How many more anti-migrant Mail headlines can we take?

Scary numbers, weak ministers, migrant babies: the Daily Mail pulls out all the stops in today's hatefest

 

Rhetorical questions can be a risky way of arguing – someone can always chime in with an unwanted answer.

The Daily Mail fearlessly trudges ahead anyway with today’s front page:

MIGRANTS: HOW MANY MORE CAN WE TAKE?

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If the Mail means asylum seekers and refugees, the answer would be, ‘Quite a lot more, actually’. Asylum claims in Germany outnumber Britain 27 to 1, with Germany expecting 800,000 applications by the end of the year. They seem to think they can cope.

The headline, you will notice, is not in quotation marks. Though it could be seen as a paraphrase of a quote from Sir Gerald Howarth, it is really the voice of the Mail itself.

Because yet again the Mail chooses to make an argument in place of reporting the news – the argument being, ‘We’ve got too many, and we can’t take any more’.

This line is implicit in the report, which begins:

“The true scale of the immigration crisis facing this country was laid bare last night as damning figures revealed net migration had surged to a record 330,000 – a rise of 40 per cent in one year.

It is a humiliating blow to David Cameron after his ‘no ifs, no buts’ pledge to reduce the number to ‘tens of thousands’.

Incredibly, yesterday’s figures do not include illegal immigrants in the UK, estimated at 1.1 million.

Many will now head to Calais to join those trying to sneak into Britain.”

It then conflates even more issues to create a picture of terrifying numbers swamping the country. That’s when Sir Howarth pops up to warn of the strain on public services these aliens bring.

The Mail’s editorial uses all this as a stick to beat David Cameron’s government, trashing its ‘abject failure’ to get immigration under 100,000 per year. They call for Cameron to get tough, musing: ‘Or is that under-100,000 ‘ambition’ merely hot air, to be wafted around at election time? If so, don’t expect voters to believe the Tories again.’

This is rich coming from a paper which colluded with the Tories to spin this ‘failure’ before the general election, to ensure UKIP-minded readers ‘come home’!

And it was ten years ago, in 2010, not this year, that Cameron said of his immigration pledge: ‘If we don’t deliver our side of the bargain, kick us out in five years.’ To turn it round on the Mail, does the paper only advice people to punish Tory failures between elections?

It being the Mail, things have to get creepy. Enter the migrant babies:

“Add the fact that 27 per cent of babies born in the UK in the year to March had migrant parents, and we are experiencing an unprecedented upheaval in the make-up of a country once united by ties of language, history, creed and patriotism.”

Actually, most people in this country speak English along with other languages, and their history – past and present – is rather tied up with our own. Migrants from western Europe will likely be Christian, (assuming ‘creed’ is intended to mean religion, and not simply stand in for race), and Muslims polled are often more proud to be British than the average non-Muslim Brit. (See this report in, er, the Daily Mail.) So there’s your patriotism.

Meanwhile, as the Mail buckles under the strain of incoming migrants, people are drowning off the coast of Libya and suffocating in vans in Austria to flee war and destitution.

Given this context, it’s petty and parochial and inhuman for the Mail to report on migration as a threat to ‘proper’ Brits.

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50 Responses to “How many more anti-migrant Mail headlines can we take?”

  1. Jennifer Hornsby

    And have you seen Telegraph’s “8 million foreigners living in Britain”? These headlines, (being inaccurate, misleading and distorting of the truth) are in breach of the Editors’ Code of practice If only there were a point in complaining to IPSO. As it is we have a press free to pander to people’s false prejudices.

  2. GhostofJimMorisson

    As it is we have a press free to pander to people’s false prejudices.

    So being concerned about the unparalleled levels of immigration is a false prejudice? More self-satisfying guff from another well educated, white middle class bien-pensant, much like Adam Barnett. The ones who have least to fear from immigration, because they won’t be living down your street, attending your precious child’s excellent school in an expensive catchment area, competing for your job in the media or advertising etc. But hey, they are good enough to scrub your toilets and look after your children.

  3. JoeDM

    How many more illegal immigrants should we take in the UK – NONE !

  4. JoeDM

    We need to understand the cultural cost of this huge increase in immigration.

  5. JoeDM

    Telling the truth is not against the Editors Code.

  6. GhostofJimMorisson

    The left don’t want to acknowledge this. Rather, they adopt the neoliberal argument, reducing immigrants to GDP figures. I wouldn’t mind, but the general consensus seems to be that the impact of mass immigration on GDP has been, at best, negligible. Barnett and other bien-pensants are in favour off mass immigration purely because if they weren’t they would be out of a job.

  7. Jacko

    Record immigration figures are not ‘false’. And being concerned about that is not a ‘prejudice’. 300k more people are coming in than leaving. Where will they live? What pressure does it put on the infrastructure? What will it mean for class sizes? Health care? Transport? Rents? These aren’t prejudices, they are economic questions. Whether immigrants are individually nice people is completely irrelevant to these questions.

  8. TN

    How many more of Adam Barnett’s sanctimonious, do-gooder articles can we take?

  9. Harold

    But we have a Tory Government, who have made al sorts of speeches about controlling immigration, even used the word swarm, just to talk the language. No point in attacking the Centre and Centre Left, your attacks should be at your own side. Most people claim this country to be a Christian country, might I ask what would Christ do when people were drowning and dying in vans fleeing death and destruction?

  10. Harold

    Might I ask where your ancestors were from? You use the word illegal should I assume legal are ok as are refugees and asylum seekers?

  11. Harold

    Jim Morisson ancestors were European?

  12. Cole

    Translation: I don’t like foreigners, especially if they have dark skins.

  13. Cole

    Lots, I hope. He’s very good. He’s doing an excellent job exposing the lies and distortion of the rift wing press.

  14. Cole

    Very good point. Many of these Tory types go on about their Christian culture but then behave in a selfish and very unchristian way. The Mail is, of course, a good example, stirring up fear and hatred every day. I guess it’s just s good way to make money.

  15. Jacko

    Let’s summarize your logic:

    “Because everyone currently living in Britain ultimately has distant ancestors from other parts of the world we should therefore not now have any immigration controls.”

    That is what you’ve said, isn’t it?

  16. jacko

    Translation: I’m
    in denial about what’s really happining in parts of this country. Bright pupils held back by classes that don’t undertand English well, gay couples abused in the street by Muslims in East London, sections of the community that want to live by Sharia law not British law, schools in Birmingham attempting to teach hatred of non-Muslims, female genital mutilation…

  17. andy lewis

    Sure, giving everything away puts you on the moral high ground.
    But this land is not ours to dispose of. It’s on loan from our grandchildren.

  18. andy lewis

    The use of immigration has proved effective in reducing social cohesion in Britain, deconstructing the old systems which prevented the communitarian utopia from flourishing as Marx predicted.
    Once we get the revolution established, then all the replacement population will be so grateful and happy they will forget to be horrid to women, gays and anyone who doesn’t share their religious views.
    Or something. I fink.

  19. Cole

    Dear me. What a terrible place our country must be. You must have been feasting the Express too much.

  20. Cole

    We were discussing Christianity. I don’t see how you can be both a Christian and a Tory.

  21. Steve Larson

    You are projecting your interpretation on to others.

  22. Steve Larson

    Large immigration like we have seen across Europe for the last 20 years helps neo liberal businesses, it forces down wages, undermines working class and social solidarity. It will also lead to the welfare state crashing under the weight.

    The left just get to feel right on about it, so the exchange is not a fair one.

  23. Mick

    It IS a case of space, not race. It IS creepy that there’s change so deep that it replaces one population with another in urban areas. ‘Rubbing the Right’s nose in Diversity’, indeed.

    Remember that letter sent to the three party leaders from council leaders? Even if the argument about native Brits being too crappy to run the NHS alone is true, there are still too many settling to undo previous strains. Same with other services and payments.

  24. Sid

    Excellent point about the ‘cultural cost’ of immigration in a comment below.

  25. Cole

    All those funny foreigners! Of course the Mail was saying the same about the Jews in the 1930s (and before). Made the Rothermere family a lot of money…

  26. Terry Kelly

    Of course none of this immigration nonsense would be happening at all if we had just had the sense to listen to the Daily Mail advice and supported Hitler, it’s our own fault.

  27. Terry Kelly

    Of course none of this immigration nonsense would be happening at all if we had just had the sense to listen to the Daily Mail advice and supported Hitler, it’s our own fault.

  28. Jennifer Hornsby

    Being a citizen of the UK, having British parents, and having lived in Britain for 60+ years, I don’t think of myself as a foreigner. If someone in the UK asked me in the UK ‘Are you a foreigner?’, I should say No, and I would, I think, be telling the truth.
    In order to reach the Telegraph’s 8 million figure, you’d need to count me (along with many others who happen to have been born abroad) as a foreigner. That is why — although I didn’t say [as you seem to assume I did] that the Telegraph had failed to tell the truth — , I take the headline to be misleading and a distortion of the truth (contrary to the Editors Code, clause 1(a)).

  29. Jennifer Hornsby

    Being a citizen of the UK, having British parents, and having lived in Britain for 60+ years, I don’t think of myself as a foreigner. If someone in the UK asked me in the UK ‘Are you a foreigner?’, I should say No, and I would, I think, be telling the truth.
    In order to reach the Telegraph’s 8 million figure, you’d need to count me (along with many others who happen to have been born abroad) as a foreigner. That is why — although I didn’t say [as you seem to assume I did] that the Telegraph had failed to tell the truth — , I take the headline to be misleading and a distortion of the truth (contrary to the Editors Code, clause 1(a)).

  30. Terry Kelly

    No we don’t, racists and fascists do but we are not all racists and fascists. You really need to get over your disappointment at the result of WW2.

  31. Terry Kelly

    No we don’t, racists and fascists do but we are not all racists and fascists. You really need to get over your disappointment at the result of WW2.

  32. Terry Kelly

    “what’s really happining in parts of this country. Bright pupils held back by classes that don’t undertand English well”

    If this wasn’t ‘happining’ you jacko might even be able to ‘undertand’ English well.

  33. Jennifer Hornsby

    I said nothing about the immigration figures. It was people’s false prejudices to which I took the Telegraph to be pandering.

  34. Terry Kelly

    Can you provide evidence of this?.

  35. Terry Kelly

    Would you prefer to “do bad”?.

  36. Terry Kelly

    Perhaps Mr. jacko if you were to attempt to answer those questions you might be more credible. like to try?.

  37. Terry Kelly

    I am not the most religious person in the world but I can see quite clearly that this is not a Christian country we are living in.

  38. madasafish

    Hood thing the voters love immigration then…

  39. Terry Kelly

    Mail employees tell people that they work as child traffickers for the sex industry because they are too embarrassed to admit what they really do for a living.

  40. madasafish

    Oh dear, you are so ignorant. A five second search of the 2011 Census revealed:

    In 2011, 13 per cent (7.5 million) of the resident population of England and Wales were born outside the UK, compared to 4.3 per cent (1.9 million) in 1951. While the total resident population of England and Wales increased by 28 per cent (from 43.7 million to 56.1 million) between 1951 and 2011, the non-UK born population almost quadrupled. This means that migration has contributed to just under half (45 per cent) of the total population change over the last 60 years.

    //www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171776_346219.pdf

    So that’s now 8 million easily as net migration is c 300k a year.
    So you are wrong.

    I find it unbelievable that anyone talking population does not refer to the Census. I can only assume it’s because you wan to dissemble and deny reality.

    PS and talking of personal experiences to justify your argument is puerile.

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  43. swat

    on this one issue of migration they are right. just as they were right in campaigning for Stephen Lawrence ‘s killers to be brought to justice. so, keep the headlines coming.

  44. swat

    … I would remind LFF that this one of the key issues that lost us the election, besides EDM being pretty useless. And we’re not going to win 2020 until we get illegal immigration sorted.

  45. treborc

    Application does not mean you will take them a lot of application are simply refused . talk now is in France ending the crises by asking the people to stay in France and then giving them the ability to get a passport, once they get a visa or passport they will legally be able to enter the UK. End the immigrant crises from France they will simple give anyone a passport who needs one and the UK will then accept them looks better .

    So May responds with you can come here only if you have a job, we are not talking people on welfare benefits. bingo crises starts again.

  46. treborc

    The Government said the same in the 1930 as well, we could have taken much more of the Jewish peoples we were worried the people where in the UK would also respond in the same way as Germany, look at the way mental health was treated in the UK in the 1930’s.

  47. treborc

    I’m the son of an immigrant and that means not to long ago, my old man was a German POW who stated in the UK.

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    And Muslim grups

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    Places like Slough are evidence of ethnic majorities.

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