Over on CIF, Jon Cruddas has quite rightly taken David Cameron to task on this:
Unfortunately, Cameron had little to say on systems to measure real time demography and ensure that public service provision follows – the crux of the whole debate around migration. We have a real problem when public investment does not follow population change, and too often those changes are off the state’s radar.
Unfortunately, his speech treads dangerous territory in implying a simplistic link between housing shortages and net immigration. The lack of council housing is largely due to the refusal of successive governments to allow councils to replace stock sold under the right to buy with new build.
Similarly, Cameron seems to have woken up to the pressures that many of the most vulnerable workers at the lower end of the labour market are currently feeling. But the hint that migrant workers are to blame looks like a dog whistle that risks playing into the hands of the far right. The problem for Cameron is that he is unwilling to confront the real problem – the pressure from unscrupulous employers as they push down wages and conditions for their employees
There are three issues here: public services, housing and wages. I’m sympathatic to the view that large-scale immigration causes problems in all three areas. But David if the Tory party wanted to resolve the problems, they would get to the root of the problem, as outlined by Cruddas, rather that constantly going on about how many darkies come into this country. Is he really going on about darkies? Yes he is, because his focus was on non-EU migration rather than migrants from other European countries (who form the bulk of people coming in). But mention ‘immigration’ to most Tories and they start salivating so they’ll probably lap it up without realising they’re being sold rubbish.
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