Theresa May calls for immigration based on skills and wealth
PM May's plan to allow immigration based on skills and wealth was to be expected.
After the two golden decades that started under PM Major and continued under PM Blair, the decline continues. Under these two PMs, people from poorer areas were stimulated to follow higher education and to achieve this major investments were done in education in general, including new schools.
Also major investments at universities resulted in collaborations with overseas universities, many foreigners (including from poorer countries) moving to the UK and top research.
Also free healthcare via the NHS whereby major investments resulted in good equipped (new) hospitals, good healthcare professionals and reduced waiting times.
Also a house for everyone was promoted and thus people could buy a property, improve it and sell it naturally more expensive to buy a larger house and repeat the above. This resulted in more expensive and now difficult to buy properties, certainly when houses and flats were sold much more expensive, even when they didn't need to be restored. And to help people, certain jobs were considered essential such as those of nurses and teachers who received reductions on mortgages to buy properties not too far from the places were they worked, including in expensive areas due to good housing planning.
Also LGBT rights flourished after the Thatcher years.
Still, the decline already started at the end of PM Blair's third term when tuition fees of £3.000 were introduced although children from poorer families could receive a grant they needed to repay ones they were earning after their studies. Under the Tory-LibDem government this fee was raised to £9.000 per year, leaving students with major debts (and naturally a defeat of the LibDem who promised before not to increase these fees). In addition, foreign student pay even higher fees and thus universities prefer them to have sufficient income to compensate for the reduced support by the government.
Also changes to housing support resulted in essential workers having to pay the real cost of housing and thus, it seems many essential workers are leaving such as nurses.
Also the national bank that became independent was a major mistake as no longer democratically-elected politicians but unelected bankers decided the course of the country and thus with disastrous consequences in 2008.
And while PM Blair introduced many control organisations such as for police, media, healthcare, ..., many in the current government want even more deregulation, a reason why they want to leave the EU with all its rules such as in environment and workers rights, while the financial crisis of 2008 showed regulations are needed to prevent that people without conscious force everyone to act like them in order to survive.
And thus now PM May wants to allow wealthy migrants and those with skills to enter the country. Those with skills (such as nurses, teachers, plumbers) may be more difficult if they will not be well paid unless at private schools where the wealthy are able to pay large sums for the education of their children or at private hospitals that will be expensive. And thus, when migrants are well paid for their skills, then customers will have to pay high bills when the government wants free market with little government involvement. Further, in case the wealthy come, they will buy the flats that are built today and thus house prices may further increase, making life even more expensive than before for those who voted to leave the EU.
Still, what people who can only think about doing things for big money don't understand is that often people who love their job want to collaborate with others in other countries who are also good as these collaborations increase their status. Indeed, scientists working at universities could earn more when they work in industry but many prefer to work on something they like but industry is not interested in and this in collaboration with others elsewhere. And thus, when it seems it may become more difficult to work with people outside the UK after Brexit, many skilled people may refuse to migrate to the UK although indeed, PM May also tries to attract people from the USA and Canada. And thus, there is the possibility fewer than expected wealthy and skilled migrants want to move to the UK, certainly when certain politicians continue to speak negatively about other European countries and continue to remove migrants who lived and worked in the UK for 30 or 40 years because the UK doesn't want to pay their pensions.
And thus, the UK should be careful or many of its big ideas may fail and the only option left to have some return on the recent investments may be to attract corrupt people who try to escape justice in their own countries - also not a good option. I hope I'm wrong and all will go well. And thus I can very well understand the anger of the people who want to stay in the UK when they understand their leaders seem to live on another planet far far away from reality. Still, it's too late and reverting it will be difficult to accept for those who want to leave. A mess whereby the EU should clearly say what it want and not wait for the UK's proposals.