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Don’t blame immigrants for immigration – blame Ed Miliband

There is something attractive about Harriet Harman’s proposal that the leader of the Labour party must, by law, be a lesbian. It is only in the last couple of years that I have been able to accept that lesbians exist at all, so it will be doubly exciting for me to watch this sort of person lead the political party of which I am a member. According to Harriet, if no lesbians are available to lead Labour, the party should choose from a shortlist of endangered woodland creatures, such as pine martens or crossbills, so as to raise their profile among the wider population and ensure that their views are represented at the highest level. I have my doubts that a crossbill could carry the thing off, frankly, and I fear that their strange beaks would be a constant source of amusement for the tabloid press.

You may think that such superficialities should not matter, that we are sufficiently mature not to judge a creature by the shape of its bill, especially when it is trying to mount an opposition to the government. But we live in the real world, and there are cruel people out there. However, could a crossbill, or even a capercaillie, do worse than Ed? I think this must have been at the back of Harriet’s mind.

For blind cheek you have to give Ed credit, though. His apparent realisation that the vast levels of immigration we suffered under the last Labour government were, by and large, a bad thing represents a conversion which even the Damascene planning authorities might baulk at. Ed has said that the large numbers of immigrants — he singled out the Poles, presumably because he is a racist — had made life more difficult for the indigenous British people.

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