On the eve of a speech in which a former Tory minister will warn her party that a “hard Brexit” will promote intolerance and bigotry, has it not occurred to anyone that this may be exactly what the Conservative government wants?
Ask yourself: Why do people resent immigrants coming into the UK?
Isn’t it because of fears they will use up scant social resources – claiming benefits, occupying houses, taking up school places, hospital beds, and so on?
But that only becomes an issue if there is a shortage of those resources, and in the sixth-richest country on Earth, there’s no reason for that to be the case. So, why is it the case?
This Twitter user knows the answer:
That’s right – the Conservatives have reintroduced rationing.
Only this time, they called it “austerity”.
The relentless onslaught of cuts – that have stripped public services to the bone, put the NHS billions of pounds in debt and created a huge shortage of affordable housing, coupled with changes to the education system that have made it increasingly difficult to place children in nearby schools, has created an atmosphere of suspicion.
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?
Put that way, it isn’t too hard to understand, is it?
And the beauty of it, for people like them, who see little difference between poverty-stricken immigrants and poverty-stricken native citizens, is that their policy has left poor people fighting among themselves.
They even managed to get elected, last year, on the basis that they would hold a referendum on our EU membership that could stop immigration into the UK.
And now we know that it probably won’t.
You see, immigration isn’t the problem. The Conservative government is.
A “hard Brexit” in which the UK turns its back on the EU single market and closes its borders to European citizens risks encouraging bigoted attitudes like those of Donald Trump, a former cabinet minister in David Cameron’s government will say on Sunday.
In her speech… [Nicky] Morgan will say… “There are already those for whom the referendum result is not enough – they want us to have a ‘hard Brexit’ that cuts us off from the EU, turns our back on the single market and allows people to say things about their fellow citizens that promote intolerance and bigotry.”
The pro-EU elements of the Tory party increasingly fear that May, Johnson, Davis and Fox are preparing for a “hard Brexit” – leaving the EU single market and accepting that as the price to be paid for curbing immigration and restoring control of UK borders.
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