Opinion – Why Britain cannot afford to be conned by Cameron’s EU ‘renegotiation’ deal – Liam Fox – Telegraph

English: Liam Fox, British Conservative politi...

English: Liam Fox, British Conservative politician. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a lifelong conservative, there perhaps was a time when I respected Liam Fox but not anymore. He’s a Little Englander who wants to close the UK borders to immigration irrespective of the cost to the economy, security and wider society. The UK has survived as an international trading nation for centuries. So does Fox want to go back to Medieval England?

Source: Why Britain cannot afford to be conned by Cameron’s EU ‘renegotiation’ deal

This article highlights how the Brexit case is built on a stack of cards. It’s about immigration, immigration and more immigration. Expert evidence from the Economist has confirmed that immigration will continue irrespective of the results of the Brexit referendum. The reality is that there’s a massive skills shortfall in the UK and immigration is necessary to support maintenance of the the UK’s living standards. Do the Brexit supporters believe that the NHS could be supported without foreign doctors and nurses?

Liam Fox and the rest of those supporting the Brexit have not produced any credible evidence of the social cost of the Brexit. Perhaps, with Fox and his right-wing   chums in government, they will be able to introduce an Australian or Canadian control on immigration  but the cost in terms of jobs, defense and national security, education, welfare etc. would be enormous. I predict 1930s type Depression.

All those who favor a Brexit must be made to understand that a Brexit is about much more than immigration. If the Economist is right and immigration will stay the same irrespective of the Brexit result, then the Brexit has no major argument in its favor.

Older voters who favor the dogma of the Brexit campaign feel that they can reverse the number of immigrants in the UK, get doctors’ appointments more quickly because they won’t be competing with immigrants – also they worry about their grandchildren. The answer is to ensure that their grandchildren are ready to compete effectively in a global market place with appropriate skills, education and confidence.

The Little Englanders will not and cannot win.

Thoughts?

 

Opinion – How EU Promises to Introduce Refugee Quotas Failed – SPIEGEL ONLINE – John Gelmini

Spiegel Online also shows the lack of courage of Europe

Ringrazio per la foto Matteo Penna.

Ringrazio per la foto Matteo Penna. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

and its inability to work together on issues that matter.

Mass migration from 20 African countries and turmoil in the Middle East is unsustainable and there should be no talk of “quotas” or spreading the influx across European countries.

The solution is a joint military operation to clear out the troublemakers from at least half and preferably all of Libya. We should not be squeamish about this but instead very precise and very severe by hunting down and eradicating people smugglers using all available means.

The present Government in Libya needs to be replaced. The boat people in Sicily, Greece and en route to Britain, and in Britain, should be repatriated to a cleared area which should be policed by European troops initially and then by contractors from Blackwater(now XE), Executive Outcomes from South Africa and Saladin Security Services. In that cleared area, we can then build infrastructure using these people as our primary labour source but always under our direct control.

Overseas aid to African countries needs to be curtailed because as it is most of it is siphoned off by corrupt African dictators who run their countries very badly and cause impoverished Africans to flee from their despotic and cruel regimes. The worst examples of these regimes and their despotic leaders should be overthrown and replaced, one a time, as an example to all the others and that process needs to be continued until these African countries which purport to be able to be competent to run their own affairs demonstrate that they really are capable of doing so. This would stop the people smuggling, the problems associated with rescuing them from the sea and the need to agree or fail to agree squalid compromises in secret in smoke filled rooms.

John Gelmini