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Stelzer, Irwin

Economist. Writes for the Times. Is Murdoch's right-hand man. Interesting profile in The Oserver:,6903,1329545,00.html

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The Guardian - United Kingdom | 11/05/2010

Brown's resignation won't save Labour

Gordon Brown's renunciation of the Labour Party leadership won't keep Labour in power, writes the daily The Guardian: "The new man or woman at the helm will carry the burden of the party's record but be unable to offer the expertise to cope with the future. Yes, Brown failed to understand the social consequences of excessive immigration in his quest to keep UK labour costs competitive. Yes, he failed to support the military with the kit it needed. Yes, he allowed Ed Balls to so centralise control of the education system that teachers have become mere puppets dancing on Whitehall strings. There is more, but you get the idea. But Brown did not act alone. He had accomplices in the party: every member now being considered a possible successor supported these failed policies. The voters know that, and will remember."

The Times - United Kingdom | 24/10/2006

UK policy for the restriction of immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania

"The Home Secretary [John Reid] will outline his policy on restricting emigrants from Bulgaria and Romania today", notes the economist Irwin Stelzer. "The Government is considering plans to have its bureaucrats sit down with the nation's corprocrats, and set up a point system that will give entry permits to those with the highest scores. In Australia such a system quite sensibly assigns 50 per cent more points to a chef than to a 'real estate salesperson', but proves its fallibility by assigning the same number of points to a 'grief counsellor' as to the clearly more valuable category, 'economist'! A system that relies on bureaucrats' judgments will, quite naturally, favour people just like them, but not immigrants who arrive seeking work in the hospitality industries. ... The point system, by granting points for language skills and education, also has a bias against those wanting to assimilate but who have not had the opportunity to learn a second language in their countries of origin."

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