This week’s headlines on immigration and fuel prices smack of panic from the coalition Government.
Firstly, with under 5 weeks to go until the UK extends its open border to the 29 million citizens of Romania and Bulgaria on 1st January 2014, David Cameron has announced a three month restriction before new migrants can qualify for out-of-work benefits. However, the three-month delay on claiming out-of-work benefits will not be in place by then, because it requires legislation. Clearly a case of too little, too late.
In any case, it does not address the real issues: the sheer scale of the numbers involved, with total unrestricted access to the UK. The government refuses to answer the constant questioning to establish how many they think will come. There is no planning and no infrastructure. But there will be more pressure on the health service where it is becoming increasingly difficult to get a doctor’s appointment. More pressure on housing, pushing up house prices and rents, as is already happening. More pressure on school places, some are already full. More pressure on lower paid jobs – we already have 1 million unemployed young people. And after 12 weeks residence, new European Union (EU) migrants would naturally be entitled to unemployment benefits in any case.
Why such a last minute knee-jerk reaction? The issue was known before Cameron became PM. After all, Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007.
EU law makes the government completely powerless to stop thousands of Romanians and Bulgarians flocking to the UK. It is one of the fundamental legal requirements of the EU – a single EU market with the free movement of citizens. The only way for the UK to control its borders is to leave the EU.
UKIP is the only mainstream political party that will give us control of our own country and take us out of the European Union. The Lib/Lab/Con parties have all promised referendum on the EU over the last 10 years and all have failed to deliver on their promises once elected to power, because they know they would lose the argument and the people of the UK would say ‘no’. UKIP also calls for an end to the age of mass, uncontrolled immigration. Since 1997 immigration has added almost four million new people to the British population; this figure does not include illegal immigrants, the exact number of which is unknown, but is probably at least one million and possibly much higher.
On energy bills, this weekend, the government announced that the government (the taxpayer) would pay for some measures currently included in people’s bills, and the cost of insulating homes would be spread over a longer period and certain social commitments will be taken on by the taxpayer. It is estimated to reduce energy bills by an average of £50 a year. But they are already increasing much more than that. This largely affects the insulation industry, and social measures.
The real ‘green price hike’ issue, the ‘Renewables Obligation’ as required under our EU membership to pay inflated prices for wind farms remains unaffected, and increases annually. So prices will not fall, even in the short term. Over the course of the year they will rise a little less – around £70 instead of the average £120, and they will continue to go up year-on-year.