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Rapporten fra Overhuset knuser alle de vanlige argumentene om innvandring og avslører dem som tomme. Det må få konsekvenser, ikke bare for Storbritannia.

For første gang har en ekspertgruppe pillet fra hverandre myndighetenes argumenter for høy innvandring. Det gir ikke høyere vekst, i betydningen høyere levestandard for den enkelte. Velferdsstaten er strukket til bristepunktet, og det er tegn til sosiale konflikter.

Hvis ikke de økonomiske argumentene holder, og de sosiale svikter, hva blir da igjen?

Samtidig viser meningsmålinger at et overveldende flertall av innfødte briter føler at de blir stemplet som rasister hvis de ytrer kritikk til innvandringen. Når folk får høre at det ikke bare er følelser, men at de rent økomisk har rett, kan dette bli en plitisk bølge det kan bli vanskelig å stanse. Labour opplever allerede at den innfødte arbeiderklassen forlater dem, og de går til BNP:

A recent Newsnight poll of white British adults found that 77 per cent felt that they could not criticise immigration without being labelled racist. Times are now changing, thank goodness, but the multicultural enthusiasts have had it all their own way for far too long.

Why has the Government continued to pursue its immigration policy when it must have known that it was deeply flawed?

Some ministers may have believed their own propaganda on multiculturalism. Others, notably Gordon Brown at the Treasury, were keen to see impressive economic growth figures (yes, Britain’s GDP does improve with increased immigration but, as the committee itself pointed out, not income per head). And, of course, it helps to keep inflation down to have a ready supply of cheap labour from overseas.

Furthermore, the importation of skills covered up the Government’s own failures over the education and training of Britain’s workforce.

One has to ask, too, whether there could be a political aspect. Immigrant communities are predominantly Labour voters. If they had all been budding Conservatives, one wonders whether the situation would have been allowed to continue for so long.

Labour ønsker at Storbritannia skal ha en nettoinnvandring på 190.000 i året de neste årene. Rapporten sier at det er tøv. Man løser ikke pensjonistproblemet med importert arbeidskraft, bare utsetter det. Også innvandrerne vil bli gamle.

Set on its political course of increased immigration, all seemed to go swimmingly for the Government as it trebled the number of work permits and later lifted all restrictions on the entry of East European workers.

Then the politics started to fall apart as the white working class, which felt threatened by immigrants prepared to accept lower wages, began to desert Labour, often for the BNP – a development largely explained by the same Newsnight poll which found that 58 per cent of the white working class felt that «nobody speaks out for people like me in Britain today».

The Government is now in a serious bind. Its traditional supporters are deserting, 80 per cent of the public disbelieves it on immigration and, with this report, its underlying justification is in ruins.


Devastating demolition of the case for mass immigration