If one deals in statistics, it is a truth that for every chart showing progress, or lack thereof, there can be another chart showing exactly the opposite scenario; usually with ample statistical backup. So my first chart shows the total of EU nationals working in the United Kingdom.
The ONS said there were 28.21million British nationals working in the UK between April and June – up 373,000 year on year. Meanwhile, the number of non-UK nationals working rose 242,000 to 3.45million. Nationals from the other 27 EU member states increased by 238,000, hitting a total of 2.23million. The number of workers from the EU has risen dramatically since 1997, when there were just 441,000.
By the middle of 2004 – when a raft of countries including Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary – became full members of the Brussels club there were just under 600,000 workers. At the beginning of 2014, when restrictions were lifted on Romanian and Bulgarian nationals, there were around 1.6 million from the EU working in the UK.
The number of foreign born workers was 5.4 million between April and June this year, the ONS said.
My only comment regards the loosening of restrictions on access to the UK labour market to include Romanians and Bulgarians. I have no problem at all with the Poles, the Hungarians, Czechs, Estonians, Latvians and most of the other EU members. Their citizens come here to work, they obey the rules, and in general, they are a fantastic addition to our workforce. They integrate, they prosper, and unfortunately, show up many native British people with their attitude towards work and Britain in general. The two Nations which are outwith my general enthusiasm are Romania and Bulgaria. They are the dregs, the scruff, the true underclass of the European Union; their criminality is legend, and we would be well off without any of them.
My second graphical representation shows the Rates and level of employment within the United Kingdom. Even with our truly sclerotic Civil Service, we are a success amongst the Europeans, and it shows in the surge towards our shores for legal immigrants.
But my third slide, which is more list than chart, possibly because few would care to graphically state the blindingly obvious, is the rise of the Muslim population within Great Britain over the past 25 years.
In 1991 it stood at just under one million – 950,000 – representing only 1.9 per cent of the total. At the time of the next Census a decade later, there were 1,546,626 Muslims in the country – three per cent of the total. But by 2011, the Muslim population of England and Wales was 2,706,066 – representing 4.8 per cent of the overall number. As the ONS noted, this represented a 75 per cent jump in the space of a decade.
New figures published for the first time this month show that the rise has continued, with a record 3,046,607 Muslims across England and Wales in 2014 – representing 5.4 per cent of the population. Across Great Britain, the total rises to 3,114,992, and of those slightly more than half (1,554,022) were born overseas. The vast majority – 1,484,060 – came from outside the European Union. A detailed breakdown obtained by this newspaper shows that Muslims are much younger than the general population. One in four Muslims in England and Wales – 746,000 – is aged under ten. In the whole country, the proportion is about one in seven.
We are approaching a second turning point in our Nation’s history. The first was the Referendum, where the Majority chose to leave the EU. Will our pusillanimous politicians now grasp the nettle, and close down the Migration routes from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Afghanistan; and the other Muslim cess-pits? Are they even aware of the dangers? On both questions, I fear the answer will be ‘No’!