A big, multicultural welcome to a new immigrant

Sometimes politics writes its own jokes. This week’s news, for example, that Pauline Hanson, who built her political career in Australia on a virulent anti-immigration policy, is herself to migrate to England would seem to belong to the world of satire. Her announcement that she is moving to this country in search of “peace and contentment” is the perfect punchline.


Hanson’s brutalist stand against Asian immigrants and in favour of cutting help for the Aboriginal culture once played well to Australians, many of whom, to put it mildly, have a robust attitude in these matters. When asked of the terrible dangers of multiculturalism, they tend to point, with unmistakeable smugness, to what has happened in the UK.


Yet it is Britain which Hanson has chosen for her new home. She loves our culture, she says. Australia is no longer a place for go-getters. The government there is full of toadies. There is over-regulation. Taxes are too high.


One has to take compliments wherever one can find them these days. Welcome, Pauline Hanson, to multicultural Britain, the land of opportunity.


Independent, Wednesday, 17th February 2010

  • Chris Rust

    It’s not a trivial issue that the researchers here don’t seem to have any notion of irony or context. If McCartney is saying old people are unloveable how come so many oldies belt that song out at their 64th birthday parties? It’s an affectionate song about love persisting despite the inevitable effects of getting older, what could be more positive?

    But there’s something quite sinister here, the conclusions of the article say:
    “It is imagined that the negative representations of age and ageing can be dispiriting and confidence and esteem lowering for older people and that more scrutiny of these texts by censorship boards should be exercised.”

    In other words it’s a manifesto for the thought police to start telling artists what to do, based on a particularly numb piece of research. Decidedly chilling.