When Katie Frazer married her South African husband Cliff Frazer in 2010, she had no idea how difficult it would be to bring him to live with her in the UK. The 31-year-old trained primary school teacher is living thousands of miles from her beloved in the UK after falling victim to the government's recently introduced £18,600 salary requirement to bring a non-EU spouse to the UK.
As a son of a plasterer and from a family who run a small business within the construction industry, I have seen the effects on the unskilled labour market that an open door policy can have. Wages are being driven down and more British workers are being pushed out of the trade altogether; they simply cannot compete with those who are prepared to work for so much less.
The conservative way to win is to empower people to rise above the labels campaign consultants use. And movements like the UK Independence Party and Tea Party show us the way. Their card carrying numbers may not be huge, but they have altered the balance of power on both sides of the Atlantic. Their approach is simple: care about the pressing issues mainstream politicians and the national media ignore.
In the light of the negative media coverage of the potential influx of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants, just in the last month I have been referred for the first time as 'being of less desirable origin' because of my ethno-national background. I swept the two incidents under the carpet and moved on, as most migrants do when faced with such stereotyping.
The government's cap on non-EU migrant workers will stifle the growth of many British businesses and limit our export exposure into emerging markets, ...