Cameron gets his facts wrong on population and immigration….
David Cameron, sensing an opportunity to say something his right-wing will like, has told Andrew Marr that he desperately wants to cut immigration and that a population of 70 million is ‘too much for Britain’. Ever the demagogue he expressed ‘concern’ for our ‘burdened’ public services;
“I think we should be focusing on the pressure on our public services – on health and education and housing,” he told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show.
You have to marvel at the logical contortions of somebody who criticises Labour in the following terms;
the state had gone too far in terms of legislative activism, IT databases, ID cards, and political bureaucracy
and in the next breath supports something that would mean in practice the massive extension of state power. Furthermore, Cameron’s justification for this logical contortion is vauge;
“In the last decade, net immigration in *some * years has been *sort of* 200,000, so *implying* a 2 million increase over a decade, which I think is too much.
The emphasis is mine; so ‘sort-of’ figures in ‘some’ years ‘imply’ this increase. Am I the only one who is now more terrified than before that this man could be Prime Minister? Why is Cameron being so vauge? Simply, because Cameron’s arguments are based on a false factual premise.
Maybe he should familiarise himself with the actual population projections which do not see the UK’s population passing 70 million until 2033 (71.6) and this is as much due to;
natural increase (more births than deaths)
I wonder what Cameron intends to do about that cause of population growth. Natural change over the last decade has been the main driving force of population increase;
From 2002, natural change has increased and in the year to mid-2008 it accounted for over half of total population growth (54%).
So, Cameron’s argument is based on a fundementally false assumption; that the main driver of population growth over the last decade has been immigration when this is not in fact the case.
If Cameron cannot get his facts right then why should he be trusted on anything else? The simple fact is that the Conservative Party has not changed and neither has David Cameron; he leads a ‘rent-a-quote’ outfit desperate to do anything to gain power. This is why the likes of David Tennant are right to be scared at the prospect of a Conservative Government….