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Two Minute Hate: Criminals and Immigrants


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No responsible politician or political party would have a section of their manifesto for the coming election entitled ‘Crime and Immigration’, thereby lumping the two issues (and sets of people) together in an unholy juxtapositioning that plays right into the hands of the BNP, Migration Watch and their kind.

But that is exactly what Labour have done. They may as well have called it ‘Criminals and Immigrants’. All part of the Two Minute Hate.

On a slightly happier subject, there was an excellent article by Phillip Legrain on Saturday entitled Foreigners have not ‘taken’ new jobs, a response to Daily Mail claims in which he explains (again) that the idea there is a finite number of jobs in the economy is economic nonsense. There was also a good analysis piece by Jamie Doward in The Guardian on the misuse of statistics employed to justify such headlines.

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The Free Movement blog was founded in 2007 by Colin Yeo, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers specialising in immigration law. The blog provides updates and commentary on immigration and asylum law by a variety of authors.


5 Responses

  1. Is it possible to get rage fatigue from the political positions taken by the respective main parties on the issues surrounding immigration?

  2. Historically socialism (espec. communism)has rarely valued people and their right to freemovement, so at least Labour’s manifesto is a true display of their colours.

    EU law and ECHR have increased immigration despite Labour’s ideals to restrict it through visa fees & visa age increases.

    What disappoints me most is that currently the UK, the fourth richest (per capita) country in the world, is more concerned that immigrants boost the nations wealth.
    Since when did money become the near “be-all & end-all” of immigration’s raison d’etre.
    What about culture, family, integration, diversity of thought/beliefs/ideas/attitudes – apparantly disregarded by all in the system.

    As I said before, don’t vote labour and we at least get rid of Phil Woollas.

  3. I thought I’d ask my local Labour candidate by email. I’m told that, and I quote: “both are dealt with by the Home Office and Ministry of Justice together and it has been common practice over the years that these two subjects are discussed together at Policy Forums. There is nothing to suggest that the two are linked or that one causes the other.”

    Nothing to suggest that they are linked. But they are discussed in tandem!

    1. I’m currently enjoying the IPL 20 20 on ITV4.

      Its apparantly not the only place where SPIN is perceived to be effective.