Immigration crackdown made us 'nasty Britain', says Osborne's father-in-lawThis is utter crud, the reason that the restrictions are in place is not to stop the gifted getting in, but the undesirables getting in and then vanishing of which the student visa system is a prime example. If anything the system is still far too lax because the EU has made it possible for anyone with an EU passport to travel here anyway and the Mediterranean countries have a nasty system of giving illegals a passport if they just go anywhere else. As English is a second language for many of them, guess where they come... yep they come to the land of benefits for all.
Lord Howell, a former energy minister and George Osborne's father-in-law, says gifted immigrants regard the country as 'nasty Britain'
A senior Conservative peer has launched a stinging attack on the Government's immigration policy, saying visa restrictions were creating a "nasty Britain feeling" among foreign students and businesses.
Lord Howell, a former energy minister and George Oborne's father-in-law, said businesses are being put off from coming to the UK because of a "tangle of regulation" while students are close to "despair" at the restrictions imposed on them." The policies are creating a "blot" on Britain's reputation, he said.
Until we leave the EU, this kind of abuse will go on.
We need a decent border control which counts people in and people out, we need restrictions on certain groups to make sure they don't outstay their welcome and we need a system in place where if you immigrate and don't pay in, then you get nothing back and your family back home get nothing either.
Yes we should welcome the talented with open arms, but Lord Howell doesn't seem to realise that the talented are suffering because the bloody untalented have taken advantage of the system, not because of some supposed crackdown by the government. There is no crackdown if we are still allowing immigrants in, it's as simple as that.