Too many come to UK – and with little to offer
IN Soapbox on February 8, David Culm asks, "How was Syrian asylum seeker able to cross continent before coming to UK?"
The short answer is – with ease. Having lived for a few years in the Med, I can categorically state that many have ambitions to reside in this country. Apart from some Turks who may prefer Germany, the rest have their eyes focused on England for a better standard of living. This country has benefited enormously from immigration – and still can where the immigrant has the ability to contribute and integrate in our society. Unfortunately the floodgates were opened by a Labour government, who saw votes from the immigrant community as a reward for residency permits.
Consequently, too many people have been admitted to our country who have little to offer. They come for a "free ride" and bring their families to join them.
A Turkish Cypriot friend of mine came on "holiday" to London when his wife was in a very advanced state of pregnancy. The idea was that the child would be entitled to a British passport and so would they.
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When I was on holiday in Rhodes many years ago, a Greek who had lived and worked in Tottenham for over 30 years before returning home, said to me: "You English are stupid. England is the best country in the world to live, provided you are not English."
Nigel Farage understands this and is a lone voice in the politically-correct wilderness. But in the 1930s there was another lone voice, much derided at that time by the Establishment.
His name was Winston Churchill.