Thursday, December 25, 2014

Is it UKIP policy to legislate to reduce the birthrate of British ethnic minorities?


I have been arguing for some time that UKIP's anti-immigration position is actually mainly about multi-culturalism and ethnic diversity rather than immigration per se. Recall that one of their journalist  supporters Leo McInstry said in the Daily Express that the party 

"...has tapped into the growing despair of the public at the relentless transformation of our country"

Put less opaquely what he was saying was that the section of the public that chooses UKIP doesn't like the fact that ethnic minorities have "transformed" parts of some British cities. That transformation has been mainly caused by decades of immigration from the Indian sub-continent, primarily India and Pakistan, and the concentration of their communities in specific areas. That population (immigrants from South Asia and their children and grandchildren) is now around 3million, virtually all of them British citizens of course. Net migration from these countries is approximately 30,000 per annum which therefore adds around one percent each year - barely perceptible. If this immigration was halved (or doubled for that matter) it would make no  difference at all .

In the Twitter exchange above UKIP's parliamentary candidate for Wakefield, Alan Hazlehurst, addresses the fact that ethnic minorities, like those of South Asian heritage, have a "higher birthrate" (than white Anglo-Saxons presumably). He them argues that this fact requires a "cohesive immigration policy". Andy Cavaster rightly asks why immigration policy should be linked to the birthrate of British citizens. A good question, and one that is easy to answer if you realise that what it boils down to is that Mr Hazlehusrt seems just not to like non-White (Asians) - whether (as he says) they "may or may not be British". So because they breed so much it's all the more important to stop more coming - in his warped view! The fact that such tiny numbers actually come each year adding just 1% to the total South Asian population, and that tighter immigration restrictions would make no difference, has passed Mr Hazlehurst by!

I do not use the words "racist" or "racism" lightly but I believe Mr Hazlehurst's position is racist. He clearly believes that British children born to South Asian heritage parents are less desirable than those born to those like him with a long indigenous heritage. That's racism. Andy asks whether it is also "UKIP policy". Is it ?


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