Janice Atkinson for The Daily Express
25th October 2013
WE have 67 days until January 1, 2014, which may be an important turning point in this country’s future as we are likely to have a population explosion.
On January 1 our borders will be open to 30million Romanians and Bulgarians because transitional arrangements expire. I want to ask the Prime Minister and Home Secretary whether they have enough school places, homes, doctors, officers handling benefits, job centre staff and police officers? Because so far they have steadfastly refused to say.
They have refused to predict how many might settle here so in the absence of the Government being helpful I will try to forecast the numbers. Migration Watch, run by former diplomat Sir Andrew Green, believes around 50,000 per year will arrive and continue to come for the next five years. The Bulgarian and Romanian ambassadors to Britain between them predict up to 35,000 in the next year. It is not hard to do the maths.
Between April-June alone the Office for National Statistics released figures showing an immigration surge of 26 per cent in those three months. That is 141,000 Bulgarians and Romanians already working in the UK, which is the largest rise of any nationality in recent years. We are a magnet because of benefits, housing, education and wages that pay four or five times what they get paid at home.
Then look at where we are in terms of infrastructure and employment. Unemployment is running at nearly 2.5million, of which 600,000 are EU migrants. We need an extra 250,000 school places by autumn 2014 and that’s just for those children already here.
We will have to employ more teachers, more special needs staff and build more schools. We have a chronic housing shortage. Demand for extra homes in England is now estimated at around 210,000 properties a year and, taking into consideration current housebuilding, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation predicts a 1.1million shortfall in 20 years.
We do not have the midwives to cope with the increase in the birth rate. At the moment the Royal College of Midwives estimates we need an extra 5,000. We have Bulgarian and Romanian gangs committing 90 per cent of ATM crimes and there have been 28,000 arrests of Romanian people for serious offences in the past five years. Police numbers are down due to cuts. Will we get more police to cope with a potentially bigger explosion in crime?
Labour raises some weak questions but does not have the answers. And it cannot shout too loudly because it presided over the largest and unprecedented tsunami of immigration this country has ever seen. We were told only 13,000 people would move here from Eastern Europe. In the event more than a million came. It was a crushing blow to the working classes and their jobs.
Centre-left think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research says that instead of focusing on the figures the Government should “make sure that we’re prepared whatever the numbers are” and “that’s what people are most worried about on the ground rather than this national-level discussion about population and numbers”. They couldn’t be more wrong. All of this comes at a huge cost to the taxpayer. While we have always and will always welcome those who wish to come to work in our country we cannot afford to subsidise those who choose to live here.
The revelation that there are 600,000 jobless EU citizens shows that while many migrants come to work hard many aren’t working at all. Yet there are answers. First of all, migrants coming to Britain should have to have private medical insurance for five years. The National Health Service is not an international health service and should be there for those who have paid in. When it comes to social housing only those citizens who have parents and grandparents who were born in the local area should have priority. If you and your family have paid into the pot you should come first.
We need secure borders and to choose who can come here, just like the USA and Australia. All who wanted to come to the UK would be treated as equals and accepted or refused entry according to their skills and who they are, rather than where they come from.
Let’s have the brightest and best from around the world. Those who pay taxes and can support their families. Yet we cannot do these things as we belong to the EU and have no choice who comes here. Mr Cameron welcomes next month’s re-opening of negotiations between the EU and Turkey to pave the way for its membership of the EU.
There are 80 million poverty-stricken Turkish nationals. They have an appalling human rights record and only three per cent of their landmass is in Europe. And with Tony Blair encouraging three million Albanians to join the EU, one in seven of whom live on less than £1.20 per day, between him and Mr Cameron I would suggest they do not care one hoot about the hard-pressed taxpayers and workers in this country. Sadly we are on the road to losing our way of life and the national identity that our fathers and grandfathers fought two world wars for. Mine, who fought on the Russian convoys, will be turning in his grave.