Monday, 11 November 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Let’s Not Resort to Eastern European-Bashing.


By Essex Tory Youth Chairman & Backbencher writer Andrew Thorpe-Apps


After reading Geoff Brooking’s recent piece for tbg, there are a few points that should be made. Whatever Mr Brooking or Daily Express readers may think, EU migrants are not the root of all our problems.

When Geoff talks about ‘EU migrants’, I assume he is not talking about German engineers or French doctors. As with UKIP, it seems his anger is pointed squarely at Eastern European ‘benefit tourists’. Nigel Farage has suggested Britain could be swamped by 29 million Bulgarians and Romanians in January 2014 (the combined population of these countries is 27.5 million).

In fact, this scaremongering is directed at a group who have made a ‘substantial’ contribution to our public finances since 2000. A recent UCL study found that EU migrants are less likely to receive state benefits or live in social housing than more established groups.

Parallels can be drawn between Britain’s reliance on Eastern European labour, and California’s need for Mexican migrants. The 2004 film A Day Without a Mexican takes a satirical look at what the consequences would be if all California’s Mexicans suddenly disappeared.

I’m also reminded of the film Gangs of New York. If we substitute the Irish migrants for Eastern European ones, and add the likes of Nigel Farage and Mr Brooking into the mix, then we’ve got a fairly accurate UK version of that movie.

We can also draw historical parallels as well as international ones. Many of the Huguenots who fled to England in the late 17th century faced hostility. The same is true of Jewish migrants who came here in the early 20th century. Narrow-minded nativism is nothing new.

As Anna Soubry said on Question Time, "When times are tough there’s a danger, and history tells us, when things are not good, you turn to the stranger and you blame them."

I know Conservatives are better than this.


12 comments:

a hunky CFer said...

Agreed. Why does tbg give credence to the bigoted Geoff Brookers anyway???

T.Carr said...

With all due respect, Andrew, this is utter rubbish. EU migrants do assist somewhat to our economy, but at a price to British youth? We are giving away jobs to EU migrants that could otherwise go to British people. While the number of EU migrants taking up work here increases, so too does the number of people claiming job seekers. The whole process is leaving young people feeling bitterly detached from the market place and society as a whole. This sort of article goes massively against public opinion and is certainly NOT the sort of liberal dribble we want to project to the electorate ahead of 2015.

Anonymous said...

What people from UKIP and the loony fringe of the Tory party forget is that free movement cuts both ways: our youth DO have the opportunity to work abroad, and if our education system has failed young people by not giving them the basic skills (in particular, languages) to take advantage of that opportunity then blame successive British governments, not the EU migrants! I am happy to see a measured approached in this article rather than the UKIP-appeasing bull we've been hearing in recent times. The 2015 election will NOT be won by lurching to the right. Yes we have had a problem with the scale of immigration in the past but let's not become a closed and isolated society!!

T.Carr said...

Go abroad.. with all due respect, why? There's a reason young people are escaping EU countries to come to Britain. I'm all for the'get on your bike' approach, but we shouldn't have to take up lesser paid jobs in countries that frankly, don't meet the same standards as the UK. As for 'lurching to the right', when has it not been the policy of the Conservative Party to be both realistic and tough on immigration? That's one of the few reasons people still vote Conservative. And as for 'closed and isolated', I think we could benefit hugely from stepping back and looking at the state of the nation. Britain is admired throughout the world and our people will always welcome those who wish to prosper, but there HAS to be a limit. People are running out of patience and I fear, people like you (who represent a minority) really need to consider the implications of articles such as this, on the decline of the Tory vote.

T.Carr said...

Go abroad.. with all due respect, why? There's a reason young people are escaping EU countries to come to Britain. I'm all for the'get on your bike' approach, but we shouldn't have to take up lesser paid jobs in countries that frankly, don't meet the same standards as the UK. As for 'lurching to the right', when has it not been the policy of the Conservative Party to be both realistic and tough on immigration? That's one of the few reasons people still vote Conservative. And as for 'closed and isolated', I think we could benefit hugely from stepping back and looking at the state of the nation. Britain is admired throughout the world and our people will always welcome those who wish to prosper, but there HAS to be a limit. People are running out of patience and I fear, people like you (who represent a minority) really need to consider the implications of articles such as this, on the decline of the Tory vote.

Anita Hollins said...

'I know Conservatives are better than this' ? Great, another patronising liberal..and from ESSEX.. of all places! If this article has done anything, it's made the writer look completely out of touch. What's so 'substantial' about tent cities across major UK towns and the rise in Roma related crime? Don't make laugh. Immigration has benefits, but don't insult people who live daily with the negatives.

Kris said...

I agree that it is wrong to blame European migrants but I would like to hear Andrew's views on the scale of immigration. I assume he does advocate controls and restricting movement on migrants from the EU? Does Andrew agree with me that the real problem is immigration from outside the EU as these people do not share our cultural values? I want to hear these views expressed.

supercool said...

And people wonder why millions have gone from Tories to UKIP it stupid articles like this, someone please explain to me how millions of poor uneducated Romanians who cannot speak English benefit British people

Please sign and share, blog, tweet, facebook the Daily Express petition to stop EU immigration. Over 85,000 have signed.

Sign here- https://petitions.express.co.uk/Say-NO-to-new-EU-migrants

Anonymous said...

Just another tory speaking out of their own arse. The levels of immigration into since country since Anthony Blair bare no comparison to earlier trickles of immigration. The levels are unprecedented in the history of this country.

Anonymous said...

You know, I would move abroad and watch our leaders busily building a funeral pyre for our once great nation from afar.
But we do not have freedom of labour agreements to the countries that British people actually want to work in, namely the English speaking Dominions of Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Carzial said...

This guy should resign.

Anonymous said...

Christ the Kipper trolls are out in force. A sound article from Andrew - someone I know can't be silenced by UKIP. Huge credit to Essex.

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