Tuesday, 6 October 2015

The Spectator: Theresa May’s immigration speech was as tawdry as it was contemptible

The Spectator: Theresa May’s immigration speech was as tawdry as it was contemptible

Article by Alex Massie

"I suggest that there is a certain tension between bemoaning ‘runaway’ immigration and saluting the great, equally ‘runaway’, success of London. You cannot have it both ways. London, in particular, is great because, not despite, its diversity. The problem of London exceptionalism is that the rest of the country is not more like London.

Unless, of course, you’re a Home Secretary pandering to the basest elements of the Tory party. A Home Secretary basing her pitch to lead her party on a stale and noxious concoction of tawdry nativism. In that case, in those circumstances, you are licensed to present a picture of Britain as a country on the brink of an abyss, in which hordes – or swarms – of migrants are undermining the British way of life, threatening social cohesion and tearing up whatever remains of whatever you mean by our ‘social fabric’. A country that is failing, in other words."


Please don't let Theresa May become leader of the Conservative Party. That would be awful.




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