Monday, July 18, 2011
Lord Glasman Ed Miliband's policy guru says freeze immigration and put British people first, EU should have a internal immigration policy
Immigration is a touchy subject because it is usually linked to the racist tag when people speak out in favour of British people.
But the solution to immigration has got to be solved by the European Union.
As part of being an EU member people are allowed to work in other countries, they problem is that there should have been an internal mechanism in place so that those travelling elsewhere have funds to sustain them.
Ed Miliband's new policy guru is Maurice Glasman, he believes the country should toughen up on immigration and put the needs of British workers first.
We have heard this all before as the Labour Party reaches out to the working class vote which to some extent is disenfranchised by political parties.
That is why at election time parties offer gimmicks and bribes or ask you to vote for the ‘popular’ alternative.
But the reality the ‘popular’ candidate is sometimes the least objectionable to you.
Lord Glasman has a history last month he faced accusations of sexism from a key ally of deputy leader Harriet Harman.
Glasman told the Daily Telegraph that more stringent legislation should be in place to prevent workers moving freely throughout the EU.
Like me he believes that there is a problem but it must be sorted out at EU level, something which I have blogged on for some time.
He believes that immediate change is needed and is calling for the Department of Work and Pensions to deal with immigrants on a case-by-case basis, accepting workers only where there is a skills shortage.
That only works with people from outside the European Union and the problem is also the internal labour market.
Glasman is leading calls for British workers to be given priority over migrant workers and you can understand why when so many British people lose out in the job market.
He said Britain should be more open and generous to those immigrants who are needed, but to do so, the country had 'to draw the line'.
“We've got to re-interrogate our relationship with the EU on the movement of labour. Britain is not an outpost of the UN. We have to put the people in this country first. The EU has gone from being a sort of pig farm subsidised bloc, to the free movement of labour and capital.”
A point he makes is that immigration should be completely stopped for a while.
We also need to tackle the illegal immigrant problem, which involves thousands of illegal people living and working here.
It is to some extent seen by political parties as ‘acceptable crime’ as illegal immigrants become involved in multiple crime such as identity theft, falsely acquiring documents, national insurance numbers and using the social fabric of the country such as the health service.
Labour has moved swiftly to distance itself from Lord Glasman's comments with a party insider stating:
“Maurice Glasman is a friend and colleague. His views are his own. Ed Miliband has made clear that the previous Labour Government made mistakes on immigration but we will set out our views clearly and after careful thought some time in the future.”
The source added:
“We cannot turn our backs on the free movement of labour across Europe, especially as more than one million Britons work abroad.”
Labour will not tackle immigration because as I say the problem has to be solved at the heart of the European Union and requires political will.
The Tories have pledged to tackle immigration but their efforts need to go much further, at present action is only being taken by introducing a cap on non-EU workers permitted to seek employment on British shores.
The Labour Government used immigration as a social engineering experiment while claiming it was to help the economy.
Exposed as a lie!
Since then, Ed Miliband has taken a swipe at the former administration claiming they 'made mistakes' when addressing immigration.
Under the last Labour government, the UK oversaw a record influx of migrant workers with more than three million arriving in Britain.
And most of the new jobs didn’t go to British people, whole generations of ordinary young working class people flung on the scrap heap.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University