Scot­tish self-harm

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

Few of the ar­gu­ments for Brexit have with­stood the test of time, from the non­sense of £350 mil­lion a week for the NHS to the ab­surd fore­casts of non-eu trade, the ca­nard of the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice dic­tat­ing the law in Bri­tish courts and the im­mi­gra­tion sta­tis­tics. Given the xeno­pho­bia which char­ac­terises the Bri­tish be­yond the met­ro­pol­i­tan elite, the last fab­ri­ca­tion was the worst. It’s too late for West­min­ster to ad­mit that ben­e­fit tourism was a myth or that vir­tu­ally all for­eign stu­dents, as well as those on work or vis­i­tor visas, re­turn home.

A del­uge of Brexit pro­pa­ganda swept away the truth. Euro­pean mi­grants do not steal the jobs of UK work­ers or sig­nif­i­cantly de­press wages, and as fewer than 2 per cent of tax cred­its goes to them, they con­tribute over £7 bil­lion more in taxes than they cost in terms of ben­e­fits.

The de­mon­i­sa­tion of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents has dam­aged higher ed­u­ca­tion, one of our few suc­cess sto­ries, be­cause the 350,000 en­trants are worth £10bn to our econ­omy and yet our de­luded lead­ers are still hell­bent on cutting the num­bers study­ing in Bri­tain by half!

Racially mo­ti­vated pop­ulists and im­pe­rial fan­ta­sists claimed EU mi­gra­tion was turn­ing the UK into a for­eign coun­try and por­trayed stu­dents, teach­ers, nurses, doc­tors, busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives and agri­cul­tural work­ers as an in­vad­ing army de­stroy­ing

our na­tional iden­tity. Yet the fact is our agri­cul­tural sec­tor, so­cial care, NHS, in­dus­try and com­mer­cial life de­pends on mi­grants and by en­cour­ag­ing this wave of xeno­pho­bia our po­lit­i­cal class and tabloids mis­led the peo­ple and en­cour­aged this mon­u­men­tal act of na­tional self-harm.

(REV DR) JOHN CAMERON

Howard Place, St An­drews

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