The articles on the Cameron’s statement published online have received thousands of comments from Brits, most of them taking a severe dig at Cameron and his policies. One of the users, using the name jim034 says Cameron’s words will create a “stampede” at every British Embassy and consulate in that region. And the reason, he says: “Most of the Indians I know and have worked with would love to come and live in the UK, as they put it, ‘because you do not have to work, everything is free’.”
Lending a perspective to his claims, he writes: “In Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE and Oman, there are more Indians than locals (working there).”
Another user using the name deep_dish, apparently fearing rise in local unemployment levels calls for action against the government. “I look forward to the first class action from a group of indigenous unemployed people suing the government for their plight. With statements like this the government won't have a leg to stand on,” he writes.
Calling Cameron “misguided”, another user DeadReckoning questions: “Does he (Cameron) really want to destroy our economy? Does he not realise how many Indian IT staff have displaced UK workers already? It's not as if we are unwilling or unable to undertake well paid white collar jobs such as IT. The UK banks have laid off thousands of IT workers - so there are plenty of unemployed IT staff here.”
Government’s tough rhetoric on immigration is harming country’s international competitiveness, Telegraph has said, quoting University leaders and business groups. The PM’s statement to persuade Indians to come to Britain might have, in that case, pleased these leaders. Even though Cameron has taken this position against the party line, but he has not talked about the arrival of people from countries like Bulgaria and Romania, in the same breath.
The newspaper quoting the official figures said: “Earlier this year the number of Indians studying at British universities fell by a quarter last year, to 30,000.” Keeping this in mind, many people have a reason to feel good at Cameron’s announcement. A user using the name wolfe is one among them. Terming the immigration “healthy”, he writes: “What are we scared of attracting the best and brightest from overseas so that we don't lose out in the competition for jobs? Do we think we are better off employing less qualified or competent people just because they are born here?”
“Six million Brits (born in UK) live and work in Australia; if they all came back it would dwarf the numbers from India and Eastern Europe! What needs to be checked is easy access to benefits without fair qualification or entitlement - an entirely different issue.”
Stopthefacist, another such Brit welcomes the news, maintaining that diversity makes Britain stronger. “Why is it assumed that people will come here, why shouldn't some people from here go to India? What makes you think you have any more of a right to be here than someone from India? The world belongs to us all, borders are a human construct. Many British people should be going to India and they'll see that they can have a great life there,” he writes.
The comment section of the Telegraph is full with concerns, sarcasm and wit. As remindmelater takes on stopthefascist, he calls India a “dreadful place” and wants Brits to avoid working in the country. “A better reason to avoid India at all costs is the drinking water. An enormous number of people getting ill every year. I guess many people have heard of Bombay (probably getting it wrong with Delhi) Belly - well it's real, India wide.”
“Well, it's safest to go Vegetarian in India for the sake of your health. Beef is more often than not a no-no, either for religious reasons and few Indians risk eating Indian beef as it's so awful and potentially dangerous because of the rampant use of growth hormones. The same goes for Supermarket Chicken,” he writes.
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