(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

This is actually a blog post I wrote over a year ago. But with the success of UKIP in both Tory and Labour heartlands – it’s even more relevant today.

A couple of days ago I wrote an article about how Cameron had secretly agreed a deal to allow cheap labour from India into the UK.

You can read it for yourself here:

Immigration bombshell: Cameron’s (very) secret deal to allow a flood of cheap labour from India

The main point of the article wasn’t just about immigration – it was also about how Cameron has successfully managed to hide what he’s doing from the electorate because if it were ever to become widely known – it would be electorally devastating for him at the next election.

I knew I would be attacked for the post – but I was surprised at how many on the Left attacked me for even attempting to start a discussion about immigration. One person even went so far to compare me to Enoch Powell.

Why is the Left so afraid to even talk about immigration?

If immigration is good for the economy – as some studies have suggested – why wouldn’t anyone on the Left want to shout it out from the rooftops?

And if immigration has a negative effect on wages and housing – why wouldn’t anyone on the Left want to shout out about that too?

The truth is that the Left seems to have handed over the whole discussion about immigration to the Right.

Opinion poll after opinion poll shows immigration is the number 1 concern of voters. If the electorate is badly misinformed about immigration – then how can refusing to join in the debate change that?

That’s why I want to see the Left jump into the immigration debate with both feet – no holds barred.

We should talk about the good and the bad aspects of immigration – we should talk about points systems and caps and how much access to benefits immigrants should or shouldn’t have and racism and integration and language and regulations and housing and access to health services and wages – let the discussion be free and open and we should not be afraid.

Because the alternative of allowing the Right to control the agenda on immigration is a prospect much too frightening to consider.


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