JCWI Chief exec, Habib Rahman, recently participated in a panel discussion as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas with Michael Kitson (Sen. Lecturer, St. Catharine's College, Cambridge University), Dr. Sarah Fine (Kings College, London) and David Goodhart (Demos). The discussion was chaired by Prof. Loraine Gelsthorpe (Pembroke College, University of Cambridge) The event was well received and we reprint Habib's speech below.
One remarkable feature of the Immigration Bill 2013 currently proceeding through Parliament at present is the speed of progress it is making. The opposition attributed its abstention from the second reading vote on the fact they hadn’t had the time to properly consider the Bill.
The first reading of the Bill took place on 10 October, just twelve days later (there’s usually about twice that time) the Bill got its second reading. The committee stage started just two days after that. The committee stage itself is scheduled to last less than three weeks. It is substantially faster than what can usually be expected.
It will come as no great surprise to readers of this blog that immigrants make a "substantial" contribution to the public finances of the UK. Over the last decade migrants have made a £25billion net contribution to the exchequer. Today this has been confirmed by the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at University College London (UCL). CReAM has issued two discussion papers on the financial effects of immigration, one focussed on Public Finances. The Migration Research Unit at UCL, meanwhile, focusses on the Government’s use of net migration as a tool for setting goals in migration policy. They’ve managed to create quite a splash in the media, because they all contradict what the government and most of the media are arguing.
We are delighted to announce a stellar line up for our Seminar, held in conjunction with the JCWI AGM.
Manjit Singh Gill QC, who's been fighting the case MM and Ors vs SSHD which threatens to put a hole in the Home Office's anti-family immigration rules is speaking.
John McDonnell MP, the Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington is one of the most principled and eloquent MPs there is. John has been a consistent friend of JCWI over the years and we're so glad to have him on our side.
Guest post by Jeremy Corbyn MP, who is pictured speaking at the Launch meeting of MAX - the Movement Against Xenophobia.
Last weekend a group headed by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso descended on the Italian island of Lampedusa to express sympathy with the drowning of 274 people from Africa, who had tried to reach it as a gateway to Europe.
This is just the latest of such tragedies. Around 18,000 people have died trying to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean in the past two decades.
No one should be in any doubt of the severity of the latest threat to a progressive and sound immigration system in the UK. The speeches from Theresa May and Chris Grayling at the Tory Party conference at the end of September signalled an all-out assault on the Human Rights Act and the European Charter on Human Rights.
In 2002, as chair of the Tories, Theresa May told the annual conference that they must shed the image of being the “nasty party” or face years in the wilderness. Well, eleven years later, she has come full circle and declared it’s gloves off time as the nastiness gets cranked up.
The Home Secretary pledges to abolish the Human Rights Act and declared it will be part of the Tory party election manifesto. She also wants The European Court of Human Rights to stop interfering with her decisions so whether we remain signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) remains to be seen. It is clear though that if there is a Conservative Government in place after the next general election they will try to extricate themselves form the ECHR. She says, “Chris Grayling is leading a review of our relationship with the European Court if leaving the European Convention is what it takes to fix our human rights laws, that is what we should do.”
Comedian Mark Thomas has called a protest outside the offices of the Daily Express. The reckoning goes like this:
Daily Express owner Richard Desmond holds the newspaper in a company (or three) registered in the Channel Islands, a well known no / low tax haven, denying the British treasury of badly needed revenues. There are an estimated 4 million migrants working and paying taxes in the UK, cfeating much needed revenue for the public purse.
The Daily Express benefits from services and the infrastructure of the UK built at tax payers' expense. It is time for the Daily Express, therefore, to STOP SCROUNGING OFF MIGRANTS!
The difficult thing to ascertain in a campaign at times is ‘are we getting anywhere with all this’? It’s not like a chess match where the Government gradually let more and more people in as their Family Immigration rules collapse. There’s certainly so many combinations and permutations of what could happen, prediction becomes a tricky business.
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