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Welcome, migrants, to Guardianistan


WHEN I came downstairs on Monday morning, I was somewhat shocked to find a copy of the Guardian on my kitchen counter. What fresh hell is this? Where is the Times, which we subscribe to? It soon dawned on me that the delivery boy had switched the papers and performed some cruel joke upon us by delivering the Guardian instead of the Times. 

After a few moments in my safe space, followed by at least ten minutes petting my emotional support dog, I came to. I wanted to call in sick saying that I was suffering from anxiety, but I remembered that I am my own boss and not a civil servant so I couldn’t do that. I regained my composure (I’m very old-fashioned) and soldiered through the remainder of the day as best I could. 

I find myself on the Guardian website more times than I’d care to admit, first because it’s free and second because I like to know what the other side are up to. Some of it is quite good and you have to rely on them to expose most of the corruption in the Tory party as the right-wing press are too busy sucking up to them. But to have the paper in hard copy was an experience. 

What struck me as odd, at first glance, was that they had a woman praying on their front page. That seemed unusual, as the Guardian don’t do religion unless it is to mock it and drive it from public life. 

The photograph was of a ‘member of the Dormition Cathedral congregation in Kyiv at an Orthodox Easter Sunday mass led by Ukraine clergy’. So it made sense. It’s ok to be Christian in Ukraine. It’s usually not ok to be Christian in the UK – just ask the SNP lady. The headline told us that ‘Kyiv’s faithful mark an Easter like no other’. The report was moving because it was about foreign Christians. You would be waiting a long time for a similar report about Easter being ‘marked’ (a strange choice of word) in the UK. 

The lead headline was ‘Revealed: 250,000 children denied NHS help for mental health issues.’

The report told us: ‘A quarter of a million children in the UK with mental health problems have been denied help by the NHS as it struggles to manage surging caseloads against a backdrop of a crisis in child mental health. Some NHS trusts are failing to offer treatment to 60 per cent of those referred by GPs, research based on freedom of information request responses has found.’

On page 2, the report was ‘One in eight Britons paying for health services’. 

It said: ‘One in eight Britons have paid for private health services in the last year, amid frustration with delays in getting NHS treatment and a growing willingness to buy care using salary or savings . . . NHS campaigners said they feared that the findings show that it is becoming a “two-tier” health service and blamed underfunding and staff shortages for leaving it unable to provide timely care.’

So I ask you, why is it that the Guardian never fails to highlight how public services are under massive strain (children cannot get the mental health services they need and others are paying for health services) yet these very same people think it is fine to continue with completely unsustainable levels of immigration? Just why is it always the same people who cry the loudest about crumbling public services yet believe that it is a fabulous policy to bring in yet more people? Indeed, net migration surpassed 500,000 for the first time in 2022. We know that 45,755 people illegally entered the UK by crossing the Channel in small boats in 2022 alone, most of whom claimed asylum.  

Oh, you are banging on about immigration again, you must hate foreigners. No I don’t. What I don’t like is injustice and I tell you it is unjust, imprudent and unfair to say that Britain can take on thousands of more people when public services are in such a state. 

But many of these people run the public services, you say. Fine. Let’s keep those people but don’t tell me that those who have entered the country illegally and who the left keep telling us are ‘extremely vulnerable’ will not put further strain in public services. Indeed, by definition the more vulnerable a person, the greater the needs. If people are fleeing immediate and imminent persecution we have a moral and legal obligation to take them, but if they are already in a safe country, say France, we do not. 

Oh, this is what you always do, run down public services and blame the immigrants. This is not the case. I blame much of this on lockdowns, also pushed by the Guardian

The Guardian would have us believe this is a problem with funding. Just fund the system more, they say. But we cannot simply borrow our way out of this. Our public services are not suddenly going to transform into having surplus supply by borrowing more. In fact, UK general government gross debt was £2,445.2billion at the end of Quarter 3 (July to September) 2022, equivalent to 100.2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP). 

We know the tax burden is the highest it has been for generations, so when the lefties talk about borrowing more to fund public services, what they are saying is that we should borrow more and let future generations attempt to pay it off, generations which have not voted on these policies either economic or immigration. We could borrow more, we will borrow more, but the consent implicitly given by the population to this borrowing is that it will be spent on people already here, not on those who have never paid into the system. 

In sum, the left do not get to occupy the high moral ground when advocating open borders for a population already reeling from lockdown, sinking in debt, going on strike, paying for their own health services, whose children are struggling with mental health issues they cannot get treatment for, and kids are dying from mould in a crumbling public housing system. 

Just what kind of person looks at the current economic environment and thinks, well, what we need now is another 50,000 illegal immigrants per year? Such a person is not thinking about his fellow citizens, that’s for sure; what they are more concerned about is signalling their own moral superiority at the expense of the poorest – the kids with mental health problems who can’t get seen, for instance. 

Again, advocating such a policy is a bit like having two children that you cannot feed or house and then not just having a third but adopting ten more kids that you cannot feed or house just so you can make yourself look charitable and Christian to the neighbours. There is nothing charitable about being completely irresponsible. The current immigration influx in the current economic climate is deeply unfair and unjust. Don’t let the Guardian ever tell you otherwise. 

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