http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/comment/blogs/67399/from_pushback_to_brexit#.V4SdX9R95khFrom pushback to Brexit
The old chestnut of foreigners ‘invading our country and taking our jobs’ hides the ugliness of bigotry posing as patriotism, and it is no coincidence that it is the clarion call of both the Maltese ‘patriots’ and the Brexiters in the UK
Some of us might just recall the summer of 2013 when Joseph Muscat faced the first wave of migrants crossing the Mediterranean and ending in Malta. That was before he ‘fixed’ things with Matteo Renzi, who became Prime Minister of Italy in February 2014.
Muscat had threatened to push back to Libya a number of migrants who landed in Malta and this within less than 24 hours of their arrival. Later he said he was bluffing: that it was just a threat to push the EU into doing something about the annual mass exodus of refugees leaving the Libyan coast with a fraction of them ending up in Malta.
A day after his failed ‘attempt’ to deport a group of 45 asylum seekers without giving them a chance to claim for protection, Muscat said the European Union had to take Malta’s immigration burden more seriously and justified his threat by insisting that all he wanted was for Europe ‘to wake up and smell the coffee’.
At that time I had commented: ‘I wonder what Martin Schultz and all other European Socialists in PES now think of Joseph Muscat. His actions this week make him a more comfortable partner and colleague of the European right: the Austrian Freedom Party, the Greek political party Golden Dawn of Nikolaos Michaloliakos, the Italian Lega Nord of Umberto Bossi and Roberto Maroni; and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) of Nigel Farage. The populist attraction of these right-wingers has the same magnetic qualities of Joseph Muscat’s portrayal of himself leading the Maltese by defending their homeland against the black invasion.’
Thanks to Renzi’s providential help, Muscat changed his ways but the right wing parties in Europe kept marching on.
A phenomenon that everybody noticed during the time of that infamous episode was the rise of racial hatred in the comments approving Muscat’s folly that were posted in the social media. The racist comments spared no one who did not agree with Muscat’s attempt at pushback, and included sexist comments about EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. Muscat was embarrassed, to say the least.
Eventually the Maltese right wingers lost faith in Muscat and decided to set up their own political party, styling themselves as Maltese ‘patriots’. Which makes me recall Samuel Johnson’s famous pronouncement that ‘patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel’.
Not by coincidence, a similar phenomenon has surfaced in the UK after the Brexit referendum. On Thursday, Sky News reported that the number of hate crimes reported in the capital has risen by more than 50% in the days since the EU referendum result. Scotland Yard has confirmed the average number of hate crimes reported daily in London has risen to 67 – a 52% increase on the pre-referendum average of 44. A total of 599 incidents of race hate crime were reported to the Metropolitan Police between 24 June and 2 July.
Commander Mark Chishty, head of community engagement at the Met, was quoted as saying that people “are feeling anxious at the perception of increased intolerance against certain communities”.
Even the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, felt he had to hit out at the spreading of intolerance and hatred in the days following the EU referendum result.
‘Polish vermin’ has become a typical racist attack simply because hard-working Poles in the UK are doing better than the lazier average lager lout.
The old chestnut of foreigners ‘invading our country and taking our jobs’ hides the ugliness of bigotry posing as patriotism. No coincidence that it is the clarion call of both the Maltese ‘patriots’ and the Brexiters in the UK.
Which points out to the responsibility – or lack thereof – of political leaders to be careful when they speak of foreigners, as their careless words could easily encourage people to racial hatred.That is why Donald Trump is one of the worst examples of irresponsible politicians.
First he called Mexicans drug dealers and rapists. Then they were killers, too. He has suggested that Middle Eastern terrorists have illegally crossed the US-Mexico border. So he intends to build a wall along the border, to be paid for by the Mexicans, of course.
Yet another political disaster waiting to happen...
--------------------Another scurrilous article, on this infamous day of perfidy and treason by the Hidden Hand.
Another coincidence! - The relentless attack by the Zionists on the fibre of European Nationhood.
What Trump said and stands for is all true - as what We and Patriots say, about our plight in Malta.
And the author terms all this: "Another political disaster waiting to happen".
Ah! Where have we come to! - Where have the Jews got us.
But the tables will soon turn - and We will settle scores.
In alto le forche!
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