My thanks to Kateyo for raising this story from the always excellent Suzanne Breen;
The BNP has sent a chilling message to immigrant families in East Belfast – ‘hands off our nursery school places, you foreign parasites’. And the party’s Northern Ireland branch has launched a stinging attack on local politicians for encouraging multi-culturalism.
The BNP is claiming that dozens of local children are being turned away from the school gates because priority is being given to immigrants. The BNP said it’s despicable that the children of “foreigners on benefit” who barely speak English are being accepted into nursery schools while Belfast-born kids have been refused places for the start of term next month. The nursery school system is in crisis with around 1,500 children across Northern Ireland refused places due to a lack of resources. A BNP spokesman condemned a string of other ‘injustices’. “It’s not just our nursery school places being snapped up by these unwelcome spongers. It’s all our services – from housing to hospital appointments and treatment – the list is endless,” he said. “Our country is being flooded day and daily by the over-spill from the bursting mainland by every undesirable who can make their way here to claim benefits and services which we can’t get for our own people.”
I have been asked for my views on this so here they are;
1. The BNP is using the very genuine concerns many people have to further its own hateful insulationist agenda. Calling immigrants per se “spongers” is inflammatory. There are people legally entitled to be here and they are getting what government has decreed they are entitled to. So, who to blame?
2. The real issue is that the major political players at Westminster (as opposed to the local minnows at Stormont) refuse to deal with the Immigration issue because our membership of the EU guarantees that as many Eastern Europeans as possible can lawfully come here to take advantage of the Welfare benefits. The EHRC also commits us to allow all kinds of “asylum seekers” as evidenced on these pages time and time again. So the real FRAUD is that of the Lib/Lab/Cons. Blaming those who take advantage of their weakness seems a bit unfair to me. I would tighten up every aspect of Welfare legislation but even then the truth is that as EU members, we are wide open to all who want to come here.
3. Alliance are, of course, utterly useless on the issue of Immigration but since they are equally useless on every other issue, what’s the big surprise. People voted for Alliance in their thousands – enjoy the consequences.
4. The way to solve all this is for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the EU, asserts its national sovereignty, protect all borders, ensure we allow those with real talent from outside of the UK into it (Yes, Immigration can be very good for you!) and in doing this we remove the threat of the BNP.
5. It’s all very well for some to talk of BNP being extreme. But what is Sinn Fein/IRA? There are some double standards in play here too.
There IS a real problem here and trying to use the BNP as the bogeyman does not make it go away.
The UK has been destination welfare for so many immigrants (and not just from Eastern Europe) and Labour’s infatuation with multiculturalism has had a big part to play in creating tensions. The BNP seeks to exploit these concerns but perhaps rather than just castigate them we should be asking why the larger established parties have acted so cravenly? There are also people from other parts of Europe here who work very hard and who make a real contribution to our society, unlike some local parasites (Ooops, THAT word again, my my, hope the BBC aren’t taking notes, then again….)
I want to see British jobs for British people – yes. I also want to ensure we bring in sensible numbers of people from outside the UK who have skills and talents that can augment what we have. I seek borders that are not permeable. I believe these are reasoned views not extreme. In fact the REAL extremism can be found in the bile of the BNP and the arrogance of the multicultists.
East Belfast is where this issue has arisen in Northern Ireland. As you know, I canvassed that area when I stood for Westminster and the BNP is right to say that people in some areas there do have real concerns about how folks coming from outside the UK seem to get priority treatment than them and their families. Why shouldn’t they?
But the solution lies in the hands of those political lotus-eaters who feign concern but smile knowingly and insist that come what may, we MUST remain in the EUSSR. How do you change their minds, that’s the question?
I wish I had the answer but one could start by not voting for them I suppose. Is the BNP worth a vote? Nope. Is UKIP? Maybe.
In the final analysis putting your faith in politicians and their parties is perhaps misplaced idealism.