This Island race

Given that we fail to train enough doctors or nurses, provide sufficient carers, or even structure our jobs, such as in the food industry, to be generally appealing, then I think we can conclude that Britain is set up, structurally, to depend on immigration.

It is therefore crazy to try to restrict it.

But that is of course what both the tabloid press as well as most Conservatives indicate that they want to do.

Even worse, they try to encourage us all to enforce immigration regulations on each other. We are not, in spite of having a vicar’s daughter as Prime Minister, any longer our brother’s keeper but simply our brother’s controller.

This is yet another dysfunctional policy of this government (and this really is a recurring theme).

We are all supposed to enforce laws for people already in this country when we are famously ‘an island race’. So we have a coastal border, the sea, which is one of the largest in the world and yet we have just five Border force ships (I presume these were previously Customs and Excise?) to protect this coast. Compared with an EU nation of about the same GDP, Italy, this is vanishingly small. Even France has six times as many naval border craft. We are told that the UK ones are sophisticated – but it seems that they cannot be six times as sophisticated as the French because otherwise we, in the UK, wouldn’t be required to vet each other.

We have to conclude that the smaller state turns out to be not only leaner but much meaner  – and also demeaning and divisive. All because some fail to understand that the Empire can indeed strike back and English as a world language has consequences.

If immigration really is that problematic, then the solution lies not at home, where enforcement is divisive and insidious to community life, but just outside it, using the UK’s natural borders.

Naturally, that needs investment.

 

Comments

  1. Sean Danaher -

    Britain has been set up for immigration for about 200 years. From an Irish perspective a large amount of the labour force in the 19th for building the railway network was Irish.
    apparently they were much stronger and healthier than the English. We understand now that a diet with a large content of potatoes and buttermilk was much better nutritionally than the English diet at the time.

    More recently and speaking of my own family. My father was one of 4 brothers and three of them ended working in the NHS in England, two as doctors.

    The UK would need a massive structural reform to train enough doctors, nurses, engineers, scientists as well as trades people.

    There is also a supposed 4% unemployment figure. The Tories and to some extent Labour have been totally disingenuous about immigration. Pretending to be against it and doing little to stop it.

    1. Peter May -

      How interesting about the Irish diet – but didn’t the Irish build a lot of the canals as well? If so the that would be the 18th century. And was it really immigration? At the time we were all one!

  2. Donald Liverpool -

    Insufficient doctors being trained in the UK. I think this is the reason:
    https://www.bmj.com/content/337/bmj.a748.full
    You could call it regulatory capture. Adam Smith railed against it big time, and he is one of the good guys.

    1. Peter May -

      Possibly so – but that was ten years ago – since when there has been significant population increase. Long enough surely for the government to sort out any regulatory capture….

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