Thursday, March 13, 2008

It's economic change not immigration that's to blame

This article articulates my reaction to the BBC's "white season" - that it seemed, like the tabloid press, to hype fears by failing to address the real causes of a genuine problem. That is to say, immigration is not to blame for the pressure on public services etc. (He omits to be blunt about who is to blame. Since the gap between rich and poor has widened under Labour, it should be obvious!)

As the author says "the programmes have been focused entirely on the impact of immigration and race on the white working class" i.e. ignoring the main driver of change: market forces, which are not race driven. And goes on to say:

"It wasn't immigration that ripped the guts out of working-class Britain, white and non-white. It was the closure of whole industries, the rundown of manufacturing and council housing, the assault on trade unions, the huge transfer of resources to the wealthy, the deregulation of the labour market, and the unconstrained impact of neoliberal globalisation under both Tories and New Labour. Almost none of that has had a look-in so far in The White Season."

The article has some flaws, as discussed in the comments, but here it is in full:
Seumas Milne: Either Labour represents its core voters - or others will


At 13 March, 2008 13:28, Blogger Tristan said...

It was the creation of such things in the first place which led to the situation.

The divergence from liberalism into protectionism, state coddling (rather than minimal support) and giving Unions powers above those of voluntary organisations which led to the need for the reaction.

These institutions acted to preserve the working class and keep them there and make them dependent upon the state (a situation which is unsustainable, as we saw in the 70s).
The solution is not to hunger after those days, but to work towards a more liberal and free future in which people are not dependent upon the state for survival, either through state preservation of industries or through hand outs.


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