IN response to Kathy Gyngell: Bursting at the seams, but UK’s population explosion continues,
THE fact that these statistics were ignored by the media, almost certainly because they were politically inconvenient, shows that all of the parties are committed to the EU’s declared policy of continued immigration and that this is unlikely to change whatever kind of Brexit happens.
This isn’t just a question of numbers and infrastructure, important though those things are to the socio-economic viability of our country; it is really about the nature of our democracy and the ability of the British people to be heard by their own leaders.
Immigration has been a public issue since the Blair government decided to open the UK’s borders. It would be wrong to say that it has not been discussed. It has, endlessly, but only in terms of distracting attention from the real cultural and over-population problems which arise.
The media and the authorities have mesmerised us with the goings-on of a few hundred Afghan and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) peasants at Calais while hundreds of thousands of immigrants have flowed through our borders annually with the acquiescence of our governments.
As with Brexit, we find that the various branches of the Establishment, which our governments really represent, close ranks to neutralise any real public opposition to high immigration.
If politicians and the media refuse to talk about immigration – except as something good for us, whatever the evidence to the contrary – they effectively put it off limits to the electorate. And there is no mechanism in our democracy to override this political barrier. We are effectively disenfranchised by a system that only pretends to be representative.
As individuals, we are held in check by a network of hate crimes, multi-cultural preferences and the deadly threat of being labelled racists if we organise against the pro-immigration Establishment.
As I say, immigration is a problem in its own right. But together with the farce that was made of Brexit, it shows us what a fraud our modern democracy has become; a sort of Potemkin façade that disguises the sham that voting for any political party will inflect the determination of the Establishment to get what it wants.
A democracy that does not represent the will of the people is not a true democracy. Membership of the anti-democratic EU and the gradual merger between politics and bureaucracy have gradually leached the substance out of the concept of democracy that we casually and carelessly took for granted. It may already be too late to get it back, but we need to try.