We all know the answer to the question in the headline: To make Labour unpopular.
Reversing the cuts that have caused so much harm already – and will cause very much more before we are able to lever the Conservative parasites out of office – would be very popular so, for example, the Grauniad manages to bury it in the third paragraph of its story.
Labour’s position on migration is much more contentious with ordinary people who have been conditioned by media like the Daily Mail and Daily Express, and politicians like Nigel Farage and UKIP, to believe that people who come from foreign lands to work in the UK must by definition be harming the indigenous population – us.
It would be more accurate to say employers who take on such workers at artificially-depressed rates of pay are doing the harm – and that is precisely the point Jeremy Corbyn intends to make.
But who will listen?
When the well has been poisoned, nobody will want to drink there – and the well of opinion on immigration into the UK is currently so lethal that it is impossible to have a reasoned discussion about it.
The ‘comment’ column following this article may prove This Writer correct (although I’d rather it prove me wrong).
Corbyn is to be applauded for his attempt.
Who knows? If the media are wrong about general opinions toward the Labour Party, reason may yet prevail. In David Cameron’s UK, that would be a welcome surprise.
Jeremy Corbyn is expected to attack David Cameron’s negotiations of an “emergency brake” on benefits for new migrants as potentially discriminatory, and make a positive case for European migration ahead of the crunch summit on Britain’s EU membership this week.
Despite serious concerns among some of the shadow cabinet, it seems the Labour leader is determined to present an “alternative argument” that discriminating against workers from east European states is unfair and will do nothing to reduce migration levels.
It is part of a series of potentially contentious moves by Corbyn in the coming months designed to leave his political stamp on the party, including a new “Labour fiscal credibility rule”, under which the party would “guarantee that all cuts announced for this parliament could be reversed in full”.
Corbyn is planning to make his intervention on EU renegotiation during a visit to Brussels before the summit of member states on Thursday and Friday, where the prime minister will seek agreement on his renegotiation, including the idea of a four-year block on new migrants within the EU receiving in-work benefits.
The Labour leader will suggest that Cameron has been “playing at the edges” in his renegotiation, according to sources close to Corbyn, and will suggest a crackdown on the undercutting of wages by unscrupulous agencies paying eastern European workers below the minimum wage for jobs in the UK should have been a priority.
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