“We can discuss statistics until we are blue in the face but these new estimates from a respected organisation like Migration Watch proves once again that migration into the UK is not only a hot political issue but a critical public services one.
“Undoubtedly most voters would believe these latest, higher, figures that between 83-85% of the country’s population growth are a result of immigration. But even if one accepts the ONS ‘official’ lower 57% number , how can public service administrators properly account for that level of growth in future planning of health, education, police and other essential central and local government services? Migration numbers track the ebbs and flows of human beings so by definition are hard to estimate if, as in the UK, the government has lost control of our borders and subscribes to policies that allows unfettered mass, wage reducing, public service using, EU migration.
“Let’s not forget as well that these estimates are based on legal immigration numbers. No government has properly given us an estimate for the number of illegal immigrants living here for the past seven years. Whilst it is harder for these people to use all our public services they still need to be accounted for in the free public goods that they will use just by entering the country illegally. The composition of the next parliament will be crucial in getting a grip of the issues that emanate from these statistics. It’s time to stop talking and start acting.”