Over the last few weeks and, indeed, months, I have tackled issues around the rise of the far left and the problem this causes for everyone in society. What I would like to do today is look at the rise in the far right in England, UK.
There is a rise in the far right in terms of belief and organisation. There has been some outbreaks of violence, mostly against police officers over the last three years. In towns like Hartlepool, schools are referring children to the Prevent Programme (the national anti terrorism programme) for far right beliefs and radicalisation. When the EDL marched through Middlesbrough eight years ago, boys were part of their crowd. When the North East Infidels marched – more like walked from one pub (bar) to another – women and people aged 16-25 were in their group.
It is important to understand why people are falling for the old lies of the far right, even in areas that famously told Moseley’s brown shirts to bugger off in the 1930s.
The working class of many English towns know they have been left behind. Most of the UK is poor. Most people struggle or only just get by each month. The images we see on our TVs of central London and Manchester are a far cry from the reality most people live in with food banks, baby banks, high rates of violent crime, addictions, rubbish schools and few decent jobs. Now that most people live in separate areas from people from different backgrounds, few people realise that we are all suffering and they believe their group alone is suffering or is suffering the worst.
Add into that the national scandal of the grooming gangs, or speaking plainly, rape gangs. Over the last two decades, over 500 000 girls aged 11-16 have been sold to groups of men to be abused. Most of these girls were sold every weekend, almost all were white. Almost all the men who raped the girls were from Pakistani backgrounds. The gangs operated – and still do – in every town and city in the UK. There have been several high profile court cases. The men were all given long prison sentences. The men who were born in Pakistan (or other Asian countries such as Bangladesh) were to be deported on release from prison.
Yet many girls have told the female police officers who have helped them through the ordeal of going to court to give evidence that they have met the men who raped them in the supermarket, in their town centre in less than two years since the men were sentenced. The men have been let out of prison extremely early and they have not been deported. They are walking around free, and free to harm the girls who had testified against them.
These girls, who had been gang raped every single weekend for months or years, had put their trust in the UK’s criminal justice system, in the police and in the concept of law, order and fairness. They thought they had been rescued. Their trust has been torn up. How this ripping up of everything they had hoped for will play out for these girls in the future, I dread to think. They now know that no one cares. They now know they don’t matter to the UK. They know the UK has spat them out. They know they are not important. This is going to harm these girls for the rest of their lives, compounding the abuse.
The mainstream media is silent. Yes, the BBC ran a drama called Three Girls which was based on three survivors’ testimonies. The news channels carried stories of the trials two years ago, but I would say the news channels paid lip service rather than undertook a serious journalistic approach. No one wants to hear about these girls. No one wants to talk about the men being released from prison far too early and no one wants to talk about the men not being deported. It is not seen as the right thing to talk about by the mainstream media. Talk Radio has spoken to one of the high ranking female police officers who tries to look after the girls and be there for them, and Triggernometry has interviewed one of the survivors. These interviews are both available on youtube.
The only other outlet that is talking about these horrific crimes and the early release of the rapists and the lack of deportations is the far right media. Tommy Robinson – who was jailed after almost causing one of the trials to collapse – has made a lot of money from talking about this issue and stirring up racial hatred. Tommy, who had little money before, now lives in a house worth £900 000. He has supporters on the internet across the world who see him as a free speech champion instead of a convicted fraudster who also has a police record for violence.
If the police, social services and the courts as well as the mainstream media had acted on the girls’ complaints – remember we are talking about hundreds of thousands of 11-16 year olds saying they have been raped on a weekly basis – there would be no Tommy Robinson.
Why did the police and social services not act? Investigations have shown that both the police and social services did not want to appear racist. And so racism has flourished because the police and social services allowed – and still are allowing – the mass rape of mostly white UK girls. Racism has flourished.
It is worth saying many victims have gone on record to try to quell racism by saying they are not racist, they know most Pakistani and Muslim people are good people and they don’t want others to be racist and anti-Muslim on their behalf.
Another issue that has sown division in the UK is the mess the asylum system is in. Asylum is supposed to be for people fleeing war or other persecution in their home country. Giving asylum to people fleeing war or persecution is an act of love, and the UK and its people are, in general, loving, caring and very generous.
However, the majority of people in our asylum system today are not people in genuine need of asylum. Only 24% (figure given by the Refugee Council) of people in the asylum system are genuinely fleeing war or persecution. From my work with asylum seekers, my voluntary work and being friends with asylum seekers, I can tell you most have been here for up to ten years, working illegally – meaning they have not paid tax; they have not financially contributed to the UK. Most came here on student or work visas and deliberately overstayed, or came here on holiday and magically found their relative’s takeaway or restaurant and never went home. When people working illegally get caught out, they usually choose to claim asylum rather than go back to their home country.
Thus, the accommodation set aside for asylum seekers is full. This is why detention centres are now being used to house people on a long term basis. And now hotels are being used to house asylum seekers. The cost to the tax payer per year is huge and is going up and up.
We now have people arriving in small dinghies. Several boats per day, carrying 8-12 people each are making it across the Channel. Almost all are Sub-Saharan African, not people from Syria or Iraq. The people coming in boats – as per most people in the asylum system – are coming here purely for economic reasons. They are not prepared to go through the legal route to come here as immigrants. They are using the asylum system as a back door to immigration.
As soon as the migrants arrive on the English shore, they are given a medical check and then bussed to a hotel, where they get a room – normally with an ensuite bathroom, no bills to pay, and £40 per person per week. They also get free legal help in the form of a solicitor and no court costs, plus free medical care including free medication.
This is at a time when the UK is in the middle of a housing crisis. We have around 120 000 homeless children in the UK. Due to covid-19, many more families and single adults face losing their homes. We have families living in one bedroom; they cook, eat and sleep in one room and share a bathroom with other families on the same floor as them in their hostel. Many of the parents whose families are living in one room, or who are using foodbanks, are in work. Some are in “good jobs”. We have people in London living in homeless shelters and working as college lecturers, waiters in upmarket brasseries and care workers.
The migrants arriving by boat get more than the UK people who are contributing to the UK by working and paying tax.
Who is covering this scandal? Not the mainstream media and well paid journalists, but people like Nigel Farage – an ex banker who was head of the UK Independence Party (a right wing party that had several openly racist and homophobic MPs, which has since adopted policies that if they get into power in the UK, would outlaw same sex marriage and make life hard for law abiding immigrants). Also, other right wing town councillors from UKIP are raising the issue of the hotels used for putting up people who have come here through illegal routes, and in their youtube videos, they are clearly trying to stir up racial hatred.
If the mainstream media focussed on this scandal, the far right’s grip on the issue would weaken considerably. If the government, instead of talking tough, actually acted, the far right would lose their grip on this issue.
Unfortunately, the mainstream media and government are not acting, and so some of the people who have been side lined, ignored and berated by the wokenistas and the middle classes have shifted to the right. To the far right.
What can be done to unite the UK and snuff out the flames of racism?
1) Uphold the law. The UK has beautiful laws. Most of us know they mean nothing in reality and this is why so many of us in the UK are jaded. If our laws were upheld, we would have a nation to be proud of. Keep the rapists in prison for their full sentence. Then deport the rapists who were sentenced to be deported. This is really simple. It would show respect for the survivors of the abuse and it would restore faith in our nation.
2) Put the immigrants to work. Enact the same laws as Belgium, Netherlands, Norway and many other nations in their treatment and expectations of immigrants. You must get a job within three months of arriving or leave. You must also go to school to learn the nation’s language. You must pay for the schooling and your text books yourself. If the migrants can afford to pay £6000 to cross the Channel, they can pay their school fees. You get no money from the state.
I went to Belgium, I went to school every day, I paid for my schooling and I paid for my text books, the police and immigration kept tabs on me, and I was given three months to get a job – I got three jobs.
Another positive move could be to give a small grant to immigrants for them to start their own business. There are thousands of empty shop premises across the UK, waiting for businesses to move into.
People are coming here because they want to work and earn money. Let’s set them to work instead of giving them money, free accommodation and all the free stuff that UK citizens cannot get. Get migrants working and paying tax. We have an ageing population. We need more people to pay into the tax system.
Most migrants who come to the UK illegally destroy their ID to delay their asylum case. As per Belgium and other European countries, have tight control on migrants. However, these countries only accept people who have ID. We can either deport migrants who have destroyed their ID or get their family members in their home country to email copies of their birth certificates or other ID. For the safety of everyone, we need to know who is living in the UK.
More joined up thinking is needed. Other European countries manage immigration far better than the UK does. Yes, other European countries still have a problem with racism – far more than in the UK in many cases – but I am looking at the specific problems in the UK and the specific needs of people in the UK.
Most of all, we need openess and fairness in our mainstream media. We need journalism to return to uncovering problems and holding the government to account. We need the media to reflect the needs of all the UK’s citizens. We need to take all power, leverage and audience from the far right.
We need to open opportunities for all citizens in the UK. The working class in the UK have little to look forward to and little to thank the UK for. People need secure jobs, minimum wage pay, decent housing and good education.
We do have an amazing union of nations, we have beautiful laws and great aspirations. However, we have a society that only works for certain people, and that needs to change.