By Keval Dhokia
Theresa May lambasts immigrants in first speech since release of new census data
Despite Britain’s dangerously low birth rate and shrinking workforce, Theresa May, Home Secretary, has lambasted the immigration figures released on Tuesday’s census announcement, blaming immigrants for “a 10% increase in British house prices.”
The surge of immigrants arriving in Britain over the last 10 years has been described by the Home Secretary as a barrier to “turning the place where you live into a real community. The pace of change brought by mass immigration makes this impossible to achieve.”
She went on to say: “Besides the economic costs and benefits, the social consequences of immigration are ignored, but these are often what bother the public the most.” Mrs May also decried the negative impact immigrants have had on: “the transport system, the NHS, number of school places and the availability and cost of housing.”
The divisive and national socialist nature of this message is seen as unprecedented, but expected, following the revelations of the 2011 census results. They showed that the number of foreign born residents in England and Wales has increased from under 9 percent in 2001 to nearly 14 percent in 2011, dominated by Indians, who saw a rise of over 200,000 in their numbers to 700,000 non-UK born Indians.
The number of Pakistani born people were up by 200,000 as well, but the number of Poles saw the fastest rise in the ten years to 2011, from 50,000 to nearly 600,000 Polish born individuals living in the UK. Addressing these numbers, Alp Mehmet, from Migration Watch, said the figures showed: “how absolutely essential it is that we bring immigration under control.”
The Office for National Statistics released figures last October illustrating that Britain has a fertility rate consistently below the replacement level. For the last 40 years since the end of the post-war baby-boom in the 70s, Britain has been a net dying nation, with far more deaths than births. Immigration into this country since 2001 has increased the fertility rate to 1.94, a fraction below the 2.1 needed to avoid population stagnation.
This ‘demographic deficit’, where an ageing population has meant a shrinking workforce that contributes less taxes towards public services like the NHS, and the government’s austerity programme, caused by huge bank bailout costs and the recession, have been the the real reasons for Britain’s economic troubles.
The Asian immigrant population has been shown to actually support the success of British society. Baroness Warsi, Minister of Faith, said recently: “Asians (are at) the top of so many professions: journalism, business, sport, public services and, notably, politics, including Lord Popat and Shailesh Vara MP”.
Prime Minister David Cameron also praised the work of Asian immigrants, in a debate in the House of Commons last September, saying that they had made: “an extraordinary contribution” to British life and that anyone who opposed their migration into the UK was “completely wrong”.
Furthermore, alluding to the integral importance of Indian students to the UK education system, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, while on his trip to India, said: “(Theresa May’s) policy on visas is, in my view, sending the wrong signal. There are so many stipulations that we are starting to lose business to Australia, America and Canada.”
There are fears that Britain’s historic multicultural marketplace, which has attracted billionaires like Lakshmi Mittal, curry tsar Gulam Noon and Lord Bilimoria of Cobra beers, may be under threat from the government’s proposals.
Lord Bilimoria said: “British Asians, my community, make up only 4% of the population but contribute roughly double that to the British economy. However, the immigration cap is affecting business. For example, my business, Cobra Beer, has its roots in the Indian restaurant industry, which is suffering because it cannot bring in the skilled staff it so desperately needs.”