First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the government is working to change the narrative around migration to persuade Scots that the nation needs huge numbers of people from abroad.
Speaking at the launch of a Scottish government paper which argues for continuing open borders with Europe after Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU), the SNP leader claimed a population that is ever-expanding as a result of mass migration is “essential to our economic prosperity”.
The “stark reality” of an “ageing society”, Sturgeon argued, means she has “a duty to make the case for free movement no matter how difficult that is sometimes perceived to be”.
Utter nonsense. Fix your own society. It has survived umpteen centuries so far without filling it up with people from the backwoods of Pakistan. Something the Scots people perhaps know:
A detailed study published by the National Centre for Social Research last week found the majority of Scots surveyed are keen to leave the Single Market and have tighter restrictions on migrants post-Brexit, with two-thirds asserting the desire for Scotland to have the same immigration controls as the wider UK. …
Pointing out that while mass immigration results in increasing demand, consumption, borrowing, and profits, the former UN Population Division director said it leaves the general public left to pick up the tab for mounting costs for education, healthcare, housing, and crime.
That argument about work-shy migrants grow a national economy is as stupid and wrong as the broken window fallacy.
Keynesian economists, who run the bureaucracy, often assert that going around breaking windows is good for the economy because it stimulates economic activity such as mending windows. Only a special kind of person whose wage does not depend on being correct can believe this — that destroying our wealth makes us richer. The time and money spent fixing windows, restoring what we had previously, could be better spend building new stuff.
Groups of migrants who do relatively little useful work, consume much welfare, and quickly produce more people like them do indeed increase the GDP — because the rest of us have to work harder to service their needs and desires. But it makes us poorer, not richer. To say nothing of our culture and its future.
hat-tip Stephen Neil