Last week we went to see the very funny film Samba a French comedy but being French there is often a deeper meaning than just that. And so it was with this film. Omar plays a character who is from Senegal and who has lived in France for ten years. It shows the dark side of immigration, the lowly paid jobs and the risks run by desperate people. The film will make you laugh so go and see it but look at the other agenda and this isn’t funny. This is something that affects Europe and the US, Australia and even places like Argentina. Our burgeoning global human population especially in the mid latitudes is either moving to the north or to the south as they see the relative wealth of those regions. We don’t have a plan but we really need one. Go see the film and think about what is happening in both your country and in the world.
The UK media is full of the hot topic of immigration into the UK and it is causing many knee jerk reactions most of which are illogical. In the world globally there is the great drift towards the cities from the rural areas and although I don’t have any figures on this it seems to me that people in the middle latitudes of the planet are either moving north or south depending roughly on what side of the equator they are. But this must be similar to what humans have always done. Some 15,000 years ago the ice sheet that covered the island of Great Britain reached as far south as the Thames supposedly. With that being the case how many of the 60 million or so Britons can claim to be related to the first settlers of this land and what does that mean anyway. Whoever those first people were they were foreigners themselves and their blood has been mixed countless times with the waves of immigration that have occurred since the end of the last ice age. So people of the UK, look around you, none of you have any true claims to be a native, you have just been here a bit longer than some. Individual humans and humanity itself needs to get a grip on some maths and some logic in that nearly everything you see and know is dated within the last inter-glacial period. There is a far larger question to answer than local immigration and that is the ability of the planet to support the number of humans alive today with an acceptable standard of living.