Sunday, 4 July 2010

Pensions and immigration.

Copper up, love. I think you're going to need it.

I wrote most of this article the other week,  but I had been trying to find footage or audio of a certain BBC "reporter" who blatantly linked the two issues of pensions and immigration together - in the old stereotypical way of implying we need immigrants to pay for pensions and support the working age/pensioner structure.  Sadly, I could not find it - so you will have to take my word for it that it did happen.

The "reporter" in question was the 'blind mole' faced "political correspondent" Nick Robinson. I put the term reporter in quotation marks because the BBC (especially with the likes of Nick Robinson, Andrew Marr etc) are no longer reporters who tell you what the news is.

No, in the last 20 years they have become much more than that. They take on the role of speculators, gossip mongers, propagandists and opinion formers.

The days of sitting behind a news desk and informing the public of the plain, less biased, news from which they can form their own conclusions are long gone. Admittedly, it was always 'selective' news before, but they do not even bother to hide the manipulation now.

However, it did prompt me to dig out (from my archive of material) an old study from the Royal Society, originally based from studies by the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Oxford, 2001.

I am not a financial expert, I have enough of a time trying to look after my own financial affairs never mind start contemplating complex national monetary policies - but I do remember reading through a spate of boring academia about ten years ago to try and understand the argument that kept being put forward for having mass immigration to cover our older age structures. The rest of the article will be essentially selected parts cut from one of them.

The pension to immigrant link was pretty much publicly destroyed as being unworkable, perhaps several years ago now. It has not featured all that much in immigration debates since that time as a result. 

The pro immigration lobbyists had been found out to be liars, and only fools or the completely shameless would continue to present the idea. This is why I thought I would stick up some of the contents of the academic work, to try and prevent the old chestnut of the pro-immigration lobby being wheeled out again to the masses - who can tend to have the memory capacity of a dysfunctional goldfish.