Friday, February 26, 2016

We are still waiting for our country to start a genuine debate about migration

. . . is the name of my column out today in The Journal available HERE. A taste:

"The Government’s immigration strategy can be summed up in one word: less.

That’s it.

Clearly, there is a large public appetite for greater immigration control – where greater control means less immigration.

This is nothing new. Voters view immigration as the number one public issue of concern – and see it as a problem for housing, education and public services.

Public opposition to immigration has largely held court without challenge. No matter how often it is shown that migrants are more likely to work than claim benefits or that they create jobs through new businesses rather than take them in some zero sum trade-off the results are the same: the public wants less of it – and even if the economy including jobs for British citizens suffered as a result.

Immigration is the issue that every party wants to score highly on, but none really do. It is a contest between which has more public support than others where none command majority or universal assent [. . .]."

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