Nice to see The Sun taking a fair and balanced approach to the subject of immigration today. Let's go through it point by point shall we? "IMMIGRATION does not generate wealth for the UK — earning just FOUR PENCE a week for each Briton, a report claims today. But foreigners working here send home some £70MILLION a week, reveal the new findings." [their emphasis]
Nice little statistical trick here don't you think? Four pence is a lot less than £70 million isn't it? No. If the figures are correct £70 million a week sent home is less than two pence each. We're given the impression they contribute little and send home vast sums (tossers, it's not like British companies make vast sums out of the rest of the world which they then "send home"). But in fact what they're doing is trying to tell us four is less than two.
They then describe this four pence in this manner "the economic benefits are effectively NOTHING" (having told us a lesser sum is too much). Actually four pence for everyone is quite a lot, and if that suddenly disappeared the economy would be fucked. Anyway...
They go on to say "the influx puts an extra burden on public services, jobs, wages and community harmony". The "influx" (is that more or less than a swarm?) does not put an extra burden on public services seeing as many of the public services would collapse without immigration. The NHS in particular 100% relies on medical and auxiliary staff from overseas. Many of the bus drivers on the number three route that I take are Polish. It looks to me like they are sustaining public services in this town rather than burdening them.
An extra burden on jobs? But aren't immigrants doing all the jobs UK citizens refuse to do? Or aren't qualified to do, like plumbers? It seems to me the majority of these posts would go unfilled if there wasn't someone shipped in, full of protestant work ethic and concerned for their family.
An extra burden on wages? I'm afraid that immigrants are being paid less than "home grown" labour, if anything they have the effect of undercutting wages and reducing the wage bill because they are more difficult to unionise particularly in a historical period when trade union membership is low and strike action relatively uncommon.
A burden on community harmony? Apart from the fact that the phrase is meaningless I'm willing to bet pounds to pennies that immigrants commit less crimes per head, have less ASBOs and are less of a nuisance than the British. The Sun is attempting to whip up divisions in the community with this very article, all the immigrants I come across do no such thing.
Then the Sun reveals this is a report by "think-tank MigrationWatch". Hmmm, yes, this is the Tory inspired think tank deliberately set up to attack immigrants and pressure the government to slaughter asylum seekers. Are they *really* capable of producing an unbiased report? Who knows, it's yet to happen.
The Chairman says “But taken in total, the economic benefit [of immigration] is at best marginal. The main beneficiaries are the immigrants themselves, who send home about £10 million a day.” A marginal benefit is better than no benefit and he says that immigrants benefit from immigration like it's a bad thing. Perhaps he was frightened by one as a child.
They go on to quote the government statistics on the economic benefits, in pounds, shillings and pence (well, not shillings) of immigration then say "But this is cancelled out when the effect of population growth is added." How? Where is this enormous population growth that's going around cancelling out billions of pounds all over the shop? Why wasn't I informed of this?
"The findings come as Britain braces itself for a flood of workers from Bulgaria and Romania." They'll be swamping us next. "When the EU expanded in 2004 British workers lost their jobs" ... and the increase in the unemployment figures has been... negligible - but let's not forget they may be taking our women too. Putting their clammy Eastern European hands all over them, smelling of garlic and Brut no doubt.
They conclude their article by saying “There is the need to balance the very small economic gain with the very heavy social costs.” But as I think I've mentioned immigrants benefit public services, do jobs the British wont do (particularly in rural areas) and the figures have been deliberately distorted to make them look worse than they are.
All in all... arghhhhhhhhh.
"IMMIGRATION does not generate wealth for the UK — earning just FOUR PENCE a week for each Briton, a report claims today. But foreigners working here send home some £70MILLION a week, reveal the new findings." [their emphasis]