Posted: Today at 14:12
Ah, there you go - I'm racist. Thanks, Nayan. As someone who has on more than occasion put himself in physical danger intervening against aggressive genuine racism, I'll not dignify your accusation with any further response.
However, I will ask one final time, how can already stretched housing, transport, social and health provisions accomodate 260,000 further people a year without the massive investment that we know isn't coming?
UK population growth is actually closer to 420,00 a year when you look at births and deaths.
The point you miss is that many (clearly not all) of this number come here to work. And most of the ones being born will eventually pay taxes here.
Its not wrong to wonder whether the infrastructure can cope in the near term (though railways, houses, business parks etc are indeed being built). Or whether they should come in and be entitled to the same benefits as others (hence the current debate).
Over time though, its exactly this kind of dynamic that gives Britain a response to the ageing population problem of say Japan. Like it or not, the sweat and taxes of these folks coming in will likely be what pays for your pension and old age care.
PS. I shouldn't call you a racist. I found the way you framed your original point quite offensive but shouldn't level that accusation at you. Sorry