It takes a nation to protect the nation
In any political battle, it is essential to have a clear understanding of the polls.
There are two key points for framing a stance on immigration:
1) 90% of the British people reject a policy "ending all immigration".
2) Substantial majorities of all categories of the British people favor massive cuts of >80% in current immigration levels. (See below)
So the official stance of the EDL on immigration should be:
"We do not advocate a complete halt in immigration. We do advocate very steep cuts in the current immigration levels."
If this approach is taken, the EDL is very much not on the "far right", and in fact is in the "mainstream center". They are speaking for the majority of British people, and they should boldly assume the confidence and high-ground which that gives them. They must reiterate over and over that they are speaking for the majority of the British people, and that those who stand against them are fringe elements of the far left who have no support from the public.
Here are the stats to back up the point I am making:
72% think the government is handling immigration poorly.
41% think immigration does more harm than help to the country.
59% think that immigration has had little or no effect on their local area.
36% think immigrants might pose a threat to public order and safety.
52% think immigrants might pose a threat to employment.
62% think that immigration might lead to Britain losing its identity.
[ORB Poll, Nov. 2007]
63% think immigration should be "much tougher" while a further 11% say there should be no more immigration.
There are significant differences in the way the issue is viewed by men and women — with many more females saying they do not believe that immigration is good for Britain.
[Ipsos MORI Poll, Aug. 2006]
54% think there are too many immigrants in this country.
58% think the Islamic faith treats women as second class citizens.
90% reject a policy of "ending all immigration".
[ICM Poll, October 2009]
- 76% want to see net immigration cut from its present level of 237,000 a year to 50,000 or less a year. Of that 76%, 32% want to see a policy of “one in, one out” while 22% want to see no immigration at all.
The party affiliations are also of interest:
- A sharp cut in immigration (to 50,000 a year or less) was supported by 85% of Conservative, 70% of Labour and 65% of Lib Dem voters.
[YouGov Poll, July 2009]
-70% want immigration cut by over 80%
17% believe net foreign immigration should be reduced to 50,000 a year
39% thought there should be no net immigration
16% thought there should be more emigrants than immigrants.
-79% were concerned or very concerned about the issued of immigration.
- Over half ABC1s (52%) and C2DEs (58%) thought that immigration should be cut to either no net immigration or there should be more emigrants than migrants.
-Young people also think that immigration should be drastically reduced: a total of 63% of 18-34 year olds thought that net immigration should be either 50,000 a year, or there should be no net immigration; or that emigration should be greater than immigration.
-65 % of Londoners think that net immigration should be cut by 80% while 50% think that there should either be no net immigration, or emigration should be greater than immigration.
this is worthy of a look on this subject:
I think the stance on immigration/migration needs to be more nuanced.
Migration is only good if the people are needed here in this country, and for human rights concerns, AND if there is a genuine proven track record of certain migrant populations making a genuine positive contribution to the country, in the long haul.
By this last point I mean to say that Islam teaches Muslims:
To not fit in;
To separate themselves from non-Muslims;
To push push push for the implementation of Sharia law in all aspects of life in this country;
To use our tolerance to promote intolerance of non-Muslims;
That their first loyalty is to the umma, the nation of Islam;
That they should only marry Muslims;
That it is okay to cheat the system in order to promote and live a Muslim life, like a man having more than one wife;
That Muslims who leave Islam should be killed,
That Muslim men are superior to Muslim women, etc
I could extend the list but I trust you get my drift.
The government needs to learn more about Islam and begin to filter out migrant populations which have a proven unwillingness to do anything other than subvert and change the country in which they reside into a country like any number of Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and elsewhere.
While the individual Muslim is not necessarily a problem, Islam always is. The problem occurs when the population of individual Muslims become a significant percentage of the population in any locale or country. Then the Muslim organisations step up a gear and start pushing for extra social and political rights.