Opinion – Immigration dividing the nation ahead of UK elections | euronews, world news

This is an excellent and insightful article from Euronews. It’s a recommended read. Check it out!

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Let me try to distill a few thoughts on immigration.

  1. It’s understandable that there should be practical controls on the limits of immigration to a small island.
  2. It  would make sense to adopt a points type system, like many countries, that encourages immigration of the highly skilled or those ready to take jobs from which the indigenous population shy away.
  3. The real challenge for the UK is the EU’s freedom of movement employment policy. This has encouraged East Europeans to swarm to the UK, where earnings are higher than at home. In this regard, it’s interesting to note the ‘Polish Paradox‘.
  4. Where East Europeans, for example, have greater skills or are more productive, there is an economic argument to employ them over the indigenous population.
  5. From an economic perspective, it’s the skills and relative productivity of the indigenous population that are triggering immigration.
  6. David Cameron‘s proposals for controlling the benefits of immigrants seem reasonable.
  7. UKIP‘s attitude to immigration is close to racialism. Conversely, perhaps UKIP appeals to those with latent racist opinions?
  8. It was under the previous Labour Governments that immigration was allowed to peak.
  9. The UK’s Home Office lost control of immigration, without effective controls of foreigners in the UK.
  10. Surely, the most critical thing about immigration is to encourage emigration? This might include the elderly or those on benefit. Similarly, there seems to be scope for wider controls on public benefits for immigrants and their families?

The bottom line is that the Conservative Party have the most practical policy on immigration, trying to renegotiate with Europe’s partners. Would a Labour Government open the immigration flood gates, once again?


Opinion – Sir James Dyson: Theresa May risks ‘long-term economic decline’ over foreign students – Telegraph – John Gelmini

Quite apart from the fact that most of our UK universities would not be viable without foreign students paying many times the amount that British students pay, Sir James makes a valid point.

In addition, many of our universities have set up shop in China and Singapore, so if Theresa May has her way, the students that come from abroad to this country will simply go there, taking their money with them.

As Dr Alf knows, the problem around immigration to the UK has multiple causes:

1) EU rules on the free movement of people

2) A lazy and unproductive indigenous workforce, which UK employers wish to replace with more productive and hardworking foreign workers

3) A disfunctional Home Office, led by a disfunctional and self-centered woman (Theresa May), who allows 250,000 illegal immigrants into the country each year; she does not know how many people are in the country; and she takes measures designed to discourage Chinese tourism rather than increase it.

In any company that was properly run, this vain and vexatious woman would be dismissed without compensation but is amazingly she is seriously being considered as Prime Ministerial material.

Already we have Cameron, a man Sir Bernard Ingham describes as “Promising too much and delivering too little”.

In Theresa May, we have someone who is incapable of controlling illegal immigration, incapable of compelling our inefficient and useless Chief Constables to agree to force mergers or do their jobs and incapable of understanding that until the issue of productivity is faced up to, we either have to have immigration or use robots to do the work that the indigenous population is unwilling or incapable of doing.

John Gelmini