Critics not satisfied with the way the parties pledge to tackle immigration
20th April 2010: The stand on immigration by all the three major parties in their election manifestos has come under fire. The critics are apparently not pleased with the way the parties have pledged to tackle the issue of immigration.
Crazy idea is how critics are dubbing Nick Clegg’s stand that those living in the UK without the correct documentation will be allowed to become British citizens after 10 years if they speak English, have a clean record and want to live here long-term.
Immigration spokesman Damian Green says: “The effect would be to send a signal round the world saying come and stay in Britain whether you have any right to be here or not.”
Gordon Brown’s pledge of welcoming only those beneficial for the UK’s economy is being described as “too little, much too late”.
Lashing out at Brown, Migrationwatch chairman Sir Andrew Green has asserted given Labour’s record of admitting three million immigrants in the last 13 years, this manifesto is too little, much too late.
Joining him on the issue is Shadow Home Secretary. Chris Grayling says Labour have let immigration get out of control. The party cannot be trusted to fix it now. No previous governments would have issued visas to foreign workers providing service in the public sector, who couldn’t speak English.
Conservative plans to apply brakes on the movement of economic migrants too have been criticized. Business leaders have warned that Britain’s standing on the global financial stage would be severely damaged by Conservative plans to stop the inflow of economic migrants.
London First’s chief executive Baroness Jo Valentine says indications are Tory proposals are illogical. She also blames the party of making the proposals to ‘appease the populist voice’.
She says the manner in which they built their links with the economies of Far East, Brazil, Russia, India and China is absolutely fundamental to London’s future. She insists irritating the Chinese and Indians will not be clever.
Valentine says her warning is not aimed solely at the Conservatives. All three main parties have privately shared sensible views on the value which these globally mobile, talented individuals bring.
She sums up the debate by saying her worry is that these will be overlooked in the search for votes. Artificial caps can damage London’s competitiveness and ultimately its standing and success as possibly the most cosmopolitan city in the world.