Blogs by Don Flynn
These are people who are typically found entering office building late at night when no one is around, emptying waste bins, vacuum-cleaning floors, cleaning toilets and generally putting things in order. Other times they’ll be found in residential care homes around the country, changing sheets and bed pans, helping old people through an exercise routine and encouraging them to eat their meals.
The GE2015 dust is settling and it is clear that the ‘mainstream’ party with the most restrictive manifesto pledges on immigration has come out on top.
Re-reading the Tory manifesto
We provided a ‘no comment’ summary of what the Conservative was advocating in its election manifesto back in the middle of April and from this point on we have to regard it as the blueprint for policies that aim to push back against the numbers of migrants coming to the UK each year.
The clock has ticked down to the final 48 hours of this election campaign and there are still good grounds for believing that immigration is the dog that hasn’t barked in quite the way it was expected to over the course of these last few weeks.
The outcome of the meeting of EU heads of government in Brussels last Thursday has been widely criticised for the inadequacy of its response to the refugee crisis on the Mediterranean. Rather than address the most pressing question on how to arrest the escalating refugee death toll on the high seas the suspicion is that the authorities are using it is an opportunity to return to ‘Fortress Europe’ strategy which envisions the continent sealing itself from the migration pressures being generated across Africa, the Middle East and Central Asian regions.
Taken as a whole, the spread of pledges set out in the manifestos of the all-UK political parties are probably a good reflection of the state of thinking of the wider British public on immigration (Conservative, Labour, Green, Lib Dem and UKIP).