In response to Mr Lund-Beck’s letter (February 3, “migration has a high price”) it seems yet again the popular press and probably the likes of Farage have persuaded people like Mr Lund-Beck to believe it is the fault of citizens from the EU which is the reason why the NHS and state education are not functioning as they should be.
On the contrary, based on the government’s own statistics the facts are without the reliable hardworking and often well- educated humble “immigrant” services the NHS care of our elderly would slide into oblivion. My fellow reader should research and find out how many nurses, carers, doctors, tradesmen, field workers, skilled farm-workers and workers in the catering industries are helping the UK economy to be where it is at the moment whilst we are still in the EU. He should find out why are we having to go to other EU countries to recruit teachers to teach our children maths, science and physics.
Similarly with nurses, doctors and engineers, etc, we are still having to recruit from the EU and other countries. Where are we going to get the the 100,000-plus of innovative engineers and scientists we need to expand the UK economy and improve people’s lives here and elsewhere? It’s an American secret (was) that 50 per cent of their wealth has been created by innovative hardworking immigrants.
Does your reader blame immigrants for the UK having the 19th highest infant mortality rate in the EU and, in spite of being one of the richest countries in the world, our state education is at best slightly above average when compared with many EU and non-EU countries throughout the world. Why and how come we Brits are failing to manage the care of our elderly in the proper manner?
It’s a government fact cheap immigrant labour is not that common in the UK (though in countries where we get all our cheap food and clothing from labour rates are exploitative).
Foreign citizen labour is cheaper here simply because he or she tends to produce more in an hour than many people born here. Still the UK’s productivity lags behind many countries, not just in Europe but in Asia as well.
Chinese/French management and expertise are building a UK nuclear power station – why? Maybe because of poor management of our education service we have not trained and motivated enough of our own people to build it?
But then we export private education worth over £5bn to Asian countries but cannot manage and get our own state education to a standard which enables more of our young to compete for jobs at any level.
Happy to be a Brit but would be happier if we could become more European rather than becoming the ultra materialistic insular non-passport holder American who we have let adulterate our language and blight our country with retail parks and fast food outlets.
As I choose to live here I do what I can to improve it instead of moaning!
David Mills, Pyghtle Cottage, Castle Rising