New Tory proposals would require foreign visitors who want to work, study or do business in Britain to pledge allegiance to so-called “British values”, in a move branded “ridiculous” by senior coalition partners.
Home Office Minister James Brokenshire has admitted UK-born citizens who want to bring their spouses into the UK from outside the EU are getting a raw deal. Since 2012, only those who earn at least £18,600 a year can sponsor their non-European spouse’s visa to ease the cost to taxpayers of migration. But the rule does not apply to citizens of other EU countries who have settled in the UK.
Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party and of Her Majesty’s Opposition, often comes in for some stick for being a bit “nerdy”, apparently because he is a “North London Intellectual”. We – for obvious reasons – can’t see anything wrong with being either a North Londoner or an intellectual, and we don’t get it.
The Prime Minister David Cameron has promised vigorously and repeatedly that his Government would reduce annual net immigration into the UK to the “tens of thousands” by the time of the General Election in May. Politicians seem to have a Special Hobby of not fulfilling their promises, and this was no exception.