This kind of repellent snobbery and prejudice was captured in an extraordinary outburst from newspaper columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. Condemning white working-class Britons as “either too lazy or too expensive to compete” in the new era of multi-racialism, she wrote that “tax-paying immigrants past and present keep indolent British scroungers on their couches drinking beer and watching TV”.
Such comments are not only offensive, but also factually incorrect, since levels of unemployment and welfare dependency are actually much higher in certain immigrant communities.
According to the Office of National Statistics, 35 per cent of Muslim households have no adult in employment, more than twice the national average, though no liberal columnist would dream of ever writing about “Muslim scroungers”.
Of course, millions of white Britons are stupid and lazy. Not to mention untreated alcoholics.
It’s the part about “tax paying immigrants” that’s incorrect.