Sadiq Mocked Over Calls for Independent London Immigration Policy

In a widely-trailed speech tonight, Sadiq Khan is to call for the government to devolve immigration policy to him in City Hall, as well as have an honest debate about rejoining the Single Market. At the Mansion House tonight, Sadiq will call for “Devolving powers to London and allowing us to create a regional shortage occupation list”. Implying shortages are being caused by lack of immigration when a record 504,000 people net came here last year seems to be a stretch even for Sadiq…

“Devolving powers to London and allowing us to create a regional shortage occupation list would be one way to give businesses the ability to attract and retain talent in the areas they need it most.”

Responding to the demand, a government source jokes to Guido, “What’s the mayor proposing? The Republic of Khania?” Going on to observe “I’m sure Londoners would prefer him to help sort out crime across the city rather than start worrying about setting his own immigration policies.”

Such a policy – provided Sadiq actually means it and isn’t merely cynically attempting to grab headlines – raises a number of questions about how it would be implemented. Would you need a passport to get on the tube? Would the migrants be fitted with ASBOs to ensure they stayed in London? Or would Sadiq merely demand the government build a wall around the M25? Enough time has passed since he delighted in attacking Donald Trump at the expense of Britain’s diplomatic interests – surely Don would pick up the phone should Sadiq need some advice…

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Majority of Tory Voters “Not at All Confident” Sunak Can Deal With Small Boats Crisis

A new poll from PeoplePolling presents a bleak picture of the challenges facing Rishi Sunak. In addition to putting the Conservatives on a meagre 22%, the pollster asked about Britons’ confidence in the government’s ability to deal with small boat crossings. A staggering 57% of voters are “not at all confident” the government can solve the crisis. This lack of confidence is even shared by 2019 Conservative voters: 52% have no confidence…

The pollster then asked a question of EU membership, with the results raising questions of some recent pro-remain punditry. When asked for simple join/stay out preferences, voters opted to rejoin by a margin of 8%. When this was contextualised with the implications of joining (single-market membership, free movement and the application of EU laws) this lead shrunk to just 3%. Well within the margin of error. Context is key…

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Cooper: It is Wrong That Illegal Entry to the UK Is a Criminal Offence mdi-timer 18 December 2022 @ 11:06 18 Dec 2022 @ 11:06 mdi-twitter mdi-facebook mdi-whatsapp mdi-telegram mdi-linkedin mdi-email mdi-comment View Comments WATCH: Yvette Cooper Says Immigration Numbers Should Come Down mdi-timer 18 December 2022 @ 10:46 18 Dec 2022 @ 10:46 mdi-twitter mdi-facebook mdi-whatsapp mdi-telegram mdi-linkedin mdi-email mdi-comment View Comments
Woke UN Representative’s Ill-Considered Attack on Immigration Report

The Centre for Policy Studies has published a detailed and well-considered report on illegal immigration this morning, with a foreword from the Home Secretary. Naturally it has upset all the right people. The UN Refugee Agency in the UK was quick out the blocks, tweeting their criticisms at 8am. The UNHCR’s UK representative, Vicky Tennant, cited “factual and legal errors”, arguing that the report’s proposals would breach the 1951 Refugee Convention. It seems as though the representative didn’t actually read the report, as this was discussed at length… 

The report in fact contains 33 mentions of the Refugee Convention, including a sub-section dedicated to addressing it specifically. It also recommends solutions to various other legal barriers, including the ECHR and 2015 Modern Slavery Act. Perhaps Vicky should stick to dishing out awards to the “brave” trans women championing LGBTI rights in El Salvador…

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ONS Estimates Net Migration Reaches Over 500,000

This morning the ONS has published estimates of immigration to the UK, with net migration rising to 504,000. The figure for total immigration was a staggering 1.1 million, up 435,000 from last year. The numbers don’t look good for a government elected on a manifesto pledge to get numbers down.

The record figure was largely driven by non-EU migration, with Jay Lindop, Director of the Centre for International Migration at the ONS citing “unprecedented” international factors:

“These include the end of lockdown restrictions in the UK, the first full period following transition from the EU, the war in Ukraine, the resettlement of Afghans and the new visa route for Hong Kong British nationals (Overseas), which have all contributed to the record levels of long-term immigration we have seen”

The Home Secretary wasn’t wrong to say immigration is out of control…

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