MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: Rishi Sunak must deliver on his fight to ‘Stop the Boats’ to beat Keir Starmer
Well, here it comes. Rishi Sunak is going to make a real attempt to ‘Stop the Boats’, as he promised in December.
If there is one thing which can place a clear, sharp distance between the Government and Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour Party, it is the issue of uncontrolled migration into this country. And from early reports it looks very much as if Mr Sunak and his Home Secretary Suella Braverman have constructed a policy which will tackle this problem, practically and effectively.
An Immigration Bill expected this week will severely restrict claims that enforcing our borders in some way breaches the Human Rights of those who choose to come here by avoiding normal immigration controls.
It will at last challenge the shocking misuse of the treasured right of asylum, by people who have come here from or through perfectly safe countries.
Labour simply is not capable of doing this. Its leadership caste is crammed with ‘Human Rights’ lawyers, people who secretly despise their own voters and who actively favour large-scale migration – not because they like migrants but because they do not much like Britain.
Rishi Sunak is going to make a real attempt to ‘Stop the Boats’, as he promised in December
We know this because on a few astounding occasions they have blurted it out. The most startling was when Gordon Brown sneered at Labour voter Gillian Duffy, who had reproached him over his government’s failure to control the influx from Eastern Europe. Thinking the microphones were switched off, Mr Brown was quick to dismiss Mrs Duffy as a ‘bigoted woman’.
Clearly, this was what he really thought and the gallons of syrup he and his aides later tried to pour over the controversy could not sweeten it.
The truth was that the supposedly righteous Mr Brown was himself bigoted against the poor and their concerns, determined to impose his own view of what was good for them, whether they thought so or not.
The other event which needs to be remembered, as the Left makes its usual screeching attacks on the new plan, is the revelation by the New Labour functionary Andrew Neather, who unwisely disclosed in a newspaper article that he had seen early drafts of Labour’s immigration policy which ‘included a driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the Government was going to make the UK truly multicultural’.
He added: ‘I remember coming away from some discussions with the clear sense that the policy was intended – even if this wasn’t its main purpose – to rub the Right’s nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date’.
If there is one thing which can place a clear, sharp distance between the Government and Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour Party, it is the issue of uncontrolled migration into this country
Let us hope Mr Sunak and Ms Braverman (pictured) go to it with a will. It is time it was tackled and time Labour was shown up as a party which long ago deserted its own voters.
This was accompanied by sneers about working class opponents of immigration being fascists and by a self-interested plea from the North London Left-wing classes about how he found it hard to see how the capital could function without ‘foreign nannies, cleaners and gardeners’.
Labour has never offered any official response to this extraordinary revelation but as it comes from one of the party’s figures, we can assume it to be true.
Deep inside Sir Keir’s party there is a scorn for Labour’s own voters, who think migrants should come in by the front door, legally. They see uncontrolled migration very differently from their leaders, as creating heavy pressure on housing and on stretched schools, medical and social services.
They are also dismayed when woke Leftists, parading their consciences, prevent the deport-ation of convicted criminals.
This is a real divide, and the Tories seem set to put themselves on the right side of it, and on the side of the great majority of the British people.
Let us hope Mr Sunak and Ms Braverman go to it with a will. It is time it was tackled and time Labour was shown up as a party which long ago deserted its own voters.
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