It’s time for Hucknall to unite as a community and stop blaming immigrants for government failures.
Over the past few months I’ve listened to a number of different people in the community give their views on immigration – an issue that is felt strongly by Hucknall residents.
This issue has now been brought into the national spotlight and has had an impact on how the political landscape currently lies in the UK.
Whilst recognising that people remain concerned and anxious about immigration, for whatever reason, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of my thoughts.
According to a quick Wikipedia search the population of Hucknall was 29,704 (14,572) (49%) male, 15,132 (51% female). Total households 12,427 (Census 2001, Nottinghamshire County Council). White (94%) Asian (3%) Afro-Caribbean (1%)
Granted, these figures were taken from a census in 2001 so we could envisage these figures being slightly higher, but Hucknall, traditionally, has always been a white working class, ex coal mining town with a low percentage of people living here coming from an ethnic minority background.
So this dispels the myth that The Sun and Daily Mail peddle on a daily basis that ‘we’re being swamped by immigrants’
On the other side of the argument is that ‘immigrants don’t go to work and all they do is sponge off benefits’ OR ‘immigrants are coming over here and taking our jobs’ -these statements contradict each other and is yet another classic example of the right wing establishment press distorting the real issues around immigration.
Dennis Skinner MP for Bolsover gave a superb contribution in Westminster the other week stating he had a ‘United Nations heart transplant’ from a Nigerian consultant, a Latvian registrar and an Indian surgeon. If it weren’t for migrant workers, I’m pretty sure our world class health system – the NHS – would collapse.
Let’s put this debate into context, whenever there’s a recession or struggle people always have a scapegoat. History tells us that before Muslims and Eastern Europeans we blamed the Jews, then the Africans, then the Irish, it was simply demonising one minority after another for no particular reason what so ever.
People are angry because pay is so low, job security is none existent, they cannot afford a mortgage, they can’t afford to keep the house warm, they can’t afford to go on holidays and the number of apprenticeships and job opportunities for our young people are few and far between.
These problems aren’t caused by immigrants, these problems have been caused by successive governments of all colours, failing to address employment, the housing crisis, education and so on.
If you want somebody to blame it’s the corrupt bankers and capitalists at the top of the establishment that gambled OUR money to crash the economy in 2008 – and we bailed them out with more of OUR money and now we’re paying for it for the third time over in the form of austerity cuts.
This government and other political parties are scapegoating and demonising immigrants as a smokescreen to their economic and political failures not to mention the dangerous fascist ideology that underpins their whole mantra.
I ask of Hucknall people to take the above into consideration before believing the right wing media hype and demonization of immigrants.
As a town we can unite as a strong community where we can all learn, work and socialise together, especially this time of the year where we will have superb community events such as the Christmas carnival held in the town centre.
I’d just like to finish by wishing you and your families a Happy New Year 2015.