The celebrations for the positive contributions for our nation of immigration is something many of us are thrilled at. With his comments today in the Telegraph Fraser Nelson is saying many of the things that I and many others have been saying for years, not days, weeks or even months, but years and even for decades. Immigration is good for our nation and we need to welcome it, just as emigration is often a good thing. The part of the argument that I disagree with, and that Fraser Nelson needs to justify or withdraw, is that it is thanks to the Tories making it easier to sack people, that employers have been willing to take workers on. There is always a balance to be struck, and rights come with responsibilities, but insecure employment is not good for employees and society as a whole, including the employers who benefit from a secure and confident worker. In any case I have seen no evidence that reduced employment rights have significantly changed the attitude with employers I speak to. We are in any case significantly enriched by the impact of people from other nations on our own culture in most settings.
However the Telegraphs apparent Damascene moment should not have been delayed for two weeks, let alone months and years. Had that been the case many more votes would have been cast for the Green Party 10 days ago, the party has been much more up beat about immigration, and perhaps the toxic words from the heart of the Tory project, ironically controlled by an immigrant would not have been as influential in their impact on the Labour Party campaign. One of the reasons why Labour need to return to a more honest forms of Politics. The reason why Fraser Nelson did not write this piece 2 weeks ago is that the Telegraph wanted its preferred party elected. It is time this sort of influence was ended.