Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Brian Arrandale: Immigration Matters - a view point
As an immigrant to New Zealand in the late 1950’s; from being a 10 pound “Pom” happily domiciled in Australia, (finding that a first holiday abroad can lead to very quickly to further immigration, especially so, when it involves the opposite sex)!
Like many I have mixed feelings regarding immigration, which has been a feature of the developed world since time began. The real question regarding this country and the influx of immigrants is that our infrastructure has lagged well behind. We are unable to cope with this yearly influx at the present rate; and we will continue to fall steadily back and never be able to close this ever widening gap.
One has only to see the problem Auckland now finds itself in, mainly with this almost uncontrolled entry of immigrants; especially when the present world is poised on the edge of a new robotic industrial and commercial employment revolution.
Immigration such as now happening in Western Nations and especially in this country needs a careful re-assessment, otherwise we will see a return of the long despised but true Malthusian theory re-merging as a controversial front line problem. A theory which still haunts those in the corridors of power!
Also the extra costs that will be placed upon our society will demand a new thinking in terms of increasing our exports to pay for the new infrastructure. As agriculture is so despised and blamed for so many ills by the Green Lobby, any increase will further their fury and misleading rhetoric. It is obvious that they remain totally silent on any possible alternative, if indeed they think that far ahead!
Add this to the constant requirements by the many fractions of our public for more resources mainly into social issues, with a complete disregard for either central or local government finances.
.Then there are the ethnic problems posed by the almost unrestricted entry of refugees into New Zealand and the threat which comes with the entry of Muslims into our community. Terrorism does not necessarily come from the first wave of these immigrants, but as in the U.K. and France from their descendants; proving conclusively that they do not assimilate like other immigrants into the existing community. Just how can they, when their religion (Koran) demands the elimination of non-Muslims?
Why do our Parliamentarians in this country in concert with other Western Nations continue with a policy in accepting Muslims in greater numbers? Seemingly humanitarian concerns promoted by the United Nations (safely ensconced in their New York Ivory Tower) override the realities of future conflicts. The United Kingdom and Europe already has its fair share of problems with Muslims; ranging from a terrorist-sympathising Islamic Mayor to frequent terrorist attacks committed in the name of Islam.
New Zealand has seen to date, very little of the scale of terrorism that has been experienced in other countries, but one can but wonder, just how long this fragile peace will continue and what messages to the faithful emanate weekly from Mosques in this country? Just how long will it be before the dreaded Shari law is established into this country along with the other practices?
It was laughable decades ago to think that Western Nations would ever have enclaves dominated by a particular sect or religious group, and more importantly due to the weak apologetic political non-action and failure to inform of the consequences that these groups now pose in demands for their own religious laws. Which has resulted into areas in which Common law and Justice is no longer valid.
Already in Australia they have felt the growing Islamic independence in the demand for private areas in which Muslim men can express views (and no doubt anger) which are not acceptable in a democratic society.
With another election upon us concerned mainly with internal issues and the race to handout more financial sops to ensure political votes, it is doubtful whether any politician will have the time, the resolve, the courage, or indeed the intestinal fortitude to raise the actual issues of Immigration.
Brian Arrandale is a keen scholar and writer with a background in farming and management.
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