Minister on being part of the problem, not the solution.
"Nick Clegg bragging about removing net immigration targets from the
Coalition Agreement is laughable. What is he trying to achieve? You can tell his bungling press office has realised a general election is coming so they must
talk about immigration. He's right that the Government cannot deliver on the
promise to cut net immigration while signed up to EU open border policy. But
he's hardly posing a solution. His attack is hypocritical and naive. Don't
complain when you are part of the problem yourself.
"We must have an ethical immigration policy that gives people around the world equal opportunity to apply to come to the UK, whether they are from
Europe, the Commonwealth or elsewhere. The only way to do that is of course to leave the EU. That alone would create a sensible, non-discriminatory policy that would tackle the incredible pressure on schools, housing and public services brought by a ballooning population while ensuring we attract the best and brightest from around the world.
"It is vital to have control of our borders so we can ensure quality as
well as quantity of people coming into the UK. This is not about Think Tanks
debating GDP or multinational companies wanting cheaper labour. This is about the mother in Middlesbrough who has to wait a month for a GP appointment and can't find a school place for her kids.
"It would seem that if Nick Clegg had his way, he would scrap border
controls altogether and focus on only counting people out. Maybe that's because he is so used to people fleeing his own party that exit checks have become second nature. Yet again it's a catastrophic error by a failing party leader who is flailing desperately and bleating for attention."