Concern about immigration has been at the top of issues concerning the British for years; this despite the fact that all the mainstream British political parties have, with the willing collusion of the British media, done everything they can to suppress unfettered public debate about the issue.
In 2014, the think-tank British Future published its report, How to talk about immigration, based on research conducted by ICM, Ipsos MORI and YouGov. One finding is truly startling. Faced with the question "The government should insist that all immigrants should return to the countries they came from, whether they're here legally or illegally", the result was: agree 25%, disagree 52% and neither 23%. (P. 17 of the report). In addition, many of those who said no to forced repatriation were also firm supporters of strong border controls and restrictive immigration policies.
The fact that 25% of the population have overcome their fear of falling foul of the PC police and say that they do not merely want immigration stopped but sent into reverse is stunning. Moreover, because political correctness has taken such an intimidating place in British society, it is reasonable to assume that a substantial number of those who said they disagreed did so simply out of fear of being accused of racism.
The obverse of the immigration coin was shown by the question, "In an increasingly borderless world, we should welcome anyone who wants to come to Britain and not deter them with border controls" (P. 16 of the report). The results were: 14% agree, 67% disagree and 19% don't know.
Anyone who believes that the British people welcomed the post-war immigration and want more of it is self-deluding to the point of imbecility.
Excerpted from "What would be the effects of a radical reduction in immigration to the UK?" at the England calling blog.