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Farage talks sense on immigration watch
- 22-08-2014 02:56
- 22-08-2014 03:17
Farage has the right philosophy - freedom and anti-prohibitionism. The problem is that such a manifesto wouldn't go far, probably not even in his own party so he is bound to moderate his policies. Apparently he would replace the CAP with a land grant. This is wrongheaded - we should do away with subsidies altogether. He also declares himself to be in favour of referendums, but while I can see why that makes sense from a eurosceptic point of view, I think referendums are a perilous instrument as there is no clear way to demarcate what ought and what ought not be decided in that way. At the moment we only hold referendums on important constitutional issues and that's how it should stay.
There is no doubt that we have an unbalanced immigration policy, thus an oversupply of unskilled labour which probably isn't feasible in a welfare state. Ideally, we would treat EU and non-EU citizens in the same way and assess them on the basis of skills. At the moment, a skilled English speaker from Asia or Africa has to apply for a visa and, if lucky enough to get it, has limited access to welfare whereas an unskilled EU citizen who doesn't speak English can enter the country and has the same rights as any Englishman. This is obviously nonsense, but is the price we pay for the freedom to travel wherever we like in Europe and I think it's worth paying.Last edited by Pee jay; 22-08-2014 at 03:22.
- 22-08-2014 03:22
(Original post by gagaslilmonsteruk)
- 25-08-2014 11:29
Farage said something that I agreed with today on the news - that's a first! It was about ways to react to the crisis of Brits fighting on the side of ISIS and how to act about them. Revoking their passports (for ISIS supporters who have citizenship but have no origins in Britain) is a good idea, but what if they were born and bred in Britain? What could we do then?