The Calais Crisis, And General Political Ideas (Part 1)

So I started thinking about the so-called “Calais Crisis”, and how the “problem” of immigration could be solved. Obviously, being a reasonable person, I don’t believe that immigration is a bad thing – the people who want to come to our country bring their own experiences and culture, and many of them already have valuable skills to contribute.

Immigrants looking unhappy, pressed against a fence

Immigrants in Greece – photo by Ggia & Kim Hansen

But more fundamentally, I don’t believe that the circumstances of someone’s birth should determine their fate for the rest of their life. Using this as a basis, I started typing pretty much whatever came into my head, and it’s a pretty good summary of what I feel is right for the future of the UK, and developed societies in general. Towards the end it gets bit rambling, and I don’t really feel like I’m finished, but here goes…

Every human being on the planet should be permitted to become a citizen of the UK if they choose. However, with such huge inequality in the world, supporting a new population of people who haven’t been educated and don’t have much money isn’t practical, so this must be introduced gradually.

As more people enter the UK, more people will leave the UK – there will be a natural limit to the quality of life people living here are willing to accept. This limit should increase over time, so that the people of the UK become more comfortable and better supported by the state.

This can only happen if the productivity of the workforce increases, since the productivity of the workforce is what generates state income. Average productivity can only be increased through education and improved efficiency. Therefore the priority for any far-sighted government should be improving education while maintaining the current quality of life. In this way, the quality of life will automatically increase as people become more educated and productivity increases.

Infrastructure is one way of improving efficiency, so this should also be heavily invested in. Improved transport helps people get to the places they need to be more quickly. Transport should be nationalised to ensure that as much money as possible is reinvested in improvements. Efficiency also increases with the health of the population, so healthcare is also a priority.

Every citizen should receive the same benefits and support from the state, since every citizen is equal. However, wealth is not equally distributed, so the people who can most afford to contribute to the state should contribute the greatest amount.

Consumer products which are detrimental to health, and therefore productivity should ideally be banned. However, this isn’t practical, so they should be heavily controlled instead. High taxes should be placed on detrimental products such as cigarettes, alcohol and high-calorie foods, to discourage uptake. These taxes should be plowed back into healthcare to help compensate for the burden these products place on the system.