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Date: 2017-07-25 06:37 pm (UTC)
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I think one of the "real social impacts on local communities" things (and this is coming from me, a pretty die-hard pro-immigration campaigner) is that when you have changes in population in an area (whether it's from within the UK, from outside the UK, or from changes in birth rates), you do need changes in infrastructure. And governments haven't been ready enough to provide it.

Now, I'm 100% convinced that this infrastructure is readily affordable from the economic growth that immigration brings; but if you don't say this, you risk people thinking that you're arrogantly OK with the status quo, that you think that the actual tangible problems (some to do with population growth (e.g. various public services) and many more that are just to do with inequality e.g. housing prices, cost of living, job losses) that people have been blaming on immigrants aren't indeed problems.

So I want to be able to say to people "Brexit isn't the solution to your problems, this is why, and this alternative is what *is* the solution". Not "Brexit isn't the solution and your life is just fine the way it is" which I think is what far too many people think our position is.

(also yes please, no general election tomorrow, only just got my breath back from the last one)
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