There has been a lot of talk about immigration over the past few weeks, no doubt brought to a head by UKIP's by-election victories.
The media has said a lot about Cameron's recent speech, but what has he said, and will it actually happen? Will it be allowed to happen by the EU or even our own courts? And the thousand dollar question, will his proposals, even if implemented, make any difference?
My view is that the proposed measures will make no significant
difference. The minimum wage here is considerably more than in the old east bloc
countries so people wanting to work will still come.
And will the proposals be allowed by the EU or indeed our courts?
One suspects that those new arrivals who have no money and no
accommodation will not be left to starve as it won’t be long before a
court rules that it is against their human rights and the state must
give them benefits.
In any case, it is not EU immigration that most of us are worried about,
it is those coming from non-EU countries, particularly from third word Islamic countries where they have a totally different "culture" to anything we would have imagined a few years ago. Who would have thought even 10 years ago that we would have gangs of "Asian" youths roaming the streets of some of our towns sexually abusing our children and teenagers. Who would have thought that we would have an estimated 1700 cases of child abuse in just one town. Who would have thought we would have people living in our country who believe in FGM and subjugating women by violence along with so-called "honour killing", a euphemism if ever there was one.
No, we are not over concerned about EU immigration, except possibly for the Roma, but we are concerned about other immigration and Cameron's proposals make no mention of this whatsoever.
We should also be concerned about emigration. A large number of those
leaving are not recent immigrants returning home, but long term British
citizens who have decided “enough is enough” and are leaving for other destinations, mainly in the "Anglosphere". Unfortunately, from the UK point of view, these countries only let in qualified
people whom they require, essentially doctors, nurses, teachers,
scientists and engineers, and as a result we are losing the very people that we most
need if the country is to have a real future. It's strange, but there doesn't seem to be any great demand from abroad for PPE graduates like many of our ruling class, I wonder why?
Our politicians are only addressing a tiny part of the problem, a part which palls into insignificance compared with the part which most of the public are concerned about.
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