Previous waves of immigrants have brought the diversity that makes us great, but this is the tipping point

Janice Atkinson for The Daily Mail
16th July 2012

I have been listening to the BBC’s coverage of the latest census figures released showing that the population of England and Wales has leapt by 3.7 million over the last decade, the biggest growth between censuses since records began.  Even the BBC is sounding aghast that the population growth is down to immigration and illegal immigration, which cannot be recorded.

The number of people living in England and Wales stands at 56.1 million, a rise of just over 7% on the 52.4 million registered in the 2001 census.

It is does not take a rocket scientist to work out that this rise in the UK population is due to immigration and that does not take into account illegal immigration.  These figures show that the Government believes there are around 400,000 more people than they originally thought.

No one asked the British population if we wanted an increase in net migration to this level which is twice that of the previous decade.  According to Migration Watch, if this continues then immigration will account for two thirds of our population increase in the next 15 years.  That is 5 million extra people – the combined populations of Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield.

We know that the majority of migrants are coming from the EU accession states.  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows the net migration and population increases/decreases in the 27 EU states.  Britain has the fifth largest population growth behind Cyprus, Ireland, Spain and Luxembourg.  And conversely, the countries with a net migration loss are Latvia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, Hungary and Poland.

It is no coincidence that the number of people in their 20s has risen from 6.6m to 7.6m – that additional one million people are most likely to be migrant workers from these latter countries.  And it is no coincidence that we have one million out of work young people.

When was the last time you had your car cleaned by a Brit rather than an Albanian or Bulgarian?  But it is not just EU migrants that are fuelling our population overload.  When you visit your local hospital where are the health workers from?  Ask them and you will find that they have left countries where their skills are in acute shortages such as Africa and south Asia.  When I walk down my road I pass a ‘University of Management’, yet you would be hard pressed to find one person who wasn’t in their 30’s from Ghana or Nigeria.

I recognise that previous waves of immigrants have added to the variety and diversity that makes us great.  We are a tolerant nation where religion, culture and colour have mostly been absorbed and welcomed because people assimilated and our infrastructure could cope.  My best friend growing up was from Jamaican immigrant parents who instilled in their three daughters the importance of family, faith and education.  I am not against immigration per se but we need to close our borders until we can actually count the numbers that are here; assess our own population’s needs; let those in that can contribute to  a healthy tax return ie higher rate taxpayers and, of course, genuine asylum seekers.

David Cameron has to stop the rhetoric of repatriation of powers from the EU and give us a referendum on our membership of the EU.  Let us, the British, decide whether we want our borders open to poorer EU states which drives down the cost of labour in this country and has left a whole generation of British kids on the dole.  We British did not ask for one million unemployed youths.  We did not ask for our population to grow exponentially with schools, houses, the NHS, transport, water shortages all under strain or our access restricted to them.  We do not have the choice of schools for our children, we travel in cattle trucks called trains to work, we cannot water our gardens or wash our cars, we have NHS waiting lists, yet more money than ever before is being spent by us, the taxpayers, on education, water, transport, the NHS and in council tax.

I hope that on tonight’s news and tomorrow’s Today programme that former immigration ministers are dragged into news studios to justify an open-door immigration policy that none of us asked for.

I do not want to hear Miliband’s hand-wringing on how New Labour got it wrong.  I do not want to hear Keith Vaz pontificating on the inadequacies of the UK Border Agency but these hopeless and feckless failed public servants should explain to us how we are going to fund the our overburdened public services because of their mistakes.  I hope that Theresa May or Damian Green are also given an equally hard time about how they are going to redress this.  I want them to explain where the numbers are coming from and for the interviewers to ask them whether this justifies an EU referendum.  Watch leftie-Tory and pro-Europe Damian Green squirm and the Home Secretary will be unable to give a straight-forward reply as no one has ever known her real views on any subject, let alone membership of the EU.

This is the tipping point, the point where growth in London and the south east populations tip us overboard into the English Channel and I’d like to drag Blair, Brown, Balls, Miliband, Vaz et al into the sea with the rest of us.

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