Brexit is now more of a worry than immigration

A couple of interesting surveys have turned up courtesy of Ipsos Mori. Immigration concerns are declining fast – now there’s a surprise. Is it that people are beginning to realise that immigration is, at least partly a response to the UK’s lack of educational investment? The concern has been declining for a while so it cannot be the Windrush effect:

Could it be, perhaps, that people are beginning to realise that there is currently a lack of proper state control of borders and failure to use the tools that the EU already offers – as itemised in this summary from the pro EU we love economics:

Then the final chart suggests that it is the old who find immigration a problem. In fact even the Daily Express finds that the UK is now loosing workers to the EU. Meanwhile the survey shows that the young are bothered more about education or crime than immigration:

But absolutely everyone is bothered about Brexit.

For most people this was a non issue before Cameron decided to make it one. Wouldn’t it be marvellous if we just withdrew article 50 so we could concentrate on Britains many real, rather than EU fantastical, problems?


  1. Sean Danaher -

    I live just beside a part of Northumberland College which concentrates on agriculture etc and the overall head of the College based largely in Ashington is a neighbour and friend.

    I have a bit of inside knowledge. While the schools and universities have not been too badly hit colleges have had their funding slashed and are ready struggling. Northumberland College was expecting an 8M shortfall this year. Ashington does loads of vocational courses in building, electrics, plumbing etc – just the sort of thing the country needs.

    Ashington is a real down on its luck ex mining town and is crying out for investment and education

  2. Ian Stevenson -

    the CDE’s top issue is the NHS. It was this section of the population that was most in favour of leaving. Once they can see that the Brexit leaders want to introduce an American style economy and that will mean the end of the NHS as we know it, then the stubborn support for Brexit will begin to evaporate.

  3. Robin Stafford -

    Unfortunately Brexiters from both right and left have been happy to feed the lie that so many of the UKs problems are caused by migration, and by EU freedom of movement rather than by actions (or inaction) by the U.K. itself. That notably includes health, jobs and housing, despite evidence to the contrary.

    There is always an element of xenophobia in any country’s population and a smaller element of outright racism. Ironically it tends to be most marked in those areas with lower levels of migrant communities as voting patterns for UKIP demonstrate. The larger cities where most migrants congregate have not tended to be UKIP strongholds or EFP/BNP before that.The media and Brexit campaigning have legitimised and brought into the open, opinions and attitudes that had come to be be suppressed over the years even if the underlying attitudes had not gone away. I was brought upon in Cumbria (and also have French relations) and am reminded of that when I go back. Of course it’s a mixed story but the voting patterns tell the story.

    At the moment neither of the major parties are prepared to challenge those attitudes and persuade people with evidence that might conflict with their prejudices, however subtly that might be done. Both seem intent on wooing that Brexit/UKIP vote. Less surprising from Tories but depressing from Labour who one would have hoped would challenge such attitudes on principle.

    Sadly those principles seem to have become expendable – the hard Brexit end justifies any means it would appear, regardless of the damaging consequences. Meanwhile the divisions deepen and fester.

    1. Sean Danaher -

      its deeply sad. As I’ve mentioned on another thread, Ireland has a higher proportion of immigrants than the UK and mainly EU and within the past 20 years. The media and political parties are very positive and the statistics could not be more different to the UK with 81% of Irish people agreeing that immigrants are of benefit to society.

      Having grown up in Ireland and lived in England, the people are fundamentally decent in both countries. I think the right wing xenophobic media and spineless politicians in the UK are a national disgrace. I’ve left the Labour party, between Brexit and the disgraceful chasing of the UKIP vote I no longer felt at home.

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