Scapegoating immigrants unites the mainstream political parties.
The latest panic over Roma has given politicians yet another chance to “say the unsayable”—that almost constant refrain that immigrants are a problem.
So former Labour home secretary Jack Straw said Labour made a “spectacular mistake” in allowing migrants from eastern Europe to come to Britain.
It follows Ed Miliband’s regular speeches claiming that migrants take jobs from British-born workers.
Miliband has promised to cut the number of migrants coming to Britain if Labour is elected in 2015.