12 Sep 2013

Chinese to the rescue

Chinese company Geely, has rescued the London Taxi Company, investing more then £150m and creating new jobs. One British brand has been saved, jobs saved and more created with money invested.

However, you realise how thick and bitter some people are when you read comments like "I rather see the company go under rather than see it fall into the hands of the Chinese".

Keep it up and it might happen.

10 Sep 2013

Foreigners taking away jobs in the UK. Not

Contrary to popular belief, Foreigners are actually creating jobs in the UK. The most recent example - Jaguar Land Rover today announced an investment of £1.5 billion with the creation of 1,700 new jobs in Solihull. With that Tata, the INDIAN owners of the company has now created almost 11,000 jobs here in the UK.

Cash bond requirement for Visitors from high risk countries to the UK

Visitors from 6 countries considered as "High Risk", namely, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Ghana would have to deposit a £3,000 bond as fee from November 2013, according to a yet to be confirmed plan finalised by the British home office.

Read the BBC report here: India warns over UK plan to make visitors pay £3,000 bond

Results of 2 polls in the UK about Immigration

According to the results of one survey commissioned by Lord Ashcroft, the former Conservative party deputy chairman, "1 in 6 believe immigration has benefited Britain". On the other hand, "1 in 3 blames migrants for trouble finding a good job"

3 Aug 2013

The truth

Came across this interesting article on the Vice UK website.

Talking about widespread perceptions, Martin Robbins observes:

"Apparently we all believe that the average Briton is an old, violent, criminal, Muslim immigrant, that the government spunks all our money on foreign aid and benefit fraud and that teenagers are squirting out babies faster than one of Bassett’s jelly assembly lines."

According to the results of a Ipsos-MORI survey,released by the Royal Statistical Society and King’s College London, the British public has widespread misconceptions for a number of issues.

For example, "Incredibly, people believe on average that foreign-born immigrants account for 31 percent of our population, and a quarter of those surveyed believe that number is over 38 percent – nearly 4 in 10. The actual figure is barely a third of that, at 13 percent.

However, will people care even when they have the actual data in front of them?

As Martin points out, 31 or 13% does not matter to people who are opposed to immigration.

15 Mar 2013

U Turn on student immigration rules

The UK Government has relaxed the rules under the "graduate entrepreneur scheme", an will allow 1,000 MBA graduates and all PhD graduates to stay on in Britain for 12 months to work.

The English test for senior business executives who come on intra-company transfers and earn more than £152,100 a year has also been scrapped.

Read more here
  Changes to immigration rules boost businesses and students
  Theresa May relaxes immigration rules for senior executives and elite graduates