Britain now has one of the most attractive tax systems in the world with Corporation Tax falling to 20% next year. This is great because business people and investors are vital to the future of the UK economy. We should never be embarrassed about wanting to attract people who can come here to create jobs.
What occurs to me is that in all the rhetoric, Sajid Javid has forgotten something very simple. Where is the government funding and access for keen families and individuals to learn English if they should wish it? While the will may be there from immigrant families, the financial ability to attend classes may not be.
Ukip voters want immigrants and their families sent home. A leading ethnic minority Ukip activist despairs over the party's 'racist' posters. Far-right leaders abroad claim to have had 'good contacts' with Nigel Farage. Can Ukip continue to duck and dodge the charge of 'racism'?
On Tuesday, May 6, 5 and 6 a.m. across London, lights flick on and bleary-eyed activists made the journey from its four corners, to the centre. We met...
I want a positive, ambitious Britain, open to Europe and the world. I want us to value the contribution of everyone who makes their home here. There are valid concerns on both sides, but let's not blame each other. Let's discuss the issues and find solutions together. Please use your vote on 22 May. These elections are about your future!
Alarmist "experts" predicted that 385,000 people will migrate from Romania and Bulgaria to the UK over the next five years. Migration Watch advanced 50,000 persons a year. Ukip spoke about 29million people, the entire population of the two countries combined, to flood the British shores. The official figures released today by ONS prove I was right.
You can still turn the corner into Frith Street from Shaftesbury Avenue and find a place where the world is at peace with itself. Bar Italia is a jewel set in the rusted London crown. It's the fruit of immigrant toil, a place that makes a laughing stock of Farage and his followers.
'Muslim' vs. 'non-Muslim' distinctions are irrelevant to the biggest problems facing Britain and many other countries, such as economic inequality and global warming - the same crises caused and exacerbated by those who seek to distract us with fear and division.
The ghost of Oswald Mosley is walking amongst us in Britain, and like any good ghost story, it should send a chill down our collective spine.
But ten years have gone by, and the workforce has evolved and changed. Poles cannot be described in absolute terms anymore: they have received promotions, spent countless hours learning English, they're used to the humid climate and two-tap sinks. Poles in the UK are poets, novelists, managers and journalists.
First, is UKIP a racist party? Quite simply yes. It is deliberately whipping up fear - and by extension - hatred of foreigners, with its provocative posters and inflammatory language. It is deliberately exaggerating figures and playing on people's anxieties about immigration in order to win political support.
Ten years later one may nonetheless argue that these waves of immigration have been comparatively successful. Whatever the growing pains such groups have encountered integrating into British society, the predictions of sceptics have largely failed to materialize.
Henwood and Lampitt are embarrassing because they reveal that for some UKIP activists, blacks or Muslims matter more than Poles while cultural threats trump economic ones. On this reading, talk of European immigration harming British jobs is a dog whistle for deeper concerns over racial change.
As it stands, Britain's authorities have done very little to win the trust of human beings who are bought and sold. It's time the government used new legislative opportunities to stop focussing on tougher prison sentences, and start prioritising the lives of victims.
There is no country without crime, but statistically the crime rate in Romania is one of the lowest across the whole of Europe. According to the Metropolitan Police cooperation with Romania is one of the most efficient they have in Europe... The Ukip nationwide poster campaign claiming that "the UK opened doors to unlimited numbers of people from Romania and Bulgaria" and "an open-door to crime" is, in fact, an open-door to hate. I hope reason will prevail.
Many years ago, back in the mid-nineties, I was employed for a number of years as an immigration officer. It was a deeply unpleasant job on many levels, not least because our task was to enforce immigration policies that essentially existed to prevent certain kinds of people from passing through our borders; those who were likely to find work illegally or to overstay...