One of the more extreme notions peddled in this blog in the past has been the idea that if things went badly in Spain there could be a good many migrant Brit’s coming back to dear old Blighty to enjoy all the opportunities of life here.
Margate and Morecambe are very
decent places and perhaps once good places to retire to, but with the best will
in the world they are not quite Malaga or others
blessed with sun and the rest in . Spain
Hamish McRae touched on this in today’s “Independent” in passing but seemed to be concerned about how we would bail out the Brit’s in
if the cash machines stopped
working. He then went on to say that a
stronger pound would make our holidays cheaper. Spain
John Redwood, also today, discussed
problems pointing out that it is the private sector there which is taking the
worst hit. This has an effect on consumer spending and other activity that is
holding back any recovery. It is not
looking good in the long term. Spain
The property market in
has bombed. There has not been the flush
of cheap money maintained to prop the prices up as there has been in the Spain . The result is that any Brit’s trying to sell
are in trouble. If they do, they will be
in worse trouble coming back to the UK without the necessary to buy
into our inflated market. UK
Many Brit’s in
Spain may be in the bad
situation of having had their incomes squeezed so badly that they cannot afford
either to stay there or to come back to the UK
benefits support when they get here. UK
Quite how many might come back is not known. Perhaps a figure might be thought of as an expert government estimate. Then for practical purposes you would need to either double or treble it. It depends on how bad it becomes in
How then does a local authority allocate housing to these migrants? Elderly couples without dependants would be in a weak position against migrants coming in with families or other dependents. So where would they go?
There is an interesting potential political difficulty here. At present the homeless in
are mostly people in the middling and
younger ages. Having hordes of grannies
littering the pavements and begging for alms could put off the tourists. London
Even the London Political Media might notice if they blocked the way into favoured restaurants. If the government managed to pack off many of these returned souls to the provinces the situation would not be much better.
Of course, they might be billeted in all those second and holiday homes in the country or by the seaside but it is difficult to see our Parliament choosing that option to deal with the emergency, should it arise. The reasons for that are all too clear.
It is a long while since we have seen major population movements of this kind in the developed parts of
Europe. Even the “folk memory” of the shifts of the
1940’s has been forgotten with all the strains that occurred across Europe and
even in parts of the . UK
The picture above is of The Retreat to Corunna that occurred in late 1808 and into January 1809. The Battle of Corunna is in Wikipedia and other net sources. My direct ancestor, same name as myself, was there with the 43rd Regiment of Foot.
Despite their courage and the brave fight at Corunna it was a sorry looking lot that later disembarked in England, many unfit for further service and all of the rest having to be re-equipped and restored to health.
But that was only a few thousand, if we have another major retreat it could be many hundreds of thousands.