Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The savages invade The Jungle

Terrifying little children as they do.

Illegal immigration indeed. No One is Illegal!

We are here and we will fight. Freedom of movement is everybody's right.


Blogger Londiniensis said...

"Freedom of movement is everybody's right." Err, up to a point, Lord Copper. Last time I looked, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights had this at Article 13.

(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Neither is there anything in the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (and the 1967 Protocol) which would support any presumed uninhibited right of movement.

I would be interested whether you are seriously arguing for such a universal right (your slogan implies this), or whether you believe that the Northern French refugees have some sort of special case vis-a-vis the United Kingdom, or indeed whether the United Kingdom has a duty to take all immigrants, both refugees and economic migrants, without criteria or limits?

Per analogy, would you be willing to accept an unspecified number of uninvited guests - all extremely deserving - into your own house, with all consquent attendant duties of clothing, feeding, medical care, education, etc., or would you wish to set some boundaries or limits?

One can make cogent arguments that Schengen isn't working, that the Home Office is over-bureaucratised and prejudiced against genuine asylum seekers, that police here and in France can be occasionally heavy-handed. Perhaps those are the arguments that should be made?

9/22/2009 2:22 PM  
Blogger Voltaire's Priest said...

Freedom of movement is endorsed by writers from rich political traditions on the left - and on the right:


I would also direct you to Steve Cohen's work, Standing On The Shoulders Of Fascists, for a good narrative of how immigration controls, and immigration as a concern, became a political issue in the UK.

9/24/2009 10:57 AM  

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