Blogs by Don Flynn
It’s one of the hottest topics for discussion amongst those who care about this sort of stuff – this weird thing we are calling populism, with people asking what it is and the meaning of its apparent rise in the political systems of the UK and other European countries at this point in time.
If you have a keen interest in anything to do with immigration policy – particularly from the standpoint of wanting to defend the rights of migrants – the rise of populism is supposed to be a wholly bad thing. The example of UKIP is held out as the only direction in which populism can lead – directly towards xenophobic and anti-immigration standpoints.
Mr Clegg opened his contribution by saying that his mission was to maintain the UK as an open and tolerant country. Without any hint of irony he then said that the way to do this was by maintaining ‘zero tolerance’ of immigration ‘abuse.’
The business of making immigration policy at this point in time seems to operate in a completely evidence free zone. The need for ‘urgent action’ is proclaimed in order to tackle abuse and all manners of dodgy dealing, which, when you try to find out what is really going on, seems to vanish like the morning mist.
We were very pleased to play a small role in supporting the visit of Carlos Saavedra to the UK last week. Carlos is one of the key organisers of the United We Dream movement in the United States – known as the ‘Dreamers’.