A Committee of the
House of Lords has concluded that record levels of immigration have had “little
or no impact” on the British economy.
While the report is
right to scorn government claims of a labour shortage, to suggest immigration
has little economic impact is patently absurd.
So called “political
correctness” prevents their Lordships telling the truth that Britain’s pampered
underclass are by no means eager to take the jobs supposedly stolen by immigrants.
sensitivity over race also restrains them from pointing out that a large
proportion of Britain’s entrepreneurs – the real engine of the economy – are
immigrants or their first generation descendants.
Of course, there may
still be valid cultural and environmental objections to current levels of
immigration, and these might outweigh any economic benefits, but a long overdue
public debate on immigration is not helped by both sides using dubious