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It’s All About Immigration

UKIP worked hard for many years to persuade the British people that they must not allow our country to be absorbed into a federal Europe. At last we have succeeded in persuading them. But what turned the balance in the end was not British sovereignty. It was immigration.

Levels of immigration have been a hidden but major political issue in Britain since soon after the Second World War. For far too long, ordinary people’s concerns about immigration have been suppressed. At last we can talk about them and perhaps do something about it.

The period after the War was one of high employment levels in Britain and very strong, perhaps excessive, trade union power. Employers, including the newly nationalised industries, looked for cheaper labour. They saw an opportunity in the Commonwealth. Until 1962, all Commonwealth citizens could enter and stay in the United Kingdom without any restriction. The Commonwealth included millions of people living on very low incomes. Many were eager to better themselves. Encouraged and incentivised by major employers, they started to stream in.

There were immediate economic and social implications. Their arrival must have depressed wage levels, but in a period of rapidly growing prosperity, these were not obviously noticeable. The trade unions, whose business was supposed to be to protect their members against competitive labour, concentrated instead on recruiting the newcomers to their own ranks.

Social implications were more noticeable. British people – particularly British working class people – are friendly and hospitable. Individually they welcomed the newcomers as guests. But as their numbers steadily rose, there was a reaction. Whole areas of our cities started to seem like foreign countries. The immigrants were coming, at that stage, mainly from tropical countries and they had dark faces. This made it possible for those who needed their labour to blame any adverse popular reactions on what was called “colour prejudice”. In fact the ordinary people of Britain were quite indifferent to the colour of the newcomers’ faces. Their reaction was the normal one of any other human population anywhere in the world: they simply did not like to see their country being taken over by foreigners. It is called patriotism.

It was plain that if large-scale immigration was to continue, the media and through the media the general population would have to be persuaded that it was morally wrong to object to it. Immigration would have to be re-marketed. Opposition to it was given a new description. The new words “racism” and “racist” were coined and (by association with Nazi Germany) given connotations of unspeakable wickedness. The new words worked much better than the old “colour prejudice” and the fear of being labelled “racist” remains a powerful deterrent to this day.

Then came the challenge of the EU open borders, with the threat, first of the whole of Eastern Europe and then of the whole of Africa and the Middle East descending on our island. This has now at last precipitated a real political reaction. If we are to avoid the same thing happening again, we need to re-think the whole subject of immigration and decide on the right policies for Britain in the future.

What Kind of Immigration Policy?

The present UKIP immigration policy – an “Australia-style points system” – is quite inappropriate for Britain, even if it’s right for Australia. Britain is not Australia. Australia is still a country of immigration – a very large country with a relatively low population density. Britain is a relatively small country with a very high population density. Australia has always actively encouraged immigration; it merely wishes to regulate who comes in and to ensure that the numbers arriving over any given period of time can be successfully assimilated.

Britain has a large enough population already. The high levels of immigration which we have seen in the last fifty years – and particularly in the last ten years – have had the effect of increasing our population to unexpectedly high levels, but at the same time of driving some of our own population out of their country. Many of our hospital consultants (and perhaps many of our plumbers) have emigrated. Our immigration policy should be designed to maintain our population at about the present level.

There is another issue. One of the unfortunate side-effects of our previous attempts to restrict Commonwealth immigration has been that it has become very difficult for people from Australia, Canada and New Zealand to settle here. Because we were concerned about being called racists, we imposed the same barriers on them as on the peoples of the West Indies, Africa and the Indian sub-continent. The barriers we have put up have inspired retaliatory barriers in these old Commonwealth countries, which in the past had greatly valued their British traditions and close family links and had always encouraged UK immigration.

Why is there a need to restrict Indian immigration but no need to restrict Australian immigration? It’s something much simpler and more rational than racism. It is that if we allow unlimited Australian immigration, individual Australians will come, but there will be no mass movement of population. If we allow unlimited Indian immigration, Indians will come in very large numbers. They will come because income levels are far higher in Britain than they are in India. Although India is developing economically and becoming an important world power, and although it is (at least in theory) a democracy, it is still a country with great extremes of wealth and poverty. The same applies to (for example) Brazil. It is good to allow free movement of free people. But we cannot open the doors to mass migration of people from countries at lower economic levels. There are some countries whose people we can safely allow in, and others whose people we cannot.

How can we distinguish between countries without causing diplomatic offence and creating a need for constant revision of our lists? In practice the countries whose people’s migration to Britain needs to be restricted are those to which British people do not migrate. Our system should work if we balance migration country-by-country. We should not allow the number of permanent immigrants from any one country to greatly exceed the number of permanent emigrants from the U.K. to that same country.

The system should be self-correcting. If a country becomes more prosperous, British people will see opportunities there, and migrate there.  But because it is becoming more prosperous, it will be safe to allow some of its citizens, if they wish, to immigrate here. Not too many will come.

The effect of this will be that there will be some countries – notably countries like the USA, Canada and Australia – with which movement of population would effectively be quite free and uncontrolled in both directions (at least as far as British law is concerned); and others (for example, third-world countries which receive very few UK immigrants) from which it would be prevented. Adjustments, special cases and genuine asylum seekers can of course be allowed for when they occur.

It goes without saying that such a policy will only work if we first ensure that we are keeping adequate statistics on migration flows between the UK and other countries. Modern social survey techniques make that quite easy to do. No doubt a combination of incompetence and concealment explains the present poor statistics.

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About Mike Munford (58 Articles)
Mike Munford is a member of UKIP, a retired businessman and a lifelong student of English history.

9 Comments on It’s All About Immigration

  1. Mike, That is the best idea regarding an immigration policy I’ve ever read. Simple to explain and would appeal to everyone. Last night on Sky Paul Nuttall said UKIP’s policy was The Australian points one – that must change, it is not a goer. Please push this one.
    Today on The Daily Politics Paul disassociated himself completely with Marine Le Pen – not even correcting Jo Coburn’s use of ‘National Front’. Marine wants France for the French and in that she is UKIP, she also wants a referendum on EU membership, ditto. He said none of that, just that he will not allow any MEP’s to support FN nor will he. He isn’t speaking for this UKIP member.

  2. The first and most obvious thing to do is prohibit immigration of all muslims from wherever they are, including from all islamic countries.
    For the faint-hearted and/or innocents who have no idea of the threat that comes from islam in terms of their followers outbreeding us (part of the ongoing cultural jihad waged against us), the more than adequate reasons to give are security and the islamic war on the west.

    What kind of fools sit in their own country, paying out billions for surveillance, waiting for the next attempted terrorist attack from muslims allowed into this country, or from ones already here? We desperately need to stop further immigration of our enemies and root out the ones living comfortably in British homes, walking our streets and, in a scandalous number of cases, living on benefits paid in taxes by the people they’d like to kill! Although, as was shown in the attacks on Glasgow airport a few years back, apparently even well-educated ones such as trainee medics hate Britain enough to attempt inflicting death and destruction on its inhabitants.

    Unfortunately, we in Britain and Europe generally are being conditioned to tolerate the terrorist threat at home and abroad. The weak and useless French PM said after the Nice atrocity that the French would have to learn to live with terrorist acts. Here, I’ve heard various complacent politicians opining that the British are well used to terrorism because we had the IRA attacks in past decades. Oh, well, that’s OK then, no need to lose your cool about some hateful muslim bastards trying to blow up, shoot down or run over you or your kids (three of mine live and/or work in London, constant anxiety).

    In answer to my earlier question, “What kind of fools …”, the fools I was thinking of were not the British people in general, but their so-called leaders who sit in Parliament discussing relatively trivial matters while the threats to our national survival grow in size and intensity. “We live in a tolerant society …” they warble smugly, while the chances of maintaining that tolerant society are reduced daily by their complacent refusal to act. They’re much more interested in virtue-signalling their impeccable PC credentials.

    Tolerate the intolerable and there is no chance for survival as an untraumatised, sane, whole, free, happy, self-respecting, self-determining and dignified person. That concept is well understood in the field of combating the domestic abuse of women by men. Its slogan is “Zero-tolerance”.
    Why do we continue to tolerate the intolerable as a nation?

  3. A chronicle of the islamisation of the UK 2016.

    Not only does it have to be stopped; it has to be reversed.

  4. An excellent article and one that all UKIP members should have the opportunity to read.
    Small articles like the above should be printed in the next edition of the UKIP magazine.
    Thankyou Mr Mumford for this read.
    And thank-you all the many regular contributors to Daily UKIP. You all ‘bring something to the table’ and you all are helping promote sane policies for UKIP and ergo Great Britain and Nth Ireland.

  5. Very well reasoned article Mr Munford. Full of Common Sense. Will it be read by PN, and an opinion given. Would he support your reasoning and consider it as a UKIP policy? I think I know the answer.

  6. It was the loss of sovereignty that led to unsustainable immigration. Immigration is a sub-set of sovereignty. At the heart of the issue is British sovereignty. What is true is that the impact of immigration was apparent to all; it provided substantial traction to the Brexit argument

  7. If Paul Nuttall wants an issue to present to the press which will get headlines is not about Brexit but perfectly reasonable to addrese here it is.

    How is the Government to bring down immigration to the promised under 100.000 a year? Too many but let’s go with the Government for now. Brexit and stopping free movement won’t nearly do it. There also have to be massive reductions in the flow from outside Europe. What is Maybe doing about that? Nothing?

    People have been trained up by the MSM to think that EU immigrants cause housing shortages and so on plus population replacement so locals are turned into foreigners but non-EU immigrants mysteriously don’t lead to any of these things.

    Cue MSM saying are you blaming immigrants? No. Blaming politicians.

    This has got to be addressed. Population replacement IS the issue for our country. Everything else becomes irrelevant if it continues.

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