One of the few positive things to come out of the appalling affair is the way it revealed the British people are far from the anti-immigrant caricature some paint of them.
“The Windrush generation helped to build the country we are today. I want to dispel any impression that my Government is clamping down on Commonwealth citizens.”
Aggressive Home Office measures appear to be designed by people who wrongly assume that illiberal ideas must appeal to the primitive desires of the masses.
May kept astride the Home Office tiger through relentless, grinding work and fearsome, dedicated SpAds. If Rudd can’t do the same, she risks being eaten.
“I am announcing new dedicated team that will be set up to help these people evidence their right to be here.”
“It is inhumane and cruel for so many of that generation to have suffered for so long in this condition.”
Countries with which we strike future trade deals – the top priority for Party members according to our survey – should be treated more favourably than those with which we don’t.
Discussion of immigration is often dominated by those who are entirely ‘pro’ or ‘anti’, but most people are somewhere in between.
Overall, our new report suggests that public attitudes towards immigration – and indeed leaving the EU – are not fuelled by racism or intolerance.
Thirty thousand people a year are imprisoned in awful conditions, without any release date, and with no trial or judicial oversight.
Brexit offers an opportunity to change our path – and failing to do so could bring very serious electoral consequences.
A combination of work permits and a cap would provide proper control, while still allowing flexibility where it is required.
Few people want to stop skilled workers coming to the UK. But many voters understandably want better integration of new arrivals.
Unresolved questions about refugees, debt crises, security, and general financial instability will force these questions on more people, and not just Britons.
I voted Leave because I felt it would present chances to do things better. This is just such a chance.