Tuesday 9th November saw Leader of Hillingdon Council, Ray Puddifoot, finally admitting at a meeting of a local Resident’s Association that the pressure on schools and housing in the area has been largely caused by mass immigration.
The English Democrats welcome a mainstream party politician finally acknowledging what we have been saying for years, and finally throwing off the ‘Pussyfoot’ tag that has been attached to him in some quarters when it comes to tackling contentious issues. It is also pleasing to note his comment, “I am not being racist, that is just the way it is”, an acknowledgement that finally we can have an open debate on the pressure that mass immigration puts on our overwhelmed public services without discussion being shut down by misguided use of the Politically Correct brigade’s favourite ‘get out of jail free’ card.
Economic Migrants from the EU
Councillor Puddifoot goes on to say that we have had a lot of economic migrants from the EU, and that “The government estimated they would go back, but they haven’t – So it falls on us”
This is an interesting point to note coming from a Conservative Politician, as in the last few weeks David Cameron has ceded more ground to the EU in terms of control over this country, and has agreed to increased amounts of money being paid to Brussels from the taxes of the hard pressed English public.
With this in mind, I have written to Councilor Puddifoot to ask for answers to some important questions – This is what I have asked him
Dear Cllr Puddifoot
Re – Immigration and the rising demand for school places
I read with interest on the Gazette website about your comments to the Eastcote resident’s association on Tuesday 9th November about the pressure on our local schools caused by mass immigration.
You have also blamed the pressure on our local housing stock to the same source, and have said that “the government estimated they would go back, but they haven’t”
Whilst the majority of this mass immigration occurred under a Labour Government, we now have a coalition government headed by the Conservatives who have the opportunity to stop the flood of newcomers in to our Borough and stabilise both the housing and education issues that this brings.
My party has constantly campaigned against mass immigration, purely based on the lack of resources to cope with the pressure of numbers and the subsequent strain placed on community cohesion, and applaud your stance on this issue.
However, bearing in mind that you have said that the problem has been caused by ‘a lot of economic migrants from the EU’, I would be interested to know how you are going to deal with the problem when your party leaders have stated that they have no control over migration to England from the other member states?
How do you justify cuts in our local budgets, when your party leaders are sanctioning £48 million PER DAY payments from English taxpayers to Brussels?
Moreover, David Cameron gave a ‘cast iron guarantee’ on giving the people of England a referendum on our membership of the EU when in opposition, which he has reneged on. Even his ‘referendum lock’ to stop more powers being transferred to Brussels is worthless – The Lisbon Treaty is self-amending, and therefore needs no further ratification.
With this in mind, Councillor Puddifoot, as a resident of the London Borough of Hillingdon I would request answers to the following questions.
1/ In light of the forthcoming cuts to local government funding, how will the Borough be paying for the extra classrooms needed and the extra teachers needed to cope with the influx?
2/ Will this mean, as has been suggested, that classroom sizes will have to increase as per the previous council statement about Whitehall School, which is in direct opposition to the wishes of both the parents and the school governors?
3/ If, as you say, economic migrants from the EU are causing the shortages, what are you doing as leader of Hillingdon Council to address the situation?
4/ If it is EU migration that is causing the problem locally, why are your party still committed to the EU project, and why are they refusing to let the people of Hillingdon and the people of England have a referendum on our continued membership?
I look forward to your reply to my enquiry either by post or by email.
From my letter above, you can see that I am not a fan of the EU.
More importantly, if Councillor Puddifoot is truly concerned about the effects of economic migrants from the EU on our housing and education resources, he needs to give the nearly two hundred thousand people in our Borough who he represents the chance to have a voice on these issues.
I have enclosed a leaflet on the EU Referendum campaign with my letter – Their site can be viewed at www.eureferendumcampaign.com
It is time to decide how we wish our country and our local area to be run – By EU bureaucracy and regulations, or by our own elected representatives. If councillor Puddifoot truly believes what he has said, he will sign the petition and be part of the movement to regain control of our own destinies, irrespective of party politics.