notion of multi-culturalism, not encouraged integration;
- Established voluntary ghettoes of communities with conflicting loyalties;
- Imported alien, often unacceptable and illegal practices;
- Introduced incompatible, sometimes sinister attitudes and behaviour;
- Undermined social cohesion;
- Increased the heavy burden on numerous public services, particularly the NHS and education;
- Distorted the gender balance;
- Displaced indigenous populations;
- Produced a housing crisis;
- Caused resentment in the established population as governments treat incomers’ demands, traditions, cultures and rights more favourably.
An ‘open door’ immigration experiment was carried out by America in the decades around the turn of the turn of the twentieth century. At that time the USA was still a relatively young country with vast, sparsely inhabited and unpopulated spaces. It invited the world to “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”. And they came, in one of the largest movements of people in history.
I reproduce a selection of quotes (year in brackets) attributed to Theodore Roosevelt (27th October 1858 – 6th January 1919), who served as the 26thPresident of the USA (1901-1909). With appropriate adjustment, they could seem as relevant to the UK today as they were to America a century and more ago.
Regarding the state of politics
(1891) “Of recent years… representative government all over the world has been threatened with a growing paralysis. Legislative bodies have tended more and more to become wholly inefficient for the purposes of legislation. The prime feature in causing this unhealthy growth has been the discovery by minorities that under the old rules of parliamentary procedure they could put a complete stop to all legislative action. If the minority is as powerful as the majority there is no use of having political contests at all, for there is no use in having a majority.”
On the responsibilities of immigrants
(1894) “We welcome the German and the Irishman who becomes an American. We must Americanize in every way, in speech, in political ideas and principles, and in their way of looking at relations between church and state. We have no use for the German or Irishman who remains such … He must revere only our flag; not only must it come first but no other flag should even come second.”
(1907) “In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American and nothing but an American … There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag; we have room for but one language here and that is the English language. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
On the importance of the rule of law
(1901) “The first essential of civilization is law. Anarchy is simply the handmaiden and forerunner of tyranny and despotism. Law and order enforced with justice and by strength lie at the foundations of civilization. Law must be based upon justice, else it cannot stand, and it must be enforced with resolute firmness, because weakness in enforcing it means in the end that there is no justice and no law, nothing but the rule of disorderly and unscrupulous strength. Without the habit of orderly obedience to the law, without the stern enforcement of the laws at the expense of those who defiantly resist them, there can be no possible progress, moral or material, in civilization.”
(1903) “No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man’s permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor.”
On the subject of big business
(1902) “Our aim is not to do away with corporations; on the contrary, these big aggregations are an inevitable development of modern industrialism and the effort to destroy them would be futile unless accomplished in ways that would work the utmost mischief to the entire body politic. We can do nothing of good in the way of regulating and supervising these corporations until we fix clearly in our minds that we are not attacking the corporations but endeavouring to do away with any evil in them. We are not hostile to them; we are merely determined that they shall be so handled as to subserve the public good. We draw the line against misconduct, not against wealth.”
(1908) “To permit every lawless capitalist, every law-defying corporation, to take any action, no matter how iniquitous, in the effort to secure an improper profit and to build up privilege, would be ruinous to the Republic and would mark the abandonment of the effort to secure in the industrial world the spirit of democratic fair dealing.”
On the stature of a nation’s people
(1898) “Greatness means strife for nation and man alike. A soft, easy life is not worth living if it impairs the fibre of brain and heart and muscle. We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage … We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage. For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting.”
In contrast to America, Britain is a long established, small and crowded island nation with what was, until recently, a broadly homogeneous stock of citizens. Yet, for a country about the size of Wyoming, it has a language, history and culture of long standing and global significance. It did not invite mass migration but yet it comes, in a seemingly uncontrollable, relentless tide and our politicians are afraid to deal with it.
UKIP believes in Britain being an independent nation living under its own flag; passing, and abiding by, its own supreme laws; being administered solely by honest government fairly elected by its own patriotic people; trading and associating as it pleases; acting honourably. Judging by the hysteria, criticism and abuse often directed at the party, one might be duped into thinking these were new but dangerous, even subversive, ideas so I hope the foregoing article dispels that myth.
UKIP alone recognises the causes of the almost irreversible decline in this once great nation and is the only party prepared to make a stand against them.