Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Saturday, 12 June 2010

'I don't have to accept someone who lives off a state they reject'

"I don't have to accept someone who lives off a state they reject, ..."
This, apparently, is what Mr Sarrazin, who works for the Bundesbank and was Germany's finance minister, said when referring to some German immigrant populations.

He also said the influx of immigrants is making Germany 'dumber', because
immigrants from 'Turkey, the Middle East and Africa' were less educated.
Because immigrants tend to have more children than Germans - who have the lowest birth rate in Europe - this caused 'a different propagation of population groups with different intelligence

So ... picking apart the article it seems that a man has looked at a load of statistics relating to new arrivals in Germany and has, perhaps clumsily, said that, many newcomers :-

1) Have limited education in their home country.
2) Choose to ghettoise their living arrangements, and
3) Are reluctant to integrate and adopt the German way of life
4) Have more children than the average German family, and
5) Pass on their own cultural and education aspirations to their children

According to the Mail Mr Sarrazin shouldn't have done any of this and he
has not yet apologised. and It is thought his position at the Bundesbank may now be untenable.
Mrs Rigby wonders why he should even imagine apologising? There's no point, he's already been condemned by both the media and a respresentative of a presumably vocal self-interest group because ...
A spokesman for a Muslim group in Berlin said: 'He is a tired old white Christian male full of prejudice and few ideas.'
Mrs Rigby is delighted to acknowledge that this response as a wonderful example of the freedom of speech we enjoy in the Western world. So let's look again at what Mr Serrazin said
'I don't have to accept someone who lives off a state they reject'
That, is for Mrs R, the bottom line - and she turns it into a question.

Is it not reasonable to ensure that those who live off the state accept, acknowledge and abide by, the rules of that state?


Gordon said...

Oh but that were true. That statement puts into words most succinctly, what a lot of people currently have bottled up inside.

Jim said...

Absolutely.Which is why I found the idea of 'outlaw' so interesting. Basically, the principle goes that if you transgress the laws of society, and you refuse to make reparations to the person(s) you have wronged, you are declared an 'outlaw'. That is, no longer under the protection of the law. So if someone steals from you for example, you cannot go to the police and complain. As you have gone outside society's laws, society will no longer protect you.

We need to reintroduce some element of this into society today - that the rest of us will not pay for you to be fed, clothed, housed and protected if you step outside of our norms. You want society's money, accept society's rules.

Here's the video of lecture about a Common Law project that's been run in Alaska (its quite long):