On the internet, I come across a lot of articles that contain comments by readers echoing the sentiment that the UK is overrun with immigrants. They’re taking jobs, claiming benefits, getting pregnant, living in houses, and doing drugs. The general impression one gets is that they contribute nothing to British society, all the while robbing UK citizens of their taxes and clean air or whatever.
I’ve seen comments along the lines of “We’ll be pandering to an Islamic state before long“. Nothing makes me so bored and angry at the same time as reading about immigration in the news.
Now, my faithful readers are all an extremely intelligent, great looking, unbiased sort of people, so I’m probably just pointing out something that you may have already laughed at via Tabloid Watch or 5cc but I’m just sick of it, and am on the verge of exploding with the idiocy of some people on the internet.
Thankfully, there are some people writing really good, useful stuff on immigration. Communities.gov.uk tries to dispel a couple of myths about immigration. Do click on the Tabloid Watch and 5cc links above, as they write excellent blogs and I often find myself going back to them to regain my sanity when dealing with fucking idiots who say things like
“I’m not a racist, I’m a realist”
- No you’re fucking not. If you were a “realist” you’d be looking at the facts, not uploading your opinions from whatever right wing batshit tabloid you can get for less than the cost of a pint of milk.
Enemies of Reason wrote up a great analysis of a tawdry article in the Times earlier. The most personally offensive quote from that article from my point of view is:
“…Many of those mothers born here will be second generation immigrants”
Err… Hello. Yes, that’d be me you’re talking about. When did I stop being a British Citizen and turn into a “second generation immigrant?” I was born here. So was my dad. My mum wasn’t, and my grandparents weren’t, but they’ve lived here for over 40 years (my mum is only 44), and have been paying taxes, adding to the pension pot, raising the national IQ average and generally contributing to the British economy for that entire time.
In that 40 years (50 on my dad’s side), they’ve had to put up with all sorts of verbal and physical abuse. My lovely awesome Grandad was beaten up by a gang of thugs on his way walking home from work. All of my relatives (with the exception of myself and my younger brother) have had to put up with racism in the work place – from outright name-calling to being overlooked when it came to promotions. (Thankfully, in the 21st century, this doesn’t happen as much as there is legislation in place to prevent it.) We’ve had bricks (plural) thrown through our window, matches pushed through our letterbox, our front door kicked in, people chasing us down the street… I’m going to stop there as I’m getting quite upset thinking about it now.
I’m fully aware that all this is just one anecdote in 4.6 million (out of 60 million total UK population – think about that next time you think we need to close the borders). I may well have a chip on my shoulder about this, but it’s only because I keep reading racist and misleading articles in the press. I love the UK - I do pretty well out of it like most people here. I have a job, live in a nice house, pay my taxes and national insurance, and benefit from the incredible diversity the UK has on offer – Italian restaurants, Belgian beer bars, Indian take-aways, Irish whiskey, French kisses and the rest of it.
Maybe if ‘teh mediah’ stopped tirelessely printing false information about immigration then by the time I have kids, they’ll never need to know what “racism” is.
NB During my research for this post, I came across this really nice website written by people moving to the UK Gotta end it on a good note!