Saturday, 18 October 2008

Immigration; the worst kind of reaction

. How is this for the worst kind of opportunist politics?? Immigration Minister Paul Woolas talking to The Times said that in reaction to rising unemployment migrant numbers may have to be cut. Woolas said;

“If people are being made unemployed, the question of immigration becomes extremely thorny . . . It’s been too easy to get into this country in the past and it’s going to get harder.”

The notion that this is 'inspired by the fight against racism' is complete hokum because it clearly says that by implication immigration is somehow to blame (why else reduce it?). I would not go as far as to call it racist but nonetheless it shows a complete ignorance from this government about how people think; although coming out against this kind of statement is unlikely to prove popular with the wider electorate it is defiantly something we should be doing.

Unsurprisingly, the Conservatives have jumped on the bandwagon. Dominic Grieve, Shadow Home Secretary, said that;

"These islands do have a finite capacity and as population increases so quality of life will be diminished.

People complain that the Underground is too crowded and there are now 800,000 more people living in London than there were ten years ago."

It should be axiomatic that there is no way the recent rise in unemployment is attributable to immigration. Our party should be taking the lead in championing the cause of immigration and highlighting reports that debunk the myths like one from the Work Foundation published earlier this year. It will be unpopular but it is the right thing for a progressive party to champion.


Joe Otten said...

Axiomatic? Surely not. An axiom is a presumption, whereas there is actually evidence that immigration does not drive up unemployment.

Julian H said...

I saw a clip of this Woolas character on television today. His politics appear misguided, reactionary and statist; perfectly in tune with what we've come to expect from Labour.

Darrell G said...

Totally agree Julian H

Darrell G said...

Fair cop Joe....:)