Phil Woolas is an unusual member of the Labour government as far as Trixy is concerned, mainly because she actually likes him. However, that is not going to stop me raising some points regarding his statement on immigration today, namely that it's bollocks in all but sentiment.
The number of migrants allowed into the UK under the points system may have to be reduced because of the economic crisis, an immigration minister says.
Phil Woolas told the Times immigration became an "extremely thorny" subject if people were losing their jobs.
I can see how talking about immigration in the same week as unemployment raises its ugly head in the media again is seen as quite an important thing to do, particularly for a newly appointed immigration minister. But what our politicans must try to remember is that there are people out there who are aware of the issues surrounding subjects, including laws and political ideals affecting those subjects. And currently, immigration is one of those same subjects.
"This government isn't going to allow the population to go up to 70 million.
"There has to be a balance between the number of people coming in and the number of people leaving."
As I've said probably a billion times, that's all well and good but our membership of the EU allows half a billion people to come to live and work in this country. And whilst the recession may put some people coming to the UK, I can't see it putting off people who are going to be much harder hit in their own country and who don't have the flatulent, obese fetid welfare state that we do here: one that actually pays people not to work.
Then there's the other story I wrote about last week:
A job centre for African migrants intending to move to Europe opened yesterday in the poverty-stricken desert state of Mali, the Daily Express can reveal.
The £8million EU project – which has been funded by taxpayers – is designed to help people find work legally in Europe...
A European Commission spokeswoman told the Daily Express: “The idea is to try to help British and other European farmers fill vacancies so that their crops don’t rot in the field as happened with strawberries in England this year.
So not only can't we stop people from the EU coming into the country, the EU are also using our taxes to let lots of other people come in and find work. It's not looking good, Mr Woolas.
The last point is regarding the charming French President Nicholas Sarkozy who next Tuesday is going to make a speech in the Strasbourg wing of the European Parliament about how desperately we need the Lisbon Constitution and, of course, an EU Common Immigration Policy. Which just goes to show how soon we won't even need an immigration minister in the UK because the EU will do it all for us. Maybe we could even get rid of the Home Office soon; at least that would mean the end to Jacqui 'Kebab' Smith gracing our screens and newspapers.