Thursday, 2 September 2010
Those concerned about the islamification of Europe should know that there have been extraordinary developments in Germany within the last week or so. Thilo Sarrazin, a German banker who sits on the board of the German central bank, has provoked uproar in the country by drawing attention to the negative effect immigration, particularly Muslim immigration, is having on the country.

Sarrazin has claimed that Muslim migrants have failed to integrate; that they are lowering German educational standards by their poor performance at school; that they have made a net negative economic contribution to the country because of their high welfare dependency; and that their high birth-rate, combined with the low birth-rate of indigenous Germans, means they are gradually taking over the country.

Sarrazin's book has not been published yet, but extracts from it have appeared in the Bild newspaper. (Available here if you can read German). There is overwhelming public support for Sarazin's point of view. Bild ran a poll that showed 89% agreed with Sarrazin. Despite this, of course, the bien-pensant elite of the politics and media worlds have denounced Sarrazin in the most strident terms.

The prosecutor's office is carrying out an investigation to see whether anything he has said or written constitutes a crime. Politicians from all across the political spectrum, including Germany's allegedly conservative CDU, have vilified him and called for the Bundesbank to dismiss him from his position. This may well indeed happen; the Bundesbank is currently reviewing the situation.

The episode is an extraordinary illustration of the McCarthyite persecution of anyone who dares to dissent from the mad utopian ideology that our elites have developed into a kind of secular religion in recent decades. Sarrazin has made factual claims. Those factual claims are either true or false and their truth or falsehood can be examined. When they are examined carefully, they are found to be true. But this doesn't matter to the elite. They have conjured up an atmosphere of witch-hunting hysteria.

Regardless of what happens to Sarrazin's career, though, he has broken the taboo and opened up a debate. Since the facts are on his side, that can only be a good thing. There is speculation that he may start a political party and pundits believe it could instantly get around 20% in the polls.

It's not clear whether he wants to do this, though. Sarrazin, although perceived by some as a kind of German Geert Wilders, in fact distanced himself from Wilders, whom he called a "right-wing populist". Somewhat bizarrely, Sarrazin is a member of the German SPD (Germany's main left-wing party) although there are now steps underway that may result in him being expelled from the party.


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