Outside the marginals

a commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010 & 2015 elections

Nastiness (part 1 of many)

A council leader has said he is “absolutely horrified” over government plans to drive vans through his borough with adverts calling on illegal immigrants to leave.

Brent’s Muhammed Butt said the plan was an “act of desperation” and that more needed to be done to process people’s claims.

He added it would “just drive people underground”.
BBC News Website 23 July 2013 Council ‘horrified’ over scheme for immigrants to go

The Government (Immigration minister Mark Harper) says:

This pilot is just another part of the reforms of the immigration system that have cut out abuse.
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The council leader heard about the Daily Mail catching initiative on Twitter.

Says it all really.  What did Theresa May call her party?  “The Nasty Party”

Nasty to immigrants – let’s hope that the targets don’t speak good English. I know the current government does not believe in translation services.  However some EDL members (and their like) do have basic literacy and may feel mandated to assist the government.

It is also pretty nasty (and abusive) to local councils and their residents – what happened to localism?

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2 thoughts on “Nastiness (part 1 of many)

  1. It really must be nasty look who else is saying so!

    Billboards telling illegal immigrants to “go home or face arrest” are “nasty”, says UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
    BBC News Website 25 July 2013 Farage attacks ‘nasty’ immigration posters

    Perhaps the Tories are merely trying to outdo those they described as “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists” by coming out of the closet?

  2. Comment from “Our Dear Leader”, David Cameron:

    If you incite hatred, if you incite violence, that’s a crime whether you do it in a television studio, on a soapbox or online … .
    BBC News Website 8 August 2013 Boycott websites which don’t tackle abuse, says Cameron

    Does he realise? An advertising van is just as bad as a soapbox or a TV studio, and that “Go Home” (or face arrest) will have echos of the graffiti “P**is Go Home” or “W**s Go Home”. Perhaps he had too cloistered an upbringing to realise. Why doesn’t Pickles tell him?

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