May 26: Britain is a soft-touch paradise for immigrants

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From: Mr Brian Johnston, Rigton Drive, Burmantofts, Leeds.

THE General Election may be over, and “Middle England” has spoken decisively, but the main problem of mass immigration remains. The Prime Minister has been given a stark warning of the challenge he must face in his renegotiations with Brussels, if it is to be meaningful.

A report by the Government’s own Migration Advisory Committee states that 75 per cent of immigrants to the UK are of low, or non-skilled labour, soaking up half of the new jobs created.

The serious implication is obvious – not only do unskilled, low paid workers contribute nothing in serious tax revenue, but place an intolerable burden on stretched public services, as well as causing a dangerous social imbalance where they form large immigrant ghettos.

Unfettered mass immigration displaces our own low skilled, creating a further underclass dependent on benefits. A Labour Force Survey shows that between 1997 and 2011 migrants cost the UK between £115bn and £160bn, that is £20m a day – so much for the so-called economic benefit of mass immigration.

Another related concern is the vast poaching of medical staff from poor countries to staff the NHS. Most are fully trained – but a number of bogus or not fully qualified to our high standard. Over half should not have been passed to practice here.

The UK is not only a laughing stock but also seen as the dustbin of Europe, a soft touch paradise for anyone who fancies coming here.

From: Karl Sheridan, Selby Road, Holme on Spalding Moor.

HOME Secretary Theresa May’s announcement of radical proposals to curb the freedoms of those illegally residing in our country are to be welcomed – however I feel it’s highly doubtful that the new deterrents will have much effect.

Firstly the idea of confiscating wages might possibly work if the UK Border Agency had the resources in personnel to spend chasing these people, but we already know that thanks to the cutbacks they don’t have the staff available.

Secondly, the existing idea of voiding those offenders’ driving licences wouldn’t make any difference to them whatsoever as we already know from experience, with disqualified drivers and those without insurance still continuing to drive – most offenders continually getting away with this because of the lack of traffic police; again down to biting cuts in the manning levels of the police force.

The absurdity of all these proposals is that when the UK Border Agency actually do manage to apprehend illegal offenders the existing legislation dictates that if they don’t have papers showing where they originate from they are most likely bailed, with most taking the opportunity to disappear without a trace.

A fruitless waste of time and effort and money by the border agency staff – it must be most frustrating for them.

We really ought to be like Australia and Canada where illegals are apprehended 
and put on the next plane 
out of the country without any delays.

Cuts to police are a sick joke

From: Jeremy Jon Whittington, Easterley Road, Roundhay, Leeds.

OUR police services are cut once again. The Conservative Home Secretary, Theresa May, has 
told the British police not to complain that cuts are happening and cuts will still continue every year to the British police. What a sick joke!

The only people who suffer are us, the general public. David Blunkett, the Labour Home Secretary ruined the British police by inventing PCSOs.

I live in the Roundhay/Gipton area and we have no real police officers. If lucky we get the occasional PCSO.

As a ratepayer, I get my annual bill on my flat’s rates for the police force but I only get a PCSO, no real fully-qualified police officer.

Yes, the British public are paying for a terrible service. Surely we should see real police officers walking their beats? Not where I live.

So the Home Secretary is treating the British police shabbily. We never see a police officer walk anywhere near my flat.

Not speaking my language

From: ME Wright, Grove Road, Harrogate.

THE energy giant npower keeps assuring me of its ceaseless concern for my comfort and financial stability. As I stuffed today’s missive into the recycling bag, I noticed that it was in Welsh.

This, combined with recent dire warnings about the wicked wiles of the SNP, gives cause for concern.

Are the Scots and Welsh colluding in some pincer movement against perfidious Albion and if so, are Ukip 

We need to know and, while I don’t mind tackling French and German, I draw the line at Welsh!

How I learned the hard way

From: Iain Morris, Caroline Street, Saltaire, Bradford.

IN reply to Bernard Ingham (The Yorkshire Post, May 20) my father said to me when I was at secondary school: “Make sure you work at school or you might find yourself having to work a lot harder for a lot less.” I have done both.