Both the short and long term implications of this rise are baleful. Demography is destiny – and the Government should act.
Unless the obvious definitions of biological sex are clearly established in law, then the sex-based protections of girls and women will be undermined.
It is the moment to decide whether to go for a leader who is prepared to tackle immigration, or for one who has failed to heed the public’s calls to reduce it.
Brexit offers an opportunity to change our path – and failing to do so could bring very serious electoral consequences.
Projected future demand for housing and public services is huge, and can only be met if we act now to prepare for it.
An unholy alliance of vested commercial interests on the one hand, and left-leaning commentators on the other, have poisoned the well of the debate on migration.
According to official projections, the proportion of the population aged over 85 will be three times larger than it is now.
If controlling our growth involves a rupture with the EU over the ‘freedom of movement issue’, then – in my view – that is a price which must be paid.