161031-xenophobiaThis is interesting, because This Writer came to the same conclusion completely independently.

I argued that Tories have re-introduced rationing – of education, healthcare, housing and more – and then allowed UK citizens to blame it on migrant workers.

I wrote: “People have become hugely protective of what little remains, and see immigrants as threats to their own ability to access that remnant.

“Meanwhile the Conservatives and the richest one per cent of UK citizens have more than doubled their already vast income over the last six years.

“So who is responsible for the lack of resources? Immigrants? Or the Tories who have drained away all the funds to make themselves richer?”

Interesting to see the LSE actually coming out and criticising the government over this.

Brexit, the campaign to leave, was never about the EU; it wasn’t even really about immigration; it was about foreigners. But the government’s own position was fatally compromised because it was unable to confront the use of xenophobia.

The campaigning use of immigration was to identify an enemy, exaggerated and partly imagined as enemies always are in this familiar political tactic, who could be blamed for longer waiting lists in the NHS, overcrowded class rooms in schools, reduction in public services. The government could never say these worsening of the conditions of the people were not because of immigration but because of its own old-fashioned economic liberal policy of austerity.

The government has avoided, once again, taking the blame for the erosion of public services, but at the cost of the unity of its party and its country.

Source: How foreigners became the convenient scapegoat of the referendum campaign | British Politics and Policy at LSE

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