Alex Massie

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There's plenty of scaremongering about immigration these days but, even allowing for a proper degree of skepticism, this constitutes a clear and present danger to our way of life:

The curry industry will die if action is not taken to address tough new immigration laws, restaurant bosses have warned the Scottish Parliament.

They claim food quality will deteriorate and up to half of the Indian restaurants currently in business could shut.

The comments came as 100 restaurateurs staged a protest at Holyrood over the changes to immigration rules.

They claim a shortage of kitchen staff has been created as a result.

Restaurant owners said legislation which came in at the end of February makes it harder for them to bring in staff from outside the European Union.

Foysol Choudhury, general secretary of the Bangladesh Samity Association in Edinburgh, criticised new rules requiring immigrants to speak English and have an academic qualification.

"Our chefs don't need to speak English. Their curry talks," he said.

*Sorry. No excuse.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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