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Ahmed Abdoule: Hull rapist first and foremost a criminal, a man or a Somalian?

How do you report on Ahmed Abdoule, 33, who this week was convicted of rape at Hull Crown Court, handed an 11 year prison term? The Hull Daily Mail’s headline sums up: “Man who raped teenage girl held sharp piece of wood to her throat and said: ‘You cannot be a virgin because you are white’.”

The rapist is a man first and foremost. In the story’s fifth paragraph we learn more about this violent criminal: “The court heard Abdoule, a Somalian national, was known to the woman and took her to his home.”

We read Judge Mark Bury’s comments: “She told you she was a virgin to try and get you to stop. You said to her, ‘You cannot be, you are white’. You told her not to look at you, and pulled her top over her face, telling her you did not want to see her while you were raping her.”

And then the story went national, appearing on the websites of two newspapers: the Sun and the Mail.



The Mail’s chief fact is the rapist’s nationality. The article begins:

A Somalian man has been jailed after he held a sharp piece of wood against a teenage girl’s throat and raping her, saying that the victim could not be a virgin ‘because you are white’.

Words matter. Facts are dressed for readers to digest. The story calls Abdoule a “savage rapist”. A spot of tautology, no? Can the rapist be, for instance, ‘kindly’, ‘gentle’ or ‘civilised’? He is a “sickening pervert”, again, rather than what other kind of criminal pervert, an ‘uplifting’ or ‘wholesome’ one?

We do hear more of the crime, and these parts, too, was reported by the Hull Mail:

After he had finished raping her, he told his victim that he had ‘liked it’ and that she was ‘not the only girl who was going to get punished’. Abdoule, from east Hull, also told her that ‘my country would love you’.

After he dropped the teenager away from his home, Abdoule gave the victim a new top to wear and told her to ‘cherish it’ and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about his attack.

Over in the Sun, we’re told:

SICKO CAGED – Rapist told teen victim she couldn’t be a virgin ‘because she’s white’ as he held weapon to her throat in sex attack. Somalian national Ahmed Abdoule also threatened to kill his victim if she told anyone about the attack

The story begins by calling Abdoule a “rapist”. He is then called an ‘evil rapist’. And then these comments appear beneath the story:



The ‘man” is taken to represent his ‘kind’. We do not know why Abdoule was in the UK, whether he was on holiday, working, seeking asylum, living with British relatives and so on.

The Mail’s comments – and these the most popular ones approved by the site:




How quickly the rapist who carried out a specific crime on an individual comes to epitomise something innate in the Other and a greater threat to us all. That’s not to say race played no part in this – the attacker expressly referred his vicim’s whiteness. That’s a fact. But in reducing the crime to one of culture or ignoring the abuser’s ethnicity  – why does the story appear in the Sun and Mail?; why doesn’t the story appear in the Indy and Guardian? – the facts and a myriad other factors that contributed to the crime are wilfully distorted or overlooked.


Posted: 10th, February 2018 | In: News | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Tania Amisi jailed: Express turns crook into a story about immigration

If Tania Amisi is “Queen of the Scroungers”, are her subjects also scroungers? And where might they be found?

The Express leads with Tania Amisi, 27, who on Monday began a four-year prison sentence for defrauding 22 councils out of at least £244,000. She raked in the cash by claiming benefits on properties she did not live in. To put the tin id on it, she was living in a swanky flat in Chelsea Harbour.


Tania Amisi


Congo-born Amis, who came the UK as a 12-year-old asylum seeker (she was granted indefinite leave to stay) after her father was murdered, would have most likely gone to prison earlier, having pleaded guilty to three charges of fraud. But she legged it. The law caught up with her in Paris in July.

On Monday the judge at Southwark Crown Court told her:

“You had a flat in Chelsea paid for by your fraudulent activities and your son had all the material benefits he could want. Once discovered, you could not face up to the consequences and you fled to mainland Europe until you were brought back.”

So how do you tell the story?

The BBC told it in a story called Britain on the Fiddle:



Over in the Express, there’s no word on why Amisi was granted asylum. The paper punctuates its front-page story with a “Daily Express Vote” (page 5) in which readers are invited to respond to the question “Should Britain be more careful about who get asylum?” – which begs another question not asked by the paper: how can you best vet a 12-year-old whose dad’s been murdered for any future crimes she may commit?

To help Express readers reach an answer, on page 12 the paper delivers the editorial: “Fraudster made fortune from soft-touch Britain.” Amisi is the “pregnant mother-of-three, who came to Britain from the Congo as an asylum seeker”. When she was 12. She didn’t come when she was pregnant and take Britain as a soft touch by pointing to her kids and her bump. This is a story on benefits fraud. But the Express makes immigration its thrust.

The London Evening Standard mentions Amisi’s place of birth not once. The Guardian doesn’t report on the story at all. But to the Express she is “the shameless former asylum seeker”. Why can’t she just be a crook?


Posted: 13th, December 2017 | In: Key Posts, Money, News | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Andrew Sullivan: The Issue That Could Lose the Next Election for Democrats.

Andrew Sullivan spots a trend: The Issue That Could Lose the Next Election for Democrats.

“I don’t believe it’s disputable at this point that the most potent issue behind the rise of the far right in America and Europe is mass immigration. It’s a core reason that Trump is now president; it’s why the AfD is now the third-biggest party in the German, yes, German, parliament; it’s why Austria’s new chancellor won by co-opting much of the far right’s agenda on immigration; it’s why Britain is attempting (and currently failing) to leave the EU; it’s why Marine Le Pen won a record number of votes for her party in France this spring.

“A critical moment, in retrospect, came with Angela Merkel’s 2015 decision to import over a million Syrian refugees into the heart of Europe. . . . This is, to be blunt, political suicide. The Democrats’ current position seems to be that the Dreamer parents who broke the law are near heroes, indistinguishable from the children they brought with them; and their rhetoric is very hard to distinguish, certainly for most swing voters, from a belief in open borders. In fact, the Democrats increasingly seem to suggest that any kind of distinction between citizens and noncitizens is somehow racist.”

If you keep ignoring the demos or monstering them as thick bigots, the demos is going to take it’s chance to vote you out…

Posted: 24th, October 2017 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Hani Khalaf: Hyde Park killer and the problem with immigrants

In today’s Daily Express, it’s another game of join the dots, of which there are just two. Page 5 tells readers of an “illegal immigrant” called Hani Khalaf. He’s been handed a 26-year prison sentence for murdering Jairo Medina, beating the man to death in London’s Hyde Park.

Khalaf, an Egyptian national, arrived in the UK in the back of lorry back in 2014, posing as a Syrian asylum seeker.

Judge Wendy Joseph QC tells the court:

“It is clear that Hani Khalaf, having absconded, came to the attention of authorities on at least six occasions. On each, he was re-bailed because they could not make arrangements for securing his deportation in a reasonable amount of time.”

The news is part of a page given over to immigration stories.


Immigration Special.


The phone poll on the same page asks: “Is Britain still letting in too many migrants?”



The story of how Hani Khalaf was free to murder is troubling. Why was a man in the country illegally not dealt with by the authorities? Joseph makes the valid point that Khalaf had no way of “lawfully maintaining himself”. How can man in the country illegally keep the rules?

So much for the Express. But how do the other paper report on the story?

The Daily Telegraph leads with the killer’s legal status:

Illegal immigrant murdered man in Hyde Park after Home Office repeatedly failed to deport him

It tells readers that the victim, a carer by profession, was born in Colombia. He was a Colombian national. The Express omits that fact. The Express also doesn’t say that Mr Medina, a migrant, has, according to his sister, won an award in 2015 for his “service to care in London”.

The paper adds:

The day before he [Khalaf] met Mr Medina, he was arrested for shoplifting in Regent Street and gave police the false name he had previously given to immigration officials.

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and was bailed hours before the killing.

On August 11, Khalaf met Mr Medina in Hyde Park, where the victim had gone hoping to have sex with a younger man, the court heard.

Khalaf murdered and robbed Mr Medina. The judge ruled that it was a “murder for gain”.

Over in the London Evening Standard, the killer’s status is is once more the leading fact:

Illegal immigrant jailed for beating carer Jairo Medina to death in London’s Hyde Park

It was only good police work that saw Khalaf arrested:

Khalaf was arrested on August 16 for fare evasion and told police he was Hanni Hassan and later gave the name Khalaf, prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC said.

Then on August 18, he was arrested again for shoplifting and taken to Charing Cross police station, where an “eagle-eyed” police officer recognised him from CCTV as the suspect seen with Mr Medina on the night of his death.

The BBC delivers the headline:

“Illegal immigrant jailed for Hyde Park murder”

And in the Guardian? Well, this is the headline:



It’s story begins:

A homeless man has been jailed for at least 26 years for murdering a “kind and peace-loving” carer…

To the Guardian, it is not Khalaf’s illegality that matters most. “Homeless man jailed for Hyde Park murder,” says the headline. Its report carries not a single mention of the words “migrant”, “illegal immigrant” or “immigrant”.

The Express and Guardian both massage the facts to fit an agenda. Neither is helpful.

Posted: 25th, August 2017 | In: Broadsheets, News, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Daily Mail readers confused by EU borders news

The Daily Mail is upset that the European Union has imposed “tough” security checks at airports causing British families to “suffer most”. Maybe the EU wonks hard that we Britishers like to queue?


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As the Mail grumbles and moans about beefed-up security at airport in the EU zone, we hark back to a time when the same paper was grumbling about slack security at airport in the EU zone:


daily mail borders


When the UK’s Border Force closed gates at Stansted Airport, causing 5,000 people to queue at Passport Control at midnight – “Children were crying and tempers flared”and “holidaymakers battled” – the Mail published the story on page 10.

The Express is just as confused:



Such are the facts.


Posted: 3rd, August 2017 | In: Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

After Grenfell: 600 deathtraps, party political boomerangs and another lousy inquiry

News is that Grenfell Tower was not the only building swaddled in flammable cladding. The Sun leads with “600 Fire Traps”. It sees “thousands of families living in fear” that what happened in North Kensington could happen to their home. Eleven building in eight local authorities have been tested by the Government so far, including those, says the paper, in the London borough of Camden, which just happens to be a council under Labour control. So much for the narrative about only people in jeans, double-vent jackets and brogues placing the poor in danger. The Sun is happy to point out when a horror comes along and upsets all the pieces on the board, playing party politics with the dead is a campaigning boomerang.

Theresa May does not murder children. Jeremy Corbyn does not value life more or less than other party leaders. Using the dead for a political campaign is sick. I’m sure among the enlightened and knowing screaming about justice for Grenfell and Tory child killers it’s a monumental order of self-restraint not to revisit Guy Fawkes’ old plot.



On page 5, the Sun tells us of the 4,800 residents in five Camden council tower blocks who can’t sleep for fear of a blaze. The “killer cladding” was installed by Rydon, the same company that worked on Grenfell Tower.

Over in the Mirror, the front-page news is also of thousands more people “living in deathtraps”. We hear from Labour’s Harriet Harman, who calls the news “chilling”. It too mentions Camden Council, and looks at the Rivers Apartments in Tottenham, London, where the building is wrapped in the same “lethal material” as Grenfell. In Camden, the council has ordered the cladding on the Chalcots Estate to be stripped immediately. The paper does not mention that Camden Council is under Labour control. It does, however, remind readers that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is under Tory control, and that its hapless leader has resigned.



In the Express, Grenfell and cladding becomes something to do with illegal immigration. Ross Clark agrees that any illegal immigrants who survived Grenfell Tower should not be prosecuted but his bleeding heart swiftly dries like camel spit. No-one wants to be an illegal immigrant, dead or both. But he tells us that illegal immigration is a health and safety issue because lots of them live in sub-let council flats. Presumably, the way around this is to flush them out with random spot-cheques and drills. All for their own good, of course. The Grenfell Towers disaster, he notes, “might not have been caused by overcrowding” – no might about it, Ross, it wasn’t – “but unless we investigate properly the living conditions there, then sooner or later we are going to have similar tragedies caused by having people crammed into unsuitable housing.”

As the Express looks to rehousing the poor and displaced in better accommodation – i.e. a prison before deportation – the Mail sees the “GREAT EVACUATION”, saying that thousands of tenants in the 600 infected towers may have to move out.

Of course, the exact cause of the inferno that destroyed Grenfell Tower on 14 June remains to be discovered. But, yes, you’d want to move out if you lived in a tower block with questionable safety standards.

So they move out into temporary accommodation, the contractors move in, the council wonks say “lessons have been learned” and thank sheer luck that Grenfell never happened on their patch – and then what?

Right now the feeling is not that we need more legislation, but that building companies and clockwork councils need to better observe rules already in place. They should employ more common sense and gut-feeling in jobs that have been reduced to box-ticking. A disaster on this scale could have been prevented had people in power listened to the warnings. The cladding changed the building. But who was looking into how cladding affected fire risk and fire control? Nothing exits in isolation. In focusing on the cladding, the councils are not considering the bigger picture: who oversees the whole thing not just the micro-management? Who wasn’t listening to Grenfell Tower’s residents when they campaigned long and hard for their Tenant Management Organisation to address their concerns? Instinct and local knowledge were ignored. Removing faddish and dangerous cladding won’t alter that.

And then there’s the ubiquitous inquiry. Over the need for quick action and addressing the concerns of people who live in their flats and know them best, politicians franchise action to a body not accountable to the public. And nothing changes.


Posted: 23rd, June 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Reviews, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Brexit the Daily Express and the 55 Tufton Street gang

So keen are migrant workers to pay UK taxes, the Daily Express says “more than 1 million citizen” of them will “rush in” before the country leaves the European Union.

Well, maybe they will. Maybe they won’t.


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The headline figure is the opinion of Richard Tice, billed as “co-chairman of the Leave Means Leave campaign”. Why there should be a campaign to implement something decided by a free and legal vote is off. And how Tice came to be the voice for it is not investigated.

But it’s exists. And the Express is all ears, keen to support Tice’s views and guesstimates on its front page. Indeed, this is the third time this January Mr Tice’s views have reached Express readers.

Who is he? What is Leave Means Leave? The Express doesn’t say much about the group based at 55 Tufton Street, London. The Independent has a little, reporting on February 10 2016:

The address where Eurosceptics and climate change sceptics rub shoulders – The offices of 55 Tufton Street in Westminister [sic] are home to no fewer than eight right-of-centre organisations


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After the clanger in the headline, the Indy has some insight on goings on at 55 Tufton Street.

But this low-profile four-storey block, a stone’s throw from Parliament, is home to no fewer than eight right-of-centre organisations dedicated to pulling Britain out of Europe and undermining the battle to curb global warming.

We get some names, most of which the Daily Express seems to have on speed dial:

The former Conservative chancellor Lord Lawson is one of the key figures at 55 Tufton Street, after he moved his climate-sceptic Global Warming Policy Foundation to the premises.

This puts the foundation in the same building as the TaxPayers’ Alliance, the bullishly effective low-tax pressure group…

We’re told that  55 Tufton Street is owned by Richard Smith. Who is he?

Richard Smith is probably best known for flying David Cameron to his home in Shobdon, Herefordshire in 2007 – shortly after the then leader of the Opposition proposed taxes on unnecessary flights… His company, HR Smith Group, owns number 55 Tufton Street… He is also a trustee of the Politics and Economics Research Trust, the charitable arm of the Taxpayers Alliance.

At the time of writing, the Indy said you could find the following organisations at 55 Tufton Street: Global Warming Policy Foundation, Global Vision, The European Foundation, Civitas, Taxpayers’ Alliance, Business for Britain, Big Brother Watch and UK2020.

You may well wonder why London-based think tanks carry so much weight in the media? If their thoughts trigger debate, we should know more about how their treatises came to be.

Richard North claims:

…55 Tufton Street is a nest of vipers. It harbours groups which form a nexus of influence which dominates the fringes of right-wing Conservatism. And it provides the spiritual home of those who believe they are entitled to run the “leave” campaign.


…the referendum is an opportunity to rethink how we do political research in this country, working towards the idea of virtual think-ranks, freed from the stultifying grip of the Tufton Street Gang, and the intellectual constraints that it brings.

So to the Express‘ story, which does little more than repeat Mr Trice’s claims. Over pages 4 and 5, we get “Fears over EU migration in run-up top Brexit”. Tice says we could “easily see one million to 1.25 million extra EU migrants move to Britain” if “freedom of movement for EU citizens continues over the  next two years”.


daily express migrants


Will these “rushing” foreigners be allowed to hold British passports or continue to work here after the country leaves the EU? Dunno. How much will they pay in tax? Dunno. Will all the jobs they do be low-paid? Dunno.

Few facts, then. But the Express has heard enough. “Mr Tice says that estimate is a conservative one based on National Insurance registrations,” it reports. One million could be millions of rushing foreigners.

Tice’s guess ‘does not take into account the extra pull factor of Britain’s looming departure from the EU, making this the “last chance saloon” for people to secure better prospects offered in the UK than elsewhere in the bloc”.

How many will see it as their last chance to leave the UK and secure better prospects in the bloc? Dunno.

Lest readers still not have got the message that foreigners are to be feared, the Express presses f7 and conjures up one of its other sources of fact: MigrationWatchm, an outfit not hymned for its love of immigration.

Have loaded the argument the Express invites readers to vote in a premium-rate phone line poll which asks, “Should Britain act NOW to control immigration.”

Vote now and vote often.

Posted: 24th, January 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Haris Stanikzai: the bearded 16-year-old from the Calais Jungle’s Countdown to immaturity

In “YOU’VE GOATEE BE KIDDING” the Sun zooms in on a “’22-year-old’ bearded migrant ‘uni student’” who “insists he’s just sixteen as he starts secondary school classes”.

Haris Stanikzai, from Afghanistan, plays the unenviable role of migrant teenager in the spotlight. Dan Sales spots Haris emerging from the now eradicated Calais Jungle. A new life in the UK means Haris has “already been enjoying classic UK telly Deal or no Deal and Countdown.”

It doesn’t get any better than that.


Haris Stanikzai migrants Calais Jungle


The Sun is not alone in questioning Haris’s age.

Child refugee allowed into UK had spent three years at university – Telegraph
‘Child migrant’ from Calais Jungle boasts of being 22 on a dating website – Mail

As the Mail appraises the teenager for signs of sexual maturity, Sales looks at evidence to suggest Haris is older than he claims to be:

A LinkedIn page says he studied at an Afghani university three years ago. But yesterday it was alleged he had enrolled in university three years ago and had a dating profile saying he was 22.

SHOCKER 1: Teenager pretends to be older to pull!

SHOCKER 2: LinkedIn is relevant!

Haris’s uncle, Jan Ghazi, 37, who Haris is living with, tells the paper: “We have spoken to him and we are happy he is 16 to 17. I happy he is a child. He says his plan is to become a doctor. He has said I want to go to school. We don’t know which year, we are waiting for the Home Office papers.”

The Sun than spoons on the lemon juice by captioning a picture: “Haris and uncle Jan chat on sofa by flat-screen television.” Wosamatter?! Cathode Ray Tube not good enough for them, eh?

Uncle Jan adds:

“These last two weeks he has been coming to work with me, to the pizza takeaway. On television he has been watching the news about the Calais Jungle. Of British programmes he’s watched Deal Or No Deal, Come Dine With Me and Countdown.”

Oh, yeah. What else, Uncle Jan?

“We don’t have a birth certificate for him, but we know roughly the date and the time. He is between 16 and 17 and he has not been to university. They said he was in the 7th semester of university, that would make him 25 to 27. Does he look 27 to you?”

Yes! Maybe!



“His brother was shot dead on the border of Iran. We were told he had been killed by one of the people smugglers.”

Haris has not had it easy. But he could have it easier. All he need do is shave, dye his hair blond and cry. We like our migrants to look very young, not too dark skinned and weak. Haris comes across as mature, resourceful, capable and, like many teens, a fan of day-time telly. And who has any sympathy for someone like that?

Posted: 31st, October 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The trucker who caused a fatal accident is mostly Romanian

It all began when the Labour government made Bulgarian and Romanians second-class citizens of Europe. Well, maybe it began way before that. But the point is that when the Daily Mail spotted an accident and that one driver had been on his mobile, the paper made nationality an issue.

“Seconds before four-car pile-up,. Romanian truck on his mobile,” observes the headline.


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Would it have been less newsworthy had the driver been British? Reporter Rebecca Camber twice more mentions that driver Razman Rusu is Romanian.


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The Telegraph only mentions the now jailed driver’s nationality once, when it becomes relevant to the story:

Rusu, a Romanian national living in the UK, returned to his home country but was arrested on his arrival back in the UK.

The Mirror mentions it once – and not in the headline.

The GetWestLondon website doesn’t mention it all, but does note: “Rusu had been living in the UK but left the country for Romania after the crash.”

The Sun reports: “DASHCAM DUMMY JAILED Terrifying moment lorry driver causes pile-up on M1 while staring at his mobile phone – Razvan Rusu, 30, will serve eight months behind bars after being convicted of dangerous driving.”

That Rusu is Romanian is mentioned once.


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The Express however trumps even the Mail.

JAILED: Romanian lorry driver who caused M1 pile-up while distracted by his phone – A ROMANIAN lorry driver fled the country after ploughing into motorway traffic while distracted by his mobile phone.

No police report mentioned the man’s nationality being a factor in the crime.

Posted: 30th, October 2016 | In: Reviews, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Child refugees taught to fear the dentist

How can you tell a migrant’s age? The tabloids lead with faces of child refugees heading to the UK. “THE ‘CHILD REFUGEES’ DEBATE” is the Mail’s lead story. You can tell the paper has suspicions about the age of these children because it uses inverted commas to cast doubt on their status.


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Over pages 4 and 5, we see men – only men – “Mature Beyond Their Years”. One child migrant has the “features of a 38 year old”. No, not a 38-year reality TV star – rather one with crows’ feet around his eyes and skin that moves. This 18-year-old from sunny and bucolic Afghanistan “says he has an older brother living in the UK”. So says an unnamed “source”, who claims to have access to such information, although apparently not the authority to check the child’s/man’s claims.

The Mail says two thirds of child migrants “quizzed” about their age were fund to be adults. Yeah, who knew that people desperate enough to look for a new life in the UK could lie about their ages? Shock of shocks, indeed.

As Tim Worstall notes:

Many will read that as two thirds of so called child refugees are not children. No. Two thirds of those that officials suspected were not children, and thus investigated, were found to be adults.



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So how do well tell a person’s age?

David Davies, the MP for Monmouth (not to be confused with “Brexit” secretary David Davis, says the Indy) says: “I hope British hospitality is not being abused”. He wants migrants to have their teeth checked to determine their ages. If teeth are covered in a film of Coca Cola, they belong to a child. If shards of butterscotch are stuck to their stumps, they are adults. Simple.

CAUTION: If the kids have black teeth full of holes, they are most likely British children and unless Afghanistan wants them, should be allowed to remain.


Posted: 19th, October 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Britain builds a wall in France to keep them out

CNN reports that the UK is to build a ‘big new wall’ in Calais to stop migrants.

The four-meter (13 foot) high wall is part of a £17 million ($23 million) deal struck between Britain and France earlier this year to try to block migrants from crossing the English Channel.

Donald Trump is wrong: you need to build the wall inside Mexico.

“We’ve done the fence. Now we’re doing a wall,” British Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill announced at a government hearing on Tuesday.

It’s all about ambition. But we’d like to see a traditional dry-stone wall. British walls for British wallers!

PS: With any leftover bricks, we can shore up the Chunnel.

PPS: If the would-be Britishers can jump it in a photogenic fashion, they’re in. There’s a TV show in this. Call me Channel 4, I have ideas:


Posted: 7th, September 2016 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Jungle: reducing refugees to hapless saints

The Jungle refugee camp in Calais is troubling Stella Creasy MP. She writes in The Guardian:

As signatories to the 1951 refugee convention, Britain should share responsibility for helping more people, not just in camps in poorer nations but across Europe too. That means providing more legal safe routes to sanctuary and funding the administrative mechanisms for people to access them.

France is a safe haven for refugees. A refugee has been forced to leave their home by fear. Creasy’s lament scratches the notion of sovereignty. Where does the UK’s powers and and the EU’s power begin? Is a democratic state allowed to say who lives in its country?

If we are for allowing people to live and work in the UK, we should debate it. Creasy writes:

We can’t abandon refugee children – and that includes us, the politicians…

Why wouldn’t it include politicians, the people we elect to make decisions? Who made them something other than us, the mere humans who vote for them?

Refugee camps are not a long-term solution. But demolishing them or hoping other countries will deal with the problem because it isn’t happening on our soil isn’t a sustainable or honourable response.

Instead of meaningful debate about human freedom, the issue is reduced to infantalized virtue signalling over who cares most for the refugees, portrayed either as hapless and saintly or criminal and dangerous.

Time to treat them as adults.

Posted: 2nd, September 2016 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Remain supporting media joins UKIP in spreading fear over migrants

Having warned against a vote for Leave in the EU Referendum, the Mirror titles are in a dither. Do they: a) ignore the whole thing; b) try to beat UK leader Nigel Farage at his own game by whipping up fears over immigration, and in so doing connect with the paper’s readership whose vote for Labour was once a given?

The Sunday Mirror just goes with a):

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The Sunday People opts for b):


Congratulations to Wales, which voted out of the EU and stayed in the Euros (source for joke: all papers). But what about those half a million desperate “migrants”? Well, the People seems unsure who they are: are they migrants or EU workers? And what of the number? A clue to how speculative it is comes in a further headline:

Brexit to cause immigration surge as 500,000 East Europeans ‘will rush in before borders close’

The inverted commas means it’s untrue. Fact is now opinion. Whose opinion becomes clear – and no, it’s not the Daily Express leader writer’s:

The warning was issued by former minister Phil Woolas who said ‘those who wanted to halt immigration will, perversely, cause the opposite’

Woolas is a former Labour MP. He says:

“Every time the UK Government announces a cap on immigration, thousands rush in before the deadline. Would-be immigrants see that the door is about to slam. So they bring forward their plans and a last-minute rush heads for the UK. In the Home Office, they call it the fire sale.”

So the paper’s headline figure is a guess based on the opinion of a former Labour MP. And what do we know of him? Well, the BBC reported in 2010:

Former Labour MP Phil Woolas has admitted defeat in his battle to overturn a court ruling which stripped him of his Commons seat. “It is the end of the road – I am out,” the former immigration minister said as he left the High Court. It means a by-election in his Oldham East and Saddleworth is likely soon. Mr Woolas narrowly won the seat in May but the result was declared void by an election court which ruled he had lied about his Lib Dem rival.

The specially convened election court ruled that comments in campaign material suggesting Lib Dem candidate Elwyn Watkins had tried to “woo” the votes of Muslim extremists, clearly amounted to an attack on his personal character and conduct. The court ruled he was guilty of breaching the Representation of the People Act 1983 and barred him from standing for elected office for three years, as well as fining him £5,000.

What the former Labour immigration minister says is now front-page news.

Posted: 26th, June 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Naked Cuban arrested trying to flee US

naked Cuban MiamiTo Miami International Airport, Florida, where a naked Ricardo Nogales, 47, is being arrested on a breach of security charge after he jumped the perimeter fence and entered the restricted airfield area.

Miami-Dade Police says Nogales is a Cuban national. He’s also unemployed. He said he jumped the fence because he wanted to go back to Cuba.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump…about that fence…


Posted: 16th, May 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Daily Star stirs fear of migrant perverts and filthy idiots abroad

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The Daily Star once supported the EDL. The paper today brings news that “MIGRANT PERVERTS” are a “THREAT TO UK GIRLS”.

Surely more perverts means more customers for the Daily Star (see more on the paper’s Page 3) and the paper’s owner Richard Desmond’s porn TV stations, on which you can watch such wholesome films as Jim Slip’s Euro 18s and A Filthy Idiot Abroad.

express(Mr Desmond also owns the Express which leads with news that more migrants “WILL LEAD TO MORE SEX ATTACKS”.)

So much for the foreign pervs. What of the news?

Matthew Young writes:

“Women in Britain have been warned they could be targeted by immigrants arriving from the Middle East.”

Well, they could be. They could also not be.

Criminal gangs carried out sex attacks in four cities across Germany on New Year’s Eve, assaulting and robbing 150 women.

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Posted: 8th, January 2016 | In: Reviews, Tabloids | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Calais crisis: Daily Mail readers flock to The Jungle for opening of new Pizza Express

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Have you seen the new “mini city” in France? Called The ‘Jungle’, the city features: a dozen shops, libraries, restaurants, makeshift hotels, a sculpture garden, a dome-shaped theatre, an Eritrean night-club, a playground, a book shop named Jungle Books (gerrit?) and a church.

The Mail’s Josh White says his place looks like a “mini-Glastonbury festival”, only cleaner, and with less kids called Scarlett, 4x4s and lice.

And the great news is that this city of culture can be reached by ferry, or li-lo, what with it being in Calais. It’s the kind of place that ‘edgy’, liberal white people looking for a dash of ethnic colour head to to feel daring and fulfilled. The danger, of course, is that Jake and Lara will buy a second home there, so raising the property prices and driving out the poorer, swarthier inhabitants. But it’s not yet an enclave of London. That for later when the Pizza Express and artisan bakers open – when arriviste Lara hires one of the former locals as a nanny.

It turns out that those people who want to reach the UK for a better life are efficient, innovative, daring, creative, driven, resourceful and sociable.

Or as the Mail puts it elsewhere:


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Last one to book the Jungle mini-break’s an Aldi shopper!



Posted: 7th, December 2015 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Radio France changes pro-migrant headline after Paris massacre

Hindsight at wok in the French media, where the website of State-owned Radio France has rewritten its opinion on terrorism and migration.

The original headline on the September 14 story ran: “Refugees: the fantasy of terrorist infiltration.”





Scores of innocent people are murdered in Paris. One of the murderers, Syrian Ahmed Almuhamed, 25, reportedly posed as a migrant when he arrived in Leros, Greece.


The Radio France headline now declares: “Terrorists among the migrants?”




It’s no longer a fantasy dreamt up by the far-Right. Although it is still a question.

Posted: 23rd, November 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Panic: Europe runs out of Jews to murder and Prince Charles explains all

Belgium justice minister, Koen Greens, has discovered a problem: allowing terrorists take out frustration on Jews is ok until you run out of Jews. He says:

“It’s no longer synagogues or the Jewish museums or police stations, it’s mass gatherings and public places.”

Belgium justice min discovers 1 problem w/ letting terrorists take out frustration on Jews: you run out of Jews.

In other news, suspected Paris attacker Salah Abdelslam is at large. a huge sweep in Belgian has resulted in the arrests of 16 suspects in 19 raids.

And the Sun has a poll as front-page news:





NEARLY one in five British Muslims has some sympathy with those who have fled the UK to fight for IS in Syria. The number among young Muslims aged 18-34 is even higher at one in four.

The figures emerged in our exclusive poll conducted after the Paris atrocities led by French and Belgian jihadis returning from the war zone.

Prominent Muslims said the poll was a wake-up call.

Labour London Mayor hopeful Sadiq Khan tells The Sun today: “It is clear that Britain needs to take its head out of the sand and act to tackle extremism and radicalisation at home. Tackling extremism is a challenge for everyone but I believe British Muslims have a special role to play.”

In dangerous times the marginalised pull on the cloak of statesmanship. UK Independence Party Leader Nigel has been talking:

“We have a fifth column that we have welcomed into our country. And what makes me really angry is that the European Union’s common asylum policy is taking a bad situation and making it even worse.

“The thing that makes me angry about what happened in Paris is frankly the fact that it was so utterly and entirely predictable,” said Farage. “I think we’ve reached a point where we have to admit to ourselves, in Britain and France and much of the rest of Europe, that mass immigration and multicultural division has for now been a failure.”

“We have to be frank, every single one of those killers beleived they were doing what they were doing in the name of Islam. And our weakness, the weakness of our leaders, has actually allowed in our country, the creation of a parallel society.”

“A blind eye turned to polygamy, to forced marriage. Now 80% of Muslim marriages are completely outside and unregistered from British law.”

“When I hear there are 400 fresh jihadi fighters, fresh back – battle-scarred veterans from Syria…”

“This dream of the free movement of people, this dream for others of the Schengen area. It hasn’t just meant the free movement of people, it has meant the free movement of Kalashnikov rifles. It has meant the free movement of terrorists, and it has meant the free movement of jihadists.”

“It is time that democratic groups in Britain and right across Europe stood up and fought and gained and strength, and say an end to this! We want back border controls, we want back national security.”

As Tim Blair notes, the mood is changing.

Several weeks after a France Inter headline dismissed as a right-wing fantasy the idea that terrorists could be among Europe’s refugees, the same story’s headline – and part of the story itself – has been re-written:









Don’t panic!



But the real reason for all this fear and murder is not religion. It’s not nihilists seeking reason in death.  No. As Prince Charles says, it’s climate change:


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Mad Syrians and dogs go out in the noon-day sun. Says Charles, a man whose resources remain bountiful:

“We’re seeing a classic case of not dealing with the problem. It sounds awful to say, but some of us were saying 20 something years ago that if we didn’t tackle these issues you would see ever greater conflict over scarce resources and ever greater difficulties over drought.

“There’s very good evidence indeed that one of the major reasons for this horror in Syria was a drought that lasted for about five or six years, which meant that huge numbers of people in the end had to leave the land.”

Charles has lots of land. Maybe these people can come and farm it?

Posted: 23rd, November 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Daily Express story that children are ‘forced’ to work for migrants is total balls

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Wow! Children are bing told to cook and clean for migrants!

Tom Parfitt reiterates the shocker:


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FORCED! And migrants or asylum seekers?

Pupils in Lubeck, Germany will work in kitchen [sic] and change bed linen at a nearby asylum centre for “practical work experience”.

If, like me, you did a Home Help badge exercise as a cub scout, you’ll have worked for free in a kitchen and made beds for a middle-aged woman in a semi-detached house. She was not foreign. No-one was outraged.

The 13 and 14-year-olds will be expected to carry out the chores between 8.30am and 1:30pm. A furious parent shared the letter informing them of the controversial project on Facebook.

It’s called community service, no?

She wrote: “I am definitely not a hater and am really tolerant, but this is taking things too far. Is there a new subject in Lubeck’s schools called servitude?”

No. I think at school servitude is just assumed.

Her post has raked in more than 2,300 shares and 1,000 comments, with one user comparing the scheme to slavery.

‘One user’ is an idiot.

Another called on refugees to “clean their mess with their own hands” rather than enlisting children.

‘Enlisting’? It’s war?

Only, this is voluntary.

The school’s headmaster days (via Google translate):

“The reaction of this woman is a disaster,” says headmaster Stefan Pabst. “The refugee children that we have at our school, are really great, they are extremely grateful for every interest and incredibly friendly.”

And a spokesman for the Kieler Education Ministry says the children came up with the idea. No, not those feckless, messy migrant kinder you can’t be asked to put the Playstations and fine china away – the good German ones.

File under: The Pied Piper.

Posted: 16th, October 2015 | In: Reviews, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Daily Express immigration scare story: they cost ‘YOU’ £36,000 a year

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The Daily Express has some immigration news. Always useful to hear what the Express thinks about the issue. But it doesn’t think. It merely states facts:

Every illegal immigrant costs YOU £36K a year: The cost of migrant centres revealed

Incidentally, the Express has previously told us:

Migrant beggars are raking in up to £36,000 a year from gullible kind-hearted Brits


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The story was based on the words of a single copper and some creative maths:

In Nottingham, Police Sergeant Huw Jones said: “We have heard of several people who have boasted of earning up to £700 a week.”

But not one he identified in the paper – let alone one who earned £50,000 before tax, as the Express put it.

The paper then warned / promised:

The problem is set to get worse when our ­borders are flung open to tens of thousands of Bulgarians and Romanians in just over a fortnight’s time.

So to today’s £36,000 story on kind-hearted Brits and those nefarious foreign spongers.

Rebecca Perring writes:

Undocumented workers facing deportation are languishing in detention for months and even years – which costs the public purse a staggering £164.4 million…

That figure is from a Government report not cited in the paper.

In 2013/14 the total cost of running the Immigration Detention Estate was £164.4m. This includes all costs, including running costs, rent, depreciation and other costs, for all Immigration Removal Centres, Short Term Holding Facilities  and amounts paid for spaces in the main prisons estate.

And some how that works out at £36,000 for each and every one of us.

But come on, guys, it’s getting cheaper:




Such are the facts…


Posted: 11th, September 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Hurrah for the migrants: Daily Mail cheers for murderous, scrounging asylum-seeking scum

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The Daily Mail is overjoyed that migrants have reached the “promised land”.

Daily Mail readers might be tad confused by this take on the news. For years the Mail has told its readers that migrants, immigrants and asylum-seekers are bad news.

The Scottish Daily Mail corrected an article after a complaint from the Scottish Refugee Council:

In an article headlined: “Crisis as Asylum Seekers target Scotland” we stated that asylum seekers were ‘targeting’ Scotland. We now accept that asylum seekers are dispersed by the UK Border Agency on a ‘no choice’ basis and would not be able to choose to live in Scotland. With the current rate of asylum applicants to the UK well within the average rate of the past ten years, we also accept that it is misleading to categorise this as a ‘crisis’. We are happy to clarify the position and apologise for the error.

There were 4000 foreign-born rapists in the Mail’s Britain:


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The scary headline was undone by the facts:

Nearly 4,000 foreign murderers, rapists and other criminals are roaming the streets, free to commit more crimes.

You say shoplifter, banned driver or fare dodger – the Mail says ‘rapist‘.

Allan Mallinson asked Mail readers a question more loaded than George Bush at a frat house:




Jeremy Swain, chief executive of the homelessness charity Thames Reach, wrote to the PCC about the Mail’s news of wandering foreigners getting a free wash at the expense of our ‘heroes’:

…the article suggests ‘the civilian shelters were full of Somalis and Poles’. This is inaccurate as whilst many people from overseas end up sleeping rough, they cannot access homeless hostel bed spaces as they have no rights to the benefits which would pay their rent. Quite simply, unless someone has paid national insurance contributions for over a year, they won’t be found accommodation in hostels and other ways of helping them are being sought within the homelessness sector. Hostels are not ‘full of Somalis and Poles’ as the article’s author states. Indeed they make up a very tiny minority of the hostel population.

There’s been apologising from the Scottish Daily Mail:

In December the Mail reported that over £5 million was being spent on last-ditch legal bids – judicial reviews – by asylum seekers to remain in Scotland. We are happy to make clear that this figure reflects the combined sums spent on advice and assistance (£3.5 million), assistance by way of representation (£1 million), and legal aid (£0.6 million) to asylum seekers and immigrants. The cost of legal aid work on judicial reviews falls within the latter figure. We apologise if readers were misled by our original story.

The Mail’s Richard Littlejohn said illegal immigrants and asylum seekers were the same thing:

From time to time I may have written about both asylum seekers and wheelie bins. But never before in the same sentence. Until now… Six illegal immigrants have been detained by a border patrol in Calais. The four men and two women, all from Vietnam, were discovered hiding in a consignment of wheelie bins bound for Britain…


Maybe Richard Littlejohn made handwritten notes he couldn’t read? He once opined:

Gloucester City Council is sending out census forms in no fewer than 56 different languages …why waste time and public money printing leaflets in 56 ­different languages, many of them scribble?

Richard Littlejohn again::

…any Afghan climbing off the back of a lorry in Dover goes automatically to the top of the housing list.

Really? No. Of course not.

And the Mail’s star columnist again:

A couple of months ago, after a Mayfair jewellery heist, I joked that it was heartening to see good old British blaggers making a comeback. For too long, they had been beaten at their own game by Eastern European gangs who I suggested carried out ‘most of the robberies in this country’. It seems I did the chaps a disservice. While Eastern European gangs have been responsible for many high-end jewel robberies across the Continent, our home grown villains are holding their own over here. If I have inadvertently offended any Balkan gangster, or local blagger come to that, as well as the vigilant reader who complained, I apologise unreservedly for any confusion which may have been caused.

To counter the dire reporting the Mail emplyed its own in-house immigrant in the shape of Australian-born Amanda Platell. She would champion the new arrivals seeking a better life in the UK. Or not:

Sadly, though, it is not the indigenous middle-class, hard-working, tax-paying population that’s exploding… it’s not so much a baby boom we’re experiencing as a benefits boom. Middle Britain, stand ready to empty your wallets.

More Mail errors followed:

This article has been amended. It previously contained a graphic that correctly listed the latest annual number of non-EU nationals admitted to each of ten European countries. However, a second table was wrongly headed “Non EU citizens to each square kilometre” instead of “Number of people to each square kilometre”. We are happy to correct this point.

So many errors being made about foreigners living in the UK. Cynics would argue that it indicates an agenda.

But surely the Mail is just sticking to the facts:

For at this time when our public services are strained beyond endurance, it means Britain must now, in a dramatic reversal of policy, give a home to all gay asylum-seekers who are prevented from displaying their sexuality openly in their home countries.

Where are we to draw the line? This is all about numbers and a small island’s ability to absorb an ever-increasing population.

At least the Mail knows its readers. At the end of the story Migrant found dead in the back of a lorry as it prepares to enter Channel Tunnel”, the Mail approved such a comments as these:

one down, millions to go
– crackers, yorkshire, 31/10/2009 2:42

Good news. One less to worry about!
– keith jones, porthcawl, south wales, 30/10/2009 22:13

Shame but I would be a hypocrit if I said I was sorry!
– Nanny B, West Sussex, 30/10/2009 17:42

And you migrants who do make it here alive should know that it will take generations before the Mail considers you British. Steve Doughty and James Slacker wrote:

However although the figures from the Government’s Office for National Statistics show an increase in numbers of foreign-born people they still fail to record the true impact of immigration because they record their children as British rather than second- or third-generation immigrants.

Bit never mind all that because a couple of dead Syrian children had their photos taken on a Turkish beach and the Mail came to realise that only utter bastards would laugh, mock and monster the desperate.


Posted: 5th, September 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Abdul Rahman Haroun for Team GB: Imigrant walks 31 miles through Channel Tunnel

Good news for Team GB and the Olympic effort: a 40-year-old Sudanese man immigrant walked the length of the 31-mile Channel tunnel. He dodged cameras and trains as he walked on gantries between Calais and Cheriton.

Abdul Rahman Haroun, for it is he, scaled four security fences and evaded private security guards.

The UK rewarded Mr Haroun’s skill by arresting him. He ischarged with causing an obstruction to an engine or carriage using the railway under the Malicious Damage Act 1861, which carries a maximum two-year prison sentence.

He appeared by videolink at Medway magistrates’ court last night and was remanded into immigration detention. He did not make a plea and was ordered to appear at Canterbury crown court on August 24.


Posted: 7th, August 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Forget Tebbit’s cricket test: foreigners take the white van penis challenge

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When you see a dity car do you feel you impelled to draw a penis on it? If you do you might well be British.

Christopher Hooton writes:

Britons most likely to draw a penis on dirty cars, absurd study finds

Show a man a dirty car and we’ll find out whether he’s British or not. Never mind Norman Tebbit’s cricket prober or ctizenship exams, just wheel out a filthy Ford Transit and observe. (If instead of graffitifying it they offer to clean the thing for a fiver, they’re most likely foreign.)

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Posted: 26th, February 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Tired looking 28-year-old arrested after forgetting wife’s name in sham marriage

A wedding was found to be sham when the groom failed to recall his beloved’s name.

The Daily Telegraph reports on “Zubair Khan, a 28-year-old Pakistani man, and Beata Szilagyi, a 33-year-old Hungarian woman”, who were both arrested in Hull “minutes before their sham ceremony”.

As the couple tried to use the scam to enable Khan to stay in Britain, Khan had to make a telephone call to marriage fixer Khaliq Dad Khan to ask his bride’s name during a meeting with the registrar before the ceremony… Khan, of Bow, east London, and Szilagyi, of Hull, were sentenced to 20 months and 17 months respectively at Hull Crown Court…

What’s noticeable about this story is the Telegraph’s picture and caption of the “28-year-old” and his good lady:


Sham wedding

Life’s been hard


The year’s have been hard on the young chap…

Posted: 14th, February 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The truth about dentistry at the ‘gleaming’ Dover immigration removal centre

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In “DEPORTATION SCNADAL”, the Sun focuses on dentistry at Dover immigration removal centre, aka The Citadel.

“£4m Dental Suite Built For Illegals”


Deportation scandal sees migrants leave with gleaming teeth

As the deported bare their new teeth, the Sun reports:

They are seen within six days at the surgery at Dover Immigration Removal Centre. But locals face a six-week wait at nearby public surgeries. The suite is run by five NHS dentists backed up by over-the-phone interpreters. It was built after detainees complained it was too much hassle being cuffed and escorted to off-site appointments…

Sharon McNeill, 46, waited weeks to have a tooth out. She said: “The way we cater to their needs is out of control.”

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Posted: 9th, February 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0