Nigel Farage remarked this morning that there was no longer any need for most racial discrimination laws in the workplace. Given that such laws have recently been vital to protecting the rights of good friends faced by racist employers, I am not going to give that ill-informed view the outrage it seeks. Instead, because we are all busy people, I thought I would set out below a series of tweets that I posted this morning, setting his remarks in a wider political context. (That saves you, should you be interested, from having to read them off my timeline.)
– What is most interesting about Farage is not what he says, but how politicians from bigger parties respond to him.
– Farage refers to racial discrimination laws as past their sell-by-date, inviting other parties to agree or disagree. Watch their responses.
– Cost of living, cost of living, cost of living. It is not working-class immigrants who have put the rental market out of control.
– Cost of living. It is not working-class immigrants who have sent housing prices and petrol prices through the roof.
– Working-class migrants scrap for the same crumbs they always have; that’s only a problem as now you’re down there too. Ask who put you there.
– Huge companies enter the UK, pay almost no tax, force up the cost of living, yet it’s working-class migrants who are “straining resources”.
– This isn’t even an attack on huge companies. It’s merely a request that we be honest about the roots of inequality.
– Breaking news: even if you stop every immigrant entering the UK from now to eternity, it will not bring your rent down.
– The focus on immigration is time-wasting, running down the clock to election time, keeping the cost of living off the political agenda.
– Here’s the dirty truth about immigrant bashing. It’s all about making *just* enough people wake up feeling racist on election day.
– Many people are tired, busy, emotional. They are shattered. They are living hand to mouth. Many of them are in the perfect mood to lash out.
– The working-class immigrant is the perfect political target. Visible everywhere, yet systematically muted, denied a voice. Bullseye.