Today I wanted to briefly air my thoughts on immigration and employment in the UK today. The MSM have been reporting for the last few days on the large numbers of immigrants that the UK has accpeted since 1997.
In general they have tried to avoid giving any real insights into the issue and instead have taken simple ideological stances on the statistics produced. Some of the arguments put forward in the Times and Guardian have highlighted how few dependents have accompanied this expansion.
This entirely misses the point that husbands will come first and bring their families with them later. This was the lesson of the 1960's and 1970's. First come the workers which is a short term boon and then come the dependants. Look at the Pakistani community today in may deprived areas of the country and you do not see the fruits of success of the baby boomer immigration policy.
Another issue missed is that unemployment in the UK is rising; the notion that we need immigrants to continue the expansion of our economy at the moment is therefore bogus. The liberal idea that we should allow in the Romanians and Bulgarians because we have already allowed in the others is surely nonsense and economically suicidal.
Overall I strongly feel that immigration has become a political football for both sides and that decisions are now being made on a a points scoring basis and are ignoring the lessons of the past and the realities of the present.