I'm aware that this is a projection - click here - and not a prediction but I think it is something all our governments of the future will certainly have to take serious notice of, don't you?
I would hope the present incumbents and their departments are on the right course to ease further numbers smoothly into our society. Without proper planning and safeguards it could be a disaster, I would venture to say. TC.
Such sweeping statements don't help - do you really want our NHS to collapse for lack of doctors and nurses? The only dental treatment available in my area is from Polish dentists (begged to come here by our NHS Trust). Or do you have some selective plan to put into operation?
I'm afraid immigration is here to stay, egapup, though I gather it could be that much more selective in the future. There is an acute shortage of professionals, especially engineers, and the EU as a whole has to be more competitive in acquiring them. Otherwise they will be lost to the United States and Australia. TC.
I recon we can fit 17 million more in if we all slim down a bit! Golden Browns pads got 2 spare bedrooms Ive got 1 spare HRH has 22 sorry 23!Dont panic lads i have a cunning plan! How about let them all in here and we all go over there? Trouble is thres no benifit office there till we set it up gosh im getting in deep water here!
...as my other half, whose continuing qood health is very dependent not only on British doctors, consultants and nurses, but also their extremely capable and very hard working Asian and Filipino colleagues.
"My suspicion is that we can. Most people hugely underestimate the amount of "empty space" we have in our country.
Fly over the UK, and you see that human settlement does not fill up the UK at all. It accounts for something in the order of 15% of the land mass.
So physically, we could probably fit another 10 million people in - or 16% of the population - without toppling into the sea. "
Maybe, but it will have a drastic effect on the countryside as we know it now.
Already we have huge concerns over the disappearing greenbelt, having to build on floodplains, water supplies for the present population, a transport infrastructure that can't cope with todays needs and can we expect to cope with the needs of an ageing population of 70+ million?
So no... I don't think this small island can carry a population of 70-80 million.
Unfortunately for us, the red top tabloids (and other guilty parties) only ever seem to focus on the down side of mass immigration and never the positive benefits.
Without immigration, this country would cease to function.....and that's before we get on to the subject of how many English leave our shores to become immigrants (or expats as they are more affecionately known)in other countries!