Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Celebrating diversity

The new Mayor of Portloaise is here having 'fled' Nigeria with his large family. He says celebrating diversity will be the main objective of his term.

Today's newspapers provide us with a few examples of what we can celebrate. One Emmanuel Ashibougwu - splendid chap - has his 9 year jail sentence for rape upheld. Manny, who like most Nigerians here makes his living by dealing drugs, had been out on bail (on a rape charge!) when he was caught doing his job - heroin in this case.

Diversity celebration 2: An Irish passport-holding former 'asylum seeker' of Congolese origin was arrested at Dublin airport (how can they catch anyone there?) for - you've guessed it, drug smuggling. Our free legal aid system will now swing into action, ensuring that she can appeal all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. Why not? The taxpayer is picking up the tab.

Your Savant's sources in the local gendarmerie inform him that non-nationals make up about 30% of prison inmates and that the proportion of Nigerians in honest jobs is about 10%. This is fully consistent with what I've shown here and here for other countries. And finally, research from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows that one third of new HIV cases uncovered last year came from Africa.

Well, that's it for today. I'm off out to celebrate diversity.

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