Journalist Claims Being an Immigrant “Makes Her Smarter Than a Little Englander”


Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a Ugandan immigrant to the UK and a long-standing columnist for a variety of left-wing newspapers including the Guardian, the New Statesman, the i, and the London Evening Standard. She has won a number of prestigious awards and has had a very successful career in journalism. However, it would appear that in trying to fight racism, she has adopted it.

On the 4th of September, she sent out this tweet:

She makes two claims, which we’ll go through in slight detail:

  1. Speaking 4 languages makes me smart

Granted, learning a second, third or even fourth language is a huge achievement which is not possible without great mental challenge and memory. However, in the context that she is referring to, speaking 227 languages wouldn’t be of any benefit whatsoever over simply speaking one. What matters in political debate is your understanding of the issues at hand and nothing more.

2. Being an immigrant makes me smart

This is just ridiculous. Being an immigrant has absolutely no bearing on your intelligence and no research has ever shown otherwise. To suggest this is quite simply racist towards people who aren’t immigrants.

3. My great intelligence means that my opinion is more valid than yours

Again, just a ridiculous argument. Politics is about opinions and if people who are what some might deem as “smart” (which is subjective, by the way) are allowed to have automatic superiority in all debate then the practice ceases to be so.

Speaking about the tweet, Steven Woolfe MEP said in a Facebook post:

“This is absolutely appalling snobbery from Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. I disagree with thousands of people, doesn’t mean I think I’m smarter than them.”

In conclusion, this tweet is based on totally fallacies and arguments that literally contradict the entire values of equality and open debate. I would argue that Yasmin needs to look at what makes her so “smart” and consider that perhaps the opposite is true.

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Reece Coombes

As a 16-year-old member of UKIP with a cardboard Nigel Farage cut-out in his bedroom, Reece is hardly your bog-standard student, but he cherishes his independent thinking as his greatest strength. Reece is the founder and owner of Kipper Central, a UKIP community blog with thousands of daily hits and is also the Deputy Chairman of Young Independence, UKIP's youth wing, where he works hard to promote Brexit and radical thinking to young people across Britain.

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3 Responses

  1. Pamela Preedy says:

    Yashmak Alibi Browbeat is a social and intellectual snob; we’ve always known that. But now she’s gone further and insulted the Brits, especially the English, and revealed herself to be chauvinistic and racist too. When this woman appears on TV – for some reason she’s always being invited on some programme to air her nasty anti-British views – I immediately turn down the sound so that I can’t hear her whining, self-righteous mega-nag. It’s amusing for a while to watch her jowly chops go up and down with no sound coming out, but it isn’t long before I’m sickened by her gargoyle glare and have to wipe her image off the screen. If she hates this country and its native people so much, I do wish she would return to wherever she comes from and take Mr Brown (dumb sap) with her. If you don’t love this country, don’t live in this country is a good rule for all immigrants to live by.

  2. jean shaw says:

    This should be reported to the Police as a hate crime as she is clearly trying to stir up trouble

  3. J.L.Kay says:

    She needs to shut up and stop boring the pants off everyone. If she was that smart she wouldn’t have made the comment in the first place!

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