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Tories' anti-immigrant racism feeds Ukip

Issue No. 2426

David Cameron has said he wants to limit free movement within the European Union (EU).

The Tories are whipping up racism against migrants in the wake of Ukip winning its first MP in Clacton, Essex.

Cameron wants to cap the number of national insurance numbers given to EU migrants with “low skills”. 

He promised that immigration would be one of his “red lines” for renegotiating Britain’s relationship with the EU.

Some Tories want to impose new rules limiting immigration on EU countries, unless their economies had met certain criteria.

Tory chair Grant Shapps said, “We cannot have an open-ended situation where people are able to always come to Britain in such a lop-sided arrangement.” 

Labour shadow chancellor Ed Balls gleefully joined in the racist panic, saying there must be an end to “free for all” EU migration.

The racism of the mainstream parties legitimises Ukip and helps it grow.


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Tue 21 Oct 2014, 16:43 BST
Issue No. 2426
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