Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Britain Awakening?

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, whose apparent goal while in office - much like his predecessor - is to destroy everything that is uniquely and unequivocally English in the UK, especially its people, has been confronted by an astonishing report from the House of Lords that makes a mockery of his party's lies about immigration.

The devastating cross-party report went on to:

•Dismiss Ministers' "preposterous" assertion that migrants boost the economy by £6billion a year;

•Reject Government claims that foreigners will help to defuse the pensions timebomb;

•Demolish the "fundamentally flawed" Downing Street argument that migrants fill vacancies in the economy;

•And warn that migrants will force up house prices by 10 per cent in the next two decades.

The Lords' report had the PM's ministers scurrying away from the light.

Immigration minister Liam Byrne has also waded into the row this morning by claiming the inquiry put forward many of the points he had made when he was first appointed in 2006.

"The report actually confirms that about £6billion was added to the economy in 2006, that is a big number," he told GMTV.

"What it is also saying, though, I think, is that we should be taking into account the wider impact of immigration when we set immigration policy - now I think that is absolutely right."

His remarks came as the report, by the Lords economic affairs committee, which includes former Chancellors Nigel Lawson and Norman Lamont, economists and captains of industry, said immigration had had "little or no positive impact" on the living standards of the existing population.

Indeed, the report found that immigrants were hurting many native Britons.

Some British workers were even seeing their incomes fall, while up to 100,000 youngsters have been unable to find work.

And, by pushing up house prices, migrants will keep young families off the housing ladder, the committee found.

With migration swelling the population by 190,000 every year, Labour has been keen to stress the economic benefits, not least over pensions.

But the peers said the argument did not "hold up to scrutiny" because the migrants will grow old and claim pensions of their own.

The committee has among its ranks Labour and Liberal Democrat members with impeccable economic and business credentials. Many of them were the most trenchant in their remarks.

Downing Street's claim that migrants fill job vacancies in the economy was ruthlessly exposed.

The peers said that despite the influx of more than 700,000 workers from eastern Europe since May 2004, the number of vacancies has remained at between 600,000 and 700,000.

Allowing more and more migrants into the country created the need for ever more jobs because the new arrivals consume as well as provide services, the study found.

It called on the Government to set an "explicit target range" for immigration and set the rules to keep within that limit - effectively a cap.

Such a move has been stubbornly resisted by Ministers, who say it could damage the economy.

The Lords' report is stunning because it so drastically breaks with the government party line that immigration is an unalloyed good for the UK, and seeks to sandblast away the economic lies that have been constructed to support the party line. Of course, the establishment types who support the party line do so for ideological reasons (read: multiculturalism and political correctness) and for naked business interests (immigrants drive wages down). The same situation applies in the U.S. where business interests have aligned themselves with the radical multicultural left to leave the borders wide open to Mexico - or anyone else who wants to run across.

The House of Lords has put immigration back on the front table of national debate in the UK, and have made it politically acceptable to support immigration restriction. The report is an act of courage - a last, desperate attempt to save Britain from the tsunami that threatens to sweep it away.


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