Migrants aren’t the scroungers

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Ukip candidate Geoffrey Clark called for an NHS review to look at compulsory abortion of foetuses with Down's syndrome or spina bifida http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-20813977
Ukip candidate Geoffrey Clark called for an NHS review to look at compulsory abortion of foetuses with Down’s syndrome or spina bifida http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-20813977
 
Morning Star Comment Monday 25 March 2013
 

UKIP leader Nigel Farage must be delirious at the spectacle of all three of major parliamentary parties’ leaders dancing to his anti-immigration tune following the Eastleigh by-election.

After shameful performances by Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg, David Cameron took his turn in Ipswich to spotlight a largely non-existent problem in search of electoral gain.

He warned people coming to Britain not to expect “something for nothing” as though tens of thousands of Bulgarians and Romanians are massing at the Channel anticipating lives in idle splendour on welfare benefits in a luxurious council house.

Only someone totally ignorant of the scale of welfare payments in Britain or the difficulties of securing local authority accommodation could propose such a fantasy with a straight face.

“Something for nothing” is the expectation of the royal family, landed aristocracy and millionaire beneficiaries of inherited wealth who clutter up Cameron’s Cabinet.

Pig BankerMigrants come to Britain from poorer European Union member states in search of work, as official figures testify.

Around 93 per cent of immigrants make no claim on the welfare state, but our politicians ignore reality to deal in abstractions because they fear the Ukip effect.

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The spectre haunting many unemployment-ridden working-class communities is the fear that immigrants will be hired in preference because of their willingness to work for lower wages.

This is actually an argument for recruiting all workers into trade unions and for extending the cover of sector-wide pay bargaining to the scale that applied before the systematic break-up of these arrangements by Tory governments in the 1980s.

Cameron has set out to pass himself off as a tough-talking, resolute leader who will bring a new governmental firmness over immigration by enacting a raft of measures to make it more difficult for incomers to access state benefits.

How was he to know that most of what he was proposing is already available under existing legislation? He’s only the Prime Minister.

His “local residence test” is an irrelevance. Councils can already prioritise homes for local people and many do.

Similarly, his proposed six-month cut-off from benefits for new arrivals who cannot show that they have been actively looking for a job and stand a genuine chance of finding one can be applied under existing rules.

These are points that Miliband could have made rather than contribute to the myth that Labour in government was lax in controlling immigration and that he feels the pain of Labour voters thinking of backing Ukip.

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Farage and his party have succeeded in passing themselves off as an alternative to the existing three main parties.

They have been assisted in so doing by their opponents’ scaremongering when there is little, apart from withdrawal from the EU, to choose between their economic and social policies and those of any other neoliberal outfit.

Miliband ought to have taken a leaf from Mark Serwotka’s book in responding to this latest scapegoating campaign.

Not only did the PCS union leader reject the odious “benefit tourist” slur but he pointed out the basic fact that the current severe housing crisis cries out for the positive solution of building many more council houses.

There is no justification for any Labour leader to take part in a squalid competition with other party politicians to deploy flesh-crawling rhetoric about how mean they can be to work-seeking immigrants.

Are you listening, Mr Miliband?

The Morning Star

See also: ‘The immigration debate: evidence-free and more rancid than ever’ Posted on March 26, 2013

http://fullfact.org/factchecks/immigration_and_benefits-28846

 

 

Comments
  • Dave McEwan Hill March 26, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    It’s no wonder increasing numbers of decent English folk are immigrating to Scotland. We don’t have the rancid immigration debate in Scotland which welcomes immigrants from the rest of the UK and the rest of the world as long as they come among us honestly and with the intention of becoming good Scottish citizens

  • Barry March 26, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Think about it? Why are so many English voters fed up, dote give a dam, what’s the point you hear people saying – because this government like so many before it have dun nothing to improve – stop or make it harder or just simply take away the benefits that attract immigrants to this country or holiday-ers coming over hear for FREE NHS treatments! why is it if we go abroad and we have to get medical insurants to cover use if we need medical treatment but people coming into this country can get FREE treatment – if the NHS was to charge these people on there holidays from aboard they’d soon get the message we are not a soft touch… why do we have a job shortage in this country maybe its something to do with the many immigrants doing these jobs that’s British people used to do plus these immigrants doing these jobs at a far lower rate of pay rate… another thing that gets me is if a British person was living abroad and they committed a sires criminal offence they would be deported back to where they came but this country lets them back out onto our streets to carry on there illegal crimes instead of deporting them.

  • j.bradley March 26, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    ” Around 93 per cent of immigrants make no claim on the welfare state, but our politicians ignore reality to deal in abstractions because they fear the Ukip effect”

    it’s the other 7% then that rob us of millions ,,, watch Saints and Scroungers ……

  • Humanity2012 March 27, 2013 at 10:38 am

    A Human is a Human and what Matters is their Character

    It is UK Politicians that have Wrecked this Country

    No to Bigoted Persecution of Humans from other Parts of the World

  • Serenity March 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Where are the UAF? Still harping on about BNP/NF/EDL these groups have no power and are best ignored rather than giving them the oxygen of free publicity.
    The UAF seem to be another phony, pseudo group as where are they now when the leaders of all the main parties are promoting racists policies, immigrants, who are these immigrants? How long do you have too be in this country before you are no longer classed as an immigrant? This is a slippery slope to say the least!
    Why are the UAE ignoring this? Where are the rallys the protests?

  • Serenity March 27, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    How was he to know that most of what he was proposing is already available under existing legislation? He’s only the Prime Minister.
    His “local residence test” is an irrelevance. Councils can already prioritise homes for local people and many do.

    Similarly, his proposed six-month cut-off from benefits for new arrivals who cannot show that they have been actively looking for a job and stand a genuine chance of finding one can be applied under existing rules.

    Of course he knew the reason they were not previously implemented is so they could stoke up as much resentment as possible before starting the propaganda campaign.
    Daily mail/telegraph/der sturmer.
    http://bytwerk.com/papers/Symbolic-Violence.pdf

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