“No ifs, no buts”, was what the Prime Minister said.But the latest official figures, out yesterday, show he is nowhere near to fulfilling that promise.In fact in the last year immigration into our country reached record highs with net migrationreaching a 10-year peak at 330,000 in the year up to March.

Thirteen per cent of people in this country now were born abroad.

This is a colossal and significant blow to the Prime Minister.

But it is also a reminder of a huge challenge to our nation’s sovereignty and way of life.

Throughout recent years the Daily Express has constantly spoken out against such unsustainable migration.

It has argued this so that our public services do not buckle under the strain and because it knows that a country needs to be cohesive if it is going to have a future.

Of course this paper has been called all sorts of names for making this case – as has everybody who has who spoken out about this issue.

 But the need to speak out has never been greater and is only highlighted by these latest figures.
The vast majority of British people simply do not want mass migration.For years, poll after poll has shown immigration to be the number one concern of voters in this country.Politicians at election times report back to each other that immigration is once again the “number one issue” on the doorstep.


But then they just move on.

One recent poll showed a mere seven per cent of British citizens saying that they wanted more migration into our country.

Our politicians remain terrified of this area.

But the public know something that the politicians do not: most objection to mass immigration is not something which is irrational or the result of “prejudice”.

It comes from the fact that people can see what our politicians so unwisely ignore.

People can see that immigration has brought advantages to our country.

But they can also see that the lax border system we have had over recent decades does not bring endless advantages.

Indeed, there is a tipping point where the negatives of increased migration begin to outweigh the positives.

Ordinary citizens can see that we have reached that point because we see overcrowded hospitals and waiting rooms and know that many people are using our public services without ever having put into them.

They know that vast areas of our country have become unrecognisable to the people who grew up in them and wonder when this process will stop – if ever.Britain truly is the most tolerant and open-hearted country on the planet.But that does not mean that you should want to replace the population.

It means you would want to keep the character and makeup of the country you love.

Yet all this time successive governments have ignored the public.

Under the last Labour government this country saw the largest sustained period of mass migration in our history.

It took years for politicians to admit what was going on, but across the political divide politicians from the main parties contrived to shut down the discussion.

Every now and then some senior Labour politician like Phil Woolas or David Blunkett would say something usually unnecessarily inflammatory about the challenge.

But then they went back to their offices and did exactly nothing.

All the time they – like their Conservative and Liberal Democrat counterparts – tried to make political capital of anybody in one of the other parties saying something “insensitive.”

The dearest hope of most politicians in recent years has been for their opposite number to say something about immigration which they could then denounce as “racist” in order to be able to clamber onto the moral high ground.As a result our country has massively hampered any efforts to get on top of this issue.By shutting down debate and name-calling for political gain our political class has avoided a discussion and debate we should have had years ago.

It may be late, but we need not just discussion but action now.

The first thing that our Government has to recognise is that unless we fundamentally re-evaluate our relationship with the EU very little can meaningfully be done.

When David Cameron or Theresa May boast about the amount by which they are going to bring immigration down they are literally boasting about something they cannot control.

Unless we change our commitments to the EU then its insistence that “you can’t” will always trump our national insistence that “we must”.

It is also vital that we decide what type of immigration we want and what we do not.

Other countries do this: Canada and Australia for instance.

There is no reason why this country cannot be pickier about who we let in. But one of the few arguments of the tiny mass migration lobby is that we need people to come here to do the jobs British people won’t do.

Reform of welfare rules will help, but we should be plain: there should be no job that a British person cannot do.

Because nations are not mere tracts of land, staging posts or places to do business.

They are the places we call “home”, and towards which we feel loyalty, pride and love.

The public know what is at stake.

It is time the government replaced words with action and show they realise it too.

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