The Mail reports this morning that the Mayor of Calais blames the UK's generous handouts to 'asylum seekers' - economic migrants for the most part - for the hordes besieging her town. This is just common sense. The French have been saying for some years that we're the authors of our own misfortune. Free housing, healthcare, education and £42 a week each is a big deal for a village girl from West Africa.
Meanwhile in the budget, the Chancellor is set to announce a big rise in social housebuilding. But as Migration Watch have revealed, Labour's social housing completions have barely matched all the economic migrants they offer to house (graph below).
The effects of immigration may not be apparent to MPs as they enjoy their twenty weeks holidays a year, split no doubt between their second and third homes and sun-soaked 'factfinding trips', but the impacts are in the faces of British people every day. Is it any wonder that Labour fear a desertion to the BNP by their traditional voters?