Gaby Hinsliff does not like it when people can read good and write proper. That is one of the problems with Douglas Murray, what with his fancy ways and his poisonous pen.
In his new book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, Murray dares to question the lefty consensus that the open borders of Europe, and the open borders of Britain in particular, have been a most welcome development that can only lead to more fabulousness for this green and pleasant land.
Hinsliff in her ‘review’ of Murray’s new book dismisses it as follows: ‘think Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins, but with longer words.’ Having dumped the Hopkins slur upon him, she declares the book is just gentrified xenophobia – racism for better-read posh people. (Worth noting that Hinsliff once worked for the Mail.)
Murray sure is a pain in the neck for the establishment of which he is part. What with his educated ways and lovely curly hair instead of a skinhead with massive Union Jack tattoo, he gives an air of respectability to those who challenge the open borders maniacs (my word, not his. He is too polite to call them maniacs.)
If it wasn’t for the likes of Murray, the Guardianistas could continue to dismiss all decent people who are not on board with the 330,000+ net migration revolution as the knuckle-dragging, racist, scumbags that they are.
Now Murray has gone and written a whole book on the greatest issue of our time – uncontrolled mass immigration imposed by an elite without the consent of the people. It is the issue that triggered Brexit. And this book on immigration ‘with footnotes and everything’ (Hinsliff actually says this) is out there spreading all this filthy gentrified racism for posh people.
Hinsliff asserts: “Murray never quite spells out why it matters so terribly that people should come here from abroad – what is supposedly so awful about black and brown Londoners, including second or third generation immigrants, or indeed white people born overseas.”
Yet Murray does. First, there are and will continue to be huge pressures placed on housing, education and health. Secondly, immigration on this scale was profoundly undemocratic, no party, least of all New Labour, had a mandate for it, the public did not support it and once it had happened the public rejected it (fat lot of good it did them.) In one poll 67 per cent of the British public believed that immigration over the previous decade had ‘been a bad thing for Britain.’
The response of the ruling elite to the public was: screw you. As Boris Johnson declared ‘we need to stop moaning about the dam-burst. It’s happened.’
The greatest of Murray’s concerns is the question of values and culture. Yes, immigration brings diversity but no culture is perfect, and as he points out ‘specific cultural ideas and attitudes that were clearly held by some immigrants’ were gravely damaging.
He sets out in detail the systematic gang rape of white minor girls in Oxfordshire by gangs of Muslim men of Pakistani origin. This was something the authorities ignored for years in the name of political correctness.
In fact, we know following an inquiry that at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in the town of Rotherham alone by Muslim men of Pakistani origin, referred to as Asian gangs by the media.
These children are just collateral damage in the great lefty plan to transform Britain, into something better, more diverse and definitely less British – because we all know what a horrid lot the natives are.
The most outrageous part of the review is when Hinsliff alleges that Murray merely asserts, “the evidence suggesting immigration has economic benefits is all either wrong or fiddled by New Labour.”
In fact, Murray sets out in detail over a number of pages how the idea that immigration has been a net economic benefit to Britain was trumped up, especially by the media. It was a classic case of fake news (my phrase not his) and the academic paper itself, in its final version, put to rest the idea that mass immigration has been a boon for Britain. In fact, it probably cost Britain more than £159 billion.
Never mind. You will take it and you will like it, declare the elite.
Take it from me: the book is a great if depressing read. It’s all there – the great betrayal of the British public. Despite the gross lefty media bias, they could not even manufacture consent for this open borders policy. They just rammed it through, shutting down any debate or mere concern as expressions of racism.
At the start of the book, Murray asks three questions: How much longer must all this go on? Are we approaching the end of this transformation? Or is this only the beginning? These are the questions that Theresa May, should she get her great democratic mandate, must answer.
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