Politicians love to espouse the benefits of high levels of immigration while glossing over the out of control expansion of the U.K.’s population. Here’s how they “spin” their arguments and here’s how I rebut those arguments as ridiculous twaddle:
1. Population growth is needed because it adds to economic growth. By this argument the main reason for “Economic Growth” is to enable the sustainability of a growing population? In other words economic growth merely to sustain a growing population doesn’t help the average person get richer. The established rich get richer, everyone else stagnates or gets poorer. On the other hand, if the economy doesn’t grow but the population continues to explode, the effects of a recession are magnified so that a moderate recession when the population is stable turns into a severe recession in times of explosive population growth. Wouldn’t it be nice if the population remained steady and the economy grew ever so slightly each year?
2. We need more people of working age because our elderly are living longer and becoming more numerous. I find this argument to be laughable, not because of the fact that it is made, but because I don’t recall anyone of influence ever debunking it. In other words we’re fed this crap by The Establishment and The Media and we just lap it up. Here’s what it is, a ludicrous and cynical “kicking of the can down the road”. The ever increasing legions of working age people today will be tomorrow’s elderly and the problem will just get worse. At some point we have to stabilise the population and if it means a sudden increase in the funds allocated to caring for the elderly at the expense of today’s working generation, so be it. At least in the future we’ll have zero population growth and we’ll then enter into an age of equilibrium where we’re not having to dig ever deeper into the pockets of the taxpayer to care for increasing numbers of aging people. In an age of stable population we’d easily be able to budget for known future and stable numbers of elderly folk.
3. Because the indigenous British are not breeding at a fast enough rate we need more immigration to keep the population growing. Labour love to make this argument because they work on the premise that immigrants who later become voters will likely vote their (Labour’s) way. The Tories like mass immigration because they know it means cheap labour for their business friends. Mass immigration is one of the main reasons for income inequality. The fact is, immigration should only be allowed such that it keeps the current population stable. It should not be used as a vehicle for cheap future votes or cheap labour.
If we could stabilise the population of the United Kingdom at current levels we could slowly get into a position where our housing crisis would disappear. The NHS would begin to cope with the demands of current levels of sickness. Currently senior health officials and doctors are always complaining about lack of funding for a rapidly increasing population. If we didn’t have half a million new patients to care for every year budgeting for the NHS would be so much easier. The same could be said for transport infrastructure. On our roads and railways we’re always playing catch-up with never ending works projects and repairs. Our transport system will never be to a high enough standard if we’re adding half a million or more permanent travelers each year.
So, politicians of both major parties, enough with the mass net immigration. It’s not making Great Britain or the British any better off in real terms. Furthermore, most avid anglers like myself know that mass immigration is taking its toll on the U.K.’s natural fish stocks. But we dealt with that in a much earlier post!