By Andrew Porter:
In his most forthright speech on the issue since he became Prime Minister, he will say that mass immigration has led to “discomfort and disjointedness” in neighbourhoods because some migrants have been unwilling to integrate or learn English.
Pledging to cut the numbers entering Britain to tens of thousands, rather than hundreds of thousands, Mr Cameron will say that “for too long, immigration has been too high”.
He will also promise to “stamp out” forced marriages, saying that “cultural sensitivity” cannot be allowed to stop the Government from acting.
In the speech to party members in Hampshire, the Prime Minister will attack Labour for claiming it was racist to talk about immigration, saying it is “untruthful and unfair” not to speak about the issue, however uncomfortable.
The Prime Minister will also blame the welfare state for creating a generation of workshy Britons, leaving the jobs market open for migrants. Figures show that of the 2.5 million extra people in employment since 1997, three quarters were foreign-born workers.
But Mr Cameron will argue that it is not a case of “immigrants coming over here and taking our jobs” because some migrants have created wealth and jobs.
He will say that the “real issue” is “migrants are filling gaps in the labour market left wide open by a welfare system that for years has paid British people not to work”.
“Put simply, we will never control immigration properly unless we tackle welfare dependency,” Mr Cameron will say.
What a revolutionary idea … or should I say counter-revolutionary. Bit late, isn’t it? I believe Enoch Powell warned of this outcome back in the 6os and he was pilloried by the usual traitors. Good luck, Mr. Cameron, you are going to need it.
By Victor Davis Hanson:
The president gave the sort of scare speech he not long ago warned against, and blasted the income-tax rates he not long ago agreed were necessary — in a context in which he has just presented a budget with a $1.6 trillion deficit of the sort he now says is unsustainable, and has warned about recklessly voting against raising the debt ceiling in a fashion that he himself had once done, in a larger landscape in which he had once damned attacking Middle East countries in optional wars, Guantanamo, renditions, tribunals, preventative detention, intercepts, wiretaps, Predators, and leaving troops in Iraq, and then embraced or expanded all that and more (this list is infinite and includes everything from drilling to campaign financing to earmarks).
These weird about-faces raise interesting questions that transcend the current politics of the deficit:
by Emily Esfahani Smith:
Rep. Allen West, who received a derogatory letter with mysterious white powder in it last week, has some stern words for his menacing critics.
From The Hill:
Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) used an email to constituents to respond to a threat against his Florida office last week and to warn critics to “be careful of whom you are choosing to employ these tactics against.”
West, a retired Army colonel, has become a national figure among Tea Party activists since defeating Democrat Ron Klein last November. The Florida Republican will be a top target of national Democrats seeking to regain the majority in the House in 2012.
In that letter, West wrote, “This incident, is just another in several incidents that have occurred over the last couple of years and, have put me in quite a bad mood.”
From the Mark Levin show. If you enjoyed this afternoon’s appetizer, wait until you dig into the main course. It’s 15 minutes long but every second is enjoyable, I promise. One thing neither Ryan nor I can figure out: Why on earth would The One invite him to attend a speech that was designed to demagogue Ryan for electoral purposes? Was that some sort of “if I’m going to kneecap this guy, I ought to at least look him in the eye” concession on Obama’s part? Or did he just think it’d be funny to see the look on Ryan’s face while he was accusing him of rifling through the pockets of handicapped children? The ways of The One are mysterious to mere mortals, my friends.
“AGENDA – GRINDING AMERICA DOWN”…. A DOCUMENTARY ON THE DESTRUCTIVE LEFT…. HOW THEY GOT TO THIS POINT, AT THIS TIME…..
Below is a trailer for a must see new video by Curtis Bowers, Agenda: Grinding America Down. It includes the perspective of many well-known policy experts, including Reagan Attorney General Edwin Meese, III, Trevor Loudon, Phyllis Schafly, Brannon Howse, M. Stanton Evans, Dr. Robert Chandler, and many others. This documentary DVD is well worth the modest price.
Note: while I was also interviewed for this documentary, I will not receive, nor did I ask for any remuneration. My only interest in promoting this video is seeing the facts contained herein communicated to the public – facts that our media has utterly failed to disclose.
As the evangelist John Wesley lay on his deathbed in 1791, he sent a note to British MP William Wilberforce, who was then leading the political battle to end the slave trade. Wesley, with an Evangelical eye to the long game (the Slave Trade Act didn’t pass until 1807 and the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act passed in 1833 as Wilberforce lay in his own deathbed) wrote simply, and inspirationally, about the significance of standing contra mundum, “against the world.” Sometimes it is necessary for the benefit of those around you to stand seemingly against everyone else, for the world’s sake. What is good is not always immediately obvious or popular.
Bolivia wants the United Nations to recognize Earth as having the same rights as humans. This, of course, is harebrained nonsense. Unfortunately, such thinking isn’t confined by national borders.
The Bolivian regime of President Evo Morales is pursuing a United Nations treaty that will recognize the Earth as “a living entity that humans have sought to dominate and exploit, to the point that the well-being and existence of many beings is now threatened.”
This is a country, after all, that has a Ministry of Mother Earth.
Bolivia has no monopoly on absurdity, though. Developed nations have more than their fair share of zealots who believe that man is but a plague on Mother Earth. As Sierra Club founder John Muir said: “Man is always and everywhere a blight on the landscape.”
They exchanged God’s truth for a lie and worshipped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. – Romans 1:25
Okay, I have had it with this President’s blatant dishonesty. His speech today was appallingly deceitful and misleading. This President, has spent more money and added more debt than any other President in history. This is not political rhetoric, this is simply fact! Barack Obama’s budget deficit in March of 2011 was larger than the deficit for all of 2007!
Via Mediaite, three minutes of righteous rage. It’s all here: Obama’s gutless insistence on farming this issue out to commissions to spare himself the political risks of leadership; his betrayal of his sunny 2008 campaign message, swapping the post-partisan Hopenchange problem-solver crap for a double-barreled attack on the GOP; and of course, the horribly cynical electoral calculus in all this, which earns a sneering reference from Ryan to the “Campaigner-in-Chief.”
If it was possible to fail to meet the already-low expectations set for this speech beforehand, Obama managed to do it. Not only did Obama fail to resurrect his own deficit commission’s plan, he offered nothing specific in response to the specifics Paul Ryan and the GOP have already laid on the table. It’s almost impossible to present a substantive criticism of the proposal because it contains nothing substantive, an impression that more and more people have of this White House.
The United States plans a new push to promote comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday, suggesting a stronger US hand in trying to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
President Barack Obama will lay out US policy toward the Middle East and North Africa in the coming weeks, Clinton told Arab and US policy makers in a speech that placed particular emphasis on Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Obama’s launch of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks last year went nowhere and he is under pressure to make a new initiative or face the prospect of the Palestinians seeking the UN General Assembly’s blessing for a Palestinian state.
The great sell out is coming. Israel risks God’s wrath if she surrenders the Promised Land and/or Jerusalem to God’s enemies. God is clear:
- “FOR BEHOLD, in those days and at that time when I shall reverse the captivity and restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and will bring them down into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, and there will I deal with and execute judgment upon them for their treatment of My people and of My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations and because they have divided My land.” [Joel 3:1-2
by Mark Silverberg:
It is now clear why Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority have refused negotiations with Israel for more than a year, even after Israel agreed to freeze Jewish construction in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem: they have been busy working behind the scenes with South American leaders to obtain a declaration of statehood for “Palestine.” Abbas has reason to gloat. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina recently recognized “Palestine as a free and independent state based on its pre-1967 borders,” and other South American countries have followed her lead.
Having failed to obtain an independence declaration at the U.N. Security Council, the PA is now preparing to bypass the Security Council and ask the General Assembly to invoke the precedent of the U.N. General Assembly’s “Uniting for Peace” Resolution 377 (passed in 1950), which could allow that body to recommend collective action “if the Security Council, because of lack of unanimity of the permanent members, fails to exercise its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security”. Such action would not only preempt the authority of the Security Council, but would pressure Israel into accepting Palestinian statehood without the Palestinians being required to honor their international commitments or to make any compromises or concessions.
Forgotten are UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, both passed in the wake of the Six-Day War (1967) and the Yom Kippur War (1973). These Resolutions acknowledged Israel’s need for secure and recognized boundaries prior to any Israeli withdrawals. They now appear, however, to be irrelevant, raising the question: Why should Israel honor its international commitments with the Palestinians (such as those enshrined in the Oslo Accords) if international commitments made with Israel by the Palestinians are not honored as well?
To the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport
Dear Secretary of State,
I am addressing this letter to you because of a matter of public concern so great that I believe it must be tackled by you personally. The issue is the BBC, and its coverage of Israel and the Middle East.
As you know, this has been the subject of considerable controversy for many years, with repeated concerns about a perceived institutionalised hostility towards Israel in BBC reporting – so much so that the BBC itself commissioned an inquiry by Malcolm Balen into whether the BBC’s coverage had fallen short of the necessary standards of objectivity and truthfulness. The BBC has not only chosen to keep Balen’s report secret, but has even spent thousands of pounds of licence-fee payers’ money on court actions to ensure that this document, paid for out of the public purse and on a matter of public interest, remains hidden from public view.
Such is the background. You may of course take the view that such concerns are overblown by supporters of Israel whose own objectivity is in question. You may also believe that it is for the BBC to ensure that its own house is in order, and that the government should be wary of being seen to interfere with the management of the BBC’s affairs.
If so, I urge you to watch this remarkable video presentation by CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. CAMERA has been sufficiently alarmed by the BBC’s flagrantly biased reporting of Israel – particularly bearing in mind the BBC’s unrivalled reach and influence throughout the world – to have seen fit on more than one occasion to analyse the distortions, untruths and malice of its coverage.