Camilla Cavendish writes a brave article in view of the denial of the Times editors on immigration. She says that our approach to immigration is unsustainable. We must either cap numbers or introduce a tough guest worker scheme. The huge increase in our immigrant population has been the result of the deliberate policy of the Labour government:for example in 1997 the abolition of the Primary Purpose Rule removed the restriction that required applicants to show that they were not just marrying to enter the UK. In 1998 the abolition of embarkation controls ended any effective record of who came in and out. In 2002 the number of work permits was doubled. In readers' comments JohnW of Oldham, writes: "Another solution would be to ask the British people what they want. after all this is a democracy...but that is not going to happen is it, there is no gain for our political masters in referenda. However when things really hit the fan, and they will, the people will have their say."
In a previous post I said that a parliamentary opposition with any self confidence would would be careful to speak to the electorate of Labour's policy of mass immigration and give them the credit for it that they claim.
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- Notes on the classics of French literature. During my years of teaching, I wrote thousands of pages for my students. Preferring not to discard all these years of work, I am posting them on the Internet as a resource for teachers and students and I am using my blogsite as the portal in order to give access to the individual books. During my university course, I was an Assistant for one year in Arras and my nostalgia for Georges Brassens stems from these happy days- now long gone- when his songs were first being recorded and he was all the rage among the student surveillants. When I opened this Blogsite many years ago, I used David Barfield, my maternal family name, as my Internet alias. My actual name is David Yendley and if any of my past students come across this site, I send them my best wishes. They were great company to be with.