Monday, July 31, 2006
Some Thoughts On The Pitfalls Involved In Quoting Charles Krauthammer Favourably
Global Labour Arbitrage? Who Said Global Labour Arbitrage?
Chalk Another One Up To The Nice Treaty
Gertautas Suslavicius, a Lithuanian national, with an address at Oak Avenue in Santry, is charged with assault causing serious harm to a fellow Lithuanian.
The 24-year-old victim died from a single stab wound to the chest following an argument in the house at Oak Avenue. "
The Blair Government Finally Tells The Truth On Immigration
The report says that schools will be under pressure, with thousands of children arriving here unable to speak English.
It insists that hospitals will struggle to cope with Eastern European patients who “block” hospital beds because they are ineligible for social care and benefits if they leave.
The report also reveals that towns and cities where large numbers of the new immigrants have settled are demanding millions of pounds of extra money to cope.
The leaked document, marked “Restricted”, was written by Ms Ryan on July 19, the day after she submitted a report saying that 45,000 “undesirable” criminal migrants from Romania and Bulgaria may settle in Britain next year.
The report also insists that, although foreign workers have filled jobs that British workers do not want to do, there is evidence that wages for low-paid workers have been affected.
It says: “There is anecdotal evidence, particularly from Southampton, a port of entry for Eastern Europeans, that the effect of migration . . . has been to depress wages for low-paid workers. If this were widely true, or that perception were to spread widely, the implications for community cohesion would be potentially serious.”
Ms Ryan is concerned that a legal challenge could force the Government to abandon restrictions on Eastern European immigrants applying for benefits and social housing. Her report says that some councils are demanding an end to this restriction so that they can get them off the streets.
The Government is already being criticised for underestimating the flood of migrants from eight former Soviet bloc states that joined the EU in 2004: some 662,000 came to Britain in the past two years, instead of the 10,000 to 26,000 predicted. Ministers expect that number to rise by up to 140,000 next year.
The leak coincided with a police report yesterday revealing that the migration of East Europeans to the UK is bringing mafia-style gangsters and organised prostitution to rural areas. The document, an unlisted appendix to a council meeting in Cornwall, cites figures from Boston, Lincolnshire, where there are large numbers of migrant workers.
In Boston, the report notes, “the local community have reacted adversely” to “drinking, noise and the open proliferation of massage parlours”.
A recent police stop-and-check in Lincolnshire found 50 per cent of all drivers were committing an offence and 97 per cent of those were migrant workers.
It reports that in Boston there is a “rapid increase” in bulk buying of new homes for “labour providers” to house their low-paid workers. The report says: “This has fuelled demand and price inflation. The council estimates the average two-bedroom house price has risen 400 per cent in six years. There has been ‘ghettoisation’ of some areas. Surprisingly, this is not just in older housing areas: but also on new-build estates, where blocks of property are being bought direct from developers.”
This Picture Was Taken In Scotland
Nauseating, isn't it?
Mel On Mel
Sunday, July 30, 2006
An Immigration Triple Whammy In 'The Sunday Times'
“Poland for the Poles”
I'll remember that.
Guys, The Fighting's In Lebanon...
John Howard was leaving a state conference of his Liberal Party when about 200 protestors surged forward.
The group had been demanding more government action to quell the ongoing violence in the Middle East.
Protestors punched and kicked police and threw objects at the car....
Mr Howard's entourage sped from the scene as police wrestled protestors to the ground.
Mr Howard had used his key note address to the conference to attack Hizbollah.
He said: "It's not some kind of inspirational liberation organisation, it's a terrorist organisation."
Protest leader Muhammad El Khatib said he had family in Lebanon and the Australian government was not doing enough to broker peace in the region.
He said: "Hizbollah is protecting Lebanon, they are freedom fighters, not terrorists."
A Contradiction In 'The Daily Mail'
A Letter To Andrew Sullivan
I'm a regular reader - indeed, you once posted a section of my essay 'Neoconservatism's Berlin Wall' as a quote of the day writing that,
"I'm not as gloomy as Kelly is about the state of neoconservatism, but his little blog-essay is stimulating stuff."
I am, however, glad to see that you now concur with my analysis.
Shame about the the timing.
I've been reading your posts on the arrest of Mel Gibson with interest; and I have to say that they're giving off a hefty tang of schadenfreude - otherwise you wouldn't have written not one, not two, not three, not four but five of them by this point.
I should explain that I am no fan of Gibson's. I have not seen 'The Passion of the Christ' for spiritual reasons, and the crude Anglophobia on display in the appalling pieces of drivel that were 'Braveheart' and 'The Patriot' makes him one of the public square's less persuasive adverts for traditional Catholicism.
But the guy's a self-confessed drunk. That means that, just like you, he has a disease to which his compulsions and emotional vulnerability have made him prey; and I have been unable to detect a hint of compassion for his condition in anything you have written about his arrest.
One can't help but think that what you have read into Gibson's previous work is blinding you to mercy. I mean, would you be so lacking in sympathy if it were Christopher Hitchens in Gibson's position?
The compulsive and emotionally vulnerable live as slaves to their compulsions, and the boot might have been on the other foot - after The Great AOL Chatroom Incident of 2001, it was your good fortune that you were not on the receiving end of a charge of reckless endangerment.
Alcoholism is one of the great levellers. It affects movie stars and First Ladies as surely as the rustbelt working class. Nobody holds charity fund-raisers for drunks, nobody wears funky wee 'Stop Alcoholism' tie pins and millions don't get spent on retrovirs for alcoholics. The only lobbies for drunks are the ones they sleep in.
Your lethal frivolity and elitist xenophilia notwithstanding, I have been more than happy to voice my sympathy for you and your condition when you have discussed it with a measure of honesty. However that you, as the sufferer of a potentially fatal illness, should be so willing to hack at the sufferer of another potentially fatal illness for cultural reasons is unfortunate, to say the least.
And not particularly Christian.
For the sake of the record's completeness, I'll be posting this mail on the blog.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
A Confluence Of Shocks
The Universal Failure Of Multiculturalism
The Reporter understands the incidents, three in Savile Town and one in Ravensthorpe, have been confrontations between Iraqi and Pakistani men. It is thought resentment could have built up over Pakistani women being approached by Iraqi men."
The 'Key Workers' House Price Canard
Friday, July 28, 2006
Nor with love.
Israel's Northern Ireland (Or 'It's Iraq All Over Again')
He qualified for a British passport through being born in an African colony and is anxious to learn of any news from his home city.
"I feel very happy to be in Britain at any time but it's a very bad situation. We worry for many people who are still over there," he said. "....
She became eligible for British overseas territories citizenship through her father.
She lived in the north of Lebanon and had returned to the country, after years of living abroad, just three weeks before the current conflict broke out...
"I never thought I'd ever end up one day having to use it in this way," she said. "
Some (Gassy) Thoughts On Gas
Thursday, July 27, 2006
An Interesting Analysis Of The UK's Wealth...
It's the land, not the houses, that have become expensive.
And although Miles does see some cause for optimism, he does note two critical factors -
1. There is very little evidence that we are better off: and
2. Our current arrangements might not protect us from overseas inflation shocks.
We Are All Guilty!
Speak for yourself, pal.
Never Mind The Law Or Stuff Like That...
Some Thoughts On Cultural Homogeneity
Apart From The Very Serious Allegations Of Corruption...
Globalisation's Advocates, Having A Ball
Some pictures of the Globalisation Institute's summer drinks party.
As the GI itself writes,
"Last night we hosted a summer drinks party along with the Shadow DFID Team at the former home of Prime Minister Gladstone, now the Foreign Press Association in London. Guests included friends and supporters of the Institute, representatives from organisations like Oxfam, CAFOD and Christian Aid, the Prime Minister’s Office, journalists like the FT’s World Trade Editor Alan Beattie, Danny Krueger of the Daily Telegraph, and so on. Andrew Mitchell MP (Shadow International Development Secretary) gave an informative and excellent speech putting the case for a Pan-African Trading Area. "
I guess there might have been some Boers in the house...and the drinks might have been served by scrubbed-up neds from Drumchapel...
If nothing else, the GI has done us the marvellous favour of showing us all precisely who globalisation's winners really are; Orwellian, almost Roman, isn't it?
I could tolerate these sort of images if some of those depicted expressed more concern for their fellow citizens' economic well-being before passing out with excitement at the prospect of pan-African trading areas.
And Andrew Mitchell's actions in joining the party have given me another reason not to vote Conservative.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
All Good Things Must Come To An End...
New Labour's last three elections manifestos contained not a word about cranking up immigration.
Adding insult to injury, the Prime Minister and his diminishing band of allies still seek to justify their negligence (it cannot be dignified as a policy) with bogus assertions about immigration's economic benefits, the validity of which not even a D-grade GCSE student would have trouble demolishing.
Any debate about the non-economic issues of allowing large numbers of people from overseas into Britain is, of course, a separate matter. While the sudden imposition of racial and cultural diversity can be destabilising, I accept that not everyone is hostile to it. An influx of fresh ideas and unfamiliar habits has its attractions.
But when the Prime Minister says "if we don't have migration, we don't have the growth from the economy that we all benefit from," he is either dissembling or displaying a level of ignorance which, hitherto, one imagined was the exclusive preserve of John Prescott.
New Labour's case for an open door to inward migrants appears to have three strands: 1) There are not enough domestic workers to do all the jobs that need doing; 2) There are universal benefits from having large numbers of foreigners, prepared to work for low wages; 3) A decline in domestic birth rates means that millions more immigrants are required to fund our pension pots.
None of these bears a moment's scrutiny. For a start, there is not a shortage of labour in Britain. Unemployment is at a six-year high of 1.6m and another 2.7m are claiming long-term incapacity benefit. There may well, however, be a shortage of skilled labour, especially in the construction industry. Hence the success of the Polish plumber.
But tradesmen aside, the reason most immigrants are able to find employment here, while millions of indigenous workers remain idle, is price, ie, wages. Many immigrants, especially those from eastern Europe, are prepared to undercut established pay rates and, by all accounts, work a lot harder than locals. No wonder UK businesses like them so much.
Three years ago, Britain had 600,000 job vacancies. Since then, there has been a net inflow of 700,000 legal workers and who knows how many illegal. Yet, the number of unfilled posts is still 600,000. The reason for this paradox is that, as well as providing services, immigrants also consume them. They add to demand as well as supply. Simply by going shopping, buying a coffee, catching a bus, they create jobs, thereby sucking in yet more immigrants.
But the idea that everybody benefits from mass immigration is a fallacy. Research by Professor George Borjas at Harvard University shows that in the long run it transfers wealth from grubby bedsits to swanky penthouses.
By lowering wages, migrants enable the middle classes to hire more home-caterers, dog-walkers, house-cleaners and hedge-trimmers for less cost than before. Very nice, if you're an investment banker in Kensington. Not so hot, if the last job you had was polishing his Bentley.
Put another way, mass immigration is a bit like outsourcing overseas. It allows public companies and private employers to extract greater value from their assets without the hassle of moving operations abroad. Instead of taking jobs to the workers, they bring workers to the jobs.
As for the argument that migrants will ease our pensions crisis, what are its proponents smoking? The obvious hole in their case is that one day all these workers from overseas will, too, grow old and need pensions themselves. They don't solve the problem, they merely postpone it.
Research by Professors David Blake and Les Mayhew for the Royal Economic Society concludes that "up to 10m more migrant workers might need to enter the UK between now and 2025" to help fund the state pension system.
I've no idea if their calculations are correct but I'm pretty certain that a 16pc population increase in less than 20 years would crush our infrastructure of health care, schools and transport, and further threaten social cohesion.
As it is, Britain's population has risen by 20pc since 1950 and is set to rise from 60m to 70m, perhaps by as early as 2050. That total, however, doesn't reflect huge regional imbalances, with England accounting for 50m people, more than half of whom are jammed into the South East.
This level of overcrowding, according to the Optimum Population Trust, makes England the fourth-most densely populated country in the world, excluding small island and city states. Only Holland, South Korea and Bangladesh are more packed.
Ironically, the average British couple is now opting for a small family: the current projection on fertility rates is about 1.74 children per woman, well below the natural replacement rate of 2.1. But the country's population continues to rise, partly because of lengthening life expectancy, but mainly due to very high net inward migration.
The standard of discussion on the true cost of immigration has been woeful. The agenda has been hijacked by lobby groups such as the Refugee Council, human rights lawyers and politically correct bullies who throw the "racist" dart at anyone daring to suggest that Britain would be a more comfortable place if we didn't have to suffer the extra pollution, pressure on amenities and loss of Green Belt that inevitably comes with a rapidly expanding population.
I'd like to think that, at last, we have a Home Secretary who is really serious about stopping the rot. Many believe it's already too late."
Seeking The Thoughts Of Melanie Phillips
That's The Spirit!
When The Chips Are Down...
More On Economic Innocence
Because its entrepeneurs and executives are a gang of crooks and sharks, that's why.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
The Seventh Boudreaux Prize...
The Collapse Of China
A Working Definition Of 'Elite'
You sock it to those Lebanese collaborators hard!
Where it hurts!
Gonzoconservatism And The Death Of The Monroe Doctrine
Monday, July 24, 2006
Some More Thoughts On Why Scotland Fails
Is He The Fat One Or The Little One?
Greetings, American Spectator Readers!
Paternity Is Still Nationalised, And Some Thoughts On Refugees
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Yahoo! Mail Seems To Be Down...
Hmm..I suppose this means that the Spanish don't shoot migrants on sight, then....
'Don't trust economic impact studies' -
Nailing The BBC's Inverted Racism
Excuse Me If I Give The George Will Lovefest A Pass
Not Our Problem, Not Our War
This is a lie written in blood.
As Pat Buchanan wrote so eloquently last week, Israel's "response to the capture of two soldiers had all the spontaneity of the Schlieffen Plan."
The invasion of Lebanon is 'A Clean Break: Phase II'. 'A Clean Break: Phase I' involved Russell Beeston losing his life in Caroline Glick's war, cattle to the slaughter.
The bunch of well heeled thugs who dominate the Conservative Party's leadership and discourse, from the upscale wallpaper heir George Osborne to the Aberdonian Rick Moranis lookalike Michael Gove, avidly peddling the same sort of guff in last Thursday's 'Daily Express', were all lockstep in their support for that war; and although they lack the guts for real streetfighting's consequences, they must have skipped into the lobbies because it gave them an opportunity to do through proxies what they'd all love to do in their own crappy realities - go out and really, really stamp on someone else's head.
The Conservative Party is run by a coterie of corner boys all happy to maintain Britain's rich history of gang violence, in the grand tradition of the Inter City Firm and Norman Conks and Billy Boys all the way back to the Hellfire Club.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
Through A Glass Eye, Darkly
How Very Sickeningly British
Seek Out The Guilty!
It seems that The Rose of India may have been stocking more than Cobra beer and saffron rice...
(Update, July 21 - 'Eight to be deported'. Oh dear. It looks like the lamb passanda's going to be off the menu for a while...)
Sorry. The headline confused me for a moment...
Allah's Demis Roussos...
Thursday, July 20, 2006
"Those were the days my friend
We'd thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way..."
"He did admit he had visited a swingers club."
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
I Broke A Mirror This Evening...
Some Thoughts On Modern Scotland
And whenever I'm waiting for one, they come on time every time...
Israeli Actions In Lebanon, British Actions In Ireland
"CPI annual inflation – the Government's target measure – rose to 2.5 per cent in June up from 2.2 per cent in May. It has not been higher since the start of the official series in 1997, and has only been equalled once before, in September 2005.
The largest upward effect came from gas and electricity bills which continued to increase by more than a year ago, reflecting the phasing in of recent tariff increases from major suppliers.
There were also large upward effects from:
• food and non-alcoholic beverages, mainly due to vegetable prices, and to a lesser extent fish prices, both of which increased this year but fell a year ago. A partially offsetting downward contribution came from fruit where prices rose by less than last year;
• tobacco, due to the price of cigarettes increasing this year on all brands, on average by 6p for a packet of 20. Last year, prices were little changed; and
• furniture and furnishings with prices rising by more than a year ago. The main upward effects came from lounge furniture and kitchen cabinets.
RPI inflation rose in June to 3.3 per cent up from 3.0 per cent in May. The main factors influencing it were similar to those affecting the CPI.
RPIX inflation – the all items RPI excluding mortgage interest payments – is 3.1 per cent in June, up from 2.9 per cent in May.
As an internationally comparable measure of inflation, the CPI shows that the UK inflation rate is slightly above the average for the European Union as a whole. The provisional inflation rate for the EU 25 in June was 2.4 per cent, compared with the UK figure for the same month of 2.5 per cent."
Mervyn King's endorsement of mass immigration as a means of controlling inflation was wrong-headed. Inflation has increased notwithstanding deliberate wage suppression. He should be fired.
Given that the prices of non-alcoholic beverages and tobacco have been major drivers of this spurt, the patriotic solution to this crisis would be for everyone to start smoking - preferably with a glass of mineral water.
And when British inflation is higher than the EU average, the superiority of the Anglo-Saxon model of liberal capitalism over continental protectionism is made into a myth - a dream that was peddled to help the pedlars get rich.
Well done, Gordon Brown...