These last two weeks have seen a total stitch-up of the British public. Indeed, the folks at Westminster, aided and abetted by the media establishment, have done us all up like a kipper.
They have expertly turned the gross incompetence at the Home Office leading to the Windrush scandal into a demand that we all ‘change the narrative over immigration’, which is code for: Shut the hell up if you have any concerns over open borders, because if you do this is exactly the same as wanting to send some poor Caribbean granny ‘home’ to the West Indies even though she hasn’t been there since she was about five. Truly, this was a masterclass in media manipulation of the public.
There was a ‘hostile environment’ towards illegal immigrants, we are told. How hostile that environment really was, for anyone other than aforementioned Caribbean granny, we don’t know. On my listening to the many interviews given by various MPs from both parties, it was not that hostile. David Laws MP, two Saturdays ago on the BBC Today programme, said no one at the Home Office had any idea who was coming in and even less of an idea who was going out.
Do we really know how many illegal immigrants are here? One figure bandied about is a million. And how many do you think will be deported? Not many is my bet. In reality, it is not going to happen – hence the call for an amnesty by Boris Johnson. The Tories are not willing to adopt this as official policy and neither is Labour, probably because both parties know deep down that there would be outrage from the public if it became a manifesto pledge.
And just what is the problem in principle with creating a hostile environment for people who enter this country illegally? Just why, might I ask, is everyone falling over themselves to say how horrid a phrase it is, and how it shall never be spoken again in polite society, or indeed at the Home Office?
So what kind of environment should be created for those who choose to jump the queue into the UK over and above those who take the time and effort to enter and live in the UK legally? Should we instead roll out the red carpet to the law-breakers? Why bother with such pesky rules such as citizenship, border control, and EU regulations? Much better to flaunt your ‘openness’ on someone else’s dime.
If we look at those who are here legally – and that includes the Windrush generation who were never ‘immigrants’ but mostly British subjects, and all the EU migrants who came here legally – just how is their environment right now? The last time I checked, things were a little ‘hostile’ to the British citizens and legal migrants who live outside the Westminster village and the Today programme, what with the housing shortage and undercutting of wages.
Indeed, to listen to the media in the last two weeks anyone would think we were running immigration figures of 5,000 a year and not 500,000, so ‘hostile’ is our immigration policy. Anyone would think there is a surplus of housing and not a housing crisis, that the NHS has beds aplenty, and that generally things are just triffic.
In truth, both parties remain pathetically out of touch with the public mood on immigration – after all, one of the main drivers of the Brexit vote that the unelected, pompous, know-it-alls in the House of Lords are now trying to scupper. From Diane Abbott to the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid, MPs are petrified of saying they will get a hold on illegal immigration yet cower in the face of the media for fear of being called racist.
It is a sad, pathetic sight to behold and a lot of people outside the M25 will be the ones to pay the price.