In response to Kathy Gyngell: Windrush is no excuse to abandon the immigration battle, Rosella69 wrote:
I did the job at Heathrow for five years, and consequently know, from direct experience, that the UK’s policy on immigration is not fit for purpose.
There are no truly effective internal controls, hence it is extremely unlikely that overstayers and illegal entrants will be identified, tracked down and removed; appeals against removal can result in protracted delays, aided by canny legal advisers.
Having campaigned for the urgent need to tackle runaway population growth for many years now – in fact since leaving the Immigration Service – I now despair of the sheer stupidity which prevails.
Tory, Labour, Liberal and SNP politicians are equally culpable: they promote amnesties for all, virtually unrestricted admission for all who wish to settle here and the crazy Ponzi scheme of needing a constant, no questions asked, influx to maintain a healthy, growing and dynamic economy.
Left-wingers, business leaders and media types promote open borders and economic and humanitarian obligations as though they are absolute truths which should never be questioned.
This is irresponsible, recklessly unrealistic and deceptive: recent forecasts suggest that the UK’s population could reach 80million within a couple of decades.
What exactly do our leaders have in mind? What sort of future do they envisage?
These mad proposals are usually leavened with meaningless commitments to a greener Britain and a sincere appreciation of the need to protect the natural world – or what little still remains.
We hear calls for more and more houses to be built, for green belt planning restrictions to be lifted, for more efforts to reduce our carbon emissions and conserve our rapidly dwindling water supplies, while our incoherent Home Office policies allow for a constantly increasing number of new arrivals.
And let’s not forget that Britain relies on food and raw material imports to support its multiplying millions; we are no longer self sufficient.
There is also the sobering thought that as our numbers grow and living densities rise, governments and other public and private bodies will increase surveillance and policing of our movements, access to resources, public services and internet and media usage. This has already begun: water meters, CCTV, increasing censorship and restriction of free speech to name a few.
When will these mad attempts to square the circle cease?
There is a deeply embedded denial at the heart of our political culture and public discourse, which needs to be challenged and exposed.
The present trend for easy emoting and political pieties needs to be replaced by some tough decisions.
Will this happen?
I doubt it.