In Part 1, the term immigration was defined, and official government statistics relating to nett immigration rates were introduced. The assertion was put, that immigration must be controlled to enable planners to undertake their function, such that peacefulness and well-being in our society can be sustained.
In Part 2, the readers were asked to put themselves in the shoes of the planner, to understand how controlling immigration is necessary, both practically and morally, to improve the potential future well-being and sustainability of society’s institutions and public service providers, to service the interests of UK residents.
Part 3 – Housing – A basic human need
When a person comes to Britain from overseas he or she requires accommodation. The practical necessities of life: food, shelter and warmth. The British people have always been welcoming. Forthright and stubborn, yes, but welcoming. But this has historically always been determined and controlled by elected representatives of the people of the UK. But recent years have presented predictable and predicted problems – a housing shortage.
The demand on housing can be determined by assessing average occupancy rates alongside residential property numbers and population totals. What the demand may be in the future is not simply a function of nett immigration. Average human lifespan is a factor – an amplifying factor. So are average occupancy rates, currently approximately 2.1 persons per household.
As the ONS confirms in its “Housing and Home Ownership in the UK Report” Jan 2015, occupancy rates are falling, primarily due to the increase in single occupancy residencies. This trend also amplifies the rate of increase in housing demand:
“….The number of households in the UK, and therefore demand for housing, has increased, partly as a result of increasing population together with decreasing average household size. There were 26.4 million households in the UK in 2013. Of these, 3 in 10 consisted of only one person; in 1981, 2 in 10 of the 20.2 million households were single occupancy.”
The nett immigration rates post war, up until 1997, fluctuated yet were both manageable and controllable. After 1997 the immigration rate increased to new, much higher levels. Should current nett immigration rates of over 300,000 persons per year continue, the demand for residences could approximate to 143,000 per year. And these residences are not being built. Questions: How can we give a hand-up to those amongst us who have fallen on hard times? How can we assist our homeless? How can we eradicate increases in homelessness and work to reduce them?
“…The best way to predict your future, is to create it…” Abraham Lincoln.
Sustainability and Localism
Think Globally, Act Locally. Questions – How can local needs, local knowledge and local actions be successfully achieved if the power to implement local actions is removed and handed to a remote bureaucracy, i.e. The EU? How can we protect our environment for our children and theirs to come? How can we think globally, yes, and act locally? Only by leaving the EU and taking control of immigration rates can the UK move in the right direction in the interests of future generations.
“…..They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
Then they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em
Don’t it always seem to go,
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot…” Joni Mitchell
I confess I have a soft spot for the voice of Joni Mitchell. Don’t allow our paradise to be paved. Give a hand-up to those who have fallen on hard times. To give hope and prospects to our children and those to come, it is essential to Leave the EU and for our government to control immigration.
The future may not be precisely predictable, but inevitable consequences of courses of action can be predictable through the use of the tools of logic, reason, induction and deduction. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone? With a bit of thought, you can have a damn good guess! The economic ‘pulls’ to the UK are real and undeniable – minimum wage rates, welfare and work opportunity statistics, as well as recent historical numerical data, all confirm this.
The circumstances for the inappropriate direction of human and material resources to create a physical society ill-suited to the needs of tomorrow are created by uncontrolled immigration. There will be an increase in the numbers of UK residents who will find difficulty in availing themselves of power, health care, accommodation, well paid work, school places and convenient transportation. By not controlling immigration, we are creating our future – a future of decreased prosperity and reduced well-being (except for an elite who are enriched and remote from these predictable general social outcomes).
For a country that throughout its history has controlled and secured its borders, we are a country that has soon forgotten. For many, it appears to have been forgotten that one of the prime responsibilities of a government of the people is to secure its borders and to only allow free passage to foreign nationals under given conditions agreed by the representatives of the people. It has been forgotten, by many, that the government is there to serve the people and that the people are not there to serve the government.
We all have a duty, to those who will live free and prosperous lives in this wonderful land, to take control, to vote for candidates in the upcoming general election that will ensure that we leave the EU (full, complete, extreme ‘Brexit’) and who will return servitude to our governance.
In the final part of this series “…Immigration and Why its Control is Essential…” we will summarise the current legal realities relating to the EU ‘s imposition of ‘Freedom of Movement of Labour’ and why it is incompatible with the UK Government undertaking its duty to the people, and with sustaining a peaceable and prosperous society.
James Dalton is the UKIP candidate for BARNSLEY East in the coming General Election