Immigration is a hot potato in Britain.
Given Britain is in the EU, the UK Government has little control of our borders people from other member states.
While the EU was small, this didn’t represent a problem, now it does.
Add to it, illegal immigration and something must change, it isn't a question of if but when.
For the EU as a whole, we need an internal immigration policy; if someone wishes to live in a different EU country then they should satisfy a criteria set by a country by country basis.
If done properly, it could help the entire EU function better, but it requires massive political will in Europe.
At present, there is a possibility that the EU is heading towards breakdown on several fronts, governments and banking, these are two such issues which people are focusing on.
There should not be civil unrest within EU borders.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is a desperate man, the Eastleigh by-election gave him a reprieve of sorts but his party; the Lib Dems have suffered by his choices.
He sold out his entire party for power, the ‘in the national interest’ tag banded about…. was bollocks, this was self interest and glory hunting, his place in history.
Clegg needs voters to come back to the Lib Dems.
Today he scrapped controversial Liberal Democrat proposals for an immigrant “amnesty” as he unveiled a tough new stance on visa abuse.
The amnesty idea was rubbish, we don’t pardon illegal immigrants, we arrest them, they are criminals, they are not asylum seekers in a genuine sense; they are economic immigrants or worse.
Once they have illegally entered the country, every act they do to acquire jobs, benefits and others services is crime.
Breaking into a country is just the same as breaking into someone’s home, the ‘liberal left’ and the ‘race politicians’ try to paint these people as victims.
It’s done as part of an agenda to self promote some individuals; while at the same time stigmatising others for political advantage, tagging people as racists.
So, Nick Clegg scraps Lib Dem ‘amnesty’ plan, then he PM outlines bail-style cash bonds for ‘high-risk’ visa applicants.
Clegg’s plan has been dismissed as unworkable by Home Affairs Select Committee head Keith Vaz.
Ping pong politics from this Labour politician.
Apparently the Lib Dems had a plan to allow illegal immigrants to stay in the UK if they have been in the country for 10 years, in the party’s manifesto in the run up to the 2010 general election.
Now, given the collapse of the Lib Dem vote, he has had a 'change of heart', it now risks “undermining public confidence”.
Whether a party is popular or not, this is an issue that is beyond party politics because it affects every citizen in the UK.
Sadly, in the UK, the Labour Party blundered massively on immigration by opening the flood gates, it wasn’t done for economic reasons as stated at the time but as part of a social experiment to make Britain more diverse.
Now, we see the chickens come home to roost, the rise of UKIP; people flock to parties that are willing to articulate their concerns.
Immigration is a concern.
Nick Clegg said:
“Despite the policy’s aims, it was seen by many people as a reward for those who have broken the law.”
“That is why I am no longer convinced this specific policy should be retained in our manifesto for the next general election.”
Clegg recognizes that the Liberals need to be ‘less liberal’ or they wouldn’t have much of a party left in 2015.
As to plans for bail-like security bonds, which would be paid as a cash guarantee from visa applicants coming from high-risk countries, the bond should be high, if breached, all the money is lost, and when these people are caught, all assets confiscated by the State.
All assets, no exceptions!
Deputy Prime Minister is pledging to “lay the foundations for an immigration system that embodies this nation’s instincts and its values” but he attacked the previous Labour government for “grossly” mismanaging the issue.
To be clear, this was Tony Blair’s fault.
Although the Lib Dems are going in a new direction for votes, I suspect they won’t go far enough; the bonds are allegedly to be set at £1,000.
£1,000 for the chance to become an illegal immigrant is remarkably cheap!
Lets as a starter for 10, raise that up to £50,000.
And I still don’t hear anything about what must surely come, an internal immigration policy for the EU.
Can this new stance turn around Nick Clegg’s electoral fortunes?
No, this piecemeal stuff, PR grabbing headlines with remarkably little substance to offer potential Lib Dem voters to return to the fold. The likelihood of drawing in other potential voters to his cause is also very thin indeed.
Illegal immigration is crime; this contributes to further crimes, the idea of amnesty is bizarre; we don’t stop hunting criminals because they have evaded the law, it isn’t a game, and it isn’t a victimless crime either.
Nick Clegg will have to much better than he current proposes, or he will be out!
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University