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Barely a fortnight gone, and 2015 has already not proved a good advertisement for multiculturalism in Europe. Mosques have been bombed in Sweden, in Dresden tens of thousands of anti-immigrant marchers demand a halt the “Islamisation of the West”, and in Paris 12 die in the Charlie Hebdo attack.

“When will Rutte and other western government le...aders finally get the message: it’s war,” Dutch anti-Islamist Gert Wilders, currently up on rigged incitement charges, railed on Wednesday.

All reflect the same unhappy story of failed integration of Muslim communities into Europe and the effects of the growing gulf of misunderstanding opening up.. All raise the same difficult questions about how Europe’s mainstream parties should take on the challenges that are certain to arise.

2014 was a good year for the right. In the UK the rampant UKIP successfully drove its big issue of immigration on to the political agenda with the desperate Tories rushing to embrace new curbs on mass immigration that has now become a joke in the UK and Ireland especially. We need an IKIP in Ireland.

Success in shaping the political agenda was rewarded by political success for poll-topping UKIP in the European Parliament elections last May, a success mirrored by that of Marine Le Pen’s Front National which came out on top with 26 per cent – a historic score which has shaken the mainstream parties of left and right. Significantly, both have moved to toughen up their image on immigration. But not in Ireland where the Left and liberals dictate the opposition, unfortunately for the Irish .

In the wake of those European elections , 2015 will test whether they can consolidate and even enter government. Citizens in at least eight EU member states will be voting for national parliaments in 2015, probably here in Ireland too, and in not a few there is a real prospect that rightist groups will be invited into government by failed parties which claim to despise them but are already bending over backwards to accommodate them.

In Italy they have already done it. And in Hungary too. In Norway ( I know, not EU) a right-wing government already includes the anti-immigrant Progress Party, now the country’s third party. In Denmark centre-left prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has been losing popularity, and in some polls the anti-immigrant Danish People’s Party comes out top with over a fifth of the vote.

In the Netherlands, Wilders is leading in the polls despite the incitement charges. So when will the Irish get sense and stop their country being bled dry, especially by uncontrolled non-EU mass immigration.

In Germany the establishment parties have ruled out co-operation with Pegida, the German acronym for “Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the West”, while Merkel denounced the Dresden-led group.
She has also dictated to David Cameron only this week that she is not prepared to move on immigration by dismantling EU treaty commitments to free movement. Yet Germany does its own thing and refuses social welfare money to immigrants, backed up by the ECJ.

But there is a crucial difference between Germany and Ireland. Germany has a fast-ageing population, and economically immigrants there pay more tax than the social welfare benefits they are allegedly sponging.
But not in Ireland where immigrants pay only a pittance in tax compared to everybody else - but grab four billions a year of our tax money in welfare, health , education and housing benefits. And that's one reason we are poor, being cut and paying new charges including now for water.

In Sweden the minority Social Democrat government had opted for an early election in the face of “impossible” parliamentary arithmetic that allowed the far-right Sweden Democrats a policy veto. The P.M. then cancelled the election, which polls showed was unlikely to shift the balance anyway.

To succeed in Ireland any new party being launched must have immigration control at the top of its agenda if it is to succeed. For the Irish people - witness the 2004 citizenship referendum results of 80% Yes - have always been against mass immigration but betrayed by an Unholy Alliance of our governments, opposition and press.
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