I had a disappointment this morning (April 22nd). I was on LBC Radio, up against Labour MP Mike Gapes. I had hoped that the Labour Party had grown up a bit, and stopped shouting “Yah Boo Racist!” at anyone who dared to mention immigration. But they haven’t — or at least Mr. Gapes hasn’t. There he was, criticising UKIP’s stunning new bill-board campaign as “racist”. Please look at the ad above and tell me which racial minority is being targeted or denigrated by this ad?
As I said on the show, maybe Mr. Gapes should get out more, leave the Westminster bubble for a while and talk to some real voters in Labour Heartland areas — as I did, for example in the Rotherham by-election. He’d find that immigration is a top concern for Labour voters. And it’ll be a long time before they forgive the Labour Party for mass immigration.
Let’s clarify a couple of myths about UKIP immigration policy. Nick Clegg says — repeatedly — that we in UKIP want to “pull up the drawbridge” and “stop immigration”. Of course we’ve said no such thing. As Nigel Farage puts it: “We don’t want to pull up the drawbridge, we just want to control who comes across it”. Other countries, like Australia and Canada, do exactly that. We recognise that the British economy needs imported skills. So we want a sensible immigration policy based on numbers and skills, and work permits.
And let’s hit the “Racism” issue head-on. We’re concerned about numbers and skills, not colour, ethnicity or nationality. OK, we’ve talked a lot about Romania and Bulgaria, but that’s simply because these two nations have just been given carte blanche to come to Britain. We have nothing against either country per se. And we understand that the group which suffers most from the next wave of immigrants is the last wave of immigrants.
The strange fact is that the UK’s immigration policy today, in effect if not in intention, is arguably racist. The government (rightly) wants to reduce net immigration. But it can do nothing about the number of EU citizens. So it has to clamp down aggressively on non-EU immigration, if it’s to make any impact on the numbers.
The net result is that our policy discriminates in favour of white Europeans (many of whom will be relatively poor and low-skilled), and against highly qualified non-EU citizens, who may be well trained and much needed. This means we are discriminating, inter alia, against the British Commonwealth. That Commonwealth of course includes white Canadians and Australians, but it also includes Indians, Pakistanis, Africans and so on.
We are preferentially admitting poor, unskilled white Europeans in preference to (say) qualified Indian doctors and Philippina nurses that the NHS needs. The intention may not be racist, but the effect of the policy favours whites against non-whites, as well as being detrimental to the British economy. And there’s nothing we can do about it while we’re still in the EU. Except of course we can vote for a party that understands the problem and has the courage and honesty to flag it up. Like UKIP.