Blogs by Don Flynn
The substantial convergence of views on immigration policy within different fractions of the political establishment presents a dispiriting picture to anyone looking for a discussion about alternatives. Is it really the case that the only things on offer is how best to enforce ‘tough’ border controls?
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.
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