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June 29, 2009

But not for thee

Daily Mail Deputy Political Editor, Tim Shipman, introduces Labour's British homes for British workers policy.

British-born families will jump ahead of immigrants and asylum seekers in the queue for council housing under far-reaching plans unveiled today. Gordon Brown will tear up the rules in a bid to win back Labour's working class heartlands, where support has grown for the far-Right British National Party. The 'British homes for British workers' plan, if it succeeds, will force councils to end the unfairness which sees immigrants with large families vault to the top of the council house list.

Let's see if understand this correctly. "British homes for British workers" prioritizes the British over immigrants and asylum seekers and, as such, addresses a far-right grievance held by former Labour voters wooed by the British National Party.

Some questions: How does Labour introducing the same far-right policy - especially with this Orwellian name - change its presumed racism? Further, why does the Daily Mail deputy political editor not feel it necessary to describe the perceived unfairness which sees immigrants with large families vault to the top of the council house list? Or are we all meant to intuitively grasp such unfairness (and as such intuitively empathize with this far-right policy)?

Finally, what other policy inspiration is Gordon Brown's Labour party planning to take from the BNP?

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 29, 2009 06:14 AM