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Aid meanies and racists – are they related?

It’s always interesting to compare opinion polls, even if they may not be completely related. For example a survey today has found that half of all Britons don’t want international aid spending to increase.

By Lester Holloway

An unrelated poll found a similar proportion – half of all respondents – believed Britain was a racist society.

And while a quarter (27%) of those surveyed felt that the UK government had pledged “too much” money to the relief effort in Haiti, another unrelated poll found that a quarter (26%) of people believed it was “bad” that ethnic minorities were getting ahead in the UK.

These surveys about the British public’s views on immigration, international aid and domestic racism cover quite separate subjects at different times, but I can’t help feeling that there is a common thread in these sentiments.

That thread being that the very people who want to deny relief aid to Haiti may just be the same people who want to deny opportunities to Black people in the UK. Just a thought…

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