Anti-immigration vocabulary

Although I find the current ‘debate’ on Romanian and Bulgarian immigration xenophobic and needlessly alarmist the Independent recently published a neat little post about vocabulary that regularly features in the anti-immigrant flag waving tabloid The Daily Mail.

Not to be taken too seriously but worth a look nonetheless:

1) Tidal wave: This is the collective noun to be applied loosely to any group of foreigners, from two all the way up to staggering numbers of six or seven. The main reason to use this word is it makes foreigners sound scary, like a typhoon. And no one wants to be hit by a typhoon, do they?

See also ‘mass influx’ and ‘invasion’

2) ‘Bloody’: The only proper adjective to describe a foreigner.

3) Health Service: What many ignorant liberals don’t realise is that foreigners coming here on holiday for free treatment is the ONLY the reason you ever have need to queue for a doctor. (And if those whingeing lefties point to this study which says the number of foreign patients who pay to use the NHS each year could be twice as high as the number of so-called “health tourists” exploiting free healthcare in the UK, scoff and ask them if they want their children to die because an immigrant was having a free boob job.)

4) The British taxpayer. The only type of taxpayer. Because of course immigrants don’t pay taxes.

You can read the rest of the article here.


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