The man that signaled that unchecked immigration would turn into a severe problem for the UK is finally recognised as being smart, instead of racist. ¬† Andrew Green writes:
It is remarkable that I, a campaigner against mass immigration, should this week have been granted a life peerage. A decade ago that would have been unthinkable, but the fact that it is now happening is a measure of how much attitudes have changed.
It has certainly taken a while. When I co-founded MigrationWatch with Professor David Coleman in 2001, nobody wanted to touch the subject. There was a widespread fear of being accused of racism that the Left were only too willing to exploit, and still are.
in those early years I was immensely encouraged when ordinary people, who must have seen me on television, stopped me in the street to thank me for what I was doing. These were the real people. Elsewhere, however, the so-called sensitivity was such that the BBC would not even use the word immigration. They called it ‚Äėin-migration‚Äô. And for years any BBC interview on the subject began with the question: ‚ÄėIs it racist to discuss immigration?‚Äô with the clear implication that the questioner thought that it was.
This went on long after the Prime Minister at the time, the Home Secretary, and even Trevor Phillips, head of the Commission on Racial Equality, declared that it was not. This was not enough to stop some newspapers accusing us of racism.
When an article in the Left-leaning Daily Mirror implied I was in some way associated with the Ku Klux Klan, I‚Äôd had enough. I instructed my lawyers, and the paper settled out of court for several thousand pounds of damages. Following two similar episodes with the Independent, the Left-wing press became rather more careful. Read more »