Great post.Immigration is one of the primary concerns of the british electorate right now, and has been for several years. Unfortunately, its hard to have a reasonable debate on it, since too many racists are making the case, and too many anti-racists (if you like) are dismissing the arguments which are shared concerns. Its almost as if, if racists say it, you then can't, otherwise you MUST be.
What the guy in the video says has some validity, so to dismiss him, regardless of being racist or not, is nothing but ignorant to do.
For me, immigration hasn't been handled very well, since it was hugely underestimated how many eastern europeans were going to arrive in the UK since the EU enlarged in 2004. It should have been expected however, since it wasn't just Poland joining that year (contrary to many dumb people who blame the Polish for everything). It was the largest expansion that the EU has ever had, and i know that Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Malta and Cyprus also joined in that year.
This has lead to immigration being brought to the fore by the likes of UKIP (uk independence party) as well as a number of Conservatives. This plays right into the hands of bigotted parties, but it also bears an importance to ordinary non-bigotted people, concerned not so much by the immigration of people, but the importation of negative culture. Most people want the UK to remain 'our' country, where our country retains a culture of Western values (as opposed to the bigots who want an english only, only white' culture).
The primary concern for me is Islam. I'm certain it is for most uk citizens also. As far as the faith goes, it is no different to me as any other religion. I'm not concerned that people adhere to religion, and i won't treat people with less respect for it etc. But Islam in its radical form is dangerous.
Its all very well and good to argue that a religion is fundamentally good, but its hard to believe that when the faith is then abused for reasons that are claimed to be in the name of it. Even when we can accept that its a mere excuse for bad people to get their way, it still doesn't detract from the fact that the faith has failed to control radical forms of practice. Forms which not only create harsh realities for people within islamic countries, but we are seeing those radical beliefs spreading to our own shores. Something has got to be wrong somewhere. And whilst i accept that western foreign policy is providing the catalyst for homegrown terrorism to be spread, its being done by those who share values with those far from outside of the West.
I cannot wait for a future where zero countries are governed by the influence of religious beliefs.
The sooner that the regime in Iran changes, the better. Its no good rotating leadership when the Ayatollah always has the ultimate say. It'd be like the Queen turning around and saying tough shit, even if all the main parties voted for gay marriage.
The islamist would say you are a racist.
Anyway, i don't think Iran is as bad as Saudi Arabia for spreading Islam.