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Refugee Crisis? Bollocks!

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Let me set the scene. I’ve grown up in the South Wales Valleys, in a community where it is commonplace to have your doors unlocked, with neighbours and friends calling by. A community that has always been resilient to change due to the strength of our common values. Where today we still see whole communities coming together to find solutions to the problems of the day.

So it comes as no surprise to me when I hear stories of refugees welcomed from the cities, being transported to the Welsh Valleys during the world wars. Wales became a sanctuary for around 4500 Belgian refugees during WW1, where by mid 1919 most had returned to their homelands, with only traces left behind: artworks, crafts and some building work that is still appreciated today.  

One personal account that came from a lady now in her 80’s, Barbara Warlow Davies, who recalls moving to Talgarreg from Liverpool in 1941, having been rescued from an explosion which killed 164 people as Nazi forces bombed her home city in the Blitz of May.  Barbara wrote “When I came to Talgarreg at just four a name like Barbara was strange in a Welsh-speaking community”. With English as her first language, the sound of Welsh was just as foreign and strange for Barbara as her new surroundings.

Barbara’s love affair with Wales didn’t end in 1945 and she decided to stay after the war finished. And this was the case for many who fell in love with the land of my fathers that is very dear to me. 

So forgive me for saying refugees are welcome. I whole-heartedly stand by these words and can never imagine a time I’d feel differently. However (hold the chants calling me a snowflake) my judgment, and that of many others, has been clouded by people who use these same words but are unwilling to accept that the current crisis facing Europe is a migration crisis of biblical proportion.

Currently refugees are not receiving the same welcome as those who previously found sanctuary. This is because the actions of those who claim to want to help are in fact doing the opposite, by not recognising the challenges that come with uncontrolled migration of this scale. 

Don’t confuse my humanitarian stance with stupidity. 

Estimates from the European Union itself put those arriving on European shores for economic reasons at six out of every 10, with other estimates much higher. How can we be in a position where we know this to be the case yet we seem impotent to deal with it? 

Talking about this crisis has to be the hardest subject I’ve found myself wanting to address, while constantly faced with a barrage of abuse from the real snowflakes, who have a warped vision of the world in which we live.

These snowflakes are often so self-loathing of their heritage and history they feel the only way to relieve themselves of such guilt is to see the very foundations of their heritage and culture eroded. Anyone who disagrees with them can expect to be branded Islamophobic, racist, xenophobic, you get the drift. If you’re someone who voted leave in the referendum, these labels are probably all too familiar, as we’re not allowed to be patriotic and proud of who we are. The snowflakes want us to be constantly beating ourselves up over things that happened way before you and I came along. I believe the name for it is: Ethno masochism. It’s the act of taking pleasure in contemplating the humiliation, subordination, or annihilation of one’s own ethnicity or race. 

The irony of this is that the same people who hate the Union Jack because it represents “British colonialism” and want to see the end of the British state, are the same people who are happy to wave the EU flag whose 12 stars represent countries such as the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Spain and Portugal, all of whom have colonial pasts to some degree.

This is something I’m all too familiar with here in Wales, where we’ve a small yet significant number of hard Welsh nationalists who are what I’d call far left, no compromise. When I say I’m a Welsh, British nationalist there’s shock and horror, where it’s fine to be a Welsh nationalist and still get your invite for tea and barra brith. However, if you’re a British nationalist you’re given history lessons of not just a lifetime, but often worlds away, and told “you must feel guilt”. You must repent for the sins of those who came before you. 

I’m sorry, as someone who believes our sights should be firmly on the future, I can’t spend too much time looking backwards. When I do, it’s often to remind me of the good things we’re able to achieve. I can’t dwell on such things out of my control. 

But, I can face the here and now head on and say what we’re seeing across Europe is of no coincidence. The need to confuse both refugee and migrant has been paramount in the deception of the peoples of Europe, and those taking part in this mass migration, a battle of the fittest, have been sold a lie.

I say this knowing full well there’ll be gasps from some quarters feeling perplexed at my analysis, knowing I’ve spent the last two years heavily involved in trying to understand this crisis from the ground up.

I’ve sat amongst organisations that claim to help, but I see them as part of the problem. Organisations with dubious funding channels. I’ve joined my community and that of neighbouring ones collecting clothes for refugees, the same community that has almost fallen silent on such matters today. When we hear of similar stories to that of Alun Kurdi, tragically it’s become the norm for many. 

I called for the external borders of Europe to be closed and managed, after witnessing Greece finding itself cut off from the EU, with neighbouring countries closing their own borders and putting additional pressure on a country already blighted with its own struggles. This situation has led to the death of thousands of people who have attempted to run the gauntlet. 

Off the back of that comment my views were challenged and I spent two weeks in the port of Piraerus with a photographer, witnessing sights I never thought possible within the EU.

Upon my return, I spent weeks meeting lawmakers and legislators, both regional and national, only to find there were no answers or solutions being put forward. The government’s resettlement programme seemed inadequate, not giving a second thought to what’s occurring on the continent. It certainly seems within this country, we’ve outsourced the problem, putting profit before people, avoiding the true issue, which is real integration into our communities.

Although I’m not claiming to be an expert on this subject, I do believe I’ve done all I can to source a balanced view, to form my own opinions. I’m ready to share those views without fear. After witnessing the censorship across Europe right now, I am under no illusions this isn’t going to be an easy task, with bloggers and vloggers having to move platforms to share their realities. So, if you truly want to help refugees, you must also separate the migration crisis, otherwise you’re betraying yourselves and your own cause. 

If you can’t see that uncontrolled migration is harmful both to those leaving their countries in search for a better life and to those native to the countries they arrive, your head is firmly in the sand. I’d suggest you inform yourselves, stop being guardian click-bait wankers and open your eyes. Be part of a sustainable solution that looks beyond the next few weeks, months or years. 

Our futures really do depend on it. 

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20 Comments
  1. barrie greatorex says

    I am relieved to find someone with some first hand knowledge and the ability to articulate it, I have harboured the same rational/irrational thoughts and found only an outlet on the usual, sometimes very offensive blogs. I found some comfort in looking back at our history and seeing how so many refugees from so many different cultures and countries, found safety and success in our 4 nations bound as one. I came to the conclusion that the only problem is and has been a question of numbers. Overpopulation is a major problem in many areas of the World, in the UK it would be disastrous and is storing up massive problems for future generations. So I hope you will continue to fight for a common sense solution to, it may sound selfish, our own overpopulation problems.

    1. Darren Bromham-Nichols says

      Thank you for your response.

      I look forward to your views on future articles.

  2. Penny Gallagher says

    Excellent analysis, deserves a wider audience, hope people read it all the way through.

    1. Darren Bromham-Nichols says

      Thank you for your response.

      I look forward to your views on future articles.

  3. Brenda Williamson says

    This country is small we cannot take anymore. They will not intergrate and are turning areas into no go.

    1. Darren Bromham-Nichols says

      Thank you for your response.

      I look forward to your views on future articles.

  4. Steve Rogers says

    Very good and balanced report that makes excellent sense.

    1. Dazz1@ntlworld.com says

      Thank you for your response.

      I look forward to your views on future articles.

  5. Benjamin Mackenzie says

    I agree Darren it is immensely frustrating when you want to help those in genuine need but have a whole separate issue that many wish to ignore. If immigration levels were at 50,000 a year, I have no doubt there’d be twice as many refugees coming and nobody would be complaining.

    1. Darren Bromham-Nichols says

      Thank you for your response.

      I look forward to your views on future articles.

  6. Robert Redfern says

    Be careful you may be charged with a hate crime, bailed for years and with bail conditions including that you must not exercise free speech and write about anything mentioning immigrants/migrants.

    1. Darren Bromham-Nichols says

      Thank you for your response.

      I look forward to your views on future articles.

  7. P Leivers says

    its so nice to see someone else seeing the truth i returned to living in the uk last october 2016 for the 10 years previous i worked and lived on Samos Greece which is a hotspot i worked as a professional scuba diver i cannot even begin to tell you the things i saw and had to deal with……we on Samos helped as much as we could with the Syrian refugees but then they started to come from Africa Afghanistan Iraq etc i also took Frontex border police for pleasure dives on their down time ..the stories they told would make you feel sick the things i saw would make you feel sick …these people hate us and told us often . they rape women and children within the camps and also there were rapes of some greek girls which everyone knew but the papers were not allowed to print it ..they often told us the way we lived was very offensive to them and would show pictures of girls in burkas telling us this is how we should dress i witnessed them verbally attack a French cruise boat because they said the flag offended them they would walk down beaches and tell the tourists to cover up.. numerous people would inform the police but they would just move them on…i could go on but hopefully you get the drift of what i am saying… I loved my life on Samos but when my own daughter was physically attacked by a man from Iraq simply because she was sat on the dive boat unaccompanied by a man while he ate (which he said was offensive ) it was time to leave…i could not risk anything more. I have never been racist i believe anyone should be able to live and work where they want but that you should respect the law and culture of the place you choose i believe we should help genuine refugees .. but economic migrants these people will never do that these people will just bring the life they leave behind with them and Europe will be returned to the dark ages… im sorry i have seen with my own eyes what these people are capable of what these people think of us.. and the only thing i will never understand is why our governments our so called elites think these people should be allowed here..why our elite put these people before our own.. they constantly harp on about climate change and how we should save the world for our children our grandchildren well i have news for them they are and already have ruined the lives of our children because these people will not be happy until we are slaughtered and i fear that will not be in 200 years in 100 years it is happening now and i dread to think what it will be in 10 years 5 years…Europe will be the new Africa and elites either cant see it , dont want to see it or have a hidden agenda… they live in ivory towers and have no idea what they are inflicting on us or worst scenario they know exactly what they are doing. It is all very scary and i know that most normal thinking people feel the same.

    1. Darren Bromham-Nichols says

      Thank you for your response.

      I look forward to your views on future articles.

  8. Paull Curtice says

    Well crafted and thought provoking. It would seem that strategic thinking and problem solving do not form any part of a left thinking persons DNA. What happens next, afterwards and in the future? What are the consequences, risks and possible outcomes? No thought given at all.

    1. Darren Bromham-Nichols says

      Thank you for your response.

      I look forward to your views on future articles.

  9. Jamal says

    LOL – It is funny to see that now you have some sort of platform to spread your ideas, you have toned down you rhetoric and have cleverly disguised some of your ignorant views, under the guise of “Patriot’. You failed to mention your involvement in UKIP, before you moved on to become a Pro Brexit Conservative spokesman.

    It is all good to claim that 6 out of 10 are economic migrants, but where is your evidence? what was the sample size that this info was taken from? who determines whether they are economic migrants or refugees?

    The EU and the UN have deemed many countries safe, where people are being targeted and executed for their political views, sexual orientation etc.

    Iraq / Afghanistan / Pakistan are just examples of countries where people leaving can now be classed as economic migrants and not refugees, however the reality is different to the picture painted by the right wing media

    And Africa ( the continent which Western nations ransacked and colonised and robbed all the resources) has some of the worst human rights violations of modern time taking place against innocent civilians. Ethnic Cleansing / Oppression / Imprisonment / Massacre & Murder.

    All this takes place yet there are claims that people are only coming over for the benefits.

    You are irresponsible in your journalism and you are not willing to engage in debate with anyone who disagrees with your comments, hence why you have blocked me, and many others on facebook

    I wish you all the best in your attempt to publish information, so long as it is not falsehood or lies.

    1. Darren Bromham-Nichols says

      Jamal is this aimed at me? I haven’t the foggiest who you are? And what you’re trying to allude to?

      1. Benjamin Mackenzie says

        Who are you? I’ve never heard of you, nobody in Europe has ever heard of you!!

  10. Grenville Warne says

    Great article Darren. This is the “Kalergi” project, but why is nobody openly admitting it? I suppose there would be civil war if the truth were to come out?