"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Saturday 30 March 2013

Sunday morning

European watchdog accuses Britain of shameful rhetoric on migrants.

Bulgarians and Romanians 'treated like a scourge' as immigration debate in UK takes worrying turn, says watchdog.



A bad day for foreign scroungers. But a worse one for David Cameron, as the prime minister panders to the xenophobes.


It doesn’t take too many encounters on Ipswich doorsteps to conclude that fears over foreign hordes are scarcely about immigrants at all. Most residents of Ipswich—a port town with a thousand-year history of trade, where the body of a 13th-century African was recently exhumed—claim to feel inundated by foreigners. Yet Ipswich’s immigrant population is only 12% of the total. Some locals say immigrants are scroungers; in fact they are less likely to claim benefits than the natives. Others fear they work too hard; but that is scarcely a fault. In short, these are not rational arguments. They are proxy fears—expressing the uncertainties of a town where, until a few decades ago, three-quarters of the workforce had a stable factory job and family, and life was much more predictable than it is today. Mr Cameron’s crackdown will deal with none of their descendants’ worries. It probably won’t do much at all—because what is true in Ipswich is true elsewhere. Immigrants are not a drag on Britain’s welfare state. Most make few claims on it, as Mr Cameron should repeat like a mantra. He and his fellows are correctly grappling with Britain’s immigration neurosis, but they will achieve nothing by pandering to irrational fears. Assuredly, they will not spike UKIP’s guns.

Via https://www.facebook.com/ILoveImmigrants?ref=stream :

Even the British Red Cross are alarmed by the current inhumane rhetoric coming from politicians in the UK, they've prepared these facts to set things straight: http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Refugee-services/Refugee-facts-and-figures

We’re all familiar with the scare stories about asylum seekers ‘flooding’ the UK. But how do these tales of mass invasion stand up against the statistical data?

https://twitter.com/BritCits immigrant of the day :
Emile Levita,German financier migrant to UK in 1850s, britcit in 1870s,ancestor to @david_cameron


https://twitter.com/JamesTurner37 tweets :
Can it not be argued that complex legislation linked to absence of legal aid equals breach of right to fair trial for some?


https://twitter.com/MigrantChildren tweets :
Teachers shouldn't be immigration officers-our response to govt proposals re migrant children's access to education:


https://twitter.com/hjt_training tweets :
Can Theresa May suspend free movement of people if the Eurozone collapses? Short version: no. Longer version: noooooo

Muslims vanish as Buddhist attacks approach Myanmar's biggest city.


Sri Lanka crowd attacks Muslim warehouse in Colombo.



As liberal Russia's secret superhero ‘KermlinRussia’ unmasks, some see evil.


Despite bans, China's Uyghurs wear their identity with pride.


Regime critic goes missing in Tajikistan.


Student film on Japan's ruthless job hunt goes viral.


Voices in Europe claim: 'Europe for the people, not the markets'.


BST to reduce prisoners' sentences by one hour.

Lord Carey somehow mistaking 'not getting own way all the time' with 'persecution'.

A surprising map of the countries most and least welcoming to foreigners.

North Korea declares ‘state of war’ with South, netizens react.


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