How do you fight a just cause like social justice?
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You try and do what you feel is best to protect your culture and you get labelled a racist?
Like most people in this country I fear people coming into it and simply taking, welfare, benefit all in the name of political correctness and being a 'rich' nation. Overlooking all other aspects of immigration and the effect it is having on the populations feelings about their government and they way in which we are viewed by the outside world.
I hate racism, in all forms, direct or indirect, adverts for jobs in which the person must speak English, or they won't employ from inner city regions in fear they may get an ethnic minority applying for the position, I hate all of it.
But when does there come a point where pragmatism must take over? Why with all of the programs set in place by the EU and the United Nations aren't we using them to help those who most need it, instead of providing help to those who are actually better off and would be better off in their own country helping to rebuild it? We train Africa's doctors and lawyers, we train Eastern Europes business people for that purpose and then we complain? How hypocritical.
Only 2% of the people who come to this country ever claim a form of welfare, and yet why is the nation up in arms about it? Why is everyone resorting to racist terms and underhand thinking rather than debating in the open how to treat this issue? Is nobody waking up and realising that if we actually talk about it and make the proper reforms to our immigration and refugee legislation it would mean a better position for both?
But not in this country, we prefer to sit in our armchairs playing at politics in Working Mens Clubs and Public Houses congratulating ourselves on being so more intelligent than the people we vote in at every election.
Yet when one of them brings it up for debate they get torn down by the media, the very people helping this culture of fear, perhaps because they know they would lose money if the issues were raised and dealt with. But no, they get labelled as racist and the message gets lost.
I do believe we should have a system in this country that you cannot obtain benefit (in terms of immigration NOT refugee status) until you have worked and contributed for at least three years. You shouldn't be able to drive in this country until you have at least an 'A' Level or equivalent in spoken and written English.
This isn't to put manacles on people, it is too allay the fear on both sides, it would stop the British populous thinking they were being taken for a free ride, and it would help to intergrate those coming to this country rather than being left on the fringes of society.
But at the moment we seem to be going backwards and not making the investment in our own culture, helping to encourage it to become a more accepting and understanding culture. Losing the ground at the first hoop isn't helping.
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