Another day and another bloody story about immigrants. More bollocks to digest from all sides of the political spectrum.
On Monday the headlines in the Sun screamed that 35,000 foreign nurses were to be sent home. The BBC claimed it would be 6,500. Another newspaper reckoned it was about 3,500. Personally, I reckon it’s going to be bugger all…
So why has all this crap been spouted in the first place? Well, the government announced that any migrant worker who does not attain a salary level of £35,000 a year within 6 years will be asked to leave the country. The Royal College of Nursing and all the lefty politicians immediately started jumping up and down and screaming that would mean thousands of vitally needed nurses being forcibly deported. But it’s all nonsense, isn’t it?
For a start, any immigrant from the EU would be exempted because of the right to freedom of movement. That’s the same old problem we have at the moment when it comes to lower paid EU citizens, predominantly from the old Eastern bloc countries, coming here to work. Whether we want them here or not, we’re stuck with them.
So that leaves the non-EU migrants and dramatically reduces the numbers game. Then there’s the list of ‘needed skills’ which the government says was independently drawn up and doesn’t include nurses – so it’s not their fault! Well, thats alright then. No need to take responsibility for running the country and making the laws. After all, you’re only the bloody government!
So if it becomes a problem, then the list of required skills just gets amended to included health workers and the problem goes away. Simples.
What this is actually all about is the government trying to convince the electorate that they’re doing their bit to protect British jobs against immigrants. It’s about convincing people that migrants don’t just come here to claim benefits. Problem is that many of them do, so the mouthwash ain’t making it.
And why the £35,000 a year figure anyway? I’ve no objection to anyone coming here to work. If they contribute skills and pay their taxers, then that’s OK with me. It’s the scroungers and chancers I have no truck with.
No, this is just a great big political storm in a tea cup blown up out of all proportion by both sides so they can preen and posture. Frankly, if the Labour party was in power and doing exactly the same thing, nobody would be saying a damn thing about it.