A win for the British National Party yesterday sent a tremor through Labour amid growing fears the recession is driving angry voters into the arms of extremist parties.
I have said it before, and I will say it again, as the major parties falter, lie, dither and fail to take action on what people believe are important issues, parties like the BNP will gain more and more ground.
People in Britain are getting sick and tired of being told what is best for them, how they should behave and worse, even how they should think.
Work for foreigners
The BNP win coincided with figures showing that a decade of high immigration has seen foreign-born workers take the lion’s share of new jobs.
With study after study showing that foreign born workers and immigrants are taking more and more jobs, Gordon Brown’s ‘British Jobs for British Workers’ is proving to be an empty and hollow promise.
The problems with the workforce has been coming for years. We’ve had a booming economy and job market in Britain in recent years, especially for immigrants. At the same time there has been a steady rise in school leavers being unable to find work.
For the past decade the number of immigrants taking jobs in Britain has been steadily rising. Over 1 million of these immigrants have been granted British citizenship. Anywhere from 75-90% of the new jobs that have been created under the Labour Government have gone to foreign born workers.
The number of foreign workers has doubled under Labour, and most of them are from outside the EU. At the same time the number of British born workers is at its lowest since Labour came to power, 12 years ago.
“The number of British workers had increased by 242,000 between 1997 and the end of last year. However, the number of foreign workers in the UK increased by 1.45million in the same time.”
A shocking statistic indeed. Just a quarter of a million jobs for British workers in more than a decade. There are one million young Britons who are not in work, not in education and not in training, not really surprising if immigrants are taking all of the jobs, and now with the huge recession taking effect, this figure is likely to increase, exponentially.
In the last 12 months, the cost of paying benefits to the newcomers has more than doubled to an estimated £170million a year, with 145,000 immigrants now claiming state handouts.
And it just gets worse.
In 2007, another 214,510 eastern Europeans registered to work in Britain, equal to 600 arrivals a day.
The most ridiculous part is that business leaders claim that they prefer foreign workers as British workers suffer from a “skills shortage and increasing welfare dependency,”
Skills shortage? Are they seriously saying the Eastern European education systems are churning out better skilled, better qualified and better educated young people, than Britain? Bulgaria has an adult literacy rate of 97/8% (Britain has 99%), and boys in Bulgaria leave school at 13, girls 14. In Romania kids leave school at 14 and the literacy rate there is about 96%.
Of course Eastern Europeans do not have better skills and qualifications than British kids, the fact is you don’t need any real skills for fruit picking anyway, and it is shit jobs like that which most immigrants end up doing.
No, what the business leaders meant to say was that British workers have too many rights and are far too aware of them. They can treat the Eastern European like peasants, and they’ll rarely complain for fear of being kicked out. That is what they mean by a better work ethic. No doubt most are underpaid and do not receive the same benefits as British workers, despite the legal requirements.
All that Labour have done in attempting to create a level playing field is tilt it in favour of immigrants. Now employers can only employ foreigners, claim that they are being diverse and then claim that British workers just didn’t want the work anyway.
In their pockets
What Labour and even the Conservatives, have failed to realise is that immigrant workers cannot vote. Those that are voting are the unemployed, unable to find work, newly redundant British workers who have now found themselves struggling to survive.
Turnout was an above-average 31.3 per cent.
I am sure that the voting figures will continue to rise. Few like being unemployed, having no prospects or income and they are going to vote for those they feel can help them.
The victory was the first for the BNP in the southeast outside London.
I am sure that it won’t be the last. It is fine claiming that Britain should be diverse and multicultural and an open door society, but this is scant comfort to those that are under threat of losing their homes and that are only feeling the effects of this cosmopolitan, dynamic and diverse Britain, in their pockets.
With nine out of ten new jobs going to foreign workers it is unlikely that those made redundant will ever find work again, making them second class citizens within their own nation.
Add to this the fact that huge council tax rises are needed to cope with the influx of immigrants, few of whom can speak the language, which places a massive strain on hospitals, schools, housing and local government. It is not uncommon in modern Britain for whole classes to be unable to speak English.
This means that even those that have managed to retain their jobs are under pressure trying to cope with sky high council tax bills, likely to rise by another 25% this year.
Despite all this, it appears that our politicians are completely oblivious, and why should they even notice, their jobs and pensions are safe and we pay all their bills for them.
Last autumn, when it emerged that the BNP was opening an office in Sevenoaks, the Tory MP Michael Fallon said the BNP had no history in the town and branded the move ‘pointless’.
This just shows the lack of understanding our politicians have of public opinion. What was he expecting, that the BNP is only popular in towns full of knuckle dragging skin heads? Sevenoaks probably once had a history of jobs, decent housing and schools that didn’t have to spend a large portion of their budget on translations, but things change quickly in multicultural Britain.
He said: ‘Sevenoaks is not the sort of place for extremists of any kind, right or left.’
This is the problem though, many MPs seem to equate voting for the BNP as the preserve of racists and xenophobes, rather than the reality. Many of the voters are probably ordinary decent folks, who aren’t racist, they are just tired of handing their country to foreigners one piece at a time, whilst leaving nothing for themselves.
After 10 years of a massively increasing immigrant population, a huge immigrant job market and a decline in the fortunes of the indigenous population, the tide has inevitably turned even amongst one of the world’s most tolerant societies.
Unless the likes of Labour and the Conservatives wake up and start doing what people want them to, rather than what they believe people should want, then more and more people are going to vote for the BNP as they are being left very little option.