NOW THE LIB DEMS TELL IMMIGRANTS THAT HOUSING AND HEALTH CARE IS ONLY AVAILABLE IF THEY HAVE PAID TAXES – After last week’s humiliation at the local elections it appears that David Cameron and Nick Clegg are finally beginning to see the error of their ways.
It’s amazing to see that over the last couple of years the two opposing views have never been able to see eye to eye and yet once the British public show such a decisive and collective view on their incompetence which threatens their very jobs it is now ‘all hands on deck’ in order to stave off the rising tide of UKIP.
Today is the Queen’s annual speech and she will once again enter the House of Lords to address her Government and subjects. She will be reading from a script that the Government has prepared but this time it is expected a lot more of the speech will involve key issues including Immigration, Health Care and Welfare Reforms.
I was amazed to hear that Nick Clegg has finally seen the light on the issues of Immigration and Welfare and in fact he now ‘vows’ to end the abuse of our welfare system by the immigrants that continue to flock to the United Kingdom. This turn-around is so sudden I suspect poor Old Nick had to sit down as no doubt this made him more than a little dizzy.
According to the Coalition Government, Britain will no longer be the soft touch for immigrants and that immigrants will now have to prove they have contributed towards the system, through payment of taxes, in order to claim any benefits.
While these measures have been opposed by the Liberal Democrats and Labour in the past both now appears to support such measures and this has inevitably been the product of the surge in public support of UKIP.
One of the key aspects of the reforms will be the restriction in social housing and welfare afforded to new immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria. With public unrest on the 2014 Right of Free Movement the Government is being forced to curb the influx or face being voted out in the next General Election.
The new measures to be introduced under the ‘flagship’ Immigration Bill are unlikely to be published until the later part of this year. However the Bill is seen as a way for the Coalition Government to appease the public in taking action on an issue that many feel could end up irrevocably damaging the UK and its society. While the tide of multiculturalism marches on relentlessly many feel that this is simply creating more intolerance and dividing the British people and their ethnic minority neighbours further apart; indeed recent studies have clearly shown that ‘white’ people are abandoning certain areas of the UK while the once minority is now clearly the majority.
“We have been very clear that we totally get that there’s a heightened level of public anxiety about immigration. We should stamp out abuse and make sure our public services and benefits are not simply a free-for-all, there needs to be some relation between what you put in and what you get out.” Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister; Liberal Democrats
The Welfare Reform Act, which was passed last year, has helped Government to close a number of loopholes that allows immigrants to abuse welfare. In one area, which formally allowed immigrant with no right to work in the UK but still claim benefits has now been stopped.
New tests now exist to determine eligibility to enter the UK and ensure that immigrants are seeking gainful employment and not simply coming to the UK to take advantage of the taxpayer.
This sounds like really good news but for me it is disappointing that it took the surge of UKIP public support in the local elections to clearly demonstrate to the Government that the people are at the end of their tether. The Government has known the public’s opinion on immigration and the EU and much more should have been achieved in the past 2 years. Whether this change of direction is enough to quell the disdain the public currently has for its Government is another matter and if David Cameron has any visions of being re-elected in 2015 his actions over the next 18 months will be critical to that outcome.
I for one will be holding onto my UKIP vote until Cameron can demonstrate appropriate and decisive action on the ever worrying issue of EU control over Britain. Many believe it is time we firmly shook hands with the EU and bid them farewell; allow Britain to once again take control of its own laws and destiny.
The fight is however far from over. As UKIP clearly points out, and that the current Government fully acknowledges, all reforms and new laws have to be passed through the EU and it is unlikely that the EU will approve measure with such a focus on restricting immigrant movement; especially as the 2014 Right of Free Movement is specifically designed to remove all barriers to our borders.
It is now time for the Government to finally work for the people and listen to what they want. The EU should not get a say on who is allowed to reside in the UK, this should be wholly administered by British Law and if the current Government fails to put a muzzle on the EU then it is most likely that UKIP will deal a heavy blow in the 2015 General Election resulting in a complete withdrawal from Europe.
Do you think Cameron and Clegg are doing enough? Should we follow the principle of UKIP and initiate an EU referendum in this year? Have your say… leave your comments below.