When I was born there were fewer than 50 million people in this country. Today there are 61 million - and the number is rising steadily. It is forecast that there will be 71 million people by 2031 and 85 million by 2081. We are already the fifth most densely populated country in the world.
One reason is that we are living longer and that child mortality rates are at an all-time low, both Good Things. But the main reason is immigration. Every year hundreds of thousands of people arrive here to swell our numbers, both by their own presence and by the fact that the birth rate is much higher among first- and second-generation foreign mothers. All these people need houses, proper sanitation, education, health-care, jobs, pensions. The impact on our society and our culture cannot be denied, whether or not we are happy about the situation.
Can we sustain it? Roger Martin, the Chairman of the Optimum Population Trust does not think so. He says: "Britain's population increase is out of control and we are on course for a high-density, low-quality future where overcrowding and congestion are the norm and resource shortages, particularly of vital commodities like water and energy, are ever more pressing. Every addition to the population pushes this country further from sustainability and nearer to a position of extreme environmental precariousness. This is a future nobody wants".
We owe to it to our children and grandchildren to halt this frightening process, and we look to our politicians to do so. However, it is a fact that we can, and probably will, be forced by Europe to take MORE immigrants. Our own politicians, hampered by political correctness and lack of power, can do little. We have lost control of our borders and a bleak future awaits.