The wife of a high profile Government Minister, Business Secretary Vince Cable, has written an open letter defending the UK’s stance on immigration.
Rachel Cable was responding to a provocative article in last week’s Mail on Sunday by Peter Hitchens, who argued that British society was undergoing an irreversible transformation.
The ever angry columnist commented on recent census data to highlight the decline of the UK’s manufacturing industry, London’s increasing detachment from the rest of the country, the decline of Christianity and marriage and the cultural changes wrought by immigration.
Hitchens appears to have missed the fact that Polish and Filipino migrants have increased the Christian population and made the Catholic church the most popular religion.
Mrs Cable, writing to the Mail under her maiden name of Rachel Smith, takes issue with Hitchens for speaking of the impact on society of population growth driven by immigration, and the fact that British Muslims have larger families than British Christians.
‘Most of these newcomers are either students or migrants with skills Britain needs,’ she writes. ‘And there are still 12 times more Christians [in the UK] than Muslims.’
But it is in response to the columnist’s claim that London was ‘rapidly becoming a separate nation, as different from England as Scotland or Wales’, partly driven by an influx of rich foreigners, that Mrs Cable broached one of the most divisive policy debates within the Coalition: wealth taxes.
Responding to Mr Hitchens’s assertion that the capital now plays host to ‘extremes of wealth and poverty not known since Edwardian times’, Mrs Cable says: ‘I deplore the widening gap between rich and poor too. One remedy would be to tax them more efficiently. Have you heard of the Mansion Tax? I know a certain politician who advocates it.’
Liberal Vince Cable has unsuccessfully tried to persuade his Tory Coalition partners to implement a tax on houses worth more than £2 million.
Mr Hitchens also noted the ‘accelerating disappearance of marriage’, which he called ‘a fortress of private life and individuality’. Source: Mail on Sunday.
Vince Cable has previously stated that he favours a more open immigration policy and prior to the last election (before jumping into bed with the Conservatives) his Liberal party supported an amnesty for illegal immigrants bringing millions of undocumented workers into the tax system.
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