Blogs by Don Flynn
The report from our friends and colleagues at Migrant Voice about the representation of the viewpoint of migrants in the mainstream media makes shocking reading. We are supposed to be right in the middle of a ‘grown-up’ conversation about immigration and its impacts on life in Britain and yet in 77% of the coverage of this issue the people most directly involved in the business of migration do not even get a look in.
With these facts as a backdrop, the news that the initiative is being seized by a group of people from migrant communities with a project aimed at elbowing their way to a more prominent position in the public discussion is very welcome.
MRN is pleased to be involved in the national conference of Unite Against Fascism (UAF) – taking place at the central London headquarters of the Trades Union Congress on Saturday 14th June.
It ought to be no great surprise to find that one of the earliest responses to the apparent rise of Ukip as an electoral force during the past fortnight has been the ‘Get Tough’ mutterings from a small group of Labour MPs.
It has been no surprise to find that immigration has played a big part in deciding the outcome of the European Parliamentary elections last week, and also influenced the vote for local elections in England.
For anyone concerned with the rights of migrants, the gloomiest prognosis of where we might be four days ahead of polling for the European Parliamentary and local elections was that a strong anti-immigration narrative was being injected into the public discussion by the mainstream parties and this was pointing to a landslide victory for parties demanding a clampdown on the movement of people.