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> It's Immigration, Stupid!, Glasgow socialist says time to cap immigration
post 28th Apr 2010, 06:38pm
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A prominent Glasgow socialist has called for an end to the 'open-door' policy on immigration which he says was "launched by Tony Blair and Jack Straw in 2001 for economic and social reasons to drive down wages to the minimum wage level".

In a 'platform' article in the Scotsman newspaper, Sean Clerkin, the former chairman of the Glasgow Campaign against housing stock transfer, has claimed that the demands on housing, education and health services by the influx of hundreds of thousands of EU eastern Europeans and illegal immigrants is not sustainable during a devastating recession.

The article by the non-aligned socialist represents a major departure from standard socialist policy, and is a rare instance when such views have been aired in the mainstream media. Mr Clerkin was keen to highlight that calling for a cap on immigration "wouldn't be racist" but was "common sense".

Speaking of Glasgow specifically, where Mr Clerkin has wide-ranging experience in the provision of public services, the current chairman of the Glasgow Homeowners' Association said:

"Glasgow, one of the poorest cities in Britain, has had to absorb many thousands of economic immigrants in recent years, resulting in the growth of ghettos in Govanhill, Pollokshaws and Red Road [Balornock]. How can a socially deprived area such as Govanhill cope with the influx of over 3,000 Slovakians in the space of 12 months? It cannot.

Glasgow City Council education department has to provide resources to educate 14,000 children whose first language is not English. Indigenous children are held back and are denied the educational resources that they need.

Many indigenous people in Glasgow and elsewhere are naturally resentful that the massive influx of immigrants increasingly takes away from them shrinking public resources in areas such as housing, education and health. Until now, they have been afraid to speak out in case they were labelled racist by the chattering classes and those with vested interests to protect."

Mr Clerkin also claimed that immigration is one of the five main issues of the current general election campaign, but was being sidestepped by the main political parties who were effectively ignoring the long-term economic and social implications of immigration. He added that the principle of an immigration cap had been agreed by well-informed academics, as well as prominent politicians such as Frank Field, MP.

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- GG   It's Immigration, Stupid!   28th Apr 2010, 06:38pm
- - Jupiter   I heard it said today that if it wasnt for immigra...   28th Apr 2010, 07:56pm
- - *Welsh Andy*   This guy obviously knows nothing about anything to...   28th Apr 2010, 08:06pm
- - Backcauseway   Immigration was the point made by the old age pens...   28th Apr 2010, 08:07pm
- - Macbeast   I gather from today's events that I'm a ...   28th Apr 2010, 08:31pm
- - TeeHeeHee   Intit something when they immediately say how real...   28th Apr 2010, 08:35pm
- - Fraser Wilson   KERCHINGGGG !!! The penny has dropped ...   28th Apr 2010, 08:38pm
- - Jennifer Hutt   I do not believe that our economy would grind to a...   28th Apr 2010, 08:42pm
- - *Tam Hunter*   Lets put an end to immigration the best way forwar...   28th Apr 2010, 08:53pm
|- - TeeHeeHee   QUOTE (*Tam Hunter* @ 28th Apr 2010, 10:1...   29th Apr 2010, 01:14pm
- - *John Mac*   I am sick of Labour. 250.000 were given citizenshi...   28th Apr 2010, 09:01pm
- - cf4448   I am the third generation of economic immigrants f...   28th Apr 2010, 09:03pm
- - Rob Rattray   Mr Clerkin is welcome in Australia where we are ge...   28th Apr 2010, 09:23pm
- - Heather   Jennifer, I agree with everything you said. So mu...   28th Apr 2010, 10:24pm
- - Jennifer Hutt   Thank you Heather. Although I do believe that g...   28th Apr 2010, 10:36pm
- - wee davy   Somebody mentioned 'vested interests'. Whe...   28th Apr 2010, 11:04pm
- - wombat   wee davy wrote:Those people who come here, are bei...   28th Apr 2010, 11:28pm
- - Southside jim   Close the borders !! I'm sick and tir...   29th Apr 2010, 12:30am
- - *Harry Greenwood*   I share the sentiments of TAM HUNTER who expressed...   29th Apr 2010, 04:10am
- - Guest   Agreed!   29th Apr 2010, 05:05am
- - *Maggie*   I know from experience that the immigants fare bet...   29th Apr 2010, 07:15am
- - lemmy   My son emmigrated with his 3 children to NZ in 200...   29th Apr 2010, 07:45am
- - Ronnieauld   if saying stop imagration now makes me a bigot the...   29th Apr 2010, 08:28am
- - wee davy   Calling for imigration to be stopped, ronnie, does...   29th Apr 2010, 10:33am
- - droschke7   When the Grand National was running, the other wee...   29th Apr 2010, 11:52am
- - proudmaryhiller   not wanting to sound like a bigot myself but it us...   29th Apr 2010, 12:39pm
- - peter9000   Like it or not, we are a part of Europe and enjoy ...   29th Apr 2010, 01:01pm
- - wee davy   In one peter!   29th Apr 2010, 01:14pm
- - wee davy   THe problem with your 'reasoning' THEE is ...   29th Apr 2010, 01:28pm
- - ashfield   Actually the numbers of those coming here from oth...   29th Apr 2010, 01:30pm
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