I am a strong advocate of the benefits of immigration in general.
Many great nations have been built by the influx of immigrants seeking a better life for themselves and their families. The USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are all examples of a list which is almost endless.
As a keen football fan, I have learnt that geographical boundaries can be tweaked. We have Israeli teams in the European Champions
League and Turkish sides like Galatasaray with billionaire owners looking to win that trophy!
But, when did Turkey, the gateway to the East, make the case for being designated as a part of Europe?
My views on the EC are robust. It is too big, too bureaucratic and too inefficient. It should simply be a tariff free, free trade area with free movement of labour and capital.
But, and there is a big but, we have a major problem in the UK with accommodating our burgeoning population. Britain might look like the Promised Land to many migrants prepared to work hard and haul themselves out of their current life in search of a better one. But, how many of them can we sensibly accommodate?
The UK in 2013 is not the USA in the first 30 years of the 20th Century, nor is it Australia in the 1950’s with its £10 ticket and a six-week cruise to a new land of great opportunity for hard working migrants.
Last year’s results of the UK census indicated a current population of over 63 million, which is 7% up on the 2001 figure. The forecast is for that number to rise to 68 million+ by 2020.
Hello? 63 million is the number of people who elected to fulfil their civic duty and complete the census forms, but what about the many who chose to stay under the radar?
A population increase of 10 million in just 20 years on this small island is alarming. Where on earth are they all going to live?
We have built nothing like the right number of new homes in the UK in the last five years to accommodate our escalating population. And, net immigration is a big factor in the growth in the population numbers.
Rampant racists in the 1970’s used to tell dark and apocryphal stories of Asian immigrants using bedrooms on a three-shift basis. That use of bedrooms might become reality if we don’t take decisive action now.
We need an urgent stimulation in house building and we really need it now.
The platitudinous words of the current government about relaxing planning laws need to be replaced by deeds. Actions speaking louder than words.
On this issue, this government is, to use the vernacular, all mouth and no trousers.
We need to restrict the free flow of labour across our borders, apart from where there are professional skill shortages. We need to put the brakes on immigration.
This is not racist or bigoted. If we were heading in the right direction, how come the second most common first language of a UK resident is now Polish?
I have yet to meet a Pole who wasn’t hard working, cheerful and positive. Certainly not feckless. But, we have got more than enough until we sort out our problem of not building enough homes for our current population in the UK.
We need a clear plan to dramatically increase our house building and currently there is nothing on offer.