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Farage and Fawkes pick a fight they can’t win

'Just More Fun': It seems unlikely that Myleene was forced to leave the UK for Ibiza, where she was snapped frolicking on a boat inscribed with the legend 'Just More Fun' [Image: Daily Mirror.]

‘Just More Fun’: It seems unlikely that Myleene was forced to leave the UK for Ibiza, where she was snapped frolicking on a boat inscribed with the legend ‘Just More Fun’ [Image: Daily Mirror.]

It seems some bloggers – and indeed, the leader of a minor political party – don’t know there is a huge difference between emigration and deportation.

Not to worry – Vox Political is happy to spell it out for people like Nigel Farage and the author of Guido Fawkes’ blog: Emigration is when you leave a country of your own accord. Deportation is when you are thrown out, against your will.

So when Labour candidate Paula Sheriff tweeted: “If multi millionaire Myleene Klass doesn’t like mansion tax perhaps she should emigrate with Sol Campbell and Griff Rhys Jones! Toodle pip!” she was clearly suggesting that Myleene may choose to do so, if she so desires [all boldings mine].

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Nigel Farage’s response – “Labour candidate wants woman born to immigrants deported for disagreeing with her policy. Will the media cover this?” – therefore completely misrepresents what Ms Sheriff said.

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And Guido’s comment under the headline Labour candidate wants to deport Myleene Klass – “Talking of ‘the language of repatriation’ that Labour are up in arms over this morning, it’s not just a UKIP candidate who is in hot water over their comments about sending people packing. Meet Paula Sherriff, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the very winnable seat of Dewsbury and Mirfield… Freedom campaigner Myleene was born to an Austrian father and a Filipino mother, while Sol Campbell’s parents are Jamaican. Classy” – is similarly misleading, if not downright ignorant.

Bonfire night was two weeks ago, Guido – it’s a little late to be stacking up fuel and setting a fire under yourself, isn’t it?

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Whatever happened to patriotism?

I was just watching a TV discussion about the debate over dropping the 50p tax rate, and the attitude of the Tories seems very strange to me.

Firstly, the party of patriotism seems to be suggesting that Great British people should all prefer to leave these shores, rather than pay the current top rate, which doesn’t strike me as being very patriotic at all.

“Breathes there a man with soul so dead, he never to himself has said, ‘This is my own, my native land’,” – unless he has to pay the top tax rate, in which case he should scarper to foreign parts, apparently.

Also, this only emphasizes the fact that most of us are tax prisoners here; we can’t afford to up stumps and hightail it abroad, and many countries wouldn’t have us because we wouldn’t have unique skills that they’d want to employ.

Equally important is the fact that they seem to be saying a lower rate would encourage people to immigrate to the UK.

Aren’t they the people who are critical of immigration? Don’t their supporters want fewer foreigners coming to Blighty and taking advantage of the system? They might say it’s okay if they’re contributing, but they would be contributing less and benefiting just as much.

I was born in the UK; I live here and I expect to die here, paying the rate of tax set for my pay grade by the government. It’s one of many ways in which I contribute to my country – part of my patriotic duty as a citizen, if you like.

If the Conservatives are suggesting higher earners – who are more likely to support them – will do the unpatriotic thing if they are asked to do their bit, then they are not the party of patriotism.

Perhaps it’s time someone else took that mantle off them.