It seems that almost half the population in an Essential poll conducted in Australia showed that people would prefer a halt to Muslim immigration. This poll reported that those in favour of banning it included 60 per cent of Coalition voters, 40 per cent of Labor voters and 34 per cent of Greens voters. That a third of Greens voters were in favour of a ban is at odds with its party platform which wants to take on a larger amount. The point politicians need to wake up to is a growing number are getting fed up with politically correct handling by governments and a shut down of open debate. It also points directly to a growing number of people wanting 18-C reformed.
The most common reasons for wanting a ban were fears over terrorism, a belief that Muslim migrants do not integrate into society and a refusal to share Australian values. The poll was first conducted in early August and then repeated to ensure it was not a rogue. Whatever one’s feelings the results are telling.
Senator Pauline Hanson, leader of the One Nation party, won 600,000 votes at the last election striking a chord with disenchanted voters fed up with ‘political correctness’ and elected officials dancing around the ‘M’ word. Is Australia fundamentally racist or do half the population believe they shouldn’t have to deny their identity to gain acceptance? Do they see big issues with our government forcing asylum seekers to sign codes of conduct making sure they understand that raping women and children is not acceptable? I would imagine that more Australians would like the government to adopt the Swiss approach of ‘integrate to our way of life’
As I have written in the past, there has been a sharp uptick in the right wing parties in Europe. In last weekend’s Berlin election, Angela Merkel’s CDU suffered its worst defeat to alternative parties such as the Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) which also has an anti immigration stance. While Merkel may have taken full responsibility and lamenting over her misguided altruism, voters want action not words. Why is it that Germans are lining up to get permits to carry personal weapons in record numbers. ? “As of June 2016, there were 402,301 small arms carry permits in the National Weapons Register,” the Interior Ministry said, cited by Die Welt. “This figure is c.50% higher than last year when there were just fewer than 270,000 requests for permits in the first half of 2015.”
Why were people surprised or outraged at Donald Trump Jrs ‘Skittles’ comment? Certainly no difference in stance to the rhetoric of Trump Sr. in discussing ‘harder vetting’ or shock and awe delivery to fellow Deplorables. Regardless of whether one agrees or not with the message delivery it certainly had impact which plays to the Trump call for stronger border control.
While the left jumped all over the comments made by Trump as racist by politicising candy (of all things!) one must ponder why Mars Corp issued a slap down of Trump Jr’s comments while it found it OK in June of this year to put out all white skittles (see below) in honour of LGBT pride week in London.
Skittles wrote, “So this is kind of awkward, but we’re just gonna go ahead and address the rainbow-colored elephant in the room…You have the rainbow … we have the rainbow … and usually that’s just hunky-dory…But this Pride, only one rainbow deserves to be the centre of attention—yours. And we’re not going to be the ones to steal your rainbow thunder, no siree.”
This all too common rash corporate liberalism exposes a double standard among the left. I note that feminists pushed the cause of M&Ms when talking of men and rape culture. Their line was the same – “you say all men aren’t monsters? Imagine a bowl of M&Ms. 10% are poisoned Go ahead, eat a handful. Not all M&Ms are poison.” Why did Mars not issue a statement denouncing feminists use of M&Ms to politicise rape culture?
Regardless of one’s views on immigration, there is absolutely 100% need for open debate on the topic. Is anyone surprised that the longer governments have swept this elephant in the room under the carpet, the larger the resentment has grown. Perhaps if Mars would allow me to use one of their other brands like ‘Seeds of Change’ to restore ‘goodness from the ground up’ where conversation was organic not genetically modified.