Will Labour party reduce numbers?
WHILE watching Newsnight (February 13) the Labour MP John Cruddas was speaking to various groups of people about Labour's policy under consideration for the next election.
Two of his "suggestions" struck a chord with me. Firstly one suggestion was that people who receive benefits should be paid pro rata for how much they had paid into the pot i.e. by income tax and NI contributions.
If he is serious about this how would he evaluate payments to the increasing number of immigrants we have and the increasing number we will have from Eastern Europe?
Secondly he was talking about the shortage of housing and the high rents landlords are charging.
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He was suggesting Labour could possibly keep these rents in check. How? Labour started these ridiculous high rents, particularly in London. As far as rents go, supply and demand will control them.
But on the above two points I take you back to the lady up north whom Gordon Brown called "a bigot".
She was talking about immigration. Immigration has a large effect on not only benefits, a lot of them get more than my £111.75p pension after paying in for 54 years and still paying income tax.
My question is, will the Labour Party curtail immigration?
Mr Cruddas, along with most politicians, love saying "When I'm on the doorstep people tell me" or "on the street people tell me".
I've never had my door knocker used by a politician or been "stopped in the street" by one.
But I can tell him the reason UKIP is doing well is that people in their houses and on the street are talking about immigration more than ever.
The lady up north wasn't a bigot – neither am I.
R M Stephens