It's about time too. Cork North-central Fianna Fáil TD Noel O'Flynn has called for a crackdown on the issuing of non-EEA work-permits to migrant workers. The call will surely provoke much hand-wringing from the so-called 'anti-racism industry' (which exists to exaggerate the extent of racism in the country in order to silence debate on immigration-controls), which arguably includes the great majority of the folks in Leinster House. But it merits a more enlightened, considered and intelligent response, reflective of the changed times in which we find ourselves. Taoiseach Cowen and prospective-Taoiseach Kenny would do well to recognise that with the Celtic Tiger well and truly buried, the cupboard is bare and the capacity of the State to absorb immigration-flows on the scale we have seen since 2004 in particular is not what it was. With unemployment at 9.2%, it is no longer tenable for politicians to cite labour-shortages to justify the open-door policy. They will argue that in the context of the EU membership of ourselves as the former Accession-States in Eastern Europe, the State is powerless to affect limitations on the numbers allowed to travel here - and that is true. But such constraints do not govern the non-EEA work-permit and student-visa system, which the Government continues - on the basis of official statistics related to the number of PPS no's issued - to hand out like there is no tomorrow. Government figures show that 33,200 people from the Accession stateswere granted PPS numbers between July and December, a decline of 47 per cent on the same period in 2007. Specifically, in the last six months of 2008, the numbers issued to Poles declined by 53 per cent. Despite fewer Poles registered in December than in any month since their country joined the EU they remain the largest national group on the list compiled by the Department of Social and Family Affairs, with 42,554 having been allocated PPS numbers that year, followed by British (12,285), French (7,066) and Lithuanian (6,443) applicants. I suppose it's easy to be generous with other people's jobs. Already in 2009, in the midst of our worst recession since the 1980's, the issuing of PPS numbers remains high. Of the 17,532 issued in January alone, 8,499 were to foreign nationals. Broken down by nationality, 2,821 were issued to nationals of the former Accession-states, After all, noone on the hallowed halls of Leinster House, on either side of the chamber, faces a realistic prospect of displacement with cheap-labour by the remorseless hands of Dickensian employers - do they?
The high-priests of multiculturalism need to be challenged in the context of mature debate on the merits and demerits of this ideology. Too often the elite has uniformly balked at any suggestion that anything other than a liberal, open-door model combining the encouragement by the State of mass-immigration and an ideology that places all cultures on an equal footing should be questioned. In that respect, the stance of 'Official Ireland' is at variance with European trends. The nominally Socialist government of Spain has introduced subsidised voluntary-repatriation. The Italian government is led by a man who has rightly castigated the failings of multiculturalism, and whose Coalition includes the more hardline Northern League of Umberto Bossi. In the recent Austrian General Election, 2 Far-Right parties, the Freedom Party and the Alliance for Austria's Future, repeated their success of 2000 with a combined 29% share of the popular-vote, forcing the Socialists and the conservative Peoples Party into Coalition. In 2007, President Sarkozy of France won at least half of the former Le Pen vote on a platform of tighter immigration-controls, 'integration' of immigrants and opposition of Turkey to the European Union - all positions I would argue are popular with the Irish people but seemingly opposed by the Irish political and intellectual elites. Don't get me wrong: I have nothing against any law-abiding member of any ethnolinguistic group. But I insist that the Western freedoms for which generations of Irish and Europeans have given their lives be maintained, and that newcomers who come to our shores accept that this be so. Assimilation - not multiculturalism - is the way forward in terms of integrating immigrants with host-societies. We have the misfortune in Ireland of continuing to be governed by a postwar political and intellectual generation that sets its face against the reality that we have learned since 911 in general but since the world recession in particular. Now is a time when Irish and western workers are finding themselves forced to choose between competing with cheap-labour at home or emigrating abroad. This is not the fault of the immigrants. As far as I am concerned both the Irish and the foreign-nationals are victims of ill-thoughtout social-engineering by a condescending, PC and largely leftist elite. The French, British, Dutch and Spanish peoples have had a longer lead-time than us with which to experiment with the multicultural-model, and it has damaged both themselves and the newcomers by eroding a sense of cohesion and common-focus. By insisting that the State remain culturally-neutral and that the host-society make concessions to new cultures and regard them as equally valid as the host-culture, the proponents of the ideology have unwittingly or otherwise created fertile ground for Islamic-radicalism. I still recoil in horror at the memory of the "Behead Blair" demos in the UK. If you accept the principle of absolute cultural-equality (which is separate from the equality of the person - something I distinguish from "culture" which is defined a way of life), then you are - whether you like it or not - condoning the spread of Islamic radicalism. According to the British media, 4,000 British-born Muslims were trained in Al Qaida camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In particular, concerns have been raised about the proliferation of schools called madrassas in Pakistan, which historically were supported by that country's intelligence-services (ISI) to provide a fertile ground for recruitment for the Taliban and Al Qaida - something that began during the Soviet-Afghan war in the 1980's. Then as now (though in a very different context), the West made a fools-bargain with radical-Islam, in the name of defeating an abhorrent ideology. Communism was defeated but what was spawned in its place? The Afghan people were sentenced to 12 years of civil-war and tyrannical Taliban-rule, setting up a chain of events that would one day lead to the terror-attacks on the West in New York, Washington, Madrid, London and against largely Australian tourists in Bali, Indonesia. The ideology our elite claim to be fighting is "racism". A noble aim, surely. But the political-class in Ireland have gone into overkill, demonising any and all calls for tighter controls on Muslim immigration in the supposed aim of 'anti-racism'. In particular, note the hysterical and disgraceful villification visited on Leo Varadkar - largely by Labour but also by Fianna Fáil figures such as Minister Mary Hanafin - some months ago for calling for calling for subsidised voluntary-repatriation for migrants. That an Irishman of mixed-race origins could be accused of making racist comments is the height of nonsense - even in a political-class so hopelessly engrossed in PC-thinking as this one.
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