Any Labour supporter could tell you that. I am disgusted (and I mean effing throwing up daily disgusted) at the way this supposedly leftwing government is dealing with the immigration issue - two things:
1. IF there is a resurgence of the right, you do NOT deal with it by adopting their attitudes and policies towards immigration, because by so doing, you validate their effing viewpoint. "After all, if a leftwing (caring, sharing, loving) government can be so anti-immigration, then those racist BNP people must have a point"
2. THERE ISN'T AN EFFING PROBLEM! Immigration to the EU has dropped by half in the past decade. Britain has a demographic need for immigration anyway, and desperately needs doctors, nurses, police etc. (ignoring the very valid argument that we should not be stealing such valuable resources from countries that need them more than us - pay the public sector workers more, treat them as more than fodder and hey, presto, more people will be prepared to work)
More to the point, the ACTUAL amount of immigration is negligible but people's perceptions of it are so distorted by the effing media backed up by idiot politicians talking about swamping!! If people knew the facts, they would stop worrying. The job of politicians MUST be to say these are the facts, now what would you like us to do?
In a survey, most Brits thought we take in a 1/4 of world immigration each year - actual figure is 2%. We have one new immigrant each year for every 300 residents.
This xenophobia is abhorrent and more importantly, MISTAKEN. At least if there was a smidgen of truth, I MIGHT understand people's fears, but there isn't a problem.
Blair should have the guts to say that, but his heart is in Thatcher's bosom... always has been always will...
Gordon Brown for PM!