Part of England has just been invaded. The Hampshire town of Aldershot has suddenly been treated to a an exceptionally large dose of “the joy of diversity” by the transformation of the town through a massive influx of Ghurkha soldiers and their dependants, viz:.
“ Rushmoor Borough councillor Charles Choudhary, who has responsibility for community support, said thousands of Gurkhas had moved in since those with four years service earned the right to UK residency. [Rushmoor Borough Council includes Aldershot]
He said: “We welcome the Gurkhas, they have done a lot of service for this country and it is very much appreciated. I understand that it is because of their ties with Aldershot that they all come here.
“But it is the number of people arriving that is the problem. When you’ve got 6,000-9,000 coming to the town it’s bound to have an effect on all services, it’s quite natural.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/8319201/One-in-ten-of-the-population-of-Aldershot-is-Nepalese-after-an-influx-of-Gurkhas.html
Here is the Daily Telegraph reporting on some of the effects as of 22 February 2011:
“Today, one in 10 of Aldershot’s 90,000 residents hails from Nepal. Gerald Howarth, the local MP and a defence minister, recently raised the issue with David Cameron, claiming that public services are at risk of being overwhelmed.
“One surgery in his constituency has had to take on an extra GP after Nepalese incomers, many of them elderly and unwell, swelled its patient list from 6,000 to 9,000. Some 800 children with Nepali as their first language have arrived in the constituency and must be accommodated in schools. Overall, there has been a 280 per cent increase in Nepalese households in the past year, with 20 new people arriving every week.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/8339467/The-Gurkhas-in-Aldershot-Little-Nepal.html
The Telegraph misses out jobs and housing. What is truly amazing is that between 6,000-9,000 have been housed in a county which is one of the most expensive in the country for property? Many native Britons cannot find a home there. Here is Rushmoor Borough Council assessing the local housing situation in 2009:
“The HNS [Housing Market Assessment] established a newly arising need from around 700 households per year, who are unable to buy or rent in the market. By deducting the annual supply of affordable housing, the total affordable housing need was identified in the region of 680 dwellings per year.
“This level of affordable housing need, combined with market demand, is significantly higher than the level of provision set out in the Draft South East Plan and, therefore, cannot be delivered.” http://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/media/adobepdf/p/h/housingstrategyupdatemay09.pdf
Ironically, this report is topped with two photos, one of a white family and one of a white pensioner couple all beaming. One rather suspects they are not smiling now.
Most of the Gurkhas will have arrived recently because they only got the right to settle in Britain with full entitlement to the welfare state including social housing in 2009. How can Aldershot suddenly accommodate at least 6,000 extra people when they cannot meet the housing needs of their own people?
Nor are the Gurkhas housed in sub-standard accommodation because as Rushmoor Borough Council stipulates on their website:
“ Before this country allows immigration, the Home Office require confirmation from us that the accommodation provided for that person reaches a certain standard.
“In most cases, properties will be inspected to ensure that they are in a reasonable condition, that there are adequate kitchen and bathroom facilities and that the property will not be overcrowded with additional people living there.
“You will need to complete Application for an Immigration Inspection form [46kb] to request an accommodation inspection and this service costs £109.57 plus VAT. Payment is required before an inspection can take place. Please ensure that all names on the form are spelt correctly and you have given the right dates of birth.
“If the property is owned by a private landlord or a housing association, you need to get permission from your landlord before you request the inspection.” http://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=9094
‘Mr Howarth’s intervention has unleashed a torrent of previously suppressed opinion, with 70 per cent of his constituents backing his decision to raise this sensitive issue at the highest level. On the website of the local newspaper, gethampshire.co.uk, one resident notes that it “reflects what very, very many people in Aldershot are saying under their breath”.’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/8339467/The-Gurkhas-in-Aldershot-Little-Nepal.html.
How did this invasion come about? In 2009 the actress Joanna Lumley led a campaign which forced the Brown Government into abandoning rules that prevented members of the Gurkha Brigade who had retired before 1997 settling in Britain. This meant that Britain took on a considerable burden:
“In total there are 36,000 former Gurkhas: if their immediate families are included, then more than 100,000 Nepalese citizens are eligible to move to Britain. Since May 2009, the Government has issued more than 7,500 visas… Settlement costs for ex-Gurkhas could run up to £400 million…” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/8339467/The-Gurkhas-in-Aldershot-Little-Nepal.html
Howarth does not mince his words regarding Joanna Lumley. ‘”You have to be objective in politics,” he says. “And that campaign was a nakedly emotional tugging of the heartstrings. It completely failed to take into account what would happen afterwards.” Miss Lumley was not available for comment yesterday.’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/8339467/The-Gurkhas-in-Aldershot-Little-Nepal.html
I’ll bet she wasn’t available and won’t be available for a very long time. She has done the classic liberal bigot thing of playing the bleeding heart in public whilst knowing she will not suffer the consequences of her actions.
Because she is rich it will not be Lumley who finds herself without decent accommodation because of the influx; it will not be Lumley who has to fight her way through a crowded GP’s surgery; it will not be Lumley who has to send her children to overcrowded schools where English is not the first language of the children; it will not even be Lumley who finds her immediate domestic territory invaded by the mere presence of so many Ghurkhas because she lives in a house which will be well away from the mess she has created. That is the plain obnoxious truth.
But important as all those things are, they are details in a more fundamental loss; the loss of control of territory. Effectively, the Gurhkas have captured part of England. They have done this with the collusion of the British government and the cohort of media liberals who amplify and fan the demands of foreigners to come to our land.
The permitting of mass migration is a criminal act. It it is the most profound of all treasons, because unlike foreign invasion by force it cannot negated simply by acts of war. The immigrants or their descendants take or obtain through birth citizenship of this country and thus gain a legal legitimacy that no foreign invader can have. Nor can they be driven from the country as a foreign invader might be, because many will not have a country willing to receive them.
How should Lumley be brought to a realisation of her actions? I suggest this. Her home and any other property should be confiscated and used to house native Britons in need of housing. She should be forced to live in the most meagre of accommodation, preferably in a tower block where she is the only white English resident. Her wealth should be seized and used to defray the costs of the Gurkha invasion. Ditto any future earnings she receives which are above the level of the state support for the unemployed. (Well, a man can dream). Then she might just possibly understand fully what she has done.
As for the Gurkhas, I have long taken the view that the employment of mercenaries (for that is what they are) is simply inappropriate in post-imperial circumstances. On that ground alone I would dispense with them. Nor are all Ghurkhas paragons of devotion to Britain. They may even be using the mass invasion of Aldershot as a means to an end by suggesting that if the full British pension is paid in Nepal many would return there:
‘”There are too many cultural and language barriers here,” says Mahendra Lal Rai, the director of the Gaeso centre, and a third-generation Gurkha (his father lost an arm in the Second World War). He lowers his voice and points at the quiet huddle glued to the television. “If they are given equal pensions, many will go back home and live with dignity.”’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/8339467/The-Gurkhas-in-Aldershot-Little-Nepal.html
As Gerald Howarth says that smacks of blackmail: “I don’t like the implicit threat over pensions: ‘pay us more and we’ll go back to Nepal’. What am I meant to say to other servicemen? There’s huge competition to become a Gurkha, and they signed up on a pension that bought them a decent standard of living at home.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/8339467/The-Gurkhas-in-Aldershot-Little-Nepal.html
Amen to that.
This incident is dramatic because of its size, speed and its concentration in one town, but it is symptomatic of what has happened to England over the past 60 years (the vast majority of UK immigration is into England), namely, the steady conquest of England by those who will not or cannot assimilate wholly into English culture. Indeed, many immigrants make active attempts to remain outside of English culture. To accept for settlement such people in vast numbers is to at best import racial and ethnic conflict where it did not exist before and at worst to sound the death knell of England.
The rate of invasion is increasing. From 1997 onwards Labour in their period of government allowed three million into Britain ( http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/8339075/More-than-three-million-migrants-under-Labour.html) This is one of the two primary reasons for the present and growing housing shortage, the other being a failure of governments for over a quarter of a century to ensure that the rate of house building remained buoyant. More fundamentally, many of those immigrants have received British citizenship (which these days given out as easily as candyfloss at a cinema) and are entitled to vote. A million or two new voters concentrated in city constituencies can have a big effect of a general election. It is unlikely that these new voters will vote for any party which stands on a platform of stopping mass migration and very likely they will vote for politicians who support its continuing. Thus is our political system and society corrupted.
Those who are old enough to remember what England was before the post-war immigration really took hold – and I am one of them – will know what we have lost. England has gone from being a wonderfully homogeneous country with a great degree of personal liberty in deed and speech without any racial and precious little ethnic conflict where the native population felt utterly at ease because they felt secure in their territory to a land wracked with ethnic and racial disquiet where the imposition of the totalitarian ideology known as political correctness means a man can lose his livelihood or even suffer imprisonment simply because he has either spoken frankly about the ill effects of immigration or simply expressed his frustration by racially abusing someone in an argument.
We have perhaps another generation to stop this madness. After that ethnic minorities will probably form a quarter or more of the population and civil war will be the only remedy.