As French do deal on Hinkley C Boris backs 'Johnny Foreigner'
One in ten Brits living in Germany is on benefits, says mayor: migration is good for us and good for the world
FOREIGNERS are taking over a chunk of Britain’s nuclear power and pushing up house prices in London, but they have a champion in the beefy form of Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London.
EDF – the French electricity company that is largely owned by the French state – has done a deal with David Cameron that guarantees a return of £92.50 per megawatt (that’s roughly double the current market price for electricity) for the first 35 years in return for building a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
In effect, it’s a massive subsidy handed to the French taxpayer by the hard-hit consumers of Britain, already smarting from last week's announcement of an 8.4 per cent increase in electricity prices by British Gas.
As if that were not bad enough, the state-owned Chinese nuclear industry is taking a share in the Hinkley C project - with hopes of bigger nuclear deals to come in the UK - after Chancellor George Osborne and Boris rolled out the red carpet last week in Beijing.
As John Prescott tweeted this morning: "Our nuclear industry is now state run. By the communist state of China & the Socialist republic of France."
The Hinkley Point announcement coincides with a survey out this morning from Rightmove, an online property finding agency, which says house prices in central London have jumped on average by 10 per cent – in a month! And that is largely due to foreign buyers - Russians, French, and Chinese - buying up large tracts of Kensington and Chelsea like demented Monopoly players.
Rightmove says foreign demand has pushed the average London asking price to £544,232, beating a previous high set in July by more than £28,000. The agency puts much of the increase down to a "frenzy" of activity in parts of prime inner London as overseas investors look for a safe haven to place their cash amid the troubles of the eurozone. As a result, the rush is "leaving the shelves bare".
You might expect the Tory right to be planning a counter-offensive on the beaches to stop our sceptred isle being taken over by this invasion of foreigners. If they are, their numbers do not include the Mayor of London.
Boris Johnson has used his column in the Daily Telegraph this morning to decry the growing complaints against “bloody foreigners” taking over Britain.
Boris thunders: “Foreign billionaires or foreign bludgers: it’s hard to decide which set of bloody foreigners is more resented, but the message is clear. Hop off, beat it, and scram… [But] before we all collapse in a xenophobic frenzy, let me ask: which European nation provides the most foreigners? It’s us!
“We have our own share of irritating British rich people, pushing up house prices abroad and cheesing off the natives. We have our own share of bludgers, living off benefits in other countries. The Brits: we’re the biggest load of bloody foreigners on earth. It’s been good for us, and on the whole it’s been good for the world.”
To help make his point, Boris has unearthed the startling fact that one in ten Britons in Germany - about 10,000 in all - is living there on benefits of up to £23,300 a year. A "spectacular report" he's seen includes "some hilarious quotes from British claimants about how simple the German system is, how generous and non-judgmental".
Boris’s support for 'Johnny Foreigner' - his phrase - will have caused choking over the cornflakes for Telegraph readers this morning. Yesterday they were treated to a five-page diatribe against the foreigners coming to Britain to sponge on our benefits in the Sunday Telegraph, with a broadside at the BBC for being biased on the issue.
Boris shows one British asset remains intact - freedom of speech! ·