Well, you see, Aborigines don’t own the land. They belong to it. It’s like their mother. See those rocks? Been standing there for 600 million years. Still be there when you and I are gone. So arguing over who owns them is like two fleas arguing over who owns the dog they live on. (Crocodile Dundee)
Sometimes I can get quite angry. This is usually driven by what I see as injustice. I was very angry last night.
I understand the issues the many have with immigration; I have enough conversations with residents who are very concerned. I am not blind to the problems, not complacent about the effects, not condescending to those who express concern. Something has to change – I get it. But I do worry that some of the so-called solutions actually solve nothing, and some will actually make life worse for all of us.
Some of the oft-repeated headlines do not stand up to scrutiny – and often there is a truth behind them obscured by lazy journalism seeking a snappy phrase.
Britain is full up, for instance, is patently untrue. I doubt that even those who utter it do so with much conviction. However, it is true that for many there is a concern that the British Isles does have a limit that once exceeded detrimentally affects the lives of those in residence. And yet, with an aging population you have to face up to a real dilemma – do we carry on working past the current retirement age, or do we import workers to support those looking to a decade of leisure and pensions? You cannot retire unless someone else is prepared to support you, albeit indirectly. (It is actually a quite complicated story, and I do understand that this only applies to those dependent on the state pension.)
The UK is a magnet for the poor, the put upon, the desperate, the abused. It is a open, free, liberal and prosperous country that is home to the nearest thing to a truly international language. No-one wants the UK to be anything but a desirable place to live; and yet many want the foreigner to stop trying to get here.
One solution is to create a closed Britain; to toughen border controls and make getting here more difficult. However, a closed Britain would diminish us in many ways, not least as an international trading nation. However, I supported the idea of an ID card, which it struck me would at least help us work out who was here legally. To change the benefit system may also diminish the magnet – the pull factor. However, those fleeing persecution are not necessarily eyeing a life on benefits, and most of those who come, come to work.
What is no solution is the idea that we put the telescope to the blind eye and proclaim “I see no drowning migrants”.
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