UK Liberty

Crewe and Nantwich Labour campaign xenophobic and dishonest

Posted in ID Cards, politicians on liberty by ukliberty on May 17, 2008

The Guardian:

The Labour campaign [for Crewe and Nantwich], under the command of the Birmingham MP Steve McCabe, has rebranded its chief adversary “Tory Boy Timpson”, and is going for him with an eye-popping ferocity. Volunteers have been stalking him dressed in top hat and tails; now, there comes a very nasty leaflet titled “Tory candidate application form”, replete with questions and ticked boxes. Number one is, “Do you live in a big mansion house?” Question two is – and, really, the sense of humour on display is quite something – “Do you think that regeneration is adding a new wing to your mansion?” The third reads: “Have you and your Tory mates on the council been soft on yobs and failed to make our streets safer?” But the best is saved for question four, at which point pantomimic class hatred is suspended and we get something altogether more sinister. “Do you,” it asks, “oppose making foreign nationals carry an ID card?”

Though the Tories seem to be hardly mentioning it, the presence of immigration in the campaign isn’t a surprise. What’s unsettling is the language used by Labour, and the implication of a tough measure to be wrought on uncooperative outsiders.

And of course the implication that all Johnny Foreigners will be issued with ID cards, when we should all know by now that it will be just non-EEA nationals.

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