Has Migrationwatch’s Sir Andrew Green Realised That the Tories Are a Hoax?
Migrationwatch chairman Sir Andrew Green’s latest press release, which contains a strongly worded attack on UK “governments” having “ducked” the immigration issue and “making the country suffer” could be the first sign that he has at last realised that the Tory Party leadership lie as much to their supporters as does the Labour Party.
In the statement, which revealed that the recent flood of immigrations has meant that one million new school places have to be created over the next decade, and half a million within the next five years, Sir Andrew warned that “no-one” wants to talk about it.
“Almost every family in England is being affected by the growing crisis over school places but no-one will talk about its causes,” he said in a the press release, obviously including the Tories in that statement.
Previously, Sir Andrew has come out in tentative support of Tory promises to “cap” immigration, obviously refusing to believe that David Cameron would actually lie over such an important topic.
Now, however, the penny may have dropped.
“Our paper graphically demonstrates how families throughout the country suffer when governments duck the issue and fail to plan for the consequences,” Sir Andrew said, deliberately using the plural form of government in his statement.
According to the latest Migrationwatch paper, children of recent immigrants to the UK who arrived after 1998 are the primary cause of the schooling crisis which will cost an additional £40 billion over the period.
“By 2020 the need for extra places increases to one million at a total cost over the ten year period of almost £100 billion if immigration continues at current rates,” Sir Andrew continued.
“So far, educating the children of immigrants who have arrived over the past twelve years has cost the taxpayer more than £15 billion. In 2009 alone it was almost £4.5 billion or more than £12 million a day.
“The public are waking up to the speed and scale at which fundamental changes are being forced upon them, thanks to the policies of the previous administration, and our schools are but just one example.
“It will be replicated in many areas of our national life such as health, housing, natural resources and infrastructure and the costs will continue to increase for many years to come — all against a background of severe financial stringency,” he continued.
“What is also becoming clearer all the time is that there has been little if any planning or preparation for this surge in the need for education and other public services,” he said.
“Some schools might have spare capacity from earlier periods of higher birth rates but they will not necessarily be in the same places as the new demand,” he added.
The Migrationwatch statement also pointed out that the employment rate among some immigrant communities was considerably lower than the UK average, adding that “only about 40 percent of immigrants come for the purpose of work.”
Furthermore, the Migrationwatch paper said, “between 2008 and 2033, official population projections suggest that an additional 2.3 million births will result from migration.
“Assuming that all of the additional children are educated in state schools, the total costs of their schooling would be around £ 190 billion over a 25 year period. This calculation is made using very conservative assumptions about school leaving age etc. It does not make any allowance for additional education requirements of migrants (eg: help with languages etc.) so the eventual cost could be much higher than this.
“If the official population projections are broadly right, an additional 1.3 million school places would be needed by 2033. This would be equivalent to almost 4,000 new schools staffed by around 55,000 additional teachers,” the statement said.