Gove and Johnson sign up to Australian-style Immigration Points System
After years of being condemned for even daring to suggest that mass immigration was having a negative impact on British society, I feel rather less lonely this morning.
Today’s front pages mark a genuine sea change in British politics. The two men most likely to succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister have both now publicly committed to an Australian-style points system for immigration. There can be no going back from these positions. Even more amazingly Boris Johnson has suggested that migrants should speak English.
How I remember four years ago saying at a press conference that I felt uncomfortable travelling on a train out of central London surrounded by a crowd of whom no-one spoke our language as a first choice. The howls of condemnation came thick and fast. The over-paid comedy stars of radio 4 parodied me for weeks. It was as if I had said something truly dreadful. Now some of the biggest political figures in the country agree. All of which puts the Labour Party in an even more curious position. Both Mr. Corbyn and Mr. McDonnell believe in total open borders. I genuinely believe they would like to extend this beyond the EU. As John McDonnell says, we are all world citizens. Given that 77 per cent of the British public now want reductions in net migration I think Labour is now totally doomed.
But the happy news today is to listen to the Remain camp responding to the wide chorus for an Aussie-style system. They argue it would damage the economy. Well it might damage their personal economy and their friends in big business who rely on cheap migrant labour. But for ordinary Britons it would be the best possible news. It would give us a chance to see a doctor, for our kids to get a house or if they are really lucky a place at the local primary school. Whatever threats Remain may continue to fire at us they cannot answer the simple and most basic proposition: that only by leaving the European Union can we control the numbers coming to our country.
Until now when I’ve been asked whether we will win this campaign I’ve somewhat hedged in my answer. I now firmly believe that we are going to win. It is still three to one against Brexit. Get down to the bookies.