Nearly every day there is an article in the Daily Mail attacking asylum
seekers - often on the front page with an inflammatory headline such as "Stop
the Asylum Invasion". Often in a big centre spread. Sometimes the leader
column. Always portraying migrants and refugees as scroungers trying to take
advantage and as a threat to the "British way of life". Sometimes as
barely or sub-human.
As one refugee said seeing a Daily Mail headline -
"A Door We Can't Close" - "it makes me feel like vermin".
Well, that's the idea, that is the image that is being presented. No wonder asylum
seekers get beaten up around the country, often sustaining permanent injuries such as
losing an eye, and in some cases their lives. This is a heavy responsibility that
lies upon the Daily Mail and other papers such as the Express.
There is nothing new about this. On Holocaust Memorial Day it is fitting
to remember what the Daily Mail said about Jews fleeing from Nazi Germany:
way stateless Jews from Germany are pouring in from every port of this country
is becoming an outrage - the number of aliens entering the country through back
door - a problem to which the Daily Mail has repeatedly pointed.
Daily Mail, 20 August 1938
Or go back further:
They fought, they jostled to the foremost places
gangways.. When the Relief Committee passed by they hid their gold and fawned
and whined in broken English asked for money for their train fare.
Daily Mail, 3 February 1900
writing about Jewish immigrants
On Holocaust Memorial Day it is worth remembering that the Daily Mail was
an enthusiastic supporter of Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists -
"Hurrah for the Black Shirts". The Daily Mail sang the praises of Mussolini's
Italy and for Nazi Germany. Lord Rothemere, the proprietor of the newspaper, had
regular meetings with Hitler in the mid-1930s.
Clearly this vicious leopard has not changed its spots in the last
century. This is an opening salvo in our campaign to put an end to its racist
filth. We will not cease, until the Daily Mail ceases its hateful campaign.
If you can't be there send a message of solidarity, to be read out at
the demo, send c/o Liz Peretz, Close Down Campsfield Campaign: