Parties join forces to slam Tories’ ‘toxic rhetoric on immigration’ | Welfare Weekly


Following on from my long piece on Theresa May’s Tory conference speech (did they all sing the Horst-Wessel song at the end?), here’s a letter from the leaders of some of the other UK political parties.

They don’t like her.

Neither should you.

The countries of the United Kingdom face a spiralling political and economic crisis. At the top of the Conservative Party, the narrow vote in favour of leaving the EU has now been interpreted as the pretext for a drastic cutting of ties with Europe, which would have dire economic results – and as an excuse for the most toxic rhetoric on immigration we have seen from any government in living memory.

This is a profoundly moral question which gets to the heart of what sort of country we think we live in. We will not tolerate the contribution of people from overseas to our NHS being called into question, or a new version of the divisive rhetoric of ‘British jobs for British workers’.

Neither will we allow the people of these islands, no matter how they voted on June 23rd, to be presented as a reactionary, xenophobic mass whose only concern is somehow taking the UK back to a lost imperial age. At a time of increasing violence and tension, we will call out the actions of politicians who threaten to enflame those same things.

This is not a time for parties to play games, or meekly respect the tired convention whereby they do not break cover during each other’s conferences. It is an occasion for us to restate the importance of working together to resist the Tories’ toxic politics, and make the case for a better future for our people and communities.

We will do this by continuing to work and campaign with the fierce sense of urgency this political moment demands.

Signed by:

  • Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
  • Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
  • Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
  • Leanne Wood, Leader of Plaid Cymru
  • Steven Agnew, Leader of the Green Party of Northern Ireland
  • Patrick Harvie, Co-convener of the Scottish Green Party
  • Alice Hooker-Stroud, Leader of the Wales Green Party

Source: Parties join forces to slam the Tories’ ‘toxic rhetoric on immigration’


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7 thoughts on “Parties join forces to slam Tories’ ‘toxic rhetoric on immigration’ | Welfare Weekly

  1. NMac

    I agree with every word they say. I only wish someone from the Labour and Liberal leadership had also signed it as well. All the radical parties of the UK should be joining together to get rid of these nasty ultra-reactionaries who are intent on taking us back to the 19th century.

  2. Barry Davies

    So a letter from the woman who is intent on splitting the UK, along with other national leaders and the green party, all of whom were clear remain supporters write a letter that is incorrect form the first sentence, and that is regarded as important. The UK does not face any spiralling political or economic crisis let alone already being in either. The democratic vote to cut ties with the eu is not down to the conservative party it was a cross party vote, I’m sure sturgeon would have accepted a one vote win to leave the UK but sees it differently with something she doesn’t want, although as we all know an independent Scotland wouldn’t be in the eu at all. Unfortunately remain has spread bigoted xenophobic ideas which it claimed leave would incur, they prefer to allow free movement from the mainly white populated nations of the eu to the detriment of coloured and black people from the rest of the world and see nothing wrong with that position. No one in leave has ever said anything about deporting anyone working in the NHS and yet the remain propaganda machine which is still churning misdirections and lies keeps claiming we will be sending every non british doctor nurses physio etc home. It is time that remain accepted we are leaving the eu and instead of attempting to denigrate the UK they started to look for the real advantages that will come, inclusive of not wasting money paying to subsidise 25 eu nations every day, instead of spending the money our our needs.

  3. Christine Cullen

    “Neither will we allow the people of these islands, no matter how they voted on June 23rd, to be presented as a reactionary, xenophobic mass ”
    Despite the best efforts of the left so far, that is exactly how Britons are coming across abroad according to my friends in France and family in 3 cities in the US. Furthermore, listening to my extended family in Wiltshire and some of my neighbours here in Outer London, “reactionary and xenophobic,” accurately describes them.
    We have a huge fight on our hands both with this government and with its misled sheep.

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