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Parties play the race card

Issue No. 2197

The Tories are happy to whip up racism to grab votes.

Their manifesto demands a rigorous cap on non-EU immigration.

Labour does not call for a cap on the numbers of immigrant workers.

But neither does it try to overturn the myths that lead to attacks on them.

Labour’s manifesto says, “We are committed to an immigration system that promotes and protects British values. Our borders are stronger than ever.

“Our new Australian-style points-based system is ensuring we get the migrants our economy needs, but no more.

“We will gradually tighten the criteria in line with the needs of the British economy and the values of British citizenship.

“As growth returns we want to see rising levels of employment and wages, not rising immigration.

“We recognise that immigration can place pressures on housing and public services in some communities so we will expand the Migration Impact Fund, paid for by contributions from migrants, to help local areas.”

But migrants didn’t cause the crisis. Both parties want to deflect anger away from bankers and bosses.

Labour’s manifesto will not have bank bosses quaking in their boots.

“We have agreed lending targets with those banks in which we have a stake, and there will be consequences for executive remuneration if targets are not met.” Wow.

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Tue 13 Apr 2010, 18:51 BST
Issue No. 2197
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