Immigration, a Subject We Can Discuss Openly Now

The People’s Nigel Nelson illustrates and demonstrates how far UKIP has taken the immigration debate into the territory of being open for discussion:

“There’s a new dawn of open debate about immigration in which all sides can have their say without being shouted down.

Which is how it should be.

David Cameron can’t put a figure on the number of Romanians and Bulgarians who might arrive.”

The article is headed with this cartoon, too:

Sunday People Cartoon Immigration

In The Telegraph, Janet Daley comes in from a different tack, with her US origins, to argue that lessons should be learnt from the American approach in a very thoughtful way:

“The impersonation of American “civics” lessons that the last Labour government encouraged became a parody of British ambivalence about national identity: it was little more than a crash course in political correctness and post-colonial guilt, from which nobody was likely to emerge an enthusiastic patriot. Hardly surprising this, since sentimental patriotism has uncomfortable connotations in old European cultures, having transmogrified in the last century into hideous forms of nationalism. And, anyway, old countries are not empty vessels waiting to be filled with idealistic aspirants: they have complex, layered histories and conflicting ideas of their own national purpose.”

Meanwhile, The Guardian re-emphases Brussels view, expressed by Martin Schulz:

” Brussels has stepped up its fightback against UK attempts to curb EU immigration as leaders of the European parliament declared that rules on freedom of movement were completely non-negotiable, and made clear that attempts to change them would be blocked.”

“Schulz, a German Social Democrat, said he would like to see David Cameron’s plans for EU reform, and wanted the UK to remain inside the EU to shape policy on everything from climate change to the single market and development policy. But he added: “Where we differ is that I would rather see the UK making its case for reform from within the EU rather than with one hand on the escape hatch.”

Instead,  The Express robustly makes the UKIP case:

“THE ANNOUNCEMENT from Nigel Farage last week that Ukip would impose a five-year ban on immigration if it gained power is, insiders say, another example of how Britain’s most tenacious party is leading the pack in one of the important debates affecting this nation today.”

3 Main points are made: “First, it is important to understand the party is not calling for a ban on immigration…Second, the party intends to adopt an Australian-style principle for immigrants from outside the European Economic Area…The third point about Ukip policy is that it regards all incomers as “immigrants”, a view that is very much at odds with established EU policy on free movement of labour within Europe.”

The Debate on Free Speech

The Telegraph’s Charles Moore debates free speech, centred around the Duggan protest and Femen’s protest in a Paris church, asserting that rage rather than reason drives the debate on free speech. On Femen, he has this to say:

“This is all a bit embarrassing, even for right-on President Hollande because, in July last year, his government gave political asylum to one of Femen’s leaders from the Ukraine, Inna Shevchenko (her political act had been to cut down a giant Cross commemorating the victims of Stalin’s famine there). Hollande then chose her as the face to model Marianne – the French national symbol – for his new stamps… in Shevchenko’s opinion: she declared how pleased she was that racists and homophobes would now have to lick her bottom whenever they posted a letter. The dignity of the Republic is a little impaired.”

On the Duggan case he says:

“The rage of the unfortunate gangster’s family was presented – especially on the BBC – almost as automatically righteous. The Establishment, from the Prime Minister down, heaped praise on the Duggan clan when they finally warned against violence, as if that was exceptionally decent of them.”

More on Duggan protest in The Guardian/Observer and in The Express.

Death of Ariel Sharon

Each in their own way, the papers pay tribute to Israel’s former leader. Known as “The Bulldozer”, a hardline politician, he served as a General in the Army during the 6 Day War in 1967, but was called “Butcher of Beirut” by muslims.

The Independent: Ariel Sharon dies aged 85: Barack Obama praises former prime minister for ‘dedicating his life to the State of Israel’

The Telegraph: David Cameron and Barack Obama among world leaders who hail Sharon’s contributions to Israel, but Palestinians celebrate departure of a reviled figure

The Guardian/Obsever: Death of Sharon, aged 85, comes as less of a shock to Israel than stroke that felled him at height of his premiership in 2006

Advancing EU

The Daily Mail covers a report by an EU-funded, British based organisation, European Alternatives, which has a Marxist agenda calling for:

“British taxpayers have unwittingly funded a controversial new manifesto for the European Union which demands increased rights for illegal immigrants and a universal income for the unemployed – whether or not they seek work.”

On a different tack The Telegraph claims an exclusive on the 95 backbenchers who have written for David Cameron calling for a UK Law for Parliament to be able to veto EU laws. Drafted by Bernard Jenkin, here’s an excerpt from it:

“Such powers would enable the Government to reverse the spread of human rights law, relieve businesses of red tape from Brussels and regain control over immigration, they say. They believe the veto is possible with a new Act of Parliament.”

Green Propaganda

The Mail has another expose on the BBC: BBC’s six-year cover-up of secret ‘green propaganda’ training for top executives. In it, they say:

“The BBC has spent tens of thousands of pounds over six years trying to keep secret an extraordinary ‘eco’ conference which has shaped its coverage of global warming,  The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The controversial seminar was run by a body set up by the BBC’s own environment analyst Roger Harrabin and funded via a £67,000 grant from the then Labour government, which hoped to see its ‘line’ on climate change and other Third World issues promoted in BBC reporting.

At the event, in 2006, green activists and scientists – one of whom believes climate change is a bigger danger than global nuclear war  – lectured 28 of the Corporation’s most senior executives.”

Independent Exclusive: Dossier on ‘abuse’ by UK forces in Iraq goes to ICC

The Independent has an article revealing a document presented to the International Criminal Court, which starts:

“A devastating 250-page dossier, detailing allegations of beatings, electrocution, mock executions and sexual assault, has been presented to the International Criminal Court, and could result in some of Britain’s leading defence figures facing prosecution for “systematic” war crimes.

General Sir Peter Wall, the head of the British Army; former defence secretary Geoff Hoon; and former defence minister Adam Ingram are among those named in the report, entitled “The Responsibility of UK Officials for War Crimes Involving Systematic Detainee Abuse in Iraq from 2003-2008”

Not so exclusive though, as The Guardian has: “British politicians and generals targeted in Iraq abuse case” and the Mail has “Senior ministers in Blair’s government facing crime probe on Iraq ‘torture’

One has to ask, where will this end?

Mail on Sunday Exclusive: Paul Flowers back on ketamine

Down in the area of sensational news where they are most comfortable, The Daily Mail has former CEO of The Co-operative Bank on the front page of the printed paper, and says this about him:

“Disgraced former Co-op Bank boss Rev Paul Flowers has resumed his depraved lifestyle of drugs and rent boys, despite facing fresh scrutiny by police and City regulators.

Although he promised to seek help, the Methodist minister is still using the horse tranquilliser drug ketamine and booking male prostitutes.”

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