Once again, Jeremy Corbyn is talking sense. So of course, The Guardian has relegated this story to a supporting position on its ‘politics’ web page.
Everything Mr Corbyn says about the Tories (in the excerpt I have quoted), is accurate, and This Blog has reported increasing levels of hate crime – throughout society, not just aimed at immigrants and migrant workers, since it began, nearly five years ago.
And the fact is, immigration is not the cause of any of the UK’s problems.
Tories are the cause of the UK’s problems.
Immigrants didn’t introduce privatisation into the English NHS and then cut services in order to pay dividends to company shareholders. Tories did.
Immigrants didn’t restrict the number of new houses being built, making it harder for everyone – including immigrants – to get a home. Tories did.
Immigrants didn’t mess around with the education system, bringing schools under private ownership and introducing new criteria for awarding places in them. Tories did.
Immigrants did not make it possible for companies to undercut workers’ wages and conditions, fending off protests from weakened trade unions. Tories did.
And immigrants didn’t introduce rationing of public services across the board and call it “austerity”. Tories did.
Theresa May’s Conservatives are at the vanguard of the wave of right-wing hatred rising across the world.
The hate started here.
So let’s show the rest of the world how to put an end to it.
Let’s be world leaders at being better than that.
Jeremy Corbyn has insisted Labour will not make “false promises” on reducing immigration as he accused Theresa May of complicity in whipping up hatred against migrants.
The Labour leader warned against sowing division by pandering to anti-migrant sentiment, saying it had already had consequences with hate crime rising in Britain and the US following the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election as president.
Both the leave campaign and Trump made cutting immigration central in their pitch to voters and were criticised for what many saw as alarmist rhetoric.
“We will not make false promises on immigration targets as the Tories have done or sow divisions, but we will take decisive action to end the undercutting of workers’ pay and conditions, reinstate the migrant impact fund to support public services and back fair rules on migration,” he said.
“This is a government led by Theresa May who, as home secretary, authorised taxpayer-funded vans to tour the streets emblazoned with ‘go home’; who, as home secretary, made up stories about being unable to deport foreign criminals because they had a pet cat; who, was part of a government that called disabled people on benefits scroungers, shirkers, and skivers.
“We will never use that language,” he said.
“It is this culture in which rising levels of hate crime have occurred. Far-right views are now being presented as part of the mainstream, egged on by sections of the media that publish the most hateful and dishonest bile on a routine basis.”
In a direct pitch to Brexit supporters fed up with the status quo, Corbyn echoed the leave campaign’s slogan, saying only Labour could “take back real control”.
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