The Shocking Truth of the Real Labour immigration Policy.
Diane Abbott lets slip Labour’s real immigration policy
You might find this hard to believe but most MPs are decent people. They actually want to change Britain for the better.
They listen to their constituents and learn from them.
They know that the voters are their boss and even in high office they try to remain grounded in real life.
I use the word “most” carefully. Because there are some MPs who give the entire group a bad name.
They seem to treat their presence in the Commons as some form of divine right, appear to behave with an all consuming arrogance and are utterly dismissive of anyone who disagrees with them.
At the top of my list of such MPs is Diane Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington. You may have seen her on TV.
She was a regular on This Week, the latenight politics show on BBC1. When Gordon Brown resigned as Labour leader she ran against Ed Miliband in 2010. Her campaign was hardly a success.
She was eliminated in the first round after gaining 7.24 per cent of the votes.
In a career marked only by a series of undistinguished events and revelations, Ms Abbott was then promoted to the front bench by Ed Miliband. She’s now a health spokeswoman.
However, Ms Abbott’s contribution rarely rises beyond her sneering condescension. She treats political opponents as an inferior form of life – and she can be even more dismissive of those within her own party with whom she disagrees.
But for all that, she does serve a purpose. Ms Abbott is so full of her own importance that she will often blunder into offering an unguarded revelation about herself and more interestingly her party.
This week’s is a beauty. In an interview she let slip that the stance Ed Miliband is now taking on immigration is a fraud on the public. She didn’t put it quite like that of course. But that’s what it amounts to.
The Labour leader has recently toughened his line on immigration, saying that when it was in government it failed to listen to public concerns.
You can say that again.
Under Labour, immigration increased by three million in a single decade.
Not once were we asked if that was what we wanted.Worse, we were lied to.
When the Eastern European countries were admitted to the EU in 2004 the Labour government told us there would be, at most, 13,000 immigrants taking advantage of the new freedom of entry.
The true figure turned out to be more than a million: 1,079,000. Mr Miliband says Labour is now aware that not everything about this was as popular as it might have been.
So he has floated some ideas, such as that immigrants should be given English lessons and that the ability to speak English should be a requirement for all public-sector jobs in which staff interact with members of the public.
But even these – which are barely more than common sense – are, according to Diane Abbott, a struggle for him: “I’ve spoken to Ed Miliband about this quite a bit. I know that on this issue Ed’s heart is in the right place.”
By “in the right place”, she does not mean what you and I would consider to be the right place. She means three million new immigrants in a decade.
She goes on to say that what “weighs with him is the polling which shows what the Tories are doing on immigration is popular”.
Heavens! As if Labour might actually consider there is any merit to public opinion. What utter contempt they must have for the electorate.
Because what her words actually mean is that left to his own devices Ed Miliband sees nothing wrong with his party’s previous record and would carry on as before.
But because he’s trying to win an election he’s trying to hoodwink us into thinking Labour has changed. Perhaps we should be grateful to Ms Abbott.
She has, after all, revealed that Mr Miliband’s attempts to portray himself as having rethought Labour’s approach are a cynical ploy.
On the other hand it’s difficult to put the concept of gratitude in the same sentence as the name Diane Abbott and not feel that it jars. For one thing she is an appalling hypocrite.
In 2003 she sent her son to the private City of London School, joining the long line of politicians who believe there is one rule for them and another for everyone else.
And for an outspoken critic of tuition fees, how unsurprising – given her record of hypocrisy – that it should emerge this week that she charged Birmingham University £1,750 to make a 50-minute speech to undergraduates.
For someone who has such a high opinion of herself that she ran for the leadership of the Labour Party, she is also a cheat.
In 2004 she was forced to apologise for failing to declare £17,300 of earnings for her appearances on This Week on the Register of Members’ Interests.
Perhaps most despicably Ms Abbott also has a penchant for making race a political issue.
In 1996 she attacked her local hospital for hiring “blonde, blue eyed Finnish girls” as nurses because they had “never met a black person before”.
Can you imagine the – rightful – anger had it been the other way round? And last year she excelled herself with an attack on all white people.
“White people love playing ‘divide and rule'” she tweeted.
Diane Abbott might have unwittingly revealed the truth about Labour’s supposed change of heart on immigration but in no other respect does she contribute anything useful to British politics.