The Left and the liberal Left like to pretend that any strong position on immigration is all about ‘racism’, ‘chauvinism’ and ‘bigotry’ (the latter two being simply expressions of racism). Those three words are often no more than political jargon used to silence debate. Nonetheless, according to Liberty GB, its stance on immigration, or at least on mass immigration, has nothing to do with race, bigotry or chauvinism. It’s all to do with the following – amongst other – things:
Of course Liberty GB will need to tell the public why heightened levels of political patriotism or nationalism will be a good thing for the United Kingdom. For example, it will need to tell the voters why mass immigration and multiculturalism are problematic when it comes to the fostering of British patriotism. Liberty GB itself says:
The European Union (EU) has immense control over the British Government and, indeed, over the British people. The EU interferes in numerous spheres of our lives – from the public to the very private. Even though the EU is largely an unelected body (apart from the MEPs who often have little connection to the home country and certainly not to the British electorate), much of the UK’s ‘hate legislation’ (the brainchild of the Council of Europe and which emanates from Brussels and Strasbourg) is an attempt to silence all criticism of Islam under the pretence that all such criticism is ‘racist’.
As an openly (as it were) patriotic party, Liberty GB will of course put a premium on defence. The party tells us that defence spending reached a peak during the mid-1980s when the budget was 5.1% of national GDP. This was the era, of course, when the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies were a genuine threat to the UK and to the Western world generally. The Iron Curtain fell in 1989 and tensions relaxed a little.
Nonetheless, new threats and eventualities have arisen since that time. Today there is also a larger threat from Islamic terrorism. Despite that, Liberty GB pledges not to send troops to fight other people’s conflicts (this can’t but help save the country money in the long run too). Nonetheless, not all foreign conflicts are necessarily other people’s conflicts. In these rare cases, Liberty GB has said that ‘British forces must never again be sent into combat situations understrength or inadequately equipped’. In addition, Liberty GB has said that it will improve pay, conditions and housing for all armed forces personnel, as well as set up an ‘Ex-forces Charter’ which would guarantee quality of care to all former armed service personnel in health, housing and employment.