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Points Mean Passports

by | 7th, February 2005

‘WITH the Government’s ten-year plan for an ”integrated transport policy” two years away from fulfilment, it’s time for Tony & Co. to makes plans anew.

”You’re feeling Tory, you’re feeling Tory…”

So, all hail the Government’s new five-year plan to bring immigration under control.

The message is to stick with Labour at the next election if you want this thorny issue to be made smooth and painless.

And, as the Telegraph reports on its front page, Home Secretary Charles Clarke will announce the plan his party considers ”firm, fair and workable” today.

Based on the Australian-style test system, whereby immigrants are judged on their likely contribution to society, new arrivals at Britain’s ports will be tested on their suitability.

The exact nature of this test is not revealed, but rest assured that Labour ”will establish a system…which looks at the skills, talents and abilities of people seeking to come and work” here.

And if they can pay taxes and agree to vote Labour for the duration of their lives, they will be approved.

But surely this all sounds a bit familiar, and not just to Australians.

As the paper says, it’s only the other day that the Tories were promising to get tough of immigration and pledged to set quotas on the numbers of new arrivals.

And wasn’t there then talk of racism from the political Left? Nothing of it, says Tony Blair in the Times.

Putting down his posters of the Conservatives’ Jewish leader, Michael Howard, in the guise of Fagin and another of Howard and his Jewish Shadow Chancellor Oliver Letwin cast as pigs, Tony writes in the Times that racism is the last thing on anyone’s mind.

”In fact, of course, we never accused anyone of racism in raising the issue,” says Tony (something his party was accused of in the matter of those campaign posters).

So far is the issue of racism from Tony’s all-embracing mind that in the course of his literary address he mentions the ”r” word or a derivative of it no fewer than six times.

He concludes his piece with the sentence: ”The dividing line…will not be about who is racist or anti-racist, but about who has the proposals that work in the interests of Britain.”

And which party has the most eye-catching campaign posters…’

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