Thursday, 3 April 2008

Mass immigration is bad for the UK

Yesterday saw the publication by the House of Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee of its report The Economic Impact of Immigration. It has long been an article of faith in New Labour that immigration into the United Kingdom was a benefit to all concerned. During their decade of misrule an uncounted torrent of migrants has flooded into this country by a variety of legal avenues: lawful migration from EU accession countries in the East; asylum seekers given leave to remain; marriage to a citizen of the EU; the highly-skilled visa programme; and some unlawful avenues: bogus marriage, visa over-staying, and of course the ever-popular hiding in a truck at Calais.

The attitude of our government has all along been immigration is good so why attempt to stop it or even enforce the existing laws against it? The experience of ordinary members of the public is different though, the public somehow felt cheated by immigration, and finally the great and the good in the form of their Lordships is agreeing. You may read their report here:

Or, if you prefer not to wade through it, I’ll summarise. Their Lordships find: migrants do not produce more than they cost to keep; they are not needed to fill job vacancies – we already have plenty of unemployed workers who could do that; and they will not solve the looming pensions crisis – not least because they will also be entitled to a pension from the UK taxpayer.

We should however distinguish two classes of migrant. Most migrants arrive at our shores destitute, with poor English, and not possessed of skills which we ourselves lack. They have not come to teach to us anything but rather to learn, and they have not brought funds to spend here but rather to earn and maybe even repatriate some money. The second class of migrant hails from the advanced nations, they are often American, they bring skills and money; they work in banking or the hi-tech industries; they are better educated than the typical native and their presence here, usually temporary, is a great boon to us as it expands our capabilities and grows our industries. Unfortunately the first class outnumbers the second class many thousands to one. Lumping these two classes together and then producing a “benefits of immigration” overall conclusion is an intellectual fraud. We should be asking: can we get the same or more benefit with fewer immigrants?

The mistake is to restrict consideration to the economic effects of immigration. There are many other issues:

Over-crowding: It’s self-evident the roads are congested and can’t take more traffic; likewise the hospitals are bursting; the schools are over-subscribed; the police are stretched to the limit; the prisons are full and there is a housing shortage. Every extra immigrant makes this situation worse. Great Britain is full.

Food: We already cannot (or rather, do not) feed ourselves. We import 40% of the food we eat. This means that every extra mouth to feed worsens our food situation. I’m not suggesting there is a shortage of food, but each immigrant ratchets up our food import requirement by another notch with the obvious effect on our balance of payments.

Water: The South-East of England is suffering a water shortage. Most migrants to the UK will live in the South-East. What more needs to be said?

Disease: The UK HIV infection rate is rising, not because of natives indulging in risky behaviour, but because already-infected immigrants are moving here. Once settled here they will cost an average of one million pounds each to treat throughout their lifetime. A couple of decades ago we had eliminated TB from our country. This used to be a terrible scourge in the 19th and early 20th centuries but we had conquered it. Now, once again, it infects our land. Currently it is restricted to the immigration hotspots in inner London. How long before we are all at risk?

Crime: It is not very PC to point out that immigrants commit more crime (per capita) than natives, but they do; vastly more! Where do Yardies come from? How about Tongs, Snakeheads, the Eastern-European mafias, people smugglers, black-on-black gun crime? They all come from the same place – abroad. We didn’t have such problems before the recent mass immigration. Several chief police officers have alluded to this; they have said things like, “the character of my area is changing – we need more resources,” by which they mean, immigrants have moved in and crime has soared.

Social ease: This is difficult to quantify but real nonetheless. These days in London, where I live, I am surrounded by people who are not like me and it is somewhat disconcerting. In shops assistants often speak poor English. Last week I asked for “cutlery” in a local shop and was handed a catalogue. I looked through the catalogue for some cutlery but there wasn’t any. When I queried this with the assistant it transpired he didn’t know what the word “cutlery” meant and so guessed I might have been asking for a “catalogue”. This isn’t of itself the crime of the century, but the continual forced association with people who don’t share a language or values with me is irksome. Another example: in another store I pointed out that some goods were mis-described by the label, being presented as much better than they were. This was clearly an offence under the Trade Descriptions Act and the assistant should have corrected the sign pretty sharpish. But the assistant I spoke to just shrugged and moved away. I’ve no idea if he didn’t understand English; or didn’t know that attempting to cheat customers is a serious matter in this country, or understood but just didn’t care. Basically immigrants don’t live by our standards and don’t live up to our values. (This paragraph does not apply to type two immigrants of course!)

When discussing immigration, muslims need a special mention. They are different from other immigrants in that quite a few of them, a number amounting to several tens of thousands, believe that the UK should be forcibly converted to an Islamic state operating under Sharia law. This subject needs a post in its own right so I won’t dwell on it, save to say that Islam needs putting back in its box or there will be big trouble.

So why does the government insist immigration is such a wonderful thing?

There are a couple of reasons. The first is simply about votes. The Labour party knows that the immigrant communities in this country want to bring in relatives from abroad and will vote for pro-immigration politicians. This is self-fuelling because the new immigrants will then go on to become Labour voters once they have completed the naturalisation process. Put simply Labour needs to sell out to immigrants in order to stay in power; they are dependent on their votes.

The next reason is economic. Although immigrants provide no net economic benefit to the nation as a whole they do have an economic effect which is beneficial to the government. If you have read my previous posts you will know that the New Labour “economic miracle” is based on a massive debt. For this debt to remain manageable interest rates must remain low, which means inflation must remain low otherwise interest rates would have to be put up to combat the inflation. Immigrants keep inflation low by providing cheap workers, hence cheap goods and services, and they depress salaries for native workers which keeps their spending down.

So immigration is good for the government. It keeps them in power. The fact they are selling this country to foreigners doesn’t seem to matter to them. As always with New Labour – the future doesn’t matter, it can be sacrificed to make their present more comfortable.

Am I the only one who thinks it would be nice to see a few Labour ministers hanging from lampposts?


Anonymous said...

No you certainly are not the only one who thinks like this, Labour are selling our country from under our feet.

Dont get me started on Muslims' I have yet to meet anyone who welcomes them into our community, Most people I speak to find them to be self-serving parasites who want there cake and want to eat it and yes some of them are looking for seats too.....

Anonymous said...

Ahahaha well said! A little harsh in some aspects but hey its the truth. This made me laugh and helped me loads with my geography essay assessment - thanks! Its rarely I find something both useful and entertaining.

Carlos said...

I`m imigrant from one of the countries which I think that match on the class
one as you says.
Fisrts of all, I think that you are very stupid person and doesn`t understand
nothing about the life and you are critising people withough know their wills.
Secondly, The British people are not hard workers to face the job that the
imigrants are doing here on your country. Also the British citizen are very
arrogang and as you are so stupid you don`t now that the British people doesn`t
do the suppose job that tha imigrants make here on your country.
To summerise, British people are not hard worker and they wants jost a nice
job to be seating down and doing nothing, and also get a god money for that.
Just one more thing, as you are so stupid, you may not now that Uk are feed
by the american, as you can see all the big business are brought to this
country by the american who sucks money from the poor countries to bring to
invest on your damm country...
Don`t be
That`s why you says that the Americans are wellcome to this country. Of
course, they are wellcome in everycontry of the world, as they got money to
spend. Can you imagine if the America economi is going down in the future, as
the chine are swallowing the world economics, and Brasil as well will be a big
potential countries in the future close. Than they going to be welcome becouse
now they got money.
I think that you have to learn a bit more about the life and be a little bit
more Human...
Ah, I forgot one thing. You said as well that the musslim peoples are welcome because some of them is nice. Remember if was the Christian people or Catolic who has bloowed up the bus and underground in London on 07/Jul/2005??? If I remember was a musslim and you still say that they are very nice.
Sorry for be honest, but I think that you should review what you wrote.

Anonymous said...

excuse me dont you dare talk about muslims like that i am a muslim girl not a christian or a caholic thank goodness dont wnat to be rude but we are muslims happy to be nice we all muslims are nice some could be bad but not all like christians some are bad some are good why do you people out there always talk negative things about muslims well us muslims dont care we respect other religon but if they dont have any respect for us then we dont! MUSLIMS RULE!!! jazakallah

Nationalist said...

I'll talk about muslims anyway I like thank you. As for muslims ruling, I'm sure you'd love it if muslims ruled, but the rest of us would rather they didn't. Go and live in a muslim country if you want to rule.

And answer me this: why don't muslims use punctuation?

Kay 14 said...

NO Carlos. 1 if you are going to insult us and speak english and you live in england, learn how to speak and write it properly. 2 no we dont just want an easy job we do hard work, and come on everyone really deep down would want a easier job so dont act innocent, but its not just immigrants that do hard work we do it to its just we can talk better and we know the countries language fluently, english, so we get more jobs like office work. and if you don't like it go back to your own country. don't you dare insult us, you should count your self lucky you live here and have got a job because thousands... millions are jobless and its getting worse while the population is increasing. So next time. Keep your mouth shut. And to who ever said Muslims rule... NO. Not being rude but your being rude so.. sh. And everyone should be equal so... no. And they dont use punctuation because 1 they dont care and 2 they cant! HA. Good artical overall, it really helped.. Happy Chistmass.. ;) LOL.

Anonymous said...

Ok, so far all I can see are comments from arrogant people who think they know it all. You cannot categorize all Muslims as bad. I have many beloved muslim friends and they are nothing like how you seem to be interpreting them. Muslims are good people, maybe not all of them, but the majority, yes. I believe that without immigration the whole population would be stuck up and ignorent. Britain would be full of people with no knowledge of other religions, cultures and traditions. Immigration has helped people become open to other ethnicities. This country would have no black people, or asian people without immigration. So don't go saying that immigrants take all the jobs because its not like they're becoming MP's or mayers. They are prepared to work for much lower wages- on average a third less- and some are much better eductaed than the native population. They do the jobs which you don't want to do. People say that immigrants take all the jobs but in actual fact how are they taking the jobs? Employers obviously employ them, there are plenty of jobs out there, many of them have rubbish pay, immigrants are patient and consider any job, however the British are too stuck up to even consider getting a low paid job such as a waiter in a run down restaurant.
thats all i have to say.
ps. im British myself, im white and im proud, i have black friends, asian friends, muslim friends and they're great, you cant judge a whole race or religion in a few words.