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Unity can beat racism

Issue No. 2366

We face a racist offensive on many fronts—but where it is challenged it has been pushed back.

The Home Office has withdrawn the vans targeting “illegal immigrants”.

A week ago it told the media that the pilot scheme was a great success and would soon be rolled out across the country. 

But then a spokesperson was forced to write, “If the Home Office were to carry out any further campaigns we would have due regard to the effect this will have on migrants living lawfully in those communities”.  

Now the scheme is on hold indefinitely. It was defeated because furious people exposed the campaign as racist and challenged it.

This is a million miles from the embarrassing spectacle of Labour trying to jump on the racist bandwagon and falling off. 

Shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant messed up the facts for how many migrant workers Tesco employs.

Labour’s belief that to fight racism you have to behave more like racists do is nonsense. Every concession to racists encourages them. 

Each time the cancer of racism emerges it must face protests and arguments that repeat over and over that black and Asian people and immigrants are not responsible for the crisis. 

Only by workers of all backgrounds uniting can the real culprits be challenged.

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What We Think
Tue 13 Aug 2013, 16:11 BST
Issue No. 2366
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