Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Those Pesky Migrants!!

         How many EU citizens live in the UK? How many UK citizens live in the EU? January 2017 figures for the population of EU were 511,522,671, population of UK 65,808,573. If we subtract the population of the UK from the EU figure, giving us a figure of EU population of 445,714,098. Of that vast number of EU citizens, approximately 2.9 million have come to live in the UK. Of our much smaller population of around 65 million, 1.3 million have chosen to live in the EU. 
      The largest portion of UK citizens living in EU have settled in Spain, population wise, a much smaller country than UK, but it has 391,194 UK citizens settled in there.
     The following LINK https://epa.com.es/padron/britanicos-en-espana/ gives a breakdown of where that UK population have settled in Spain, and you can see that in the chart just how high in certain places the UK migrant population is in relation to the local population. Thanks Loam for the link: https://arrezafe.blogspot.com/
       Populations have always moved around and across borders, some by choice, others by necessity. Borders are imaginary lines drawn by power mongers who wish to hold onto what they see as their territory and their power base. The UK is a broth-pot of Roman, Viking, Norman, Saxon, Irish and a large mix of African, Eastern and Middle Eastern populations. However the racist duped element in this patch of the planet called the UK, see any new migrant as a threat, blind to the fact that their own ancestry is made of of a hotch-potch of migrants over the ages. We are all human and belong to the same family tree, if we really open our eyes we would see that the only real division between us is the one created by those same power mongers that create those imaginary lines/borders, and it is one of class. 

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  1. I have never considered foreigners the British or anyone else. The problem is that some groups of people make their own cultural peculiarity a frontier, they encapsulate themselves in their mental and physical ghettos. But, what the hell, they miss it, because it is lovely hearing different languages around, that means that the beautiful garden of diversity is well cultivated. Being born in one country or another is a simple eventuality of chance that nobody chooses. So, I do not consider "mine", but of all, the country in which I live or the land I walk by.

    Poem of Antonio Machado:

    Traveler, there is no path.

    Everything goes and everything stays
    but our fate is to pass
    to pass making a path as we go,
    paths over the sea.

    I never pursued glory,
    or to leave on the memory
    of the men, this my song:
    I love the subtle worlds,
    weightless and gentle
    like soap bubbles.

    I like to see them paint themselves on sun and crimson,
    fly under a blue sky
    shudder suddenly, and break...
    I never pursued glory.

    Traveler , your footprints are the path, and nothing else.
    Traveler, there is no path. A path is made by walking.

    A path is made by walking,
    and in looking back one sees
    the trodden road that never
    will be set foot on again.
    Traveler, there is no path, but wakes on the sea...

    Some time ago on that place
    where today the woods dress in brambles
    the voice of a poet was heard shouting
    "Traveler, there is no path. A path is made by walking".

    Blow by blow, verse by verse...

    The poet died far from home
    and is covered by the dust of a neighboring country.
    As he went away, he could be heard crying,
    "Traveler, there is no path. A path is made by walking".

    Blow by blow, verse by verse...

    When the robin can no longer sing,
    when the poet is a pilgrim,
    when praying is no more of use.
    Traveler, there is no path. A path is made by walking.

  2. Why is Britain spending billions of dollars on two new super aircraft carriers? That’s the question the state-owned BBC asks. However, don’t expect the British Bullsh**t Corporation to provide any insightful answers.

    The two ships in question – now coming into service – are HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, lovingly named after the British monarchy. The total cost for building these “leviathans” is around £6 billion ($8bn), according to the BBC. But when fully fitted out with new warplanes, the cost will soar to multiples of that figure.
    At a time when poverty is hitting record levels in Britain and the country is facing an economic meltdown over its Brexit divorce from the European Union, it is certainly pertinent to question the seemingly twisted priorities of British state planners in putting these mega warships into service.

    You have to appreciate the scale of these vessels. HMS Queen Elizabeth is 280 meters in length, longer that the iconic Houses of Parliament building in London. It can host up to 60 aircraft on its deck.

    Significantly, both of these British warships are reportedly designed to be compatible with US counterparts. Britain has ordered 48 American-made Lockheed Martin F-35B stealth fighter jets, specifically for deployment on its new carriers. It is planning to buy a total of 138 F-35s to complete the battle group.

    Each F-35 warplane has a price tag of around $100 million. So, for the total package of 138 planes for the two carriers, the final cost could be near $18 billion. That’s on top of the $8bn building budget.

    Again, this is a bewildering extravagance with British taxpayers’ money at a time when the country is suffering from massive poverty and its public health services – once the envy of the world – are in abject deterioration.

    Full article on this link:


  3. The greatest threat to our “way of life” is not migration. Migration does change society, although far less so than, for example, technology, economic austerity, escalating inequality, globalisation or climate change. But the greatest threat to our “way of life”, if there has ever been such a thing on this vast and varied continent, is not that someday you or I might be sitting on a bus and hear someone speaking Pashto or Tigrinya. The threat is that we will swallow the public narrative that immigrants, people from non-European countries are less human than the rest of us, that they think and feel less, that they matter less. Europeans are quite capable of sitting calmly in the bubbling water of cultural bigotry until it boils away every shred of compassion we have left. That’s the real threat to our “way of life”. Laurie Penny