Blackburn MP Jack Straw admits immigration estimates were wrong

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BLACKBURN MP Jack Straw has admitted that he and the Labour Government got their estimates of Eastern European immigration catastrophically wrong when he was Foreign Secretary.

He made the confession on a BBC documentary ‘The Truth About Immigration’ screened last week. As border controls were lifted for Romanians and Bulgarians, Mr Straw reflected on the decision to allow workers in when Poland and seven other eastern European countries joined the EU in 2004. He said: “The predictions were completely catastrophic. I mean they were wrong by a factor of 10.

“On immigration, it was bluntly a nightmare and it got more and more difficult.”

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2:07pm Tue 14 Jan 14

juanbbien says...

It's funny how the man in the street can see these pending problems with immigration but these highly paid professionals can't
It's funny how the man in the street can see these pending problems with immigration but these highly paid professionals can't juanbbien

3:19pm Tue 14 Jan 14

vicn1956 says...

One of T.Blairs chief advisers admitted that they wanted unfettered immigtation-"To rub the rights' noses in diversity and change the nature of this country for good." They even went abroad encouraging anyone they could to come.
Strange Mr.Straw doesn't mention that!
Politicians eh.
One of T.Blairs chief advisers admitted that they wanted unfettered immigtation-"To rub the rights' noses in diversity and change the nature of this country for good." They even went abroad encouraging anyone they could to come. Strange Mr.Straw doesn't mention that! Politicians eh. vicn1956

3:45pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Dilshad says...

Jack Straw and his previous Labour Government have done some serious irreversible damage to this country with regards to immigration, state benefits and the national debt.
Anyone working in a different sector would have been sacked or prosecuted for making such errors. It's unbelievable that people would still vote for them.
Jack Straw and his previous Labour Government have done some serious irreversible damage to this country with regards to immigration, state benefits and the national debt. Anyone working in a different sector would have been sacked or prosecuted for making such errors. It's unbelievable that people would still vote for them. Dilshad

5:01pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Timefor says...

Dilshad, blah, blah, blah. Where's the supporting evidence for anything you have said then? Truth of the matter is, there isn't any - other than in support of the benefits immigration has brought to our Country.

Psst! Heard the one about us being invaded by Romas and Bulgarians? Aye, well, there have been an estimated 24 arrive so far. They must be really bursting to get here, eh.

Time folk focussed on agitating for proper jobs, decent houses and home areas to be proud of again and, once achieved, my guess'd be that all the other drivel wouldn't even get a mention
Dilshad, blah, blah, blah. Where's the supporting evidence for anything you have said then? Truth of the matter is, there isn't any - other than in support of the benefits immigration has brought to our Country. Psst! Heard the one about us being invaded by Romas and Bulgarians? Aye, well, there have been an estimated 24 arrive so far. They must be really bursting to get here, eh. Time folk focussed on agitating for proper jobs, decent houses and home areas to be proud of again and, once achieved, my guess'd be that all the other drivel wouldn't even get a mention Timefor

5:08pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Dilshad says...

Where's the supporting evidence? Coming from the horses mouth - “The predictions were completely catastrophic. I mean they were wrong by a factor of 10."
Where's the supporting evidence? Coming from the horses mouth - “The predictions were completely catastrophic. I mean they were wrong by a factor of 10." Dilshad

5:11pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Timefor says...

'Ere you go. Obviously inundated aren't we

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'Ere you go. Obviously inundated aren't we http://www.politics. co.uk/news/2014/01/1 4/just-two-dozen-rom anians-estimated-to- have-arrived-in-uk?u tm_source=hootsuite& utm_campaign=hootsui te Timefor

6:13pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Dilshad says...

I could've told you that. As if eastern Europeans are gonna fly into heathrow, they can't fit all their possessions in their cases and can't afford the flights. They come over on the channel tunnel and ferrys, try standing on the M20 at ashford and see how many foreign cars you spot.
I could've told you that. As if eastern Europeans are gonna fly into heathrow, they can't fit all their possessions in their cases and can't afford the flights. They come over on the channel tunnel and ferrys, try standing on the M20 at ashford and see how many foreign cars you spot. Dilshad

7:13pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Copperhead says...

The immigrant to do most damage to this country was Jack Straw's maternal great-grandfather.
If he hadn't come here - no Jack Straw.
No Jack Straw = a more realistic immigration policy.
The immigrant to do most damage to this country was Jack Straw's maternal great-grandfather. If he hadn't come here - no Jack Straw. No Jack Straw = a more realistic immigration policy. Copperhead

7:20pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Timefor wrote:
Dilshad, blah, blah, blah. Where's the supporting evidence for anything you have said then? Truth of the matter is, there isn't any - other than in support of the benefits immigration has brought to our Country.

Psst! Heard the one about us being invaded by Romas and Bulgarians? Aye, well, there have been an estimated 24 arrive so far. They must be really bursting to get here, eh.

Time folk focussed on agitating for proper jobs, decent houses and home areas to be proud of again and, once achieved, my guess'd be that all the other drivel wouldn't even get a mention
Try going to Sheffield where my friend lives, they are already being over run and the locals are up in arms, sorry if that deflates your balloon, it's just the simple truth. The immigrants up there sit outside at night (weather permitting) in large gangs upsetting the locals that have lived there all there lives, this is what happens with immigration, try walking down Whalley Range at night!
[quote][p][bold]Timefor[/bold] wrote: Dilshad, blah, blah, blah. Where's the supporting evidence for anything you have said then? Truth of the matter is, there isn't any - other than in support of the benefits immigration has brought to our Country. Psst! Heard the one about us being invaded by Romas and Bulgarians? Aye, well, there have been an estimated 24 arrive so far. They must be really bursting to get here, eh. Time folk focussed on agitating for proper jobs, decent houses and home areas to be proud of again and, once achieved, my guess'd be that all the other drivel wouldn't even get a mention[/p][/quote]Try going to Sheffield where my friend lives, they are already being over run and the locals are up in arms, sorry if that deflates your balloon, it's just the simple truth. The immigrants up there sit outside at night (weather permitting) in large gangs upsetting the locals that have lived there all there lives, this is what happens with immigration, try walking down Whalley Range at night! Lancs - pensioner

7:23pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

juanbbien wrote:
It's funny how the man in the street can see these pending problems with immigration but these highly paid professionals can't
Remember immigration has helped keep Mr Straw keep in work as an MP for Blackburn for all these years!
[quote][p][bold]juanbbien[/bold] wrote: It's funny how the man in the street can see these pending problems with immigration but these highly paid professionals can't[/p][/quote]Remember immigration has helped keep Mr Straw keep in work as an MP for Blackburn for all these years! Lancs - pensioner

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