Ukip Call for Migrant Cut: Influx of Unskilled Migrants Has Only ‘Kept Wages Down’

Macer Hall, Express, March 24, 2015

Patrick O’Flynn said restricting entry to highly skilled professionals would be a “large and unarguable net economic positive” for the UK.

The move could improve wages and living standards for millions of households and reduce the growing pressure on the welfare system, he said.

The MEP rejected claims that immigration is always an economic benefit in a speech to Ukip supporters in Middleton, Lancs, where the party narrowly missed out on a spectacular by-election triumph last year.

It was the fourth in a series of speeches setting out the key themes on Ukip’s general election manifesto, which will be published when the official ­campaign kicks off next week.

Mr O’Flynn ­signalled a change from Ukip’s previous stance that slower economic growth resulting from reducing annual net migration is a price worth paying for better social cohesion.

The party’s economics spokesman also sketched out Ukip pledges to cut income tax for low and middle-income households and scrap inheritance tax.

And he said billions of pounds of extra cash could be found for defence, schools, police and cutting the deficit by ending payments to the EU, reducing foreign aid spending from around £12billion to £2billion a year and scrapping “vanity projects” such as the proposed high-speedrail link between London and the North.

Speaking at a metal components factory, Mr O’Flynn said Ukip’s plan for a five-year ban on unskilled migrants and an ­Australian-style points system for selecting skilled migrants could transform the economy.

“With a points system, migration could be turned into a large and unarguable net economic positive,” he said.

“Ukip can be the party to give immigration a good name again, maximising the social as well as the economic gain per new arrival admitted into the country.”

He said several leading economists had acknowledged that the massive influx of low-skilled migrants from other EU countries over the past decade had depressed wages in Britain.

He said: “Foreign nationals are imported to fill jobs at the bottom end of the pay scale.

“Even where the workers are young and single their tax contribution is likely to be overwhelmed by the added costs of public services consumption and in-work entitlements such as housing benefit.

“And as soon as the overseas workers start producing dependents the net cost to the public realm goes off the scale.”

He described calls by Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband for companies to increase wages as “a con” in an era of mass immigration.

Mr O’Flynn called for the basic income tax threshold to be raised to £13,000 and he wants a new 35 per cent rate for those earning up to £55,000 a year.

He said: “We must allow working people to keep more of the money that they earn and secondly we must put higher-paid employment within their reach.”

Mr O’Flynn said he was “proud” of Ukip’s pledge to scrap inheritance tax.

“I do not want people left fretting through their 60s and 70s that the fruits of their labours will be plundered by the state when they die and that their chosen heirs will be denied the financial nest eggs they wish to pass on to them.”

Tory sources dismissed the Ukip economic plans last night, claiming the proposed savings raise just £15.8billion over a five-year Parliamentary term while the tax cuts cost £21billion.

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  • superlloyd

    One of the biggest lies that the Left have disseminated is that immigration is a net benefit to the host country. In the UK, the net cost is negative. The small marginal benefit that legal EU immigration brings is completely swamped by the huge costs arising from illegal, third world, predominantly black and muslim immigration. How could it be otherwise when these parasites are given free housing, free medical care, free education and extremely generous welfare benefits? There is no incentive for these scroungers to work and thus the majority don’t.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Black and Muslim invaders benefit the West about as much as foxes benefit your chicken coop.

    • Weisheit77

      The best part is importing them here while telling us they’re here to save the social system, yet the system teaches them that we all have unearned, white privilege and it is alright to deprive us of our wealth because of our race through violence or the vote.
      I imagine some very interesting debates revolving around social security and “white privilege” as the the largest mass of baby boomers get into their 80’s. We’re still a decade or more away from that.

      • SentryattheGate

        I agree and add that I think Obamacare will be rationed to the elderly Baby Boomers, thus saving the gubmint on Social Security, Mediciad and Medicare when they die sooner (leaving the US a minority-majority country)!

        • Weisheit77

          I’m far from collecting SS (although I just had the sad thought that I’m closer to being eligible to collect it than I am to my birth :(…. ).

          Oldsters had better start reading up on critical race theory or they won’t stand a chance in the debates.

          I’m noticing more and more that it appears the brains behind a lot of the overt PC stuff like no American flags on Cinco de Mayo or things of that nature are defended by over achieving, first generation “Americans” on college campuses. The people who might actually make enough to pay more into the system than they take out because not only did they major in Women’s Studies they also got a degree in Engineering.

          Hell, I don’t blame them really. If China (not picking on the Chinese, just a believable example) made it easy for me to become wealthy, proffered me their women, and set up the legal system to screw their own citizens I might be writing this from a high-rise pent house in Shanghai, right now, in between attacks on China’s “yellow privilege” with my group at a university that is paid for by Chinese money.

        • Charles Martel

          It was clear early on that Obamacare was designed to take money from old white and Asians to give to illegals. Asians and whites don’t start to get significant medical problems until they are old enough to get on medicare.

    • KenelmDigby

      It’s obvious.
      The past decade has seen the by far the biggest influx of immigrants to the UK in history. Absolutely ridiculous levels of immigration, but yet the past decade has shown the worst economic performance ever seen in recorded British economic history. Anyone trying to claim that mass immigration ‘benefits’ Britain economically is either a damned fool or liar, most likely both.

      • WR_the_realist

        Yes. And here in the U.S. we have have record levels of economic inequality after a couple of decades of record levels of immigration. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    • Northern American-Nationalist

      That wasn’t the left. It was the “right…”

      Those cosmopolitan capitalists who want more foreigners in their “markets” to socially engineer our nations into their liberal, globalist utopia so as to more easily increase the labor supply to save on lower(-ed) wages and grow on increased consumers; not to mention, foreign workers are just more easily controlled than natives.

      …unless you mean left in the original sense of the political term.

  • LHathaway

    British White women can’t be fooled into having children with poor ‘immigrants’ of color. There’s no reason to import them.

    • Weisheit77

      Did you mean to write that that sentence in the negative? In my mind English women are the biggest participators of miscegenation in the white world. Since the Windrush they’ve managed to make more milk chocolate babies in 60 years than America has in 400! There must be nothing nicer than being a colored or black, alcoholic male slut who has a thing for chunky white women than to find one’s self in merry ol’ England or Wales.

      • John Smith

        How about that blonde British woman who had eight Halfrican children by an unknown number of babydaddies?

  • EuropeanIdentity33

    UKIP is definitely a step in the right direction for Britain but they really seem like hardcore neocons and not much else. More than likely UKIP will go after White eastern Europeans because it’s politically correct and leave the Muslims be.

    • Weisheit77

      Care to define hardcore Neo-Con because as I understand the word, they are not Neo-Con?
      I would define Neo-Cons are politicians who are ready to surrender every front in the cultural war in the homelands to save money and “political currency” for war for Israel and support for Israel in the UN.
      They are leftists who left the left when the left left Israel.

      I’ve been following them for a couple years now and I’ve net to see Nigel wear a Yarmulke. I haven’t seen him kiss the wailing law. I can’t even name any major Eskimo supporters in the party (although I’m sure there are some!).

      They’re Libertarian, free market, Thatcherites minus the bellicosity of Thatcher’s Tories.
      For me, to be a Neo Conservative, war always has to right at the tip of one’s tongue right next to the words “for Israel”. I’ve yet to see UKIP endorse any Middle East adventures.
      So, once again, can you define NeoCon?

      • Weisheit77

        As a side note — I see more Neocon-ism in the English Defense League than I do in UKIP.
        I would love any articles or links refuting this, as I am open to changing my opinion.

      • EuropeanIdentity33

        They are neocons because they are not nationalists, racialists, race realists and or against immigration that much. While I have heard Farage claim to defend the Christian heritage of the UK he also swiftly condemns people and political parties he deems “racist” such as the BNP. Like the neocons here in the U.S. the only thing that UKIP opposes is Islam. Which is no easy feat, but UKIP has no problem with black African Christians or Hindus immigrating to the UK. Plus UKIP scurries away in fear whenever anybody calls them racist.

        • Weisheit77

          Ok, I see what you are saying.

          I think that may be out of political expediency, in regards to African Christians. I think they’re still more old fashioned Conservatives who want a color blind meritocracy.

          I still see the hallmarks of the Neocons as Zionism, a fixation on Israel and their treatment of Palestine, and the willingness to surrender on social issues like gay marriage, mass immigration, H1-B visas, etc. so as not to lose political capital in their ability to aid Israel. Oh, and I shouldn’t forget the belief in “American Exceptionalism”.

          Actually, in a lot of ways, Neo-conservatism, imho, only explains American politics, and the mainstream side of the Republican party.

          When UKIP signs a mass pledge to undermine Cameron or any future PM in regards to Iran and sends it to Iran, I’ll buy into your argument.

          • EuropeanIdentity33

            I believe that Farage has made several pro-Israel remarks in the past. UKIP also is more than willing to surrender on issues like H1-B visas and gay marriage. They still want immigration from the third world, just not completely unskilled. That being said I do think that UKIP is the best option for the British at the moment, just not a good permanent option.

        • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

          Exactly my point. You hit the nail on the head. The UK needs stronger leaders than Nigel Farage.

          • EuropeanIdentity33

            True, I’ve always liked Winston Churchill. He had racialist views and detested the thought of non-white immigration. He also was one of the first people to see the threat that Islam would later pose to Europe and the West.

          • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

            Sadly he collaborated with the jews because they gave him moeny to keep his belover Chartwells and that is why we had that devastating WW-2.

          • EuropeanIdentity33

            There were lots of different reasons for WW2 and every nation involved shares some of the blame.

          • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

            I agree, but the joooos helped escalate it.

      • EuropeanIdentity33

        Neocons are halfway conservatives corrupted by political correctness and large multinational corporations.

  • Jaggers

    The left portrays immigration always as a net positive to the economy insofar as that adding anyone to a country technically adds to the GDP. But it certainly doesn’t help per capita income. It’s a deliberately misleading argument, from the masters of the lie…

    • John Smith

      It could, if all these immigrants earned well above the national average, thus raising it (which is pretty much a fantasy). However, I worry about these so-called high skill immigrants working for less than their domestic counterparts and creating skilled professional natives who are unemployed by foreigners.

  • John Smith

    I thought most of the no and low-skill immigrants just ended up on the Dole, not competing with chavs for work?

    • Charles Martel

      Some might be on the dole and get paid under the table

  • Singingbird1

    The tide is turning.It is an immutable event that the tide will turn. Tony Bliar is now being exposed by his own former treacherous colleagues because they know in their hearts that what Tony Bliar did was so,so wrong. Tony Bliar issues platitudes to justify his evil doings but it is all coming back on the traitor. I can see it in the eyes of the immigrants that they know that they are here as invaders but on short time.