Economic failure, backbenchers out of control – blame the immigrants

Terrified of hemorrhaging voters to Ukip, the Conservatives have started to rattle the stick around the swill bucket again on immigration.

Terrified of hemorrhaging voters to Ukip, the Conservatives are again rattling the stick around the swill bucket on immigration.

Speaking on Sky News yesterday, immigration minister Mike Harper said that new immigrants “appear to get better treatment than people that have been there [in Britain] for a long time”.

As the Mirror puts it in its editorial today, “Mr Harper must know that they don’t, his use of the weasel word ‘appear’ giving the Conservative game away”.

A fish rots from the head down, though, and in a move ostensibly to end Britain’s “something for nothing culture”, David Cameron announced yesterday that new arrivals are to be kept off council house waiting lists for up to five years.

Someone need to tell the government that the ostensible premise of all this – that immigrants get priority in social housing –  is a myth.

A stubborn, persistent and poisonous myth, but a myth all the same.

A study carried out in 2009 by the IPPR (at the height of Labour’s policy of so-called “uncontrolled mass immigration”) found that just 1.8 per cent of social tenants had moved to the UK within the past five years.

Furthermore, 87.8 per cent were UK-born and 10 per cent were foreigners who had lived in Britain for more than five years.

Housing tenure by birth

Source: IPPR.

The problem is not foreigners stealing our homes. The problem is the failure of successive governments to build sufficient social housing and a government desperately looking for a scapegoat to distract from its economic incompetence. 

9 Responses to “Economic failure, backbenchers out of control – blame the immigrants”

  1. Cochis Paul

    They’re short of ideas. Shafting the poor isn’t working as it is meant to. UKIP’s biting at their heels. ”I know, let’s kick immigrants.”

  2. Lynda

    We need more social housing and a rent cap on private rents, when we have enough homes for people to live in this problem disappears or is the government saying all British people and those who have been here more than 5 years have adequate housing? what a load of shysters this government are.

  3. Lynda

    We need more social housing and a rent cap on private rents, when we have enough homes for people to live in this problem disappears or is the government saying all British people and those who have been here more than 5 years have adequate housing? what a load of shysters this government are.

  4. Michael Herbert

    everything in the article is correct but I fully expect the Labour party to cravenly follow the Tory race to the right of UKIP…

  5. @Rakehell_Obi

    Please stop using the newspeak “Social Housing”, it is called Council Housing.

  6. John Froud

    not any more…councils have passed it on to all sorts of other “providers”

  7. John Froud

    not any more…councils have passed it on to all sorts of other “providers”

  8. Sparky

    The only people who advocate more social housing are those who have never had to llive in it. Social housing creates ghettos of black listed postcodes from which people can’t escape. It creates estates and blocks where problem families and anti-social, criminal elements blight the lives of everyone else. It creates generations of families who have no work ethic, who have no aspirational, inspirational role models, who become welfare dependant.

  9. Bazza

    Rubbish! I live on a Council estate and can honestly say it bears no resemblance to your description. Sure places as you describe do exist but the problems are due to other factors.

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