A couple of weeks ago now, Tory opposition leader Michael Howard gave one of his trademark vapid wittering speeches on the need to `cap asylum seeker numbers' and `control immigration.' For `cap asylum seeker numbers' and `control immigration' read `Keep England White.' Despite Howard's demure protestations to the contrary, his speech was a transparent attempt to court BNP voters -- aka the neo-Nazis. Even David Aaronovitch -- who's far from the brightest bulb in the pack - has figured this one out.
For in their attempts to take the wind out of Howard's sails, the Labour Government has chosen to out-Herod Herod. Amid Home Office claims that "abuses of the [asylum and immigration] system had led to a feeling that `the fairness and hospitality of the British people has been tested" Clarke and sidekick Hewitt will announce that
Apparently stern measures are required to prevent schools from becoming - shock - gasp - horror - multilingual. Perish the thought.
Despite Immigration Minister Des Browne's not-terribly-convincing assurances to the contrary, it seems pretty likely to me that Clarke's anti-immigrant stance is a just a warm-up - the next step will be denying asylum-seekers any route to permanent residence. Certainly, the new laws to be announced apparently include moves to speed up the deportation of asylum seekers whose claims have been rejected.
Thus we have the obscene spectacle of a Labour government adopting Tory immigration policies that are themselves deliberately designed to curry favour with the British Nazi - oops I meant National - Party. What is there left to say to the Red Rose of Labour? For myself, I think William Blake said it all.
O Rose, thou art sick!
The Invisible worm,
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,
Has found out thy bed
Of Crimson joy;
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.