• England is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Our transport system, roads, health service, schools and public services are buckling under the unremitting tide of new people.
Before the General Election in 2010 the Tories promised to slow the rate of immigration to a few tens of thousands a year. Even this level would only return us to the situation in the mid-1980s. The Coalition has utterly failed to deliver any significant reduction and shows no sign of seriously addressing the problem.
Although the level of net population gain has decreased slightly, the Office for National Statistics describes this as “not a statistically significant difference”. Parliament long ago made itself powerless to refuse entry to EU citizens, all of whom have an automatic right of entry, but 55 per cent of migrants come from outside the EU. The Government could do something about this if it had the will to do so.
The Labour Government engineered mass immigration in order to create an irreversible “multicultural society”. The ONS figures show that 25 per cent of all births in England and Wales are to foreign-born mothers. In London that figure rises to almost 57 per cent. Has any of this benefited the British people?
The effect of mass immigration has been to drive wages and living standards down for those at the lower end of the economic ladder and to drive property prices up beyond the reach of their children.
Illegal immigrants should be deported where and when identified; work permits should only be granted where there is a genuine vacancy that cannot be filled by a British citizen; foreign students must leave when their visas expire or face a long ban on re-entry; and we must leave the EU to regain control of who can and cannot enter our country.
Failure to take the necessary action soon will not create a diverse society but a divided population, with unknown consequences.