The Tory Party and Media Xenophobes
by David Eade
Thu 21st Nov 2013
In recent days I have read a Tweet saying that if the next British General Election is fought on the issue of immigration then Labour will lose. I have also heard a report of a study on what the main election issues in 2015 will be. Immigration is at the top of the list together with the improving the economy. So like it or not, immigration into the
It is right and proper that immigration should be openly discussed in
There are those on the far right of the Conservative ranks and in UKIP who are happy to discuss immigration dressed up as xenophobia. Indeed there are those in the present Conservative – Lib Dem coalition who are frightening people with tales of a flood of Romanians and Bulgarians heading for our shores in 2014. This campaign reaches back to both of those countries where people feel they are the undeserved victims of racist attacks by our very own government.
This came to a head last week when MEPs Corina Cretu, who is vice-president of the S&D Group, and Catalin Ivan, the head of Romanian delegation in European Parliament, sent an open letter to the
The letter stated: “We invite you to underline, in a firm and public message, the fact that
The Romanian MEPs criticised the ambiguity of
The two Romanian MEPs pointed to recently published data regarding the positive presence and the strong work ethic of immigrants in
Catalin Ivan observes that the British Prime Minister should know these facts as he was present at the CBI conference.
In their open letter to Cameron the two Romanian MEPs stated: “We cannot accept all these deviant nuances of public speech towards extremism and xenophobia, especially when they are based on ridiculous exaggerations and on inducing the fear of immigrants for
Whether the letter from Cretu and Ivan will receive a reply from David Cameron remains to be seen. Whether he steps in to put a stop to the xenophobic and racists attacks will be the litmus test of his personal beliefs. His actions will also set the tone for the wider immigration debate that the