It stretches credulity, but our Prime Minister David Cameron is again promising to get annual net migration below 100,000 — “down to tens of thousands” — despite his abject failure so far. Recent shocking statistics confirm a record net immigration figure of 330,000. Yet here is Cameron reiterating his previous promises.
Let’s remind ourselves why it won’t work. First, he simply can’t do anything to cut EU immigration. He pretends that his welfare curbs will do the job. But the OBR says otherwise. Meantime the proposed “Living Wage” will increase the pull factor, and make the UK more attractive compared to low-paid economies in the East.
Secondly, the UK will come under increasing pressure from Brussels to take more migrants/refugees. And soon Angela Merkel will give her million migrants EU passports — so they’ll be able to come and Cameron won’t be able to stop them. More migrants are pouring westward from Middle Eastwar zones.
Thirdly, the EU is fast-tracking Turkish accession. A very large, very poor country with a population of 75 million. There will be huge new migrant flows from Turkey. It is critical we vote for Brexit before these threats get any worse.
Advice to the PM: If you promise to do something when you know very well you can’t do it, that’s called lying.
Pressure and patronage
We’ve seen Downing Street trying to mobilise FTSE CEOs (and achieving less than half their target). We’ve seen the letter from the Generals — which blew up in the face of Number Ten as two of their thirteen signatories distanced themselves, and other senior officers explained why they declined to sign. Quote: “You can’t have security without sovereignty”. But Downing Street hasn’t given up. Two new stories today.
Osborne presses world finance ministers to speak out against Brexit. It was bad enough when Downing Street had to beg support from US President Obama. But now Osborne is soliciting support from around the world. Probably he’ll get some routine pro-EU statements.
Cameron dangles the glittering prizes. The Times reports that Cameron is planning to appoint new peers to the House of Lords (already bursting at the seams). And the accolades will go (they say) to donors to the Remain campaign. This is frankly a disgusting abuse of power and patronage by the Prime Minister. I hope and believe that the British public will see right through it and be equally offended.