James O'Brien

Loathe Thy Neighbour

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Immigration is the thorny question that just won't go away. It feeds a whole industry of commentators, pundits and politicians who take great delight in whipping us all into a frenzy, speaking for the 'ordinary people'. But, when ugly prejudices are being fed by professionals grown fat on the fear and fury of their consumers, it is time to stop and ask whether the faceless group of immigrants really exists — or whether it just appeals to our basest fears.In this lively polemic, James O'Brien brings some common sense back into the discussion. Some people want to be frightened. They thrive on anger and division and upset. But many people don't, and it is they who are most let down — most insulted — by the immigration debate. We don't need to buy into this myth. There is no such thing as 'immigrants'. There is no 'they'. There is only 'we'.
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59 printed pages
Original publication
2015

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