Frank Field MP
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Striking a Balance

David Aaronovitch's fury that erupted in The Times on Tuesday was doubly distressing. First, it was just riddled with factual errors some of which I tried to deal with in the letter which The Times published yesterday.

But, secondly, it was also unfair as well as being so inaccurate. Balanced Migration is not a front for me as Aaronovitch claims. Our genesis is as follows.

I had noticed in our debates in the Commons that Nicholas Soames was the brave lone spirit raising questions about the impact of the rate and scale of immigration on British society. He was initially heavily criticised by Ministers replying to those debates.

As I sympathised with Nicholas' position I joined in these debates so that he was not a lone figure trying to bring into the House of Commons the views of the vast majority of voters.

It was directly as a result of these initial debates that the idea of a cross-party group on Balanced Migration was conceived.

Nicholas was the initiator of this move. I was simply somebody who wished to support him.

Since then we have both tried to offer leadership for our campaign and no decision is made and no communication released without both of us agreeing to it, irrespective of which side of our partnership suggests the initiative.

When the history of this time is written up and historians try to understand why a desperately out of touch elite tried to impose their views on the vast majority of the community and who was first in the parliamentary arena to challenge this dangerous nonsense the name of Nicholas Soames will stand tall.
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Frank, I thought it was a well balanced piece and once the Nick Griffin Bashing had gotten out the way, the "serious" politicians began to discuss immigration in a rational way in terms of the economic and social impact. I thought you were brave to strike out with the piece and draw on the criticism of the "politically correct" and those who are so hide bound in dogma that any kind sober assessment of the situation is impossible. There seems to me, in the last few weeks, witness Alan Johnson's "mea culpa" over immigration more honest debate taking place so perhaps your article provided the spark.
Comment by Anonymous on 15 Jul 2011
Frank Field, especially as a Labour MP, shines like a light in a dark place.He seems to be one of a frighteningly few politicians who understand that their job is to represent the wishes of the people.
Comment by Anonymous on 15 Jul 2011
Frank,I am pleased that you stood up to Aaronovitch's distortions and bluster. Don't forget either that Andrew Neather, a former speechwriter for Tony Blair and Home Office adviser, is reported to have said that Labour had deliberately relaxed controls and employed a policy of mass immigration to encourage multiculturism in the UK. A policy which Aaronovitch would no doubt fully support. The question is when were the people of this country asked if they supported such a policy? Sadly, the basest forms of party politics have been played by Labour regarding immigration. Any resistance to unfettered immigration was branded as racism. The outcome has been the rise in popularity of the BNP. Commentators such as Aaronvitch are part of the problem not the solution.
Comment by Anonymous on 15 Jul 2011
Mr. Field, I applaud the efforts you are making with Nicholas Soames to bring the effects of mass immigration to the forefront of the political agenda. I look on in utter disbelief at our political elite who ignore, or completely disregard, the demographic and environmental nightmare that is waiting to consume us here in England, since it is this country that is to suffer disproportionately. Given the comments of Andrew Neather, it is astonishing that more political capital has not been made from what I view as a criminal act perpetrated on the British people. It is nothing short of treason to enforce a multi-cultural society on a people without consent. Labour ministers constantly refer to not upsetting a group's cultural sensitivities, but thinks nothing of denigrating, or erasing, are own heritage and culture. I had voted Labour all my life until 1997. However, I shall never vote for the Labour Party again. I would rather have Mrs Thatcher at her worst, than the grotesque individuals who have been involved in the New Labour government since 1997. They have completely betrayed the working class people of this country.
Comment by Anonymous on 15 Jul 2011
Why should we believe your comments on numbers are accurate?Take one area, and it's just an example. Nigerian immigration into the UK. It's an example that is separate from the EU rights to work here.The 2001 UK Census recorded 88,378 Nigerian-born people resident in the UK.[4] More recent estimates by the Office for National Statistics put the figure at 140,000 in 2008.[8]A Council of Europe report gives a figure of 100,000 Nigerians in the UK but suggests that number should be multiplied 3 to 8 times since it does not include irregular migrants or children.[9] Meanwhile, in its country profile for Nigeria, the British Foreign Office states that the Nigerian community in the UK has between 800,000 and 3 million members.[10] about 100,000 official Nigerian immigrants. Actual figure vastly higher. You are basing your argument on numbers that are clearly wrong. Even the home office has it wrong.The problem here is that for every immigrant at the low skill end, the cost to the UK is at least 10,000 pounds. Benefits, including housing allowance, NHS,... because they deprive at least one low skill person in the UK of a job. On low skills or in the black economy (not meant in any racist way), they pay little or no tax. Not getting rid of illegal immigration is costing the UK vast sums of money. At the other end, there are very few illegal immigrants with high paying jobs. It's a different set up.Nick
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