According to the London Times, a UK government minister has warned that inbreeding among immigrants is causing a surge in birth defects - comments likely to spark a new row over the place of Muslims in British society.
Phil Woolas, an environment minister, whose views were supported by medical experts this weekend, said the culture of arranged marriages between first cousins was the “elephant in the room”. Medical research suggests that while British Pakistanis are responsible for 3% of all births (for now at least - this will continue its rapid increase), they account for one in three British children born with genetic illnesses.
“If you talk to any primary care worker they will tell you that levels of disability among the . . . Pakistani population are higher than the general population. And everybody knows it’s caused by first cousin marriage. “The problem is that many of the parents themselves and many of the public spokespeople are themselves products of first cousin marriages. It’s very difficult for people to say ‘you can’t do that’ because it’s a very sensitive, human thing.”
To which my considered response would be ‘fuck that. If it’s causing huge stress to our heslth systems and a myriad of social problems, we’re making it illegal. If you want to marry your first cousin, here’s a free ticket to Pakistan.”
Woolas was supported by Ann Cryer, Labour MP for Keighley, who called for the NHS to do more to warn parents of the dangers of inbreeding. “This is to do with a medieval culture where you keep wealth within the family” she said.
And check this:
“There was one poor girl who had to have an oxygen tank on her back and breathe from a hole in the front of her neck. The parents were warned they should not have any more children. But when the husband returned again from Pakistan, within months they had another child with exactly the same condition.”
Ah, the joys of diversity.