Labour | Bullcrap Brown

31 03 2010

They just cannot help themselves.  Fearing the backlash of all those who were not asked about the diversification (and fragmentation) of Britain, Gordon Crap tries to  entice us with ‘promises’ of immigration caps.  And if the electorate buy this crap, we are surely doomed.

General Election 2010: Gordon Brown promises ‘controlled’ immigration

Published: 5:59AM BST 31 Mar 2010

A re-elected Labour government will deliver a ”controlled and fair” immigration system flexible enough to meet the needs of British business, Gordon Brown will promise.

By contrast, he will argue that Conservative plans for an annual cap on non-EU migrants would be arbitrary, unworkable and bad for business.

In his third major speech on immigration since becoming PM, Mr Brown will acknowledge on Wednesday that the question of who comes to Britain is a reasonable issue for voters to consider in the upcoming general election and will say that it is right for politicians to address their concerns.

But he will attack those who he says are, for political reasons, spreading the impression that immigration is ”out of control”. Figures show that in fact, inward migration is clearly falling over recent years, he will say.

The PM will call on all mainstream parties to present ”a united front” against those who seek to bring a halt to immigration simply because of their animosity towards migrants.

”The question is who has the best plan to control immigration – not who can appeal to our worst instincts of nationalism and xenophobia, but who can appeal to our best instincts of a fairer Britain for all,” Mr Brown is expected to say.

”By controlling immigration for a fairer Britain – by investing in the skills of our own workforce, we can ensure the flexibility for our businesses to secure the highly skilled migrants they need while continuing to maintain control of net inward migration.

”Or we can opt for an arbitrary and unworkable quota – and deny our businesses the skills they need, damaging our competitiveness and threatening the future of British businesses. This is the practical choice people must make.”

Mr Brown’s comments, in a high-profile speech alongside Home Secretary Alan Johnson in London, come ahead of an election campaign in which immigration is expected to be a decisive issue, with the British National Party seeking to win its first seat in Parliament.

Labour argues that its Australian-style points system will control immigration by allowing non-EU nationals in only if they are highly skilled or can fill identified gaps in the UK labour market.

Conservatives are promising to slow down the rate of inward migration by imposing an annual cap. But Labour regards the idea of a ”pre-determined quota” as misleading, arguing that it will not apply to 80% of migrants, including EU nationals, family members and students.

Labour aides accused the Tories of ”stoking up people’s fears” over numbers while refusing to say what the quota would be under their system.

And they cited a recent report from the IPPR thinktank suggesting that an annual cap of 40,000 could ”threaten (Britain’s) economic performance and the rights of British nationals and settled migrants to be with their families”.

Mr Brown will highlight ongoing work to require newcomers to earn the right to stay in the UK and claim benefits; reforms to housing rules to allow councils to favour locals; and a new fund to help high-migration areas cope with the added pressure on public services, paid for by migrants.

And he will announce changes to the points system, which will see the top two occupations on the shortage list removed in a phased way as the immigration and skills systems are linked more closely.

Mr Brown will repeat his ambition to make Britain a ”fair society”, adding: ”When we talk of fairness it is right to talk of immigration and address people’s worries and concerns.”

”The question of who comes to Britain, and what they have to do to earn that privilege, is something that should be the subject of open and responsible debate.

”But how we conduct this debate is as important as the debate itself.”

He will say that there is a consensus among mainstream parties that ”none of us agree with those who would bring down the shutters around Britain entirely; who think all immigration is a bad thing, or who want to use immigration to stoke community tensions”.

And he will add: ”I call on all those in the mainstream of our politics to stand together in the coming weeks and present a united front against those who don’t value the diverse and outward-looking Britain that we stand for; and who want to end immigration not because of the pressures it places on our communities but simply because they just don’t like migrants.”

The first day of Parliament’s brief Easter recess will see all three major party leaders involved in pre-election campaigning.

David Cameron will spell out his plans for mending what he terms ”broken Britain” in a speech to a Tory conference on ”Building the Big Society”.

And Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg will visit Cornwall to rally support in his party’s key electoral stronghold in the South West.

Here’s the deal Government.  Give me a percentage of the Nation’s GDP and I might just see the economy as more important than my community.  Until then…

Stop dumping the turd world on MY doorstep.  You love diversity so much, have them nextdoor to you.

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31 03 2010
Durotrigan

Brown. What an irritant that man is. How much longer must we put up with him “getting on with the job” of ushering us into non-existence? The more I hear and see of him, the greater the intensity of my dislike for the man. What drives him to be so insistent in inflicting such torments upon us?

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