Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Xenophobia? Don't Be Daft

Jeremy Corbyn has criticised Theresa May in Prime Ministers Questions today, accusing her government of 'xenophobia' for wanting to compile details of foreign workers, and asserted that the British people are 'disgusted' by it.

So disgusted that the Conservatives have a 17-point lead in the polls, and Labour are on course to lose over 50 seats at the next election. Personally, I'm hoping it'll be over a hundred.

Of course, there is a grain of truth in what Corbyn says. The British people probably are disgusted by xenophobia. We have long history and tradition of welcoming refugees from war zones throughout the world, not the least of which being a significant wave of Jewish immigration in the aftermath of the Second World War. So why do the Tories command such a massive lead?

Because the Government's policy is not xenophobic.

It is not xenophobic to monitor the conditions of the labour market to establish what skills we need. It is not xenophobic to limit immigration from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands, to prevent increasing strain on the health service, schools, housing and other services. It is not xenophobic to ensure that, if you are using the health service for free, you are entitled to do so. This is not xenophobia. It is putting the interests of the British people first. Which is, you know, kind of what the Government was elected to do.