City of Culture does not depend on ethnic diversity
HAVING read Jeremy Guise's article I found myself disagreeing with much of what the gentleman has written. Of course his initial condemnation of the attack on the Kurdish family is absolutely right, and the perpetrators in my opinion got off far too lightly.
However after that I tend to diverge. As much as I might want to, I cannot support an attitude that wants to stop another group protesting, whether it is the EDL or extremist Islamists. To manage them is one thing, to stop them outright is fascist in its own right and counter productive. As for this attack being an indication of why Plymouth shouldn't be a City of Culture is beyond me. Every city in the country has had similar experiences, it is inevitable in a city of a quarter of a million and a country of 68 million.
I can think of a number of reasons why Plymouth wouldn't be a 'City of Culture', ethnic diversity has nothing to do with it. It should be based on the city's history and development over hundreds of years, not a competition to see how many different nationalities are represented in the city. I have lived and worked around the world, I spent five years in Egypt; I didn't go to Egypt to open a pasty shop, I went partly to experience the rich Egyptian culture, to smoke a Sheesha, or eat falafel, breakfast was foul in pitta bread from a street vendor, to bacon and eggs.
Some immigration has been beneficial to this country. Mass immigration, especially in recent years and thanks to the EU has been most negative and damaging. We live in the fourth most densely populated country in the world, think about this. I'm sure that suits some people, I find it stifling and claustrophobic and the demands on our systems are incredible. Social unease will only increase, we need space to thrive properly. I have nothing against any single immigrant personally at all; it is government policy that should be blamed.
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There is nothing mythical about British jobs being taken, it's a fact. While some jobs are taken because local people turn their noses up to them, this is simply not the case in many examples and welfare tourism isn't a myth either, it is alive and well. So please don't try to portray a false picture. We have well over two million unemployed at present, work is hard to come by, it is ludicrous to allow so many in to this country, all it achieves is the provision of cheap labour, falling right into the hands of the fat cats who abuse them.