June 25, 2010
IT'S JUST TO GET THE RUBES TO VOTE FOR YOU:
Are the Tories set to ditch their immigration cap?: Coalition announces review of unworkable immigration policy (George Eaton, 25 June 2010, New Statesman)
It looks the Tories may finally have realised that their plan to impose a cap on immigration from outside the EU is neither desirable nor workable.
Today's Financial Times reports that the policy is under review amid new evidence that it will damage the British economy and an incipient cabinet revolt.
George Osborne's new budgetary watchdog, the Office for Budget Reponsibility (OBR), recently cut its forecast for "trend growth" from 2.75 per cent to 2 per cent from 2014 onwards, primarily because it fears Britain's labour force will not be large enough to sustain it. The conclusion was clear: we need more babies or more immigrants.
Likewise, the next president will run on getting tough on immigration then pass amnesty.
Posted by Orrin Judd at June 25, 2010 5:35 AM