Whatever one thinks of immigration, you cannot deny that the flow into the UK over the last few years has been unprecedented. Now it seems that local as well as national public services are straining at the seams.
Many local councils are struggling to cope with the flood of workers from EU accession states such as Poland and Lithuania.Another example of Tony Blair's joined up government no doubt. Though with these numbers, you can see why we are struggling.
Figures from the Department for Work and Pensions quoted in the report show that 662,000 foreign nationals gained a national insurance number for the first time in 2005/06.There is no doubt that this massive flow of labour has papered over many of the cracks in Gordon's economic edifice. It has also benefited those who have come here, and the unemployed in the countries they came from. The rest of us? I am not so sure.