Correction, one man can. One man can deny there is any kind of problem whatsoever. That man is Giles Fraser, a former clergyman who after having hit the headlines following his resignation in protest over the eviction of church squatters a while back, has now landed a rather tasty position as a newspaper columinst and media commentator. Nice work, Giles.
"Welcome." That was Mr Fraser's reply when asked how the UK should deal with the ever increasing number of migrants wishing to enter the UK. "We should welcome them all," crowed the same Fraser, who just minutes before, had poured out his very large and bleeding heart about the problems of UK unemployment.
He had his supporters of course. Every week on QT there are a bunch of reactionaries who wiill clap anybody from the pro-immigration camp. They think it's the thing to do, you see. They think it makes them humane. And they like that feeling. They like it a lot, the smugness that comes with superiority.
They like to think they are a humane bunch as they cycle their way through leafy Islington on their way to their cushy jobs at left wing rags, universities and 'think' tanks.
Fraser is one such man.
"Welcome" all immigrants he says, safe in the knowledge that this massive influx of labour will be far, far away from his own well-paid media world, safe in the knowledge that it's the low paid workers in hospitality, construction and services whose job security will be under threat.
Safe, also in the knowledge that his own plush home and those of his fellow liberals will not be under threat from migrant families. If you happen however to be on a social housing list in Lambeth, then you will have every reason to fear a massive influx of overwhelmigly poor migrant families. They've got to live somewhere, right Giles?
Only not in Giles' neighbourhood, not in Giles' comfy metro pad. Somewhere else. Some godforsaken estate somewhere, far, far away from trendy Hampstead and Islington, eh Giles?
And that's the real problem with migration: The Giles Frasers of this world, a tiny but very vocal minority whose lives are largely unaffected by the consequences of mass immigration, a trendy metropolitan elite insulated from the impact of the policies they so resolutely promote.
I say unaffected by immigration but that's not quite true. They do leave tips for waiters now and again.
For it is the GIles Frasers of this world who paralyse governments into inaction, scare them into kicking immigration out into the long grass from where it grows into an ever larger conundrum, one threatening, one day, to explode.
All so very easy to promote mass immigration purely for a resounding round of applause from the QT audience, but another thing altogether to actually deal with the effects on the front line such as is the duty of social services and others.
Why not go the whole hog eh Giles? Why not send out tax-funded British naval ships to collect the refugees in person? That way they would gain safe passage to the Uk and not have to cough up their life savings to smugglers. That way we could safely bring anything up to 50,000 migrants a week to the UK. That would make Giles very happy. Imagine the round of applause he'd get for that little idea amongst hiis fellow bleeding hearts.
Oh yes, every week they get their round of applause on QT and that makes them feel good. Glowing from the warmh of their own humanity, they return to their lovely Hampstead homes where they'll sip capuccinos at trendy bistros as they whip themselves up into minor frenzies over immigration policy.
Like Fraser, they advocate mass immigration - preferably to Middlesborough, but if not, Tower Hamlets will do. Thankfully for the lefties, the migrants are not seeking work as media commentators or heads of think-tanks. So, nothing to worry about there. Your livelihood is safe Mr Fraser, quite safe.
If however, you happen to be a tradesperson, well a bit of competition from migrant builders will sharpen your act up a bit. Same thing goes for taxi drivers. You've had it easy for too long. What you need is competition. It's good for everybody.
Everybody apart from think-tankers, lefty academics, media commentators and politicians that is. The middle classes apart, competition is good for our society, good for our economy. Try telling that to the local builder who is being undercut daily; try telliing that to the cleaners who are being replaced by agency staff from every corner of the globe.
Eventually it happened. It took a few minutes on last night's show, but we got there in the end. An audience member with stunning originality came out with the classic: 'where would the NHS be without migrant doctors and nurses?' Yawn. In response, a member of the panel dared to suggest that perhaps the UK ought to be training its own nurses and doctors. It was a high-risk strategy, to answer such knee-jerkism with common sense.
But if the UK did train its own medical staff, wouldn't that go some way to helping mend Mr Fraser's bleeding heart over unemployment? British doctors and British nurses. Now there's a thought. But what about the African and Asian medics?
Oh dear, it seems you can't have it both ways Giles can you? Back to Hampstead please. There are newspaper columns to be written from which you can "welcome" all comers to the UK.
Africa, are you listening? Because if you are, Giles Fraser wants to share his love, but not his job or his home. Just his love.
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