The UK, we are told today, is now close to 65 million inhabitants. That compares to around 50 million when I was 7 years old after the 1951 census. And for some 30 or 40 years after that there wasn't a big change: the population change has really escalated since the 1990s and particularly since 2004 when the European Zone was greatly expanded and a great number of people came to work here from the eastern bloc. Promises of reducing the flow have been made, particularly by the Tories, but there is no sign that the flow is abating.
Meanwhile there are people who (rightly I believe) feel that we should take in more people from the flood of refugees crossing the Med.
However ... and it's a practical issue: how can so many people come into a country that already has escalating problems in:
- severe home shortages (and threats of rapidly increasing homelessness);
- rents are at a far higher level than Germany and France and are increasing;
- huge pressure on the NHS and education.