Immigration into the UK has hit ludicrous proportions and impacted on England in particular. I just want to put these two graphs and a couple of links here for the record.
The Daily Mail So, let’s hear it for the three main political Parties, the Lib/Lab/Con con-artists who’ve been in office for too long and put us way up there with Bangladesh and Rwanda. And it’s not over yet –
Cecilia Malmstrom, EC Commissioner for Home Affairs, writes:
“The EU needs to boost its relationships with non-EU States to better reap the mutual benefits migration can bring. Although migration is high on the European Union’s agenda, the Arab spring and events in the Southern Mediterranean in 2011 has highlighted the need for a coherent migration policy for the EU. That is why today the European Commission proposes to strengthen dialogue and operational cooperation with non-EU partner countries in the area of migration and mobility.”
For anyone not yet up to speed on EU-speak, the ‘Southern Mediterranean’ is what used to be called North Africa.
The International Organization for Migration is one of the ‘actors’ it’s working with. It was originally set up after the Second World War to help the displaced people of Europe. When it had finished, rather than say ‘job well done’ and disband, it changed its name, found itself another role and continued to grow.
There are also ongoing discussions with Russia about visa-free travel across borders.
Another blogger (Kevin Townsend) has a quote from Peter Kellner (Mr Cathy Ashton) and this graph:
It isn’t clear whether the voters were English or just people living in England. Yes, there is a difference and ‘Yes’, it does matter.
THIS, by AN Wilson, is a great article. He takes apart education policies and the demise of our manufacturing base over the past decades and offers suggestions for revitalisation.
If a Stoke pottery had taken on foreign workers in those days, it would have been considered mad – not for xenophobic reasons, but because everyone knew that British potters were the best in the world. The same would have been said in Sheffield about steel workers, or in Newcastle and Belfast about shipbuilders, or in so many other parts of the country…
…The working classes of Britain were the source of its power and wealth as a great trading nation. From them came the energy and resourcefulness which created our exports. And all over Britain, in working-class communities, there was a powerful sense of solidarity and community.
Meanwhile, back at the EU, victory has been declared in the battle of the budget. The increase has been limited to “only” 2% . However,
“…while agreeing to limit their contributions to the EU budget to 129 billion euros next year, governments gave in to the European Parliament’s demands to allow EU spending commitments next year to go up to 147 billion euros.”
So they’re going to have an increased budget of 129bn euros but commit to spending 147bn. That sort of budgeting explains why their accounts haven’t been signed off for seventeen years.
In other news Basil ‘Dolly’ D’Oliveira, RIP – a great cricketer, despite never playing for Yorkshire.
See where the money goes: ‘EU Budget at a glance’