The lesson in Melanie Philips’ piece is that you deliberately try to re-engineer a whole country at your peril.
In its 1997 election manifesto, Labour promised ‘firm control over immigration’ and in 2005 it promised a ‘crackdown on abuse’. In 2001, its manifesto merely said that the immigration rules needed to reflect changes to the economy to meet skills shortages.
But all this concealed a monumental shift of policy. For Neather wrote that until ‘at least February last year’, when a new points-based system was introduced to limit foreign workers in response to increasing uproar, the purpose of the policy Roche ushered in was to open up the UK to mass immigration.
This has been achieved. Some 2.3million migrants have been added to the population since 2001. Since 1997, the number of work permits has quadrupled to 120,000 a year.
Unless policies change, over the next 25 years some seven million more will be added to Britain’s population, a rate of growth three times as fast as took place in the Eighties.
Such an increase is simply unsustainable. Britain is already one of the most overcrowded countries in Europe. But now look at the real reason why this policy was introduced, and in secret. The Government’s ‘driving political purpose’, wrote Neather, was ‘to make the UK truly multicultural’.
It was therefore a politically motivated attempt by ministers to transform the fundamental make-up and identity of this country. It was done to destroy the right of the British people to live in a society defined by a common history, religion, law, language and traditions.
It was done to destroy for ever what it means to be culturally British and to put another ‘multicultural’ identity in its place. And it was done without telling or asking the British people whether they wanted their country and their culture to be transformed in this way.
The rise of the BNP is the clear and obvious consequence of a country where immigration has gone bonkers, where the indigenous people feel alienated in their own country, and that the mainstream parties are not even acknowledging their concerns, let alone addressing them. Sadly I can see nothing but more of the disgusting scenes out side the BBC as lefties fail to realise that the rebound from their own divisive policies is to blame rather than the “racism” that they are so keen to denounce.
For us in the antipodes there is one very big lesson to be learned here and that is if any government pushes the immigration accelerator too hard for too long that we will end up with the same sort of backlash here . This country has a long and admirable history of accepting people from all parts of the world and making them part of a much greater whole. However if we give in to the same sort of madness that has created the British situation then to quote that great philosopher , Barry McKenzie, we’re stuffed.