Blogs by Don Flynn
The opportunity to attend the annual workshop and general assembly of PICUM (the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants) at the end of last week in Brussels was particularly welcome given the commitment of the Conservative government to push ahead with measures to further criminalise the position of people without regular leave to live and work in the UK.
It is a great paradox of our time that the more the world becomes globalised in terms of the interconnectedness of economies and societies the worse we seem to be getting in terms of managing the movement of people across borders and frontiers.
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.