The UK depends on immigration, no-one doubts that, however it’s the type of immigration that is now causing concern. When the Labour party were in power, they opened the floodgates to mass uncontrolled immigration ostensibly as Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett put it, “to rub the right’s nose in diversity and multiculturalism.” Though this attempt at social engineering has created far more problems for the Labour party than the gains as witnessed by Gordon Browns bigotgate tantrum along with the rise of working class protest movements. After all, immigration doesn’t really affect the Tory heartlands overmuch as it tends to be far more prevalent in the inner cities, Labours so called heartlands.
Last year some 242,000 more people moved to the UK than left, after numbers leapt by around 45 per cent in just a year.
David Cameron has pledged to cut net immigration to the “tens of thousands” but the latest official figures show an upward trend in continuing instead.
And the rise has been partly driven by a sharp increase in the number of Eastern Europeans returning to the UK to look for work – a trend the Government’s recently imposed immigration cap cannot alter.
It has also been driven up by a 20 per cent fall in people emigrating, amid reports that many are put off by a rising cost of living abroad.
Separate figures, from the Office for National Statistics, showed one in five low-skilled jobs are now filled by migrants, fuelling concerns over jobs for British workers.
The low paid jobs quota is at the root of the problem, they are doing jobs that people here won’t or are unwilling to do. If we are to reduce immigration in that area then this is a problem that needs urgent attention. We need specialists and talented people, these pay for themselves within a short period of time as the taxes they pay go towards society and the upkeep thereof. But an immigrant taking a low paid job that an unemployed person from this country wont take is a net loss as any taxes paid are more than offset by the upkeep of the unemployed Brit.
There needs to be a radical rethink of the benefits system that makes it more comfortable not to work for some in this country, after all if we can get our unemployed into the low paid jobs, the need for immigrants will go down. Nor as a matter of course should any benefit be available immediately to any immigrant, not until they’ve paid in a set amount to the system, in other words the lower paid the job, the longer it takes to qualify for benefits of any kind.
Most of all though the system needs to encourage people to work and take pride in working again, not to be content to sit back and live off the state, as it’s fast approaching the date where the state cannot afford to have people living off it unnecessarily.
Also, immigrants need to integrate fully into our society, the days of the ghetto have to go, no longer can society have artificial divisions placed upon it and enshrined in law. This means that foreign translation services have to go, you speak English (or Welsh, Gaelic, read Braille ie native) or you pay for your own translator. You get no special privileges for your religion either in dress codes or days off/holidays. Nor should you get additional protection for being a minority, certainly no more than the majority, in other words your community cohesion can go to hell rather than be a requirement when investigating certain race related crimes in as much as my community gets investigated, without fear or prejudice.
Be a nice day when the country can finally hold an adult conversation about immigration again, without the cry of racism going up.