The difficulty comes in that the liberal intelligencia have hijacked the immigration agenda to the extent that to openly dissent from their view is to be labelled "Racist". This is further advanced by a liberal media who influence views. 10 years ago anyone who advocated immigration control would have been able to enter the debate. In the last election the Labour party led the charge in signing a decleration saying they would not enter into debate that would be "racist" and challenged the Tory's to do the same. It was a tool byt which they could claim that arguing that immigration controls should exist is a "racist" ploy, and by not signing they copuld paint the Torys as racists because it was a clear indication that they were not prepared to leave race off the agenda. The consequence of this liberal siezure of the middle ground and "mobile" policy base is that it is difficult for the centre-right to find a position that is counter to the liberal position which is vague and undefined. The liberals wish to see an almost open door policy with the white middle classes propping up an already over-burdened state support for all the "oppressed who seek refuge". I really don't know what fuels this mea culpa on their part, but it exists. So what does this leave us? The likes of the BNP, who let's face it, are hardly the sharpest intellectual tools in the box. If you want to answer the question about painting a flag, let's start by asking what would happen if you painted a Union Flag in Britain, let alone Pakistan. Painting the national flag of the UK in the UK is enough to be branded a racist, that is how demented the argument has become. It really is about time some common sense was applied. When I take over the world (and I will!) my policies will be simple: 1. Asylum will be granted to those in dire need or fear of persicution. They will be allowed to stay in the UK without recourse to public funds to be supported by their own immigrant community. If granted asylum they will be allowed to work and will be taxed to pay for health and education. No other benefits will be applicable. Citizenship will not be granted to the person granted asylum or his/her immediate descendants, but they will have the permanent right to live and work in the uk. Children may apply for citizenship when they reach the age of 18. 2. Permits to work will be issued to those who wish to enter this country for productive purposes. The length of stay would be 5 years for unskilled and 10 years skilled/professionals. They will pay tax and their families would have health and education, but no recopurse to public funds. After continuous residence of 25 years they may apply for British citizenship. 3. All applicants for British citizenship must take a course with examination on the history of Britain. All new Britons will be encouraged to learn English and basic proficiency will be a pre-requisite of citizenship (the argument based on a common language functionality being essential to social progression) 4. Breaking the law to the extent a prison sentence is awarded while granted asylum or on a work visa will mean immediate deportation to the country of origin on completion of the sentence. Counter arguments if you will?