If Miliband thinks voters will ever trust Labour on immigration, he’s ‘got it wrong’ again
What a turn-up for the books. Ed Miliband has vowed to tackle the problem of foreign workers taking ‘British’ jobs and to clamp down on uncontrolled immigration.
Yeah right Ed, whatever.
I would like to say amen to that. Well done, Mr Miliband. But, guess what, it’s not that simple.
A few weeks ago, internal Tory focus group results were leaked showing that the second biggest cause of Conservative voter discontent was the lack of action by the Coalition on immigration. The first was concern over the economy.
The results of the research by Tory polling guru Andrew Cooper sent shockwaves through the Conservative hierarchy. The message was clear: Voters were furious that David Cameron had not been tough enough on immigration.
Mr Miliband must have been confused initially, because he is naturally supportive of migrant labour. To hear him speak before today, you would think the more foreign workers the merrier. But apparently he has now decided that this is not the case.
He has now promised to deter firms from exclusively employing workers from overseas, admitting his party ‘got it wrong’ on immigration when in government.
He now says Gordon Brown and Tony Blair should not have allowed uncontrolled immigration from the EU in 2004.
We saw an influx of benefit scroungers, rapists, killers, criminals and foreign creeps.
He has also pledged to ban recruitment agencies which use only foreign workers at the expense of ‘local talent’ but Labour allowed all these to be set up in the first place.
The idea that Labour can be trusted on immigration when they opened the door in the first place is in itself highly questionable and very, very, unlikely.
In 2004, the Labour government allowed free migration to the UK for workers from EU accession states including Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, leading to a peak net migration figure of 252,000 in 2010.
But one also starts to wonder whether Mr Miliband himself can be trusted. When he became Labour leader, he insisted he would not make kneejerk policy.
He has spent the past few years pompously declaring that he will not ‘play politics’. Now, as he scents coalition blood, he is playing politics for all he is worth.
Do we like the new cut-throat Ed or not?
NEVER AGAIN, NOT IN OUR NAME !