Boris has a name for outrageous statements and shocking the socks off people. The trouble is, many people do not take the trouble to read his articles properly, because if they did, they would realise that he is just talking plain common sense.
Boris’s latest Telegraph article says he believes that we need immigration as well as tough border controls, it is not a case of “either/or”. He explains a recent huge misunderstanding thus: The gist of my plan (or so they seemed to think) was to commandeer super-ferries laden with unemployed Venusian layabouts, draw them up off the beaches at Ramsgate and Deal, and then open the bow doors and order the hordes to swarm ashore – scrounging benefits from under the noses of the indigenous people. And then, they seemed to imagine, I was going to charter fleets of C-130s and parachute legions of destitute Martian bludgers over the Home Counties, on a mission to bivouac in the front rooms of Middle England, cooking goat curry on campfires made of broken-up domestic furniture and ruthlessly winning the affections of the daughters of the house.They seemed to think, in short, that I was in favour of uncontrolled immigration. Perhaps through misreporting, perhaps because I hadn’t made myself clear enough, they had picked up the idea that I wanted to follow in the footsteps of Jack Straw and Tony Blair, and open the floodgates, take the brakes off and generally let rip.
So perhaps I can enter a nervous cough of clarification.
That impression is wrong. That is the opposite of what I am saying, and the last thing this country needs.
Of all the revelations about the Blair years, one of the most fascinating and suggestive has been the confession by Andrew Neather – a former Labour apparatchik and now a reputable journalist – that Labour ministers secretly decided in 2000 to turn the immigration tap on full blast.
They did this, he claims, not so much because the economy demanded more skilled workers from overseas, but because they wanted to transform Britain for good, to make the place more multicultural and “to rub the Tories’ nose in it”….
And Boris explains further, later in the article: Universities and cancer research institutes cannot recruit the right overseas academics, damaging their long-term reputations. Ballet stars and film directors are finding themselves excluded from London’s arts scene, and across the world of business and finance there is a block on the intra-company movement of the kind of highly skilled technicians – especially in IT – who are crucial for keeping a business competitive. There is an Asian electric vehicle company that was due to set up here, but is now thinking of moving to Amsterdam because they can’t migrate their boffins here in time. And so on.
Please read the rest of Boris’s article, all you angry people and you will discover that he is only talking plain good sense.