Ethnic minorities 'not one group'

Romsey Advertiser: Adam Afriyie said the Conservatives will not be able to completely detoxify its brand in the eyes of ethnic minority voters in time for the election Adam Afriyie said the Conservatives will not be able to completely detoxify its brand in the eyes of ethnic minority voters in time for the election

Politicians should stop treating ethnic minorities as one homogeneous group and start appealing to the varied political views and concerns of non-white Britons, a new report argues.

Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities will make up almost a third of the UK population by 2050, according to the think tank Policy Exchange.

In A Portrait Of Modern Britain, released today, it argues immigration from the Caribbean, the Indian subcontinent and Africa since the Second World War has resulted in diverse groups with widely differing opinions, experiences and traditions.

It says politicians have failed to address these groups individually and says there are "clear and meaningful differences between each of these communities, which need to be fully understood" by policymakers.

Rishi Sunak, report co-author and head of Policy Exchange's BME Research Unit, said: "These communities will continue to become an ever more significant part of Britain, especially in future elections.

"However, as our research demonstrates ethnic minorities are not one homogeneous political group.

"From education to employment, housing to trust in the police, politicians from all parties must understand the different issues affecting individual communities."

The handbook draws on survey, census, academic and polling data to build up a detailed picture of the five largest minority groups in the UK - Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Black African and Black Caribbean.

The report highlights the importance of BME voters in years to come.

It says currently eight million people, or 14% of the UK population, are from ethnic minorities. But the BME population now accounts for 80% of growth and has doubled in the past decade when the white population has remained constant.

The report claims that with the exception of those with an African heritage, a majority of non-white Britons describe themselves as "British-only".

The right-leaning think tank says that currently voters in BME communities overwhelmingly identify with and vote for the Labour Party "regardless of class or association with Conservative policies", with 68% voting for Gordon Brown's party at the 21010 General Election, compared with 16% for the Conservatives and 14% for the Liberal Democrats.

Voting intention, a higher rate of religious worship and living in large family groups are shared traits that members of the five largest historic immigrant groups have in common, the report shows.

But aside from that it argues there is huge variety between them in how people live, including whether they marry - and whom - and how many children they have, how well educated they are and what jobs they do.

Last month Adam Afriyie, the first black Tory MP and once touted as a future party leader, said the Conservatives will not be able to completely detoxify its brand in the eyes of ethnic minority voters in time for next year's general election.

He admitted that even if Prime Minister David Cameron "does everything perfectly" in the run up to the 2015 General Election, the party's lack of support among minorities will persist.

But Mr Afriyie said the party would be making a mistake if it changed its policies to suit individual groups in a "political gamble" for more popularity.

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9:37am Tue 6 May 14

varteg1 says...

Correct, not one group, and we all know which section is the one causing most concern.


We've had wave after wave of ethnic immigration into Britain, none have caused as much upset and disconnection as a certain group that steadfastly refuses to adapt and adopt to our way of life, much they prefer to retain the lifestyle and 'culture' they supposedly left behind when arriving here, but constantly seek to impose on to us with their demands for special treatment because they LIVE their religion rather than make their religion accommodate to the new land they have entered.
Correct, not one group, and we all know which section is the one causing most concern. We've had wave after wave of ethnic immigration into Britain, none have caused as much upset and disconnection as a certain group that steadfastly refuses to adapt and adopt to our way of life, much they prefer to retain the lifestyle and 'culture' they supposedly left behind when arriving here, but constantly seek to impose on to us with their demands for special treatment because they LIVE their religion rather than make their religion accommodate to the new land they have entered. varteg1
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10:40am Tue 6 May 14

MSG says...

They all should adapt to the established way of UK life. Also politicians should always put their own UK people first.
They all should adapt to the established way of UK life. Also politicians should always put their own UK people first. MSG
  • Score: 5

1:54pm Tue 6 May 14

welshmen says...

Say it varteg 1, Islam..the Religion of Peace?, not really....more like the Religion of Hate....Radicals, Moderates, Devote, Jihadist's, Islamist's, one thing in common they all live by the Qur'an, their Ideology for life and death and for other's.

The trouble with our society is we are afraid to say the truth because of the laws made to keep the truth tellers quite, we are the Natives of our Country, many politicians want third world black and brown immigrants to come here, as the do now for cheap labour, to water down our wages or life style, with them come Islam, MP's they champion their cause make laws to shut us up, they invite them to civic functions allow them to infiltrate important places same as Obama is doing now in America.

Ukip is good to get us out of the European Union, but where do we go from there, it won't stop the cancerous spread of Radical Islam into our Country, that will be the next big battle for this Country if we are to survive as a Native Culture....We have a Culture that has evolved over centuries and I and Millions of British Natives want it to stay or reduce it's intake of third world immigrants, after all we are mainly a white European Nation, not black, or brown, or yellow, but white, unlike Africa mainly Black, Asia mainly brown, many people of the Liberal Left will hate me for posting this, just watch!!!. but I will do what needs to be done and support those millions of other British Natives....peace....
Say it varteg 1, Islam..the Religion of Peace?, not really....more like the Religion of Hate....Radicals, Moderates, Devote, Jihadist's, Islamist's, one thing in common they all live by the Qur'an, their Ideology for life and death and for other's. The trouble with our society is we are afraid to say the truth because of the laws made to keep the truth tellers quite, we are the Natives of our Country, many politicians want third world black and brown immigrants to come here, as the do now for cheap labour, to water down our wages or life style, with them come Islam, MP's they champion their cause make laws to shut us up, they invite them to civic functions allow them to infiltrate important places same as Obama is doing now in America. Ukip is good to get us out of the European Union, but where do we go from there, it won't stop the cancerous spread of Radical Islam into our Country, that will be the next big battle for this Country if we are to survive as a Native Culture....We have a Culture that has evolved over centuries and I and Millions of British Natives want it to stay or reduce it's intake of third world immigrants, after all we are mainly a white European Nation, not black, or brown, or yellow, but white, unlike Africa mainly Black, Asia mainly brown, many people of the Liberal Left will hate me for posting this, just watch!!!. but I will do what needs to be done and support those millions of other British Natives....peace.... welshmen
  • Score: 5

5:19pm Tue 6 May 14

MrDoooon says...

During the next decade, I predict severe civil unrest in this country because of this hitherto unfettered immigration.
During the next decade, I predict severe civil unrest in this country because of this hitherto unfettered immigration. MrDoooon
  • Score: 4

7:14pm Tue 6 May 14

welshmen says...

Ethnic minorities will make up a third of our population by 2050, if you want a foresight into that go to our capital for the day, if your OK with that fine keep voting LIB/LAB/CON, imagine Africans, Pakistanis, India's population being told by 2050 a third of our population will be white, wouldn't happen, and shouldn't happen here, i get fed up of the Liberal Left saying they want more immigration, while to most British Natives we have millions to many here already.

I get concerned at the way people are being condemned as bigots and racist for merely voicing their opinion and saying what the majority are thinking,I would have thought our infrastructure is at breaking point with schools overcrowded, GP's surgeries and NHS unable to cope, plus the chronic shortage of housing.

To make matters worse we are also expected to tolerate seeing our precious countryside concreted over in order to build houses for these people, there is anger and resentment from us the indigenous population for we are witnessing the erosion of our culture by the millions of people arriving here who we cannot possibly accommodate.

I am afraid there is only one party that will stop this, but the media have castigated them from ever getting enough support to form a Government, accused of everything but never being involved in one single death, the very thing's they are called are racist, nazi, fascists yet they only want what the majority want a Britain with the indigenous Natives always being that majority, the alternative is, well you guess, added to that Radical Islam, which is not going away, no matter what the MP's tell us from Westminster that Islam is a Peaceful Religion, what's happening around the world with this Religion tells a different story.

The Devote, Moderate, Radical, Fundamentalist, Jihadist Muslim, they have all one special thing in common, "The Qur'an" life to death they follow it's teachings no matter what Country the followers are in, to them the most important part of their life is Islam, not the Country not the Indigenous people, just Islam and it's followers Muslims...From the parties we have to select from, what party do you think will do all this to ensure we the British Native are always the majority.....Peace..
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Ethnic minorities will make up a third of our population by 2050, if you want a foresight into that go to our capital for the day, if your OK with that fine keep voting LIB/LAB/CON, imagine Africans, Pakistanis, India's population being told by 2050 a third of our population will be white, wouldn't happen, and shouldn't happen here, i get fed up of the Liberal Left saying they want more immigration, while to most British Natives we have millions to many here already. I get concerned at the way people are being condemned as bigots and racist for merely voicing their opinion and saying what the majority are thinking,I would have thought our infrastructure is at breaking point with schools overcrowded, GP's surgeries and NHS unable to cope, plus the chronic shortage of housing. To make matters worse we are also expected to tolerate seeing our precious countryside concreted over in order to build houses for these people, there is anger and resentment from us the indigenous population for we are witnessing the erosion of our culture by the millions of people arriving here who we cannot possibly accommodate. I am afraid there is only one party that will stop this, but the media have castigated them from ever getting enough support to form a Government, accused of everything but never being involved in one single death, the very thing's they are called are racist, nazi, fascists yet they only want what the majority want a Britain with the indigenous Natives always being that majority, the alternative is, well you guess, added to that Radical Islam, which is not going away, no matter what the MP's tell us from Westminster that Islam is a Peaceful Religion, what's happening around the world with this Religion tells a different story. The Devote, Moderate, Radical, Fundamentalist, Jihadist Muslim, they have all one special thing in common, "The Qur'an" life to death they follow it's teachings no matter what Country the followers are in, to them the most important part of their life is Islam, not the Country not the Indigenous people, just Islam and it's followers Muslims...From the parties we have to select from, what party do you think will do all this to ensure we the British Native are always the majority.....Peace.. .. welshmen
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10:33pm Tue 6 May 14

Chippy70 says...

welshmen wrote:
Ethnic minorities will make up a third of our population by 2050, if you want a foresight into that go to our capital for the day, if your OK with that fine keep voting LIB/LAB/CON, imagine Africans, Pakistanis, India's population being told by 2050 a third of our population will be white, wouldn't happen, and shouldn't happen here, i get fed up of the Liberal Left saying they want more immigration, while to most British Natives we have millions to many here already.

I get concerned at the way people are being condemned as bigots and racist for merely voicing their opinion and saying what the majority are thinking,I would have thought our infrastructure is at breaking point with schools overcrowded, GP's surgeries and NHS unable to cope, plus the chronic shortage of housing.

To make matters worse we are also expected to tolerate seeing our precious countryside concreted over in order to build houses for these people, there is anger and resentment from us the indigenous population for we are witnessing the erosion of our culture by the millions of people arriving here who we cannot possibly accommodate.

I am afraid there is only one party that will stop this, but the media have castigated them from ever getting enough support to form a Government, accused of everything but never being involved in one single death, the very thing's they are called are racist, nazi, fascists yet they only want what the majority want a Britain with the indigenous Natives always being that majority, the alternative is, well you guess, added to that Radical Islam, which is not going away, no matter what the MP's tell us from Westminster that Islam is a Peaceful Religion, what's happening around the world with this Religion tells a different story.

The Devote, Moderate, Radical, Fundamentalist, Jihadist Muslim, they have all one special thing in common, "The Qur'an" life to death they follow it's teachings no matter what Country the followers are in, to them the most important part of their life is Islam, not the Country not the Indigenous people, just Islam and it's followers Muslims...From the parties we have to select from, what party do you think will do all this to ensure we the British Native are always the majority.....Peace..

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I wish I could put it over as eloquently as you mate. Living around me now I have Germans, Chinese, French, Polish, Lithuanian... And I have to say they are all wanting to mix in, they at least stop in the street and are always willing to talk and whats more they are all working.. So far so good however we are all dreading the first family of bearded nightshirt wearing buffoons and their bag headed bimbo's. The area I live is north east UK (Geordie Land) ....we tend to speak our minds without maybe engaging the mind first. This could be the reason sa far we havent been over-run. We do have a house full of Indian girls nearby! They must have escaped the menfolk because they run around in tight jeens and skimpy tops..and look to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. They are students I think.
I would just like to see us get our country back to running itself with our laws, our rules.
I would like to see mass immigration stopped , then allow some but at least be selective I also think all immigrants should produce a bond of at least£30,000
I would like to see the clear out of all inner city ghetto's ..It didnt work in America it will never work here. To be afraid to walk our city streets at night is totally wrong.
We should have teams of border guards starting at one end of streets knocking on doors and finding ouf just who we have in our country. If they are deemed none beneficial to the UK they should be removed back to their country of origin and not allowed to return.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: Ethnic minorities will make up a third of our population by 2050, if you want a foresight into that go to our capital for the day, if your OK with that fine keep voting LIB/LAB/CON, imagine Africans, Pakistanis, India's population being told by 2050 a third of our population will be white, wouldn't happen, and shouldn't happen here, i get fed up of the Liberal Left saying they want more immigration, while to most British Natives we have millions to many here already. I get concerned at the way people are being condemned as bigots and racist for merely voicing their opinion and saying what the majority are thinking,I would have thought our infrastructure is at breaking point with schools overcrowded, GP's surgeries and NHS unable to cope, plus the chronic shortage of housing. To make matters worse we are also expected to tolerate seeing our precious countryside concreted over in order to build houses for these people, there is anger and resentment from us the indigenous population for we are witnessing the erosion of our culture by the millions of people arriving here who we cannot possibly accommodate. I am afraid there is only one party that will stop this, but the media have castigated them from ever getting enough support to form a Government, accused of everything but never being involved in one single death, the very thing's they are called are racist, nazi, fascists yet they only want what the majority want a Britain with the indigenous Natives always being that majority, the alternative is, well you guess, added to that Radical Islam, which is not going away, no matter what the MP's tell us from Westminster that Islam is a Peaceful Religion, what's happening around the world with this Religion tells a different story. The Devote, Moderate, Radical, Fundamentalist, Jihadist Muslim, they have all one special thing in common, "The Qur'an" life to death they follow it's teachings no matter what Country the followers are in, to them the most important part of their life is Islam, not the Country not the Indigenous people, just Islam and it's followers Muslims...From the parties we have to select from, what party do you think will do all this to ensure we the British Native are always the majority.....Peace.. ..[/p][/quote]I wish I could put it over as eloquently as you mate. Living around me now I have Germans, Chinese, French, Polish, Lithuanian... And I have to say they are all wanting to mix in, they at least stop in the street and are always willing to talk and whats more they are all working.. So far so good however we are all dreading the first family of bearded nightshirt wearing buffoons and their bag headed bimbo's. The area I live is north east UK (Geordie Land) ....we tend to speak our minds without maybe engaging the mind first. This could be the reason sa far we havent been over-run. We do have a house full of Indian girls nearby! They must have escaped the menfolk because they run around in tight jeens and skimpy tops..and look to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. They are students I think. I would just like to see us get our country back to running itself with our laws, our rules. I would like to see mass immigration stopped , then allow some but at least be selective I also think all immigrants should produce a bond of at least£30,000 I would like to see the clear out of all inner city ghetto's ..It didnt work in America it will never work here. To be afraid to walk our city streets at night is totally wrong. We should have teams of border guards starting at one end of streets knocking on doors and finding ouf just who we have in our country. If they are deemed none beneficial to the UK they should be removed back to their country of origin and not allowed to return. Chippy70
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