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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,17...2293673,00.html

The Times

August 01, 2006

MP breaks Tory line on immigration
By David Charter, Chief Political Correspondent
IMMIGRATION is today blamed for ruining the quality of British life in a pamphlet by an outspoken Conservative MP seemingly out of kilter with David Cameron’s direction for the party....../
Mr Brazier, a mathematician, said that population growth largely fuelled by immigration will undermine quality of life for many people, especially those on low incomes, including many from ethnic minority backgrounds.
In his paper, he concluded: “Overcrowding is a key cause of many of the factors which are destroying quality of life: mortgage slavery, overdevelopment, congested roads, water shortages, flooding and overstretched public services. We should do everything we can sensibly — and fairly — to reduce the level of immigration to well below the level of emigration.
“The first and easiest step in this direction would be to return to a much smaller number of work permits (issued to non-EU citizens), as occurred under all previous governments. We should also restrict them, as was always the case before, to highly skilled people.”

It seems clear that the proposed 600k immigrants due to arrive from the new EU members will not assist our economy that much as lower wages means lower affordability for everything from houses to Gordon's non-inflating CPI goods. It may help keep pressure on our housing shortage and put downward pressure on wages but the cost of overcrowding in social terms may not be worth it. Is Gordon's vision of a "Miracle Economy" really what is best for Britain?

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,17...2293673,00.html

The Times

August 01, 2006

MP breaks Tory line on immigration
By David Charter, Chief Political Correspondent
IMMIGRATION is today blamed for ruining the quality of British life in a pamphlet by an outspoken Conservative MP seemingly out of kilter with David Cameron’s direction for the party....../
Mr Brazier, a mathematician, said that population growth largely fuelled by immigration will undermine quality of life for many people, especially those on low incomes, including many from ethnic minority backgrounds.
In his paper, he concluded: “Overcrowding is a key cause of many of the factors which are destroying quality of life: mortgage slavery, overdevelopment, congested roads, water shortages, flooding and overstretched public services. We should do everything we can sensibly — and fairly — to reduce the level of immigration to well below the level of emigration.
“The first and easiest step in this direction would be to return to a much smaller number of work permits (issued to non-EU citizens), as occurred under all previous governments. We should also restrict them, as was always the case before, to highly skilled people.”

It seems clear that the proposed 600k immigrants due to arrive from the new EU members will not assist our economy that much as lower wages means lower affordability for everything from houses to Gordon's non-inflating CPI goods. It may help keep pressure on our housing shortage and put downward pressure on wages but the cost of overcrowding in social terms may not be worth it. Is Gordon's vision of a "Miracle Economy" really what is best for Britain?

RB, love the hyperbole and stuff on the market posts etc but here, on the politics, just to highlight an inaccuracy, if the Times is a Tory paper I'm a dutchman. As it seems to print whatever the NuLab spinners want and TB/GB are in thrall to Murdoch still, I never fail to ignore it on the newsstand.

This article is a classic Times/NuLab piece designed to undermine Cameron by showing that there are voices against immigration in the Tory party (every party has them as one might expect). Just trying to fill a page and sow seeds of evil Tories in the wet, easily challenged minds of Times readers (I except anyone over the age of 50 from that as you started reading the Times when it was still (barely) respectable and the crossword difficult). If one reads the Telegraph one will actually find a far more balanced and progressive view than this sort of propaganda would have one believe.

Edited by Tempest

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Caught a piece on BB2 news this morning that the government are encouraging 70,000 new homes to be built in the W Midlands area due to the pressure for housing that is expected from existing demand and immigration. Nice gesture, but I wonder if the focus should be on relieving the housing shortage that already exists without providing for the incoming thousands expected? It seems that NuLabour do not really want to relieve any shortages as their policy of unlimited immigration will more than take up any slack that is created. I suppose it is the best way from their perspective to ensure affordable housing is kept out of the hands of the ordinary families in Britain. Its the old rule: keep supply short and prices will be maintained. With more people owning houses than do not it is easy to see why Gordon needs to keep his HPI-MEW Miracle Economy going for as long as he can. Also, he promised no more boom AND bust, just a continuous boom.

I wonder if NuLabour will be re-elected in 3 year's time? 3 more years :o

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Caught a piece on BB2 news this morning that the government are encouraging 70,000 new homes to be built in the W Midlands area due to the pressure for housing that is expected from existing demand and immigration. Nice gesture, but I wonder if the focus should be on relieving the housing shortage that already exists without providing for the incoming thousands expected? It seems that NuLabour do not really want to relieve any shortages as their policy of unlimited immigration will more than take up any slack that is created. I suppose it is the best way from their perspective to ensure affordable housing is kept out of the hands of the ordinary families in Britain. Its the old rule: keep supply short and prices will be maintained. With more people owning houses than do not it is easy to see why Gordon needs to keep his HPI-MEW Miracle Economy going for as long as he can. Also, he promised no more boom AND bust, just a continuous boom.

I wonder if NuLabour will be re-elected in 3 year's time? 3 more years :o

Yes Labour will be re elected their is no credible opposition to Blair. Cameron is BlairII, we would be not better off under him.

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Yes Labour will be re elected their is no credible opposition to Blair. Cameron is BlairII, we would be not better off under him.

Blair is looking for power in Europe which leaves Prescott, Straw or Gordon? All unelectable.

I agree that Cameron is another Blair2. We need a radical--someone like Tarzan but much younger?

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You could create an entire newspaper of perennial articles like this;

Immigration ruining the country says Tory.

Crisis in the Middle East

Obesity out of control in US - UK expected to follow

Famine in Africa

Small earthquake in far east

Politicians say "Everything's fine, and if it isn't, it's the fault of the last govt"

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Blair is looking for power in Europe which leaves Prescott, Straw or Gordon? All unelectable.

I agree that Cameron is another Blair2. We need a radical--someone like Tarzan but much younger?

Currently it looks like we'll have two 'unelectable' parties competing against each other at the next election, and one of them will be elected with about 10% of the votes.

Ain't democracy wonderful?

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