The news that the UK is not being swamped with East European benefit scroungers hasn’t got anywhere near the coverage it deserves. After all, it was scare stories from the likes of the Daily Mail that led so many people to vote for UKIP at the Euro elections. They peddled the ridiculous myth that Eastern Europe would be emptied as its population flooded into Britain in search of a better life. That myth’s been exposed as nonsense.
Just a trickle of economic migrants have moved to the UK. Meanwhile our TV schedules are filled with programmes – A Place in the Sun, A New Life Downunder, Get a New Life – on settling down abroad. Friends of ours are taking advantage of the EU to visit France today and evaluate a business opportunity. There are large communities of Brits across the continent, particularly Spain, yet we don’t hear UKIP/BNP calling them home before they destroy those countries’ cultures.
Also this week came the news that UKIP’s most famous face, Robert Kilroy-Silk (the British Jerry Springer), won’t be prosecuted for inciting racial hatred in the Daily Express. He was sacked from that paper and lost his TV show over his racist remarks.
The Kilroy incident shows why UKIP’s quest for free speech includes plans to abolish the Commission for Racial Equality; without the freedom to encourage racism their campaigning is severely hampered.
I should have mentioned above that my Christianity no more inventive than Islam blog from March this year, got a comment from a Robert Kilroy. Don’t think it was him, do you?
Update November 2008: UKIP leadership rejects BNP… what would Jeeves advise?