I’m sure many people saw Question Time last night (7/11/13). They will have heard Nigel Farage asserting that the numbers of Poles predicted to come here were hugely inaccurate, when the Polish People were given free movement, and he was right. Let’s look at the numbers. The Home Secretary at the time, David Blunkett, estimated that around 13,000 Polish people would come when the borders were opened. That figure wasn’t just wrong, it wasn’t even anywhere near the true number of over 800,000. Almost a million people came to find a better life.
The thing that critics of UKIP seem to always forget is that UKIP does not wish to stop all immigration. We want to use a similar system to that utilised by Australia, Canada, and many other countries, in order to ensure those who emigrate to the UK have skills which are in short supply.
Surely it is actually a fairer to run an immigration policy this way, so that anyone in the world can apply to come here to work and share their skills and expertise, rather than opening the door to some, and closing it to others? If we took that step, and controlled immigration on that basis, it would in fact be easier for many skilled people from beyond the EU to come here to work. The door would once again be opened for our Commonwealth cousins who speak English, are highly skilled, and are willing to integrate immediately.
As it stands we must allow whomever from the EU to come if they decide they want to. We have no way of knowing or predicting how many people are here or want to come, and so infrastructure suffers. There are simply t0o many people using resources that are consequently becoming scarcer. Before the EU Open Borders policy was enacted in this country, future needs were planned for, with data gathered via the Census taken every decade. This was a good way of being able to estimate need in each area, but is now impossible to do because 1,000 families could just turn up at any time.
This is not a matter of race or xenophobia or any of the various popular “ism’s” that are bandied about regarding any sort of discussion on Immigration. It is time people just simply looked at the reality. I find that using metaphor is a good way to convey the problem:
Say, you, your spouse and your three children live in a three bedroom house. Only one spouse works so there is limited income. All of a sudden some relatives turn up on your doorstep: three grandparents, six other adults and seven children.
These much loved family members have hit hard times and lost their home and employment. They have no savings left. The grandparents have only meagre pension, whilst the adults receive only existing child benefits, as they’ve not yet applied for jobseekers allowance.
You can’t say “No, we can’t keep you here” – they’re your much loved family. So how do you organise adequate sleeping arrangements? How can you afford to feed 21 people? How do you arrange to get everyone bathed in your one bathroom? How do you afford the higher bills now that the household use of gas, electricity and water has vastly increased? How do you manage to get all the clothes washed and dried? How do you get ten children to school in one car? Or, alternately, how do you afford the bus fares to get them all there and back?
Even if the other adults were able to find work, the logistical problems caused by housing 21 people in a three bedroomed family home are enormous. If you look at immigration in this very basic way, you can see how it does affect many areas of life, and the widespread impact it can have.
Is it realistic, viable and fair to keep your doors open to family members wanting to come and live in your home? In a common sense, grown up discussion, you must think about how these extra people in your home or town will affect every amenity: housing, schooling, healthcare, energy consumption.
So please clear your mind of all preconceptions and ask yourself: if your home operated an open door policy in which every member of your extended family could come to live in your home, how would you cope? What would happen with so many people using the limited resources your home offers?
Be honest now. You’d quickly get to the point at which you longed for your home to house just yourself, your partner and your three children. That isn’t evil; that isn’t selfish. It doesn’t mean you dislike your family. It means you are human, and that everyone is natuarally moved to prioritise the welfare of themselves and their children, even above their immediate family. Indeed, it is precisely this natural instinct that encourages all adults to take responsibility for themselves, thus creating a thriving, successful community of people.
We in UKIP are not ashamed to say that Britain must have a common sense immigration policy that works for all. For the good of the country, someone has to say so.