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Brother Of Zac Goldsmith Claims Immigration Is Responsible For Crowded Tubes At Rush Hour

The brother of former London Mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith suggested immigration is responsible for crowded London Underground trains at rush hour, prompting a barrage of angry reactions from commuters in the capital.Ben Goldsmith, an environmentalist and investor, voiced his frustration at crowds on the Victoria line in a tweet on Tuesday, adding that a sensible discussion was needed about the number of people coming to the UK. It s really easy to advocate for open borders and a swelling population in England when you re on your arse at home in North London all day, the 38-year-old wrote in the now-deleted post. The open borders people should be asked to take the appallingly crowded Victoria Line into Central London every morning for a week. A few hours later Goldsmith, a non-executive director at the government s environment and rural affairs department, followed up his tweet, adding: Unnecessarily grumpy tweet on a miserable commute to work. I m pro immigration, of course. London is what it is because of centuries of immigration. But we definitely need to have a sensible discussion on numbers each year. That s all. His controversial comments drew a number of clever rebuttals from social media users, including Labour MP David Lammy, whose constituency of Tottenham partly lies on the Victoria line. Ben, it s rush hour, he wrote. Go to New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Moscow, Istanbul or Dhaka at nine in the morning and find me an empty carriage. London is very clear: we value immigration and celebrate diversity. If you want a quiet commute, try the Highlands. Ben, it’s rush hour. Go to New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Moscow, Istanbul or Dhaka at nine in the morning and find me an empty carriage. London is very clear: we value immigration and celebrate diversity. If you want a quiet commute, try the Highlands. https://t.co/yleBKpBFAP David Lammy (@DavidLammy) November 6, 2018That would be Ben Goldsmith, son of a man born in Paris, from a Jewish family which, like mine, had to be allowed in to a country that had always welcomed immigrants for the value they brought to society. Plus rush hour has always looked like that. (I live on the Victoria line) https://t.co/TVt4YRABQy Jay Rayner (@jayrayner1) November 6, 2018Food critic Jay Rayner wrote: That would be Ben Goldsmith, son of a man born in Paris, from a Jewish family which, like mine, had to be allowed in to a country that had always welcomed immigrants for the value they brought to society. Plus rush hour has always looked like that. (I live on the Victoria Line) .Some Twitter users flooded his replies with images, including pictures of Wimbledon queues. Sure, it s easy to laugh at Ben when you re in North London which is one homogenous area, but the open borders people should be asked to queue for Wimbledon every year, one Twitter user wrote. I m pro-immigration, of course, but we need to have a sensible discussion on numbers. Breaking point?, he added sarcastically.Sure, it #39;s easy to laugh at Ben when you #39;re you #39;re in North London which is one homogeneous area, but the open borders people should be asked to queue for Wimbledon every year. I’m pro-immigration, of course. But we need to have a sensible discussion on numbers. Breaking point? pic.twitter.com/IK3xJCF9Qt libcom dot org (@libcomorg) November 6, 2018Others decided to inject some historical accuracy into the discussion.User Andrew Walsh took it all the way back to rush hour in the Victorian period, which still looks pretty full despite having a population a quarter of the capital s current 8.1 million people.Rush hour in Victorian period... pic.twitter.com/e5EpV2PLgx Andrew Walsh (@englishscribe) November 6, 2018Rush hour 1927 pic.twitter.com/Zdx507uKOB Andrew Walsh (@englishscribe) November 6, 2018Rush hour 1960. pic.twitter.com/mA69xWNxbY Andrew Walsh (@englishscribe) November 6, 2018Writer Hussein Kesvani responded: Just wanted to say that it s incredibly normal to take pictures of non-white people taking public transport to make this point .I’m on the Victoria Line right now. We’re passing through North London as I type. Is the reason the carriage is so empty because everyone in North London is sat on their arses? Please advise. pic.twitter.com/FPDWm0uaPS Kit Lovelace (@kitlovelace) November 6, 2018Related... Sajid Javid: No More Hostile Environment For Illegal Immigrants Theresa May Slaps Down Donald Trump Over Shocking Immigration Claims Our Immigration Policy Is A Shambles - And We Can’t Even Blame It On Brexit

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