Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Rivers of blood...?
Oh dear. Michael Howard is a desperate man.
There's a limit to the number of voters who are turned on by thinly-disguised racism and Howard has reached it. Now it looks as if Tory immigration policy may actually backfire.
Events at this morning's Tory press conference suggest that this particular dog-whistle has made the Tories wobble and sparked internal rows.
It gets worse. Rupert Murdoch, of all people, has publicly codemned Tory immigration policy:
"I don't think you need to put a cap on [immigration] unless you started to see a lot of unemployment arising out of it, which I think is highly unlikely. If you bring skilled people into the country I think it would enrich the whole country and create a lot more jobs. I am pro-immigrant." As with the issue of Europe at the last election, the Tories have brought this fiasco on their own heads. Serves them right.