Tv presenter Noel Edmonds said: "We need to build more prisons, overhaul the police force and get kids with knives off the street" 14 October 2008. TV star Noel Edmonds, 59, gave his hard-hitting views on the eve of his new political telly programme, Noel’s HQ, which tries to find solutions for what’s wrong with Britain. In a controversial interview, he said: “I’m very straightforward on immigration. The bus is full.”
“Why should we have no more people in? We haven’t got enough energy, we haven’t got enough electricity, we haven’t got enough of a health service.
“We can all go down the pub and go, ‘Oh it’s terrible, all these immigrants.’ But what are we going to do in Britain to change this toxic culture if we don’t say, ‘Enough is enough.’ “If I was Prime Minister for a day the first thing I would do would be to close the border. “Then we could work out how many people we’ve got here.
“Then you get people out who have committed crimes and you look at others who shouldn’t be here. Nobody knows how many people we’ve got here.”
Noel’s views are in line with a YouGov poll that shows 81 per cent of Labour and 89 per cent of Conservative voters want a substantial reduction in immigration.
The presenter insisted his views are not racist.
He explained: “Please be clear. I do not have an agenda that involves where people come from, the colour of their skin or what their religion is.
“But it is a fact that there is a finite number of people who can fit into a lift. This is an island and we have a situation now where we are going to run out of energy.”
Speaking about his worries of an energy crisis Noel, who is waging a campaign for a sensible Government policy on it, added: “My number one fear in the next two to three years is that people won’t be able to light or heat their homes.”
He said he doesn’t trust either Gordon Brown or David Cameron to make effective changes and said he would not vote at the next election. Noel said: “Who’s going to do something about it. Brown? Cameron? No. They’ve had their go, now it’s our turn.
“Cameron’s had every opportunity to represent to the public what he stands for and the big change he’s going to make.
“Ridiculous green taxes are just another way of prising money off people. “The best thing that could happen to this country is that if at the next election no one voted. We have to put the power back with the people.”
Next Noel turned his attention to the explosion in violent crime, insisting we need to build more PRISONS, overhaul the POLICE force and get KIDS with knives off the street.
He said: “I find it extraordinary that we live in millions of little prisons called our homes, with burglar alarms, when a relatively small number of people walk around free.
“If someone’s caught with a knife they need to get off the street straight away. We need to build bigger prisons.”
On the police, Noel said: “The police are not respected because of the way they behave. “I’d reorganise the force so we don’t have people with stab vests walking into our homes to tell us they’re not interested that our car’s been stolen.”