But why no age checks?

Nicky Morgan tells us all that there should be no age checks on refugee children:

The last thing these children need at this traumatic time – where they’ve just left a camp in which they all fear violence, sexual abuse and exploitation – is an intrusive, inaccurate and unnecessary medical examination to determine their age.

You don’t have to take that just from me. In times like these, where there is disagreement, I turn to the experts.

The British Dental Association has made clear this week that the proposed examinations are “not only an inaccurate method for assessing age but both inappropriate and unethical”.

It is reassuring to see the Home Office confirm that these sorts of checks will not be carried out, but they could be doing more to challenge false information and to calm any doubts about just how thorough existing checks are.

But, err, what is the reason this is all unnecessary? You’ve not actually said why. You’ve asserted that they are, but not explained.

This doesn’t surprise

Two-thirds of child refugees screened by officials found to be adults, Home Office figures show

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.

I’m sure Bayes would have something to say about this.

Stella Creasy doesn’t understand the law

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. 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.

The people in the Calais Jungle are in a safe country. Therefore it is right, proper and correct that they apply for asylum or immigration in France.

As far as I can tell the Jungle exists because France refuses to process said applications. Or they refuse to make them. Either way, it is not a British problem. Not under EU nor UN law.

You do indeed have an absolute right to asylum. That right being exercisable in the first safe country.

This is a slight difference in migrant numbers, isn’t it?

Official figures show that, in the five years to 2015, just under one million immigrants came to this country from the EU, as they are perfectly entitled to do. But hark. Over the same period, the number of National Insurance numbers issued to EU migrants was more than 2.2 million.

In all, the ONS now estimates a total of 2.4 million entered the country. In one year, mid-2014 to mid-2015, a quarter of a million Europeans came in according to the official measure, yet almost 700,000 bagged themselves a NI number.

My word, it’s almost as if someone wasn’t all that keen on revealing the true number, isn’t it?

Can’t for the life of me think why. It being true (and yes it is) that incoming migrants add to the economy of the UK, the joy and vibrancy of the UK, so why not trumpet how much joy and vibrancy are being added?

Seems reasonable to me

A new poll has found “overwhelming support” within Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom for granting nationals reciprocal rights to live and work freely in each other’s countries, as new immigration policies shortly to take effect in the UK have the opposite effect.

Although note what wasn’t asked: the whole Commonwealth?

Another idea I’ve seen floated which seems fair enough is proper open door free immigration: among countries of roughly the same economic level.

Just a wonderful piece of maskirovka

Russia is trying to topple Angela Merkel by waging an information war designed to stir up anger in Germany over refugees, Nato’s most senior expert on strategic communications has claimed.

The attempt to provoke the removal of the German leader, who has been a strong supporter of sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s regime, is said to have been identified by Nato analysts.

Jānis Sārts, director of Nato’s Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, based in Riga, Latvia, told the Observer that Russia had a track record of funding extremist forces in Europe, and that he believed there was now evidence of Russia agitating in Germany against Merkel.

Maskirovka is a Russian word meaning the sort of misleading stuff the KGB used to plant in compliant media. And this is a lovely example of it: just that it’s not being done by the Russians at all.

But it is very cute and rather clever. Because the take away message is that any German slightly upset about the idea of gangs of near feral youth touching up the local womenfolk are just being paid by Uncle Vova.

Job done.

Well, yes, but

What is it that you actually expect?

The 24-year-old bottle blonde behind Sweden’s bikini-clad ‘grope-watch’ vigilantes has been accused of spurring fear and racism at the pool where she launched her campaign, with the manager saying staff have received a deluge of hate mail since she began last month.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph has learnt that the co-founder of the group’s Stockholm spin-off last year received a suspended prison sentence for taking part in a neo-Nazi attack on anti-racist protesters, armed with a knife.

Siri Bernhardsson and friends, who refer to themselves as the “tafsvakten” or “grope-watch”, started patrolling the local swimming pool in Kalmar, southeast Sweden, last month in a bid to deter migrants from molesting female bathers.

But their campaign has sparked outrage among locals and the swimming pool’s management, who say the stunt is encouraging racism towards refugees.

!) There has been an influx of refugees.

2) There have been incidents at swimming pools. Not just the odd grope but in Germany the rape of a child.

3) Yes of course there will be a reaction.

4) Yes of course some of said reaction will be by mouth breathing racists.

But what did anyone expect would happen?

A rather large part of what we call civilisation is that social training, that control, of what young men are like in their natural state. Introduce a decent portion of those who have not been so socialised and there will be such problems. Whatever the race or religion of either group in fact.

Socialism and the unity of all people

Anti-migrant mob in Germany ‘cheered’ as refugee shelter burned in front of them
Up to 30 drunken onlookers clapped and cheered as a former hotel, which was being converted into an asylum seeker refuge, caught alight in Bautzen, Saxony

Caught fire” there is a bit of a misnomer, accelerants have been found.

But this sort of anger about foreigners is, while not exclusive to the old DDR, very much more common there than in the old GDR. A couple of generations of socialism don’t seem to have brought on that peace and brotherhood of all men.

And it’s also the old DDR that has the vast expanses of empty properties that people can be put into. And if we look at it purely on an economic basis filling those up with the young immigrants isn’t all that bad an idea: the local populations very definitely skew old, as many of the young moved west.

It’s one of those “interesting” problems.

Aye aye

Claiming refugee status means that your claim for refugee status will be considered. Not that it will be granted:

Sweden intends to expel up to 80,000 migrants who arrived in 2015 and whose application for asylum has been rejected, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman said on Wednesday.
“We are talking about 60,000 people but the number could climb to 80,000,” the minister was quoted as saying by Swedish media, adding that the government had asked the police and authorities in charge of migrants to organise their expulsion.

There’s going to be an awful lot of pissed off people.

Here’s an idea

Authorities in the German city of Cologne are to set up a “safe zone” for women during the annual carnival which begins next week, to avoid a repeat of the New Year sex attacks on women.

Why not turn the whole city into a safe area? Heck, the whole country?

Won’t work, or at least shouldn’t

The European commission is expected to propose scrapping arrangements that mean refugees have to claim asylum in the first country European they arrive in.

Because it’s not really just an EU regulation. That’s the way the whole international asylum seeker set up works. Claim in the first country you get to where it is safe for you to do so.

Aid and succour to those fleeing a violent death, starvation or oppression is the point of the system, not allowing people to pick and choose which place they’d like to receive it in.

So now we understand the problem

This cover-up of sex assaults in Sweden is a gift for xenophobes
Andrew Brown

Police failure to report widespread assaults by immigrant gangs at a Stockholm music festival will be immensely damaging for the country’s race relations

Remarkable really. It not the attacks that are the problem, not that there are groups willing to make such attacks which is the problem but that people might get a bad image of a group that is the problem.

What? Paul Mason and the absurd

Meanwhile, groups of apparently foreign men in Cologne staged what look like premeditated sexual assaults on women, prompting a new outburst of the racism barely hidden behind German constitutional reality.

Err, racism is “taste discrimination” as the economists have it, not “rational discrimination”. and objecting to a bunch of young men criminally feeling up the birds of the nation isn’t taste discrimination nor racism: it’s rational discrimination.


Don’t want to start shouting Sheeple and the like but…..

Police in Sweden have been accused of hushing up a series of sexual assaults by asylum seekers at Europe’s largest teen pop festival, with one senior officer saying police wanted to avoid “playing into the hands” of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrat party.


In an internal police memo seen by the newspaper, officers identified a group of approximately 50 men, “so-called refugee youths, predominantly from Afghanistan,” whom they suspected of being behind the attacks, adding that “several of the gang were arrested for sexual harassment”.

Despite a record number of girls reporting crimes, police made no mention of the phenomenon in the report on the festival posted to their website, which said instead only that there had been “relatively few crimes and few arrests given the number of attendants”.

Sweden’s Prime Minister on Monday called for an immediate inquiry into why no crimes were prosecuted and whether police hushed up the assaults.
“I feel a very strong anger that young women should not be able to attend a music festival without being offended, sexually harassed and attacked,” he said.
On Monday afternoon, Dan Eliasson, Sweden’s national police commissioner, agreed that the offences were “completely unacceptable” and launched an “immediate internal investigation into any wrongdoing or crimes”.
“I will be extremely displeased if we held back on any information for political reasons,” he said.

Displeased perhaps isn’t the right word, incandescent with rage and laying about you with a Viking battle axe might come close though.

there’s a vague similarity here between this and my general view of Islamic terrorism. That some of us will be killed I think inevitable, as 7/7 showed. There always will be nutters in any movement or religion. But I’m much less worried about the actual terrorism than I am the reaction to it: I can easily see, hell, the Home Office is just drooling at the prospect, the continued erosion of our own civil liberties in order to “beat the terrorists”. And that would be a price higher than a few score dead every few years.

True, no one’s actually asking me to be the one to die so that’s quite easy to say but…..

That gangs of imperfectly socialised young men cop a grope at a pop festival….not desirable and of course something should indeed be done. But what worries me far more than that itself is the corruption of the whole policing and criminal justice system that we seem to be seeing. In the name of that political correctness, in order not to give aid to the Swedish Democrats in this case. Which is where the similarity is: it’s not actually the immigrants or the terrorists I worry about. It’s the damage we’re doing to our own rights and societies in the contortions of trying to deal with them.