Whilst one obviously wishes The Devil's Kitchen all the best on his return to southern climes, I do hope the big fella realises just how much of an impact his move will have on the capital's rat problem.
Although 'The Daily Mail' puts it all down to recycling
(a phenomenon which might give David Cameron some pause for...nah, too much like hard work), the idea that an increase in the volume of rubbish having anything to do with an increase in the number of people seems to have escaped them.
But immigration's good for us!
Or so you would believe if you read nothing other than the effusions of Professor David Blanchflower
, a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, who went on the record earlier this week as saying that there was 'little or no evidence'
that mass immigration has any effect on either native wages or native unemployment.
I look forward to reading DK's description of riding the Tube of diversity with interest, and imagine that he'll be lucky to get 0.03 sq m of floor space. Thank God I'm a hick.
wrote of Blanchflower's report that,
"There is "little evidence" that migrants have made it harder for UK workers to get employment or pull down wages, says a Bank of England report.
The paper dismissed the idea that recent arrivals come to claim benefits.
The 0.8% unemployment rise over the past 18 months has little connection with the arrival of some 500,000 Polish and ex-Soviet bloc workers, it said....
The paper also highlighted that population growth had been "extremely low" in comparison with other nations in the past three decades.
The population increase in the UK has been 7% in that time, in sharp contrast with 42% in the US, 25% in Spain and 18% in France....
"The entry of recent A8 [accession] migrants appears to have improved the workings of the labour market, reduced wage and inflationary pressures."
They have also lowered the "natural rate of unemployment," by making the workforce more adaptable and mobile. "
Such workers have contributed to keeping inflation in check by consuming less than they produce."
"Begging your pardon, Mr. Fuckwit, sir, but isn't "reduced wage pressures" a euphemistic way of saying: "has pulled down wages"? Just curious."
Couldn't have put it better myself, Dave; although I suppose 'Professor Fuckwit' might have been more appropriate.
And there is one other little problem with Blanchflower's 'migration is the cure for all our economic ills' scenario; one indicating that, no matter how much migrants depress wages or how conservative they might be in their spending habits, inflation might soon be back in the system.
No matter how frugal the migrants might be, Gordon Brown's economic mismanagement, a direct consequence of his mania for the fascistic, anti-British policy
of 'globalisation', has pumped inflation back into the works; and the Monetary Policy Committee's energies would be better directed towards advising on the need for radical anti-inflationary measures, such as capping public sector pay increases for five years, as opposed to finding solutions that will only exacerbate the problem.