An excellent piece by Gary Younge about the way that the ‘immigration debate’ in Britain is so surrounded by racism, misinformation and dishonesty that an actual debate is made impossible.
For the most part, the political responses to fear-mongering seek not to enlighten the participants but pander to them. “We deport someone every eight minutes,” immigration minister Meg Hillier tells voters in Dagenham, where the BNP leader, Nick Griffin, is mounting a challenge against Margaret Hodge. “We fingerprint anyone who comes in for over six months. Foreigners now have to carry special national identity cards.”
It is not clear how targeting foreigners helps anyone born in Dagenham. But it’s not difficult to see how it would help the BNP.