British Home Secretary Suella Braverman is the latest in a long line of far-right agitators trying to exploit anti-immigrant sentiment for political gain. But the anger of today’s global populist revolt is not really about immigrants, asylum seekers, or multiculturalism.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
NEW YORK — If she wasn’t already a staunch opponent of British liberals, Britain’s Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s recent statements have cemented her image as a nationalist hardliner. Despite facing criticism from within his own party, he has doubled down on his anti-immigrant, anti-refugee rhetoric.
In a recent speech in Washington, Braverman claimed that multiculturalism has failed in Europe, that uncontrolled immigration poses a threat to Western civilization, and that the United Nations’ 1951 Refugee Convention – which the United Kingdom ratified under Winston Churchill Was – has become old. Braverman claimed that refugees facing persecution because of their gender or sexual identity in their home countries are “bogus asylum seekers” who should no longer be allowed to enter the UK.
This is a mixture of insensitivity, straw dog and nonsense. In some countries, people can be executed for being gay. In other countries, women are not even allowed to go to school. Some serious people advocate “uncontrolled” immigration. And the British Refugee Council released a report claiming that 74% of people coming to Britain by boat in 2023 will be identified as asylum seekers. The figure is based on figures compiled by Braverman’s own home office.
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