More babies were born in the UK in 2011-12 than any year since 1972, says the Office for National Statistics, as reported by the BBC.
In all, 813,200 UK births were recorded in the year, said the ONS, contributing to population growth that was, in absolute terms, the highest in the European Union.
ONS estimates say the population of the UK grew by 419,900 to 63.7 million between June 2011 and June 2012.
There were 254,400 more births than deaths and 165,600 more people coming to the UK than leaving.
There were 517,800 migrants from overseas while 352,100 people left the country.
Population growth is highest in London with the South-East of England coming in second. Channel 4 has a useful map showing where population growth is highest.
After the low birth-rate a decade ago, births are on course to emulate the nineteen-eighties in around three years and to outstrip the sixties by 2020.
The difference is, in the sixties and eighties it was people of British origin having the babies. Now, that demographic group are averaging below 2 children per woman of child-bearing age, while all the headline-grabbing stuff is coming from immigrants whose cultures still celebrate fecundity.
One Simon Ross, of anti-growth pressure group Population Matters, was reported widely, not least in the Daily Mail (which also has an interesting population chart by age).
He whined: ‘Our growing population is the root of many of our most pressing problems, including a lack of housing, pressure on services and development threats to our countryside and green spaces.
‘These, together with consequent infrastructure investments and transport issues are increasing costs for everyone. Measures by the Government to limit net migration are to be welcomed. However, the Government should also promote the benefits to individuals and society of smaller families.’
That is actually nonsense. The greater pressure on housing is coming from allowing families to split up so nonchalantly through divorce on demand. Services and transport do not stand still. They increase with population. There is no benefit to society from smaller families. A more informed opinion came from Jonathan Portes, director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
He said: “The medium to long-term benefits are substantial. The people who are being born now or the immigrants who are coming here now will help pay for our pensions and public services in the future.”
The danger is not increased population as such but the way our population is being skewed towards a particular religious group.
Dr Leon Moosavi of Liverpool University says the Muslim population in the UK grew from 1.5 million in 2001 to 3.0 million in 2011, from 2% of the total population to something between 4% and 5%. And they are not slowing down yet. If anything, those Muslims born here are even more culturally Islamic and productive of the next generation than their parents.
Vincent Cooper, writing for The Commentator, argues that on present population trends, Muslims will be in a majority in the UK by 2050. Many of our cities will suffer that fate a lot earlier. Ten years before that, the tipping point at which Muslims will form a majority in the House of Commons will arrive.
Cooper and The Commentator were widely rubbished by bodies such as Islamophobia Watch but the rebuttals were short on fact. Of course Islam is an expansionist world view set on world domination by any means, even if a majority in the Oxford Union can vote that ‘Islam is a religion of peace’.
But let us not blame individual Muslims, let alone Muslim women, for having more children than the current 1.8 norm. They are simply doing what God designed their bodies to do. They are doing what Christians should be doing: Working hard and increasing in a land where they feel like the underdogs.
Centuries ago, before the time of Christ, the people of Judah were carried off to Babylon. What did the Prophet Jeremiah urge them to do? Sit around moping? Watch the skies for their deliverance? No, he told them to build, to plant, to increase and to pray:
Jer 29:4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;
5 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;
6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished.
7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.
What did the Lord Jesus tell his followers to do before his return? ‘Occupy till I come.‘ (Luke 19:13)
Our society has a death-wish. We kill our own children, we encourage families to fracture, we whisk children off into ‘care’ to be abused by paedophile rings, we celebrate sexual license, pornography and perversion, even allowing the practitioners of the latter to pretend to ‘marry’.
But the secularists who have engineered our present debauchery have a very short time in which to celebrate. Like every civilisation which has ploughed this furrow before, we shall go down the rubbish-chute of history, being taken over within a generation by a stronger, monogamous culture. That culture, on current trends, will be Islam.
If only it would be Christianity. But that depends on the Church finding some confidence in historical, traditional, red-blooded Christianity. The very future of the United Kingdom depends on whether Christian men will stand up to be counted.
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