Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Spin, witch-hunt and quote of the week

A report published today tells us just how much better migrant workers are than British workers and how they have boosted the economy by £6 billion . . . well it would wouldn't it, because it comes from the very same Government that has flooded this country with a million migrant workers over the last three years.

But the positive spin on the headlines of the joint Treasury, Home Office and Work and Pensions study on migrant workers is undermined when the report's small print is read and the social cost of this immigration is revealed.

* It acknowledges that the impact of Eastern European migrants has increased pressure on housing and seen a rise in crime, health and education problems.

* It acknowledges that now one-in-eight workers in Britain's labour force is born overseas.

* It acknowledges that British workers are being passed over by employers because migrants from Eastern Europe will work for noticeably less and the Low Pay Commission confirms that migration has led to a "dampening of wage growth for native workers".

* It acknowledges that in the East Midlands and Scotland there is now a serious housing shortage with pressure on affordable private housing and rent levels rising due to migrant workers filling accommodation.

* It acknowledges that our schools are having to change timetables to provide extra lessons for the children of migrant workers who can't speak English.

* It acknowledges that local councils are seeing translation costs spiral out of control in order to provide services for the newcomers.

* It acknowledges increased pressure on A&E departments and a higher incidence of HIV and TB among non-EU migrants.

* It acknowledges increases in low-level crime such as anti-social behaviour.

The £6 billion economic boost is also not as it seems. Western Union reports that many Polish workers send up to 60% of the money they earn in Britain back to their families in Poland so these earning don't boost the British economy. The Government is also vague as to who actually benefits from the £6 billion, so I shall shed some light on this - it is greedy bosses who are increasing their profits by using cheap labour, and private landlords who are buying up the homes that should be going to British first time buyers and filling them with migrant workers.

And finally the Government claims we benefit because of the tax that migrant workers pay. That is nonsense. Most migrant workers end up not paying any tax at all because they work here for nine months, then go back home and claim their tax back through firms that specialise solely in securing tax rebates for migrant workers. They then return and do it all over again.

Let's just hope the British people see through the Government and media's "£6 billion boost" spin and realise the real cost to this country of allowing unrestricted immigration.

There's going to be a witch hunt! And the unfortunate fellow being targeted will be one of the world's most eminent scientists.

James Watson, a Nobel Prize winner for his part in the unravelling of DNA who now runs one of America's leading scientific research institutions, has said that Western policies towards African countries were wrongly based on an assumption that black people were as clever as their white counterparts when "testing" suggested the contrary.

Dr Watson told The Sunday Times that he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa" because "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really". He said there was a natural desire that all human beings should be equal but "people who have to deal with black employees find this not true".

The scientist is going be in BIG trouble over these remarks. The anti-racist lobby will not allow him to expound further on these views and his talk at the Science Museum is bound to be disrupted.

But his findings are not new. Back in the 1960s the same IQ testing was carried out in America and produced the same results. In the 1980s I worked at a small printers in East Sussex that dared to re-publish this research. One morning we turned up to work to find the factory reduced to a pile of charred rubble. It had been burnt down overnight by those who couldn't allow such opinions to reach the public domain.

Dr Watson is in for a difficult time - just watch the hate spewing out from the laughably named 'Hope Not Hate' anti-racist brigade.

A campaign has been launched in North-East by the Labour Party and TUC to try to stem the growth of the BNP and we must be grateful to Linda Hughes, the TUC's regional development worker who is heading the campaign, for providing the Quote of the Week.

Hughes told the Northern Echo:
"In several areas of the region, we've had the BNP fielding candidates at the local elections and they've come quite close to getting elected, especially in Chilton.
"I spent time in Chilton and I was shocked to see how many good, working-class families were displaying BNP posters in their windows."

Now doesn't that news give you a boost and spur you to go out leafleting? Many thanks Linda!


rosie said...

I wonder when they consider the 'benefits of immigration' they are considering the traffic problems we now have. Here in the South East there are so many people and cars that the roads are becoming impassable - the M25 is a nightmare for most of the day. Traffic stuck in queues for hours. What is that costing the economy and ordinary folk?
As for the cost of traffic accidents and higher insurance premiums - endless.
How muslim women can be allowed to drive with head coverings is a mystery to me. Many of them should not be on the roads at all and have clearly never passed a British driving test.
I wonder if they take into account the billions to be spent on the massive reservoir which is to put some lovely Oxfordshire countryside under water to provide water for London and its mass immigrant population. That alone will be billions.
Does it take account of the fact that hundreds of thousands of English kids are going to be semi-educated because of the language problems in our schools. This is going to be the cause of failure for many working class kids. How much are they going to cost as 'failing and unemployable' human beings through no fault of there own.
These issues and many more are never considered.

Bert Rustle said...

The following email was sent to the Vanessa Feltz program on BBC Radio London this morning. She later stated that she had not received supportive statements of Watson. Are her researchers censoring her emails?

The current academic debate is whether intelligence is 50% or 80% inherited, not whether we are born a “blank slate”. Neither Watson or Rose are eminent researchers in intelligence. Watson is merely quoting the results Obtained by others.

Large quantifiable differences exist between races, including disease resistance, pharmaceutical response, lactose tolerance, testosterone levels, maturation rates and intelligence. There are a great many Africans who are much more intelligent than a great many Europeans but pro-rata to population size there are less. As most top jobs will be held by clever people there will be relatively more Europeans than Africans. Requiring that examination pass rates or employment success must be pro-rata with the sizes of population groups does contradict scientific observations, are not achievable and do give rise to false accusations of prejudice.

For the record, on average, Europeans are less intelligent than the Chinese and Ashkenazi Jews. In the hard sciences, Ashkenazi Jews are around ten times over represented as Nobel Prize winners. According to the “Journal of Blacks in Higher Education” (USA), in 2004, 2,100 doctorates were awarded in mathematics, science and engineering - not one of these 2,100 doctoral degrees went to an African American.

The work of Bruce Lahn identifies particular genes associated with intelligence and demonstrates that they are not uniformly distributed across the various population groups. This was in a recent UK TV Channel 4 documentary which used Lahn’s research but as I recollect they omitted the distribution result. I wonder why?

Further reading.

New York Times journalist Nicholas Wade has written many articles around this area. (Academic researchers are Arthur Jensen, Richard Lynn and many others).

A user friendly starting point is Linda Gottfredson’s page:

See for example "Thirty years of research on race differences in cognitive ability" by Rushton & Jensen, summarised at

"A 60-page review of the scientific evidence, some based on state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of brain size, has concluded that race differences in average IQ are largely genetic.
The lead article in the June 2005 issue of Psychology, Public Policy and Law, a journal of the American Psychological Association, examined 10 categories of research evidence from around the world ... " .

alanorei said...


Thanks for this post, most enlightening in every respect.

I overhead this morning a local individual stating how great Polish workers were at his firm, compared to the useless English.

However, I've also heard (from a fellow Party member who is a qualified carpenter) that the Poles he has worked with in the joinery trade are "wood butchers."

Clearly, great differences exist depending on individual situations.

What can be said is that every skilled Polish worker over here is a loss to that country's infrastructure.

And whatever foreign workers contribute to the economy, supposedly, it is offset by the cost of unemployment of British workers whose jobs have been taken - and any disinclination of British workers to work will never be put right by importation of foreign cheap labour.

And if, overall, Poles are such great workers, why has their country never been a major nation like their next-door neighbour, Germany?

Re: racial intelligence differences. Your experiences reinforce the truth, like the attacks on Dr Arthur Jensen of the University of California in 1969.

Scarborough_Comet said...

As usual, there is all the crowing about how the Poles are "superior" to British workers, and how they do the jobs that British people refuse to do, and how companies could not survive without them.

I have several points to make. I am unemployed, and I am not one of those who are "workshy" and "idle", I am a university science graduate who is unable to get a job because of the largely-racist attitude of local employers and the legalised age discrimination commonly known as the "modern apprenticeship". Both those things are major reasons why there are so many British people out of work. If you are over 25 years old, then it is impossible for you to find proper, meaningful job training which will provide you with practical, valuable experience. The only way to gain these kinds of qualifications is via the "modern apprenticeship", which is only open to those under 25 (and you thought age discrimination was illegal? well it's not!) Once past 25, you are effectively on the scrapheap, more so now that all these Eastern Europeans are flooding in to take jobs.

Another point - if firms could not survive without immigrant workers, then who did they employ before all the Poles etc came over here? If they had no workforce then they would have been out of business! Many of these companies employed local people, but not any more. I know of places who used to take on locals but now do their recruiting in Warsaw.

Another point - I have heard of local people being given a job, turning up to start work, only to be told that they will not be needed because a Slovakian has been taken on instead! I know of companies who will only employ people who talk Polish because none of their workforce talks English.

And as for skills, I have read many reports of incompetent Polish dentists, I have heard of people having work done by Polish plumbers, only for the whole thing to be ripped out and refitted by a British plumber because the Pole hadn't a clue what he was doing, I have heard of Polish builders doing bodge jobs on building sites.

The list is endless and I could go on all night.

In short, migrants are not good for this country, they do not do jobs which would otherwise be unfilled, they do not have fantastic skills which you cannot find in our own workers.

While we believe in "British jobs for British workers", Brown and his ilk believe in "British jobs for Polish workers".

Red and White said...

Martin, let me ask you a tough but honest question: which party should take more blame for our immigration mess? Tories or Labour?

Martin Wingfield said...

The Conservative Party 1948-1997.
The Labour Party 1997-2007.

Capitalism needs cheap labour, and lots of it, to be able to compete in the global market.

In the quest for bigger profits there's just no time to worry about the social consequences.

Red and White said...

I would have to agree, though I think Labour have exacerbated the problem to a greater degree.