30 July 2020 – the overnight press release

Liberal Democrats: Tories’ appeasement of anti-immigration lobby will cause chaos

Responding to a report from Migration Watch criticising the Government’s planned “points-based” immigration system, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

This shows how short-sighted it is for the Conservatives to focus all their attention on appeasing the anti-immigration lobby who will always want more.

Groups like Migration Watch are still not happy, even though the Government’s new immigration system will be incredibly damaging to the NHS, social care and small businesses across the UK by excluding people with a valuable contribution to make.

Six months is nowhere near enough time for either employers or the Home Office to get ready for these new rules and all the red tape they will bring. Far from restoring public confidence in the immigration system, this will just cause chaos and confusion.

Liberal Democrats will oppose these destructive policies and continue our fight for a fair, effective immigration system that works for our economy and treats everyone with dignity and respect.

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7 Comments

  • Peter Martin 30th Jul '20 - 8:07am

    a fair, effective immigration system that works for our economy

    This can be read as code for ‘keeping wages down’. It would be better to find another way of putting it. It’s no use just saying that immigration doesn’t impact on wages. You have to show that you mean it by having guaranteed and enforced rules on what migrant workers actually do get paid. You have to check that if their pay slips say 35 hours work then workers aren’t required to actually do 50 hours.

    https://fullfact.org/immigration/immigration-wages/

  • richard underhill 30th Jul '20 - 10:26am

    Geoffrey Boycott’s commentary has brought into the English language
    ‘The Corridor of Uncertainty’
    so that the audience of TMS can debate
    ‘The Uncertainty Principle’
    without needing to think about electrons moving around a nucleus of protons and wonder where the electron is and
    if he were playing for England, as Vice-Captain, would he have run out his captain if the captain were a Yorkshireman?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncertainty_principle

  • richard underhill 30th Jul '20 - 10:30am

    Martin 30th Jul ’20 – 8:38am
    Sorry to be fussy, but is crating spelt with an ‘e’ ?

  • @ Richard Underhill As a Yorkshireman (exiled in Scotland but still a member of YCCC) I’m afraid Mr Boycott is not the amusing figure you suggest. He is more one of contention and dispute. His cover drives may have been marvellous when the mood took him but the rest is more questionable.

    He was wonderfully put in his place by an old friend of mine (now sadly long gone, but a WW1 ‘Bradford Pal’, who I knew to be a Methodist Liberal) who, when canvassed by Boycott in pursuit of votes for a Yorkshire Committee place, told him ‘Young man, it’s a secret ballot and I don’t propose to tell you who I’m going to vote for, Good afternoon).

    I’d also say, as was said to a London journalist at Scarborough at the height of the Boycott row, “It’s nowt to do with thee”.

  • David Evershed 30th Jul '20 - 12:27pm

    I hope Christine Jardine is not wishing to perpetuate the current EU immigration system which primarily discriminates against mostly non white people from Africa, Asia and the Americas.

  • Well with a much smaller economy and potentially 4m UK residents being unemployed by the end of the year, on top of the circa 9M economically inactive, I don’t see there being a problem that can be solved by making it easier to further enlarge the nation’s pool of available labour…

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