After the convincing win by the Ukip’s Mark Reckless in the Rochester by-election last night, certain sections of English society slips further into both despising migrants and blaming them for society’s ills. Shell-shocked political leaders seem to be falling over themselves in an attempt to keep up with Ukip leader Nigel Farage’s anti-migrant rhetoric.
One of Britain’s longest serving MPs, Diane Abbott, who has throughout her career campaigned against racism and discrimination in all its forms, will deliver a major speech about racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia at the School of African and Oriental Studies.
Her speech is taking place against the backdrop of a surge in support for far-right parties across Europe and even in Britain as the nakedly anti-immigrant UK Independence Party is experiencing a growth in popularity.
Dave Whelan, the Wigan Chairman, has dismissed his local MP Lisa Nandy’s concern about employing the disgraced football manager Malky Mackay. Mackay, you may remember, was overlooked for a number of premiership managerial jobs because of a slew of emails he sent to other football colleagues which were homophobic, anti-Semitic, racist and sexist. The Chairman’s response to Nandy was a complete slap down: “She’s wrong”, he said, adding:
For weeks now, tensions have been rising in Jerusalem, simmering since the kidnap and brutal murder of three Jewish teenagers in the occupied West Bank in June, the barbaric setting alight of a Palestinian teenager in the following month, and the bloody conflict in Gaza in July and August which left more than 2,000 Palestinians dead, including some 500 children.
The virus of xenophobia and racism runs rampant in Rochester-by-election
The Ukip candidate and front runner in Rochester by-election former Tory Mark Reckless, has helped ensure mainstream British politics has sunk to another all time low by suggesting that Polish plumbers and other EU migrants could be asked to leave Britain if his party were in government.
There has been a marked increase in the number of white children being adopted since the coalition government’s renewed focus on shaking up the adoption system. But there has been absolutely no change in the tiny number of black children being adopted each year.
The latest figures for adoption in England, shows that there was a 27% increase in the number of white children been adopted over 12 months to the end of March 2014. But over the same period there was a 0% increase in the number of black children been adopted.
The immigration debate has caused a great stir over the past few months, and has recently intensified with business bosses criticising the Government and others for the anti-immigrant rhetoric they feel will have a negative impact on the prosperity of the UK.