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Londonistan Calling

The Labour Party's "Open Door" immigration policy has been bad for Britain. Does Prime Minister Cameron have the courage to set things right?

By 7.6.11

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British police -- sarcastically described as the enforcement arm of the left-wing Guardian because of their zeal in prosecuting political incorrectness -- have been accused of suppressing information about a wave of threats, abuse and violence in Islamicising areas of London, in particular the borough of Tower Hamlets.

Victims say police in the borough, fearing racism allegations, have ignored or downplayed cases where people -- Muslim and non-Muslim alike -- have been threatened or beaten for breaching "Islamic norms." One such victim, Mohammed Monzur Rahman, was left partially blind after being beaten by a mob for smoking during Ramadan. According to a local anti-extremism campaigner, Rahman reported the incident to police, but was told they could not take action because there were no witnesses -- absurd, considering that the street was lined with closed-circuit TV cameras and filled with people.

Already Muslim immigration, concentrated in "Londonistan" and other big-city areas, has reached a point where it is unsafe for Englishwomen to walk in many streets uncovered or for Jews to venture out wearing such identifying symbols as skull-caps. A video is being shown on the Internet of police apparently running in terror through the London streets from a mob bearing placards proclaiming BEHEAD THOSE WHO INSULT ISLAM and similar slogans. Even politically-liberal comedian John Cleese recently declared: "London is no longer an English city."

The take-over of large inner-city areas by Islamic extremists, with the concomitant terrorisation of law-abiding Muslims as well as others, has come about as a result of the previous Labour Government’s "Open Door" policy. Like some other Labour policies, Open Door appears to have been predicated on the deliberate altering of voting demographics. It has succeeded perhaps beyond its architects’ wishes. Since Labour enacted the policy in 1997, more than 5.2 million immigrants have arrived in the United Kingdom. When the departures of those moving abroad are taken into account, Open Door has left the foreign-born population in the UK 3.2 million higher, in a country with a total population of only about 60 million. If even one in a hundred of those 3.2 million is an Islamic extremist, that would yield a total of 320,000 new radicals -- several times the headcount of the entire British Army.

Britain has not seen an invasion like this since ancient times.

After more than a year in office, Conservative Prime Minister Cameron has recently made some belated noises about the problem. But as journalist Iain Martin said: "It is becoming horrifyingly clear that Cameron will not manage to get immigration below even 100,000 a year at the present rate of progess."

Though Cameron has actually taken some steps to curb the madness of Labour’s misgovernment in other fields (including cutting the swollen public-sector pay-roll), he has shown little evidence of true far-reaching decisive action -- the kind that Britain’s immigration problem desperately calls for.

Time is running out. Britain is seeing its identity and institutions, and perhaps even its position as part of the West, disappear. It needs to take policing its borders seriously and repatriate more illegal immigrants, even to the point of defying the European Union and tearing up the Human Rights Act.

As far as the Human Rights Act goes, the Daily Mail has reported that there are 3,200 criminals, failed asylum seekers and benefit tourists who cannot be kicked out of the country because of their court-upheld right to a family life. A Sri Lankan thief won the right to stay because he has a girlfriend in Britain. A Bolivian criminal successfully argued that he couldn’t be forced to leave because he would thereby be separated from his British cat.

Meanwhile, undetected illegal immigrants continue to pour into the United Kingdom, including, as predicted more than a century ago, through the Channel Tunnel. The Tories’ Liberal-Democrat coalition partners seem completely in thrall to the standard international left-wing packager deal, and most unlikely to do anything to offend the Left.

To put himself in a position to do anything, Cameron will have to call a general election, albeit accepting what is at the moment a small risk of losing it (the Labour Party’s internal divisions run increasingly deep, and should not present Cameron much of an electoral challenge). If he can gain enough seats to give the Liberal Democrats the boot and govern in his own right, then he may be able to roll back some of his country's destructive Blair-Era immigration reforms. The indications are, however, that not only does he lack the courage to do this, he actually doesn’t even want to.

In the 1930s, out of office and futureless, Winston Churchill turned his hand to writing a history of the English-speaking people. When he got to Alfred the Great he remarked on the British genius for producing great leaders in times of confusion and decay. One can only go on hoping.

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Hal G.P. Colebatch's "Immram," Counterstrike, is being published by Australian publisher Imaginites.