Following official predictions that Britain's population will rise by 10 million by 2039, along comes crazed leftist bitch Zoe Williams to tell us it's nothing to worry about it. By the way, this warped woman is the very embodiment of the elitist latte liberal. She fights the good fight against the evil capitalist system in the pages of the Guardian, then goes off to write reviews of posh restaurants for the Telegraph. With a leg in each camp, whichever side wins the class war, she'll be alright.
There is no shortage of space on this island. It may be tiny, especially when you place it atop Sweden, and it may seem improbable, trying to visually conceive its geographical limits, that 74 million people could squash themselves on to it. But there’s really no need for that bogus exercise, when perfectly good data exists on how much of the UK is urbanised – 10.6% of England, 1.9% of Scotland, 3.6% of Northern Ireland and 4.1% of Wales. When you add in parks, gardens and other open spaces within the built environment, the proportion of “developed” England drops to 2.3%. There may be too many of us for the things we can be bothered to build – houses, schools, hospitals – but there are not too many of us for the space that we have, nor will there be in 2025.Source
Housing shortage? Nothing to do with immigration. We can all live in "rooms". We could even put bunk beds in so we can fit lots of people in the same room.
Which brings us to housing. We have a housing crisis on one hand, and high immigration on the other, and those two facts are always left hanging since the causal link between them is apparently so obvious. The fact is, they are not related: house building is slack, but the supply of rooms per person has never been higher; what has really changed is who owns what and who can afford to rent it from them. Plainly, if there were visionary local councils throwing up plentiful, mixed-tenure developments, that would alter the picture somewhat, but what we’re really looking at is a rentier power dynamic. Capital holds all the cards in housing, and is concentrated in very few hands. A world without migration wouldn’t alter that.Low pay because of wage competition from immigrants? Not at all. It's all because of the evil bosses.
Low wages, likewise, are laid at the feet of recent arrivals. The fault line here is between those who argue that, while immigrants may slightly bring down wages sectorially, their boost to GDP makes up for it, and those who counter that it doesn’t feel that way to the people working in the affected sectors. This is an infuriating diversion: the people to blame for low wages are the people who pay low wages. The sectors crammed with workers not earning a living wage (this, according to the Living Wage Foundation at the weekend, amounts to 6 million people) have spent decades whittling down pay. Migrant labour is merely one tool in their kit. The key victory has been the propaganda push that has reclassified low-paid work as “low-skilled” to justify harvesting most of its output as profit.She complains we talk about immigration generically rather than acknowledging the different types of immigrants, conveniently forgetting that the reason people do that is that hate-speech laws put in place by totalitarian leftists like her target anyone who tries to distinguish "good immigrants" from "bad immigrants", accusing them of "discrimination".
Immigrants have been successfully, egregiously framed as a threat. All sources of immigration have become one. The debate refuses to distinguish between a student and an engineer and a cockle picker and a refugee.