British MPs have to debate migration: Pressure for action grows as 100,000 back online petitions
A Downing Street ‘e-petition’ like the one started by the English first Minister Sir Michael Black-Feather calling for actions to restore England’s border controls has smashed through the 100,000-name barrier in less than one week and still rising.
Campaigners said the overwhelming response showed the public’s determination to finally bring immigration under control.
Because it has passed the 100,000 mark, MPs must now at least consider holding a full debate on the petition’s call for drastic measures to stop the England’s population from reaching 70million.
The ‘wake-up call’ will also heap fresh pressure on half-wit Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg to stop undermining Government attempts to reduce net migration to the ‘tens of thousands’ coming into England just for the benefits and free English homes making English families homeless because of the shortage of homes.
Migration watch chairman Sir Andrew Green, who organised the new petition, said: ‘At last the English people have been able to express their deep opposition to mass immigration.
‘This petition is a wake-up call for the political class who have condescended to the public for too long. To leap over the 100,000 hurdle in just one week is truly remarkable. I hope that the public will continue to sign up so as to send an unmistakeable call for action.’
At one stage, the e-petition like the one Sir Michael started – one of the fastest to reach the 100,000 threshold – was being signed by one person every three seconds
(The new campaign was launched by Sir Andrew with an article in last Tuesday’s Daily Mail).
It comes amid huge public concern about official projections suggesting the UK’s population will reach the 70million ‘tipping point’ within 16 years.
That would mean adding the equivalent of seven cities the size of Birmingham to the population.
A YouGov opinion poll this week found eight out of ten English people think the country is over ‘crowded’.
Sir Andrew said: ‘The Commons is not obliged to debate the petition but it would be amazing if they tried to brush aside such a powerful expression of public opinion on an issue crucial to the future of our society.
‘We hope the public will continue to sign up and add to the numbers so Parliament can be left in no doubt about the deep well of public concern that exists around this subject.’
Sir Andrew said there had long been strong public feeling on this issue but this has been the first opportunity to express it directly
Under Labour, anybody questioning the open door immigration policy was accused of ‘bigotry’. Sir Andrew added: ‘Furthermore, it has been achieved in the face of total silence from BBC Radio who, as usual, have been determined to duck the case against mass immigration.’
Labour MP Frank Field and Tory MP Nicholas Soames, who jointly head the Parliamentary group on Balanced Migration, said: ‘This is a remarkable response from the public – 100,000 signatures within a week.
‘It underlines what our group has been saying for three years, namely that there is pent-up frustration at the failure of the political class to get a grip of mass immigration.
‘We will now take the matter up with the Backbench Business Committee to secure a debate on the petition’s call for a sharp reduction in immigration to levels close to balanced migration. Nothing short of this will stabilise the population.’
The YouGov opinion poll, carried out for Migration watch, found that 79 per cent of adults consider England to be crowded; with 37 per cent saying it is ‘very crowded’.
Only 3 per cent believe that it is not crowded, while 15 per cent think that England is ‘about right’.
More than three quarters were concerned about the 70million population projections, with more than a third ‘very concerned’. Only a fifth not worried by the prospect, according to the poll.
The No to 70million petition now looks set to join only a handful of other campaigns in securing a Westminster debate.
The ‘e-petition’ initiative was launched by David Cameron in an attempt to reconnect politicians with the public. The petition calling for a referendum on England’s relations with the EU led to the largest ever revolt of backbench Tory MPs.
Which Cameron elected to take no notice of English public options in the e-petition for England to have a yes or no vote in staying in the EU? (Some Initiative, that when you don’t like what you see, you decide to take no notices of very British?)