Ed Rubberband is now making one of his regular U-turns, trying to woo voters by saying that Labout got it wrong on uncontrolled immigration. Meanwhile Mandelson is following the trend for public confession by spouting on about how the Blair government "sent out search parties" to find and drag in all the foreign immigrants they could.
Can somebody explain to me how bringing in non-unionized workers who are willing to work for low wages without security, safety inspections or pension schemes, can be in the interest of the working class here? How exactly does it make it easier for those already unemployed here to find work? Are they expected to emigrate to the Ukraine or Bulgaria, which are of course prosperous paradises because they have long been communist?
Mandelson says that they wanted to "rub British noses in diversity". I wonder how many of the Eastern European arrivals are Roman Catholics who have a deep dislike of socialism. When Mandelson went partying on yachts among the EU elite he did not meet the grass roots and he has little idea of what they are really like.
A few days ago Stephanie Botrill, a grandmother in Solihull, West Midlands, committed suicide because of benefit cuts here that meant she was being pushed out of her home. She had an auto-immune disease that made it harder for her to work as she was in frequent pain. A mass influx of cheap labour did not help people like her to get jobs or to earn the extra £20 per week that would have enabled her to pay her OWN rent and stay in her home, with her network of friends. Mrs Botrill walked under a lorry.
Peter Mandelson does not have to worry about being kicked out of his home (the one for which he got a mortgage from a close political colleague - remember?) To Mandy with his millions and his vast EU pension the whole situation is academic.
Labour sent out ‘search parties’ for immigrants to get them to come to the UK, Lord Mandelson has admitted.
In a stunning confirmation that the Blair and Brown governments deliberately engineered mass immigration, the former Cabinet Minister and spin doctor said New Labour sought out foreign workers.
He also conceded that the influx of arrivals meant the party’s traditional supporters are now unable to find work.
By contrast, Labour leader Ed Miliband has said his party got it wrong on immigration but has refused to admit it was too high under Labour.
Between 1997 and 2010, net migration to Britain totalled more than 2.2million, more than twice the population of Birmingham.
The annual net figure quadrupled under Labour from 48,000 people in 1997 to 198,000 by 2009.
Lord Mandelson’s remarks come three years after Labour officials denied claims by former adviser Andrew Neather that they deliberately encouraged immigration in order to change the make-up of Britain.
Mr Neather said the policy was designed to ‘rub the Right’s nose in diversity’.
He said there was ‘a driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the Government was going to make the UK truly multicultural’.
Senior Labour figures have been reluctant to concede they deliberately engineered the influx of migrants who have transformed communities over the past decade.
But, at a rally for the Blairite think-tank Progress, Lord Mandelson said: ‘In 2004 when as a Labour government, we were not only welcoming people to come into this country to work, we were sending out search parties for people and encouraging them, in some cases, to take up work in this country.’
He said: ‘The problem has grown during the period of economic stagnation over the last five, six years.’
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