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Sunday 25 October 2009

ICM Poll on Immigration: News of the World puts the Cart before the Horse

In today’s News of the World, columnist Ian Kirby claims that the most recent ICM poll for the paper has issued “a shock wake-up call to politicians – with a majority declaring they share the BNP view that Britain has too many immigrants.” Does it really come as “a shock” to him that a majority of the British population know that there are “too many immigrants”? Where has this man been for the past twenty years?

Although only 54% of those sampled concurred with the reality of the UK possessing too many immigrants, we must of course remember that there are now so many immigrants or people of recent immigrant decent resident in the country, that this figure will almost certainly have underreported the proportion of indigenous Britons unhappy with the ever-growing size of the immigrant population.

Where Kirby inverts the natural order of things is in his interpretation of the poll’s findings on the attitude of the mainstream political parties towards the indigenous working class:

But it is clear the BNP message IS getting through, with 44 per cent saying the white working class has been abandoned by the mainstream parties.”

What he should have written is “But it is clear that the 44 per cent who say the white working class has been abandoned by the mainstream parties recognise that the BNP is responding to this situation.”

Strangely, Kirby makes no mention of Andrew Neather’s revelations in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph, where he reveals that Labour under Blair deliberately planned to “open up the UK to mass immigration” with the express goal of undermining our national identity and cohesion. The report recommending this policy was written in 2000, of which the Telegraph reports him saying:

"Earlier drafts I saw also included a driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the Government was going to make the UK truly multicultural. I remember coming away from some discussions with the clear sense that the policy was intended – even if this wasn't its main purpose – to rub the Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date."

Why is Kirby mute about this scandalous revelation, yet shocked by ICM’s findings that 54% of those polled thought that our immigrant population is too high? After all, Labour continues in making the case for unrestricted and unlimited mass immigration, as do the Liberal Democrats. Nor do the Tories have any real plans to concretely address this issue. They may well be willing to raise the question of immigration, but they will not provide any actual policies to deal with it. Only the BNP has policies that sensibly address the question of mass immigration in a moderate and humane manner.

References: “Voters issue a wake-up call to politicians”, Ian Kirby, The News of the World 24 October 2009,

Labour wanted mass immigration to make UK more multicultural, says former adviser”, Tom Whitehead, The Daily Telegraph, 23 October 2009,

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