Mass immigration into Britain could lead to failing hospitals, overcrowded classrooms, water shortages and the need for hundreds of new cities, a new report warns. Metaphors involving bolting horses and stable doors spring to mind.
This is of course exactly what Boggart Blog, UKIP bloggers and common sense merchants have been warning about for twenty years as the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats have been screaming that we must open the flood gates and let anyone in who wants to come here (including terrorists, seditionists, murderers, rapists, gangsters and arseholes fleeing justice in their own nations.)
The report, written by Robert Rowthorn, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge for think-tank Civitas found that heavy immigration will have an overall negative impact in living standards as any economic benefits will be outweighed by extreme pressures on amenities (read the .pdf published by Civitas here).
Or if you are one of those precious lefties who will not take my word because I’m one of those nasty bigots who refuses to agree with you, read another report here. Needless to say The Guardian and The Independent will not be giving a lot of space to this story.
The report warns that particular strain will be placed on schools, housing and hospitals. It also forecasts that while overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) could rise, the effects on GDP Per Capita would be minimal.
Now normally I don’t pay much attention to academics, particularly economists, but in this case what is being reported correlates with what businessmen and sensible politicians (not necessarily Conservative or UKIP, do the names Jack Straw and David Blunkett mean anything to you? (I’ve linked to Huff Post and the Daily Mirror, they don’t give the best coverage but even the most rabid lefties can’t say they are right wing extremist sources.)
Prof Rowthorn warned: “Unrestrained population growth would eventually have a negative impact on the standard of living through its environmental effects such as overcrowding, congestion and loss of amenity.
“Such losses would ultimately outweigh the small gain in average wages apparently resulting from mass immigration.”
Figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest that the UK population will grow by 20 million over the next 50 years, and 29 million over the next 75 and that is from immigration alone.
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