November 06, 2014
Deacon writes for the Telegraph on TV and party politics, both topics in which he is keenly interested. To quote the military placement officer in Starship Troopers, scrutinizing raw-recruit Rico’s high school transcript: “A boy who gets a C-minus in Appreciation of Television can”t be all bad.” The converse is also true.
Well, this reality-TV show “brings together eight Leicester residents, four of them British citizens from various backgrounds and ethnicities, plus four migrants from central and eastern Europe. … [E]veryone will live together in one house … to explore their different senses of what it means to be British.”
Michael Deacon thinks the program shows the Brits need to have a debate about immigration. A proper debate, not the bogus debate that’s been going on, where, he says, the restrictionist case is the only one heard and dominates all policy-making.
In Deacon’s bizarro world, you see, the Brits are utterly in thrall to nativist border-closers, so that those who favor mass immigration are derided and politically ignored.
Two-thirds of the way through the column we learn that one of the TV housemates is, yes, a dreamer.
Eduardas … was raised in poverty in Lithuania by an alcoholic father who beat him. Ten years ago, with just £300 to his name, Eduardas came to Britain, where at first he slept in a car with friends, then found work at a car wash, earning £30 a day. Now he’s opened his own beauty salon.
For the compulsory dash of ethnomasochism, the dreamer’s dreamfulness is contrasted with the dull, worthless, dreamless natives:
If only every British person possessed Eduardas’s determination and work ethic, Britain would probably be a lot better off.
Deacon’s main point comes at the end. This bogus “debate,” he says”the one-sided debate in which, according to him, proponents of mass immigration can”t get a word in edgewise nor a foot in the policy door”is “a con designed to make poor British people blame their problems on poor foreign people, rather than on rich, powerful people.”
A transatlantic version of Deacon’s thesis would argue that the “rich, powerful people””Mark Zuckerberg, Sheldon Adelson, the Koch brothers, George Soros, Michael Bloomberg”are whipping up anti-immigration passions in order to dupe poor clueless John Q. Public into thinking that our nation’s problems are caused by poor foreigners, not”as is actually the case”by native plutocrats.
You don”t often get such a clear reminder that Cultural Marxism remains tethered to actual Marxism, nor such a plain statement of the sheer counterfactual lunacy of the modern Left.
I just wish it hadn”t been the Telegraph I read it in.